Release Notes

Notable and Upcoming 

  • API: The Cloud Academy API will enable organizations to display Cloud Academy progress data internally in their systems.
  • Skill Profiles: We’re planning on removing the beta tag on Skill Profiles very soon.
  • Hands-on Labs: Users will soon be able to pause and resume a subset of our Hands-on Labs.
  • Training Plans: We’re adding a leaderboard to end user’s Training Plan dashboards to encourage some friendly competition.

Release Notes v7.54 (Mar 11, 2019)

Enterprise Backend 

  • Released several improvements around new user onboarding and license management.

Release Notes v7.53 (Mar 4, 2019)

Training Plans

  • Bug fixes to correct a mismatch between Exam progress and score

Content Engine 

  • Released a new UI update that enables easier editing when creating new questions.

Release Notes v7.52 (Feb 25, 2019)

Skill Profiles User Interface Update

  • Additional updates to the Skill Profiles UI improve how skills growth is displayed when new team members are added or removed.
  • New dashboard provides a better method for identifying organization strengths, skills gaps, and training opportunities.

Updates to Assessments: We’ve extended the timer on Quizzes and Exams so users aren’t as rushed to provide their answers.

  • Bug fixes and updates to Exams and Quizzes APIs.

Release Notes v7.51 (Feb 18, 2019)

Updated User Management and Deployment Experience

  • We began the rollout of a streamlined user management and deployment experience to all accounts. You’ll find a more powerful, re-designed Teams and Members page together with a seamless Team onboarding experience built to simplify the team assessment and training process.
  • If you have any questions, reach out to your Customer Success Manager, read our FAQ, or watch the demo video.

Release Notes v7.50 (Feb 11, 2019)

Send Nudges Automatically

  • Training Plans: Admins and Team managers can now enable the platform to send Nudges automatically when users fall behind. This is enabled during the final Training Plan assignment stage after a weekly time commitment is selected, or in the Training Plan “Manage” section.
  • When enabled, the platform sends Nudge emails automatically on your behalf to assignees who are significantly behind or inactive during a rolling 7-day period. No more than three automatic Nudges will be sent to an assignee over the course of a Training Plan Cycle. Automatic Nudges are never sent more than once per week.

Updated Skill Profiles Dashboard

  • Updated Skill Profiles dashboard offers enhancements that enable organizations to measure skill growth, compare across the organization, and better identify existing skills gaps.
  • Updated UI provides a better snapshot of an organization’s skill capabilities
  • Admins and managers can segment across multiple teams, domains/job role, and tools. Up to 5 nodes can be compared at once, up from 3 previously.
  • Visualize skill capabilities by competency level  
  • A chart that shows the learning curve over time, from the start of use to today. The dates can be customized as well.

Dashboard re-styling

  • UI restyling for the end-user dashboard: we’ve updated the end-user dashboard UI to keep end-users focused on learning and give them an overview of their total learning.

Release Notes v7.49 (Feb 4, 2019)

Content Engine: Content Engine for Training Plans available

  • Admins can now create and update Training Plans in Content Engine
  • Clone existing Training Plans directly from the Training Plans assignment page
  • A few formatting fixes and new formatting options available in Content Engine WYSIWYG editor

Release Notes v7.47 (Jan 28, 2019)

Hands-on Labs: Skill Profiles integration now released

  • All Hands-on Labs now have validation. To get completion credit for the Hands-on Lab, you must validate your work at the conclusion of the exercise, otherwise, you will not get credit (this includes Learning Paths too).
  • Completed Hands-on Labs affect Skill Profile scores.

 Release Notes v7.41 (Jan 7th, 2019)

Assessments: Email notifications will now go out to users to remind them to take their assessment prior to starting their Training Plan. Notifications will be sent 2 and 6 days after the assessment is assigned.

Release Notes v7.39 (Dec 20th, 2018)

Content Engine: Custom Resources on-the-fly released, enabling administrators to upload files from Learning Paths.

Bug Fixes and Optimization

  • An email will now be sent to users who are still active on Training Plans about to expire.

