7 Ways Your LMS Improves Training Outcomes

To wrap up 2020, we took a look at our most popular blog posts — and found that readers are eager to improve the learning experience for both learners and training administrators. There’s also considerable interest in how the LMS can help an organization address quickly changing circumstances — not surprising considering the curve balls 2020 has thrown at nearly every business!

Fortunately, SmarterU LMS excels at providing an optimal experience under even the most trying circumstances. Here, we’re highlighting seven blog posts that show how.

1. Brexit: What’s the Impact on Training?

Close-up of the EU flag made out of slightly crinkled paper. The shape of the UK has been cut out, exposing a light grey, speckled surface.

Brexit was big news a year ago, and as the deadline looms with no deal in sight, the impact of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union will be felt by companies large and small. Read about the ways one company is preparing for changes ahead. 

2. Need eLearning — FAST?

Abstract concept of speed: a series of multicoloured motion lines that converge in the middle, curving slightly as if they're going down a small tunnel.

When COVID-19 hit and companies closed virtually overnight, training moved online quickly. Without the months usually needed to design, develop, and launch online training, many organizations were desperate for a solution. 

SmarterU was there to help. Learn how easy it is to quickly convert slide decks into eLearning! 

3.  Ease the Burden of Training Enrollments

Man relaxing in front of his laptop, hands behind his head.

Enrolling learners in the right training and ensuring they complete it can be the bane of a training administrator’s existence. It can also absorb an enormous amount of their time. 

SmarterU makes enrolling and tracking learners easy with automation. It even has a new feature to update learner records in batches! Find out how to simplify learner enrollments with SmarterU.

4. SmarterU LMS Automation: Delegate These 12 Tedious Tasks

Illustrated representation of automation consisting of three white gears surrounded by a white circle, resting on a background of circuitry.

Training enrollments are just one aspect of the administrator’s job that benefits from automation! SmarterU is all-in with these 12 ways to reduce the amount of repetitive work and eliminate potential for errors with smart automation. Training administrators will love it — and learners will enjoy a smoother, more coherent online training experience. 

5. LMS Integrations Improve Learner Experience

Abstract blue background with dozens of light blue boxes layered on top, some appearing closer than others.

SmarterU is a leader in integrations, which has surprising benefits for learners as well as for training admins! 

The days of all online training consisting of LMS-based eLearning courses are long gone, for example, yet many LMS platforms don’t seem to know that. SmarterU is integrated with content libraries, microlearning and other mobile learning platforms, virtual classroom tools, and much more — empowering learners and providing a coherent learner experience.

6. Employee Experience Starts in Your LMS

Close-up of a person's hands holding a tablet. Popping off of the tablet surface is a bar graph, increasing as it moves to the right.

Improving overall employee experience or EX has been a major focus since 2019. And opportunities to learn and grow — take training — factor into EX in a big way. That’s why your SmarterU LMS is a natural starting point for improving the EX of your employees. With personalization and customization features, integrations that support the way modern learners learn, and more, SmarterU will help your employees grow and succeed.

7. Look Beyond Features When Choosing LMS Vendor

A woman with long, light brown hair in a white jacket looks off into the distance, using her left hand as a shield against the sun.

Your LMS is more than the sum of its integrations and automations: It’s a long-term partner in achieving your training and business goals. With that in mind, choosing an LMS vendor is as important as choosing a platform with the features you want. Maybe even more important! 

That’s why SmarterU puts so much effort into building strong, lasting relationships with clients. We’re creating a partnership with you that will span years! Find out how the SmarterU team views exceptional customer support — and why our customers agree that we consistently exceed our own high standards.

Ready to learn more?

Find out for yourself how a SmarterU LMS can make life easier for your training admins, improve the learner experience, and grow with your organization. Contact us today!

