Custom Field Columns In Course Grid

Now your custom fields are available to display in GoSignMeUp’s Course Grid!  Simply click the down arrow in the column header, choose the Columns option, then toggle the fields you wish to display on or off.  You can then click and drag the column headers to the left or right to change the display order.  Clicking the column header will sort that column in Ascending order – clicking again will sort in Descending order.  Remember too that once your on-screen data is displaying what you want, you can Export to Excel.

The Course Grid lists the content of your course data base.   It is a dynamic, customizable way to access and modify these courses.

The page is divided in to two main regions; Navigation and Content.

The Navigation area allows quick access to different screens and options within the GoSignMeUp system, and eventually will replace the top navigation.  Under the Courses option, you will find the Course Grid above.  Under the Users option, the User Grid.  Reporting options under Reports.  You get the idea!  Clicking on Dashboard under Courses will bring up the Course Dashboard.

Options for the selected page are listed beneath the main option in the Navigation panel.  For example, for the selected Course Grid above, clicking on Current, Past or All will change the default results displayed to “Current Courses”, “Past Courses” or “All Courses”.

These options are also available on the Course Grid itself, by clicking on the top sorting preset buttons.

 

Need more information?  Check the on-line tutorial in the Help Guide!Custom Field Columns In Course Grid

Ping Identity Integration for SSO

Ping Identity Integration for SSO

Ping Identity Integration for SSO

GoSignMeUp has now integrated with Ping for identity management and federated identity-based authentication and authorization. With Ping Identity 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’.   Ping  integration allows for cross-domain single sign-on and removes the need for content providers to maintain user names and passwords.

Ping Identity provides an identity and access management platform enabling the right people access to the right things seamlessly and securely.  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. Ping 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 through Ping Identity integration.

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

GoSignMeUp also supports other SSO options thru an LMS (such as Canvas) Google SSO, CAS and Shibboleth.

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

GoSignMeUp is a Certified Canvas PartnerGoSignMeUp is a Certified Canvas Partner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GoSignMeUp is a Certified Canvas Partner

If you are looking for a turn-key professional development solution, let GoSignMeUp registration and the Canvas Learning Management System be your turn key solution!  GoSignMeUp is now a Certified Canvas Partner!  Click here for more about the partnership.

If you currently are using GoSignMeUp registration software to manage course registrations, its easy to add online content delivery with a learning management system such as the Canvas Learning Management System.  GoSignMeUp is a certified Canvas Learning Management System partner; we have directly integrated our product into the Canvas Learning Management System. Our strong ongoing partnership has created systems in which users register and pay through GoSignMeUp and are then placed in real-time into the Canvas Learning Management System to start their online training.   GoSignMeUp and Canvas Learning Management System integrate seamlessly to create the ultimate on-line professional development platform!  The combination of GoSignMeUp and Canvas Learning Management System let you easily track continuing education units and manage a professional development program.  Canvas allows you to create a cloud-based content delivery system for your instructional content.  With GoSignMeUp, potential students can then search, find and register for courses – and even lets you charge for them if you wish.  Turn an existing online training curriculum in to a profit center by allowing other people outside of your organization to sign up and pay for your existing professional development content!

For more information on how Canvas Learning Management System integrates with GoSignMeUp Registration, visit http://canvas.gosignmeup.com/

GoSignMeUp is a Certified Canvas Partner!

Payment Processing with Authorize Net

Payment Processing with Authorize Net

Did you know you can charge for courses using GoSignMeUp?  Your students can easily search, sign-up and pay for courses using GoSignMeUp’s public-facing catalog.  Payment processing is available through a variety of providers, including Payment Processing with Authorize Net.  GoSignMeUp connects to the Authorize.Net Payment Gateway, which provides the complex infrastructure and security necessary to ensure fast, reliable and secure transmission of transaction data. Authorize.Net manages the routing of transactions just like a traditional credit card swipe machine you find in the physical retail world, however, Authorize.Net uses the Internet instead of a phone line.

