Next Generation e-Learning
Tampa, FL - November
The FlexTraining Total e-Learning Solution (TM) is now available
with support for multiple course authors, instructors and managers
with an impressive array of advanced features. Online learners now
have immediate access to a flexible portfolio of user-friendly tools
such as instant enrollment, course search, and dynamic skills tracking.
Totally new interfaces for managers and learners lend a professional,
consistent feel to this world-class integrated learning system.
Other benefits include an advanced testing format, which provides
an alternative delivery of content-based test questions, such as
software simulations or multimedia, and "hot spot" exercises. Like
almost every feature in FlexTraining, users are offered a choice
as to whether to use a simple format or one with more flexibility.
In keeping with the design philosophy that has kept FlexTraining
in the forefront of e-Learning for over seven years, the latest
FlexTraining version is easy to learn and straightforward to use.
FlexTraining is a complete Learning Management System, which works
with any web browser over the Internet or a corporate intranet.
It lets customers author, build, deliver and manage custom online
training and testing over a local or distributed network.
The availability of this well-rounded suite of e-Learning tools
means that companies can now acquire their entire e-Learning solution
from one vendor, in one flexible, easy-to-use integrated package.
Previously, customers would have to develop interfaces to tie together
authoring and management products from various sources.
With FlexTraining customers can instantly and dynamically adapt
the menus and software to their specific needs, without programming.
FlexTraining also comes with complete source code, for customers
who need to customize their system beyond the considerable flexibility
offered by the standard product.
FlexTraining is also offered as an online service, called "Login
& Go". The online training center means customers can have
their own completely private training center, without hosting or
managing an e-Learning system. And customers who later decide to
bring their training environment "in-house" can transfer their FlexTraining
system to their own server without losing any student or course
Enhancements for FlexTraining version 5.0:
New Student Interface
FlexTraining now offers a completely re-designed user interface
for FlexTraining learners with a secure, private login, which is
based on name, e-mail address or employee number.
Personal Student Home Page
When a student logs in, a new home page shows all his enrolled,
completed and available courses. Also provided is a menu of his
training plan and required courses, if the Skills Management feature
is active, allowing one-click registration and status checking.
News and Updates
A news feature lets a student quickly see all news items and announcements
for the courses he is enrolled in at that time.
Course Finder Search Feature
From a secure home page, a student can now search for available
courses by keyword, using the description of the course.
Calendar and Daily Tasks
An online calendar maintains a task list, per day, as input by
the student. The calendar display highlights days with assigned
tasks and/or courses start dates.
Student Profile Edit with Password Change
A new screen allows the student, from the home page, to edit his
profile information and change his password as needed.
"Forgot Password" Helper
If a student forgets his password, the system can e-mail it to
Customizable Logo & Site Name
FlexTraining now provides an easy way for a manager to customize
the student module appearance, simply by selecting a different logo
and site name.
Multiple Management Roles
This feature provides individual user assignment of permissions
for the Management Module, with completely flexible assignment of
permissions and access to system tools (like authoring, planning
and reporting), based on the role defined for that user.
Multi-level Organization Hierarchy
When activated, this option provides a user-defined hierarchy of
departments or locations, with filtered reporting and course enrollment
permissions based on position of learner within the user-defined
Direct Bulk Enrollment
FlexTraining now allows an authorized manager to instantly enroll
any existing student, or group of students, in any class at any
SCORM run-time tracking and reporting allows the use of external
third-party "SCORM" learning content. SCORM objects may be use alongside
other types of files and learning content.
A new testing feature allows either all-at-one tests or one-question-per-screen
testing with multimedia items in each question and optional hot-spot-click
Comprehensive Help System
New help features include text, a basic quick tour, multimedia
demos, a set of "How Do I" examples,and a complete online management
Additional Usability Enhancements
Version 5.0 adds dozens of other enhancements designed to enhance
usability and expand on the user-friendly nature of FlexTraining
Other recently Added Features and Tools:
System Configuration, Course Builder and Scheduling Wizards
A customer can now manage system behaviors, enable and disable
software features, and build and schedule courses using a point-and-click
layout. For example, a new interface streamlines the process of
course creation by letting the course developer add just the pieces
he or she needs in a logical sequence.
Web Based Utilities Menu
FlexTraining now includes a menu of management and diagnostics
designed to offer easy system management. Included are features
to selectively delete courses and students, check the completeness
of each course, verify system integrity and other useful tools.
Time Logging and Reporting
Certain training situations require that the system track how long
a learner spends in each section of learning content, and how long
each online knowledge assessment takes. FlexTraining now provides
time logging and reporting to facilitate this requirement. Time
logging may be enabled with a single mouse-click or disabled for
customers who do not need to collect this information. Flexible
report filtering allows reporting by student or by course and offers
a summarized or detailed format.
FlexTraining has always included an instructor menu, which may
be used as needed. Instructors may be assigned to classes or a given
class may be totally self-paced. For customers who choose to utilize
instructors, a new Teachers Lounge Facility allows collaboration
between instructors in the form of a chat and message boards, email
or the free exchange of documents through an online library.
A new web-based portal, accessible only to FlexTraining customers,
is now in place. The Customer Portal includes, among other items,
a searchable Knowledge Base, which can provide instant resolution
of commonly asked questions and issues. The portal is be available
24/7 and is particularly helpful for international customers whose
time zone is several hours offset from the U.S. time zones.