What's New for August '20

Safe Harbor Statement: Any unreleased services or features referenced in this or other documents or public statements are not currently GENERALLY available and may not be delivered on time or at all. Customers who purchase Cornerstone OnDemand applications should make their purchase decisions based upon features that are currently available.

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The following new features and enhancements are available for the August '20 release:

Careers Features

Feature Name Automatically Enabled? Description
Auto-Upgrade to Development Plans Redesign Yes

Cornerstone’s legacy Development Plan module is scheduled for deprecation with the August ’20 Release. Once deprecated, access to legacy Development Plans will no longer be available in client portals and all clients remaining on the legacy Development Plans module will be automatically upgraded to the Development Plans redesigned module. The Development Plans redesign has a full set of preferences to configure the user experience by Organizational Unit. During the auto-upgrade all preferences set in legacy plans will populate in the new preferences.

This deprecation was first announced with the 20 May 2019 release.

Check-Ins – Attach Documents to a Template Yes

Administrators can attach documents to a Check-Ins template. Attached documents are accessible to end-users when they use the template to create Check-In discussions.

This functionality will be released in a post-release patch and is not available during UAT.

Check-Ins - Constrain the "Check-Ins Home Page Customization - Manage" Permission Yes

With this release, constraints can be added to the "Check-Ins Home Page Customization - Manage" permission to limit which organizational units (OU) an administrator has access to when customizing Check-Ins home pages. This allows administrators to assign to other administrators, customization tasks for specific check-ins home pages.

This feature was released as part of the 5 June 2020 patch.

Check-Ins – Follow-Ups Enhancements Yes

With this release, the following enhancements are available for Check-Ins Follow-Ups:

  • Follow-Ups Due Dates - Users can set a due date for follow-ups.
  • Follow-Ups Avatar - Once a user is assigned to a follow-up action item, their Avatar appears next to the assigned item on the main page and the follow-ups flyout. This feature was released as part of the 5 June 2020 patch.
  • Follow-Ups Email Digest - To help manage assignments and deadlines, administrators can configure email digests to notify participants when Follow-Ups are assigned to them or when a Follow-Up due date passes.
Manual Deletion of Check-Ins Yes

The creator of a meeting can now delete it, but only if all of the notes or follow-ups were also entered by the creator. Deleted Check-In meetings cannot be restored.

This feature will be released in a post-release patch.

New Search Capability for Check-Ins Home Page Yes

With this release, end users can easily search for people in their organization with whom they want to start a Check-Ins discussion, participants in current discussions, previously conducted Check-Ins with participants who no longer work for the company, or participants in archived conversations.

Refresh of the Check-Ins Design Yes With this release, the Check-Ins meetings and topics page has been redesigned to improve usability:
  • Task items - All task items are now grouped together in the same area.
  • Meeting and Topic View - The Meeting View and Topic View options now appear in a drop-down menu.
  • Check-Ins Settings/Download Meeting/Delete Meeting - These options now appear in a drop-down menu.
  • Visual separation between topics - Topics and all related notes and follow-ups are now visually separated to improve readability.
  • Compact list of meetings - The meeting list is more compact and easier to browse.
Reporting Fields – Check-Ins Yes With this release, the following new fields are added to Reporting 2.0 to enable better reporting for Check-Ins meetings:
  • Check-In ID - Run reports for all meetings that are included in a specific Check-In.
  • Check-In Meeting ID - Run reports based on a specific meeting.
Shared Goals Enhancement Yes

With this release, the Manage Shared and Dynamic Goals page now provides an Owned By column and filter to quickly and easily sort goals by goal owner.

This feature is not available at the start of UAT.

Skills Profile (Closed Beta) N/A Cornerstone’s new AI-powered Skills Engine automatically suggests skills that employees might have based on their profile data, making it easier for employees to declare what they’re capable of, which skills they want to develop, and which they want to ignore.
Skills Integration to Check-Ins (Closed-Beta) N/A With skills integrated into the Check-Ins functionality, it will be possible to easily create a shared awareness of an employee's skills.
Updates to the Check-Ins Home Page Yes

With this release, end users can now view Check-Ins on the Upcoming, Past, and Recently Modified tabs.

Content Anytime Features

Feature Name Description
Content Delivery Optimization

Cornerstone strives to provide the best possible experience for clients. In line with that goal, we have recently upgraded our content delivery technology to help drive efficiency and consistency in our load processes. Beginning this quarter, we will use this exciting new tool to deliver updates to our clients. Key changes and impact include:

  • Course Activation and Deactivation: Courses loaded via the new tool may not be activated or deactivated by the system administrator.
  • Content Subscription: Courses will now be associated with subscription names in the system. This change will enable administrators to surface relevant search results by subscription name.
  • Language Support: Localized courses will only be visible if the appropriate language is enabled in your portal.
  • Notification on Automatic Synchronization: A message will now be associated with all CDS-loaded courses to indicate that custom changes should not be made to a course, as they may be overwritten.
Leadership and Management Subscription Refresh

Create stronger managers across your organization with leadership and management training focused on motivating and engaging employees in the modern workplace. With this subscription teach managers how to rally their employees around a shared vision, make high stakes decisions in the moment, cultivate a positive, outcomes-oriented culture, and develop the systems needed to effectively manage team priorities.

