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Stratus Summer Play List

We've been in scarves and coats for too long here at Stratus Towers.

It's been a good thing as a whole range of new features and functionality are ready to ship. Improved DLE, 70:20:10 alignments Live Virtual Training and upgrades smoothly progressing for our customers. Exciting times continue to happen.

We're still enjoying our Winter tunes, but here is something new and unique for Summer.

So, our summer listening choice is all about Mediterranean summers, about music on the beach, in the shade, with friends, invoking happy memories and new invigorating ideas. Put together by Nancy Noise for our friends over at testpressing.org we hope it sound tracks your summer and memories of it when the evenings start to close in again.

Stratus Presenter Module

Stratus Presenter Module, an optional module that delivers Live Online Webinars, briefings, meetings or any 'happening' that your organisation needs to conduct.

It's simple, schedule the event and invite your attendees.

Within Stratus attendees see the event in their diary, they can access all delegates materials and enjoy full voice and video interaction.

No need to fiddle about with seperate telephone calls, one simple integrated tool.

Once underway your delegates will be part of a fully interactive training online session with questions alerts and everything they are familiar with when they go to a training course.

Did we mention if the event has a pre-course reading list attendees will be able access that too?

So, your Trainers and Delegates are now happy. We think your Finance Team and budget holders should be too.

Stratus Presenter Module allows you to control your budget. A 25 seat, unlimited license costs £5000 per annum and that is it; no further bills which mean simple costing and streamlined administration.

  • Your trainees can reach you where ever they're based.
  • Your customers will not have to factor travel costs.
  • Your tests and materials are online.
  • You administer your schedule and sessions.
  • As a training provider you will be able to charge for these events.
  • One annual bill.
  • "Live online training has been a service many Stratus customers have wanted us to integrate. Blended learning is something we are all familiar with but enabling elearning and live online to be managed within the same system creates a more cohesive and therefor accessible programme for our customers learners."

    — Ruth Davidison, Stratus Enablement Team

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    February Stratus Play List

    There's been no time to ease into the New Year for the Stratus Team.

    The latest reporting and customer branding new features are now due for release with more functionality to follow. Exciting times.

    You'll be hearing more about that so, as something new for 2013 we thought it would be interesting to share what's being heard here!

    This months listening choice is all about musical tranquilty and focus put together by Apiento over at testpressing.org ; a mix of old and new, some obvious some little known - Satie and Debussy through to the modern sounds of Max Richter and Simon Jeffes.

    The Stratus Enablement Team go Wild!

    The Stratus Enablement Team have been extremely busy in the run up to the Christmas break.

    The Team have been aiding our new and existing Stratus Enterprise License holders with the consolidation and updating of their eLearning, and all of the Look & Feel amendments that follow, working to deliver these changes for launch and readiness for 2013.

    As soon as the customer provides us with their eLearning, the Team then first, works with the Customer to ensure the eLearning content is of optimal standard and efficiency, then, the Design Team step in to ensure the layout of the Stratus Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is bespoke to the needs of the customer.

    Once the customer is then happy with the outcome of their Stratus VLE, it will Go Live, but our Enablement and Design Teams will always be on hand and available to be of assistance.

    With Stratus live customers use the SCORM importer to upload their course libaries however as part of their migration clients often use the process to update and improve content or assessments. The integrated Stratus Content Developer Tool and Assessment Builder are the natural choice for customers elearning developers, and once again our Enablement and Design Teams remain on hand and available to be of assistance - especially with tight timescales in mind.

    "Customers have realised migrating to Stratus enables consolidation of the multitude of eLearning tools and platforms their organisations are using. The move brings both their elearning development and learning environments together to provide a more coherent learning & development strategy whilst streamlining and reducing licensing costs. Great news as we keep both the Learning & Development and Finance Departments of our clients happy!"

    — Ruth Davidison, Stratus Enablement Team

    Cost savings made from consolidation have been used by some customers to fund updates and redesigns of their course suites to obtain better content, on a consolidated platform with reduced forward cost of ownership.

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    World-Wide Access to Stratus

    Stratus is constantly growing as a market leading, Corporate eLearning Tool.

    We have noticed that many of Stratus' competitors distribute their software by, firstly signing customers up to a 1 month trial, and then approaching the customer to instigate a purchase for the full product software when the trial period has ended. We have come up with a different solution to make Stratus available to anyone in the World, and also, even more consumer friendly.

