When an instructor looked at an individual learner’s detailed results on a quiz, the data there was a bit of an eyesore. Besides being a plain looking table of text, it was sometimes unclear which questions a learner got wrong. Well, now it should be crystal clear. Here’s what it looks like now:

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When the learner got the question as a whole wrong, it tells you that up front, and then compares their answers to the correct ones. This new layout also works better on a phone, since it’s a single column.

Note that we haven’t updated the learner’s view of their own results to match this yet, so theirs is still a table of text for the moment.

More improvements to quizzes are on our roadmap, so stay tuned.✌️

We just released a new tile type into the wild: Assignments. Assignments are a way to give learners open-ended tasks, which are then manually reviewed by an instructor.

Most training content in Skillo is static: the learner works through the content, and Skillo marks their progress and score automatically. With Assignments, you can give learners unique challenges of your own design and coach them along the way.

Some of you might have used Manually Scored Tasks, which served a similar purpose. Assignments replace these, since they are better in every way. The main difference is that they allow for more coaching and feedback through back-and-forth conversations with text, recordings and attachments. Most of the time, that makes them more practical than using Spark, too. …

Many of you asked for it, so we built it. Now you can archive old courses. In the course options screen, you’ll see the new option.

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Think of archiving as putting the course in a closet— out of sight, out of mind for everyone involved — without deleting it. You can still grab reports, and it can be restored at any time by anyone allowed to change the course options.

Today we launched a new feature. If you’re an instructor in a course, you’ll see a new tab in a course’s navigation called “Auto-Assign Rules” which lets you automate who gets assigned to the course. To explain why it’s so useful and why we built it, let’s review the other ways you can already add learners to a course.

The Old Approach

From the beginning, you’ve been able to add learners to a course through this screen, which you get to by viewing a course’s learner list and clicking Add Learners.

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Here you can add people individually by name, or in bulk based on their boss, job title, or user list. There’s even a sanity check to help you avoid mistakes and explain why certain people will be skipped. This is a one-time action though, meaning it won’t add anyone else in the future. It won’t, for example, add new hires as they come into the system. At a small organization that might be fine, but when teams quickly grow or employees change roles on a daily basis, having to come back here all the time to add new people would be a tedious extra step. …

The transition to remote work introduces some new challenges. Teams that are used to impromptu office chats and immediate feedback are now isolated in their homes. There are new demands and distractions at home. Embracing these changes instead of fighting them will help us make the most of our time and talent. We’ve been talking to our customers as they build their new remote routines, and we want to pass along three totally reasonable and doable ways to make remote work better for your teams using Skillo.

More coaching, less micromanaging.

Skillo can help automate some of the managerial tasks that come with leading a team, to free up more time for the important stuff: thoughtful feedback and individualized coaching. When you share new content with your team in Skillo, it will send emails letting learners know. Instead of checking in with every team member individually, quickly scan the progress of the whole group. …

We recently talked about the new People View, where admins can see users that match their specified criteria. We just updated a related screen. In this screenshot, I am an admin checking up on a coworker, Charles.

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Internally, we call this screen “Person View” and it’s been around for a while, but we just made some big improvements. First, there is now a dedicated sidebar navigation, just like when you’re looking at a course. That makes the Edit User screen much easier to find. Before, you had to click on a tiny pencil near their name — easy to miss. …

We just shipped a much requested feature: the ability for admins to look up whole sets of people, regardless of what courses they may be in.

In October, we talked about how we added the status of each learner who reports to you on the My Team screen, like this:

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But that was just the beginning. Sure, admins could look up anyone from the Find User screen, but only one at a time. What about evaluating team leaders by looking at their team?

That’s where the new People screen comes in. Non-admins will just see their direct reports as usual, but if you’re an admin, you can cross reference a number of things to see whatever list of people you want. …

We pushed some quality-of-life improvements this past month.

Tile Editing Improvements

As you know, clicking the pencil on a tile takes you to a screen where you can edit various settings for that tile. We just made two improvements to this screen.

  1. You can see the thumbnail on this screen, and when you edit it, it shows the new one right away. It also reminds you what size it will be displayed at, which is helpful if you make custom thumbs.
  2. For embedded content like YouTube videos and web articles, you can change the URL. …

Let me highlight some improvements we’ve made lately, in case you haven’t seen them.

See Status of Your Team

For everyone who reports directly to you, the My Team screen now shows you their status as a learner across all their courses. You can still see the details if you click their name, but on this screen we cut to the chase: are they done with everything, not done yet, or overdue?

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If you ever forget what these statuses mean, clicking the little question mark near the top will remind you:

Create a catalog of optional courses

Many of you have asked for a way to provide learners with optional courses. Now you can. You can now create courses that are available for anyone at your organization to take on their own. Note that this whole feature is enabled only for organizations who want it, so if you don’t see it, reach out to us.

To mark a course as an elective, visit the course options screen and flip the switch to ON.

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That will make it appear in the new Electives screen, which you can find in the main navigation. Note that there are no complicated permissions here: all users can see all electives and search for them by name. From the Electives screen, they have the option to add the course to their own Learn section, at which point their progress will be tracked as usual. …

Justin Mulwee

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