Modern Compliance Subscription Refresh

Ensure compliance and minimize risk across your organization with content designed to target real behavior change and eliminate bias, harassment, injuries, data breaches, and more. With this subscription fulfill General HR Compliance legal requirements while helping employees recognize, examine, and address the behaviors that lead to breaches in safety, privacy, and ethics.

This quarter, Modern Compliance has expanded into French, German, and Spanish languages. Additionally, new courses were added for International regions – UK & EU specifically. Also added were new and more engaging English course offerings from a new provider,Thrive Learning. Updated Grovo offering on Unconscious Bias. Other updates include some new employment law, retaliation, lab safety, disability accommodations, and other workplace compliance essentials.

New Partners Available in Content Anytime

The following new partners are available in Content Anytime:

  • Thrive Learning: A high-quality, video-based e-Learning provider with a forward-thinking library focusing on wellness, mental
  • health, and corporate social responsibility.
  • Mi Crow: A UK-based e-learning provider bringing nano learning to courses on productivity tools, Office 365, and soft skills.
  • Netexplo: A digital skills provider helping learners navigate the changes and innovations necessary to stay relevant in an everchanging world. Courses are available in French, German, and English
New Standalone Partner Offerings

The following new standalone partner offerings are now available in Content Anytime:

  • Safe Colleges: Safe Colleges by Vector Solutions can now be sold as a full catalog a la carte offering. Safe Colleges targets Higher-Ed institutions and is highly recognized in the industry. Safe Colleges Training helps administrators implement and manage compliance, safety, and prevention training for students, faculty, and staff. Our content is developed by industry experts with high-quality, video content to keep students and employees engaged. Our compliance courses address critical federal laws including Title IX, Harassment and Discrimination, and FERPA.
  • ITProTV: One of the leaders in IT development and training joins the CSOD content ecosystem as a standalone library. ITProTV offers hundreds of courses on today’s top technical skills and certifications including AWS, Azure, PMBOK, CompTIA, PRINCE2, and more.
New Subscriptions Launched

The following new subscriptions are available in Content Anytime:

  • Content Anytime Fundamentals ONLY for companies under 5,500 employees
    • An introductory subscription offering a cross-section of our top providers from Content Anytime Professional Skills, Leadership & Management, and Modern Compliance in English, Spanish, German, French, and Italian. This is an all-in-one stop for the most essential topics in professional learning and development. Topics covered include remote work, communication, harassment, diversity & inclusion, change management, and managing emotions and conflict.
  • Content Anytime Public Sector
    • A fully 508-compliant subscription covering all major topics in Content Anytime Professional Skills, Leadership & Management, and Modern Compliance with courses from Grovo, CyberU, Martech, and BizLibrary.
Professional Skills Subscription Refresh

Build stronger communicators, strategic thinkers, and higher functioning teams across the organization with professional skills content focused on the business savvy skills that every employee needs. With this subscription teach employees how to communicate effectively—both internally and with customers—work well in teams, stay productive, and manage their own career development.

Professional Skills subscribers will automatically receive the subscription refresh at the August ’20 Release with numerous additions.

Remote Work Essentials Subscription Refresh

The current crisis has dramatically shifted the way people work and the skills required to appropriately cope and manage remote teams. This subscription provides content to help your employees adjust to working from home and manage their overall well-being.

Remote Work Essentials subscribers will automatically receive the subscription refresh at the August ’20 Release with the following additions:

  • Return to Work: As more states open from shelter-in-place orders, employees are returning to their workplaces. The newest courses in Remote Work Essentials present healthy tips for proper reentry to an office environment amid a pandemic.

Core/General Features

Feature Name Automatically Enabled? Description
August '20 Language Pack Updates Yes New updates to Cornerstone Language Packs are available with the August '20 Release. Please visit the August '20 Language Pack Updates posting in the Success Center to review the full list of changes. Language Pack updates will be available in stage at the start of UAT and in production and pilot with the August '20 Release.
Banner Core Data Inbound Integration Enhancements Yes

With this enhancement, clients can configure custom organizational unit (OU) mappings within the Edge Configuration page for the Banner Core Data Inbound Integration. As part of being able to map custom OUs, users tied to these OUs will also have their custom OUs populated, if applicable.

This functionality is being released with the 17 July 2020 patch.

