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Thinkzoom 2.0 is Now Live!

We’re so excited to announce that Thinkzoom 2.0 is now live and ready for you all to explore!
 
To reiterate, Thinkzoom 2.0 is a redesign integrating your feedback with user experience experts to make Thinkzoom the best learning platform.
 
We have a new “Introduction to Thinkzoom” video, a new “Thinkzoom for First-Time Users” video walking new users through the basics, an updated “Thinkzoom, powered by ej4” video and will have many other marketing videos on the way. Be sure to check back to our blog later this week as we’ll have other Thinkzoom 2.0 blog posts, where we’ll share some videos that walk you through how to build custom content, personalize ej4 content, and more!
 
In the meantime, here’s a recap of Thinkzoom 2.0’s highlights.
 
Groups
 
Groups are front and center on the main dashboard to allow quicker access. You’ll also notice each Learning Group has a green ‘Progress’ bar to help you see where you stand with the completion of a learning group. You’ll also see the due date, including notifications of an assignment that is past due, so you can catch up.
 
TZ 2.0 groups
 
Course Tiles
 
Like groups each course is now contained in its own tile. Each tile has an image of the course, brief description, and displays the length of the course.
 
course catalog
 
Left Navigation
 
We have changed the location of commonly used features to be on the left side of the page. Here you’ll have access to adding content, the course catalog, messaging, and the administrative functions, if applicable.
 
left navigation
 
Right Navigation
 
On the right we have added the Latest Activity (for administrators), Favorites, Recommendations, and Featured Topics (formerly tags), and Topic Search.
 
Right navigation
 
Managing Curriculum
 
Making changes to your curriculum is even easier. When you’re on a Group page, just click the orange ‘Add Courses’ icon below…
 
Groups Page
 
…and this pop up window appears.
 
Managing Curriculum icon
 
To remove a course, you just click the blue ‘X’. To add a course, just type it in the Search field at the very top, directly under the “Add courses to group” title. And there’s no need to worry about forgetting to save or update changes… all edits now save in real time.
 
Universal Search
 
Our brand new search bar quickly loads keywords based off of your search, and puts the results into three distinct categories: Groups, Courses, and Topics. This way you’ll be able to easily decipher the content and start training quickly.
 
universal search
 
Reporting
 
The Reports page will give you a campus snapshot on one screen with Campus Views, Top Courses, Topics, and Users. If you need to go even further we’ll walk you through a custom report.
 
reports with search pic
 
Support Tab is now ‘Help’
 
The Support tab has been removed from the side navigation and has been replaced with a ‘Help’ button in the header of your dashboard. Check out our new help videos by clicking on the icon.
 
Help button
 
Updated Social Tools
 
We’ve put all three of our sharing options into one button, a blue ‘Share’ button just below the video. Also, if you want to ‘Favorite’ a course, just push the yellow star icon next to the ‘Share’ button.
 
Course page
 
We can’t thank our customers and prospects enough for the feedback! We’re so proud of the results of Thinkzoom 2.0 and know you’ll love what you see. If you have any questions about the new features don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
 
Now enough from us, get started training with the new Thinkzoom now with a free 15-day trial!
 
Happy viewing!

Sign Up for Our Thinkzoom 2.0 Demo This Week!

Want to get a better view of Thinkzoom 2.0 before it launches this Sunday, October 19th at 9PM CDT? You’re in luck because we’re hosting two quick demo sessions of Thinkzoom 2.0 this week!
 
Choose from one of the two sessions below to reserve your seat.
 
Wednesday October 15th, 2014 @ 11:00AM CDT
 
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7597035271860511746
 
or
 
Thursday, October 16th, 2014 @ 2:00PM CDT
 
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/256049131990815490
 
We can’t wait to show off Thinkzoom 2.0 and would love for you to be there! And if you haven’t seen the video preview from yesterday, check it out below.
 

Coming Soon: Thinkzoom 2.0!

Thank you to all of our customers and prospects who gave feedback as we launched our new platform, Thinkzoom, last year. Now get ready because we’ve incorporated your feedback into Thinkzoom 2.0, launching later this month!
 