GoSignMeUp has many pricing and payment options;

Online payments
Accept payments online using Authorize Net or one of the many other payment processors we integrate with.

Discounted pricing
Offer discounted pricing using coupon codes or early-bird specials.

Sell materials
Sell class materials online. You can make them optional or required. You can even track your inventory levels so you don’t run out.

Advanced pricing
Many different pricing options can be configured for your classes, such as free, tiered pricing, student selected pricing and membership pricing.

Be sure to contact us at GoSignMeUp if you want to learn more about how to charge for courses and connecting to payment gateways such as Authorize.Net.

You too can use Payment Processing with Authorize Net!

To learn more about how you can charge for courses using GoSignMeUp and Authorize.Net give us a call at 1-888-286-4826, or fill out our contact form.
Expand your earnings potential by charging for your courses!

 

Haiku Learning Integrates with GoSignMeUp

Haiku Learning Integrates with GoSignMeUp

If you currently are using GoSignMeUp registration software to manage course registrations, its easy to add online content delivery with a learning management system such as Haiku Learning.  Haiku Learning Integrates with GoSignMeUp! GoSignMeUp is a certified Haiku Learning partner; we have directly integrated our product into the Haiku Learning Digital Learning Platform. Our strong ongoing partnership has created systems in which users register and pay through GoSignMeUp and are then placed in real-time into the Haiku Learning Digital Learning Platform to start their online training.   GoSignMeUp and Haiku Learning integrate seamlessly to create the ultimate on-line professional development platform. Haiku Learning allows you to create an online classroom to deliver your instructional content.  With GoSignMeUp, potential students can then search, find and register for courses – and even lets you charge for them if you wish.  Turn an existing online training curriculum in to a profit center by allowing other people outside of your organization to sign up and pay for your existing professional development content!

Haiku Learning Management System Integrates with GoSignMeUp

Haiku Learning Management System Integrates with GoSignMeUp

Haiku Learning is designed to let you spend more time teaching and less time managing assignments, tracking down homework, and grading papers.  GoSignMeUp automates email reminders, class lists,  sign-in sheets, name tags, and enrollment reports.  GoSignMeUp can also send out surveys and course completion certificates, to cap off the certification cycle. Together these two programs compliment each other to make your job easier, and your content more accessible!  GoSignMeUp acts like book-ends, facilitating registration on the front and analyzing enrollment data on the back. The Haiku Learning Digital Learning Platform delivers the content in the middle.  It all comes together to create a powerful content delivery and management system!  Haiku Learning Integrates with GoSignMeUp (Click for explanatory video)

To learn more about how you can integrate Haiku Learning in to GoSignMeUp give us a call at 1-888-286-4826, or fill out our contact form.

Expand your potential by adding Haiku Learning to your GoSignMeUp installation!

 

Canvas Integrates with GoSignMeUp

Canvas Integrates with GoSignMeUp

If you currently are using GoSignMeUp registration software to manage course registrations, its easy to add online content delivery with a learning management system such as Canvas Learning.  Canvas Integrates with GoSignMeUp!  GoSignMeUp is a certified Canvas Learning partner; we have directly integrated our product into the Canvas learning management software. Our strong ongoing partnership has created systems in which users register and pay through GoSignMeUp and are then placed in real-time into the Canvas LMS to start their online training.   GoSignMeUp and Canvas Learning integrate seamlessly to create the ultimate on-line professional development platform. Canvas Learning allows you to create an online classroom to deliver your instructional content.  With GoSignMeUp, potential students can then search, find and register for courses – and even lets you charge for them if you wish.  Turn an existing online training curriculum in to a profit center by allowing other people outside of your organization to sign up and pay for your existing professional development content!

