We have very often during demonstrations of the uQualio® platform heard the following wish:
Why is it not possible to upload videos directly to the platform - why can you only use a link?
We are extremely happy to tell you that from today that is possible!
We hope you will try it out yourself?
– and please let us know if there is something else we can help you with! We are listening :)
At uQualio® we are very pleased to tell that – besides videos – also text, image as well as audio files can now be used on our eLearning platform
By Lone Tjustrup Olufsen, MarCom Consultant at uQualio®
“Videos can cover most of the needed training, but some topics are better explained by adding other learning materials as well. The latest product release improves the combination of learning tactics appealing to multiple learning situations and therefore appeal to multiple types of users and customers,” says Kent Valentin Fallesen, CEO at uQualio®.
Video, image, text and audio files are all important elements in the ability of providing electronic performance support - 24/7 - on all devices. Audio files (podcasts) support listening and learning “on the move” - e.g. while walking, travelling by train, and similar. And as something rather unique uQualio® also supports interactivity with audio files such as it does today with video. If the learner answers incorrectly to a question, the system can playback the correct answer in the audio file. Image files on a tablet – such as e.g. a technical drawing – help engineers with machine maintenance on location.
Video will become more widely use and distributed to support learning
Despite the relevance of both text, image and audio files – video files will become more widely distributed:
“Historically, paper documents have been the core learning material. In the future text files will be an “add-on” to videos – with videos as the key source for learning”, says Kent Valentin Fallesen.
We are looking for a competent student that will help us drive our global SoMe activities on the internet incl. Twitter, LinkedIn & Facebook as soon as possible.
Your tasks will vary and there will seldom be two days that are the same.
The job consists of routine tasks and independent projects – among others:
We expect that you:
Contact & Deadline:
Please contact Hatla Johnsen (COO) at +45 2032 5272 if you have questions and want to know more.
C.V and application goes to HJ@uQualio.com - deadline: 18th April 2019
Digital transformation creates demand for agile organizations – which again calls for tools to support their ability to act agile.
By Kent Valentin Fallesen, CEO at uQualio®
Digital transformation - Threat, Vision, or simply just today's way of doing business?
Companies have begun understanding the need for changing their approach to conduct their business in a more digital manner – either forced by upcoming new tech-based startups or simply because of visionary thinking. Not all companies need to become completely digital – but almost all need to adapt digital approaches in at least some parts of their processes. At uQualio® we experience that organizations start to understand how modern digital eLearning tools can support their ability to act fast and agile on a global market, simply just as how to run a business nowadays.
Implementation of change - Change how you train and communicate with your global sales and service organization
Today many companies have teams to travel around the world to train both sales reps and technicians. This is proven as a very slow, extremely costly, very in-efficient method, and with very low impact on learning, sales and quality. And the methodology is in no way able to support the company’s wish of acting fast and more agile in the market place.
Introducing a completely digital solution such as an online based video eLearning platform could do the trick. This will support agility and work as a platform for the company to get closer to the different markets and its key audiences by having them on the platform. The training can increase mind-share at sales reps, and influence the key audience directly, now and with regard to future product releases. And ultimately get input back from the market in real time. Getting the training done immediately, very inexpensive, and with much higher impact is truly more agile compared to an approach with a team travelling around the globe to train the local subsidiaries, distributors and partners in general.
Increase in video training of sales reps
At uQualio® we experience an increase in training of sales reps at channel partners such as distributors and retailers, who would normally be trained by the company’s business partners cross different markets. We believe, moving forward, that manufactures will take a much greater responsibility by offering digital based training of key product features to the dealers' or retailers’ “front-line” employees – simply for the reason to improve sales and customer loyalty. Due to the digital transformation and need for agile organizations, there is no time and money for the development of long and expensive learning programs – agile organizations call for agile learning tools, which offer fast, easy and inexpensive production and distribution of online training to a diverse group of learners. Short bite-sized training videos with elements of interaction and gamification are a very good answer to today’s organizational need and, we believe, will change the sales organization by reducing the need for travelling employees doing “Train the Trainers” programs or promotional field trips worldwide.
Global need for being agile
At uQualio® we also experience that the digital transformation is a global trend. We are happy to acknowledge, that within the last three months we have had “visitors” on our webpage from more than 100 different countries from all over the world, and without having any local representation in any countries at all – other than Denmark of course! So, the question is: Why do people look for a video eLearning platform, where you from anywhere can create and publish online training to your key audiences located anywhere, 24-7? We believe that the increased need for agile organizations and not least - innovative agile commercial organizations - is the explanation of a great part of the search for agile eLearning tools such as uQualio®.
