Teach on Mars blasts into the social learning age with Callisto

Teach on Mars blasts into the social learning age with Callisto

Late 2019 sees the release of Callisto, one of the most significant steps forward for the Teach on Mars solution since its creation. Callisto has been built to reinforce the human dimension of mobile-led learning, placing the individual at the heart of the learning experience. So you’ll find proprietary social functionality built into our solution for the first time, with learners now able to interact with each other, share their experience and air their opinions from within the app.

Climb aboard for a light-speed tour round the galaxy of new features in Callisto!

Rich new interaction and user-generated content

In Callisto, the Wall becomes a Social Wall, giving and brand new voice to your learners. They can now comment on publications, react to each others’ comments and even add links that display in thumbnail format.
And to keep everything in check, learners can also flag inappropriate comments for moderation via the Mission Center by the system administrator.



Very soon (Q1 2020), learners will also be able to add their own images, gifs and videos to their comments. And just like they can on Facebook- or LinkedIn, they can now mention other learners, who’ll receive that all-important instant Push notification that they’ve been namechecked.



Learning Recommendations

Callisto unveils a brand new multiple-choice quiz activity that will use a learner’s answers to steer him to exactly the right combination of learning activities to perfect his skillset.

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You can also have Callisto’s all-new AI algorithm send recommended learning activities – including most popular training courses and those your peers have been following – direct to your Wall once a week. Never miss a hot piece of content again!

Direct Links to Training Courses

We’ve added a feature enabling you to set up direct links to other training content from your Articles and Mobile Courses. So now you can link resources together to encourage learners to pass smoothly from one training course to another.


WeChat Single Sign-On

If your learners are among the one billion worldwide that are WeChat users, they can now connect to Teach on Mars directly with their WeChat ID.

Deep Dive into your data with Business Intelligence

With Callisto, you can now connect your dedicated Business Intelligence tools directly to the Teach on Mars Mission Center to take your analysis to the next level. Home in on data from a precise period; compare data from period to period; apply multiple data filters simultaneously. Then roll all that up into the complete management dashboard data provided by your other tool-suites. Installation of a BI connector is an extra-cost option that ToM-Enterprise licence-holders can activate by contacting their Teach on Mars Project Manager.



Manager Dashboard: track learning operations wherever you are

For the first time ever, managers can now view all the stats and KPIs they need to monitor their team’s development activity directly in their mobile app thanks to this new add-on, available as an extra-cost option. Learners, training courses, time spent, completion percentages, progress, engagement – you can now put it all right there in their pockets!

Flexible Offline & Online Content Authoring

Need to go offline but haven’t quite finished working on your latest piece of learning content? No problem – simply download your content into a Teach on Mars Excel® template and you can carry on your work on the go. Take as many language versions as you need – and even export your media if you like.
Then re-import your Excel® template into the Web Authoring tool whenever you like and get your fully updated version on-line again. You can now switch back and forth between the two creation options quickly and seamlessly!

Share Communication Templates with managers through your Mission Center

Mission Center super-users can now create their own customised, reusable Communication Templates, which they can then save and share with other managers. This is great for ensuring consistent, impactful communication to large learner populations across multiple regions or markets.

New-look Communications Hub

App managers can now choose between two views – Grid or List – for more clarity. They can also choose exactly which communications they want to display by filtering with a range of criteria including communication type, date and author or by focusing on most recent or most popular communications.

CSV Export of Wall Statistics

You can now get invaluable insight into the social activity of your learner populations by exporting your Wall statistics in CSV format. Leverage this data to optimise your communications strategy and drive engagement levels even higher.



Record points in SCORM-compatible Web activities

Third-party Web activities offer huge instructional design potential. With Callisto, SCORM-compatible Web activities can now record points scored in the Mission Center like any other activity. So you can take them into account in your highest-performing learner rankings and also include them in score-dependent learning paths.



Want a sneak peek? Download today!

You can see the Callisto difference in action from early November in the Teach on Mars app, downloadable as usual on the App Store and Google Play. To get all these new features on your own app, contact your Project Manager.

New features and updates for September 2019

New features and updates for September 2019

For this autumn, Web App games have been given a makeover, data exports from training courses have been improved, and the Survey activity can now be exported in CSV format. Join the tour to explore three exciting new features.

Games land on the Web App

The gamified learning activities of your favourite training app have been produced in a Web version. You can now find Wordspool, Pick a Word, Fill the Gap and many more on the big screen. Only the Quiz Game, whose Duel mode has lit up multiple face-to-face sessions, continues to be available in an exclusively mobile format.

The Pick a Word activity in the Teach on Mars Web App

 Exporting Surveys in CSV format

Because feedback from learners is essential for continually improving your content, the Survey activity allows you to poll your audience. Thanks to the new CSV export format, you can now exploit the results of these surveys more easily, in either anonymous or open versions according to your needs.

Exporting the results of the Survey activity

Two new columns when exporting training courses

For more effective analysis of your digital training system, we’ve added two new columns to the CSV export of training statistics: the date learners enrolled and unenrolled on training courses.

