New Game Type, New Object Viewer, Simplified Theming, Auto Alias Completion, E-commerce, Tutor Dashboard, Updated Front End, and Improved Notifications.
Whilst our last update was mainly aimed at administrators, this October update sees us add new features that we’re sure will appeal to both administrators and end users alike.
We’ve added a feature that will allow you to create a new Game Type that combines both the Linear and Non-Linear structures you may be familiar with; once you’ve created your course we’ve now provided an option to display your objects in an alternative Object Viewer that maximises the screen layout. We’ve also made it much easier to theme your Curatr at a basic level, whilst still retaining the power to apply a more advanced look and feel. We know how annoying it can be needlessly typing into text boxes or copying and pasting, so we’ve added a neat feature that auto-completes the ‘alias’ field when setting up a course – every second counts, right?
We recognise that many businesses use Curatr to design and sell online experiences to their clients, so we’ve also added an E-Commerce option to make that even easier to do.
We also know how important it is for a tutor/facilitator to see and respond to all comments and contributions from a single screen, so we’ve created a Tutor View’ to do just that.
On the front-end, we’ve done some work to make things tidier and more obvious from a User Experience perspective, such as being able to launch into any available level directly from the Home Page – for the more technical minded you may be interested to know that we’ve adopted Google’s Material Design and Facebook’s React as core technologies.
Finally, we’ve continued our ongoing work to enhance notifications by allowing a user to see any replies that their comments have received across all the courses they are enrolled in directly from their Home Page , increasing the likelihood of an ongoing conversation.
We’ve also been squashing bugs as and where we’ve discovered them. They won’t be bothering you again…..
New Game Type
We’ve introduced some light-touch ‘branching’ courses, which allow course authors to offer different streams / different unlocking features.
When you next create a course you’ll see an additional ‘Branching’ Game Type available to you alongside the familiar Classic, Linear and Non Linear options.
Using this new feature authors can make the completion of Level 1 unlock Levels 2, 3 and 4 at the same time. You can also make completion of these new unlocked levels an ‘AND’ or an ‘OR’, so that users have to complete all of them, or just one of them (their choice) before unlocking further Levels.
Why not experiment and discover how this new feature can provide you with a greater flexibility in your design as well as a different experience for the end user?
New Object Viewer
Our previous Object Viewer was set to display the object at the top of the screen with questions and responses being displayed at the bottom.
Within the ‘Settings’ page of your course you now have an option to change this layout to display the object towards the left of the screen with questions and responses being displayed in a column on the right.
Of course, if you’re wedded to the original Object Viewer it’s still there as an option.
Everybody likes to feel that their platform is, well…. theirs!
So we’ve made it even easier to theme your Curatr using a range of simple options:
Auto Alias Completion
During the setup of any course you’re normally prompted to manually enter an ‘alias’ for your course, which amongst other things acts as the URL for your course.
9 times out of 10 our users use the title of the course to also populate the alias field, so we’ve made life a little easier by auto-completing the Alias field for you:
Of course, if you’d prefer to have a different Alias this can be modified:
A growing number of our clients are building experiences in Curatr to then sell to a wider audience. Whilst the ‘building of the experience’ aspect of this has always been seamless for them, the commerce aspect has involved them having to create an additional workflow, use additional sites etc…. until now!
Curatr now has an option to enable E-Commerce within the Services section of the site menu…
…which will allow you to sell your courses, set up payment methods, set up discount codes and vouchers and of course produce reports across all this activity.
Updated Front End
We’ve kept the existing structure but have made a few tweaks to makes things a bit ‘cleaner’ and more obvious from a User Experience point of view. This includes features like being able to launch into any available level from the homepage.
We know that for many people ‘conversation’ is the key to a successful Curatr experience and of course the ability to know somebody is engaging in that conversation with you is a key element, which is why we’re working on enhancing the notifications that people receive.
These enhancements have begun with two additions to the Curatr Home Page:
The ‘Replies to Me’ section shows all replies to comments that I have made across all the courses I am enrolled in:
The ‘Recent Comments’ section shows all the comments that have been made directly against an object – a great way to get involved at the start of a conversation:
It’s now possible to see all the comments, contributions and progress that has been made and respond to them from a single dashboard.
This means that as a tutor/facilitator you can spend more of your valuable time, monitoring and engaging in the valuable conversations that are taking place.