  • SU100 – Introduction to SmarterU
  • SU105 – Structuring Your SmarterU Account
  • SU110 – Course Development Options
  • SU115 – Introduction to Online Courses
  • SU120 – Online Courses: Instructional Tasks
  • SU125 – Online Courses: Quizzing and Exams
  • SU130 – Introduction to SCORM Courses
  • SU135 – Introduction to Instructor-led Courses
  • SU140 – User Management
  • SU145 – Progress Reporting
  • SU150 – Maximizing Recall & Retention

Finally, select the Columns you want to see displayed in the final report.

The Filters do the heavy lifting of parsing the data; Columns show you the results.

For example, franchisors could create a team of all “franchisees” across their network to easily report on their progress.Manufacturers could group all employees in a supervisory role, creating a “Leadership” team.A corporate office could create a team of all branch managers in different cities.

To create teams, Admins start by going to their account profile to specify team names.To add a learner to a team, go to the User Dashboard, edit that user, and add them to one or more teams. Learners can be added to to as many teams as is needed.

Control Fraction Quiz Marks
Three options – Precise, Rounded and Truncated

Set Quiz Availability Windows!
Specify the start and end dates and times when a Quiz can be taken.

Updated! Learner Dashboard

  • event & due date calendar
  • course catalogue for self enrollment

New! Instructor led Training Features

  • self-enroll and get placed on the “waiting list” if the session is full
  • ILT sessions visible on the calendar

New! Enrollment Dashboard

  • historical enrollments
  • recommended enrollments
  • mass enrollments
  • and more!

Course Prerequisites
One of our most frequently requested features is now available! Courses can now have one, or more prerequisites.

Home Groups
Just like high school, every learner now has a home room – a “home group.” This allows you to structure and set admin permissions to manage learners based on their home group assignment.

The Waiting List
Got popular instructor-led sessions? New in the Mercury release is the ability to use and manage waiting lists when your sessions are full.

Knowledge Base Templates
Got structured information such as spec sheets? Create templates with exactly the fields you want, including images, tags, etc.

Knowledge Base Permissions
Set and manage permissions – you can control who can view and edit your Knowledge Base – by group, team or individual user.

Knowledge Base Organization
Create folders to organize and group your files, and “drag & drop” files from one folder to another, using our tree view.

Roles & Certifications
Your learners all have a variety of roles in your workplace, and some of those roles may have specific recurring training requirements. Role Management makes scheduled or recurring training easy to manage.

You have the ability to define unlimited roles, each with their own requirements for certifications and ongoing training.

Role Management Dashboard
Use the Role Management Dashboard to easily manage roles and corresponding certifications.

Role Management Calculation
Track training requirements for your certifications, including recertification periods, expiries and automated notifications.

Role Management Automation
Each user can be given one or more role, and their training requirements are automatically determined!

Branded Emails
All SmarterU’s automatically generated email notices will now be branded with your logo and theme.

Google Apps Integration
SmarterU is now integrated with the Google Apps Marketplace for easy Single Sign On.

Team Management
Identify learners with a common theme and associate them as a “team” across groups! Easiest way to label users into teams such as Leadership, Production Worker, etc.

ATTN: IT FOLK

(non-IT Folk, ignore the following)

If you have firewall rules for any of these domains, contact us to get notified of the new IP addresses:

  • aps.smarteru.com
  • marketplace.smarteru.com
  • scorm.smarteru.com
  • api.smarteru.com

Do you have a login portal that uses an A Record instead of a CNAME? Best change it to a CNAME – instructions here.

ATTN: IT FOLK

(non-IT Folk, ignore the following)

If you have firewall rules for any of these domains, contact us to get notified of the new IP addresses:

  • aps.smarteru.com
  • marketplace.smarteru.com
  • scorm.smarteru.com
  • api.smarteru.com

Do you have a login portal that uses an A Record instead of a CNAME? Best change it to a CNAME – instructions here.

ATTN: IT FOLK

(non-IT Folk, ignore the following)

If you have firewall rules for any of these domains, contact us to get notified of the new IP addresses:

  • aps.smarteru.com
  • marketplace.smarteru.com
  • scorm.smarteru.com
  • api.smarteru.com

Do you have a login portal that uses an A Record instead of a CNAME? Best change it to a CNAME – instructions here.