Canvas Integrates with GoSignMeUp

GoSignMeUp integrates with Canvas Learning

Canvas Learning is designed to let you spend more time teaching and less time managing assignments, tracking down homework, and grading papers.  GoSignMeUp automates email reminders, class lists,  sign-in sheets, name tags, and enrollment reports.  GoSignMeUp can also send out surveys and course completion certificates, to cap off the certification cycle. Together these two programs compliment each other to make your job easier, and your content more accessible!  GoSignMeUp acts like book-ends, facilitating registration on the front and analyzing enrollment data on the back. Canvas Learning delivers the content in the middle.  It all comes together to create a powerful content delivery and management system! (Click for explanatory video)

To learn more about how you can integrate Canvas Learning in to GoSignMeUp give us a call at 1-888-286-4826, or fill out our contact form.  Expand your potential by adding Canvas Learning to your GoSignMeUp installation!

 

 

Access Your Data In Real Time With Web Services

Access Your Data In Real Time With Web Services

Do you need to Access Your Data In Real Time With Web Services?  GoSignMeUp offers “Web Services” as feature to compliment our registration system. “Web services” describes a standardized way of integrating Web-based applications using open standards over an Internet protocol backbone. Web services allow organizations to communicate data without intimate knowledge of each other’s IT systems behind the firewall. This means your company can request registration data over the internet and the GoSignMeUp servers will process and feed out the results in real-time. There is a secure layer to the request because it first must be authenticated, for increased security.
Using Web Services a customer can request student, roster, course and attendance information from the GoSignMeUp servers remotely. Web services allow a customer to process attendance, transcript, as well as send surveys and certificates. In addition you can add and update courses and course descriptions, as well as student information.  Access Your Data In Real Time With Web Services!
If you want to expand your capabilities in regards to accessing your user data, be sure to inquire about GoSignMeUp’s web services!

Visit www.GoSignMeUp.com, call 888-286-4826 or email, info@GoSignMeUp.com.

 

 

Avoid Your Email Being Labeled Spam

Avoid Your Email Being Labeled Spam

Email notifications are a big part of the power behind using a registration system such as GoSignMeUp; students receive confirmation emails when they sign up, reminder emails as the course date approaches, and also a host of other communications the administrators might send out about course work, class cancellations, you name it.  These emails are often time sensitive and important – so how come they can end up in a Spam filter or the Junk folder?  With so much traffic now on the internet, and much of it from unscrupulous marketers or scammers, many systems now employ automated systems to identify and sort this ever-increasing deluge of email.  10-20% of emails getting lost in cyberspace is tragically the norm, mostly due to overzealous filters.  Here are some rules for creating a successful email that goes in to your recipients in-box, and not somewhere else!

 

1.  Keep Email Addresses Up-To-Date

If your contact list is riddled with dead emails, you are just asking for trouble.  6 month rule – clean out old/inactive accounts and remove inactive contacts.  Bounce-backs and undeliverable email could trigger you as a spammer.

Avoiding purchased email lists is generally not a problem for GoSignMeUp users, as students sign-up for courses using their own email addresses.  SpamTraps are email addresses that are strategically placed on web sites for scamming bots to find and use, which triggers a filter.  The problem is if one of your students was on a CC list with a spamtrap email, they too could trigger the spam filter.  An unsubscribe option is also a must-have for promotional emails to gain the stamp of approval; Simply provide an “unsubscribe’ link in the footer hyperlinked to an admin email address.  While you are at it, include the physical address of your institution.  These two items alone will markedly improve the deliverability of your email!

 

2. Avoid Spam Trigger Words and Phishing Phrases

Phishing is a type of spam to try and collect usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money), often for malicious reasons, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. These spam emails are a big problem because they masquerade as legitimate emails, which has made spam filters really aggressive.  So you need to make sure your emails don’t share traits with this or other types of spam.   While it might be true, a subject line such as “Once in a lifetime opportunity!” probably will just get tossed in to the spam folder!  Keep your subject line short and concise and avoid repeating it in the body copy.  Don’t use the word ‘test’ in the subject line – use ‘exam’ or ‘examination’.
Here is a list of common trigger words.  Another sorted by topic.

