FlexTraining Management Guide
The FlexTraining Total e-Learning Solution
Copyright 1998 - 2008 Online Development
Your successful online training project should include a course building “methodology,” which is a set of organized guidelines based on years of content development, online training management and widely-acknowledged best practices.
The following guidelines will assist you in choosing file formats, developing online lessons and organizing your ideas.
Planning Your Courses
This section will enable you to determine the scope of your training, organize your material into courses, lay out a course structure for each course and choose a testing strategy and policies.
Create Content Learning
The Learning Content Phase discusses understanding file formats, subject matter in relation to format, keeping it simple, plus shared and re-usable images. Also, multimedia content, software, documentation and forms training, soft skills and streamlined video production.
These steps reference the FlexTraining Management Guides, the FlexTraining Authoring Tools, interactivity that reinforces learning, narration adding life to learning content, smart choices for video, choosing images and multimedia and considering a pilot approach.
These studies outline four scenarios: 1) software training and screen captures, 2) soft skills and video clips, 3) safety training, simple text and images, and 4) technical training and extremely tight deadlines.
This section helps you put your courses together by discussing the importance of library materials and flexibility in assembling learning screens and courses.
In the normal flow of the work involved, if you are planning to use FlexAuthoring to create your course content, you would do so before using the Course Builder tools (table method or visual method) to assemble the course sections and tests.
If you plan to build your courses entirely from external files, such as PowerPoint, Word, PDF, Flash or Video files, you do not need to use FlexAuthoring. In that case, you should move on to the next section of this guide.
From the Courses Menu, select “FlexAuthoring” or “Authoring Tool.” If you have not licensed the FlexAuthoring premium authoring tool, you will see the term “Authoring Tool” in places that would otherwise say “FlexAuthoring.” Sometimes these terms are used interchangeably in this guide.
Start by choosing an existing course, or enter a Course Title to create a new course. (You may have some courses in your system that use content created with FlexAuthoring and some that do not.)
FlexAuthoring will then display any Lessons and Learning Screens that you have already built for this course.
Pages that you have created using the FlexTraining Authoring Tool are called Learning Screens. At the top of the page is where you begin to create a new Learning Screen. Just enter in the name of the Learning Screen that you would like to create and click on the “New Learning Screen” button.
The bottom portion of the screen is for editing, previewing or deleting screens you have already authored. If you have already created Learning Screens for this course, they will display in this section of the page. If there are no screens yet authored for this course, then obviously no list will appear. The list of screens can be sorted by Lesson Name, Learning Screen Name, Sequence Number or Template type simply by clicking on the underlined column heading.
The Actions column has three image buttons. Click on the pencil to edit that Learning Screen. Click on the Eye to view a live preview of the page exactly as the student would see it. Click on the Trashcan to delete that screen from your course. Be careful, as deleting a screen cannot be undone.
To create (author) a new screen, you will first enter a name for your new Learning Screen, and then define the various elements of the screen:
Start by entering a name and clicking the “New Learning Screen” button.
The next screen will contain a list of template styles. Choose which type of screen you would like to author. Available template styles are Basic text, Basic text with an interactive Learner Exercise, Basic Multimedia and Basic Multimedia with a Learner Exercise. For this example, we have chosen a Basic screen.
Once you choose a template, your next steps are in the Define Screen Elements of the Authoring Tool. In the Define section, you give the new screen a title, an optional image, set your text and background colors, as well as optional sounds, navigation bar and auto-advance features.
The top left of the top frame displays the name of the screen you are working on and the name of the course it belongs to.
Enter a title to appear at the top of the screen.
You may identify an image file to appear as a screen background when the authored screen is presented to the learner. Adding a Background Image is optional. To browse for a list of images in the AT_Items/Backgrounds/ folder, click on the “Show” button. This will bring up a window that allows you to preview and select a background image.
Select “Yes” if you want the background image to be tiled on the screen, or “No” to display the background image only once.
In this section, you can add a streaming audio track that you created and added to the Media Library. Select the audio file from the pull down menu.
The first option is the Navigation Bar. When enabled, the current screen will have a section at the bottom of the screen that includes the screen number, advance and back buttons and a reload button for refreshing the page and listening to the audio track over again.
The second option is the Auto Advance option. If this is enabled, the screen will automatically jump to the next page in the lesson after a defined number of seconds.
