Feature Friday: Do more with webinars on Eliademy

We are thrilled to announce and to bring to your service an update on Eliademy webinars. The update includes performance improvements but also the following additional functionalities:

Polling. Now you can do live polls with all your students that are participating in your Live courses. You can ask questions and your students can vote instantly. You can preconfigure the polls and see the results in real time. We recommend this functionality in order to get instant feedback about the quality of the session or for validating comprehension by the students.

Improved video streaming. The quality of streaming videos have improved but also the graphical interface now is also improved, giving you space to include more students to your online teaching class.

Emoticons. Yes, you are reading right, we have added Emoticons so everybody now can share their feelings , if they choose to do so, with the rest of the class. Who said that you cannot have fun when you are teaching live online?

Performance and security. Low on internet bandwidth and losing connection? No problem, now the client will automatically reconnect to the session so you won’t loose a minute trying to do it manually. Plus a dozen of minor fixes that will improve stability and the overall performance of your experience. Geeks out there: your webinars run over HTTPS, so come over and make a pass through the wormhole by making your session a Live Learning experience.

Why pay for expensive Adobe Connect, WebEx and multiple tools to deliver your courses? With Eliademy Premium you can do all that and much more.

Learn more about Eliademy Premium and start your trial today!

Custom Completion Certificates

In addition to default certificate of completion, instructors can now upload a fully custom certificate template for each course.

When you open Course/Certificate tab, you will see a new option on certificate type field – “Custom Certificate”. Choosing it allows you to upload with your own template. For the best results, please use the following parameters:

  • File type: PNG (better) or JPEG
  • Size: up to 10 Mb
  • Format: A4
  • Orientation: both portrait and landscape
  • Resolution: 150 dpi, 2000 pixels height or width

After uploading, you will be asked to indicate where student name and course completion date should be printed (allow some space on the template). Please note, your certificate template should include:

  • Course name
  • Organization name and logo
  • Instructor name and signature

If you teach multiple courses, you will need to create several copies of the template with different course names. Once the custom certificate is configured, each student to whom you issue a certificate will receive a custom certificate by email, will be able to add it to LinkedIn and order a printed copy (if you enabled this option).

Like always, we’ve got more exciting product news coming. Please keep your eye on the Eliademy Blog or follow @eliademy. Thanks for using Eliademy!

– Sergey Gerasimenko, co-founder & CPO

Eliademy Premium gets better team management

As of today, Eliademy Premium is used by over a thousand of NGOs, public schools, and commercial organizations. Today we are launching a better version of administration interface which makes managing team members, students and enrollments much simpler.

The biggest change is an addition of separate roles, once you open user management screen you will see 2 distinct lists. “All people”, a list which collects all registered Eliademy users who ever attended any of your courses. And “Organization team”, a list of user with special roles:

  • Account owner can see and modify any course created by this team
  • Administrator can see and modify any course created by this team, but can’t access billing interface
  • Observer (or Teaching Assistant) can see any course created by this team, but can make changes only in courses they teach
  • Organization instructor can see only courses they teach, don’t have access to admin interface

As before, courses created by any team member are automatically linked with your organization and may be delivered as private. Roles can be changed anytime by a group administrator. Among other changes:

  • Admins can see a status of each sent invitation (delivered/opened) and resend it if a recipient was not able to receive it.
  • My Courses tab for account owner and admin displays only courses where those users have explicit roles as an instructor or student.
  • Organization Courses tab displays a list of public and private courses created by users of an organization. This list is visible to account owner, administrator, and observer.
  • Roles can be assigned upon sending and invitation to join the team.
  • Administrator can create custom groups for all users (not only team members) and see at once all users not yet assigned to a group.
  • Administrator can duplicate or jump directly to any course from “Manage Enrollments” screen.
  • Administrator can easily enroll already registered user without sending them a course invitation.

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Theses changes are available for all Eliademy Premium users starting today. Please let us know what you think about them.

