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GoSignMeUp Course Grid Update – Now Includes Attendance Data!

GoSignMeUp Course Grid Update

Now you can see at-a-glance the attendance statistics for any given course right in the Course Grid!  With the GoSignMeUp Course Grid Update, you can sort on the data as well, to easily see attendance data or ascertain which classes still also need to have attendance taken and recorded (will show zeros in both columns).  Like any of the columns in the Course Grid, you can move left or right, or also disable by unchecking the column from the Columns choice drop-down.  You can also export the data on-screen to Microsoft Excel, for further data mining and manipulation.  With the GoSignMeUp Course Grid Update, your enrollment data is easy to see at a glance.  From the Course Grid you can also perform a host of other activities, such a print sign-in sheets, take attendance, print completion certificates, e-mail students, and more!

With the GoSignMeUp Course Grid , your daily tasks just got easier!  Search and sort through your current courses to see critical information, or export to Microsoft Excel for more options!

Contact your customer representative to ensure your GoSignMeUp instance is up to date, so you can take advantage of our continuous software updates such as the GoSignMeUp Course Grid Update!

 

GoSignMeUp Course Grid Update

Attendance in Course Grid

GoSignMeUp Course Grid Update – Now Includes Attendance Data!

Manage Professional Development

Manage Professional Development

Why have many large school Districts like Broward, Maryland, Azusa Unified, Kamehameha Schools and more selected GoSignMeUp to help manage their professional development?  The national shift to the Common Core State Standards and the need to access funding under the Race To The Top initiate have become a priority for most school districts. More than ever, a data driven professional development system like GoSignMeUp has become a necessary tool for a school district to acquire so that strategic learning pathways for staff can be strategically developed and easily tracked.  Manage Professional Development with GoSignMeUp!

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1. Easy-to-use registration process that provides an efficient way for educators to sign up quickly for professional development that best meet their needs. 

2. Automated administrative features such as course confirmations and reminders that will save you time and money.

3. Extensive analytics to help produce good learning cycles as well as federal and state reporting.

 

Download and learn how GoSignMeUp can help you Manage Professional Development!  To understand more about what GoSignMeUp does, check out this cool video.

Learning Management Systems & Registration- the Bookend Model

 

Bookend Model


Bookend ModelSometimes complex concepts are best summarized by simple illustrations. For example, when it comes to visualizing how GoSignMeUp and Learning Management Systems help facilitate common core professional development, the concept can be overwhelming!  Instead of the detailed diagram, think of the Bookend Model- the books are the content and the bookends that hold everything together are GoSignMeUp!  Our registration software not only facilitates sign-up and access to an on line Learning Management System (such as Blackboard Learn, Haiku, or Canvas), but also helps manage and analyze the data involved to continually improve the process.  The “Bookend” illustration above really helps summarize;

Learning Management Systems & Registration- the Bookend Model

  • Easy-to-use course registration that simplifies the enrollment process.
  • Powerful teaching tools to provide online learning for professional development.
  • Extensive reporting and analytics to help develop effective professional development learning cycles.

Simple!  Well learning management systems and  registration details can still be overwhelming, but the basic bookend model isn’t.  In a typical learning management system model, GoSignMeUp facilitates student registration and payment on the front end – and manages the data on the back – like bookends.   The learning management system then delivers the content, via face-to-face, online and hybrid classes.   All the while GoSignMeUp registration software handles the minutia of administration detail – such a sign-in sheets, attendance, transcript reporting, grades, certifications, email notifications, etc.  This data is also available for analysis in GoSignMeUp to analyze trends, examine profitability, etc. to fine-tune and modify classes and course pathways.

Created for K-12 environments, the combination of GoSignMeUp registration software and Blackboard Learn is ideal to streamline the registration and content-delivery process.  We can help you use your Race to the Top funding or Federal Common Core Money to create a turn-key solution to meet the common core state standards initiative thru professional development. GoSignMeUp has a lot of experience when it comes to CCSS – put a successful PD plan together with GSMU and an LMS such as Blackboard Learn!

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GoSignMeUp’s online class registration software lets you focus on the course content, not the course paperwork.  Save time, save money and make the entire process easier and more convenient for everyone involved – instructors, administrators and enrollees.  Call or schedule a demo today!

To understand more about what GoSignMeUp does, check out this cool video.

