Since we launched the new MVA site earlier this summer, one of the most frequent requests from the MVA community and the Tell the Dean alias has been “give us more control over our courses”.
Many comments said things like, “I want to delete courses from my dashboard I don’t intend to finish” or “I want to re-order my courses and have more control over how I track my learning”.
Your feedback spurred us to take a hard look at MVA’s “My Dashboard” experience. How could we help give you better control? How could we ideally add some new capabilities to help you personalize your own learning and skill building with MVA?
I am pleased to unveil three significant new improvements for MVA learners that are live right now that I hope show you we are listening to you.
1) A New Improved “My Dashboard” (you can finally delete courses) :)You asked for it, we are excited to finally now give it to you.
2) Introducing “My Learning Plan” Another new exciting addition to “My Dashboard” and your entire MVA experience is "My Learning Plan, a new widget you can customize to build your own personal MVA course learning plans. “My Learning Plan” follows you through the MVA experience and acts like a personal shopping basket for skill building (or bookmarking) allowing you to add courses that interest you across:
The exciting part about "My Learning Plan" is you are at the center of this plan because you define and personalize it based on the skills or knowledge you need and want. For example, you could create a learning plan on a particular topic like C# Programming or training on a product like Deploying Windows Server 2012 and then add the courses you want to your tailored plan. Any registered MVA learner can create and manage their own “learning plans” as part of our new dashboard experience today.
The "My Learning" widget you customize in "My Dashboard" then follows you on the far right rail of MVA as you visit any topic or course page. You can add a course by simply looking for the green circle (see below), hover over, and select the plan you want to add that course to, and press the add button.
3) Improved Search: Now Includes Live Events in Search Results and Improved Keyword Matching Search now integrates not just on-demand courses but also relevant Live Events like Jump Starts or Live Q&A. For example, today when you type in a term like SQL Server you will see the latest Live courses available for registration together with SQL on-demand courses. We have also improved our search filters with a tabbed UI to make them more discoverable.
So check these new features out and tell us what you think. And if we missed something, well tell us that too!
MVA’s mantra is “Successful technologists never stop learning and great technology never stops evolving.” Your feedback is our fuel, and powers us to think about how to improve MVA with every monthly sprint we do. Thanks for pushing us to evolve MVA and keep the feedback coming, especially the stuff that bugs you we still need to fix.
We are listening; this is your MVA.