eFront 3.6Additional Functionality on Commercial editions
Learning / Lesson Capacity Educational Yes Enterprise YesThe administrator is able to set (i) a maximum number ofusers per lesson and (ii) the access period after registration -ensuring course capacity is maintained.
Learning / Linked Lessons Educational Yes Enterprise YesA very useful and ergonomic feature for creating lessons whichpermits the sharing of specific data between lessons e.g. a videoin one lesson can be reused in other lessons. This saves time andspace as the data is only stored once. Such a link is easily achievedby sharing a folder with existing lessons.
Learning / Certifications Educational Yes Enterprise Yes Certificates are awarded depending on a predetermined set of objectives being satisfied e.g. the course certificate below was awarded once the user passed all three course lessons in the order of completion, within the deadline date set and with a score above the set threshold.User’s homepage indicating the achievement of a certificate in the course.
Learning Delivery / Smart Content Import Educational Yes Enterprise Yes Compatible with a variety of file types, eFront makes it easy to convert existing data directly into the database, e.g. Zip and PDF files can be imported and eFront will transform them directly into the working content tree, using folder names as unit names within the lesson.
SCORM 2004 4th edition Educational Yes Enterprise YesSCORM 2004 4th edition is the latest and most technologically advancedcollection of standards and specifications for web-based eLearning.Based on new standards for API and content object-to-runtimeenvironment communication - with many of the ambiguities of previousversions resolved - has helped create a more robust test suite which helpsensure good interoperability. Combines the ability to specify adaptivesequencing of activities that use the content objects while allowing thesharing and use of information for multiple learning objectives orcompetencies across content and courses for the same learner within thesame LMS.All this gives users a faster and more complete experience and allowsproviders to set more stringent learning paths that users must comply to.eFront is one of the first systems to offer this level of support for SCORM.
Communication / Surveys Educational Yes Enterprise YesCreating a survey is made simple and flexible, with many optionsavailable to the creators, e.g. respondents can remain anonymousand there is a wide variety of question types to choose from.Once the survey is published, the invited users will see anotification on their homepage and until when they shouldcomplete it.
Communication / Notifications Educational Yes Enterprise YesThis feature allows for customized automated emails to becreated for any event. These can be restricted to certain usersand activated/deactivated, as shown below, in black/redaccordingly. Very easy to manage - an efficient and reliable wayto inform users automatically.
Ecommerce / Shopping Cart Educational Yes Enterprise YesShows users which courses they have chosen to purchaseand enroll in, indicating individual as well as total pricesand any discounts available, as shown above. Offering adiscount feature also allows users to enter a discountvoucher code, which will adjust the balanceautomatically.
Ecommerce / Voucher and Discount Educational Yes Enterprise YesVouchers and discounts can be entered by administrators, withthe option of setting voucher codes, discount percentages andstart dates. This gives administrators full control over whichusers are eligible for the discounts.
Ecommerce / Balance Support Educational Enterprise Yes YesA very user friendly feature, permitting users to prepay anamount towards their future purchases whilst simplifying theassociated administrative process.
Social / Facebook Integration Educational Yes Enterprise YesFacebook integration allows users to login to their eLearningfacility and Facebook simultaneously in order to view theirFacebook profile on their eLearning homepage. Onceconnection with Facebook has been established there is noneed to login separately, as shown below.
Social / System Timelines Educational Yes Enterprise YesUsers can see their own history of actions whilst administratorswill have an overview of what users are actually doing.
Social / Lesson Timelines Educational Yes Enterprise YesEach lesson has its own specific timeline, providingtransparency of everyone’s actions for all parties associatedwith the lesson.
Social Extensions / User Wall & Educational Yes Status Enterprise YesUsers with common lessons can write on each other’s walls, inan attempt to effectively utilize tacit knowledge within theorganization. Users can also update their status, to keepanyone connected up to date e.g. the below user has written“Happy Twenty-Ten to all!!!”.
Administration / Groups Educational Yes Enterprise YesConsolidation of users into groups allows administrators toauto-assign a variety of common content and settings to allgroup users. This is necessary feature for larger organizations,allowing administrators to efficiently, accurately andeffortlessly register new users and manage existing ones.
Administration / Extended User Educational Yes Profiles Enterprise YesAdministrators can customize the details required whenusers register to contain more fields of informationwhich can be set as mandatory or optional. Above aresome examples of fields that can be added, although thestandard details required from any registering user areset as default.
Administration / Themes Educational Yes Enterprise YesExamples from a plethora of themes available. Themes canadjust not only color but also layout, by adding or eliminatingblocks according to the user’s preferences.
Administration / Auto-update Educational Yes Enterprise YesWith paid editions, customers are able to auto-update theirversion of eFront, whilst maintaining their database intact, aslong as their licence is still valid. Customers can compare theirinstalled version to the latest available to make sure they areup-to-date.
Administration / Archive support Educational Yes Enterprise YesDepending on the edition, when you delete a user, lessonor course, it is automatically moved to an archive folder inorder to avoid loss of valuable data.The administrator then has the option to fully restore orpermanently delete the data and free up storage space,as shown above.
