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21st September 2011

Serebra Engages Students with More Social Features

serebraSerebra Learning Corporation has announced important enhancements to the Serebra Campus learning management system (LMS) that will make it easier for students to learn while engaging with each other, and with administrators.

“We constantly look to advance our platforms in ways that motivate students and that enrich their on-line learning environments,” said Serebra’s President and CEO, Taleeb Noormohamed. “I am particularly excited about our second round of new social learning tools. Students can find fun and more meaningful ways to track their educational progress.”

Serebra Campus release 3.17 is a feature release of the LMS that adds new functionality for social learning and custom courses while improving upon existing learning plan functions and course enrollment procedures.

Serebra Campus uses social features to encourage student engagement, increase training activity and build community. With this release, students will find “leaderboards” on their dashboard as a new way to motivate them to complete existing training as well as register for additional training. There are two sets of leaderboards included in this release. The first set of leaderboards show students where they rank as determined by course completions site-wide and within their peers. Peer group associations are automatically generated based on department memberships. The second set of leaderboards show students which courses are most popular as determined by the number of registrations for the course. Again these stats are shown for courses site-wide and within a student’s peer group.

This feature expands the current custom e-learning functionality. Until now, custom e-learning courses were required to be authored e-learning courses in AICC or SCORM format (uploaded in ZIP form). With this new feature, administrators can now upload stand-alone PDFs, Microsoft Office documents (DOC, DOCX, XLS, XLSX, PPT, PPTX) and Text files (TXT, RTF) to be delivered as an e-learning course. A document-based e-learning course includes all of the same capabilities as an authored e-learning course. This includes the ability to add outlines, preview the material and easily make the course available in the catalog. Students acknowledge that they have read and reviewed the material (i.e. completed the course) using a checkbox on the course launch page.

This release expands on the current learning plan functionality by providing an improved method of showing students how far they have progressed through their learning plans. A progress bar/metre as well as a progress percentage is displayed for each learning plan (including the personal learning plan). Progress metres/percentages are shown on the learning plan page as well as on the My Training Dashboard. Progress is determined based on completion of courses included in the learning plan.

Course outline/details have long been shown in a “lightbox”. A recent upgrade improved the enrollment process by adding an enrollment lightbox window, shopping cart and “Register Now” functionality. This release builds upon those features by combining the previously separate course outline/details and enrollment lightboxes. This combined lightbox streamlines student registration and allows students to more easily move from viewing the course outline/details to course registration. For event courses the combined lightbox also provides students with more “at a glance” information, including data about how many seats are still available and the registration closing date.

Students will see the new functionality for leaderboards and progress meters on their My Training Dashboard. In addition, students will find the combined course outline/enrollment lightbox and improved calendar interface in the course catalogue.

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