Test Authoring and Delivery – EduBrite Education Webinar

In last week’s webinar, we discussed about test authoring and delivery. In this webinar covered various how quizzes/tests or surveys can be created using EduBrite’s WISYWIG test editor? Thanks to all participants who were able to join us. We discussed following items in detail:

  • Questions formats – Multiple choice, Fill in the blank, Yes/No, Essay, Grid Type etc.
  • Various Test properties including
    • Create question bank
    • Re-using questions from existing tests
    • Inserting images, audio, video
    • Inserting mathematical and Scientific symbols
    • Gradient scoring, negative marking
    • Adding passage, solution
    • Adding metadata at question or test level
    • Randomize questions, choices
    • Competency-based test, exams
    • Various UI options
    • Categorizing questions into sections
    • Limiting time based on sections
    • Essay evaluation
    • Random selection of questions from question bank
  • Test delivery : informal (Practice tests); Formal inside an exam, exam management. Quizzes inside the course were covered in previous course authoring and course delivery webinars.
  • Proctored Exam
  • Multi Source feedback (360 degree feedback)

Recording of the session is now available at Webinar Channel in EduBrite Support portal. We will announce next round of webinar soon. Stay tuned.

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Create Training environment in Confluence – EduBrite Education Webinar

EduBrite’s first educational webinar was a super success!  Thanks to all participants who were able to join us. We are recording all webinars and posting them here so those who have missed webinar have an opportunity to view it.

This week we have discussed how to setup training environment in Atlassian Confluence environment using add-on Gilly provide by EduBrite? Gilly is available on Atlassian Marketplace to download. Once downloaded in your Confluence environment Gilly communicates with EduBrite LMS microsite. Learners gets full learning experience right inside Confluence so they never to leave. Cool, isn’t it! Go to EduBrite site for to find more information about Gilly.

Administrator, Team Lead/Manager can manage enrollment of their team from EduBrite microsite and track progress of their team from EduBrite microsite.

Our next webinar on Course Authoring is on Wednesday Aug 20 at 10 am pacific (UTC-7). In this webinar, we will cover:

  • Test / Quiz creation, various test editor properties
  • Course creation, course properties, lesson properties, adding quiz in the course
  • Course authorization

Register here for next webinar

EduBrite Education Webinar series 2014 is here

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Like past years, we started EduBrite Education webinar series 2014 this week. Team EduBrite wants to be part of your success in your eLearning initiative beyond providing technology platform. So join us, select the topic of your interest. Every Wednesday, we will be hosting a webinar at 10 am pacific (UTC-7) to educate EduBrite users to learn about EduBrite LMS to maximize their investment.

We are covering various topics in these webinars, which are suitable for variety of audience – learners, team leads/managers, administrators within a corporation or at training providers. All future webinars will be announced via e-mail and blog. You also find them on Twitter @edubrite. If you would like us to cover topic of your interest then please contact us at support@edubrite.com.

You can see webinar calendar of August Webinars and register.

We are excited and look forward to see you all there!

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LMS configurability : Power in user’s hand – Part 2

Continuing from LMS configurability : Power in user’s hand – Part 1:

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As discussed in the part 1, customers can select features of their choice, design micro-site’s look and feel, and labels etc. by configuring the various options available. This helps customers to create workflows to meet their needs to train either internal audience or external audience or both .  In this blog, we will showcase some examples which will cover that how using configuration or setting options customers can manage menu options, user interface, security controls and various other functional features.

Menu management

Menu management allows navigational control and display of  headers menu and sub menus. This is manged from User Interface tab at Site details:

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Note : You can override default headers to meet your specific need. Some of the examples are:

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UI management

EduBrite supports complete branding of a micro-site so that you can create a training portal to meet your business needs. The administrator(s) can design a training portal with branded label names, user interface that suits your brand and map training processes by changing header/footer or by creating necessary dynamic and static pages. Some more specific things which can be done are :

Your own domain : Defaulf microsite name is mycompany.edubrite.com. You can have your website’s domain e.g. training.mycomany.com or mycompany.com/training

Your own labels : EduBrite allows to change labels to meet your business terminologies. This changes works throughout the application including menu/sub-menus. e.g. learner = Employee or instructor = Trainer or Program = Learning Path etc.

Your Headers/Footers: You can create your own headers and footers. It overrides default header and footer.