Bulk API (User & OU) Available in Edge Marketplace

With this enhancement, a new Bulk API is available for user and organizational unit (OU) loads. Bulk APIs provide organizations the ability to leverage a highly scalable and resilient framework to create and update data in Cornerstone via APIs.

  • It is optimized for loading large data sets in an asynchronous, queued model. It is ideal for bulk load use cases where there is a need to create or update data into your Cornerstone portal using APIs. For example, you can use Bulk APIs to keep employee and OU data in sync from your HRIS into Cornerstone.
  • It supports the OAuth 2.0 authentication framework released in August 2019.
  • It supports the portal configurations including custom fields, custom employee relationships, and availability settings for custom fields.
Cornerstone Mobile App Deprecation Yes In an effort to provide a more modern mobile experience, the Cornerstone Mobile app is being deprecated with the August '20 Release. After the deprecation, the app will no longer function if opened.
Cornerstone Single Sign-On Certificate Upgrade Yes With this release, Cornerstone is providing functionality for client administrators to upgrade the certificate on their Cornerstone portal using self-service, which they can upgrade at the same time they upgrade the certificate in their SSO configuration. This will remove any need to coordinate with Cornerstone and allow clients the flexibility to upgrade their certificate whenever they are ready.
Data Exporter - Deprecation of XML Manifest for Core and Non-Core Objects Moved to May '21 Release Yes When a data export is delivered, it contains a manifest which explains the contents of the export. Currently the manifest for core and non-core objects is delivered in both JSON and XML. The XML manifest will continue to be provided alongside the JSON manifest until the May '21 release, at which point the XML manifest will be deprecated and no longer provided for both core and non-core objects. We advise against using the XML manifest in new development work, and suggest you modify applications that currently use the XML manifest as soon as possible. The JSON manifest will continue to be delivered for both core and non-core objects and is the preferred choice.
Deprecation of Custom Reports with the July '21 Release Yes

Cornerstone will be deprecating the legacy reporting solution "Custom Reports" with the July ’21 Release. With Reporting 2.0, users can execute the same business reporting operations as they've done in Custom Reports in addition to Reporting 2.0's rich suite of new features and functionality.

This deprecation was first announced as part of the May '20 release.

Deprecation of Learning Loads on Data Load Wizard (DLW) With the October '21 Release Yes Ability to perform learning data loads using Data Load Wizard will be deprecated with and end-of-life in the October '21 Release. End-of-life support will occur with the October '20 Release, and support for defects related to the DLW learning loads will stop at this time. DLW is a legacy data load tool which was built on older technology, is accessed using an older user interface (UI), and experiences slow performance and limited load type support.
Edge Import - Data Load Wizard (DLW) Migration Tool Yes With the August ’20 Release, a new tool is available to make it easier to transition from Data Load Wizard to Edge Import. Using the new tool, which is accessible from the Edge Import Home Page, administrators select the templates and feeds that they want to migrate. The new DLW migration tool guides administrators through each step of the migration and migrates feeds without changing your current feed schedule, FTP settings, or notification settings. When accessing the Configuration and Feed Settings pages, a new flag is visible to help administrators identify configurations and feeds created using the migration tool.
Edge Import - Learning Load Enhancements Yes

With this enhancement, organizations can now have an instructor associated with multiple providers or vendors in a single instructor load file. This is achieved by listing multiple providers or vendors separated by a semicolon.

With this enhancement, the Online Course and the Online Course Transcript loads are enhanced to support xAPI courses.

  • The Online Course load is enhanced to allow organizations to update the metadata of xAPI courses that already exist in the portal.
  • The Online Course Transcript load is enhanced to allow organizations to import transcript updates for xAPI courses.
  • The Online Course Transcript Custom Field load is enhanced to accept xAPI course ID/LOIDs.

This functionality was released as part of the 26 June 2020 patch.

Edge Import - Learning Load Enhancement (Transcripts) Yes

With this enhancement, the following enhancements have been made to the Edge Import - Transcript load.

  • Organizations can now update transcript records using Registration Number or Registration Date. Note: This functionality is not available for ILT Transcript loads.
  • Transcript load files may now include up to 250K records per file in Production and Stage environments. Pilot environments are excluded from this enhancement.

This functionality is released with the 11 September 2020 post-release patch.

