Local Network Player Overview

The Local Network Player allows a local administrator to download courses from the Course Catalog within the online Learning Management System (LMS) to their shared network. When an end user of the LMS then launches the course from their online transcript, the system launches the course from the local network, if available. If the course is not available on the network, the course is launched seamlessly from the online location. Depending on a system preference, the user may also have the option to pick whether they want to launch the course from the online or the offline solution.

The Local Network Player is a Microsoft Windows based SCORM LMS course player that both launches locally stored courses and allows for downloading of courses based on privileges. The Local Network Player is installed locally on the user's computer. The Local Network Player can be installed outside of the system by an information technology department or by a user within the system if they have the necessary security permission. The player then posts the results back to the LMS system. This player helps organizations reduce bandwidth usage and allows users to take courses offline.

In addition, modifications are made to the system's LMS functionality to support the Local Network Player and allow for launching and downloading of courses.

The following are required to support the Local Network Player:

Workflow

Use Cases

A local trainer needs to assign training to his division. The trainer is located in a remote country with limited bandwidth access to the LMS. This solution enables the trainer to download courses from the online LMS to his shared network.

The trainer then assigns the training to an end user. When the end user launches the course locally from their transcript, the system then launches the course from the offline repository, if available. If the course is not available offline, an error message is displayed that advises the user to launch the course via the online link. If the user launches the course via the online player, the course is launched seamlessly from the online location.

Security

This functionality is controlled by a backend setting and is disabled by default. To enable this functionality, contact Global Product Support.

The following permissions apply to this functionality:

PERMISSION NAME PERMISSION DESCRIPTION CATEGORY
Local Network Player - Download Courses from Catalog Grants access to the Download Network Player link in Course Catalog. Also, grants access to download courses to the local network from the Course Catalog. Users must also have permission to access the Course Catalog. A user can download any course to which the user has permission to view within the Course Catalog. This permission is controlled by a backend setting. This permission is recommended for end users of the LMS, local trainers, and LMS administrators. Learning
Local Network Player - Launch Courses Offline Through the Network Player Enables users to see the Launch Locally link on their transcript for courses that have been downloaded and can be launched through the local network. This permission cannot be constrained. This permission is recommended for end users of the LMS. Learning
Local Network Player - Set Network Player Download Paths Preference Grants ability to set the preference that allows administrators to set the download paths to which users can choose to download courses. This permission is controlled by a backend setting. This permission can be constrained by OU or User's OU. This permission is recommended for local trainers and LMS administrators. Learning
Local Network Player - File Download Link - View Grants access to the Download Network Player link in Course Catalog and on the Transcript. Users must also have permission to access the Course Catalog. This permission cannot be constrained. This permission is recommended for local trainers who deliver course content remotely. This is an end user and local trainer permission. If the user no longer needs to view the download link after installation, this permission can be removed for those users. Learning