Branded home and other pages: Using native Content Management System (CMS), customer can create their own training homepage and other pages – your verbiages, your message and your own images.  EduBrite allows creation of both dynamic and static pages. The big idea here is to empower customer so that they can design what, where and when on their training portal.

Additional fields for user attribute : Additional fields can be added to capture user relevant information. This is more useful in cases, when your learners are external audience.

Your Language : A default languages can be setup but users can still be allowed to change the language. Administrator can limit the choice of available languages to users.

User Dashboard Management : EduBrite Dashboard displays various panels such as “My Items”, “Events”, “Completed Items”, “Calendar”, “Groups” etc. A user has an option to select or not select these panels on their dashboard. The administrator(s) can override  users’ ability to change and can setup a per-defined Training Dashboard for all users.

EduBrite’s knowledgebase provides more details on theses topics and various additional topics.

E-mail (Communication) Management

EduBrite allows to configure the sender’s name and e-mail address to manage outward communication messages to your learners. EduBrite also allows to design your own e-mail templates and message. The administrator(s) has ability to see all the messages sent out from the system.

Access/Security Controls

There are many user access related controls, which can be set using simply check boxing various settings in Security Tab at Site details:SiteDetail3_1

Some of the examples of using the feature above are:

1. Design your training portal, which requires mandatory credentials.

2. Enable self sign-up.

3. Inactivate course access automatically once users have completed their course.

These are useful features for companies (or training providers) when training both internal and external users.

Features Management

There are plenty of functional features, which an admin can turn on/off to meet their requirements. This can be done by going to Features tab at Site details:SiteDetail2

For example –

1. Group collaboration or social learning features can be set using features such as Group Documents, Group Forum, Group Poll.

2. For selling courses you can enable Course Catalog feature. As you create course and set their prices, course catalog will appear. See below:Course_Catalog

 

3. You can manage LMS login using users Facebook or Linked credentials by setting up feature Facebook/LinkedIn Integration.

Configuring these features is easy, as you have seen in many examples, most of them can be turned on/off as needed and most importantly future upgrades or releases are quite transparent, smooth and doesn’t impact current functionalities thus resulting in higher ROI to your businesses. Customers’ inputs and new learning trends are continuously shaping our future releases. As we release new features, we provide details to our customers in news letter and explain them how to configure/enable new features. With new releases new features are not enabled, this gives an opportunity to customer to review and test out new features before rolling out them on their  micro-site.

EduBrite system offers quite flexibility all around application to give the best experience to the all users (including administrator, content creator and learners). There are many ways to map training processes, we love to hear from you and discuss. For your specific need or customized demo, please contact us at sales@edubrite.com

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LMS configurability : Power in user’s hand – Part 1

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Most of you in learning industry have come across and have used applications and tools which are vendor provided (off the shelf). Many of these serve the business purpose to most part, but don’t necessarily meet all the specific needs of business (there could be tons of reasons for it) and then you end up customizing the application to meet them. Depending upon your choices and the extent of customizations you add to the base product, you ultimately end up maintaining these customizations for the lifetime of the product. As evolves the business need and its complexities, so goes the hunger for customizations to meet those needs and desires.  And ultimately you may end up in such a big rat-hole where it gets almost impossible to get out of it. The cost of maintaining these customizations get higher and higher and the upgrades to new versions of the application/tool gets harder and harder.

What if you could change it? What if there is a vendor whose application not only provides the base feature set you need to meet key requirements for your business, but also provides you with tools and flexibility to configure (You see, Configure and Not Customize!) the application’s workflows and user experience to meet specific needs of business.

Edubrite provides you such LMS platform! Multilingual LMS platform from Edubrite is a complete SaaS authoring and delivery package for training and assessment needs. It has configurable workflows built in the application architecture providing tons of easy to use features. It provides all the right information and tools one need on the dashboard itself based on the user type (training admins, learners, etc.). It also delivers complete control to administrators and learners to define and configure what they want to see on their pages as per their preference and taste. It also delivers all the tools needed for super admins of the application and its sites to turn on/off the features they need and configure their sites for their specific business scenarios and needs.  It makes ongoing maintenance and upgrades completely transparent and smooth and hence delivering huge ROI to businesses.

Check out part 2, where we will discuss specific examples on the same topic.