    Stratus is available to anyone in the world for FREE!!!. Thats right. Anyone can Register and Login to Stratus and create eLearning. The FREE edition of Stratus will allow customers to create small pieces of basic eLearning. There are NO FREE eLearning tools on the market today.

    We understand that some customers will want more out of Stratus. The FREE edition of Stratus is designed mainly for small group training. To allow Stratus to really stretch it's legs, customers can purchase a license for Stratus Enterprise. This is an easy to use, intelligently designed, totally customisable and sustainable way of creating company-wide eLearning.

    Our main goal is for Stratus to be the best. With these two versions; Stratus and Stratus Enterprise, we have catered the needs for customers that want to make a few small pieces of eLearning for FREE and corporate customers who want to make company wide, professional, detailed, adaptable eLearning.

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    Stratus Assessments

    Assessments, eLearning

    One of the key features of Stratus is it Assessment Builder tool. It allows users to create assessments and embed them within their Stratus eLearning and to provide on-line certification.

    Surveys show that the vast majority of eLearning assessment based tools and systems do not provide full certification. Stratus addresses this problem by providing a certified registration and tracking solution for certification agencies directly within the eLearning. You can connect your courses and learning with certified bodies to ensure that students complete their training with recognised and certified qualifications and certificates.

    Being a Market-Leading product, Stratus needs to stay ahead of it's competitors. Below is a table showing which Online eLearning Tools do and don't create assessment certificates.

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    eLearning Tool Yes No

    Stratus

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    Articulate

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    Study8home

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    Stratus is one of the few if not the only tool on the market that supplies company delegates with certificates if they successfully complete the assessments on their Stratus sites and connnects these with full certification agencies. Please enquire with our support team for further details and to determine if your accreditation needs can be supported by Stratus.

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    New Stratus Look and Feel!

    Stratus Look and Feel

    We are delighted to announce an upgrade to the Stratus Look and Feel suite.

    Upon launching the new Look and Feel (LAF) suite which allows customers to fully customise their Stratus eLearning sites to match their company branding, we have received excellent feedback from our Corporate Enterprise Customers. We are now launching the Stratus Public Community Themes Pack allowing users to select from a range of exciting themes and "skins". These have all been developed using the new Stratus Look and Feel suite.

    The Stratus Look and Feel suite allows users to:

    • Insert a Company Logo
    • Change the Background Colour of the page
    • Apply a different colour for the main Toolbars
    • Use different colours for the Header text, the Normal text, and the Link text, and to apply different fonts
    • Change the background colour on the Toolbar tabs that have been selected
    • Apply a different colour to the menu boxes on the page
    • Change the colour of the borders on the menu boxes

    The new range of features are fully supported with new Stratus functionality:

    • Company and User Level LAF Definitions
    • Real-time Preview and Publishing
    • Google Font Support
    • Public Theme Development and Publishing
    • Private Theme and Brand Management (Enterprise)

    This new update has given Stratus' world-wide users more flexibilty on the type of design they want on their sites. It ensures that Stratus is a tool than can be adapted to suit the Look and Feel functionality of any company that uses this Market-Leading tool.

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    Bureau Veritas goes Live

    Market leaders in Testing, Inspection and Certification Services, Bureau Veritas have worked together with iTrain to create a suite of 8 interactive online eLearning courses covering a range of Health & Safety and compliance related topics.

    Stratus developers have created bespoke Bureau Veritas branded login screens and site pages to enhance the user experience, and reinforce the company identity.

    "This is just the sort of course content Stratus is designed for. It is perfect for the implementation of company wide training."

    — Martin Brown, CEO of iTrain

    More eLearning Shows for Stratus iTrain

    iTrain have today confirmed their attendance at the two leading eLearning shows in the UK in 2012. iTrain will be attending The Learning Technology Show in Olympia London on the and and after a successful show at The World Of Learning in September this year, will be returning to the NEC in Birmingham on the and .

    The Stratus development cycle has enabled us to launch and update the look and feel of the software and go live with new functionality requested from the Stratus User Forum.

    Attendance at these shows is an effective way to communicate the great strides Stratus is making however the ongoing development focus of Stratus is not about shows, it's about listening to and delivering our customers needs.

    — Solar Richmond, Customer Frameworks Manager

    Further details of the shows can be found on the Learning Technologies website and World of Learning website.

    Make sure to keep your eyes on this site for special show offers.

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