15.12.2017

Unicorn LMS 7 Release Notes

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Unicorn LMS 7 is the next major release of our LMS platform containing many great new features. Unicorn LMS 7 provides self-service features such as adding your own branding to your LMS, eCreator courses and pathway designs. This significant release includes new content creation features, new reports, additional languages and enabling our mobile apps. In addition to this we have added support for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Site Theme Builder

Design and create your own site themes with the new 'Site Theme Builder'. Customise your LMS site with your organisation brand colours, setting your site theme, upload your company logo and design your Login page. You can create different themes for different organisations on your LMS.


How does it work?
From the main menu go to 'Site Settings' and 'Create New Theme' from within the Themes tab. Name the new theme and select 'Site Theme' from the list of theme types. You can change a range of options including Brand Colours, Site Colour Scheme and Login page. Simply click on a section to reveal its settings and update the features accordingly. After editing, 'Save' your theme and 'Preview' your newly created theme to see the changes before applying to your site. Click on the 'End Preview Mode' button to return back to your Site Theme settings. To apply your new theme to your site, select and save the theme from the 'Default Site Theme' option located under the list of themes within the Themes tab. Alternatively you can apply to an individual organisation in the Organisation and Users area. This can be a great way to test with specific users before applying more widely.

How do I get it?
This is standard functionality available to all Super Administrators.

Pathway Theme Builder

Create themes for your pathways with the new 'Pathway Theme Builder'. Design your Pathway to match your organisation brand with options for colours and image uploading.


How does it work?
Navigate from the main menu to 'Site Settings' and 'Create New Theme' from within the Themes tab. Enter a name for the Pathway Theme and select 'Pathway Theme' from the theme type list and proceed to 'Create'.

The Pathway Theme Builder includes a list of available theme settings. Choose and select the colours you would like to use for the Pathway Title, Tile and Text. Upload an image to display in the background of the Pathway (follow the image size recommendations to achieve best results for your design). After editing, 'Save' your Pathway theme to make it available for use. You can also choose the user groups that can use your new Pathway theme via the Permissions tab.

When your Pathway Theme has been created you can select your theme under the 'Display Options' located in the pathway Details tab in Content Manager.

How do I get it?
This is standard functionality available to all Super Administrators.

eCreator Theme Builder

Create your own eCreator themes with the new 'eCreator Theme Builder' to incorporate your branding or personalised design.

How does it work?

Navigate from the main menu to 'Site Settings' and 'Create New Theme' from within the Themes tab. Enter a name for the new eCreator theme and choose 'eCreator Theme' from the theme type list and select 'Create'.

The eCreator Theme settings display a list of available theme options such as main colours, images and types of button. You can also choose the user groups that can use your new eCreator theme via the Permissions tab.

When your eCreator theme has been created you can select it from within the 'Details' tab of the eCreator activity via Content Manager.

How do I get it?
This is standard functionality available to all Super Administrators.

eCreator Enhancements

We have made a number of user experience improvements to the eCreator so that creating courses online is even easier.

How does it work?

We've separated out the details and page list in different tabs to make it easier to manage. You can now navigate between pages whilst editing an eCreator course without having to navigate back to the main page list. We have included a button to add a new page immediately after the current page you are editing so you can build courses faster.

Managing and sorting the order of pages within your eCreator can now be done easier by 'dragging and dropping' the pages within the content list of pages (via Pages tab). We have improved the inline editing for courses created using new eCreator Theme Builder themes. Also, you can now disable the print page and print all pages buttons for a course from the Details tab. You can now choose whether to display a home button and menu button or hide either of them when taking an eCreator course.

The eCreator course itself is now scalable to the window size - this means the courses look great on a larger screen or full screen and also scale better for smaller devices.

How do I get it?
This is standard functionality available to all Content Creators and Administrators.

Find Learning and Content Manager Features

We have made some significant improvements to one of our most commonly used Unicorn LMS features - the Find Learning and Content Manager. This area now features three views for learners and content creators to 'Find', 'Manage' and 'Create' learning activities. The all-new 'Create' area allows you to drag and drop your files to rapidly upload eLearning, videos and documents with ease.

