DISCLAIMER: Some content in this article outlines how to use functionalities that will be publicly released to all clients at the end of April 2021. If you see differences between this article and your platform, check back at that time for updated content.
As a Superadmin, you may be in charge of managing the skills of your people. This means assigning skills of your users and keeping them updated, understanding their upskilling needs, and looking for content aimed at helping them in reaching their goals while keeping them motivated. This constant activity is time-consuming, above all when you are also managing the platform and its content.
The aim of Docebo Skills is to help you in automating some of the tasks that are part of the constant skills management process, providing you with a pre-built catalog of skills, involving users in identifying their skills and making the platform processes collect and select the right content for the right users.
Activating the Skills Management in Your Platform
Once Docebo Skills activates, upon login, a pop-up will inform you about the new feature. Click on Not Now to postpone the setup to your next login or to disable the pop-up. Click Setup Feature to start configuring it. There is no time limitation to start the setup.
When clicking on Setup Feature, you will be redirected to the Skills Management area of your platform. You can also reach this area from the Admin Menu, by clicking on the Skills Management item in the E-Learning section.
The Skills Management page lists the sets of skills available in your platform. You can customize the table layout in order to show only the columns that are relevant to you. To do so, click on the Columns Management icon on top of the table and select the columns you would like to include in the table view. Use the Cross icon to drag and drop the columns in the list, sorting them according to your needs.
You can filter the content by clicking on the filter icon on top of the table to see the complete filters list and operate your selection. Filters are applied in real-time. In addition, you can use the free text search area to look for skills sets, and sort columns by clicking on the column header. Please note that not all of the columns can be sorted.
Managing the My Areas of Interest Channel
The skills management feature relies on the My Areas of Interest channel. If you are using this feature, make sure that the channel is activated. To do so, log into the platform as the Superadmin, access the Admin Menu from the gear icon in the top right corner, then press the Channels item in the E-Learning section. In the list of channels on this page, find the My Areas of Interest channel, make sure that the checkmark in the channel’s row corresponding to the Published column is green.
When configuring the My Areas of Interest channel, besides the general options available for channel management, you are required to configure the channel content population mode. To do so, move to the Content Settings section and select the types of content you want the platform to collected and show in the My Areas of Interest channel. Select one or more of the available options:
The channel will collect and show formal courses according to the skills selected by each user. You can assign skills to courses from the Course Management area. Select the course, then move to the course Advanced Properties tab, and to the Skills tab. Find out more in the Assigning Skills to Courses chapter of this article.
The channel will collect and show the contributions available in the platform, according to the skills selected by each user. Content of this type is available only when Discover, Coach & Share is active in your platform. Find out more in the Assigning Skills to Assets chapter of this article.
The channel will collect and show content from external web sources, filtered in order to exclude inappropriate content. You can manage the sources used to collect this type of content either by:
- defining a list of unwanted sources (deny list) that will be excluded from the content selection, or
- building a list of approved sources (allow list) that the platform will use for selecting content, restricting the search to this list of sources only
By default, the selected option is Don’t Manage Sources, meaning that the content selection relies on the default platform filters only. Depending on your needs, either select Sources on the Deny List to set a deny list of sources you don’t want the platform to include in the content selection, or choose Sources on the Allow List to restrict the content search to the sources you identify. Remember that, independently from the selected option, the platform default filtering capability to avoid inappropriate content is always active.
Enter the sources in the dedicated areas; their format does not need to include prefixes (http://, https://, www) and subdomains.
Please note that you can insert only the sources included in the set of domains from which Docebo Discover selects content (the Sources on the Deny List or the Sources on the Allow List fields do NOT work with any websites, but only with those in the list of domains). If you want to be provided with the aforementioned list of Docebo Discover sources, please contact the Customer Experience Team (if your plan includes this option) or reach out to Docebo support.
After you type the third letter of the domain, the autocomplete function will propose all the domains included in the set of sources used by the My Areas of Interest channel and matching the text already inserted.
The skills management feature embeds a comprehensive catalog of skills, divided into categories, covering most of the user roles available in the major industries.
You cannot edit the skills available in the catalog or add new ones, but you can mix them to compose sets of skills according to the needs of your organization and make them available to your users for their self-evaluation.
