We have introduced a new function to the BookaCourse system. If required, it is now possible for line managers to receive an advisory email when a user registers for a classroom training course. This allows line-managers to keep track of what their direct reports are signing up to.
This function can be switched on by the SkillGate team on request.
As you may know LMS Controllers can put individual delegates into LTA (long term absence, e.g. for maternity).
There is an option to reinstate at a set date.
Unlike Archiving (which removes Users from the live system) LTA basically freezes them. They are frozen on the courses they are currently enrolled on and, on reinstatement, they are unfrozen and will carry on where they left off.
Note however, that LTA removes all User entries from the diary. This is especially relevant for Traffic Light. On reinstate, LTAs have to be manually reset on the TL Code courses required.
A new field for selection has been added to the Activity Records & Reports dashboard. There is now the option to select whether to report on 'Embedded Courses' - aka SCORM content.
It is now set up as a 'tick-box' option, as with existing programme types, and is unticked by default.
If ticked, and therefore selected, it will show SCORM content as rows, with an additional column detailing the Embedded Programme Reference (if applicable).
A full Survey suite has been written that can be used stand alone or integrated with any programme.
Survey questions can be added in multiple formats and scored if required. The system is ideal for adding a level of interactivity to your courses with warnings posted to tutors where survey responses are considered to be problematical.
Surveys are also ideal for gathering feedback on courses. For this reason we have upgraded the old 'Intelligence' system with a Survey results/reporting system.
It has taken us over two years but it is finally here! Version 5 of SkillGate's content authoring system has all the best things we have learnt over the last 21 years:
- simple authoring based on templates for subject experts
- advanced features for professional trainers
- publishiing via multiple channels
- Real-time delegate management.
to name but a few.
The new version 9 'Headlines' system comes with A.I. Delivered microlearning (AIDm). This replaces the old Personal Trainer on v8 systems.
There are several important differences including:
- look and feel
- automated focusing on delegate priorities
- multiple 'further study' option
- ability to save bites to a personal library.
The system also links to SkillBytes programmes for skills embedding.
Now available via Apple Business Manager, the app will be a great resource for on the go training.
Users will be able to access mandatory training, search for courses and check their record via the app. A once only log-in system allows for immediate access.
The app is currently available for iPhones and will be available on Android imminently.
Most customers have now been upgraded to the new real-time reporting system. The new activity reports are now much faster and do not need to be compiled to update. All customers will be upgraded by the end of the year.
We have created a new feature for Headlines (Version 9 upgrade of Personal Trainer). Now Headlines emails sent to users incorporate an 'Extract' of a course that can be completed in seconds and saved to a separate folder to keep for later. Extracts act as standalone mini learning resources as well offering course 'tasters' to encourage completion of the full course.
We have added a new feature to our classroom booking system that means tutors can now be alerted when a user has booked onto a course.
A new scheduled report export has been created which allows users to create and export reports from the system for delivery at a specific time of their choosing. If someone runs a report daily for example, they can schedule this to be delivered at a set time every day.
As part of our Version 9 upgrade we have unveiled our new authoring suite. This new editing tool is much more intuitive and user-friendly than previously, and has been designed to create 100% responsive content.
Note:This information covers site improvements, developments, and general technical service improvements for all SkillGate systems. Individual details may vary from site to site.
Major developments are highlighted in bold.