Release Notes v7.38 (Dec 14th, 2018)

Hands-on Labs: 9 Hands-on Labs are now available with Assessment. Users are now evaluated based on their ability to successfully operate in the cloud.

Bug Fixes and Optimization

  • We optimized the header menu so users can easily navigate the website.
  • We made some bug fixes to Content Engine to optimize for speed and usage.

Release Notes v7.37 (Dec 7th, 2018) 

Bug Fixes and Optimization

  • We made a change in Training Plans that will optimize how users are displayed.

Release Notes v7.36 (Nov 28th, 2018)

Labs Validation is now available

  • When users complete a Hands-on Lab, they can validate whether they have completed the Lab correctly.
  • Labs Validation will eventually factor into Skill Profiles.

Release Notes v7.34 (Nov 17th, 2018)

Pre-Assessment: list of Skills grouped by type

  • In order to avoid mixing skills of different types into a long and heterogeneous list, Pre-Assessment list of Skills is now grouped by type ( platform domain, concept, etc.) with an accordion component.
  • This improvement is available on the Pre-Assessment and Skills Updates section on the User Dashboard
  • Skills Profile scores have been adjusted as a result of a recent Skill Profile (BETA) algorithm update. This is reflected in the Analytics, Activity Report, and Skill Profiles pages.

Bug Fixes:

  • Minor bug fixes to improve platform performance and stability.

Release Notes v7.28 (Oct 5th, 2018)

Improvements on the header menu of public pages

  • When user is logged in, the right part of the menu shows the user’s avatar as well as user/enterprise menus.

Enterprise:

  • Changed data filter options for Learning Activities Analytics, Activity Report, Skill Profiles pages.
  • Now these filter options are available: 7 / 30 / 90 days, last week, this year, custom

Release Notes v7.25 (Sep 21st, 2018)

Content Feedback improvements:

  • When a user leaves an up or down vote on a piece of learning curriculum, an email is sent to indicate that feedback has been received.

Training Plan page improvements:

  • Minor improvements on the Training Plan landing page and detail view.

Skill status score for Quiz sessions in test mode:

  • During a Quiz session in test mode, we now display a box on the right sidebar that shows the Skill that is going to be assessed

Enterprise:

  • Learning Activities, Activity Reports, Skill Profiles have now been set on a 90-day time range by default.
  • General Managers are no longer able to invite new members and change permission roles.

Release Notes v7.24 (Sep 14th, 2018)

Training Plan improvements:

  • Added the ability to select a due date option as a final step when assigning a Training Plan.
  • Users can now skip questions for Exams/Assessments:

Minor bug fixes to improve platform performance and stability.

Release Notes v7.23 (Sep 5th, 2018)

Training Plan improvements:

  • Administrators can now request a new custom Training Plan by clicking on “Request a new one” from the Training Plan selection page and completing the form with their requirements.
  • Released “Add to Calendar” feature on user’s dashboard, enabling users to schedule a time to train.
  • Released “Bulk Nudge” feature on Training Plan Management Dashboard.

Released curation stripe on skills not yet assessed:

  • If a user is exploring skills for which they have not yet taken an assessment for on their User Profile page, our platform will show them recommended content to get started.

We made a change to how Learning Path completion is calculated in order to more accurately reflect your team’s progress. If individuals on your team complete a Learning Path Exam and skip the parts they already know, they will still receive completion credit.

Team Managers, General Managers, and Administrators now have faster access to their Management Dashboard:

  • Added a “Switch to Cloud Academy Manager View” link on Dashboard page next to their name.

Release Notes v7.18 (Jul 27th, 2018)

Introducing Nudges for Training Plans

  • Administrators can remind teams to resume training or reach out for help during a Training Plan

Improved Library search UI/UX

  • On Library landing page, we’ve added a clearly visible search box at the top of the page, in order to make the search of our content easier to access

Release Notes v7.16 (Jul 16th, 2018)

Learning Paths and Labs new look and feel: We released a complete User Interface overhaul of our Learning Paths and Labs products, aimed at improving the overall end-user experience on Cloud Academy.

