Monday, 24 March 2014

SkillsServe 4.17 Release Notes

 

Overview


We’re pleased to announce SkillsServe 4.17 launched in March 2014.


What’s new in this version?

Users can enter their date of birth when self-registering
Is it a new feature or an upgrade? This is an upgrade to the Self Registration Form.
How it works… When users self register onto a SkillsServe site they can now enter their date of birth. This field can be set as mandatory, voluntary or remain hidden so users don’t get the option to enter this information at all.

Self Register DOB

This information can be seen in a report using the data source “User Data” and by including the field “Date Of Birth”.

DOB Report
Why is this beneficial? Users can provide more information on the system and can help to discern between users who have the same name.
Default or configurable? This is a configurable part of SkillsServe 4.17. For more information please contact your account manager or the Helpdesk at helpdesk@unicorntraining.com or on 0844 800 3316.



Organisations can be created through Self Registration Form
Is it a new feature or an upgrade? This is a new feature to SkillsServe.
How it works… It’s now possible to create a new Organisation via a Self Registration Form. When using this form a new account is created at the same time as the new Organisation. This new user account can have a specific role set to it automatically, for example, an Administrator role.

Self Registration Organisation

Self Registration Organisation 2
Why is this beneficial? If you want to create a new Organisation or register a new business on SkillsServe this makes it that bit easier.
Default or configurable? This is a configurable part of SkillsServe 4.17. For more information please contact your account manager or the Helpdesk at helpdesk@unicorntraining.com or on 0844 800 3316.



New Image Slider feature on Login and Home pages
Is it a new feature or an upgrade? This is a new feature to SkillsServe.
How it works… This Image Slider displays image banners with links to external sites. The slider automatically changes between banners and you can manually flick between them, using the arrow buttons at either end of the banners.

Example banner 1:
Image Slider 1

Example banner 2:
Image Slider 2
Why is this beneficial? The Image Slider is effectively a form of advertising for information, activities or whatever you would like your users to see.
Default or configurable? This is a configurable part of SkillsServe 4.17. For more information please contact your account manager or the Helpdesk at helpdesk@unicorntraining.com or on 0844 800 3316.



Events are displayed in the Find Learning Catalogue after they take place
Is it a new feature or an upgrade? This is an upgrade to the Find Learning Catalogue.
How it works… Past events are now displayed in the Find Learning Catalogue as well as current ones. As well as being able to filter by current or past, Events can also be filtered for a particular date range, which can show past and current events at the same time.

Find Learning Events 1
Find Learning Events 2
Find Learning Events 3
Why is this beneficial? This allows companies to keep a log of Events both current and past.
Default or configurable? This is a default part of SkillsServe 4.17.



Event administrators can print out badge names for attendees
Is it a new feature or an upgrade? This is an upgrade to Events in SkillsServe.
How it works… When viewing an Event’s registered users via Content Manager you can now print name badges for the attendees. The size, style and information displayed on the badges are customisable.

Name Badges 1
Name Badges 2
Why is this beneficial? SkillsServe now helps you to identify the people who are attending your events.
Default or configurable? This is a default part of SkillsServe 4.17. For more information please contact your account manager or the Helpdesk at helpdesk@unicorntraining.com or on 0844 800 3316.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

SkillsServe 4.16 Release Notes

 

Overview


We’re pleased to announce SkillsServe 4.16 launched in March 2014.


What’s new in this version?

Changes made via the Organisation Information portlet are now tracked

Is it a new feature or an upgrade? This is an upgrade to the Organisation Information portlet.
   
How it works…

If a user has the Organisation Information portlet set up on their homepage they are able to move themselves from one Organisation to another in SkillsServe’s hierarchy system. These movements are now tracked in the Change Log tab of a user’s profile.


Organisation Information 1
Organisation Information 5
Organisation Information 4

   
Why is this beneficial? This keeps a record of a user’s movements within the SkillsServe hierarchy, helping to keep track of their movements on the site.
   
Default or configurable? This is a configurable part of SkillsServe 4.16. For more information please contact your account manager or the Helpdesk at helpdesk@unicorntraining.com or on 0844 800 3316.



Prices can be added to Document activities

Is it a new feature or an upgrade? This is an upgrade to the payments system on SkillsServe.
   
How it works… Prices can now be added to Document activities in SkillsServe.

Document Price 1
   
Why is this beneficial? It’s now possible to charge a fee for an activity that you can create yourself.
   