Set Your Screen Colors
This section allows you to set colors for:
Simply click on the color you wish to use for your text and the color you wish to use for your background. You will see the text color of this section change to correspond with your choices. Please note that if you use a background image, background color will only show in the Learner Exercise.
Define other elements of this Learning Screen
Choose the font to be used for all text on your authored screen.
You may specify an image file name (file must reside in the asp/content/sections/images directory) for an image to appear in the screen body. Adding a Body Image is optional. To browse for a list of images in the AT_Items folder, click on the “Show” button. This will bring up a window that allows you to preview and select a body image.
If you entered the filename for a Body Image above, specify whether it will be centered, left or right aligned, compared to the text around it.
You have the option to add a Learner Exercise to the screen. The Learner Exercise, or Question and Answer section, appears below as it might look after you entered a question, typed four sample answers, and selected a response message for each.
When creating the Learner Exercise, the message options that appear in the pull-down lists to the right of the answer are the Dynamic Messages that were created in the Media Library. In addition, FlexTraining ships with a few pre-built messages to illustrate how this feature can be used (see image on next page for clarification).
If you create your own Flash Movies and Dynamic Messages, make sure and give each a short but meaningful description that will indicate its purpose. This description will show in the message list. It is much easier to use the Dynamic Messages feature if you have described them carefully.
Once you have made all of your selections, scroll to the bottom of the screen and click “Save.” It is important that you save your screen after any changes are made. You can always go back and make changes at a later time. When you have finished making changes to this page, remember to click the “Update” button before moving to the next tab. If you do not, your changes/additions will not be saved and you will need to enter them again.
Next, click on the Text tab on the top menu. The frame will display the form you will use to add text to your screen.
Text Editing Tools
The text edit function allows expanded text editing capabilities, including comprehensive font manipulation and sizing, text alignment and select highlighting. You can add text to the screen and customize the font, plus you can insert a hyperlink, insert a text image, insert an Email, align text to the left, right or center, and create a bullet point list.
The “Live Preview” feature allows you to preview how your screen will look. Once you have finished editing your text, click the “Save Text” button.
The purpose of the Lesson Section is to group your screens into sub-lessons and to arrange the files in a viewing order. Select a lesson from the pull-down list and press the “Work with this Lesson” button to organize your screens in that lesson. You can also create a new lesson group by typing a new lesson name in the bottom left text box and clicking the “Add This Lesson” button.
Once you have selected or created the lesson, you may change the display order of the screens by editing the numbers in the boxes next to each screen. Assign a sequence number to the screen and click the “Assign Sequence” button to update the page order. The numbers may range from 1 to 9999 with the lowest numbers being displayed first and the higher numbers displayed last.
Clicking the Preview tab displays the screen, as it has been defined up to the current moment, in the bottom frame. The navigation bar will be visible but inactive.
Validating your Page Relationships
Validate All Screens
On the Page List screen, which loads when you select a course from the drop-down list, are three buttons. The first is the “Validate All Screens” button, which opens a popup window like the following:
This check validates for sequence errors, broken links and empty pages. Any of these conditions will trigger an alert.
The “Lesson Overview” button presents an overview of all the pages you have authored for the current course and depicts their relationships as you have defined them.
Pages are arranged in a collapsible outline, according to how you have defined their linkages. Each “cluster” contains all the pages in a group that are linked together.
After you have created and defined your learning screens, you may copy them from one FlexTraining course to another FlexTraining course. Select a destination course and the “Continue” button. The screens are automatically entered into the designated course.
Authored training pages are not the same as Course Content Sections, since one Content Section can contain many authored pages. A collection of Learning Screens is organized into a Lesson, as described above.
After you have authored some, or all, of the screens and Lessons for your course, you may sequence them into your course using the Table Method or Visual Method, which are described below. When that happens, an authored Lesson becomes a Course Section.
A Course Section may have many learning screens in it if you have linked several screens into a large Lesson. Or, you may decide to have a Course Section with only a single authored screen.
The table method uses a table layout to display courses and allows you to add and edit course Lesson Plans. Building a course with the table method creates the same data as the visual method (see “Build Courses – Visual Method”) – only the screens and techniques are different. The end result is the same – a complete course ready to schedule.
