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 Technical News and Updates


10/06/2019  
SkillBuilder Reinstating Long Term Absence

As you may know LMS Controllers can put individual delegates into LTA (long term absence, e.g. for maternity).

There is an option to reinstate at a set date.

Unlike Archiving (which removes Users from the live system) LTA basically freezes them. They are frozen on the courses they are currently enrolled on and, on reinstatement, they are unfrozen and will carry on where they left off.

Note however, that LTA removes all User entries from the diary. This is especially relevant for Traffic Light. On reinstate, LTAs have to be manually reset on the TL Code courses required.

04/06/2019  
SkillBuilder Traffic Light Communications Update

A new field for selection has been added to the Activity Records & Reports dashboard.  There is now the option to select whether to report on 'Embedded Courses' - aka SCORM content.

It is now set up as a 'tick-box' option, as with existing programme types, and is unticked by default.

If ticked, and therefore selected, it will show SCORM content as rows, with an additional column detailing the Embedded Programme Reference (if applicable).

17/05/2019  
SkillBuilder Survey software integrated with WhizzAuthor

A full Survey suite has been written that can be used stand alone or integrated with any programme.

Survey questions can be added in multiple formats and scored if required. The system is ideal for adding a level of interactivity to your courses with warnings posted to tutors where survey responses are considered to be problematical.

Surveys are also ideal for gathering feedback on courses. For this reason we have upgraded the old 'Intelligence' system with a Survey results/reporting system.

17/04/2019  
SkillBuilder Welcome WhizzAuthor!

It has taken us over two years but it is finally here! Version 5 of SkillGate's content authoring system has all the best things we have learnt over the last 21 years:

  • simple authoring based on templates for subject experts
  • advanced features for professional trainers
  • publishiing via multiple channels
  • Real-time delegate management.

to name but a few.

16/02/2019  
SkillBuilder Headlines and A.I.

The new version 9 'Headlines' system comes with A.I. Delivered microlearning (AIDm). This replaces the old Personal Trainer on v8 systems.

There are several important differences including:

  • look and feel
  • automated focusing on delegate priorities
  • multiple 'further study' option
  • ability to save bites to a personal library.

The system also links to SkillBytes programmes for skills embedding.

14/01/2019  
SkillBuilder The SkillGate app has arrived!

Now available via Apple Business Manager, the app will be a great resource for on the go training.

Users will be able to access mandatory training, search for courses and check their record via the app. A once only log-in system allows for immediate access.

The app is currently available for iPhones and will be available on Android imminently.

15/11/2018  
SkillBuilder New Reports Update
Most customers have now been upgraded to the new real-time reporting system. The new activity reports are now much faster and do not need to be compiled to update. All customers will be upgraded by the end of the year.

15/11/2018  
SkillBuilder Extracts for Headlines
We have created a new feature for Headlines (Version 9 upgrade of Personal Trainer). Now Headlines emails sent to users incorporate an 'Extract' of a course that can be completed in seconds and saved to a separate folder to keep for later. Extracts act as standalone mini learning resources as well offering course 'tasters' to encourage completion of the full course.

21/09/2018  
SkillBuilder Short Course Booking System - new feature
We have added a new feature to our classroom booking system that means tutors can now be alerted when a user has booked onto a course.

21/09/2018  
SkillBuilder Reporting update
A new scheduled report export has been created which allows users to create and export reports from the system for delivery at a specific time of their choosing. If someone runs a report daily for example, they can schedule this to be delivered at a set time every day.

02/09/2018  
SkillBuilder New-look Authoring Suite now live
As part of our Version 9 upgrade we have unveiled our new authoring suite. This new editing tool is much more intuitive and user-friendly than previously, and has been designed to create 100% responsive content.

01/09/2018  
SkillBuilder SkillGate Version 9 has landed!
Our latest system upgrade - SkillGate Version 9 - is now live. The new upgrade includes a tablet-approach look and feel; a Headlines page tailored to an individual's interest preferences as an upgrade for Personal Trainer and a method of embedding learning; an upgrade to My Learning, offering formal learning pathways with timescales for completion of courses; and an optional bolt on to allow the recording of one-to-one meetings, objectives and actions.

 


Note:This information covers site improvements, developments, and general technical service improvements for all SkillGate systems. Individual details may vary from site to site.

Major developments are highlighted in bold.