Overcome of silos and traditional procedures
Today it’s commonly understood, that the digital transformation is the profound transformation of business and organizational activities, processes, competencies and models. Traditional 3-5 years business plans no longer fit today’s needs. It’s key to be agile in a constant changing organization and that calls for constant agile training of skills and communication. This trend is common for all organizations across the globe and across all kind of industries. As a consequence, leaders and decision makers need to implement a learning culture and overcome classic organizational silos including traditional sales and marketing procedures.
By Lone Tjustrup Olufsen, email@example.com
Video content is central for the usage of our eLearning platform uQualio®.
“We are happy to tell both existing and new customers, that videos from YouTube, Vimeo or from any other video service – e.g. videos from your private cloud solution – now work in uQualio®. As long as a video can be embedded, it can be used in our video eLearning platform”, says Christian Bjerre Nielsen, Chief Product Officer (CPO) at uQualio®.
Since all video services can be used, it’s much easier to get started turning your existing training videos into modern eLearning courses. A course consists of short videos/bite-sized learning units with interactive and gamification elements. And you can of course communicate with your learners to ensure that they learn…
A combination of videos, bite-sized learning units, interactivity and gamification are four must have elements in modern online learning 2019!
By Lone Tjustrup Olufsen, MarCom Consultant, lto@uQualio.com
Videos, bite-sized learning units, interactivity and gamification
Founded on the newest insights and research within learning innovation, it’s clear that bite-sized learning units, that offers short video instructions and have elements of interactivity, is a strong guarantee for the highest possible learning effect for multiple types of learners – academic as well as non-academic. In addition, as a producer of learning content, the bite-sized educational approach with short videos, makes it extremely easy and fast to create and edit content. Finally, a video combined with engaging gamification elements can make it even fun to learn – learn faster – and increase impact even further! As a learning professional you will most likely be dealing with busy time-pressurized learners who are trying to manage their business affairs while taking a course and the bite-sized approach makes it more attractive for your learners to learn.
Micro-learning – the latest buzzwords
In the eLearning and instructional design realm, Micro-learning is the latest buzzword. Micro-learning refers to an educational approach that offers bite-sized, small learning units with just the necessary amount of info to help learners achieve a goal1. According to the Journal of Applied Psychology, learning in bite-sized pieces makes the transfer of learning from classroom to the desk 17% more efficient. Because each chunk of learning content addresses only 1-2 learning objectives. Traditional courses yield 4-5 learned take-aways1.
Video is an essential learning technology
For decades videos have proven to increase learning and appeal to a diverse group of learners. Today we have very good evidence for how to create a video to improve learning. Maybe the biggest empirical study to date with data from 6.9 mil. video watching2, shows that less than 6 minutes is the optimal length for instructional videos. At 5 minutes the video watching begins decreasing. Another newer study showed that the value of video for learning effectiveness was contingent upon the provision of interactivity. Students in the e-Learning environment that provided interactive video achieved significantly better learning performance and higher level of learning satisfaction than in other settings3.
All in all, video is an essential learning technology; Listening and watching instead of reading, videos support different learning styles and are especially good for non-academic learners. But the videos need to be designed the right way.
uQualio® — a new "WYSIWYG" Content Editor
Highlights of the release
uQualio® brings new features to improve user accounts' safety and a great leap forward in improving admin user experience with a new Content Editor:
Main features in uQualio® release from December 11, 2018:
Multiple log in attempts - redirect to "forgot password" and block user for an hour
We care for the safety of user accounts at uQualio®. That’s why we added additional features that restricts multiple log in attempts to prevent unauthorized access a user account.
"What You See Is What You Get" content editor
“What you see is what you get”
We have made a great improvement: now admin users get “what you see is what you get” Content Editor. That means that creating content looks almost exactly like the published Course. No more guessing where images are used and where the different descriptions are located. The layout is intuitive, which makes it much easier and a more pleasant experience to create Courses.
All changes are autosaved, so no need to worry that your progress will be lost.
NEXT button for publishing
If the admin user wants to publish a created Course right away, it can be done via the Next button. As always, it is as well possible to save a Draft as a Version and publish it later.
Question Editor: added "recommended characters" message
Because we care very much for a user-friendly mobile Course, we added a few recommendations on how to create a Test that looks good on mobile.
For example, an admin user is notified that the questions and answers are too long to look good on mobile and that we recommend keeping within a certain amount of characters.
Not possible to have empty Default Images
It is important that the users don’t get to see a Course with a missing Cover Image etc. That’s why we will always show standard images unless the admin user decides to change them. It is possible to replace an image, but not possible to delete it.
