Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Unicorn LMS 6.5 Release Notes

Our Unicorn LMS 6.5 includes further enhancements to our Sliding Banners and CPD.

Tailored Sliding Banners 
You can now tailor messages to different audiences on your home page. Create custom sliding banners and target specific groups of users.

How does it work?
Sliding Banner options are located within 'Site Settings'. Navigate to the second tab labelled 'Sliding Banner' and then click the padlock icon next to each banner to control who can see it. You can now disable individual banners whilst you are creating them too with the on/off button.

How do I get it?
This feature is available to Super Administrator users with access to 'Site Settings'.

CPD Enhancements
We have added the following features for CPD:

You can now treat Offline Activities as "Shared CPD" records enabling users to enter CPD details such as development need and reflective statement at the time of self-registering.

We have added optional CPD scheme functionality to enable users to submit their CPD creating a read-only snapshot for the year. This snapshot can be emailed as a PDF to the user and predefined email accounts.

How does it work?
This functionality is configured as part of a CPD scheme.

How do I get it?
The offline activity functionality is immediately available to users and administrators.

CPD scheme configuration is currently something undertaken by Unicorn. If you can benefit from this functionality please discuss with your Unicorn relationship manager.

When will I get 6.5?
All customers are being upgraded to 6.5 automatically over the next 4 weeks.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Unicorn LMS SkillsServe 6.4 Release Notes

Our Unicorn LMS 6.4 includes some great enhancements to our eCommerce and CPD systems and a new organisation logo feature.

eCommerce Additions
We now have integrated refund capability for WorldPay Select Junior Credit Card payments and GoCardless Direct Debit payments.

We have also added a new integration for the WorldPay Online Payment API.

Activities pending payment can be used as criteria for registration rules

Discount vouchers can now limit the number of times vouchers can be used and to set a limit on how much money can be discounted by a single voucher across multiple payments.

Event programmes now support payments in addition to individual events.

How does it work?
These enhancements are easy to get to grips with by simply making use of them from within the finance system within the LMS.

With the pending payment status being usable as criteria for registration rules, this means you can automatically assign users into other activities whilst waiting for payments to clear.

How do I get it?
These are automatically available to clients who have eCommerce enabled on their platform. If you want to benefit from eCommerce in your LMS, your Relationship Manager will be happy to discuss this with you.

CPD Enhancements
Users can see more clearly which activities have attachments when reviewing their CPD Log. It is now possible for users to add their own attachments as supporting evidence for other activities such as events and offline activities.

We've added a number of additional configurable CPD scheme options to provide greater control over CPD fields, limit to only system activities and have greater control how CPD is submitted.

We've added a new optional CPD Log layout to show scheme target, category requirements and amount outstanding.

Finally we've enabled visibility of CPD Syncing within the CPD log for users who have this enabled.

How does it work?
There is now an attachment icon in the CPD log to display which activities have user attachments. When clicking any completed activity there is also now the option to add attachments.

The additional CPD scheme options and layout are in the CPD settings area that we currently manage.

The CPD syncing settings display in the CPD log below the categories.

How do I get it?
The files attachments will be automatically available to any CPD users that can already upload attachments.

The CPD scheme configuration options are available on request.

The CPD syncing area will automatically appear in the CPD log for sites that have it enabled.

Organisation Logo
Super Administrators can now add a company logo for organisations on their LMS.

How does it work?
Go to 'Organisation and Users’ and select an organisation. When selected, navigate to ‘Settings & Configuration’ displayed in the side navigational menu. Proceed to the section labelled ‘Organisation Logo’. Simply upload the image and it will immediately be displayed next to the main site logo. To discard the logo, click 'delete’ and the logo will be removed immediately.

How do I get it?
This is standard functionality available to all Super Administrators with access to ‘Organisation and Users’ settings.

When will I get 6.4?
All customers are being upgraded to 6.4 automatically over the next 4 weeks.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Unicorn LMS SkillsServe 6.3 Release Notes

Our Unicorn LMS 6.3 includes a number of great new features and enhancements.

Diagnostic Self-Assessments
Learners can now use the diagnostic assessment functionality to assess themselves.

As a learner you can create self-assess assessments with both Stand-alone Assessments and regular Diagnostic Assessments as part of a pathway to test knowledge. Additionally, knowledge can be self-assessed after the learning with learner created Pathway Assessments.

How does it work?
Diagnostic Assessments can be created simply by adding items to your basket within Find Learning and then selecting ‘Add a Diagnostic Assessment’ or ‘Add a Pathway Assessment’. You can set your own pass-mark and how many questions you would like.

How do I get it?
This is a standard functionality and is available to all users.

eCommerce Activity Expiry
Activities requiring payment can now be set to automatically expire after a set period such as after 12 months.

Once the activity has reached its expiry date, the user will be prompted to buy again to continue to access it. This feature applies to on demand activities such as eLearning, video and assessments and excludes events, webinars and offline activities.

How does it work?
Go to ‘Finance’ under ‘System Settings’ in the menu. Navigate to the ‘Settings’ tab, and choose the duration of months for paid registration on activities. This will automatically apply to all paid for activities moving forward.

How do I get it?
This feature is available to ‘Super Administrators’ who will have access to ‘System Settings’ when eCommerce is enabled.

Automatic Due Dates based on Assignment Date
Registration rules that set due dates can now base them on when an activity progress is reset as well as first registered, such as for annual training requirements. For example, the due date can be set to be 8 weeks after assignment - which may be at different times for different users depending on the rule settings.

How does it work?
When in an activity Common Tasks, click Add Users. Select ‘Registration Rule’, and proceed through the options to ‘Step 3’. Within ‘Step 3’ select ‘Due Date’ and then choose option ‘Specify a date when the activity is assigned’.

How do I get it?
This feature is available to all administrators and managers that can register users onto learning.

New Event Portlet
We’ve added a brand new events portlet displaying a list of available events. View upcoming events details and information, register to events from the portlet all within a new sleek design.

How does it work?
This is a new portlet that appears on your home page when configured. It shows a month by month view of events, how many spaces are available and links to register.

How do I get it?
Super Administrators can add the portlet by going to ‘Organisation and Users’ in the menu and select a top level organisation unit within an organisation. When selected, navigate to ‘Portlets’ displayed in the side menu. Click ‘Add Portlet’, then select ‘Events’ to add and configure it.

Custom Fields for Activities
You can now define custom fields to store additional information about activities. This can include information for version control, venue details for managing events and anything else you may want to report on alongside normal activity details.

How does it work?
Super Administrators can define the fields within the 'Site Settings' area under the Activity Custom Fields option from the menu on the left. Administrators can set the data via the additional information tab of activity within 'Content Manager'. These fields can also be selected within activity reports.

How do I get it?
The ability to manage and this feature is available to Super Administrators users who will have access to ‘Site Settings’. Content administrators are able to see and use the custom fields.

Sliding Banner Enhancement
Have more creative freedom within the sliding banners you create for your homepage with a new rich text editor. Specify the colour, font size, font family for your text content you would like to display on your banner design.

How does it work?
Sliding Banner options are located within ‘Site Settings’. Navigate to the second tab labelled ‘Sliding Banner’ and then add a banner to show/use the new text editor configuration options.

How do I get it?
The ability to manage this feature is available to Super Administrators users who will have access to ‘Site Settings’.

When will I get 6.3?
All customers are being upgraded to 6.3 automatically over the next 4 weeks.