 

3. Quality Content

Filters search your email content for things that are typical for spam, and how you rate depends on your content.  Examples –

  • Talks about lots of money (.193 points)
  • Describes some sort of breakthrough (.232 points)
  • Looks like mortgage pitch (.297 points)
  • Contains urgent matter (.288 points)
  • Money back guarantee (2.051 points)

While most of these points are moot for typical GoSignMeUp applications, it is helpful to understand the type of content that triggers the filters.  Other things to avoid are excessive use of exclamation points!!!!!!!!!, USING ALL CAPS, T_e_x_t_w_i_t_h_g_a_p_s, bright red or green colored fonts, and lots of images (try to use as few images as possible).   Never include Javascript, form code, or video within your email, and make sure your HTML (if any) is good.

Avoid copying anything directly from Microsoft Word, Excel, or Powerpoint. These programs often have a lot of unseen formatting behind the text that results in horrible HTML code when you paste out of them.  Copy/Paste in to a text editor such as Notepad to strip out all the special characters and CSS code.  There is also a feature in GoSignMeUp on the text editor to fix HTML from word – select the offending text and click it!  (see below)Fixit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


4. Attachments

Sending emails with attachments is normal, but can also trigger a boot out of the in-box.  Consider using a link instead. Push your document up to Google Docs and get a shareable link, and put that in the email body instead of an attachment.  Also use full links – if you use a link-shortening service like TinyURL or Bitly your email will immediately become more ‘suspicious’.   Keep attachments as small as possible if you must include them at all.  Click here for a help guide on how to convert your documents in to a link using either Google Drive or the GoSignMeUp Document Upload feature.

 

5. Break Up Large Lists

Whenever possible, if you can break a gigantic mailing list in to multiple, smaller lists that is a far better strategy for staying off of spam-lists.  Instead of sending out to your entire list at once, sort the recipients by something like date-enrolled or other value that can reliably divide your email list in to smaller and more manageable chunks.  The spam monitors are always triggered by large lists being sent out at once, as statistically these will also have the most errors, rejects and bounces that raise red flags.  You can sort and export you data from the Course Grid (see image below).   You can also use the Ad-Hoc Reporting/Export tool to export your GoSignMeUP data for use in other mail programs or third-party eblast services such as Mail Chimp.  (more info below)

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6. Use A Third-Party Bulk Email Service

The problem of sending bulk emails directly from GoSignMeUp is that it can flag your web site’s domain (i.e. yoursite.gosignmeup.com) as a spammer and get it black listed!  It is a far better practice to limit your GoSignMeUp site to the automated course confirmation emails and such and use an external site to handle promotional emails.  Third party, high-volume email senders such as MailChimp will ‘trickle’ send email campaigns slowly, over a longer period of time, to avoid the ‘one big list’ issues.  We strongly suggest using MailChimp for large email blasts when possible.
For a step-by-step guide on how to pull email addresses from GoSignMeUp for use in Mail Chimp, click here.

 

GoSignMeUp’s  automatic email confirmations and reminders keep everyone involved up-to-date.   Teachers and administrators can easily email individuals or create custom lists of course attendees, teachers and admins.  While the landscape of electronic communication is forever changing, you can do your part to ensure your email communications from GoSignMeUp reach their destination!

If you have any questions about your GoSignMeUp system, please visit www.GoSignMeUp.com, call 888-286-4826 or email, info@GoSignMeUp.com.

 

Resources;
https://sendgrid.com/blog/10-tips-to-keep-email-out-of-the-spam-folder/

http://mailchimp.com/resources/guides/how-to-avoid-spam-filters/

https://blog.kissmetrics.com/avoid-the-spam-folder/

http://www.activecampaign.com/help/improving-delivery/