Edge Marketplace Enhancements Yes With this enhancement, updates have been made to the Edge Marketplace experience.
Engage Lite Yes With this release, Cornerstone launches Engage Lite, a free offering that provides preconfigured surveys that clients can use to understand how their employees are feeling during a crisis. Any Cornerstone client can use Engage Lite, even those who have not previously purchased Performance or Engage products.
jQuery Library Upgrade Yes With this release, production environments are being auto-upgraded from jQuery 1.7 to jQuery 3.4. This upgrade is being rolled out in a phased approach by swimlane. Stage and pilot environments were previously upgraded with the May '20 Release.
Kronos Workforce Ready (WFR) Core Data Inbound Integration Enhancements Yes

The following enhancements have been added to the Kronos Workforce Ready Core Data Inbound Integration:

  • "Kronos WFR API Base URL" field - Organizations can configure their company-specific Kronos WFR API base URL on the Settings page of their integration. This is a required field.
  • Support for Jobs (HR) Cost Center - Organizations using the Kronos WFR Core Data Inbound Integration in Edge can pass their Kronos Jobs (HR) cost center data into Cornerstone by configuring it on the Settings page of their integration. The Jobs (HR) cost center data is passed into Cornerstone as organizational unit (OU) data.
    • Jobs (HR) cost centers can be mapped to standard or custom OUs in Cornerstone.
    • Jobs (HR) does not support parent-child relationships in Kronos.
    • If the Visible checkbox for the Jobs (HR) cost center is NOT selected, then the corresponding OU type in Cornerstone is deactivated.

This functionality was released as part of the 9 June and 26 June 2020 patches.

The following enhancement will be added in a post-release patch to the Kronos Workforce Ready Core Data Inbound Integration:

  • Ability to exclude users from being created or updated in Cornerstone by specifying the exclusion criteria using user custom fields and OUs.

This functionality will be released in a post-release patch.

New Basque Language Pack Available for Purchase No Cornerstone continues to expand our supported languages with the addition of the Basque Language Pack. Please contact your Account Manager for additional information.
OU API (Early Adopter) Available in Edge Marketplace With this enhancement, a new Organizational Unit (OU) API is available for early adopter organizations to create, read, and update their organizational data in real-time.
Real-Time Data Warehouse (RTDW) - Optimize CHR Object "forms2-submissions" Yes

This enhancement applies to Cornerstone HR and Cornerstone Recruiting clients running forms reports using the Reporting API, Data Exporter, and Replicated Data Warehouse (RDW). To lessen the risk of ETL failure when generating forms data, the query used to update the “forms2-submissions” object is updated to only return question bank and custom fields used in a form (both published and non-published). Prior tot his enhancement, unused fields were returned.

This functionality was released as part of the 5 June 2020 patch.

Reporting 2.0 - Calculated Fields Yes

With this enhancement, calculated fields can be created in Reporting 2.0. Calculated fields enable organizations to generate aggregated reports based on totals of data. Having this functionality available in Reporting 2.0 will help administrators, managers, and analysts to create simple, custom calculations of their reporting data without having to export and manipulate that data in a different tool.

This feature was previously released in the 5 June 2020 patch.

Reporting 2.0 - Dual Report Types Yes

With this enhancement, dual reports can now be created for certain report types. Dual reports are similar to multi-module reports in Custom Reports, allowing you to build a report that includes fields from two different report types.

This feature is available in Stage portals on 21 July 2020 and in Production and Pilot portals on 7 August 2020.

Reporting 2.0 - Migration Tool Enhancements Yes

With this enhancement, all custom reports can now be migrated. This includes custom reports with calculated fields and all fields that were previously incompatible.

This feature is available in Stage portals on 15 July 2020 and in Production and Pilot portals on 17 July 2020.

Reporting 2.0 - Permissions Enablement Tool Yes

With this enhancement, a Reporting 2.0 Permissions Enablement page is added to Admin > Tools > Core Functions so that administrators can enable equivalent Reporting 2.0 permissions to be added automatically to the applicable security roles when a report is migrated from Custom Reports to Reporting 2.0.

This functionality is only available in Stage portals until the October '20 Release on 30 October 2020. This functionality is not currently available in Pilot or Production portals.

Reporting 2.0 - Usability Enhancements Yes

The following smaller enhancements for the August '20 release are intended to improve the user experience for Reporting 2.0:

  • Increased Email Delivery Recipients
  • Increased Row Limit for FTP Delivery
  • Option to Remove Header Rows from Exports
  • "Queue Report" Enhancement

These features are available in Stage portals on 15 July 2020 and in Production and Pilot portals on 17 July 2020.

RTDW Updates to Reporting API, RDW, and Data Exporter Yes

Impacting only clients using Reporting API, Replicated Data Warehouse (RDW), and Data Exporter, the Real-Time Data Warehouse (RTDW) categories may be impacted, deprecated, or break applications, scripts, or functionalities that are based on earlier versions of RTDW objects.

Documentation that describes RTDW views and fields used in Custom Reports are updated and available in the RTDW Documentation for Reporting API, RDW, and Data Exporter Community. Join and follow the community to be notified of new posts.

STS Authentication End-Of-Life to Occur With The February '21 Release Yes Cornerstone's legacy API authentication framework for APIs, Session Token Service (STS), is scheduled for end-of-life which is targeted to occur with the February '21 Release.

