A new wave of Taleo Learn LMS system

A new wave of Taleo Learn LMS system

It so happened that I haven’t had projects related to Taleo Learn for the last two years. Mainly I have been involved in Oracle Fusion HCM implementations and Taleo Recruitment opportunities. Recently I have had a chance to take a look on Taleo Learn new features that have been released since a few last releases.

To be honest in spite of the rich functionality I never liked it too much because of old technology and not very friendly user interface. You know l have changed my mind now.

Today I would like to outline only one new improvement but I am absolutely convinced it is very important feature if not the most important.
This is a new LearnCenter designerLet me explain why I think it’s so important.
We are living in the era of mobile devices that founded by Steve Jobs and I know for sure that millions people start discovering web using mobile phones as a primary device.
To attract their attention you should have mobile versions of learning portals that should be created using modern technology and have user-friendly UIs.

A new LearnCenter designer allows customers to quickly create modern responsive web designs for their learning  portals using HTML5 and CSS techniques.
I don’t like a design work but I was able to create a basic design for a day with a new LearnCenter designer. Of course it is only for purposes to demonstrate main new available features.

Here is a desktop look&feel:

Here is a mobile look&feel:


Let me briefly introduce new features that is available for now:

  • Page Templates.
  • Widgets
  • New Pages

Page Templates

Page Templates are a part of the LearnCenter Designer. The the concept of templates is going to eventually replace the concept of a global header that was common in the Classic WYSIWYG Page Editor. You can add as many templates as you want and you can apply them to any LearnCenter page.

The LearnCenter Designer supports HTML5, and supports the ability to add items such as div tags, tables, rows, and images. Items can be inserted either from the Resource Manager or from external locations. You can upload custom CSS data into the template as well as custom javascript code.

Widgets

Widgets are an upgrade for classic Dynamic Objects that are available for use on the pages created by the Classic WYSIWYG Page Editor. Widgets have a more modern look and feel. They are HTML5 compliant. Unlike Dynamic Objects, Widgets are managed in one central location. You can change them once on the Widgets page, and they update everywhere they are used in your LearnCenter. There are currently 7 Widgets:

  • Catalog Widget
  • Learning Plans
  • My Tasks
  • Search Widget
  • Skills Widget
  • Team Monitor
  • Transcript

Additional Widgets are getting developed. The Widgets are intended for use with pages created by the new LearnCenter Designer. They will not work on pages created by the Classic WYSIWYG Editor. Likewise, classic Dynamic Objects will not work on pages created by the new LearnCenter Designer.

New Pages

Once you have created page templates, you can create new pages and apply the templates to those pages. You can create as many pages as you want. Pages created with an old and new editors can coexist with no negative impact on each other.

You can insert the following objects from the tools menu bar:

  • Widget – enables you to add Widgets to a page.
  • Access Filter – enables you to grant or deny access to certain content (based on groups).
  • Resource Manager – opens the LearnCenter Resource Manager so that you can select pre-uploaded items for the templates. You can even upload resources not already in Resource Manager and then select them for your template.
  • Links – enables you to type in links or to insert pre-defined links to various pages in the LearnCenter.
  • Images – enables you to insert images. You can do this by either typing a link to the Source or by selecting a pre-defined image (currently limited to the LearnCenter logo and the User profile picture).
  • Dynamic Tags – enables you to insert tags from a predefined list of tags, which are related to User fields. Both User standard and custom fields are supported.

 

Conclusion

As many of you know Oracle currently is developing a new Learning Cloud module as a part of Fusion HCM Cloud services. There are a lot of features are available under controlled availability for Release 12 and they continue extension of new features.

Here are some of them:

  • eLearning (SCORM, AICC, PDF, Weblink)
  • Instructor Led Training – Onsite or Online with Capacity Management
  • Course / Class Evaluations
  • Learning Paths and Specializations
  • Manage Completion Rules
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Integration with Employee Talent Profile to record learning achievements
  • Administrator-driven Learning Assignments
  • Required, Voluntary, Recommended Assignments
  • Dynamic assignments
  • Advanced assignments using (OTBI) Analysis
  • Learning Communities
  • OTBI Learning Subject Area
  • Native Mobile Learning including Offline
  • Learning Page Composer Components
  • Learning REST API

But I have big doubts that Oracle Learning Cloud will be able to get closer to the power of Taleo Learn in near few years. There is no an e-commerce module even in roadmap.

That’s why, in my opinion, Oracle decided to continue improvement of Taleo Learn functionality and they made a right decision.

Hope it helps.

Kind regards,

Volodymyr

 

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