The first step in defining a FlexTraining course is to build a lesson plan. A lesson plan is a high-level course definition, with all the parameters that distinguish one course from another. You will use the lesson plan as the basis for all the course content items that follow.
When you use the table method, you tell FlexTraining how many sections, tests, course guide chapters and assignments you will have in your course. Then you use the on-screen table to assemble the actual “pieces” that make up the course.
This screen lets you edit an existing lesson plan, add a new one or delete one that is no longer in use. In order to delete a lesson plan, you MUST enter a password. The password is: online2008. This password provides added security, since the delete feature can, and will, have a large impact on your data. Please use this option carefully, and backup your database before deleting any lesson plans.
To create a new course lesson plan, start by clicking on the Create Course icon, which looks like .
A lesson plan is also known as a Course Definition. The values you may set are as follows:
Give each course a unique title. This title will appear on various screens when an administrator, student or instructor is working in a course.
Create a full description of the Class that will be used for keyword searches in the Student Module. The description will display in a pop-up when the “Info” icon is selected in the Student Module course finder.
Number of Sections
You must have at least one section. This number represents the number of sections of course material that the course will include. Each section will require a separate HTML page, document, authored lesson or URL address.
Number of Tests
Enter the number of tests that will be defined for this course. This does not have to be the same as the number of sections. Set to “1” or higher.
Number of Assignments
This is the number of assignments that will be defined for this course. It does not have to be the same as the number of sections or tests. This may be set to “0” if you do not want to have assignments. Assignments should not be used if there is no instructor assigned to the course.
Number of Course Guide Chapters
There must be at least one. The course guide for this course may be broken into chapters or sections, each separately viewable, with its own title. It does not have to be the same as the number of sections, tests or assignments.
There may be other courses you want each student to successfully complete before being allowed to enroll in this course. If so, enter the course numbers for those courses, separated by commas, in this space.
You may designate a number of "Standard Hours" each student should need to complete each course. This will indicate the time constraints to each student, and it may also be helpful in breaking down tuition fees and costs per course/class. It does not affect course processing or student activity – it is merely for reporting and analysis.
You may decide you want to build a course that is similar to another course you have already created. This feature lets you create a course using an existing course as a template.
On the Lesson Plan Builder screen you will see a “Copy” icon – which looks like - beside each existing lesson plan. This icon initiates a course duplication feature that can create a complete copy of an existing course, and optionally copy over the course components (sections, tests, etc.), as well.
Clicking on the icon brings up a form like the following:
Enter a title for your new course at the top. Then decide whether you also want to copy the actual pieces (content sections, course guide chapters, assignments and tests) from the existing course to the new course.
If you copy all the “pieces,” the new course is all set – ready to schedule.
If you choose not to copy content and tests, the new “shell” lesson plan will be set up with the same number of each item (content sections, course guide chapters, assignments and tests) as the course you copied from.
You may edit the new lesson plan (Course Definition) afterward to change any part of the lesson plan structure. You may also make changes to any part of the content, just as with any course.
To edit the structure of any course (for example, you may decide that the course should have 8 sections instead of 6), simply click on the icon below the course name. You may modify all the parameters that were entered when you created the course, as listed above.
To schedule your course from the table method screen, simply click on the schedule icon ( ) below a course name. For details concerning options you can set when scheduling a course, see the section labeled “Class Schedule Wizards” later in this guide.
You will want to work with individual course components to define the content of your course. For example, once you tell FlexTraining that your course will have five sections, you will want to define exactly where the content for those five sections comes from. Also, if your course will have two tests, you will need to specify what the questions and answers are for each test.
To work with course components, simply click on the number displayed in that column for your course:
In the example above, to work with the content sections for the course called “Creating Online Training,” you would click on the “2,” which is circled in red here. Or, if you wanted to set testing options and define questions and answers for the one test in the Course “FlexAuthoring Demo (narrated),” you would click on the “1” in the Tests column beside that course, which is circled in green here.
You should identify or build your course content pages or documents, or build screens and lessons in FlexAuthoring, before continuing. These pages or documents may be on your server, or anywhere on the Internet or your Intranet.
You access the Content Sections tools from the “Build Courses – Table Method” screen. When you click on the number that represents the number of sections for a given course, the content builder frameset will open up.
The bottom frame provides details for the sections that have already been defined. These details include the Title, the Location and filename, and the Type of content that make up each course section.