Security, Heartbleed, Passwords

GoSignMeUp Data Security

GoSignMeUp Data Security

There have been concerns about security recently due to the spread of the notorious “Heartbleed” virus, and even more recently the Bash Code Injection Vulnerability issue.  We at GoSignMeUp are committed to safeguarding your data – it is a top priority. The security flaw that Heartbleed was exploiting was an OpenSSL Protocol used on Unix and Linux systems. GoSignMeUp uses Microsoft servers exclusively, so none of our clients were impacted.   Which is why the Bash Code Injection Vulnerability also isn’t an issue, as it impacts Unix , Linux and Apple OS servers only.

Security, Heartbleed, Passwords

It is a good time however to review your site’s security, especially in regard to usernames and passwords.  Security breeches can happen because of poor administration choices, such as obvious username and password combinations. It is important to not potentially allow access to your site with an administrator account that can be easily hacked. Be sure to use common-sense when choosing passwords; Always use a combination of letters and numbers, and mixing in Upper case with Lower case letters is also recommended, as in mixing in special charaters (@#$%&* etc.). Administrator accounts provide access to virtually all of your user data, so if you are a super-admin on your site it is a good idea to double-check that admin passwords are not easy to hack.   Reminding your staff to change their passwords periodically is also a good idea, especially if your organization experiences a lot of turnover.

In today’s modern world where so much of what we do is internet-based, it is prudent to take measures to safeguard your data.  Periodically changing your password is recommended.  At GoSignMeUp, we stay on top of technology issues and keep our data centers secure.   A combination of common-sense and updated technology is a good way to keep your information safe.

Check out these resources below for more information;

Bourne Again Shell (Bash) Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

Bash Code Injection Vulnerability

Everything you need to know Heartbleed 

Microsoft Services unaffected by OpenSSL “Heartbleed” vulnerability

25 Worse Passwords

Choosing a Secure Password

What not to do when choosing a password

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Sharing Course Details

Sharing Course Details

Now sharing course details is easier than ever!  Responding to customer feedback we have revised the links for the Expanded Course Description details to be much shorter and less cryptic-looking.  Now our customers enjoying the new Ruby public-facing interface can more easily share course information with others thru social media such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook , Email or simply copying/pasting the link.

Sharing Course Details

The Expanded Course Description allows you to share the course information via social media or email.

At the top left of the expanded course description page you will find the sharing options.  Simply clicking on the buttons for LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook will quickly allow you to share the course link on those popular social platforms.  You can also easily Email or copy the link using the remaining two options.  This makes sharing courses easy for your students, and helps promote the courses to raise attendance!

Sharing Course Details

Now the links back to your course descriptions are much smaller and less cryptic looking!

Use the social media sharing options and the new shorter URLs to boost attendance and promote your courses using GoSignMeUp!  Sharing Course Details has never been easier!

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Applying Coupons To Individual Courses

Applying Coupons To Individual Courses

Now GoSignMeUp can be configured to use multiple-coupon codes during check out-  either for the whole order or for an individual course!  Users can’ stack’ many coupons per order and  determine which course it is applied to. 

Applying Coupons To Individual Courses

Simply enable the options in the System Configuration | Coupons (above) area to see it in action (below).

Applying Coupons To Individual Courses

 

Creating coupons is easy and you can select to use a ‘global’ coupon to be applied to the entire order, or to use the ‘stacked’ coupon which is course specific. Creating course specific (Stacked) coupons automates the process of efficient accounting reports. There would be no need to calculate the discount to a specific course, as that may have been necessary when using one coupon for the entire order. Identifying the actual discounted amount per course is so much easier.

The discount can be a fixed dollar amount or a percentage. The user simply enters the coupon code, then clicks ‘Apply Coupon’.

Coupon codes are maintained and distributed by administrators, and are a great way to promote courses and increase attendance.

Click here for the Help Guide

Looking for a way to simplify your class registration process?
GoSignMeUp is online registration made easy!
GoSignMeUp’s online registration software lets you focus on the course content, not the course paperwork!

Increase enrollments, save time, save money, expand your market and make the entire process easier and more convenient for everyone involved – instructors, administrators and enrollees.  GoSignMeUp integrates with popular Learning Management Systems to create the perfect solution for professional development and continuing education.

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Shibboleth Integration with GoSignMeUp for SSO

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Shibboleth Integration

GoSignMeUp has now integrated with Shibboleth for identity management and federated identity-based authentication and authorization. With Shibboleth integration you can take advantage of  ‘single sign-on’ (SSO).  SSO allows your users to sign in to GoSignMeUp and other different organizations or institutions using just one ‘identity’.   Shibboleth integration allows for cross-domain single sign-on and removes the need for content providers to maintain user names and passwords.