If you still don’t use Eliademy Premium, you can give it a try with 30 days free trial. Please note, if use Eliademy as NGO or public educational organization you can apply for an academic license.

Thank you for the outstanding amount of feedback, improvement ideas and encouragements. We are really proud to have such an active and supportive community.

– Sergey Gerasimenko, co-founder & CPO

June Product Update

Even though June is official end of a study year, we still got aver 200 message from you with various ideas for improvements via UserVoice. Thus we made June or official “improve everything” month, in particular we:

  • Set all embedded videos to fill the with of the page – you don’t need to adjust size of any embedded video manually to make it look great
  • Improved export grades functionality with unicode support (if you teach in Mongolia, Russia, Taiwan or any other country with non-latin alphabet)
  • Added HMTL anchoring functionality to visual editor
  • Simplified submitting answers UX
  • Introduced simple visual cues to separate open courses from private ones
  • Optimized performance of user management and mass enrollment for premium users

This all seems to have a great effect on your satisfaction. During June we got the following messages about Eliademy:

  • A great site for teachers (from Adrian Prieto)
  • A great site full of excellent tools (from John Cowell)
  • We can confirm homework and communicate with my friends in English. (from anonymous in Japan)
  • This is my first experience as a student in Eliademy and I am planning to make own course here. I like the features and functionality. (from Laila Bröcker)
  • It is a perfect tool for my classes (from anonymous in US)
  • Easy to use & Excellent Customer Support (Patrick Mulcahey)
  • Eliademy provides me with the opportunity to create online courses for my students and for those who are interested to join our virtual classroom (Marinella Garcia)

Thank you for your feedback and encouraging words during this month! This really means a lot to our entire team. We are off to enjoy this chilling summer in Helsinki.

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– Sergey Gerasimenko, co-founder & CPO

Students can now receive Printed Certificates for online courses on Eliademy

We are glad to announce a new functionality of Eliademy: you now have the opportunity to earn a Printed Certificate delivered right to your place, upon completion of an online course on Eliademy.

“This is one more service offered to our global community of learners and teachers. In the future we will bring more ecosystem services in order to fully transform education into a pure digital service” says Sotiris Makrygiannis, CEO of Eliademy/CBTec Oy.

While we already offer students to get free online certificates, this new functionality aims at providing you with a more tangible proof of your accomplishment. It “bridges yet another gap between online and offline education”, as Vitaly Repin, CEO of Metida Print AB Oy, supplier of Eliademy’s certificates. The printed certificates are mostly useful for learners who want a proof that they have acquired new personal and professional skills, through an online course. For example, they can easily be shown during an interview. They will contain serial numbers, protected by watermarks and holographic technology and can be printed with the Providers Logo and original signature. All LinkedIn digital certificates and PDF versions will remain free for those who do not need or want a paper copy.

This new functionality is offered to all courses but it is up to the instructors to activate it in two clicks from the settings of their course. The Printed Certificates are available at a small cost for students.

Students can earn Printed Certificates for Online Courses on EliademyIf you are Instructor on Eliademy, consider offering your students to earn a Printed Certificate. It may be very useful for them and truly contribute to boosting their career!

If you would like to learn how to start, please watch the following video:

And Edison Award goes to Eliademy!

We are extremely happy to announce that Eliademy received Gold award in category “Living, Working and Learning” during gala event in New York this evening.

Being recognized with an Edison Award is one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of innovation and business success. The Edison Awards honor excellence in new product and service development, marketing, human-centered design and innovation. Full list of Edison Award Winners 2015 is available here.

Edison Award

On behalf on the whole team, we would like to thank our community of instructors, students and volunteers who help us making Eliademy better every day with constant feedback, ideas and warm words of support. Special thanks goes to Jonas Dromberg for representing us in New York today and believing in Eliademy’s mission all the way.

– Sergey Gerasimenko, co-founder & CPO