Cornerstone HR Features

Feature Name Automatically Enabled? Description
e-days Absence Management Integration Enhancements For HR clients using this integration in Edge.

With this release, the e-days Absence Management Integration in Edge has been updated to improve usability and logging.

The following enhancements are now available:

  • An updated Settings page that contains:
    • A new Custom OU sync section that administrators can use to select which custom OU type(s) are sent to e-days.
    • A new Standard OU sync section in a table format instead of a list type layout. Administrators can use this table to select which standard OU type(s) are sent to e-days.
  • A new log is added to the email notification which lists the records that have been created/updated in e-days and those that errored-out.

This feature was released as part of the 26 June 2020 patch.

Learning Features

Feature Name Automatically Enabled? Description
Activate/Deactivate Curriculum Confirmation Yes

With this enhancement, when an administrator attempts to activate or deactivate a curriculum from the Curricula Administration page, they will be prompted to confirm the activation or deactivation via a pop-up. This confirmation pop-up will help safeguard against accidental activations and deactivations of curricula.

Backend Optimizations to Learning Searches Yes Beginning in Q2 of 2020, Cornerstone will begin backend optimizations to improve Learning searches. No changes to Learning search features should be observed by administrators or end users. Search queries and results are expected to match the existing experience.
Bulk Update Attendance on Roster Page Yes With this enhancement, administrators can update ILT session attendance, scoring, pass/fail status, and session completion in bulk using a downloadable Excel spreadsheet.
Course Catalog - Set Email Options in Bulk Yes With this enhancement, administrators can configure email options for multiple training items at one time via the Course Catalog. This allows administrators to save time by configuring email options in bulk.
Change Behavior of "Select Session" Action Yes

With this enhancement, when a user clicks the Select Session action for an event, they will be redirected to the redesigned Learning Details page for the event. This helps deliver a more consistent user experience.

Cornerstone Learn - Apple Human Interface Guidelines UI Enhancements Yes, with app update

Key design principles from Apple's Human Interface Guidelines (HIG) have been applied to enhance the user experience and modernize the Learn app for iOS users. With the June 5 2020 patch, Cornerstone enabled the following:

  • Apple's built-in system fonts
  • Dynamic type sizes
  • Multi-tasking functionality for iPad users
  • iOS standard navigation bar
  • Replaced the navigation menu with links
  • The text size of the Training Description web view has been scaled up to increase legibility (available with the Aug 2020 release)
Cornerstone Learn - Course Player Improvements (Android) Yes, with app update

With this enhancement, improvements have been made to the end user's online course launching experience. Users can expect a faster, smoother, and more reliable course launching experience. This enhancement includes backend enhancements and the following updates:

  • Up to 2.4x faster online course launching speed
  • Up to 2.5x faster online course downloading speed
  • Broader offline support for downloaded online courses
  • Simplified course player architecture which will reduce bugs that previously arose from the complexity of the existing player
  • Support for Table of Contents for SCORM 2004 courses

This enhancement will be made available in a post-release patch.

Cornerstone Learn - Offline Materials

Yes, with app update

With this enhancement, users of the Learn app can also download mobile-enabled materials that have been configured for offline use. These downloaded material training items can then be launched offline and consumed, and users can mark them complete once the internet connection is restored.

This feature will be released in a post-release patch.

Cornerstone Learn - Picture in Picture Support (Android) Yes, with app update With this enhancement, Android users can initiate Picture In Picture (PIP) when viewing video training items by tapping the Home button on their Android device. All Android device types support PIP functionality. All Learn App functionality is disabled while PIP is active. After exiting PIP mode, all app functionality is re-enabled.
Cornerstone Learn - Training Push Notifications Yes, with app update

With this enhancement, five training push notifications have been enabled for both the Android and iOS versions of the Cornerstone Learn app, along with deeplinking capabilities which take the user to the relevant application area upon tapping the notification banner. The following push notifications are included in this enhancement:

  • Training is Assigned
  • Training is Due
  • Training is Approved
  • Training is Denied
  • Training is Requested (Note: This push notification is sent to the training approver for training that has been requested and requires approval.)

This feature will be released in a post-release patch.

Curriculum Versioning Enhancements Auto-Upgraded with the Oct 2020 Release Yes

With the February 2020 release, numerous curriculum versioning enhancements were made available via self-activation in Production portals.

With the October 2020 release, all portals that have not manually activated these curriculum versioning enhancements will be auto-upgraded. It is strongly recommended that your organization test these enhancements in Stage prior to manual activation or the auto-upgrade in October 2020.

Deprecation of Legacy Learning Details Page with the Oct 2020 Release Yes

In 2019, a redesigned Learning Details page was made available as an Early Adopter project, and has continued to evolve toward feature parity with the legacy version of the Learning Details page. With the October 2020 release, the legacy version of the Learning Details page, previously referred to as "Training Details" or "LO Details," will be deprecated for training types which are supported by the redesigned Learning Details page.

