Atlas application upgrades learning experience: next release set for October 14, 2015

10/13/2015

The October 14 release may well mark the single largest introduction of new activity to the Atlas environment since its launch nearly two years ago. This influx is the result of the migration of MIT’s Learning Center platform into Atlas. With an annual booking rate of nearly 60,000 registrations, the Learning Center accounts for a significant amount of intra-campus web activity.

Why Atlas

The Learning Center serves approximately 14,500 individuals a year, including many people who may have previously visited Atlas only occasionally for activities like viewing paystubs or printing W-2s. If you are among this group of users, the good news is that the process of signing up for and completing a training course won’t change. You’ll follow the same guidelines and procedures to determine which courses you are required to complete and to track your progress. On top of that, you’ll experience enhancements like a superior search function and the ability to filter your requirements. 

As a new user to Atlas, you also may notice that the new application environment is decidedly contemporary. Atlas’ clean look, responsive design, user-oriented navigation, customizable home page, and smoother operation have made it a welcome new portal for many of MIT’s online applications. If you’ve used the old Learning Center application, you’ll find that this upgrade resolves the frustrating problem of browser compatibility, too. In Atlas, the Learning Center runs equally well on all four major browsers— Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Chrome. The transition to the new system will be seamless.

There’s good news for experienced Atlas users, too. If you already spend much of your workday in the user-friendly Atlas environment, the Learning Center is yet another frequently used application in Atlas’ resource-rich catalog that will continue to be upgraded over time.

Not every type of training is suitable for tablets or mobile devices, but the new Atlas platform provides the capability to move in that direction.

The future of the MIT Learning Center

Migrating the Learning Center to Atlas provides the perfect opportunity to lay the groundwork for future enhancements. The move has enabled the project team to upgrade the behind-the-scenes system that plays web-based classes in your browser. The team chose a vendor product that ensures long-term technical support and, over time, broader compatibility with devices beyond desktop and laptop computers.

“Using the MIT Learning Center, historically, has been a tethered activity,” notes Jane White, Manager of Learning Services in MIT’s Human Resources Department. “Most existing courses are formatted for the desktop environment. Not every type of training is suitable for tablets or mobile devices, but the new Atlas platform provides the capability to move in that direction. It will be interesting to see what innovations arise over time as a result of this migration.”

You can register for the new Atlas Learning Center demo session scheduled for Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., E19-603.