By Pam Boiros
As you’ve read in earlier posts, we’ve shared regular updates about our social learning product, SkillSoft inGenius on Books24x7. The feedback and reviews have been great, and we now have over 60 clients deploying inGenius, covering a potential audience size of 500,000+ learners.
A few weeks back, we released a number of important new feature enhancements to inGenius. I would classify them all as “participation” features. With more opportunities to engage with their community, connect, share, recommend and rate content, inGenius becomes an even stronger enterprise collaboration tool – and we expect participation levels to grow even more. Here is an overview of the major enhancements we just rolled out.
Interests and Expertise: You can now declare, self-rate and share your areas of interest. There are three levels of expertise that you can declare: Learner, Experienced, or Expert. This helps you find other community members with relevant interest areas – and help community members connect with you, too.
Recent Activity list Enhancements: The Recent Activity list has been enhanced to provide information on other activities and the Recent Activity can now be tracked via RSS. The following are the new activities in the list:
- New users as they create a profile and join
- Recommendations (Person X recommends Title Y)
- Following activities (Person A is now following Person B)
- Who found community Notes and Comments “helpful”
Notifications Page: There is now one place to go to view notifications of inGenius activities that directly affect you. Notification also can be tracked using RSS, and each community member can decide which activities will generate notifications.
Ratings of Notes and Comments: You now have the ability to “rate” the Notes and Comments posted by other community members, by indicating if you found a Note or Comment “Helpful” or not.
Sharing Recommendations of Titles: You can now recommend titles and share specific reasons for your recommendations with your community.
Discover community members: Part of the value of any social site is knowing who’s part of the community. Is there anyone there worth collaborating with? A “Browse People” option has been added to help with the discovery process:
Are you intrigued by these new enhancements? Do you want to experience inGenius for yourself? The inGenius “Early Look” Program still is available for learning leaders. There is no cost or obligation associated with participating in “Early Look”, but we do solicit feedback from all participants via an online survey. Interesting in checking out inGenius? Drop me a line. You also can check out our online inGenius tour or download our social learning infographic.