During the August 2020 release, administrators can opt out of using the new page in their learning portals and continue to use the legacy page, but with the October 2020 release, this option will be removed and all portals will be automatically upgraded to the new Learning Details page for all supported training types.

Daylight Saving Time (DST) Support for Events and Sessions Yes With this enhancement, system pages for ILT events and sessions support daylight saving time, and ILT events and sessions will respect daylight saving time if applicable to the user's location.
Deprecation of the Proxy Enrollment API with the Feb 2021 Release Yes

Cornerstone’s legacy Proxy Enrollment API, available as part of Cornerstone API, is scheduled for deprecation. It is being replaced by the new Learning Assignment API. The Proxy Enrollment API end-of-life is targeted to occur with the Feb 2021 Release.

Display Failed Status for Online Class Yes

With this enhancement, SCORM 2004, SCORM 1.2, and AICC courses that send a Failed status to the Cornerstone system display a Failed status in the learner’s transcript and do not move to the Completed section of the transcript. Online classes with failed statuses are not considered complete and do not count toward the completion of certifications or curricula. The Failed status can also be reported on.

eeds - Continuing Medical Education Integration  

With this enhancement, a new eeds integration is available, allowing organizations to view and track CME credits imported from eeds within learners' transcripts in the Cornerstone Learning Management System (LMS). Using this integration, learners and learning administrators are able to search, find, and confirm CME credits on the learner's transcript.

Enhancement to Dynamic Learning Assignments Yes

With the August 2020 release, the following updates have been made to dynamic learning assignments:

  • Even if a user has previously completed a version of training included in a dynamic learning assignment, they will be excluded from re-assignment if they re-enter the assignment criteria again in the future
  • The Recurrence date selector is hidden by default when the Processing Frequency setting has been set to Annually and the Recurrence setting has been enabled, which prevents the misalignment of the processing start date and the recurrence date. Also by default, the recurrence date is automatically the same as the processing start date.
Email Tag "Withdraw from Session" Extended Yes

With the June 5 2020 patch, a new WITHDRAW.SESSION.LINK email tag was made available for Session Start Date emails. The WITHDRAW.SESSION.LINK tag is SSO enabled but is also available for non-SSO enabled portals. This tag displays as a link in the email, and if the user clicks the link, they are navigated to the Cancel Registration page of the selected event. The learner then only needs to select a reason for their withdrawal. This new tag allows administrators to save their users time and deliver a better ILT user experience.

IE7 and IE8 Compatibility Modes Deprecation with the Feb 2021 Release and jQuery Upgrade for Course Launching Yes

Cornerstone is upgrading jQuery from v1.7 to v3.4.1 to enhance security and resolve known vulnerabilities. With the July 17 2020 patch, administrators can upgrade their system's jQuery libraries via the Feature Activation Preferences page in Learning Preferences.

As part of this enhancement, Compatibility Mode for IE7 and IE8 is being deprecated. This deprecation will be performed gradually, allowing organizations to adjust recent upgrades:

  • With the October 2020 release, jQuery will be automatically upgraded to v3.4.1 in Stage and Pilot portals. Options for IE7 and IE8 will be removed.
  • With the February 2021 release, jQuery will be automatically upgraded to v3.4.1 in Production portals. The functionality will be deprecated completely, meaning that courses with IE7 and IE8 Compatibility Mode will be migrated to a “None" value.

With the July 17th 2020 patch, administrators can manually activate jQuery v3.4.1 for course launching from the Learning Feature Activation Preferences page.

Improve Accessibility in Create Tool Yes

With the Aug 2020 release, the ability to upload closed captioning files and attach alt text to images has been added to the Create Tool. These features will help ensure that content created using the Create Tool maintains 508/WCAG compliance. Uploading closed captioning or subtitles in a .vtt file format is supported on card types that allow video and audio assets in the Create Tool. Closed captioning displays to learners when they play the course.

Learner Home - Filter Transcript Training from Featured, Suggested, and Required Carousels Yes

With this enhancement, the Featured, Suggested, and Required carousels on the Learner Home page now filter out training that is already on the user's transcript, along with training that the user has previously completed. This prevents the user from receiving redundant training recommendations.

Learning Assessments (Open Beta) Enhancements Yes

Learning Assessments are a reimagining of the legacy Test Engine experience. The first phase of this multi-release project was introduced with the February ’20 Release and focused on the administrator experience, with emphasis on assessment creation and assessment preview.