Administration / LDAP support Educational Yes Enterprise YesLDAP support and an extensive XML API provide the means tocommunicate with other systems. In conjunction with otheradministrative features, it allows for the creation of a secureenvironment e.g. where you can restrict the IP addresses thathave access to the system.
Reporting / Test Reports Educational Yes Enterprise YesAdministrators and supervisors can check to see how manyusers have completed a specific test, how many times theytried and their average score, allowing instant access to anyuser’s performance.
Test Reports Reporting / Test Reports Educational Yes Enterprise YesTest analysis, a feature of test reporting, allows for a quick andaccurate comparison between all completed test scores,providing supervisors with valuable insights of individualperformances.
Reporting / Time Reports Educational Yes Enterprise YesThe administrator has access to a plethora of time constraintreports from users on a course to most active users, instantlygiving valuable information which prior to eLearning was tootime-consuming to compile!
Reporting / Event Reports Educational Yes Enterprise YesAdjustable to a specific user, lesson or course, these reportssummarize all events related to the variable selected e.g.certificates issued for and historical job positions of theselected user, plus many more…
Reporting / Group Reports Educational Yes Enterprise YesA report on a group of users that gives varied informationincluding registration and last login per user, lessons related tothe group, group user traffic and access time.
Reporting / Certificate Reports Educational Yes Enterprise YesGenerates a report showing users who obtained a particularcourse’s certificate, within which specified time frame, withcertificates about to expire and of a specific certificate key.
Reporting / Branch Reports Educational No Enterprise YesShows users within a particular branch, indicating last login andjobs assigned, lessons enrolled in and total access time per user- similar to group reports.
Reporting / Participation Reports Educational Yes Enterprise YesOffers a high level overview of user’s participation in thevarious eLearning mediums e.g. content viewing, tests,projects, forums. These can be time constrained per user,group, specific lesson or course.
Reporting / User reports generator Educational Yes Enterprise YesBuild your own reports through an easy to use user interface,the user reports generator . The generator is based on anumber of conditions and reporting columns.
Skill Gap / Tests & Analysis Educational Yes Enterprise YesExamines the capability of users in pursuing a role according topredetermined criteria (reflected in the questions created andchosen, as shown) ensuring that the organization efficientlyallocates its human resources.
Skill Gap / Tests & Analysis Educational Yes Enterprise YesInvited users will receive a link on their homepage to access and complete the test. The results will indicate which users are most suitable for the role, thus maximizing productivity. A valuable tool for organizations, which has the potential to revolutionize resource management systems and take workforce productivity to new levels.
Enterprise / Track job placements Educational No Enterprise YesAllows for job specific searches and/or in conjunction withbranch location i.e. specific job roles in specific branchlocations. It also allows for skill specific searches or a search ofemployees within a specific job role across all branches.
Enterprise / Branch management Educational No Enterprise YesProvides a quick overview of all branches, their location details,number of employees at each branch and where each branchreports to. By selecting a particular branch, further informationsuch as employee details and job positions can be viewed –thus providing conclusive information more effectively.
Enterprise / Branch Theme and Url Educational No Enterprise YesYou can define a different theme and access url for each one ofyour branches. Users will see a different interface as well asdifferent course catalog according to their branch.
Enterprise / Branch Supervisor Educational No Enterprise YesSupervisors are considered as the administrators of theirbranch, with privileged access to features and control of users,within that branch. Branch supervisors have access to thecategories shown below, and each category has numerousoptions e.g. add/delete users, assign users to job roles orcourses, add/delete job positions, create groups of users, plusmuch more. Branch Supervisors are able to access theseoptions from their homepage via an organization link.
Enterprise / Skills management Educational No Enterprise YesSkills are easily created, categorized and assigned to users oncethey have fulfilled certain criteria, e.g. pass a specific testassociated with a skill, or be assigned by the administratordirectly if a user already possesses the skill.
Enterprise / Competency Educational No management Enterprise YesThis allows for a search of various skills simultaneously requiredto perform certain tasks e.g. the three skills searched belowmatched only two user’s skill-sets and thus their competency inperforming desired task.
Enterprise / Employee transcripts Educational No Enterprise YesAn example of an employee transcript showing evaluationremarks by supervisors on their performance andachievements.
Enterprise / Employee transcripts Educational No Enterprise YesAn example of an employee transcript showing overall andindividual test scores (and date test was taken) plus lessons andcourses the user has already completed.
Enterprise Suite / Managing users Educational No Enterprise YesUsers can be managed by branch or job position, asshown below, and also by location and department.
Enterprise Suite / Assign courses Educational No based on job role Enterprise YesThis ensures users are automatically enrolled into courses andlessons depending on their job role e.g. Business DevelopmentManagers will automatically be enrolled into the coursesshown below.
Enterprise / Skill based search Educational No Enterprise YesAllows for skill based searches across the whole organization, aparticular branch or within a specific job position i.e. in thebelow example, 3 people within the whole organization havethe ‘experience in managing people’ skill.
Enterprise / Certification paths Educational No management Enterprise YesDepending on the version, certificates can be further managedto include an expiry date e.g. the below certificate will be validfor twelve months and users must repeat the course uponcertificate expiry. This is particularly useful with coursescovering evolving topics as it keeps course users as up-to-dateas possible.