Begin by choosing a Course Section from the list in the upper-right frame.
The list of Sections will start out empty before you have defined any section content. Each entry will say “CREATE CONTENT FOR THIS SECTION.” The number of entries in the list will be the number of Course Sections you defined in your lesson plan for this course.
As you define course section titles and content, the titles will be filled in for the various sections in the list. You are finished when there are no more “CREATE CONTENT FOR THIS SECTION” entries in the pull-down list in the upper-right frame.
Once you have selected a Section to add, the bottom of the screen displays a choice of templates for adding content. Choose a template, and then follow the on-page instructions for that section on the following screen.
Let’s assume you have a file, such as a PowerPoint presentation, on your server that you want to use as a content section. You would click on the “File or URL” link, resulting in a screen that looks like the following:
If using your default content directory (…/sections/), you may add subdirectories below it on your server to hold images, video, audio or other web pages. In fact, each location referenced as a course content section may be a complex web site with its own navigation and various content formats. Use the "Show Content Library" link to open a window displaying all files in the appropriate content area. Click on the content link to automatically load it in the content input box.
Once you have entered a title, you may type the location below the “Enter the full web address” prompt, or click on the “Show Content Library” link that displays the files you have loaded into your Content Library. This allows you to choose a file directly from the list.
Click the “Add” button to save this information. The system will locate the content and display it in the lower section of the screen immediately.
If you see an “Error 404 – Not Found” message, you have incorrectly specified the location of the material for this content section. A “Delete” button just above the content display window lets you delete the definition for this section and begin again.
If you were using an authored lesson as the content for this section, you would have clicked on the “Choose an Authored Lesson” link. Then you would have chosen a lesson from those you have authored in FlexAuthoring.
Until you add a Course Content Section, no learner will ever see your authored learning screens. For authored content, you add Content Sections in the usual manner, with a few small differences.
Click on the image that says, “Choose an Authored Lesson.” This tells FlexTraining to use a different form to help you define your Content Section. A screen will appear with a list of the learning screens that you have previously created for this course, using the Authoring Tool:
Choose any authored page. This page will become the first page loaded in the Course Content Section you are establishing.
Again, you may assign each authored page to its own Course Section, or assign all pages (which you have defined as being linked together using the Next Page field) to one section. Or, you may do something in between, with some course sections containing several authored pages and some sections containing just one or two.
You may edit the order or sequence your sections are in (i.e., you would like to move Section 1 to the Section 2 position when viewed on-screen). You must do so BEFORE all of the sections have been entered. If all of the sections have been entered, you must then delete a section in order to change its sequence.
In the drop-down box, highlight the Course Section you want to move. Click the “Edit” button, and the following screen will appear. Once you enter the new section sequence, click the “Save” button.
You may return at any time to delete and add course content sections as you wish, even if classes are already being taught based on this course.
If you have material you wish to use as a Course Guide, you can establish a course guide with as many chapters (one per document/file) as you wish.
You should identify or build your Course Guide chapters or documents before continuing. These pages or documents may reside on your server, or anywhere on the Internet or your Intranet.
Defining Course Guide content is very similar to building the section content in the previous step.
The list of Course Guide Chapters will start out empty before you have defined any section content. Each entry will say “CREATE CONTENT FOR THIS CHAPTER.” The number of entries in the list will be the number of Course Guide Chapters you defined in your lesson plan for this course.
As you define Course Guide Chapters, titles and content, the titles will be filled in for the various sections (chapters) in the list. You are finished when there are no more “CREATE CONTENT FOR THIS CHAPTER” entries in the list.
Once you have selected a chapter to add, the bottom of the screen displays the form for adding content sections. Enter a title for this Course Guide Chapter.
For the actual Course Guide Chapter contents, you may use web-based content (or a word-processed document) that you have placed in the default directory for Course Guide content, (…/guide/). Or, you may point to any other location on your Intranet or the Internet. Use the "Show Files" link to open a window displaying all files in the appropriate content area. Click on the content link to automatically load it in the content input box.
If using your default content directory (…/guide/), you may add subdirectories below it on your server to hold images, video, audio or other web pages. In fact, each location referenced as a course content section may be a complex web site with its own navigation and various content formats.
Once you have entered the title and content location, click the “Use URL as entered above” button to save this information. The system will locate the content and display it in the lower section of the screen immediately.