Enrollment and unenrollment dates in exports of training course data

What’s next?

Updates to mobile applications are planned for October. Many new features are in the pipeline, including the possibility of learners posting comments on the Wall, a new design for application pop-ups, the option of connecting to Apps via WeChat login details, a new type of content in articles and mobile courses, exports of statistics into communications, the overhaul of Excel® design templates, and lots of other new ideas that we’re keeping under wraps for now!

New features and updates for September 2019

New features and updates for August 2019

As summer draws to a close, it’s time to get your autumn off to a successful start. Take advantage of the latest new features from the Mission Center to clean up your learner database, send specific communications to carefully curated lists, and include, for example, a direct link to a learning activity.

Sending communications to a list of learners

From the learners page, you can now select a list of people to send communications to.

On the communications page, simply select the login of learners you want to contact; suggestions will help you find your recipients:

You can also copy and paste a list of logins.

Inserting quotes in training content

Like the web authoring tool, Excel® design templates allow you to display quotes in your app’s content. This is a great time to update the layout of your mobile training courses and Wall articles so that your content is easy to read and assimilate.

Utilisation d’une citation dans un cours mobile

In Excel®, the following syntax should be used:

In the web authoring tool, simply add a “quote” card:

Deleting multiple learners

Does your learner database need a spring clean? No need to panic, we’ve created a quick way of deleting learners. To perform this operation, the Mission Center manager must be assigned the role “Can delete learners massively“:

There are two ways of deleting learners. You can either select them from a list, then click on the delete button:

Or you can use mass management, then click on Delete learners, and import a CSV file containing the list of emails to be deleted from the database:

Memorising your paging preferences

If you’re a frequent visitor to the Mission Center, you’ll love the fact that you can now configure the number of rows you want to display in lists of learners, training courses and communications. For example, you may want to view 50 rows of learners, 100 rows of communications, and 20 rows of training courses. Your Mission Center will remember your preferences!

Direct links to learning activities

Direct links to content and communications were introduced at Teach on Mars in the spring (Cf. Nine best practices to recruit and retain your learners via link sharing).

You can now also create links to learning activities, so that a given activity can be directly accessed from anywhere: an email, communication, another training course, push notification, etc. What better way of promoting your content and diversifying your communications?

From the Authoring screen of a training course, copy the direct link and paste it wherever works for you:

NB: This feature must be enabled in your environment. If this hasn’t yet been done, your Teach on Mars project manager can assist you.

That rounds up all the new features for the month of August. See you in September for the arrival of games on the Web App, CSV exports of survey results, and other exciting new additions!

New features and updates for September 2019

New features and updates for June 2019

The Teach on Mars community is expanding and we’re adapting our product in response to this growth. In the month of June, our R&D team worked to improve the stability of the solution and to facilitate accommodation of more and more learners. The latest new features are being kept under wraps for release next month. In the meantime, here’s a taster of the innovations we’re working on at the moment.

Managers will be able to access a dashboard directly in the app so they can manage the training-related performance of their teams. This will do away with the need to connect to the Mission Center to see the uptake percentage or growth rate for the latest training course published!

A new activity dedicated to skills management will allow learners to assess their level in different areas before they start their training, now based on content recommended to them. Our recommendation algorithms are also changing for a more accurate match with learner expectations.

Just as users can connect to a host of applications via their Google or Facebook login details, connection to the application will soon be possible via WeChat (the most popular social media platform in China).

Communications are also being treated to new features: the app gets more social, with learners now able to comment on articles on the Wall. On the Mission Center side, the communications interface has been given an ergonomic facelift.

Watch this space for the upcoming release of a first batch of innovations, along with improvements to existing features following feedback from our customers on the feedback portal.

New features and updates for May 2019

New features and updates for May 2019

As we did in April, today we introduce innovations made to the Teach on Mars solution this month: two features for QR codes which have become all the rage (especially since Apple made them readable with the iPhone and iPad camera in iOS11 in late 2017).

QR codes to share your content

The link sharing feature we presented last month has been further enhanced. It now offers a QR code that can be directly downloaded from your Mission Center, and will direct your learners to your training courses and communications. Simply download the QR code and use it wherever you want.

QR code (linking to a training course) downloadable from the Mission Center

QR codes linking to your content can facilitate employee onboarding, promote training opportunities within your organization and allow you to develop “phygital” strategies. Our Nine best practices to recruit and retain your learners give some concrete examples of how to use QR codes in digital learning formats. There are also other examples further on in this article.

A QR code scanner in the app

Trialling the QR code scanner in the Teach on Mars app in our Sophia Antipolis offices

Of course, it’s not a QR code we’re scanning in this photo but the Teach on Mars Relax mug (that you can buy in the Teach on Mars Shop BTW). Nevertheless, the mug is being viewed through the new QR code scanner built into the application, which can be launched from a learning activity (inside a training course), a communication or the add-ons page.

