We've released a slew of improvements over the past month or so, so it's time for another changelog! We've added support for several new integrations, added the ability to more easily organize your content into topics, expanded our admin roles, and much more. As always, please reach out to us at email@example.com with any feedback or questions.
A bulk of our work over the past couple of months has focused on new integrations. To enable these, simply login to the admin interface, navigate to the Settings section, and click on Integrations.
In addition, we also now have integrations for some new LMSs. Configuring an LMS integration requires our support team to flip some switches for you, so if you are interested in these, simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Categorize external content using your internal topics
For those of you that leverage our content vendor integrations, this is a big one! We now support the ability to 'map' both a vendor's entire content catalog and/or a specific topic defined by a vendor to your own Pathgather-defined topics.
So, let's say you've enabled our integration to Coursera. You can now easily add all of Coursera's content to a specific topic you've defined, or you can 'map' a Coursera defined topic (e.g. Data Science) to a Pathgather topic you've defined (e.g. Computer Science).
To configure a mapping, head over to the Topics management section in the admin interface and click on the "Manage topic mappings" button in the top right. From there, click on "Define a mapping" (again) in the top right. The first option you'll be presented is to select an integrated provider (e.g. Coursera). Once you select a provider, you can choose the topic to add the provider's content to. If the provider has their own defined topics, an optional third option will be displayed that allows you to only consider a certain topic defined by the provider in the mapping. If you leave this blank, the provider's entire catalog will be added to the topic you select.
Add content to a topic in bulk
In another effort to make content organization easier, you can now also bulk add content to a specific topic. To do this, simply navigate over to the content management view of the admin interface. Select the content you'd like to add to a topic and click the "Add to topic" option above the results!
Additional admin scopes
Previously, we supported 2 user roles in Pathgather: a normal user and an admin. The admin role gave that user access to everything in the admin interface, which may be a bit much at times. So, we've separated our admin role into 3 new scopes:
- Admin - This is the current role that gives the user access to everything in the admin interface.
- Moderator - A 'moderator' admin can create, edit, and destroy any data, but doesn't have access to the Settings section, which includes branding, integrations, and API configuration abilities.
- Read-only - A read-only admin can view analytics and data and run any reports they like, but they cannot modify any data or settings.
xAPI support (beta)
To clarify this one right off the bat, this does not introduce support for hosting xAPI content in Pathgather. Instead, this allows certain events that occur in Pathgather (user completes a path, user shares new content, user creates a new path, etc) to be sent as xAPI statements to an external LRS. This is in beta mode at the moment, so if you are interested in this one, please let us know at email@example.com!
Custom support section
In the past, we've supported the ability to add an internal support email for users to contact at your organization. That's still supported, but we've also added support to enter any text/links you like to display in your support section. This is great to link to internal help resources, help desks, or to simply elaborate on how users can get additional support!
To configure this section, simply head over to the Settings section of the admin interface and configure the "Support Information" option.
For the more technically inclined, our official API now supports adding skills to both the Pathgather skill collection and/or adding skills to specific users. This is quite useful if your HRIS or another internal tool already has some definition of the skills most important to or already acquired by users.
To learn more about this API support, peruse our API docs at http://docs.pathgather.com
Another enhancement for the more technically inclined, we've added beta support for certain webhooks in Pathgather. Webhooks allow you to 'subscribe' to certain events that occur in Pathgather. Once an event occurs, we'll send an HTTP POST to a URL you define with a payload that details the event that occurred. For example, if you are interested in promoting Pathgather in your company's enterprise social network, you could subscribe to certain events (e.g. user created a path, user joined a gathering, etc) via these webhooks. The payload you'd receive would contain information on the user that triggered the action and the data that was affected. You could then use this payload to create a 'feed item' in your enterprise social network (e.g. Yammer, Chatter, etc) that details the activity that occurred in Pathgather.
To read more about the webhooks currently supported, you can view our API docs.
That's it for this Changelog! Again, if you have any questions or feedback, we're just a short email away at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Pathgather Team