The August ’20 Release continues the expansion of the open beta, in stage environments only, by focusing on the end user experience and a simple version of the Attempts Review Page. The following Learning Assessment features are included in this phase:

  • Assessment Player
  • Assessment Attempt Review (end user perspective)
  • Attempts Review (administrator perspective)
  • Mobile-responsive design (Assessments functionality is NOT available via the Learn app)
Learning Assignment Tool Enhancement Yes With this fix, the LAT ID displays for Mark Removed and Mark Unremoved entry types in the Transcript History, instead of the LAT Admin.
Learning Details Redesign Auto-Enabled Yes

With the August ’20 Release, Learning Details Redesign will reach General Availability. All portals will have it enabled by default for all training types supported by the Learning Details Redesign:

  • Curricula
  • Events and Sessions
  • External Content
  • Materials
  • Online Courses
  • Tests
  • Videos

After the August ‘20 Release, organizations can still opt out of the new page by disabling it via Learning Details Preferences and continue using the legacy page until it is deprecated with the October ’20 Release. However, all organizations are encouraged to begin using the redesigned Learning Details page ahead of the October ’20 Release deprecation. The redesigned Learning Details page provides a more user-friendly and mobile-responsive design to make training more engaging for learners.

Learning Details Redesign Enhancements Yes

In 2019, a redesigned Learning Details page was released as an Early Adopter enhancement. With the August 2020 release, the Learning Details page is no longer in an Early Adopter status, and the following additional enhancements have been made to this feature:

  • Enhanced curriculum structure display (available with the July 17 patch)
  • Custom thumbnail image configuration and display (available with the August '20 Release)
  • The View Prerequisite action navigates learners to the Learning Details page (available with the August '20 Release)
  • Objectives display for events and sessions (available with the August '20 Release)
  • Learning Details Preferences allow administrators to control metadata and section visibility (Available in Stage on July 15th and available in Production with the Sept 11 patch)
  • The Price and Training Units visibility setting has been moved from the Content Requesting Preferences page to the new Page Display section of the Learning Details Preferences page (Available in Stage on July 15th and available in Production with the Sept 11 patch).
  • Improved transcript messaging (available with a post-Release patch)
Playlist Support for Content Anytime Yes

With this enhancement, playlists are now supported by the system for Content Anytime. Playlists included in Content Anytime subscriptions will be automatically uploaded and updated within the system. Administrators can manage the visibility of these playlists using the Course Catalog, and learners can discover and interact with learning playlists as part of their learning journey within the learning management system (LMS).

"Price Visible" Preference Moved to Learning Details Preferences Yes

With this enhancement, the Price and Training Units visibility setting has been moved from the Content Requesting Preferences page to the new Page Display section of the Learning Details Preferences page. This setting still controls price visibility on both the legacy and redesigned Learning Details pages. In addition, an Only Display when Value is Greater than Zero sub-option is available, allowing administrators to determine whether a price displays for training items with no cost.

This functionality is available in Stage portals as part of the 17 July patch and will be available in Production portals as part of the 11 September patch.

Reporting Fields - Learning Yes

With the August 2020 release, the following enhancements have been made to Learning reporting:

  • A new Course Browser Compatibility field has been added to Reporting 2.0 (made available with the July 17th patch)
  • A new Training Provider Status field has been added to Reporting 2.0
  • A new User’s Course Rating Date field has been added to Reporting 2.0
  • A new Subject Active field has been added to Reporting 2.0
  • A new Parent Subject Active field has been added to Reporting 2.0
  • The existing Allow Download Offline field has been updated to allow an output of Yes for material learning objects (LOs)
Session Sign-In by Part Yes

With this enhancement, sign-in sheets for ILT sessions provide signature columns for every session part. This allows session attendees to provide their signature for each session part they attend.

Show Actions for Previously Denied Sessions Yes

With this fix, actions will be available for previously denied instructor-led training (ILT) sessions even after the user clicks the Select Session action. This update helps to eliminate confusion for both end users and administrators.

Skillsoft - Percipio Integration  

With this enhancement, the new Percipio integration is available, allowing organizations to manage their Percipio content from within their Cornerstone learning management system (LMS). Using this integration, an organization’s Percipio content can be automatically synchronized with the LMS Course Catalog on a daily basis, and the synchronized content can be managed by administrators in the same manner as content created manually within the LMS. Synced Percipio courses include pre-populated metadata, such as keywords, descriptions, modalities, thumbnail images, and more. Percipio courses are also automatically configured as mobile-ready and can be accessed by learners via the Cornerstone Learn app.

This integration is not available during UAT.

Performance Features

Feature Name Automatically Enabled? Description
"PowerPoint Tags" page Renamed to "PowerPoint Report Preferences" Yes With this release, as part of the Simplified Access to Succession PowerPoint Templates enhancement, the "PowerPoint Tags" page has been renamed to "PowerPoint Report Preferences". This page now includes both the centrally located templates and the associated tags.
Reporting Fields – Compensation Yes

The following new field is added to Reporting 2.0 under Compensation Task and Compensation Task > Details:

Employee Currency Type - Allows organizations to report on the currency type used on employees during the task. This supports data integrity, helps administrators answer spot questions, and supports downstream payroll activities.