Enterprise Self-serve plan: Companies requesting from two to ten licenses are now able to directly purchase and activate an Enterprise plan from the Pricing page. If a Company needs to register more than ten members, a Contact us form will be displayed to get in touch with our sales team.

Training Plan improvements:

  • Send email notifications after a Training plan completion
  • Overall performance improvements during quiz/exam sessions

Release Notes v7.15 (Jul 10th, 2018)

Training Plan improvements:

  • We enabled the feature to mark Training Plan as completed.
  • Sort by column on the Management dashboard.
  • Enterprise Labs are accessible to all subscribers.

Release Notes v7.14 (Jul 6th, 2018)

Quizzes and Exams improvements:

  • The timer on Exam sessions has been made more reliable in order to resolve issues with desync/submit during long exam sessions.
  • The Next button on Quizzes and Exams is now only enabled when the user’s response has been validated on the server side, avoiding multiple clicks and UX problems.

UI:

  • Content that has been recently changed/updated will now display an “UPDATED” label.
  • Content that has received a major version update recently will now display an “UPDATED” label on its card.

Release Notes v7.11 (Jun 11th, 2018)

Training Plan Improvements:

  • Training Plans feature is automatically enabled for newly created Companies
  • Remove users from any Training Plan Assignments when removed from a Company
  • Automatically assign a Training Plan to a user that just accepted an invite and is part of a team

New label for individual subscription plan from “Professional” to “Personal”.

Analytics page:

  • Enable the Leaderboard sorting by columns
  • UI/UX minor improvements on Skill Assessment page
  • Add the User’s Company Role filter to our NPS tool

Release Notes v7.10 (Jun 1st, 2018)

Button to reset the user’s Study Plan profiling: On the Account Settings page, we added a button (labeled “Update your study plan profile”) that resets previous answers for the Akinator and prompts you to a new Akinator session.

On the Analytics page, we improved the users/teams filtering: You can directly filter by users or team simply by clicking on the user/team name on the Leaderboard.

Your profile data is now downloadable from your profile settings in accordance with the implementation of recent GDPR regulations.

Training Plan Improvements:

  • A congratulations email is sent to individual and manager when a user has completed a Training Plan
  • It is possible to remove a single user from the Training Plan via the “Remove assignment” button on Assignee list
  • Updated the individual plan label from “Professional” to “Personal”.

Release Notes v7.9 (May 23rd, 2018)

New Features:

Released the beta of the Skill Profiles: We have released the Skill Profiles product. It allows companies and end-users to track their skills progress inside Cloud Academy. Find out more here: https://support.cloudacademy.com/hc/en-us/sections/360000138363-Skill-Profiles

  • CloudKarma and CloudRank removed: We removed CloudKarma and CloudRank functionalities as they were replaced by new Skill Profiles.

Training Plans improvements:

  • When assigning a Training Plan to a single user, the Assign button is disabled if the user is already active on another Training Plan.
  • During the Training Plan assignment, Teams are disabled that already have a Training Plan assigned
  • When selecting a Team during the Training Plan assignment, users that already have an active Training Plan will be displayed. For these users, the Training Plan being created will not be assigned.

We have removed the Resources dropdown section from the navigation menu:

  • Moved the Explanations Bookmarks link in the User Account dropdown menu
  • Removed the links to Ebooks, Whitepapers, and Webinars (which remain accessible from the footer menu)
  • Removed Referral option for individual users

Bug Fixes:

  • Restart a video dedicated button overlay remains visible.

Release Notes v7.8 (May 16th, 2018)

New Features:

      • Training Plans improvements:
        1. In the modal to assign a Training Plan to a user, the Assign button is disabled if the user already has a Training Plan assigned, and in this case the modal shows the title of such Training Plan.
        2. The system no longer allows assigning a Training Plan to a user that already has a Training Plan assigned; in this case, the user will instead be added to the “Not Assigned” list.
        3. In the Training Plan cycle creation page, disable Teams that already have a Training Plan Assignment assigned.