For sales staff

A first use case of this scanner is intended for sales staff that have the app. When in store, scanning the QR code of a product immediately directs the user to a learning activity on its history, benefits and features for rapid upskilling.

For event management

The Teach on Mars app adds a new dimension to events. The QR code scanner offers numerous possibilities in this environment:

  • At the event entrance, to send a personalised push notification to visitors, to give them access to the event schedule or a “who’s who”, but also so that they can connect directly to Wi-Fi (via a QR code linked to the network).
  • At the entrance to a room, to give context to the workshops being held there.
  • On participant badges, to transmit contact details (with a code linked to a “vCard”).
  • Everywhere in the venue, to organise a treasure hunt, or provide polling or brainstorming to a maximum number of participants.

For classroom learning

The QR code reader is also a useful tool in classroom learning environments. Learners can use it to quickly register for a Live! session, take part in an end-of-course feedback questionnaire (as we do at the Mobile Learning FabLab), or easily and immediately download additional content to help keep them engaged.

Activating and using the QR code scanner

To activate the QR code scanner, your app must have been “republished” on the stores since the release of this feature. To learn how to use it, visit our Help Centre. Now it’s over to you – we hope you enjoy using these QR code innovations and let us know what you’ve done with them.

New features and updates for September 2019

New features and updates for April 2019

This month, we’ve decided to change the way we tell you about the latest additions and updates to our solution. Rather than devoting a whole article to a given feature, each month we’ll introduce you to all of the latest updates. So here we go for the month of April.

Direct links to content

From the Mission Center, you can now get a direct link to a training course or communication notice by clicking on the “copy the link” button.

To unlock the full potential of this simple yet powerful feature, read our Nine best practices to recruit and retain your learners via link sharing, and maximise delivery of training within your organisation. To enable this feature, simply request its activation from your Teach on Mars project manager.

Copying the link of a training course
Copying the link of a communication notice

Contextual help in the Mission Center

A new context-sensitive help button is now available in the Mission Center. Always displayed on the right of the screen, it gives users information related to the page they are visiting. For example, in the Learners section, where learners are managed, you will find items such as: “How to create, edit, delete a learner account?” and “How to import a learners list?“.

Contextual help button
Contextual help available in the Learners section

The contextual help available is exactly the same as that offered in the Teach on Mars Help Center, the advantage here being that it’s directly accessible when needed. It will be gradually rolled out to all Mission Centers of Teach on Mars customers over the coming weeks.

New feedback portal

Using our brand new feedback portal, users of the Enterprise edition can send us suggestions for improvements and track their progress, or vote for proposals made by other users. The feedback portal can also be accessed from the contextual help button.

Le portail de feedback Teach on Mars

Filtering add-ons by population

The add-ons page is the gateway to your training ecosystem. This is where you can integrate various company tools: a chatbot, product catalogue, product comparison tool, discussion forum, links to social media, a mini-website or any other useful resource.

Add-ons page in the
Teach on Mars app

As of this month, it’s now possible to define which add-ons are visible to which learner populations. Depending on the custom fields you’ve defined, you can, for example, change certain add-ons based on the country your learners are located in, or their line of business. These filters are installed when the application is configured by the Teach on Mars team, in accordance with any requests you’ve made to your project manager.

New Live! session features

Many new features are being added to Live! sessions from the Mission Center side.

Firstly, it’s now possible to archive sessions (and restore them when they are archived). If you organise lots of Live! sessions, you can now archive some of them to declutter your work space.

Archive button for a Live! session

You can also list Live! sessions using a filter (Active/Archived) and use the search bar to find a particular session.

We have also improved rights management for Live! sessions:

  • By default, managers can now only see the Live! sessions that they’ve created.
  • If managers have “Can view Live! sessions in the perimeter” rights, they can see all Live! sessions compatible with the custom fields they are linked to. (For example, if a manager is only allowed to manage the country “Italy“, they will only be able to see those Live! sessions organised for learners where the filter Italy has been selected).

Personalising your communication

To leverage learner engagement, you can now personalise communications with the email, last name and first name of your learner, together with personalised fields (country, region, etc.). To personalise your communication, simply enter:

  • $(EMAIL) for the learner’s email address
  • $(LAST_NAME) for the learner’s last name
  • $(FIRST_NAME) for the learner’s first name
  • $(metadata.[field_name]) for a custom field

The communication personalisation feature is only available from version 19.1 of the Teach on Mars app.

Marketplace – a new “Publisher” page

The content of training courses is constantly expanding on our Marketplace which recently celebrated its first anniversary. The application is increasingly publisher-centric, with publishers free to promote themselves
to learners through a dedicated page in the app.

In the Mission Center, you can create “Publishers” and connect training courses to them:

In the application, if a training course is connected to a publisher, they will be mentioned and the learner can access information about them (in particular, all the training programmes connected to them):

On the left, the name of the publisher is shown in the training course. On the right, the publisher’s information page is accessed by clicking on their name.v

That’s it for this month. We look forward to reading your comments on our latest updates. See you in May for more new features!