With our final release of 2018, we’re introducing powerful new tools to expand your ability to surface great content for your learners, including Custom Topic and Activity Ordering and an Enhanced Localization Experience. These enhancements will go live in production on January 16, 2019. The following article is to inform you of and get you pumped about the upcoming changes - for more technical details, check out our Help Desk article about the feature!
2018: A (Big) Year in Review
Before we dive into the newest evolution of our experience platform, we want to quickly recap the work we did last year that leads up to this final release. As you know, we spent a good portion of 2018 working on and around Topics, giving your learners more opportunities to engage and stay engaged. First, we introduced Topic Following, which allows learners to more easily personalize their learning experience by quickly and intuitively finding content that interests them. Then, with the Topic Onboarding feature, we enabled your learners to follow targeted Topics from the moment they log in for the first time. All of a sudden, a learner’s catalog home page was automatically flush with well-organized, personalized, meaningfully-surfaced content the very first time they logged into the platform. With that in place, we enhanced the overall Browse experience, showcasing Topics so that learners could browse the great content in your learning environment with specific learning goals in mind. Sounds like a lot, right? Well, there’s more! Along with all this Topic work, we gave Admins, Managers and Topic Experts the ability to evaluate learners and drive automatic activity enrollments using the Evaluations page, further extending our career development push. Oh, and let’s not forget about the powerful new Plan page and, of course, the illustrious Discover Tab, which work together with Topics to help you meaningfully sort and surface more, better content.
Which all leads us to… Topic Locales
We know what you’re thinking: What on earth does that mean? You know what a Topic is, and there’s a good chance you’re familiar with the concept of localization, but what the combination of the two means to your learners may be unclear. In short, it means Topics can now be localized, and you can more easily filter content in those Topics by locale. Now, you may be wondering how this affects you if you don’t use multiple locales; that is, if you only use a single locale, like English, to support all your learning content.
CHECK THIS OUT - CUSTOM TOPIC ORDERING
The Topic Locales feature allows you to customize the order in which your Topics display to learners. Using the “Edit” function, you can drag and drop Topics into any order on each locale-specific Topics page. Pretty awesome, right?
WAIT… ONE MORE THING - CUSTOM ACTIVITY ORDERING
With this release, you can set the order of Activities within a Topic, too, by using the new Activities Tab in the Topic Properties. Yes - that means now your learners will see whatever Activities you’ve prioritized within a given Topic!
A Big Win for the Localization Experience
Localization allows you to present locale-specific content based on where the learner is. Language is probably the most obvious difference between users in different locales, but anyone working with many locales can tell you that’s not the only difference. Admin must essentially create alternate learning experiences across geographic segments that take into account so much more than just the user’s language. So, being able to easily manage what content is in those alternate experiences is extremely important. Our platform has always allowed you to assign locales (previously called “Languages”) on an activity level, but that method was fairly limited in its scope.
Topics Are a Smarter, Easier Way to Localize
Now, rather than simply localizing an activity, you can assign that activity to a localized Topic, allowing your learners to more quickly and easily surface that activity as part of a larger learning objective (think: Career Development). That could be via the enhanced, Topics-based Browse page or by using the new Topic Following feature mentioned above. Either way, your learners are more tapped into meaningful, localized (if applicable) content. Plus, it works in tandem with the Equivalent Activities feature we released last year; so your learners, across or within segments, can achieve equivalent learning outcomes by completing different (but equivalent) activities.
Happy New Year!
This release is scheduled to go into production on January 16th, 2019. If you’re curious about how this Topic Locales release affects you and your learners specifically, don’t hesitate to reach out to your Account Strategist. And, as always, for a more technical look at this feature and everything it touches, check out our Help Desk article on the subject.
We wish you a very happy holiday season and look forward to big things in 2019!