FlexTraining Releases Version
Features Across-the-Board Upgrades and Improvements
Clearwater, FL - August 31, 1999
Online Development announces the release of an enhanced version
of its popular Learning Management System, FlexTraining. The
new release brings usability and utility enhancements in its Student,
Administrator, and Instructor modules.
FlexTraining Web Based Training Software has been available since
November 1998. The system runs on the NT Server operating
system and Microsoft's popular Internet Information Server.
FlexTraining lets customers build, deliver, and manage custom
Online Training over the Internet or a company's internal Intranet,
utilizing a SQL database, server-side code, and common web server
and browser technology.
Leveraging these existing tools means that companies don't have
to spend time and money installing special client "plug-in" or other
software on the personal computers of all students.
It also means greater ease-of-use for online learners, because
they are using the same interface, a web browser, that they use
for all their web access.
Online training tools are well past the stage of merely delivering
web pages for students to read. The best WBT systems feature
remote signup, online testing, course guides, and web-based setup
Version 3.0 of FlexTraining expands the versatility and utility
of this flexible Online Training package.
New Features in version 3.0
1. Item Banking for FlexTraining online tests
When the course designer builds an online test, he or she is offered
the option of using Item Banking or "item pooling". With Item
Banking, when a student takes an online test, FlexTraining randomly
draws a set of questions from a bank of customer-defined test questions,
and assembles them into a test.
For example, the course designer may create 30 questions for a
given online test, and specify that 25 questions should be used
with each offering of the test. As each student accesses the
test, FlexTraining randomly draws 25 questions from the pool of
30 to create the current instance of that test.
Tests are still scored automatically and immediately, and the course
developer may specify that after a student completes the test, answers
and explanations are also displayed.
2. Closed Book and Open Book testing
FlexTraining now allows the course developer to specify whether
a student should be able to review content material and the online
Course Guide during a test. This option may be changed on
a test-by-test basis.
3. Ad-hoc Announcements for Students
The Course Administrator may now define an free-form announcement
which will automatically appear on each students opening menu each
time the students logs in to a course.
The announcement may be modified as often as necessary. Existing
features allowing the administrator or instructor to send to an
E-mail message to a student or to all students in a class at the
same time are still present.
4. Dynamic Notes Display in Student Online Notebook
The FlexTraining student notebook, maintained online for each student
and class, now allows notes to be grouped and displayed by Date
or by Subject.
Notes have always been automatically time-stamped in the Student
Notebook. Now, as a student enters a note, she can enter a
Subject, or choose from a list of previously entered Subjects.
The display screen for Student Notes now changes from date-sequence
to subject-sequence at the click of a button.
The new feature allows a student to instantly pull together notes
on each subject, even if the notes were taken days or weeks apart.
5. Ad-hoc Report Builder for Course Administrator
The reports included in the FlexTraining Administration Module
allow reporting on basic activity like enrollments, testing, course
evaluation results, and tuition. Now an administrator can
also use the Report Builder to design and generate custom reports
on the fly.
The administrator selects a database such as Classes, Students,
Course Activity, Tests, or Evaluations. The Report Builder
screens then allow ad-hoc definition of record selection, sort sequence,
and even fields to be displayed on the report.
The new Report Builder leverages the existing SQL database architecture
to provide almost unlimited flexibility in generating custom training
6. Enhanced Instructor Menu
FlexTraining includes an Instructor module, with a secure menu
that may be used in cases where a customer defines classes that
need mentoring or access to an expert.
The Instructor Menu now includes the ability to monitor and update
students' progress on course assignments, and to track how each
student is doing in their online tests.
Use of the Instructor Module is defined by the customer's Course
Administrator, on a class-by-class basis.