This feature is not available at the start of UAT and is available in Stage portals on 28 July

Shared Goals Enhancement Yes With this release, the Manage Shared and Dynamic Goals page now provides an Owned By column and filter to quickly and easily sort goals by goal owner.
Simplified Access to Succession PowerPoint Templates Yes With this release, administrators can upload templates to a centralized location on the PowerPoint Report Preferences page. Then, users can select templates from a drop-down located inside the SMP PowerPoint Template standard report page.

Recruiting Features

Feature Name Automatically Enabled? Description
Apply with LinkedIn – Add/Move to Requisition Yes

With this enhancement, recruiters can now add or move candidates who applied with LinkedIn. This helps recruiters to be more productive as they can take more action in bulk and complete recruiting tasks without having to leave their current page. Additionally, the recruiter experience on the Applicant Profile is simplified so that candidates who applied with LinkedIn can be added to a requisition rather than being invited to apply.

Assessment Connector - Redirect URL Available in Edge Marketplace

With this enhancement, a Supports RedirectUrl field is added to the Settings page for the Assessment Connector integration, as well as for the following additional integrations:

  • pymetrics Talent Management and Screening
  • SHL Talent Assessments
  • Talent Plus TalentBank Integration

When this field is toggled to on, candidates are redirected to the assessment in the same tab as the application workflow.

This feature was previously released in the 5 June 2020 patch.

Candidate Messaging & SMS (Pilot) Available to Pilot Program Participants Only

The Candidate Messaging feature allows recruiters to converse with candidates directly inside Cornerstone Recruiting through an instant messaging-style interface. Candidates will be notified of unread messages via email and SMS (where available and possible) and can respond directly to recruiters using a link in the notification.

This feature was first announced in the February '20 release.

Deprecation of Manage Applicants with the April '21 Release Yes

As announced in the May '20 release, in Stage environments, when the Applicants count is selected from Manage Requisitions, users will be redirected to a filtered view of the Manage Candidates page specific to the relevant requisition instead of Manage Applicants.

With the April ’21 release:

  • The Manage Applicants page will be deprecated and will be removed in all environments.
  • The redirects to Manage Candidates instead of Manage Applicants will be automatically enabled in Production and Pilot environments.
  • Defects related to Manage Applicants will no longer be supported.

This deprecation was first announced in the May '20 release.

Deprecation of Suggested Referrals and New Submissions Pages Yes

With the August '20 release, the Suggested Referrals and New Submissions pages are deprecated.

This deprecation was first announced in the February '20 release.

Enhanced Date Picker in Mobile-Friendly Application Workflows Yes With this enhancement, the month/year is now clickable. When clicked, the year view opens to show all months. This update can help to increase candidate conversion rates by creating a faster, simpler experience for candidates.
Enhanced Date Support for Offer Letters Yes

This enhancement introduces a way to standardize the candidate and recruiter’s display of dates within the offer letter and prevent compliance issues for clients that use multiple date formats during their recruiting process.

This enhancement is available in a post-release patch.

Manage Candidates Applicant Carousel UI Enhancements Yes

With this enhancement, the following user interface (UI) updates are made to the applicant carousel:

  • Each part of the applicant carousel now appears in sections.
  • An Interview section is added to display the details of live video or on-demand video interviews and include an option to view the interview on the video interview vendor’s website.
  • Navigational buttons are added to provide quick access to the sections.
  • While the page is loading, an outline of the navigational buttons appears until the content is loaded.

The following features are not available at the start of user acceptance testing (UAT) but will be available at a later date during UAT:

  • Separating the content into sections and the addition of navigational buttons will be implemented on 21 July 2020.
  • The outline of the navigational buttons that appears while the page loads will be implemented on 23 July 2020.
Unanswered Pre-Screening Questions Display Updated Yes

With this enhancement, the answer portion for any unanswered pre-screening questions displays "This question was not answered." This helps to identify more clearly which questions a candidate did not answer.

This feature is not available during user acceptance testing (UAT) but is available upon implementation of the August '20 release.

Updated Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability Compliance Question Yes

With this enhancement, the compliance question is updated to the new expiration date of 31 May 2023. This update is made in the Compliance Question Bank and is also updated for Compliance Enablement Preferences.

This feature was previously released in the 26 June 2020 patch.

Video Interview Connector Available in Edge Marketplace

With this enhancement, a Video Interview Connector will be available in Edge. The connector bridges the gap between Cornerstone and third-party offerings so that any video interview connector can build out an integration.

In addition, a new user interface (UI) is added to Manage Candidates for scheduling live video and on-demand video interviews.

  • See Manage Candidates - Schedule Live Video Interview.
  • See Manage Candidates - Schedule On-Demand Video Interview.