Valamis LXP 4.7 Release Notes

We’re happy to announce the new Valamis LXP 4.7! It brings new improvements to eCommerce, course management, and a whole new grading system.

eCommerce improvements

Now, both learning paths and training events can have prices and discounts set on them. 


 

Learners will need to buy the learning path or training event in order to join them. 

It works in the same manner as with Courses.

Order history will allow users to overview their purchases. For each order, the Order history portlet will show the order number, number of items, purchase date, payment status, and price.

You can also search by an order number, sort by date, and filter by date and payment status.

Administrators will see all the orders in the system, while normal users will only their own purchase history. 

Order details can be opened by clicking on any order number. 

The details include a user name, email, purchase date, payment status, each item in the order, their base and total prices, and applied discounts.

Credly Open Badges support

You can now enable granting Credly Open Badges for completing specific learning paths in addition to the usual Valamis LXP certificates.

With integration enabled, you can select a badge to be linked to a learning path in the Certification section. 

Once the Learning Path is completed, learners are able to claim the badge and add it to their collection. 


Claimed badge will be shown in Achieved Certificates and Learning Path info. 

Course improvements

We’ve created a set of Page templates and portlets for easier landing page creation for any public or private course. 

This page is supposed to be shown to the user who clicks on a course in the Course browser. It replaces the old course info dialog. If they are a member of that course, they will see a private page, and in the other case, the public one. 

To use this layout on a landing page of your course, go to page configuration and select a Private or Public course page template.

The template for private pages includes several parts:

  • The course header is situated at the top of the page and provides different controls for learners and instructors. The buttons that are available are: 

    • Share button (message or copied link).

    • Save button to add the course to your Saved list.

    • For Public template - Enter course or Purchase course (if eCommerce is enabled) 

    • Leave button

  • Course navigation provides quick access to all pages of the course.

  • Course info - cover image, availability period, number of current and maximum participants, name and profile pics of instructors, duration and PD hours, prerequisites, and categories. Preferences allow toggling showing instructors, prerequisites, and categories.

  • The course description shows the description for Public or Private pages from the course settings.

  • An extra place for any portlet that you may want to add.

The public page template only includes the course header, info, and description.

To make this easier for you, we also developed private and public course templates that already include the respective course landing page. 

New grading system

A new Gradebook portlet has been developed. Even though the old one is still available, the new Gradebook is fully usable for Learning Paths. It has a unique function that allows you to grade learning goals and use grading scales. New tabs will be introduced in the future.

As learning paths can include different types of learning goals, you can assess all of them here. The goals that support instructor assessment provide the following possibilities:

  • Grading lessons according to the grading scale of the parent course.

  • Checking a submitted assignment, and decide whether to return it for improvement, or mark as completed or failed.

  • For training events, marking attendance right in the learning goal list. 

  • Marking learning path completion, if the manual review is enabled.

There are separate view modes for an instructor and for a learner.

As an instructor, you can mark learning paths as completed or failed, if the corresponding “manual review” setting is toggled. You can filter the list to show only this type of learning paths. 

Otherwise, you can view user progress in learning paths and grade learning goals that support grades, according to the grading scale of the course they’re on.

Grading scales

The new Gradebook works in conjunction with the new Grading scale system.

A default grading scale goes from 0 to 100. If you want to use a different scale, you can create one in the Grading portlet. Then, in the Course Manager, they can be selected in the settings of the course you want to use it with. After that, instructors will be able to grade courses and the content in them according to the new grading scale.

When creating a Grading scale, you should add a title and you can also add a description.

Then, you should define the percentages for each grade you want to have on this grading scale. Here’s an example of the USA Standard Grading Scale setup that you can use.

LinkedIn Learning Integration improvements

A new Integrations Manager portlet allows you to filter and toggle the LinkedIn Learning courses to be shown in the Valamis LXP search. This portlet will support other integrations in the future.

By default, that list is empty. Click Add courses to choose which LinkedIn content to use Valamis. Only these courses will be selectable in Learning Paths as a learning goal.

Misc

  • Valamis Theme UI is now localized into supported languages.

  • Categories in the manual mode of Lesson Viewer are now supported.

  • Scope filter has been added to Lesson Viewer Preferences, which allows you to see lessons from All Courses or Current Course.

  • Advanced settings in eCommerce are now divided into several tabs for convenience.