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WBT Manager™ FAQ: How WBT Manager™ Works


What are the differences between versions 2.0 and 2.1 (current version)?

See our document What's New in WBT Manager 2.1

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What are the differences between versions 1.9 and 2.0 (current version)?

See our document What's New in WBT Manager 2.0

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Is WBT Manager™ file-based?

No. The system is based on a relational database for storing student data and course structure. It has been fully tested with MS Access, MS SQLServer, and Oracle.

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How does WBT Manager™ link to courses?

When a student logs onto the WBT Manager web module a student menu is generated based on their course assignments. The student selects a course, and a course menu is generated. The course menu consists of URL links to the individual lessons within the course. Any content which can be launched through a web browser can be used.

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Does WBT Manager™ use Java in its web interface?

The WBT Manager web application's user interface is standard HTML, with no Java applets, so there is no problem running it from behind a firewall.

Versions prior to 2.1 used a Java applet to implement the SCORM API adapter. That adapter also used standard HTTP POST requests to communicate with WBT Manager and presented no problems with firewalls.

With version 2.1 (and patch190_7 or patch200_3) the Java SCORM API adapter was replaced by a set of JavaScript objects. The XMLHttpRequest object built into current browsers is now used to communicate with WBT Manager. It also uses standard HTTP POST requests.

The SCORM API adapter is not required for lessons which use the AICC HACP interface.

There is a substantial amount of JavaScript used in the interface to provide key functionality. Despite the similarity of names, JavaScript is not Java and does not cause firewall or other problems.

WBT Manager CAN, however, launch any user content that can be run in a browser, including items written in Java.

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How does WBT Manager™'s billing feature work?

WBT Manager provides billing at the course level and the individual student level. When a course is defined, it can be set up as Not Billed, or can be billed By Course or By Hour. The price per unit is included in the course definition. A billing code of the user's choice may be included to tie to their own accounting system. Several standard billing reports are available.

When a student is enrolled, billing options default to whatever is in the course definition. However, the billing mode, billing code, and price per unit can be changed for that specific student.

If a user wanted to set up different billing schemes for a course based on some criterion like what department a student is in, they could create two different courses with the identical lesson structure but a different billing definition. Then they could assign one version of the course to Accounting and a different version to Sales or whatever. The only difference would be how much the departments were charged per student.

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How does WBT Manager™ maintain its register of students?

WBT Manager maintains a student information table within its database. Both the centralized system administrator and decentralized web administrators can add, edit, and delete student information.

Each student is assigned an ID and password that are required for the student to access the system.

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What is a "Local" or "Web-based" administrator?

WBT Manager supports the concept of a "Local" administrator. Students are grouped into up to 5 levels of hierarchy. A local administrator can be created at any hierarchy level. These local administrators can log in through a web interface and add/delete/enroll/report on students within their assigned portion of the student hierarchy.

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What information about a student's activity in a course/lesson does WBT Manager™ track?

For AICC-compliant lessons:

WBT Manager currently tracks nearly all of the AICC required and optional data elements. See the WBT Manager User Guide for details (the current user guide can be found on the documentation page).

For SCORM 1.2 compliant lessons:

WBT Manager tracks all required and optional data elements from the SCORM 1.2 specification.. See the WBT Manager User Guide for details.

For non-AICC-compliant lessons:

WBT Manager can track the first time a course is entered and each time a lesson is entered (if lessons can be accessed separately). Status and score for non-AICC courses can be entered manually by an administrator.

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How does WBT Manager™ establish criteria for successful completion of a lesson/course?

Each AICC-compliant lesson determines its own completion status upon exit and sends that status to the database. This status is typically based on a mastery score (passing score) set within the lesson. However, WBT Manager allows the system administrator to override a lesson's built-in mastery score when defining the lesson in the system.

Non-AICC-compliant lessons can have status entered manually or can be set to go to "completed" status as soon as the student enters the lesson.

A course is set to completed status when all of its lessons are completed.

WBT Manager also supports AICC "completion requirements" rules which allow courses to modify the default behavior specified about. With completion rules a course can be created with optional lessons and can allow lessons to be set to completed by pre-tests (student does not have to complete the lesson if they demonstrate mastery in a pre-test or previous lesson).

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