Real-life training will never be obsolete. Usually this is done through seminars and webinars.
Valamis provides a special event management system that will help you oversee the learner participation and share available and upcoming events with the users.
The main view has several view modes: Calendar, List, and Grid.
The available tabs filter the events:
- All events - all the events (the filtering options listed below still apply)
- My events - the events where the user is a trainer or participant
- Created by me - the events created by the user
- Trainership - the event where the user is a trainer
There are extensive filtering options available on top of tabs, like filtering by event type, language, location, or category.
Upcoming Events notification
The Send to email button allows you to gather information about certain upcoming events and send it to your email, which is defined in your user profile.
For each event in the list, the information includes event title, date, time & timezone, duration, location, and the URL to the event.
Creating a new event
To create a new training event, click the New event button.
There are two main types of settings: Basic information and Event details. The former applies to all Sessions (instances of the same event), while the latter applies specifically to a specific session of an event.
Basic information includes:
- Training event title - Title of training, displayed in the header. If a title was not set, it takes a default name (New event #1,2,3)
- Description – describes the event to the users
- Related materials – specify the lessons that will be recommended to participants. You can either allow those to be shown immediately in the event info or to only be sent to attendees after the event.
- Categories – choose or add a category for your event.
Event details include:
- Cover image
- Event type:
- Classroom type will provide Training Location details, like address and room. If Google Maps API is configured, the location will be displayed in them, as well.
- Webinar type will provide an URL to join.
- Note: if you have set up Webex integration, you can choose a Webex meeting here. This will create a Webex meeting in your Webex service, as well.
- Starting Date and time
- Ending Date and time
- Enrollment deadline - the date before the users can join or request to join an event. Visible in the info card.
- Time zone - in the event info, the user will see both local and user time zone.
- Days before reminder sets the notification period for an upcoming event.
- Enrollment process - Auto (everyone who can view the event can join freely), By request (need approval), Manual (only instructors can add users)
- Confirmation of participation - check this option if you want to have a manual confirmation of the participation for the training event to be counted as an achieved goal.
- Maximum number of participants - those users who missed the free spot may join a waitlist. If a free spot opens up, they are automatically added to the member list from the queue (assuming Open type of membership).
- Maximum waitlist size - in case the maximum user limit is exceeded, the rest of the users are placed into the waitlist. You can limit its size.
- Training reference number – optional field for an ID, used in third-party systems.
- Language - specify the language in which the event is conducted.
- Calendar - choose a related Liferay calendar for your event.
- Certification - set, whether attendees will get a certificate upon passing the event.
In Add members and Add trainers tabs you can add users, who are trainers as well as normal members. In those tabs, it is possible to use the Search field to find users by their username, organization, user groups, and roles.
You can edit a created Training event, by clicking on it from the main view as a user with editing rights.
A Preview tab shows the basic info of the event, how it will be seen by a normal user. You can edit it in the next Edit info tab. You can add or remove users or trainers in the Edit members/trainers tabs.
In this tab, you can also send a message to all participants, using our Messages functionality. Just click Message to participants to send a message to each participant of that event
In the Sessions tab, you can add multiple instances of the same event that may take place at different times and locations. It means that taking part in any session will be counted as participating in the event.
If an event has restrictred access type, where users need to send requests to join, you will see a Membership Requests tab, where you can accept or deny those requests.
In case an event has a limited number of seats, you'll also see the Waitlist tab with the users that are up next in the queue.
As an admin/instructor, you can also leave simple comments for yourself or other instructors in the Instructor notes tab.
If you enable Confirmation of participation, you will be able to mark the user attendance, which will count towards their learning goal completion.
To do so, go into the event details. Open Members tab, and you will now see the Attended and Absent buttons in front of every member. Mark attendance by clicking on them.
Those with the Attended status will successfully complete any learning goals associated with this event and will get certificates, if Certification is enabled.
Joining an event
Users can join an event through several places in Valamis:
- Main Training events view
- Upcoming events on the Dashboard
- Link in the learning paths, where the event is listed as a learning goal.
Depending on the event enrollment settings, you may either join immediately, or send a request. The instructor will then deny or approve it.
If there're too many requests, you will be put into a waiting list, in case somebody drops out of the event.
Adding an event to your calendar
When you join an event, it is added to your calendar in Valamis.
If you want to add it to your calendar app, like Google Calendar or Outlook, you need to download the ICS file.
You can do that via Add to your calendar button from the event info card. Once you have the file, just import it into your calendar app of choice.
For Google Calendar, you need to follow through Other Calendars + and select Import.
For Outlook, open Add Calendar and select Upload from file.
Training Events Preferences
- Default scope - limits the list of events to the ones from the current course vs. all courses.
- Default view - sets the Calendar, Grid, or List view as default.
- Show filters by default - makes the filter sidebar expanded by default.
- Default event type - pre-selects Webinar or Classroom type in the event creation dialog.
- Filter by user language by default
- Shopping Cart Page URL - points to the location of the webpage with the Shopping Cart in case you use eCommerce for Training Events.
- Filter content by category - you can set it to show only the events of specific Categories (with no possibility for the user to select another category)
- You can include or exclude categories.
- You can also change the category filter behaviour for the user by either allowing all set categories to be shown, or only specific ones.
- Use manual confirmation of participation by default - this means that all user participation in new events will need to be manually checked by instructors.
Microsoft Teams Integration
A new Microsoft Teams integration allows you to create a webinar type of training events that connect to MS Teams.
When you create such a webinar in Valamis, a Teams meeting is created, and you get the Teams URL in the description of the event. Participants can then use that link to access Teams meeting. Event Sessions (different instances of original event) will have separate Teams meetings, because Sessions are essentially separate events.
If you delete such an event, the Teams meeting will be cancelled.
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