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Tuesday May 15, 2012

Online training platform to make assessment and certification easy

We would like to announce the release of our new Assessment and Certification Tool (ACT) that will enable customers to develop a full spectrum of customized evaluation instruments for their training programs.

ACT’s evaluation instruments can range from informal quizzes to formal certification exams that promote individualized learning paths, help evaluate user knowledge and skill levels, and support professional certification programs within a targeted user community or organization.

Formal certification exams can be easily created and customized with this new tool to ensure learners demonstrate the critical knowledge and skills to perform their role. Exam results can drive learner motivation by placing learners on a customized learning path that provides clear direction on how to enhance their own skills and knowledge base through the online training.

Features of the new assessment and certification tool include: randomized question banks, customized delivery settings, learning paths, certificates of completion, tracking and reporting and a resources option for the exam.

A description of features is below:

1. Question Bank: ACT allows administrators to create a bank of questions from which they can draw a designated number of test items for each offering. This question bank can be
optionally stratified into topical question pools for further refinement of their assessment. The question bank can also be expanded over the life of their program.

2. Customized Delivery Settings: Options for each exam include randomization of test
items, timing of the exam, number of retries and the passing score.

3. Learning Paths: Once the user has completed a test, based on their performance they
can be directed towards a designated area or level of training that addresses their
current learning needs. From their custom entry point, they can then progress to the next level within the certification path or training program.

4. Certificates: Certificates can be generated, when appropriate, once a user has achieved
the passing criteria on the assessment.

5. Tracking and Reporting: All user activity, progress and test results are tracked within the
KOD platform and available through our reporting engine. Reporting data can also be
exported for further analysis.

6. Resources: There is an option to associate related course content to any or all of the exam questions so the learner can easily access it for review or remediation upon completion of the exam. This provides reinforcement of key concepts and allows learners to immediately address any areas of weakness.

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Wednesday Apr 27, 2011

NEW FEATURE! Embed 3rd-party videos in KOD

We’re pretty excited about this feature and hope that our users will be, too. Now users can embed video from 3rd-party websites like Vimeo or YouTube into KeyStone OnDemand. Eventually, these could be part of a course. This is the first of several 3rd-party integrations (docs, interactions, surveys, etc) planned in the future. Ideas welcome.

For example, here’s one of our videos on YouTube:

Than in KOD, there is now an “embed” option where you can copy the embed code from YouTube and paste it into KeyStone OnDemand:

Once added, the 3rd-party video will play in KeyStone OnDemand like any other video; however, it’s actually playing through the 3rd-party site:

 

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