Added support of more languages for the Courses
We are internationally oriented and added a batch of new languages that the Courses can be created in. At the moment we support English, German, French, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian and Spanish languages.
uQualio® release from December 11, 2018, is in production on https://app.uqualio.com
uQualio® - New Test design and admin users can remove invited members from a Private Course now
Highlights of the release:
uQualio® brings new features to improve the end user experience by making Test design look more visually attractive and easy to navigate. Admin users will enjoy a number of improvements, including:
Main features in uQualio® release from November 27, 2018:
Taking Test became a nicer visual experience
We have made many improvements to the design of the Test.
Now it feels nicer when you take a Test on your computer. The elements have been evenly centered, which makes it easier to visually focus and navigate through the questions.
It is also more convenient to take a Test on mobile, as you would not need to scroll down for the navigation buttons.
We added a small welcome message with the name of the Course on the top of the Test. That will make the user more comfortable to understand where they are when they get moved to the Test page.
We have also added a friendly message that the users don’t have to worry and that they can retake the Test.
Practice button will move the user down to the question
A small, but nice improvement that saves the user some scrolling: now when you watched the video and click on the Practice button, we automatically move you down the screen to the Practice question.
Notifications for the admin users
We have added a few useful notifications for the admin users. Now if you were assigned a role as an Account Manager, we will notify you through the email.
Also, if you have added a user to a Course via Add User button, you will receive an email notification when the user accepts the invitation. This will only happen if the user was added with the Add User button, and not with the help of the Invite file upload.
You can remove the invited users from your Private Course
We have added a very important feature for an admin user to control the invitations to private Courses. Now if some invited users should be removed from the Course, you can do it if you click on the Members list attached to the published Course.
The removed user will not be able to access the Course anymore and will not receive any other notifications from the admin user – for example, if the admin user decides to re-send the invitations once again.
Standard pre-filled invitation message
When you publish a private Course, you need to have the invitation message with the link to the private Course. We have pre-filled a standard text for this invitation message that has all the needed info and a simple instruction on how to take the Course.
You can still manually edit this message of course afterwards, but generally this is a great time saver for those who want to publish their Courses right away.
When the Course is published, the user is redirected to Publish Content
A small, but useful detail: you can publish a Course right after you created it in the Create Content menu.
When you are through with the publication dialogs, and your Course is published, we will move you automatically to the menu Publish Content.
Upgrade dialog if you want to send SMS under the Trial subscription
If you are under the Trial Subscription, you cannot communication with your users via SMS, since SMS is charged separately from the Subscription fee.
If you wish to add SMS to your Trial Account, you will have to upgrade it to at least Starter´Subscription.
uQualio® release from November 27, 2018, is in production on https://app.uqualio.com
More pre-filled fields for the admin users and an error-free flow for resending the invites for a Private Course
uQualio — more pre-filled fields for the admin users and an error-free flow for resending the invites for a Private Course
Highlights of the release
- uQualio brings new features to make creating and publishing Courses as simple and fast as it can be.
We generate automatically four standard Badges so that the admin users can concentrate on creating the Course content. We also pre-fill the name of the User Group Name - now publishing Courses at uQualio became even easier.
- Publishing Private Courses requires sending and sometimes resending the invites — we made sure that this process is error-free by notifying the admin if any new users were added.
- Subscription in Account Settings now has the field Primary Contact, used for billing — to make sure that the invoices come to the right email address.
Main features in uQualio release from October 29, 2018:
Better design for the achieved Badge
We improved the Badge design that the users see after they finish the Test. The more elaborate design of the Badge creates a better feeling for the user looking at their achievement.
We also remind the user that they don’t need to stress and can Retake Test or Train Again.
When the invite message is resent, the admin can choose all or only new users
If you choose to publish a Private Course, then as a final step you send the invites to the users in your invite file (or to the users you’ve added via Add User button).
You can always add more users along the way after the Course has been published.
When you click on the Send Invites button this time, we will ask you if you want to resend the invites to the all users or to new users only.
Also, if you wish to resend the invites once again, without adding new users (for example as a reminder), then we tell you that no new users are added and ask you if you want to send the invites once again. By this we make sure that you don’t do accidentally an action you did not plan.
Automatically pre-filled User Group Name
We reduced one more field for the admin user to enter about when publishing a Course. Now the User Group Name is generated automatically from the Course Version Name, and to avoid confusion has its type mentioned later in the brackets - Public, Protected or Private. If you want a specific name of the User Group, you can easily edit it when you Publish.
Four standard Badges created when a new Content Draft is made
We think that our admin users have enough work taking care of the great content on the Course. To reduce the number of things they to do, we generate four standard Badges:
The names of the Badge are translated according to Content language. That’s why you need to pick the Content language when you create a new Draft.
We will ask you if you want to generate new Badges if you change the language of your Content at a later stage.