Bug Fixes:

      • Content Roadmap published date.
      • Library/Search APIs capitalization of KG node names.
      • Exams duplicates.

Release Notes: v7.7 (May 4th, 2018)

New Features:

      • Analytics received a fresh coat of paint. Under the hood, sessions and time spent are more accurate and reporting is more granular. To see Analytics in your Enterprise account, visit https://cloudacademy.com/organizations/insights/?product=overall.
      • Enterprise Reports can now be downloaded in CSV and XLS formats. The same improvements under the hood benefit the reports you download from Cloud Academy. To see Reports in your Enterprise account, visit https://cloudacademy.com/organizations/insight-reports/.
      • Training plans received several enhancements:
        • Progress emails are only sent to assignees
        • Users on the Training Plan dashboard are now clearly marked by role
      • Answering questions on Quizzes and Exams has improved. In both study mode and test mode, the next action is automatically loaded after three (3) seconds.

Bug Fixes:

      • Questions filtering widget.
      • Various minor bugs fixes behind the scenes.

Release Notes: v7.6 (Apr 10th, 2018)

New Features:

      • We’re pleased to announce that Training Plans are now generally available to customers on our Enterprise plan. To learn more, visit cloudacademy.com/product/training-plans

Release Notes: v7.5 (Apr 6th, 2018)

New Features:

      • Improvements to the courses UI: we tweaked, iterated, and obsessed over the user interface of the video player and the user experience navigating video lectures.
      • New page for our partner program: we released a section on the website for current and prospective partners, which you can learn more about at https://cloudacademy.com/partners/
      • Enterprise Reports: these are now downloadable directly from the Cloud Academy platform. Previously, we emailed you when they were ready (and we agree, that was annoying).
      • We pressed on with finishing touches to features we’re about to launch which are, well, really quite momentous. Stay tuned because April is going to be good…

Bug Fixes:

      • Versioning now works much better when Cloud Academy makes changes to Learning Paths.

Release Notes: v7.2 (Mar 16th, 2018)

New Features:

      • Retake quizzes and exams in a Learning Path: we have reintroduced the button to retake quizzes and exams within Learning Paths.
      • Change due date on Training Plan Cycles: it is possible for Team Managers to change the due date of a Training Plan Cycle through the UI of the Training Plan Cycle’s detail page.
      • Aggregate Training Plan Cycle Progress for Managers / Admins: Training Plan managers previously received as many emails as the number of Training Plans they’d manage. Now multiple Training Plan emails are collapsed into a single one, with at-a- glance information about the different Training Plans managed.
      • Not adding team managers by default to Training Plans: Altering a Team’s structure (adding or removing Team Managers from a Team) now results in the expected behaviors of Training Plan not being assigned to the newly added Team Manager, so the Training Plan correctly stays assigned to the previously Team Manager.

Bug Fixes:

      • Missing BE forms error management
      • Learning Path description missing in Content Engine User interface.
      • Check validation fields improvement on Content Engine forms
      • Fix Discard Changes behaviour for LabSteps.

Release Notes: v6.2 (Feb 19th, 2018)

New Features:

Improved Courses User Interface

Our video course user interface got a face lift. There are also several improvements under the hood:

      • More granular sync of progress across devices; the user’s position is stored at more frequent intervals so users can continue more easily from another device
      • Video preferences can now be saved (subtitles, speed)
      • Users can now give feedback to Cloud Academy at the lecture level and report any problems with a specific video

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New Navigation Sidebar Within Learning Path

We added an expandable navigation bar to all pages within a Learning Path. From within any Course, Hands-on Lab, or Quiz in a Learning Path, users can click the purple ribbon on the left side of the screen and easily navigate without leaving the screen they’re on.

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Simplified Action Menu on Management Dashboard

We replaced the small, difficult to click Action buttons on the Management Dashboard with a larger, more easily clickable menu dropdown for Actions.

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Bug-Fixes & Architectural Improvements

    • Various bug-fixes and architectural improvements were released behind the scenes.