This article will be focused on the Public Dashboard. The public dashboard is a configurable perspective that can be made available to users who aren’t currently logged into or registered with your portal.
With the public dashboard you can specify billboards, showcase featured courses or advertise courses available for public purchase from your established catalog of online courses.
- Enabling the Public Dashboard
Enabling the Public Dashboard
To enable the public dashboard, first, you’ll open the Setup menu on the left-hand side and select the Templates option. This will navigate you to the Templates page.
On the Templates page, you’ll see a list of departments. When establishing a public dashboard, you’ll want to consider which of your departments is best for the public dashboard. You may want to establish an entirely new department template or use your primary parent template instead.
Once you have decided which department template you want to enable the public dashboard for, you’ll want to select that department from the list and use the edit action from the right-hand side toolbar. After selecting Edit you’ll be navigated to the Edit Template page where you’ll be presented with a variety of tabs. For the purposes of this article, we’ll only be interested in the Public Dashboard tab.
Once you click the Public Dashboard tab. The first toggle that you see will be to Enable the Public Dashboard. You can click this toggle to activate the Public Dashboard.
Access to a Public Dashboard
Once a public dashboard is enabled; you’ll have to specify the route that leads to it. If you have enabled the public dashboard for your parent department; then the standard route’s that access your portal will already perform this function. In the case that you have enabled a public dashboard for a specific department template, you’ll want to confirm that you have a Route which is associated with that department template. Please reach out to the Absorb Support Desk to confirm the association of your routes or have a new route added to your portal.
Underneath the Public Dashboard tab there are two primary menus which can be used to configure the appearance and function of the Public Dashboard. They appear as below and can be opened by clicking on them.
Note that the Public Dashboard will default to the Login page configuration if the Enable Public Dashboard is off, or if enabled but with no content to display. Toggling the Enable Public Dashboard to on, and ensuring content is added to display, will default to this dashboard upon access to a portal route while not logged in.
When you first open the Content menu drop-down you'll find the default welcome tile in the first container. A container is used to format and order visual components of the Absorb LMS such as Tiles, Welcome, Ribbons & Billboard.
The advanced menu primarily allows you to modify the background image of the Absorb LMS. By default this menu will have the settings inherited from your parent department. If you're editing the parent department of your portal; then this won't appear. If you have created a new template or are editing a specific department template; it is your decision to retain the inherited status or turn it off.
If the Inherit Settings option is turned off, you'll have the option to edit the settings present in the Advanced menu.
Dashboard Tiles are the building blocks for the learner dashboard and can be customized by admins. Dashboard tiles are the primary approach to customizing the dashboard. They can be used as a sales tool, engaging learners on how to effectively use the LMS. To add a tile you'll want to specify the container to host Tiles and then select the add tile(s) option.
It is also important to note that the welcome tile is it's own type and must be selected independently.
When adding a tile into a container. You'll be met with the following options:
You won't see the Absorb Engage tiles if you don't have this enabled for your portal. We'll go over the tiles that can be added in this method further in this article.
The welcome tile typically showcases a branded image in association with your company. Often it is associated with a link to your corporate homepage or an associated website for your learners. The Welcome Tiles can showcase both a background and foreground image allowing you to modify what your users see with a high level of customization.
The ability to configure different welcome tiles throughout separate department templates makes it so you're receiving each department that operates within your portal correctly.
|_Blank||Opens the linked document in a new tab or window.|
|_Parent||Opens the link in the parent frame. Frames are deprecated in HTML5.|
|_Self||Open the link in the current frame.|
|_Top||Opens the link in the top-most frame. Frames are deprecated in HTML5.|
It is important to note that this image will appear in front of the background image. For those familiar with photo editing software the foreground is on the layer above the background. As a result you can have different branded graphics or images interact with one another, or configure a branded symbol to not cover up vital information contained on the background image.
