Modern Learning Management Systems are powerful tools, designed to make it easy for users to learn, present content and submit feedback. However, the administrators of modern Learning Management Systems still have many challenges around the management of an e-Learning initiative beyond providing an attractive teaching and learning experience. Getting users interested in learning opportunities, enrolling them into courses, obtaining payment, monitoring how learners perform throughout the learning process, delegating administration, and even issuing transcripts and certificates - are all tasks that generally require manual input, and that can potentially derail e-Learning initiatives.
By including the Genius SIS platform, an LMS becomes more than an excellent teaching and learning tool – it also turns into a powerful web-based learner information system designed to make the administration of learning operations easier, faster and more reliable. In this article, you will learn more about Genius, what it does and the functionality it can offer your learners, instructors, managers and administrators to make the management of e-Learning initiatives easier and more intuitive than ever before.
Genius SIS manages the registration process, controls enrolments, provides information to managers and instructors via a Management Dashboard, tracks learner progress, improves communication with learners, and offers dynamic reporting capabilities that immensely facilitate the management of teaching and learning initiatives in a complex teaching and learning environment:
Some of the features of the Genius SIS solution include:
Through the Open Registration functionality provided by Genius, organizations can allow their end-users to create their own account, select, pay for and enrol in courses, minimizing the amount of administrative work that needs to be done by your training specialists during this process. It also supports closed registration, where authorized users such as managers, department heads, SME’s, instructors or key employees can create learners and enrol them in courses.
The Genius SIS solution makes it easy for users to automatically enrol large numbers of learners based on their hierarchy in the organization, as well as monitor their progress through the learning environment through the definition of learning paths for each level within the hierarchy as required – allowing you to easily manage a Professional Development initiative for hundreds of users with a minimum of users:
By defining and using personalized learning paths, managers/instructors and administrators can track learners’ progress towards completing their certifications and easily identify any gaps in training. Authorized users can create as many learning paths as desired, assigning multiple courses to each path.
Users can also compare the course history of a learner with other certifications, providing “what-if” scenarios. Users can track a history of all courses completed by each learner, including courses taken offline, i.e., outside of the lMS – making it possible for your organization to use Genius as a “single source of truth” when it comes to employee teaching and learning:
Genius SIS tracks a wealth of data related to learners and their enrolments so that administrators can easy run reports that show total cost of ownership (TCO) for completed and planned courses, completion rates, enrolment history and much more. Users can also create their own reports using an intuitive report builder and an advanced SQL query builder – allowing your organization to create reports and visualizations that exactly meet your needs:
Learners can be grouped into affiliations, such as divisions, departments, offices or business lines. Administrators can easily run reports on completion rate and learner counts by affiliation, and control access so that managers can only see the reports corresponding to learners within their affiliation – making the management of an e-Learning initiative for hundreds of faculty and staff much easier.
Users can setup automatic notifications to alert learners about important events, such as the start of a course or a reminder that they have to complete certain courses before their certification expires. This not only reduces the amount of work required to send notifications but also ensures important notifications are not forgotten.
Through the Genius SIS, Blackboard Learn can communicate directly with your core HR system. In this way, users can be created, managed and updated automatically as they make progress through their training environment, share knowledge with others or become promoted within the organization.
Genius SIS has been designed to help your organization reduce the administrative workload associated with most online professional learning initiatives. This way, your teaching and learning resources can focus on the creation of content and the delivery of a world-class teaching and learning experience, instead of focusing on manual data entry and verification tasks just to get a user enrolled in the system.