Our next release will take place on Saturday, February 24th from 8 am to noon CT. We will be offline for maintenance during this time.

The major items that we’ve been working on for this release include:

  • The SmarterU Mobile App
  • Article and File level permissions in the Knowledge Base
  • Phase One of our updated Tagging System – reach out if you’d like to pilot this before it becomes globally available this fall!

Plus over 50 updates to improve user experience!

Hachikō - SmarterU LMS - Corporate Training

In celebration of the upcoming Year of the Dog, all of our 2018 releases  are named after remarkable canines. Our first is named after Hachikō, a Japanese dog who exemplified loyalty and friendship.

Hachikō, whose name means ‘eight’ and ‘affectionate’ – likely due to being the eighth puppy born in his litter – was adopted in 1924 by Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor of Agriculture at the University of Tokyo. Soon after being adopted, Hachikō would walk with Professor Ueno to Shibuya station to see him off to work each morning, returning in the afternoon to meet and accompany him home.

One day the professor never came home on the afternoon train – he had suffered a cerebral hemorrhage while giving a lecture and passed away – but Hachikō never gave up hope of seeing his dear friend again. For nine years, Hachikō returned to Shibuya station each afternoon, waiting for the professor to step out of his train.

Multiple statues paying homage to Hachikō have been erected, including one located within the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Tokyo reuniting this beloved pup with his dear Professor Ueno.

Questions? Email us at support@smarteru.com.

Join us in congratulating our December SmarterU Certified Administrator graduates!

Angela U. – Mobilitie
Paul K. – TSL Marketing
Estefania C. – Sunwing-Nexus
Caitlin P. – Belron Canada

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Every month one lucky winner is selected at random from all SmarterU Academy graduates. This month’s winner is Shannon C. from Kito Canada, who is a graduate of the Class of April 2017. She’s won her choice of a $100 Gift Card from Amazon, iTunes or Starbucks!

We’d love to get a selfie from each of our Certified Admins with their certificate – send yours to susan@smarteru.com.

We’re extremely excited to announce that our Email Template Builder is now live, along with over 30 other updates!

Check out our updates in this quick walkthrough video:

Our team has been working hard to make it easy for you to customize every email sent out from SmarterU to your users and it’s been the main focus of our current release.

 

You can now set live multiple customized email templates for the same course, task, group, or even your account invitations to expertly manage the messaging each of your users receives.​

​Another new feature is the ability to self-enroll into Learning Plans, which is currently being tested by our pilot group – stay tuned for more details!

Why Bethune? This release was named after Mary McLeod Bethune, the educator and activist known as the “First Lady of the Struggle”.

 

Bethune became one of the most prominent African American women of her time via her quest to improve the lives of African Americans through education and economic empowerment. Learn more about this unsung hero in education here.

Join us in celebrating the October 2017 Graduates of the SmarterU Academy!

Jeff B. – Avery
Jon B. – Investors Title
Courtney E. – The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina
Lindsey S. – The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina
Travis W. – The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina
Reg K. – Winpak
Sherri W. – Winpak

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Each month we choose one lucky Admin winner from all SmarterU Academy graduates. This month’s winner is Jacqui C. from Home Hardware, who is a graduate of the Class of June 2015. She’s won her choice of a $100 Gift Card from Amazon, iTunes or Starbucks!

We’d love to get a selfie from each of our Certified Admins with their certificate – send yours to susan@smarteru.com.

Our Escalante Release is now LIVE and includes OVER 35 new updates!

Check out our updates in this fast-paced walkthrough video:

Find a quick preview of some of our new key features, below:

Email Template Builder

We are incredibly excited to announce the upcoming arrival of the first phase of our Email Template Builder, which will allow you to customize the emails you send to your users. You can start editing the templates now but will need to wait for the second phase of this feature to be released in Decemberbefore your emails can be set live.

Please contact your Support team if you’re interested in piloting this impressive new feature!

Multiple Supervisors 

You can now assign multiple Supervisors to the same user!

Modifying Point Values

Instructors can now modify the number of points earned for an ILT session. This new feature will be useful in adjusting points when learners arrive late to or leave early from a session, or otherwise don’t meet all criteria necessary to earn complete points for the session.

Waiting List Administration

We’ve made multiple improvements to how ILT Waiting Lists are handled.

See our full Escalante Release Notes for more details on all of our updates!

Learn more about Jaime Escalante and his inspiring legacy here!

Questions? Email us at support@smarteru.com.

Here at SmarterU, we are proud to announce that Neovation–the company behind SmarterU–has made the PROFIT 500!

NEOVATION Ranks No. 78 on the 2017 PROFIT 500, Highest Ranking Winnipeg Co

Canadian Business unveils 29th annual list of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies

Winnipeg, MB (September 14, 2017) Canadian Business and PROFIT today ranked NEOVATION No. 78 on the 29th annual PROFIT 500, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. Published in the October issue of Maclean’s magazine and at CanadianBusiness.com, the PROFIT 500 ranks Canadian businesses by their five-year revenue growth.