As an example, you can create a set of skills for the job descriptions available in your organization, and assign them to users for self-evaluation according to their role.
By default, the full skills catalog is available as the set of skills called All Skills in the Skills Management area of your platform.
Creating and Managing Sets of Skills
In order to create and manage the sets of skills in your platform, reach the Admin Menu from the gear icon in the top right corner, and click on the Skills Management item in the E-Learning section. This page lists all of the sets of skills already configured in your platform.
The All skills set is available by default in your platform and collects all of the skills available in the skills catalog. You cannot edit its content, but you can manage its details and its visibility as described later in this chapter. Similarly, more than one set of skills may be available in your platform, depending on your industry. You can manage these sets as any other set of skills you have manually created.
To create a new set, click on the New Skills Set button in the top right corner. In the right panel, enter a name for your set and press Create and Edit to access the set configuration area.
The set configuration area is divided into two tabs: Properties and Assigned Skills.
The Properties tab is divided into two sections: General and Visibility. Use the General tab to manage the set name and description. The Skill Assignment field is not editable and it is always set to Restricted Choice when a set of skills is manually created.
The Aggregator Channel area displays the channel where the platform will constantly load the content needed to upskill your users. Move to the Visibility tab to set whether the skills set will be available to all users included in groups and branches, or only for the users of selected groups and/or branches. It is not possible to assign a set of skills to a single user.
The Assigned Skills area lists the skills associated to the set. From here, you can assign or unassign skills to the set. In order to add skills to the set, choosing them from the Skills Catalog, click the Add Skills from Catalog button in the top right corner, and select the skills, browsing them according to the available categories and job descriptions. Select the skills you want to add to the set by flagging the checkboxes next to the skill names and click on Add Skills to finalize the operation.
The skills assigned to a set are listed in the Assigned Skills tab. In order to unassign a skill from a set, click on the ellipsis button at the end of the skill row, and select Unassign from Skills Set. When you unassign a skill from a skills set, the users who have assigned themselves that skill will loose all of the content related to that skill. You can unassign more skills from a set at the same time, by selecting them by checking the checkboxes next to their name, then clicking on Choose Action in the bottom right corner of the page, and select Unassign from Skills Set.
The User Assigned and Content Assigned counters show respectively the number of users who have assigned themselves the skill and the number of pieces of content (both formal courses and assets) assigned to the skill.
When ready, click on Save Changes to confirm the changes you have operated to the skills set. When a set of skills is created, it is listed in the Skills Management page, and its status is Unpublished, meaning that it will not be available for the platform users. Remember to change the status to Published in the publishing bar to make it available in your platform.
At any time, you can edit or delete the set of skills by clicking on the ellipsis menu at the end of the set row and selecting the corresponding option.
Deleting a Skills Set
In order to delete a skills set, while in the Skills Management page, click on the ellipsis menu at the end of the set row and select the corresponding option.
When you delete a skills set, the users who have selected the skills included in the set will lose the association to the skill, as well as the content related to the skill in the My Areas of Interest channel page.
Assigning Skills to Courses
In order to assign skills to a course, move to the Admin Menu by clicking on the gear icon in the top right corner, and click on Course Management in the E-Learning section. Find the course you want to assign to the skill in the Course Management table, click on its title and move to the Advanced Properties tab. Click on Skills in the left menu.
From this tab, you can either manually add skills to the course, or import the skills assigned to another course of the platform. In addition, you can enable automatic rules, so that:
- the platform will suggest the course to the users who have self-identified gaps in the skills associated with the course, showing it in the My Areas of Interest channel
- The platform will automatically enroll in the course the users who have self-identify gaps in the skills associated with the course
Press Save Changes to confirm your settings.
Assigning Skills to Assets
In order to assign skills to an asset, after uploading it with the Share Content functionality, click on the ellipsis menu at the end of the asset area in the Share Content page and click Edit Asset.
Move to the Skills area and type the name of the skills you wish to assign to the asset. You can assign up to 50 skills to each asset.
Users Self Assignment to a Skill
Every time a set of skills is activated and/or associated to a group or a branch of users, the users belonging to the group or branch will be prompted to select their skills out of the set with a pop-up and to carry out a self-assessment on them. Find out more.