Enrolled Courses

My Timeline

My Waiting Lists
Will appear if users on waiting lists for ILT courses.

My Learning Plans
Enterprise Accounts Only.

Course Catalog
All courses that are set for self-enroll within at least one of the users groups.

All Courses
All courses that the user is allowed to see and enroll in.

The Knowledge Base
If the user has been given permission to access that account’s Knowledge Base.

You have the ability to define unlimited roles, each with their own requirements for certifications and ongoing training.

Track training requirements for your certifications, including recertification periods, expiries and automated notifications.

Each user can be enrolled in one or more role, and their training requirements are automatically derived!

Create your report profile to give each report a unique name and description, and to set its status.

Create your report profile to give each report a unique name and description, and to set its status.

Export your results to a CSV file for easy data analysis!

Our new Knowledge Base

Knowledge Base Video

Learning Plans

Learning Plans – Detail

UPGRADED! Group & Account Level Reports
Several new features added to our already robust Reporting Suite including the ability to specify visibility levels, and adding email addresses as a custom filter.

UPGRADED! ILT Workscreens
Several new features added to our already robust Reporting Suite including the ability to specify visibility levels, and adding email addresses as a custom filter.

NEW! Quick “User-Add” Feature
Admins or users with the proper permissions can quickly add new users by specifying a minimum amount of information for that new user.

NEW! Automated Group Enrollments
You may now include group courses in SmarterU’s recommended enrollments calculation by enabling the course’s Auto-Enroll setting.

New! Time Zone Support
Specify a default account time zone, and a time zone for each of your users. All dates/times will then be automatically converted to the “viewer’s” time zone.

Store Word docs, Excel spreadsheets, PDFs, PPTs, images, videos, audio files, zipped files, and more.

Got structured information such as spec sheets? Create templates with exactly the fields you want, including images, tags, etc.

Create folders to organize and group your files, and “drag & drop” files from one folder to another, using our tree view.

ILT Course Workscreen

ILT Session Workscreen

NEW! Quick “User-Add” Feature!
We’re introducing a new way to create users.

Quick User-Add will be available from the Users menu. Watch for it!

Automated Recommended Enrollments
Ever wish you could automatically enroll learners in one or more courses when they are added to a group?

Now you can, with our Automated Recommended Enrollments!

Anti-Harassment
Banking & Credit Union Operations
Business Essentials
Coaching & Counselling Employees
Communication
Competency Toolkits
Customer Service
Desktop Computer Skills
Diversity
Ethics
Finance
Health & Wellness
Healthcare
Human Resources
Information Technology

Leadership
Management & Supervision
Managing Change
Marketing
Motivation & Personal Development
Presentation & Facilitation Skills
Project Management
Safety & Regulatory Compliance
Sales
Social Media
Team Building
Telephone Skills
Time Management
Video Production
Workplace Violence

Anti-Harassment
Banking & Credit Union Operations
Business Essentials
Coaching & Counselling Employees
Communication
Competency Toolkits
Customer Service
Desktop Computer Skills
Diversity
Ethics
Finance
Health & Wellness
Healthcare
Human Resources
Information Technology

Leadership
Management & Supervision
Managing Change
Marketing
Motivation & Personal Development
Presentation & Facilitation Skills
Project Management
Safety & Regulatory Compliance
Sales
Social Media
Team Building
Telephone Skills
Time Management
Video Production
Workplace Violence

Domain

Old IP

New IP

*.smarteru.com  

206.45.45.3

216.55.210.3

elearning-academy.net

206.45.45.4

216.55.210.4

scorm.smarteru.com

206.45.45.5

216.55.210.5

integrations.smarteru.com

206.45.45.6

216.55.210.6

legacy.smarteru.com

206.45.45.15

216.55.210.15

google-apps.smarteru.com

206.45.45.6

216.55.210.6

Archive

Visit the full blog archive for more SmarterU news.