SOURCE: Meridian Knowledge Solutions, LLC

Meridian Knowledge Solutions, LLC

July 14, 2010 09:03 ET

Meridian Designs Latest Edition of Its LMS Software With Training Managers in Mind

CHANTILLY, VA--(Marketwire - July 14, 2010) -  Meridian Knowledge Solutions' updated learning management system (LMS) software, Meridian Global LMS 2010.1, boasts a new set of tools that training managers can tap to not only deliver a wider array of education but also publicize the availability of new courses.

The new tools include: "deep linking," "homepage feeds" and "compartmentalizing" email that is focused on specific training events. 

Deep Linking
Deep linking, as Meridian dubs it, gives learners working within the LMS a way to send one another links to any type of training content they deem interesting. Learners can create a URL tied to a piece of content (e.g., video, podcast or a page from a manual, etc.) in the LMS and then email the link to other learners who can immediately open it via their mobile devices. For example, a group of firefighters from different fire stations might be using the LMS to review fire safety courses. One of the firefighters could come across a training video embedded in a particular course that she feels underscores a key point. She would "deep link" to that course. And the LMS automatically sends the link to the group and tags it for future use.

Homepage Feeds
Homepage feeds give training managers a blank canvas on their LMS homepage where they can create whatever they want -- as long as it is in an HTML format -- to promote their training programs, success stories or offer additional instruction. For instance, if a company's CEO speaks on camera at a shareholder meeting about the importance of retooling employees' skills, then the training department could capture that footage and create a homepage feed that reminds employees who log into the LMS about the CEO's call to action. 

Compartmentalizing Email
The tool for compartmentalizing email, which Meridian calls "My Messages," enables training managers to collect and funnel emails to a central repository. Training managers can collect and send emails related to things happening in, say, the LMS's collaboration rooms (i.e., online forums within the Meridian LMS) to a single location within the learning management system. LMS users without email access -- or behind a computer firewall -- can open a browser, log into the LMS and review any activity or action items inside the LMS by simply opening My Messages.

"The 2010.1 release puts more administrative power into the hands of training managers, so they can be creative about how they want to mold the LMS to their needs," said Mike Brennan, product director for Meridian. "The administration of these features will be invisible to the learners using the LMS, but what learners will see is a dynamic experience and content of all shapes and sizes coming to them in lots of new ways."

Meridian Global LMS 2010.1 also includes:

  • Enhanced e-commerce functions for managing the sale of online and classroom training. Among the new functions are streamlined tools to: assign discounts; check out courses; and, collect credit card payments. 
  • A system for bringing new users, and updated user profiles, into the LMS when a company has no "data feed" from its human resources information system (HRIS).
  • Design palettes for creating customized training certificates, which a manager can attach to specific content or transcripts.
  • Customized search profiles, embedded within the LMS search function, that training managers can create to help learners find courses, catalogs or transcripts faster. 

"In our 2009 release, we focused on giving our clients a way to configure our LMS to support reseller organizations, distributors and customers. The focus was clearly external," added Roy Haythorn, executive vice president of operations for Meridian. "In developing our 2010.1 release, we looked inside out. And, with valuable input from many of our customers, we packed this new release with tools that make the work of the training manager both easier and more creative." 

About Meridian
Our flagship product, Meridian Global LMS, integrates learning content management, workforce analytics, knowledge management, and competency modeling in one learning management system (LMS). In addition to Meridian Global LMS, we provide professional services, courseware development, and hosting services. We serve 6.5 million users at more than 270 public- and private-sector employers. And our software is used by companies that range in size from 900,000 employees to less than 100 workers. Our clients include AutoZone, Panera Bread, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, Whirlpool and more than 80 federal, state and local governments.

We are the number one ranked learning-technology company for customer loyalty. Our award-winning software aims to deliver learning, distribute knowledge, and sharpen business skills, which will make you a leader in your industry. Our Chantilly, Va.-based company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Visionary Integration Professionals. To learn more, visit http://www.meridianksi.com, or follow Meridian on Twitter at http://twitter.com/meridianks

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