Author: Praveen Khurana

Praveen Khurana is a learning technology leader in learning management and human capital systems. He has 18+ years of experience in this industry and has consulted with and has implemented learning, talent and knowledge management systems for many fortune 500 companies.

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Ownership of Courses and Tests

This week we are describing Test and Course Ownership concept in detail. which is quite handy in situations where multiple users need to be able to edit the course or test.

Owner of a test or course is someone who has all the rights to manage it and assign a new owner. Managing implies editing, authorizing to groups, publishing and deleting. When you create a new test or course, you become the owner of it by default. But this implies if you have other colleagues in the team who also need to edit the test or course, they won’t be able to do it. EduBrite supports concept of Groups, which can have any number of users as the member. We can use group concept for ownership as well. You can create groups corresponding to teams in your organization, and add users who would need to manage the tests and courses in specific groups and assign them admin or instructor role in the group.

Next, as a owner of a test or course you can transfer the ownership to another user of the site or to a group. If the ownership is transferred to a group, then all the members in that group who have instructor or administrator role in the group would be allowed to manage the test or course. This would mean a single test or course can now be edited by multiple users. In a team environment this can be quite useful. One thing to note here however – if the course or test is owned by a group, although admin or instructor from that group can edit it, but they can’t transfer the ownership. Ownership transfer privilege is held by owner of the group in this case. And we know, that owner of a group can’t be another group, it has to be a user.

There is a small caveat to editing group owned tests – only one user can edit the test at any given point. Once they are done editing, they would have to submit it for publishing in order to release the edit lock. However, things are different in the course, where multiple users can edit a group owned course, as long as they are editing different lessons.

So this is how you can overcome the limitations of having only specific users have authoring permission on specific tests or courses.

Collecting Feedback from Users

Tips about how EduBrite can help you collect valuable feedback from your trainees or all users of your microsite. EduBrite supports two ways to collect feedback – Polls and Surveys.

Polls – Polls provide a way to collect quick opinions from a targeted set of users. A poll generally has one or two multiple choice questions which the user can respond to. Poll organizer would get an aggregated result which would show how many users opted each of the provided option. Poll can be created inside a course session by the instructor to collect opinion from the trainees enrolled in the session. It can also be created inside a group by any member of the group to collect opinions from fellow group members. And the third possibility allows site administrators to create a poll at site level, which would be available to all the users of microsite. Polls can be created in advance with a future start date and an end date to automatically close it. Check out more details on polls in the knowledgebase –http://support.edubrite.com/oltpublish/theme-lms/cms.do?view=poll

Surveys – Surveys provide a more structured way to collect feedback from users. When you have a series of questions to ask in the feedback, then survey is better suited. In the system, a survey is almost similar to a quiz, except that it is not timed and neither it is scored. You create a survey just like you create a test. So you can choose from multiple types of questions and organize them into multiple sections. You can also have additional comments for each question in the survey. Just like the randomization options in the quiz, you can randomize questions and choices in the survey also. For delivery of the survey, you have all the options similar to a quiz delivery. So you can embed it in the course at the end of any module or topic. You can create an event to schedule a survey, and assign it to specified users (just like exam is used for scheduling quizzes). Users would complete the survey in the same manner they would answer a quiz, with a difference that there would be no time limit, and no scoring. As a survey organizer you have access to detailed reports on each question and choices in the survey. Check out more details on multi source feedback in the knowledgebase – http://support.edubrite.com/oltpublish/theme-lms/cms.do?view=survey

Multi Source Feedback (360 degree feedback) – This is a special case of a survey which is used to collect feedback (rating) about an employee in an organization from his/her subordinates, peers and managers. The employee can also rate himself/herself as part of a MSF event. This is done by creating a specialized form of survey questionnaire with ratable questions (VGR / HGR question types). The survey is then scheduled as an event and it requires selection of a user for whom the MSF will be collected. Other participants are added in the event with specific roles – as peer, manager and subordinates. Each participant then completes the online survey and the system provides an average rating at the end of the event which is categorized by ratings from subordinates, peers, managers and self. HR departments can get valuable inputs from this kind of survey as part of performance/competency analysis of employees. Check out more details on multi source feedback in the knowledgebase – http://support.edubrite.com/oltpublish/theme-lms/cms.do?view=msf

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