Employee Training Management for Office 365 User Guide for modern SharePoint sites

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Applies to: Employee Training Management for Office 365/SharePoint online
Other versions: View the version for SharePoint on premise (SP2010, SP2013, SP2016, SP2019)


For configuration instructions please refer to the Employee Training Management for Office 365 Configuration.

For installation instructions please refer to the Employee Training Management for Office 365 Installation.

The following user guide explains how to use the Employee Training Management in a modern SharePoint site. If you still use the classic SharePoint experience please refer to the Employee Training Management User Guide for classic SharePoint sites.

In this article:

If you open a SharePoint site where Employee Training Management for Office 365 is installed, you’ll see the following areas in the left navigation:

  • For Learners
  • For Managers
  • For Instructors
  • For Organizers

What areas you can use depends on your permissions. A website administrator can change the permissions for each area/page in the site pages library.

Welcome to Employee Trianing Management for Office 365

The 4 areas and the views below are examples, an inspiration how to design areas for the different types of users. Feel free to change them, change their content and provide the views and information your users need. This user guide explains the features based on the initial pages and configuration.

For Organizers

In the Organizer area you can manage learners, courses & exams, curriculums, scheduled training events, enrollments and achievements.

Organizer area

Courses & Exams, Curriculums and Scheduled Training Events

You can create Courses & exams, Curriculums and Scheduled training events

In All Courses & Exams you can create 4 types of training:

  1. Instructor-led Training Template – let’s you provide a template for a class room training or online training held by an instructor. Once created, learners can enroll in and you can schedule a training event from this template.
  2. Classroom Exam Template – let’s you provide a template for an exam. Learners can enroll in and you can schedule an event from this template.
  3. Self-paced Training – let’s you provide any sort of content for self-paced training. Learners can enroll in.
  4. Online Exam – let’s you provide an online-exam or quiz. Learners can enroll in.

Create new courses & exams

Once you have created courses & exams, create curriculums to bundle them to make enrolling in easier.

Create new curriculums

In Upcoming Events you can create events where learners can enroll in. You can also schedule an event from a course or exam template.

  • To create an event click on + New, enter a Title, start time, end time, location and the event description.
  • To schedule an event from a template also click on + New, select the template in the column ‘Course or Exam’ and click Apply. This creates a new event containing all data prepared in the template.
  • You can also schedule an event from a template if you click on All Courses & Exams in the left navigation, select an Instructor-led Training or Classroom Exam Template and click on Schedule a Training Event.

Schedule training events

Once enrolled in an event, learners will receive an e-mail meeting request in Outlook. They can accept the request to save the date in their calendar or decline to cancel the enrollment.

Create a new course or exam

In the courses & exams section you can create new self-paced courses & exams or add new templates for instructor-led training events & classroom exams.

Click on ‘New’, select the type of training and enter the required information.

New course or exam

New course or exam form

Depending on the type you have to enter different information.

Select type of training

If you create an Instructor-led Training Template or Classroom Exam Template you can then schedule a training event from this template.

If you create a Self-paced Training or Online Exam, also include hyperlinks to the training materials like videos, documents, quizzes or other e-learning content.

Create a curriculum

In the curriculum section, click on ‘New’, enter the title of the curriculum, select the included courses & exams and enter a description.

New curriculum

New curriculum form

Create a training event

In the Upcoming events section you can create events directly or you can use an existing template for instructor-led training or classroom exams.

To create an event directly click on ‘+ New’ and enter all the information.

Create new event in calendar

To schedule an event from an existing template, also click on + New on the top, select the template in the column ‘Courses and Exams’ and click Apply and enter the missing information like Location, Start Time, End Time and Description.

Schedule a training event

New event form

You can also open ‘All Courses & Exams’, select or open a template, click on ‘Schedule a Training Event’ and enter the missing information like Location, Start Time, End Time, Enrollment Deadline, etc.

Schedule a training event

New event form

The new event will now show up in the Upcoming Events view.

Manage learners

For each enrolled user the app automatically creates an item in the learner list. You can of course also add learners manually, configure a manager and assign curriculums.

To add new learners, click on ‘New’ in the learners section and enter the required information.

New learner

New learner form

First you can select the type, if you want to use user accounts or email address and full names (for external users), enter the learner(s), configure a manager and you can already assign a curriculum.

Lean more about how to add users to the learner list automatically

Assign a curriculum

For existing learners you can edit the learner and assign a curriculum or you can select multiple learners and use ‘Assign curriculum’.

Assign curriculum

Assign curriculum form

This creates an enrollment for each course or exam that is part of the curriculum.

Enroll learners

Instead of assigning a curriculum, you can also enroll learners in a course or exam or a scheduled training event using the ‘Enroll’ option.

Enroll in course or exam

Enroll in course or exam form

You can enroll users using the user account or with email address and full name. You can also enter multiple users or SharePoint groups if you want to enroll all group members. They also don’t have to exist in the learner list, the learner item will be created automatically.

View learner

If you click on a learner to view all details including pending and completed achievements.

View learner

You can also select one or multiple curriculums, courses and exams or scheduled events, copy the enrollment link and send it to other users via e-mail or post it on your website or intranet.

Copy enrollment link

Copy enrollment link dialog

If users click on the link, the enrollment form will show up.

Enrollment form from link

Send E-Mail

It’s also possible to send various e-mails to attendees, organizers and other users.

Send email

This opens a form that allows you to select the recipients (participants, organizers or others), an e-mail template that you want to use or you can also enter subject and body directly. Instead of selecting participants, organizers or other user columns, you can also enter e-mail addresses or distribution groups directly.

Send email form

Manage Enrollments

To view enrolled users, open or select one or multiple curriculums, courses or exams or scheduled training events and click on ‘Manage Enrollments’.

Manage enrollments

This will display a list of enrolled users.

Manage enrollments view

If you select one or more enrollments, you can update the achievement or cancel the enrollment.

Manage enrollments actions

Add interested learners

If you open a training event that has been scheduled from an Instructor-led Training Template or Classroom Exam Template you’ll see if there are people interested in this event. This will show all enrolled learners from the template. You can click on ‘Add all’ to add all people to the event, or you can click on the number of people to view the people first, select them and click on Add selected person(s).

Add interested

Select and add interested

The added users will now receive an e-mail invitation.

Manage instructors

In the instructor list you can add instructors with a user account or email address. You can also enter additional contact information here.

Create instructor

Create instructor form

Instructors can now be selected when creating courses & exams or scheduled training events. Instructors with a user account can view their courses & exams, scheduled training events and all enrollments in the instructor area.

Manage primary skills

In the primary skill view you can enter skills that can be selected when creating courses & exams or scheduled training events. Skills can help users to find recommended courses or courses they are interested in and managers to find learners with specific skills.

Primary skills

Manage e-mail templates

You can configure various e-mail templates using the ‘User E-Mail Templates’ list. First enter a title and define if the template is valid for Scheduled Training Events, Training Catalog or Curriculums. This will give you a list of available placeholder that you can use in the email template. You can use {WebURL}, {ListURL}, {ItemURL}, {EnrollURL} and any column in the selected list(s).

Email templates

You can use these templates to send invitations, save the date notifications or a link to a feedback form.

For Learners

View achievements, upcoming training events and active self-paced training

In the Learner area you can view your pending and completed achievements, enrollments in upcoming and completed training events and active self-paced training. You can also browse courses & exams and upcoming training events to find and register for recommended or interesting training content.

Learner area

Choose upcoming training events

If you have been enrolled in an Instructor-led Training Template or Classroom Exam Template, and not in an already scheduled event, the enrollment will show up as ‘Waiting for event’. If upcoming events are available, they are visible in the upcoming events column. You can choose an event, click on it and enroll.

Choose event

Choose event enroll

You’ll now receive an e-mail invitation, the enrollment will show up as enrolled and the selected event in the Event column.

Choose event after enroll

If you want to choose a different event, you have to cancel the enrollment first.

Cancel enrollments

You can cancel the enrollment in SharePoint if you click on the enrollment and use ‘Cancel Enrollment’…

Cancel enrollment

…or you can decline the invitation or the event in your email client.

After declining you’ll receive another email including a link to cancel the enrollment.

If you cancel the enrollment, you’ll receive a cancellation email as well.

Cancellation email

Update achievement

If you want to update an achievement, click on ‘Pending’, …

Update achievement

…set it as achieved, enter the date achieved and date expires if necessary. You can also upload a certificate here, if required.

Update achievement form

Enroll in courses you are interested in

To enroll in courses or scheduled training events click on either Upcoming Events, All Self-paced Training or All Curriculumns, select a curriculum, a course or exam or a schedule event and click on enrolled.

Enroll

Enrollment form

You can also select multiple courses and enroll.

Enroll in multiple events

If you enroll in a scheduled training event you’ll also receive an email invitation that you can accept directly in your email client.

Accept from Outlook

If the event has reached its maximum number of enrollments and the waiting list is enabled, you can also sign up for the waiting list.

Waiting list

If you sign up for the waiting list, you’ll also receive an invitation with a tentative event. If a place becomes available, you’ll receive a new invitation with the busy event.

Add achievement for ad-hoc training

If you have completed self-paced training that has not been assigned to you and isn’t available in courses & exams, click new item below and add the achievement yourself.

Add achievement

Add achievement form

Enroll as an external user

It’s possible to share training events to allow external users to enroll in events using an anonymous access link.
How to allow external users to enroll in training events

For Managers

In the manager area you can view all learners in your team and their achievements. You can also view pending enrollments, if content approval is necessary and curriculums available for you and your team. If you don’t see all your team members here, please contact the administrator and make sure you are configured as their manager.

Manager area

View your team member’s achievements

You can view pending and completed achievements of your team members.

View achievements

You can also click on a learner to view all details including pending and completed achievements.

View learner details

Update your team members’ achievements

You can also update the achievements of your team members by selecting the achievement(s) in the view and clicking on ‘Update Achievement’.

Update achievement

Assign a curriculum to your team members

To assign a curriculum to your team members, select the team members in the learner view and click on ‘Assign Curriculum’.

Assign curriculum

Assign curriculum form

You can also select a curriculum in the list of available curriculums, click on ‘Enroll’ and enter the learners in the enrollment form.

Enroll in curriculum

Enroll in curriculum form

Enroll team members in scheduled training events and courses & exams

To enroll team members in scheduled training events and courses & exams that is not part of their curriculum, click on either Upcoming Events or All Self-paced Training, select a course or exam or a schedule event and click on enrolled.

Browse courses and exam

Enroll in course

Add achievements for ad-hoc training

If team members completed self-paced training that have not been assigned to them and are not available in courses & exams, click new item below and add the achievements for your team members.

Add achievement

Add achievement form

For Instructors

In the instructor area you can view courses & exams and scheduled training events where you’re the instructor. You can also see attendees in your upcoming and recent events and pending achievements that you can update.

Instructor area

View attendees in upcoming events

You can get a list of attendees per event in the Attendees in upcoming events view.

Attendees in upcoming events

View attendees in recent events

You can also view attendees in recent events and use this view to update the achievements for those who attended the training event.

Update achievements