Comet is a software package that enables the management and delivery of online content to users (learners). It is web-based to facilitate "Anytime, anyplace, any pace" access to learning and administration.
It allows for user registration, delivery of lessons, user assessment, and provides reporting in an online environment. It does not include features such as skills-gap analysis, succession planning, professional certification, or resource allocation (venues, rooms, etc.)
The focus of Comet is to manage users, keeping track of their progress and performance across all courses. It performs administrative tasks such as reporting but doesn't create course content but does allow for some customisation of the user interface.
Within Comet a course can also include resources - web-based content such as MS PowerPoint or Adobe Acrobat files (though it is still your responsibility to ensure any necessary players/plugins are properly installed.)
Comet reduces administration and provides simplicity and ease of use not typically found in "full-scale" LRS systems.
Here are some of the key benefits of Comet:
|1.||Group lessons and other learning resources into courses.||Allows training administrators to create customised learning curriculum (incorporating lessons and other resources such as Word documents, PowerPoint slideshows and PDF files) to match the skill requirements of your various job descriptions.|
|2.||Group trainees into discrete groups and then enrol them en masse to lessons and courses||Allows rapid processing of staff/trainees by avoiding the need for processing each person individually. New staff will automatically be enrolled in group curriculum as soon as they are allocated to a group.|
|3.||Provide a simple access point for users to access lessons which they are enrolled in||Users sign in through the system and are automatically presented with courses they have been enrolled in together with the status of completion of each component lesson.|
|4.||Provide administrators and trainers a simple access point to view and maintain lessons, courses, and user enrolments.||Simple to use interface which allows multiple training administrators to access and maintain training records.|
|5.||Provides administrators and trainers an instant way to generate meaningful reports.||Allows administrators and trainers instant reporting without the need to create their own SQL requests.|
|6.||Allow self registration and course enrolment of users via a coupon system (PLAC).||Users provided with a PLAC (Prepaid Licence Activation Code) are able to fully self register into a course so administrators do not need to add and enrol individual users.|
There are three possible kinds of people who may have access to Comet:
- An administrator - a person who has access to all properties and settings of Comet
- Trainers - people who may have limited access (add lessons, assign users...)
- Users (or students) - people who can only access courseware
Note: if some of this help's sections or sub-sections are not available to you within Comet then you are most likely logged in as a 'trainer' and will need to contact your Comet's administrator to discuss access.
For you, and your users, to be able to run Comet you will need a modern browser (one with native support for JSON) such as Internet Explorer 9+, Firefox 4+, Google Chrome, Safari 5+, or Opera 16+. If you require Tin Can support then the minimum version for Internet Explorer is version 10.
To install Comet you will need:
- Appropriate installed database drivers.
- An MS Access or SQL Server database.
- Appropriate permissions set for Comet and database access
- For Tin Can support additional configuration of the server is required.
Why Classic ASP?
Our reasons for using it are many. These include:
- Our marketing consultants advised us to create something that would talk with either Microsoft Access or Microsoft SQL Server. This in turn restricted us to Microsoft technologies.
- ASP has a very lightweight development environment. We've been know to write edits using NotePad.
- Its very easy to unit test most, if not all, the code written in the project. This usually means that implementing a quick fix is easy.
- Uploading Comet to a remote web server is all it takes to make an off-site backup of the LRS. Should the local server go down we can download the LRS from the remote server and be confident we have everything we need (except for any lessons that have been uploaded since the last backup and any new data in the database). That is, the LRS is easy to distribute.
- According to Google there is something like 1.5 billion websites using Classic ASP. More than Adobe ColdFusion, PERL, and DAV and nearly as much as ASP.NET MVC. So we believe that Classic ASP is not going away any time soon.
While Classic ASP is nowhere near as powerful as other more current technologies, here it serves Comet well.
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