We’ve said time and again that investing in the right learning management system is pivotal for employee growth and organizational efficiency. At Sciolytix, we’ve created DigitalChalk so that it can be the best LMS on the market — instead of using a hodgepodge of LMS tools, our clients have one dedicated system that fills gaps in their training.
And to ensure it stays that way, we’re constantly evolving and looking to make it even better. After all, in today’s training world, you have to have your finger on the pulse of where the competition is going and what your clients’ needs are.
What’s coming in the future?
What is the training industry saying?
How are people using their current LMS?
What training gaps still exist?
Can this tool integrate with every third-party product?
What features could make online training even better?
Introducing DigitalChalk Teams
Our Chief Technology Officer, Troy Tolle, joined us on a recent Disruptors and Innovators podcast to share all the great things that are going on behind the scenes with DigitalChalk. And the biggest piece of information was that we released a new feature to the DigitalChalk platform called Teams. And boy, is this one going to make a world of difference.
Here’s how it works. In the past, if you wanted to give access to a manager for reports, they would become an organizational administrator within the realm of DigitalChalk. We’ve upgraded that now so that platform administrators can simply manage users into hierarchies (or teams) rather than putting administrative roles over each individual group of people. By making someone a team administrator, you only give them a glimpse into the people on their team or in their team hierarchy. This is going to improve usability in several ways:
- Manage users in these hierarchies more efficiently
- Improved distribution across teams
- Better reporting
Obviously, the learner experience is extremely important. But we all want to provide an exceptional experience for the people who are actually running the system. This required a complete overhaul of the platform, and it was well worth it.
What’s on the Horizon with DigitalChalk?
There is so much more coming in the near future that will further enhance the DigitalChalk LMS experience. Tolle shared a little bit about what’s on that roadmap and why that matters to customers. Here is just a quick sampling:
- New test features — We’ve delivered over 83 million test questions on the current interface of tests and are looking into inventive ways to restructure tests to make things more efficient and build upon what is already there. This can include fill-in-the-blank essays, scales and ratings, and improved reporting and data that will help administrators know what questions within each test are tripping up most of the users.
- Introduction to Zapier — The product already integrates with third-party products such as Active Directory, ProctorFree, LinkedIn, etc. We’re adding Zapier to that mix. Zapier allows us to quickly give our customers the ability to integrate with over 3,000 different apps in the marketplace. This includes instant integration to things like Google Docs, Google Sheets, Office 365, Dropbox, and more.
- Subscriptions — We already give you the capability to sell your course for the price that you need to sell it for. What we’re adding is the ability to do subscriptions. This is huge because, as you know, a Software-as-a-Service is really about getting that recurring monthly revenue. We want our customers to have that ability.
- Content library — With a content library, you don’t have to keep copying different course elements to different places when creating a new course. You’re simply reusing elements that you already have built. For example, if you create a SCORM file and upload it to the content library, you can make that SCORM file available to any course.
- Video — We’re adding a new video piece into the content library where users and administrators can share and reuse video and make that very easy and reliable. We’ll also add automatic transcription and the capability to plug in your own transcription engine if you want to.
Every time we do something new, we will update that interface to be the latest and greatest version. It’s all about making things easier for our users and administrators.