The Latitude Learning Team announces general availability of several recently updated areas of the Latitude Learning LMS. These enhancements will be promoted as part of the upcoming production release scheduled for Sunday, July 22nd and include the following:
Courses - Extended 'Link to Classroom' Action Button Availability 'Enhancement – Functionality has been enhanced, providing a new ‘Link to Classroom' (webinar) option that is used by administrators to setup course offerings with links to external webinar environments. Once configured, instructors and students can link to webinars/webinar sites via a “Link to Classroom” action button provided on the Offering details page. Functionality has also been updated to extend availability/visibility of the 'Link to Classroom' action button for users so they can link to that environment even after the session has concluded. This allows administrators to publish an updated URL that can provide link-out access to post-session materials and/or playback of a recorded event.
Related to this new functionality is a recent update that includes addition of a new ‘Webinar’ Facility Type. This new facility type has been added to the list of available facility types (also, the ‘Online’ Facility Type has been re-labeled to ‘Virtual Classroom’, which is used in conjunction with Latitude's integrated virtual classroom add-on capability). Here are a couple of screen captures that illustrate the location and presentation of these new capabilities within course and offering management areas:
Students can simply click on the “Link to Classroom” button to launch into the virtual classroom session.
Courses - Days Due and Reminder Days Enhancements - This set of updates enhances automated course management and messaging functionality by providing portal administrators with two new definable fields when adding or editing courses in the LMS:
- Days for Student to Complete (Due Date) Field - The first allows the administrator to define a number of 'Days for Student to Complete (Due Date)' for a given course. Here the authorized portal administrator can leave blank, or choose to enter a numeric value that the LMS will use to help determine a 'due date' once a user has enrolled in a given course (any delivery type). Each night the LMS will evaluate active user transcripts and in the event the user has reached the due date, the LMS will automatically notify the enrolled student, as well as his/her immediate supervisor(s) based on superior position assignment and portal administrator(s) affiliated with that LMS. Although the LMS generates messaging based on the days due, it leaves the user enrollment otherwise intact.
- Days Before Due Date to Remind Student Field - This second field works in conjunction with the days due field mentioned above, allowing portal administrators to define a set of reminder days. This functionality works very much like the Offering reminder days, allowing the administrator to enter a single numeric value, or a set of comma-separated numeric values that will be used by the LMS to auto-generate reminders to the enrolled student that his/her due date is approaching. Currently, these messages only target the enrolled student-user; messaging to supervisor and administrator is only escalated on the due date mentioned earlier.
Reports - New Training Status Reports: The following new reports will be released for general availability as part of this next production post...
- Evidence of Competency Reports: These two new reports (Course and Certification/Curriculum versions) allow administrators to select a target course (or Certification/Curriculum) and display all active users at a location along with current status information. This includes users who have not yet enrolled in a given course (or certification/curriculum), which can be extremely useful in compliance-related tracking and reporting activities. Outputs include Location, Student Name and UserID, as well as Status and last Status Date recorded. In addition, this report can be run at the Division level to provide a location-by-location breakout of results.
- Training Program Status Reports - These two new reports (Course and Curriculum/Certification versions) provide authorized administrators with summary information tied to the set of target locations. Outputs include Location, Number of Active Students, Number of Active Students Who Have Completed, and % of Active Students Who Have Completed (the given course or certification/curriculum track).
These reports are being promoted to production with limited availability; additional information will be provided upon general availability.
New Goals Tab – the Latitude Learning LMS now provides a Goals Tab on the home page which displays a summary of goals that have been assigned to the student along with an indication as to whether or not the student has met the goal. Additionally, the student can view specifics about each curriculum or certification goal that has been set for him / her by clicking on the View Details.
Students can drill down to see specifics about each curriculum or certification goal that has been assigned to them:
Thank you again for your valuable feedback and input into ongoing enhancements to the LMS. For additional information regarding these and other capabilities, please contact the Latitude Learning Support Team at Support@LatitudeLearning.com