How does it work?

Go to the 'Find Learning' area, three tabs will be displayed within the Find Learning area: Find, Manage and Create.

Find – your learning activities in the Find Learning Library. Search and filter through categories on all types of eLearning such as Activities, Pathways and Events. Collate activities together in your Basket to create Pathways with Diagnostic and Pathway Assessments.

Manage – the activities you have created by editing the details of your content and assign your content to people in your team/organisation.

Create – upload or create various activity types like Assessments, Pathways, Events and more. Upload new eLearning, video and documents with the new 'Drag and Drop' feature by dropping files onto the page. Simply drag one or more supported files from your computer e.g. PDF, Word Doc, MP3, MP4, MOV, Zip file (containing SCORM, XAPI, AICC file types) and drop the file onto the 'Create' tab page. After the file has been uploaded to the LMS you can then 'View' and amend the details of the content via the Content Manager.

How do I get it?
Find Learning is standard functionality and is available for all users. Manage and Create features are available to all Administrators and Content Creators. The 'Drag and Drop' feature is available for modern browsers including Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Internet Explorer 10 (+ upwards).

Self-Service Mobile Apps

Super Administrators can now enable the Learning Path app via their LMS site.

How does it work?

Navigate to 'Site Settings' and select the 'Mobile Apps' tab. Select the setting 'Enable the Learning Path App'. Enabling this feature will allow access to the Learning Path app with Login credentials used for the LMS site.

How do I get it?
This is standard functionality available to Super Administrators.

GDPR Support to Automatically Delete Users

We have added support for the upcoming GDPR regulations to enable organisation to automatically archive and delete users after a period of inactivity to comply with your organisation's data retention policy.

How does it work?

To enable 'Automatic User Archiving' and 'Automatic User Deletion' navigate to 'Site Settings' and select the 'User Archiving' tab.

Enable Automatic User Archiving - When 'Automatic User Archiving' is enabled you can configure when a user will be automatically archived after a period of inactivity. You can automatically archive users who have not logged in within a minimum period of 1 year.

Enable Automatic User Deletion – User accounts may only be deleted when a user account status is set to archived. Deleting a user account will permanently remove all personal information. Therefore leaving no trace of the actual person previously associated with the account. You can automatically delete users who have not logged in within a minimum period of 2 years.

You can specify user groups to exclude from the Automatic User Archiving and Deletion process - such as specific roles or organisations.

How do I get it?
This is standard functionality available to Super Administrators.

Reports for Super Administrators

We have added two new predefined reports for Super Administrators: 'Usage By Year' and 'Activity Ratings and Details'. There is also a new Data Source for reporting on 'Form Fields'.

How does it work?

Usage By Year – is a predefined report accessed from the list of available reports on the 'Reports' page. This shows the login sessions, activity launches and activity completions for each year up to the last 12 years.

Activity Ratings and Details – is a predefined report displaying all activities on the LMS including activities uploaded by administrators and license content managed by Unicorn. The report displays details such as when an activity was created, last updated and what the average rating is.

Form Field (Data Source) – Create a 'New Report' from the Reports page and select 'Form Fields' in 'Step 1 – Data Source' options.

In the next step - 'Select Parameters', choose and select which Form Templates you would like to report on. In the next step you can choose the Form Fields to display in the 'Available Fields' section. The field list will be from all of the form templates you have selected so you can report across multiple types of form.

How do I get it?
This is standard functionality available to Super Administrators.

Dutch and French Languages added

You can now present your LMS in 'Dutch' and 'French' languages in addition to English, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, German and Italian. These can now be enabled via the self-service settings.

How does it work?

To enable languages, go to Site Settings in the menu and select the Languages tab and enable Languages.

Select your site language from the drop down select option located in the header area of your site. This can be achieved via the Login screen and whilst logged into the site. When selecting the language the change will immediately take effect and be displayed on the site.

How do I get it?
This is standard functionality available to Super Administrators.

When will I get 7?
All customers are being upgraded to 7 automatically over the next 6 weeks

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