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LiberCloud Platform - October 10, 2015
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by Felice Curcelli
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The new LiberCloud release is now available. There are several important features introduced in this new release including a full-fledged assessment and testing functionality that we have called My Tests. The accompanying app for Android and iOS will be released soon. Main new features of the new release include: 1) My Tests and LiberTest 2) Membership plans and Plus plans 3) Web Canvas enhancements 4) New Customization options for Organizations

The new LiberCloud release is now available. There are several important features introduced in this new release including a full-fledged assessment and testing functionality that we have called My Tests. The accompanying app for Android and iOS will be released soon. Main new features of the new release include:
1)    My Tests and LiberTest
2)    Membership plans and Plus plans
3)    Web Canvas enhancements
4)    New Customization options for Organizations

My Tests and LiberTest

My Tests is a full-fledged assessment and survey platform (within the LiberCloud platform) to meet the needs for rapid and frequent assessments, as well as end of periods and course proficiency testing.

The main menu in My LiberCloud now features a new My Tests tab that replaces the Bibliotheca tab, which has been moved to the header. The Bibliotheca page remains the default page for visitors.

For an instructor, My Tests holds all created test templates, assigned tests and tests to evaluate, past completed tests and surveys, reports, trends, etc. For a student, My Tests includes pending assigned tests and surveys as well as past completed tests on each of the participating courses or classes.

LiberTest is the accompanying mobile app for Android and iOS that will be released within the next few weeks. The mobile app is not a requirement for using My Tests and its goal is to provide features for offline productivity, like creating new test templates and evaluating tests taken by students offline. An Internet connection is still required to send / assign tests, or for a student to take a test or participate in surveys. Future releases will support peer-to-peer protocols for sending tests and receiving results.

Membership plans and new Plus plans

For self-registered users, the Basic membership becomes a free plan with limited functionality and cloud storage. We have also added two new membership plans: Basic Plus and Premium Plus. The Plus plans give users full access to My Tests functionality, while non-Plus users have limited functionality of My Tests. Please check  the membership page for an overview of each plan.

Organizations with own instance of LiberCloud sign up all their users to the Enterprise plan and can sign up to My Tests separately. The Organization Admin selects which user type can create and assign tests. If an Organization elects not to subscribe to My Tests, its users can themselves upgrade to the Enterprise Plus plan individually to gain full unlimited access to My Tests.

Web Canvas enhancements

The Web Canvas asset in LiberCloud has been upgraded to include most of the LiberCanvas app functionality and some additional features as well. Specifically, duplicating objects in canvas, using audio in record mode, favorite pens in menu, highlighter and callouts for using canvas as annotation tool, zooming, and full screen mode.

The full screen mode allows you to take full advantage of interactive white boards while giving you a cross-platform cloud-based software that works with any interactive white board or projector manufacturer. Furthermore, saving your lessons and recordings to LiberCloud all it takes is two taps.

Once saved to LiberCloud, your lessons are automatically embedded into your LiberPage which you can share with the rest of the classroom or peers, or the rest of the world for that matter. Last and not least, the layout of the canvas editor has been redesigned for usability and to accommodate the new options.

New Customization options for your Organization

There are several new options for customizing LiberCloud instances, one worth mentioning is the ability to fully customize the UI Look & Feel of your Organization's instance.

We are exposing the ability for organizations to upload / download own custom CSS files to adhere to corporate standards (see new Edit Styling in Organization’s setup panel). Customizing Look & Feel requires CSS, HTML, and graphic design skills.