Shibboleth is among the world’s most widely deployed federated identity solutions, connecting users to applications both within and between organizations.  A user authenticates with his or her organizational credentials, and the organization (or identity provider) passes the minimal identity information necessary to the service provider to enable an authorization decision. Shibboleth also provides extended privacy functionality allowing a user and their home site to control the attributes released to each application.  GoSignMeUp now benefits from these features thru Shibboleth integration.

GoSignMeUp online class registration and management software saves training organizations time and money – and makes the user experience easier and more secure using Shibboleth integration.

GoSignMeUp also supports other SSO options thru an LMS (such as Blackboard Learn, Haiku,  or Canvas) or Google SSO.

 

Contact GoSignMeUp for pricing information or questions about our registration software.

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Manage Common Core State Standards and Professional Development With GoSignMeUp

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Are you looking for a turn-key solution to help your district meet Common Core State Standards initiatives?  Then look no further!  We can help you use your Race to the Top funding or Federal Common Core Money to create a turn-key solution to meet the common core state standards initiative thru professional development.  GoSignMeUp has a lot of experience when it comes to CCSS – put a successful PD plan together with GSMU and an LMS!  We have partnered with Learning Management Solutions such as Blackboard Learn, Haiku, and Canvas – add GoSignMeUp to facilitate course registration, payment and student tracking to create the ultimate learning management and content-delivery system!  Users can search thru an embedable course catalog, sign-up and pay for classes, and seamlessly begin their training using GoSignMeUp.

Check out some of these features;

Race To The Top Funding

  • Automatic course creation
  • Real time registration and seamless transfer
  • Advanced pricing and online credit card, PO, PayPal, or other payment options
  • Grading and transcripts
  • Easy email integration to send users content, links, etc. at your desired frequency
  • Complete reporting, data mining and export features
  • Creates sign-in sheets, name badges, certificates, and more
  • Flexible course setup and calendar view options
  • Customizable site branding
  • Embed course listings directly in to your site with our searchable catalog

Click for more about Managing Common Core Professional Development through GSMU     Click here for the video

Request a Demo or Visit  gosignmeup.com for more!

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GoSignMeUp Mobile Compatibility

GoSignMeUp Mobile Compatibility

 

GoSignMeUp Mobile Compatibility

Does GoSignMeUp work with mobile devices?  Of course!  In fact the new user interface is designed with an iPad in mind – GoSignMeUp Mobile Compatibility! Users can easily search,  browse  and register for courses on their mobile devices using GoSignMeUp.   Both the public side and the administrator pages can be accessed from mobile devices and tablets – you can manage your student information and professional development software on the go!  There is no need to be tied to a desktop computer or land line to register for your courses – just visit your institutions GoSignMeUp

Is There An App For That?

There is currently not a specific ‘app’ for GoSignMeUp.  Because each installation is unique, we would need to program an app for every single unique customer installation – and then both on Android and Apple OS!  More importantly, both Google and Apple charge for merchant applications.  This means any of our customers who charge for courses would lose revenue if their customers accessed their GoSignMeUp sites using a specific mobile ‘app’ to sign up and pay for a course.  Merchant apps are also much more regulated than the host of typical utilities or games – which is why we are web-based but mobile-friendly.  GSMU has Mobile Compatibility!

 

 

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Certification – Custom Course Certificates

One of the more powerful features within the GoSignMeUp system is the ability to create Custom Course Completion certificates.  This one of the many tools for professional development and certification contained withing GoSignMeUp – The system can be set up to automatically email a completion certificate to students when they finish a course, closing the certification loop! The design of the certificate is totally customizable using the Custom Certificate Maker tool – everything from the background decoration to the auto-populated fields are in your control.

 

The Custom Certificate Maker from GoSignMeUp allows you to quickly and easily create your own custom certificates! Now you can see exactly how your certificate will look, while you are making it! Simply choose which fields you want to display on your certificate, then drag and drop them in to place. Its easy!
Upload a pre-made background, or customize one with your company or event logo. Once your custom certificate is in GoSignMeUp, you can program the system to fill-out and email them automatically to students who meet your completion criteria. With GoSignMeUp and the Custom Certificate Maker, you can automate the entire certification process!

GoSignMeUp is designed to help facilitate staff training and certification as part of a winning professional development strategy.  GoSignMeUp’s online class registration software lets you focus on the course content, not the course paperwork!  Automate the certification process and take advantage of the custom course certificate tool in GoSignMeUp.

The articles below are in our Help Guide and are useful when working with Custom Course Certificates;

How Do I Create a Custom Course Completion Certificate?
How do I Print or Email a Course Completion Certificate?
How Do I Send out a Certificate to Students Who have Completed a Blackboard Course?