This article will help you get started with your new Learning Management System.
Tortal's Learning Management System (LMS for short) allows you to effectively train your employees using online course ware that you can be easily created using our Self-Authoring Tool. Your new LMS also includes a robust list of features allowing you to create groups, courses, course catalog, create certificates, track user progress through reporting and much, much more. Below is our quick start guide to help you get started on your new online education journey.
Customizing Your Platform
Your new LMS comes in our default blue and white design, but that's OK. You have all the necessary tools at hand to update your logo and the look and feel of your new LMS. For consistency, we recommend that you duplicate the look and feel of your official company website.
Step 1 - Prepare Content / Learning Objects
Before creating courses in your LMS, you want to prepare the content that will go into those courses. We refer to content as "Learning Objects." Learning objects make up courses. Every course needs to contain at least one learning object. Examples of learning object types include: images, videos, PDF, PowerPoint, Excel and more. SCORM is also a popular learning object.
Step 2 - Upload / Embed Learning Objects
Once your content is prepared, it's time to upload that content into your Learning Management System. From the main admin menu, click "Learning Objects". You'll then see the various learning object types. Click on the type of learning object you wish to upload.
Step 3 - Create Courses & Attach Learning Objects
Now that you have learning objects in the LMS, you can you create courses and add those learning objects to the courses. Remember, functioning courses need to contain at least one learning object. Courses can contain an unlimited amount of learning objects.
Very Important - Courses cannot contain both SCORM and NON-SCORN learning object types. Courses need to be either SCORM or Non-Scorm.
VERY IMPORTANT - Make sure to view our Course Authoring Tool Tutorial for a detailed breakdown on how to upload learning objects, create a quiz and to create a course.
Step 4 - Create Certificates for Your Courses
Certificates are optional within your LMS. If you would like to create a certificate, click "Certificates" from the main admin menu. Your LMS includes a default certificate design, but also allows for administrators to upload a custom design. Certificates can be viewed.
Step 5 - Setting Up Catalogs & Attaching Courses
Catalogs are a way of organizing courses in your LMS. Catalogs contain courses and courses contain learning objects. For example - A catalog is titled "Restaurant Training", Within that catalog are courses "Front of the House Training", "Back of the House Training" and "Management Training." So in that example, there are three courses within the catalog titled "Restaurant Training." Your LMS can contain multiple catalogs and you can have catalogs within catalogs.
Step 6 - Add Users to Your LMS
You'll want to populate your LMS with users (also referred to as learners). There are several ways accomplish this. Users can be added one-at-a-time by clicking "Add a New User" from the main admin menu, or by using the Batch Import Feature. Make sure to read these article carefully. It's very important that administrators understand the various options presented on the screen when adding new users to the LMS. Users can also be be put into groups.
- How to Add User(s) to the LMS
- How to Import a List of Users into the LMS
- How to Create Groups for Your Users
Step 7 - Enroll Users into Courses
Once your courses are set up in your LMS, you'll want to either enroll leaner's (users) into those courses or allow self-enrollment. Self-enrollment is configurable by an admin when creating a course. Self-enrollment allows for learner's to enroll themselves into a course. If this feature is turned off, administrators will need to manually enroll the learners into the course.
Step 8 - Measure Training with Analytics & Reporting
There are many options for seeing data in your LMS. There are activity reports, overview reports, summary reports, group summary reports, weekly reports, lifetime reports, etc. Reports can be exported to printed to screen, exported to Excel or emailed to users within the report.
Self-Authoring Tool Tutorial and FAQ
Tortal's self-authoring tool allows you to easily create courses for your LMS using video, images, PDF files, etc. View tutorials below on how to use this feature.
Part 1: Uploading Content
Part 2: Creating the Assessment
Part 3: Creating the Course