NEOVATION made the 2017 PROFIT 500 list with five-year revenue growth of 941%.

“It is never easy to earn a spot on the PROFIT 500, but this year’s applicant pool was the most competitive yet,” says Deborah Aarts, PROFIT 500 program manager. “This year’s winners demonstrate the resilience, innovation and sheer management smarts it takes to build a thriving business today. Canada—and the world—needs more entrepreneurial success stories like these.”

“The entire NEOVATION team is thrilled to be included in the PROFIT 500 ranking,” says Founder and President Dan Belhassen. “We are fully committed to improving the online training experience. NEOVATION is a proudly Canadian company, serving a growing global market for online learning that is engaging, delivers ROI, and is based on the most recent research in data science, learning theory and corporate training best practices.”

“Having our made-in-Canada products so widely adopted by great organizations in Canada, US and abroad, shows the world that Manitoba has the talent and resources to build great education technology software. We are proud to be part of the vibrant Canadian technology community.”

About the PROFIT 500

For 29 years, the PROFIT 500 has been Canada’s most respectable and influential ranking of entrepreneurial achievement. Developed by PROFIT and now published in Maclean’s magazine and at CanadianBusiness.com, the PROFIT 500 ranks Canadian companies on five-year revenue growth. For more information on the ranking visit PROFIT500.com or CanadianBusiness.com.

Founded in 1928, Canadian Business is the longest-serving and most-trusted business publication in the country. It is the country’s premier media brand for executives and senior business leaders. It fuels the success of Canada’s business elite with a focus on the things that matter most: leadership, innovation, business strategy and management tactics. Learn more at CanadianBusiness.com.

We are very excited to announce that we will be making an upgrade to our hosting infrastructure to add capacity and improve the overall performance of SmarterU.

SmarterU will be down from 6:00 am to 12:00 pm CST on Saturday, August 19th while we work towards making your experience with SmarterU even better.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but are eager to share the results of this upgrade with you!

Questions? Email us at support@smarteru.com.

What’s in SmarterU’s Fröbel Release? OVER 50 new updates!

Learner Dashboard Leaderboard

This new Learner Dashboard page type will show users their position in point tracker totals for a specific time period. Let the friendly competition begin!

PayPal Button on Learner Dashboard

PayPal button for purchasing individual courses on the Learner Dashboard!

Other New Features and Improvements

Plus dozens of other updates system-wide! Check out our Release Notes for all the details.

Why Fröbel? This release was named after Friedrich Fröbel, the inventor of Kindergarten and Fröbel Gifts.

Learn more about this unsung hero in education here.

Questions? Contact us at support@smarteru.com

Sincerely,
Your SmarterU Support Team

Join us in celebrating the June 2017 Graduates of the SmarterU Academy!

Patrick C Alcool NB Liquor
Corey S BBB of Denver/Boulder
James B CertainTeed
Josh M City of Philadelphia
Lisa B City of Philadelphia
Naomi G City of Philadelphia
Brent F Company Classroom
Meredith M CORE @ JSU
Sean B Jungle Jim’s
Imelda G Mobilitie
Victoria B OTEC
Amijoy F Pureflow, Inc.
Penny D Rise Broadband

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Each month we choose one lucky Admin winner from all SmarterU Academy graduates. This month’s winner is Jean-Marc D. from Mike’s, who is a graduate of the Class of February 2017. He’s won his choice of a $100 Gift Card from Amazon, iTunes or Starbucks!

We’d love to get a selfie from each of our Certified Admins with their certificates – send yours to susan@smarteru.com.

Our third release honoring a notable educator this year is named after Friedrich Fröbel and will take place Saturday, July 22 from 8 am to noon CT. We will be offline for maintenance during this time.

Some of the new items we’re working on for this release include:

  • Integrated Course Purchasing (through Paypal Integration)
  • Learner Leaderboard
  • Course Manager Reporting Permission
  • Fast Video Streaming from the Knowledge Base
  • Early Preview of Customizable Email Templates coming later this fall

Friedrich Fröbel - SmarterU LMS - Corporate Training

Fröbel, who had a difficult childhood, left home when he was nine years old to live with his maternal uncle in Stadtlim, Germany where he became a forester at the age of 15. Observing the symbiotic ecosystem in which plants and animals lived in unity fascinated Fröbel, who felt that the same unity must be attainable by humans, as well.

He pursued an education in pedagogy and was heavily influenced by John Amos Comenius, the ‘father of modern education’, and Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, a Swiss educator who believed all children deserved an opportunity to be educated.

Inspired by their teachings, he dedicated his life to early childhood education and helping children recognize and appreciate the common patterns and forms found in nature. This led to his creation of Kindergarten, now a global concept, and the development of Fröbel’s Gifts – educational toys which included geometric building and pattern activity blocks.

Friedric Fröbel Google Doodle - SmarterU LMS - Blended Learning

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