Types of Learning Assets
A learning asset is a resource that is made available through a learning management system or learning portal. Examples of assets include but are not limited to courses, books, simulations, exams, and mentoring.
Below are the various types of learning assets with which you can work.
Books cover a wide range of business and IT-related subjects. You can search Books24x7 for book titles using SEARCH&LEARN. You can also access the Books24x7 site directly by clicking the shortcut on the navigation panel if it has been enabled for your site.
In addition to standard books, there are several types of books whose content is tailored to meet various business needs:
Business Exploration Series courses provide learners with engaging, visually rich, scenario-based learning that enables them to experience real world situations in safe, exploratory environments. These learning assets use video and Flash to make the learning experience engaging and authentic.
Business Exploration Series courses can be one of two types:
A course is web-based instructional content delivered to you on your computer. During a course, you practice and are assessed on your mastery of the skills and knowledge learned in the course.
The following types of courses are available:
In certain courses, you can add individual course topics to your MY PLAN. When available, a list of course topics displays under each lesson title with an option to save the topic directly to your MY PLAN.
Custom content includes both custom courses created from scratch and stock Skillsoft courses that have been customized.
Dialogue sessions are recorded or live virtual meetings, classes, and training sessions delivered using the Internet. Dialogue sessions can include interactive features such as chat, polling, audio, whiteboard, quizzes, and more. They can also incorporate prepared presentations.
Some learning assets, such as courses and learning programs, can have associated evaluation forms that allow you to provide feedback about your experience. In some cases, courses that you take as part of a credential require that you complete an evaluation in order to receive credit for the course.
If you complete an asset that has an associated evaluation, an evaluation is automatically added to the Evaluations folder in MY PLAN. (Evaluations for learning programs and Live Learning courses are only added after the entire program or course is completed.) After you complete the evaluation, it is then automatically removed from MY PLAN.
If the evaluation is optional, you do not have to complete it, and you can remove it from MY PLAN at any time.
If the evaluation is required, you can only remove it from MY PLAN by completing it. As a reminder, the application will prompt you to complete the required evaluation every time you log in.
SkillSoft exams are generally taken near the end of a program of certification-orientated study. There are two types of exams: test prep exams and final exams.
Test Prep Exams
These are practice tests that help you prepare for a certification exam. You can take a test prep exam in Study Mode (where you receive feedback after each question) or in Certification Mode (designed to mimic a certification exam).
These are final tests associated with a series of courses or learning path. Questions are drawn from all courses in the series to create an inclusive exam to test your knowledge of the subject matter. You demonstrate your competency with the associated courseware by successfully completing the Final Exam. In some cases, you must complete a Final Exam in order to earn college credits or to meet the requirements for professional-level certifications.
Express guides are electronically-delivered equivalents of the student guides that IT professionals receive when they attend instructor-led training classes. They consist primarily of text and graphics and do not contain interactive practice questions or assessments.
External learning objects are any set of references that serve as learning activities and resources. They can include:
You can add external learning assets to MY PLAN just as you do other assets.
Instructor-Led Training (ILT) courses are scheduled courses that you attend at a specific time. An ILT course can have one or more sessions, which are scheduled instances of the course. There are 2 types of ILT sessions:
You can enroll yourself in a session of an ILT course, or your manager or training administrator can enroll you. Depending on the configuration of your site, your manager may need to approve the enrollment if you enroll yourself. If your manager enrolls you, you are notified by email of the location, duration, time, and date of the scheduled session.
If no sessions of a course are currently available (that is, there are no scheduled sessions or all scheduled sessions are full), you can add a course to your watch list in order to be notified when a new session is scheduled.
Job aids are standalone documents intended to support transfer of knowledge and skills from courses to the workplace. They are performance-support tools designed to be used on an ongoing basis, or around a specific work-focused events, such as performance reviews, interviewing, or strategic planning. Job aids are not dependent on course content.
If a job aid is available for a particular course, you can launch it from the course summary page.
A KnowledgeCenter™ is a pre-packaged, user-friendly learning portal that allows learners instant access to trusted, targeted content. Each KnowledgeCenter includes material selected by subject matter experts to help learners build knowledge around a topic quickly and efficiently. KnowledgeCenter materials can include featured topics refreshed on a monthly basis, online books and reference materials, Skillsoft courses, Live Learning courses and their related assets, SkillSims, practice labs, projects, and more.
A Learning Program is a collection of learning assets that are grouped together based on subject matter, target audience, learning goal, or another organizing principle. Learning programs can include required and elective assets, have a defined structure that requires completion in a prescribed order, and a learner's progress can be tracked.
The goal of a learning program is to track your performance on the collection of learning assets. Before you can access the learning assets, and in order to start tracking your progress, you must enroll in the learning program. Depending on the learning program, the approval of your manager or training administrator may be required.
The details of a learning program include important information, such as your enrollment status and the curriculum for the program.