If you see an “Error 404 – Not Found” message, you have incorrectly specified the location of the material for this Course Guide Chapter. A link just above the content display window lets you delete the definition for this section and begin again.
After you are finished with all chapters, you may return at any time to delete and add sections as you wish, even if classes are already being taught based on this course.
You may mix and match these definition methods as you wish. For example, if your guide has 80 sections, five may be files that were already been placed in the default Course Guide content location (…/guide/), and the other three may be web addresses on the Internet you wish to include in your guide.
The FlexTraining Management Center includes an Online Assessment Builder you can use to define online tests and test questions for each course. The number of tests you can build is the number you entered in the Lesson Plan Builder under “Number of Tests.” This number shows in the Tests column in the “Build Courses – Table Method” screen.
Access the Assessment Builder by clicking on this number (circled in red in the above screenshot). Choose a Test Name in the resulting list in the upper-right frame.
The list of Test Titles will start out empty, before you have defined any tests. Each entry will say “NO TEST YET – SELECT TO CREATE.” The number of entries in the list will be the number of tests defined in your lesson plan for this course.
An optional Test Clock lets the administrator set a time limit for completion of each test. A second timer may also be set to provide a warning to the student a few minutes before the allowed time expires.
Fill-in-the-blank tests are supported along with the standard multiple choice format. Additionally, the test designer may automatically direct students who fail a test to an external URL for further learning. All options may be defined for each specific test.
Before actually creating a test, you need to specify whether you’ll be using Regular or Advanced Style testing.
Advanced testing uses one page per question format and allows the use of hot spot test questions. However, it requires much more setup time.
Once you’ve determined the question format, you will need to answer questions on the “Edit a Test” screen.
Would you like to specify where in the sequence of your Course Content Sections this test must be taken?
Tests must always be taken in order. Optionally, you may specify exactly where, in the sequence of your Course Content Sections, this test must be taken by identifying which content section it must be taken AFTER. You may also choose to make a "PRE-TEST" (taken before any content sections are viewed) or a "POST-TEST" (taken after all content sections are viewed).
What type of questions would you like to ask?
Choose from Multiple Choice or Fill-in-the-blank. True/False tests would use the Multiple Choice format. (If you choose “fill-in-the-blank,” the student’s answer must match the answer you provide exactly, except the comparison is not case-sensitive).
How many questions will there be on the test?
Enter a number.
What percentage of answers must be answered correctly in order to pass?
Enter a number, such as “70,” that will be required for a passing grade.
What is the maximum time, in minutes, allowed for the test?
Enter a number here, or enter “0” for no time limit.
How many warning minutes?
If you are limiting the time (using the previous field), you can have the system warn the student that time is getting low by entering a number of minutes here.
Is the test open or closed book?
Type "Open" or Closed.”
After a student takes the test, should the system display the correct answers with an explanation?
Choose “Yes” or “No.”
After how many attempts should the test be marked as "Failed" in this student's records?
Enter a number. If you entered “3,” and a student takes the test 3 times without achieving a passing score, the test is marked as FAILED and he may not take it again (enter “0” for unlimited attempts).
Enter a non-zero number if you wish to use "Item Banking" for this test.
Each student's test will then contain a randomly-drawn set of questions equal to the number you specify. For example, if you have 20 questions total, but only want to offer your students 10 random questions on this test, then enter “10” here. Leave at 0 to include all questions on every test.
Enter an optional URL for additional study.
Enter a full URL here (beginning with “https://”) if you want a student to be directed to another web site for further study (if he has a failing score on this test).
If you have a streaming video file you would like to include within this test (one video per test), you may enter the FULL URL for the video here.
Use the FULL URL to a streaming video, beginning with the “mms://” prefix (instead of “https://”). You MAY use an http URL, but the video file will typically not stream as well.
When you have completed the questions in this form, click on the “Edit/Add Test Questions” button.
Add/Edit Test Questions
The “Add/Edit Test Questions” screen appears where you will define the questions and answers for this test. There will be a separate question definition box for each question on the test, such as the one below:
For each question enter:
Click on the “Submit” button when you are finished.
You should identify your Course Assignments before continuing. These pages or documents may be on your local PC, your web server or anywhere on the Internet or your Intranet.
Defining Assignment content is very similar to building Course Guide content.
To activate the Assignment Builder, click on the number under the “Assmts” heading in the table method screen (as circled in red above). Choose an assignment to add from the resulting list in the upper right frame.
The list of Assignments will start out empty before you have defined any Assignments. Each entry in the list will read “CREATE THIS ASSIGNMENT.” The number of entries in the list will be the number of Assignments defined in your lesson plan for this course.
As you define Assignment section titles and content, the titles will be filled in for the various sections in the list. You are finished when there are no more “CREATE THIS ASSIGNMENT” entries in the list.
Defining Each Assignment
Once you have selected a section to add, the bottom of the screen displays the form for adding content sections. Enter a title for the Assignment.
For the actual Assignment text, you may use web-based content (or a word-processed document) that you have placed in the default directory for assignments (.../assignments/). Or, you may point to any other location on your Intranet or the Internet. Use the "Show Files" link to open a window displaying all files in the appropriate content area. Click on the content link to automatically load it in the content input box.
If using your default Assignment directory (../assignments/), you may add subdirectories below it on you server to hold images, video, audio or other web pages. In fact, each location referenced as an Assignment location may be a complex web site with its own navigation and various content formats.
Once you have entered the title and Assignment location, click the “Use URL as entered above” button to save this information. The system will locate the Assignment content and display it in the lower section of the screen immediately.
If you see an “Error 404 – Not Found” message, you have incorrectly specified the location of the material for this Assignment. A link just above the content display window lets you delete the definition for this Assignment and begin again.
After you are finished with all Assignments, you may return at any time to delete and add Assignments as you wish, even if classes are already being taught based on this course.
When all the steps above are complete, you have defined a FlexTraining Course. You are now ready to add the "Course" to the catalog, thereby creating a "Class,” and to begin allowing students to sign up for training.
The Visual Course Builder creates the same course structures that the table method creates – it simply uses a visual layout instead of a table layout. The Visual Course Builder allows quick and easy assembly of your online courses and provides a more graphical view of the flow of course events.
When you first select the “Build Courses – Visual Method” from the Courses Menu, the Visual Course Builder displays the following:
If you want to work with a course you previously created (using either the table method or the visual method), you can select it from the pull-down list. To create a new course, type a course title in the open field.
Once you have selected (or entered) a course name, you will see a screen that looks something like this:
As illustrated above, the top part of the Visual Course Builder screen allows you to add course sections of various formats and to add online tests. The bottom section of the screen displays the course events from left to right, in sequential order. Any changes you make are not saved to the database until you click on the “Save” button.
In the screenshot above, three sections of the course are lessons created in the FlexTraining Authoring Tool, one section is a PowerPoint file and another section is an HTML page. Three tests were added after each course section.
Suppose you want to add another section to this course and you want that section to be a lesson you created in the FlexAuthoring Authoring Tool. You would simple click on the icon in the upper-left frame, and a short form will appear in the upper right frame. Here you will select a lesson you have already authored.
Note that if you plan to use authored lessons for your course content, you would create the Learning Screens and Lessons in the authoring tool first, and then come here, to the Visual Course Builder, to sequence the lessons into your course structure.
Once you have given the new course section a title, selected a lesson, and clicked on the “Add” button, the new section will appear in its proper sequence in the lower frame.
Here, the newly added section is circled in red. The change will not be saved to the database until you click on the “Save” button.
The process for adding a course section that is not an authored lesson (for example, a Word document, a PDF file, a video, etc.) is similar. However, instead of choosing a lesson from a pull-down list, you would select a file from your server.
The lower frame of the Visual Course Builder is where you will work with existing sections of the course. You can modify the sequence of course events, preview the content of a given section or delete a section.
Click on any course section icon in the lower frame and you will see an Info Box like the following:
Use the blue arrows to shift the section one position to the left or right. The icon is used to display a preview of this section, and the icon lets you remove the section from the course. Note that if you delete a section, it does NOT delete any files or authored lessons from your system, it merely removes the section from its place in the course sequence.
The icon is only present if the section you have clicked on is based on an authored lesson. This icon displays a layout of the actual lesson showing the template type for each learning screen in the lesson, at the bottom of the lower frame, as illustrated below. The Lesson Layout gives you a visual view of your course and lesson structure at the lowest level.
By clicking on the icon in the upper-left frame, you can add an online Test to your course. A course can have as many Tests as you wish, including a pre-test, a post-test and tests after specific course sections.
After you click on the icon, the upper-right frame will display a form which lets you define basic parameters for the Test:
In the above example, the Test would be offered before any course section (it’s a Pre-Test) and will require a passing score of 70%. It will also use the Regular delivery format (all questions on one screen, rather than one question-per-screen) and will consist of Multiple Choice questions.
To set Advanced test options for this Test, and to define the questions and answers for the Test, click on the Test icon ( ) in the lower frame for the Test you want to work with.
The FlexTraining Management Center includes an online Evaluation builder you can use to define online Course Evaluations (including up to 20 questions for each). You may define as many Evaluations as you wish.
Each FlexTraining class may utilize one Evaluation. If the same Course is offered multiple times, each time it is offered you may select a different Evaluation to be used. We do not recommend changing the Evaluation when it is currently in use by a class. This will cause your results to be skewed.
To define an Evaluation, select Evaluations from the FlexTraining Management Center Courses Menu.
Next, choose the “Select an Option” drop-down box in the upper-left frame to “Create a New Evaluation.” If you want to edit an existing Evaluation, you would select it, by name, from the list.
Answer the following question on the Add a New Evaluation screen:
How many questions will there be on the Evaluation? Enter a number.
Add/Edit Evaluation Questions
Next, use the Add/Edit Evaluation Questions screen to define the questions, and the possible responses, for this Evaluation. You may enter your own response text for each possible response, or you may use the pre-entered text as shown.
When you have completed the entry of all questions in this Evaluation, click on the “Submit” button.
The Certificates module allows you to build Certificates right in FlexTraining.
The Certificate Module allows you to choose a certificate template style, set the font, write up a text blurb, load a company logo and seal or provide a manager’s signature image.
The Class Schedule Wizard quickly schedules a course and adds it to the online catalog. A single course may be scheduled many times, thus creating many classes. Each class may or may not have an instructor, and each carries its own setup options. Options are arranged into related groups under each folder-style tab at the top of the screen. Make selections, save your changes and use the tabs to jump between option groups as needed.
A course must be added to the catalog before students can sign up for training. Adding a course to the catalog creates a class.
Use the following options in the Schedule Wizard to set up a class:
Select the Course to Schedule
Select from the drop-down box of authored courses.
System (FlexTraining) or Classroom Class
If you are tracking off-system courses, select “Classroom Class.”
Choose “Enabled” or “Disabled.”
Allows the user to group related courses by Group.
Allows the user to assign Levels to courses.
Class End Date
Date class automatically goes inactive.
Class Due Date Information
Select a number of days from enrollment or enter a hard date for the class due date.
Number of days prior to class due date to generate a warning to the student.
Allow student to continue viewing class or block the student from the class.
Enter the name of the Discussion Group for this class - one per class. The name will be added to News_URL from the Behaviors section of the Options Menu to form full address. Leave blank if not using Online Discussion Forums.
Tuition must be a number. It is acceptable to put 10.50 or just 10, but do not enter the currency symbol as this is already set from the System Environment. If you accidentally put one here, you will have two showing up in the list (for example: $$10.50 instead of $10.50).
Leave on Default from System Options to use the system-wide value previously defined in the System Environment.
Allow student to access the course material after completing the class and taking all exams.
Note: Any certificate made in version 5.0 or older will need to be rebuilt (or at least re-uploaded) in version 5.3.
Enter the same value as the name of the course.
Class Long Description
Provides a full description of the Class that will be used for keyword searches in the Student Module.
Course Guide File
Full URL to downloadable word-processed version of Course Guide. Leave blank if Course Guide may only be viewed online.
The Permissions screen allows you to set one to four levels of hierarchy for a class. You can control access to any class by establishing hierarchy levels as noted above.
Overview & Schedule
This is an Overview of all the options you selected while setting up a class. You may click “Yes” to Schedule or go back through the tabs to make additional changes.
Use this option to edit existing catalog entries as defined in the Class Schedule Wizard option.
You can create a duplicate set of test questions, in the same course or in a different course, by selecting a Source Course and a Source Test from the drop down boxes.
Once these are selected, choose a Destination Course and a Destination Test from the drop down boxes.
Once your Source and Destination courses and tests are selected, you have the option to add the questions to the test or replace existing questions. Click the “Submit” button to complete.