Default or configurable? This is a default part of SkillsServe 4.16 for sites with the payment feature enabled.


Documents can now be sorted by name or date of upload

Is it a new feature or an upgrade? This is an upgrade to the way documents are displayed in a user’s profile.
   
How it works…

Documents within a user’s profile can now be sorted either by Document Name or Upload Date by clicking on the arrows by each title.

Ordered by Document Name:
Document Sort 1

Ordered by Upload Date:
Document Sort 2

   
Why is this beneficial? This ability to sort documents makes it easier to find what you are looking for.
   
Default or configurable? This is a default part of SkillsServe 4.16.



Wider range of files can be added to the Documents section of users’ profiles

Is it a new feature or an upgrade? This is an upgrade to the Documents tab in users’ profile.
   
How it works… SkillsServe previously only allowed certain file types to be uploaded (see image below) but it now allows a much greater range. As long as the file type has been specified to us beforehand you will be able to upload it as a document to the site.

File Types
   
Why is this beneficial? This upgrade makes SkillsServe more flexible as it allows you to upload a file type that was not previously supported.
   
Default or configurable? This is a configurable part of SkillsServe 4.16. For more information please contact your account manager or the Helpdesk at helpdesk@unicorntraining.com or on 0844 800 3316.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

SkillsServe 4.15 Release Notes

 

Overview


We’re pleased to announce SkillsServe 4.15 launched in March 2014.


What’s new in this version?

Registration dates are now available to view and edit in Events

Is it a new feature or an upgrade? This is an upgrade to Events in SkillsServe.
   
How it works… It’s now possible to add a registration date to an event to inform attendees when, if needs be, they should physically register for an event. For instance, if you are attending a 3 day event you may need to be given a pass and other details prior to the event itself.

Event Registration Time 1

Event Registration Time 2

The registration time is available to view via the Catalogue and the user’s Training Plan.
   
Why is this beneficial? This helps to inform users of the event details and makes them aware of any registration times applicable to the event.
   
Default or configurable? This is a default part of SkillsServe 4.15.



Sponsors’ logos are now available to be displayed in the Event details page

Is it a new feature or an upgrade? This is an upgrade to Events in SkillsServe.
   
How it works… It’s now possible to display the logos of any organisations that sponsor events. These images will display in the details section of an event in the Catalogue.

Sponsor Logo 1
   
Why is this beneficial? This helps to give more information about an Events sponsors, providers and venues.
   
Default or configurable? This is a configurable part of SkillsServe 4.15. Please contact the Helpdesk further details on 0844 800 3316 or by email at helpdesk@unicorntraining.com.


Activities are still visible in the Catalogue after the registration date has passed

Is it a new feature or an upgrade? This is an upgrade to the SkillsServe Find Learning Catalogue.
   
How it works… Activities with a limit on the registration dates will now appear in the catalogue where they used to disappear. Users will still be able to see these courses in the Catalogue, but they will not be able to register onto them.

Catalogue view after registration
   
Why is this beneficial? This will help to keep track of activities in the catalogue, including past activities.
   
Default or configurable? This is a configurable part of SkillsServe 4.15. Please contact the Helpdesk further details on 0844 800 3316 or by email at helpdesk@unicorntraining.com.



Resources are now easier to attach to a Programme or Event

Is it a new feature or an upgrade? This is an upgrade to SkillsServe when adding resources to an Event or a Programme.
   
How it works… The interface to add a Wiki Space in the form of a resource to an Event or a Programme has been improved, making it easier to provide users with additional information resources to help them with an activity.

Resource 1

When adding a Resource you can select a Space that has been set up on the site and then choose a Page from within that Space.

Resource 4

When selecting a Page to add as a Resource, you can choose whether to make the resource available before after an activity has been completed (for instance you could make notes or slides from an event available after a user has been marked as Completed). You can also make the Resource available after a specific date, if you wish.

When a Resource has been added to an Event or a Programme it will show for users through their Training Plan or through the Catalogue.


Resource 5
   
Why is this beneficial? This upgrade makes it easier to add a resource to an Event or a programme.
   
Default or configurable? This is a default part of SkillsServe 4.15.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

SkillsServe 4.14 Release Notes


Overview


SkillsServe 4.14 involves changes in the background which help to pave the way for the new mobile CPD app. So, nothing to report as such, but we’re working away to introduce new features to enrich your SkillsServe experience.