Note: A learning program may or may not have a start date and end date. If it has a start date, it is the date that you can start taking the courses in the program. If you access any learning assets prior to the start date, the progress you make prior to the start date is not counted towards completing the program. Similarly, if the learning program has an end date, it is the date by which you must complete all of the learning assets in the program. If you do not finish all of the assets by the end date, you do not earn credit for completing the learning program.
You do not need to add a learning program to MY PLAN in order to launch the learning assets after you have enrolled. However, adding the learning program to MY PLAN allows you to easily access it from the MY PLAN shortcut on the navigation panel. It also allows you to set up an associated email reminder to help you complete it on time.
Learning Sparks are interactive assets designed primarily for information technology subjects such as Cisco and IT Security.
Live Learning courses are a derivative of traditional, instructor-led technical training. However, rather than gathering students in one physical location, lectures by instructors are delivered to participants with streaming audio, video presentations, and application sharing over the Internet. Lectures are also available as recordings for on-demand viewing.
Live Learning courses are hosted and delivered as a collection of launchables. They can contain the following learning assets:
Live Learning Expert Live Sessions
Live Learning Expert Live sessions are live, webcast instructional sessions taught at specific, scheduled dates and times by a team of expert instructors.
Live Learning Expert Encore Sessions
Recorded sessions for on-demand viewing or reviewing of Expert Live sessions.
Supporting Learning Assets
Supporting materials can include the following related learning assets:
Live Learning class notes
Live Learning student guide
Live Learning lab
Live Learning mentor
Live Learning pre-test
Live Learning practice exam
Live Learning post-test
After you enroll in a Live Learning course, all of its assets become available to you on the course summary page.
Note: If you have difficulty printing a Live Learning student guide, refer to the Live Learning troubleshooting topic in the Support Knowledge Base for assistance.
Mentoring provides a convenient way of accessing the Ask My Mentor feature for a particular course or certification path. Mentoring assets map to specific certification exams, and, therefore, they appear in the CATALOG beneath applicable exams in a certification-related curricula folder.
You can access mentoring support by clicking in one of the following locations:
The Ask My Mentor page allows you to take advantage of three types of mentoring: live chats, questions and answers by email, and daily messages.
Chat with a Mentor
If you have a quick question about a course or certification, your mentoring team can provide you with a quick answer. To enter a live chat with a mentor, click Chat with a Mentor.
Email My Mentor
If you have a detailed question about a course or certification, your Mentoring Team can provide you with a detailed answer via email. To email a mentor, click Email My Mentor.
Change Daily Email Options
You can receive daily email messages that contain questions and information relevant to the specific certification. To activate this feature and specify the frequency with which to receive messages, click Change Daily Email Options.
Note: This setting is only available when you access the mentoring asset from within a certification curriculum folder in the CATALOG.
An mSpark is a course created and enabled for play on a mobile device. It has the same progress tracking, scoring, and completion functionality as a course that has not been enabled for play on a mobile device. Note that mSparks—like other courses—can contain video, podcasts, and other types of content. On both SkillPort and SkillPort Mobile, learners can search for mSparks and find them in the Courses bin in search results. For more information, see SkillPort Mobile.
Practice labs are designed to help you practice and assess your current skill levels and maintain ongoing expertise. An expert introduction provides you with insights and key pointers to the core skills practiced in the lab. After the introduction, you work in a learning environment that replicates a real-world job situation, and you complete hands-on exercises designed to build a rounded aggregation of competencies and skills.
Projects give IT professionals the opportunity to test their skills in structured learning environments that reflect real-world situations. They consist of extensive programs of unified, integrated projects that challenge developers to solve practical business problems, and they foster the acquisition of core programming skills.
Use a hosted IDE or Microsoft Visual Studio to build a robust business application by completing a series of coding projects. SkillSoft's innovative code judging application can evaluate your solutions, provide targeted feedback, and pinpoint helpful reference materials.
SkillBriefs are single-page, condensed summaries of the instructional content of a course topic. Use SkillBriefs as an instant reference after you have completed a course.
If a SkillBrief is available for a particular course, you can launch it from the course summary page.
A SkillSim (SkillSoft simulation) is a technology-enabled simulation that puts you in an authentic business or professional situation.
You play a major role in a variety of simulated interactions where your decisions have a direct impact on the course of events and result in realistic consequences. The SkillSim is designed to help you practice or assess your mastery of skills and knowledge learned in a series of SkillSoft courses. As you progress through a series of scenes, you will receive feedback on your performance. To assist you, the simulation incorporates links to context sensitive SkillSoft course material.
Skillsoft Advantage (SA) is a series of targeted development programs comprised of a collection of learning assets that have been thoughtfully selected and organized by industry experts.
Individual learning tracks offer a combination of new and existing assets that combine multiple modes of instruction, including text, video, and interactive practice activities that are intended to keep the learning quick and engaging. Each track is designed to take no more than two hours to complete, although you can complete as much or as little of any track at one time.
Videos covers a variety of business and leadership related themes. Videos include: