Q2 2024 Release Notes

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Please visit Absorb Academy to enroll into our Q2 2024 Release course. This course contains video demonstrations for you and your team to learn more about the new features launched in our Q2 2024 Release.

The Absorb LMS release is planned for deployment on:

  • China (CN): Monday, May 13, 2024, 9:00 AM MDT / 11:00 PM CST
  • Australia (AU): Monday, May 13, 2024, 9:00 AM MDT / Tuesday, May 14, 2024, 1:00 AM AEST
  • Europe (EU): Tuesday, May 14, 2024, 1:00 PM MDT / 8:00 PM BST
  • Canada (CA): Monday, May 20 2024, 4:00 PM PDT / 5:00 PM MDT / 6:00 PM CDT
    / 7:00 PM EDT
  • United States (US): Monday, May 20 2024, 4:00 PM PDT /
    5:00 PM MDT / 6:00 PM CDT / 7:00 PM EDT

Create AI Voice Over Release Date:

  • May 7th, 2024

Analyze Essentials Release Dates:

  • May 14th - May 22nd

 

This quarter's update focuses on making Absorb more connected, improving User quality of life, and enhancing how you manage Courses and Reports. We've made improvements to help Absorb work better with other tools you use, made adding Voice Over to Courses easier, and expanded the customization of Reports. These updates pertain to version 5.118.0 of the Absorb LMS.

Release Documentation

This article provides an overview of the forthcoming changes to Absorb LMS alongside the Q2 2024 Release. Additional documentation including updates to existing articles, brand new articles and updates to relevant change logs will be implemented May 10th.

 

New Features

The following components are new to the LMS:

 

Webhooks

Now you can set up Absorb to automatically signal when something happens in the LMS in real time, like starting a training session or finishing a course. This means less manual work and quicker updates.

  • For more information on Webhooks click here.

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Connectors for HubSpot and SAP SuccessFactors

We've added new ways to connect with these popular business tools, making it easier to match data and keep everything in sync.

  • For more information about Connectors, click here.

 

Two-Way Sync for Workday and Dayforce

Now, information can flow both ways between these HR systems and ours. This means the progress of your employee's training is always up to date.

  • For more information on using Connectors for data sync, please click here.

 

Create AI Voice Over

You can now add spoken voice to your Courses using AI, in any of 35 Languages.

  • For more information about AI Voice Over in Absorb Create, click here.

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Easier Content Course Replacement

When a content course needs to be updated or replaced, we've made it simpler to find and switch to new content without hassle.

  • For more information about Content Course Replacement click here.
  • For more information about the Content Replacement Activity Report click here.

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Easier Setup for New Departments

Copy a Template from one Department to another, saving time when expanding or adjusting your organization's structure.

  • For more information on Department Duplication click here.

 

Updated Features

The following existing LMS components have been modified or expanded:

 

Google Analytics 4 / Google Tag Manager

Changes on the Google side mean the configuration steps to use GA4/GTM with Absorb LMS have been updated. Our documentation on configuring this integration will reflect changes to the Google UI.

  • For more information about the GA4/GTM configuration click here.

 

Salesforce Improvements

We've made our connection with Salesforce more reliable, reducing errors and ensuring smoother data sharing.

  • For more information on changes regarding the Salesforce V2 Connector, click here.

 

Sync with ADP for Managers

Automatically update Manager roles in our system when they change in ADP. This keeps everything aligned without extra effort.

  • For more information about the ADP Connector: Manager Experience click here.

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LinkedIn Course Sync

You can now match Courses based on the Language preferences of your Users:

  • For more information about the LinkedIn Learning Integration, please click here.

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Quick Access to Skills Tools

Learners can now jump right into their Skills workflow from their Dashboard using the Learning Path Tile. There are also new report Actions to help Admins find the right content to support your Skills implementation faster.

  • For more information on the Learning Path Tile, click here.
  • For more information on new report Actions for Skills, click here.

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Control Over Media Files

Decide who can see and use media files in our system to keep your content secure and organized.

  • For more information about Media Library Permission click here.

 

Backdating Curriculum Completion

Set completion dates based on when someone completes a program, not just when they sign up for the Curriculum. This keeps records accurate.

  • For more information on backdating Curriculum completion, click here.

 

Better Reviewer Experience Checklists

We've added more fields to identify Learners in Reviewer Experience checklists, reducing confusion and making it easier to review their work. The additional fields are:

  • Username

  • Department

  • Email

  • Location

  • For more information on new fields in the Reviewer Experience, click here.

 

Task Notification Tweaks

New options in Task notifications help clarify who did what, simplifying management.

Currently the only dynamic field related to the User within this Message Template is {{Learner Username}} which is not always the best way to identify the Learner. We’re adding {{Learner First Name}} and {{Learner Last Name}} as new dynamic fields for easier User identification. If added to the Message Template, these dynamic fields will clearly indicate the Learner which submitted the Task for approval.

  • For more information on available fields for the Task Notification Message Template, click here.

 

Break Time in Live Courses

Specify break times in live training sessions, making sure the recorded times reflect actual learning time excluding break time.

  • For more information about break time in an ILC click here.

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Improved Accessibility Settings

  • New settings help Users with visibility needs navigate Courses more easily, making learning more accessible for everyone.
  • We have updated the color palettes for the Admin Experience to be WCAG compliant, ensuring better accessibility and usability for all Users.
  • We will be changing the default color palette for Learners, but this update will only apply to new customers to maintain consistency for existing Users.
  • Learner Experience: Status icons in the User Transcripts have been visually refined.

More information on WCAG Compliance and Absorb can be found here.

 

Analyze BI (Paid Add-On) - Multi-Language Support

We’ve expanded our Language support in the Analyze BI interface from solely English to include ten additional Languages. This update aims to offer additional Language access, support regulatory Language compliance, drive global growth, and improve User engagement for Analyze BI clients. Designers and Viewers can now interact with the User Interface in the following Languages:

  • Chinese (Simple)

  • French (France)

  • German

  • Italian

  • Japanese

  • Portuguese (BR)

  • Russian

  • Spanish (ES)

  • Spanish (LA)

  • Dutch

  • For more information about Analyze BI, please click here.

 

Analyze Essentials (Paid Add-On)

New Report Options for Session Enrollments: You can now make custom reports that show who's signing up for and attending Sessions, giving you a clearer picture of how engaged your Users are.

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Flexible Report Scheduling: Set up reports to run automatically at the frequency you need — daily, weekly, or monthly — and decide when they should stop. This helps you stay on top of things without constantly setting up new reports.

  • For more information about Analyze Essentials, please click here.

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Translations

Translations for multiple Languages have been updated for the following elements of Absorb LMS:

  • Admin Experience

  • Reviewer Experience

  • Manager Experience

  • Admin Message Templates

 

The following Languages have received Translation updates:

  • Italian

  • Polish

  • Romanian

  • Russian

  • Slovak

  • Ukranian

  • Czech

  • Arabic

 

Learner Experience and Learner Message Templates have been updated for the following Languages:

  • Norwegian

 

All translations have been updated for the following Languages:

  • Spanish Latin America

  • Chinese Simplified

  • Portuguese European

  • German

 

 

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