For further information in relation to the welcome tile images please consult the following article: https://support.absorblms.com/hc/en-us/articles/360021413154-LMS-Customization-Guidelines-Welcome-Tile-Images
Simple but useful tiles that can be set to lead a learner to a specified url as you configure. In the case there is a fantastic resource for your learners, a commonly accessed website or web-tool that you want to direct people towards; a hyperlink tile will be the ideal method to provide access.
|Title||The title of the tile. This is the title that will be observable to your learners.|
|Description||Used for organization. Not visible to the learner. You can add a translation key into this field to associate translations.|
|Link||The literal URL that you want this hyperlink tile to lead your learner to when selected.|
|Target||Determines how the link is opened.|
The catalog tile will direct learners to your established catalog and allow them to view any and all courses that you have made for public enrollment. Often a catalog will have specific courses configured for public purchase so that prospective learners can see the best of what is up for offer.
|Category||Allows you to specify the course category that is showcased upon selecting the tile. Can be used in accordance with a 'public course' category for example.|
However it may be your preference to have courses from your catalog showcased without the learner being required to click the tile and navigate to the catalog. In this case you would want to associate your catalog with a ribbon; as discussed later in this article.
Enrollment Key Tile
Used to provide access to learners to register for a learner account within your portal. These enrollment key tiles can be configured to prompt the user to enter the enrollment key they have been provided outside the LMS, or, use an enrollment key you have configured and specified yourself.
|Key Name||The field where the Enrollment Key Name may be entered. The tile will reference this key when used by a learner and as a result will allow the user to register for your portal based on the configuration and settings of that enrollment key. Can be left blank to prompt entry of an enrollment key from the user.|
A FAQS tile works in association with the FAQS that are established from the FAQS page in the setup menu. Most often this tile is used to provide information that may be of interest or relevance to potential learners. You can include information like your policy on expired courses, resources for the learner to reference prior to registering or advice for using the Absorb LMS!
|Number of Items||The amount of objects from the FAQS portion of your portal that will be displayed when this tile is selected by a user. Can be used in accordance with the 'Order' of a FAQ to showcase the intended information.|
A tile that allows you to provide access to your facebook page. This can be used to promote community and communication within your organization as well as provide a social outlet for learners to gain further information.
To configure this tile you'll be required to provide the Widget HTML and a hyperlink.
To create the Widget HTML you can build it out on Facebook's site for developers: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/page-plugin/
Please note when building this Widget that the minimum size is 180px and maximum Width is 500px.
Showcase your companies twitter profile for your learners. Provide access to the most recent information from your organization or pressing updates that everyone should know about!
To establish the Twitter tile you'll only need to add your twitter handle; without the inclusion of the @. Once this has been saved your learners will be able to access the tile and be directed to your twitter page; alongside viewing your most recent and informative tweets within your portal.
Working in association with the News Articles that are placed in your portal. This tile will allow you to direct potential learners to articles or pieces of published information that pertain precisely to your organization.
The tile will then showcase up to five of the most recently published articles in the News Articles portion of your Absorb LMS portal.
Billboards allow you to add dynamic information to your portal that can advertise specific courses, accreditation or important news to your learners. This option allows you to integrate branded graphics or specific marketing media into your public dashboard and specify exactly what your learners will see.
|Interval||The amount of time in milliseconds between the billboards changing between themselves. In the case where you have two billboards, in the above configuration they will switch between one another every ten seconds. Remember that 1000 milliseconds is equivalent to 1 second.|
|Tags||You can select the Tag that you want this tile to display billboards from. With this you can specify the exact billboards you want to appear on your public dashboard.|
Further information in relation to billboards can be accessed with this article: https://support.absorblms.com/hc/en-us/articles/221978027-Billboards
Ribbons function as larger size containers that can be used to showcase more detailed or specific information. When configuring a ribbon it is important to consider where on the page you want this information to appear as it will be one of the larger sections of your public dashboard.
Once you have selected the intended label, the ribbon will configure to showcase this information.
The Catalog and Featured Courses
When a ribbon is configured with this label it will showcase the courses associated with it. In the case of using the Catalog; only courses that have been configured for public purchase will be showcased on the public dashboard.
This option is located on the Edit Course page under the Availability tab.
The Featured Courses ribbon functions similarly in that it will showcase all the courses, that are available for public purchase that have the Featured Course toggle turned On. In practice this is the preferred option for organizations that have specified courses for public purchase, or if you're interested in showcasing specific courses to prospective learners to get them excited about your content.
The option toggle Featured Course on is also found under the Availability tab on the Edit Course page. When turning that toggle on you are also presented with an option to select the Sort Order of the featured course. This determines where in the ribbon the course will appear. If sort order is 1, then the specified course will be the first to appear in the Featured Courses ribbon.