Since TalentLMS’s birthday on October 6th 2013, we’ve been hard at work designing the roadmap for 2014, a year we are very excited about as some of the most revolutionary changes will be seen on TalentLMS.
Let’s not jump ahead though; last Sunday, the 26th, an update went live on TalentLMS, and this post is dedicated to highlighting and explaining some of the most important changes.
Usability / Grid mode for Course Presentation
When it comes to your Learning Management System, our motto stands, less is more. We want users to get as much as they can out of the course list, without an excess of information that clutter the page. Previously, you had the option to view a text-list of the courses under their respective categories. Now, you have the ability to view them in Grid mode. Hovering over courses with your mouse button has a sliding effect:
Usability / Course ordering
We have changed the way courses are sorted. If you have course codes assigned to your courses, the sorting will prioritize course codes over course names. This is particularly useful if you are looking to sort all the course of a certain category, without having to name them similarly. For example, you can have two courses named “Algebra” and “Trigonometry” which would normally have many other courses between them (alphabetically sorted), if you assign course codes “MA101” “MA102” they will be sorted one after the other, as was intended.
Efficiency / Clone Units from Other Courses
In the same way that you can use test questions between different courses across the TalentLMS platform, you should be able to share content between different courses. When creating content, some courses may have similar prerequisite knowledge, or background story. In some cases, you may wish to present some material to jolt the memory of your students without referring them back to a previous course, or having them pay all over again to get it. In that case, we felt that being able to Clone content from other courses was the quickest and most effective way of creating content without actually doing double the work. This can be achieved by going to the course menu and pressing on the “Add” button; proceed by clicking on “Clone from another course”.
You will be presented with a popup asking you which course unit you would like to copy:
Notification Filters: Being efficient means being quick, and sometimes we may not be quick enough to respond to an event. That’s why we pride ourselves over the automation offered by our Notification system. It’s a highly customizable notification system that allows you to create your own notifications and automatically respond to events that may occur in the system. Due to the broad nature of some notifications, and the need to narrow down on more specific events and respond to them, we felt that introducing Notification Filters was the missing feather on our hat. Notification filters allow the TalentLMS administrator to create notifications specific to a certain course, group, branch or assignment. Here’s an example of how you could use the notification system as a way of unlocking new courses and synergizing with other features within the system, like Groups:
- Switch to Administrator role
- Click on Themes, under Account & Settings
- Paste the code provided by https://www.embedded-chat.com/ upon registering.
When you complete the steps, you should see a window on the left side of your page.
Customizability/ Support for SAML 2.0 and LDAP
Following Stripe Integration, we are introducing the option for Single Sign-On (SSO). Using one of the two available protocols, namely SAML 2.0 & LDAP, you can use your Single Sign-On account credentials to log-in to TalentLMS too. You just input the information corresponding to the protocol of your preference, and you’re ready to go. A detailed description on how to setup SAML 2.0 or LDAP to follow shortly. Note: Single Sign-On is not supported by Free and Small plans.
Security / Enforce SSL
Prioritizing safety, we are now offering Administrators the ability to enforce SSL on Login. Simply going into the Basic Settings under Account & Setting, as an Administrator, you can tick “Enforce SSL on login screen”. This will force the login page to always operate over a secure HTTP connection and keep you secure while browsing through the pages of TalentLMS.
That’s it for now! Your suggestions and feedback have been instrumental in designing and fine-tuning some of the new features. Stay tuned for more!