Primary Contact used for invoicing
We added a new drop-down field Account Settings – Subscription which is called Primary Contact. It is used as the email address for billing. It is automatically preset to the email which was used to open the Admin Account at uQualio.
The Primary Contact can be changed. The drop-down shows the list of the available emails, which all should be already registered uQualio users. If the necessary email is not there, then it must be added in Account Settings - Admins.
Move the Copy button to the list of Content Drafts
We moved the Copy button from inside the Content Draft to the list of Drafts. This makes it easier for users who want to copy the Draft after it’s been created.
uQualio release from October 29, 2018, is in production on https://app.uqualio.com
uQualio — improvements for achieved Badges and for payment
Highlights of the release
- uQualio brings new features to make the achievement of a Badge after taking a Test a more rewarding experience. The Badge's improved design makes it more desirable to keep and share with others.
- All new users will receive a short guiding messages on how to use the system to their User Notifications. Also the first achieved Badge is also bringing a congratulating message with a short instruction.
- Admin users can enjoy the benefits of a number of small improvements to the Create Content part of the system, as well as an easy payment process.
Main features in uQualio release from November 13, 2018:
New users have a welcome notification on their page when they access the page for the first time
We try our best to make it easy to take the bite-size courses. As a part of this journey we send a new user a welcome message with short description and links of how to use the system.
Mobile login: keyboard includes @ symbol
Signing In on mobile has become a little easier for the user – now the mobile keyboard includes the @ symbol right away.
An anonymous user can keep the Badge when signing up afterwards
An anonymous user who accessed a Public Course, took a Test and achieved a Badge can easily add their name to the Badge and save it for the sharing purposes later, together with a short instruction on how to share the Badge. All you need to do is to Sign Up!
Minified Badge images are rectangular now
The small Badge images that can be seen on the Course page or in the list of achieved Badges at User Profile now are displayed as rectangular. We listened to the users’ feedback and it seems that the rectangular shape is more flexible in showing what is on the image than a circle.
Add to all "share on social media" elements description of what is being shared
Sometimes when the page has many elements, it can be confusing which part the “share on social media” is referring to. That’s why we specify each time what it is exactly that is being shared.
User Settings - link removed from below the user picture box
To avoid duplication, we removed the link to the User Settings from under the box with the user picture. User Settings can be accessed now from one place – by clicking on the User Picture in the top navigation bar.
Default frame for the achieved Badge
If the achieved Badge is not one of the four automatically generated frames (Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze), then it is displayed in a neutrally-colored frame.
Course Description can be found now as a section under the videos
To improve navigation in the Course, we moved Course Description to lie below the videos.
Buttons under the video made bigger on mobile
A small thing that bring a big user experience improvement: buttons related to video navigation are made bigger on mobile so that they are easier to tap with a finger.
Logo on Site Public Page has a white background
Based on user feedback, we replace the transparent background for the Logo image on Site Public Page to be a non-transparent white background.
Share Profile: text depends if you share your own profile or another user’s
You can safely share someone else’s or your own uQualio profile: the text will be adjusted accordingly.
"Add video name" moved
We made some changes to adding video links – now the video name should be entered before the video is added. If you want to add the video teaser, you will have to click on the video after it was added.
Payment process made easy – if you want to start, upgrade or downgrade your Subscription.
Show Help option in the Question editor: "from"/"to" changed to "from"/duration” in seconds"
Based on user feedback, we changed the setting time for the Help in Practice to “from”/duration in seconds”. That means you can write the start of the Help in the “from” field and then write for how many seconds the video should play in the “duration in seconds” field.
Video topic: not possible to opt out of “include video in Practice”
With uQualio you can publish videos with or without Practice/Test questions.
Questions are added to the video, and you cannot publish questions out of the video context.
We made the change because we see uQualio primarily as a video learning platform, and not only an assessment/testing platform.
To be consistent, we removed the check-box “include in Practice” from the video settings. That means that the Course must include at least one video, and then optionally some Practice/Test questions.
You can opt to include the video in the Test as well, that’s why we left the check-box to “include the video in Test”.
Achievement page: change the font size of the Badge depending on number of characters
We improved the design for the achieved Badge and it makes sense that the Badge name should have a reasonable length to fit nicely in the Badge.
We have made tests and come up with maximum number of characters allowed for the Badge name to be 30.
We have added some coding that will adjust the size and the location of the name in the Badge depending if it is 15 characters long or all 30. This way it always looks nice.
Added SMS balance amount to the Usage tab in Account Settings
It is important to keep track of the SMS usage, that’s why we added this information to the Usage tab in Account Settings. The balance shows opening balance for the period, postings and a closing balance in EUR. Please mind that you will normally need to refresh the page to see the latest info.
uQualio release from November 13, 2018, is in production on https://app.uqualio.com