First and foremost: Nothing major was removed. This is a redesign integrating your feedback with user experience experts to make Thinkzoom the best learning platform.
 
We are busy creating new How-to videos to help, but in the meantime, watch this video to see the highlights, or read about each one below:
 
Groups
 
Groups are front and center on the main dashboard to allow quicker access. You’ll also notice each Learning Group has a green ‘Progress’ bar to help you see where you stand with the completion of a learning group. You’ll also see the due date, including notifications of an assignment that is past due, so you can catch up.
 
Groups Dashboard
 
Course Tiles
 
Like Groups, each course is now contained in its own tile. Each tile has an image of the course, a brief description, and displays the length of the course.
 
course catalog
 
Left Navigation
 
We have changed the location of commonly used features to be on the left side of the page. Here you’ll have access to adding content, the course catalog, messaging, and the administrative functions, if applicable.
 
left navigation
 
Right Navigation
 
On the right we have added the Latest Activity (for administrators), Favorites, Recommendations, and Featured Topics (formerly Tags), and Topic Search.
 
Right navigation
 
Managing Curriculum
 
Making changes to your curriculum is even easier. When you’re on a Group page, just click the orange ‘Add Courses’ icon below…
 
Groups Page
 
…and this pop-up window appears.
 
Managing Curriculum icon
 
To remove a course, you just click the blue ‘X.’ To add a course, just type it in the Search field at the very top, directly under the ‘Add courses to group’ title.  And there’s no need to worry about forgetting to save or update changes… all edits now save in real time.
 
Reporting
 
The Reports page will now show everything on one screen: Campus Views, Top Courses, Top Topics, Top Users, Raw Data, My Reports.
 
reports with search pic
 
Support Tab is now ‘Help’
 
The Support tab has been removed from the side navigation and has been replaced with a ‘Help’ button in the header of your dashboard. Check out our new help videos by clicking on the icon.
 
Help button
 
Updated Social Tools
 
We’ve put all three of our sharing options into one button, a blue ‘Share’ button just below the video. Also, if you want to ‘Favorite’ a course, just push the yellow star icon next to the ‘Share’ button.
 
Course page
 
Final Thoughts
 
We’ll have plenty more to share as we draw closer to the release date! In the meantime, if you have questions about these updates please feel free to reach out to us.

Updated eLearning Series: DISC

From customers to co-workers, everyone’s personality is different. And in those differences, we come across personalities that either agree or disagree with ours. Maybe it’s a task request that gets under your skin because of the way it was delivered. Or you’ve been lucky to talk with two customers in a row whose moods were relaxed and easy to handle, but then you’re suddenly thrown off course by the next customer whose personality is the complete opposite.
 
How do you recognize the differences? And how do you apply that knowledge to handle those different personalities?
 
In our updated DISC series, you’ll find the answers on everything from personal DISC styles to more specific DISC styles to help you lead your people and sell your customers more effectively.
 
Here’s a sneak peek:
 

 
Sign up for a free 15-day trial of Thinkzoom now to watch the full “DISC Introduction” course now!

October Course of the Month

Recently, a cyber threat known as Shellshock put many companies on notice that they weren’t as secure as they thought they were. Unlike the past threat, Heartbleed, which attacked users’ passwords and other valuable information, Shellshock has the potential to infect and take over company servers and other devices, such as security cameras, point of sale systems, and more.

 

Now, it’s safe to say cyber security for a company’s website or its cloud-based products/services is invaluable. Not taking the right precautions with passwords, anti-malware software and other infractions can open yourself up to a host of issues. It causes serious financial stress for companies who deal primarily in e-Commerce – when the site is down for significant periods they’re not making money. Not to mention the cost factors of having to repair and strengthen any and all cyber attacks.

 

And with October being National Cyber Security Awareness Month, we thought we’d nominate our course, “Creating Passwords” as the Course of the Month to help you learn to create unique passwords for both your own personal security, as well as that of the company.

 

password

 

Click the image above or go directly to our eLearning Videos page to see the course in full. And for more information about Shellshock, please see this recent PC World article.