People who use the skill profile will soon notice a change in the way the profile looks. This article covers the differences for the benefit of people who are already familiar with the old profile. It includes both where you can find the existing functionality in the new profile as well as brand new functionality.
This article contains the following sections:
- Naming: User Profile and Skill Profile
- Where to Find Your Features
- Additional New Functionality
Naming: User Profile and Skill Profile
You are probably familiar with the phrase "Skill Profile" in Cloud Academy, where you saw your skill growth over time. Gradually, other functions, unrelated to skills, were added to the skill growth, creating an opportunity to expand the name. Cloud Academy is now using the term "user profile" to refer to the whole screen, and "skill profile" to refer to the parts that are specifically related to skills.
Where to Find Your Features
The features from the old skill profile still exist in the new user profile. This section explains where to find your old functionality in the new locations.
Old Skill Profile
You're probably accustomed to seeing a skill profile that looks something like this:
The old profile had these features:
- Your profile picture and name (and company logo if applicable)
- Your company name (if applicable)
- A link to Manage your Account
- Counts of your Learning Paths Certificates, Passed Exams, Completed Quizzes, Completed Courses, and Completed Labs
- Skill Profile tab
- Certifications tab
- Invite a Guest tab
New User Profile
The new profile looks a little different:
Though it has a new look, it still includes all the same functionality you're used to, just in different places.
- The profile picture and name still appear first.
- If applicable, your company name still appears below your name, and the company logo has moved here beside it.
- The Manage your Account link is now an Edit button. This button takes you to a screen where you can update your profile picture and name, plus navigate to other account functionality.
- The counts of your Learning Paths Certificates, Passed Exams, Completed Quizzes, Completed Courses, and Completed Labs have moved to the Learning history tab, as you see in this graphic:
- The information from the Skill Profile tab has undergone the greatest number of changes. While previously the Skill Profile tab showed your overall skills score and how it changed over time, the new Skill Growth section on the Career management tab offers much more granular control, especially when you click the Manage skills link. More on these improvements later in this article.
- The ability to see, upload, and add certifications to LinkedIn, which was previously on the Certifications tab, now appears on the Career management tab, just below the Skill Growth section.
- The ability to Invite a Guest tab was previously available both from a tab and also from the individual pieces of content that you might share. You can still invite a guest by opening the content you want to share from the training library.
Additional New Functionality
In addition to refreshing and reorganizing the old skill profile functionality, the new user profile offers new tools that give you much more power in managing your skills as you pursue your career growth.
As mentioned above, instead of an overall skill score that combines all your assessed skills and loses resolution about the individual skills, the new Skill growth panel shows you progress on individual skills that you choose to focus on.
You can use the drop-down in the upper left to select up to five skills to appear on the graph. Just like with the old graph, you can still choose the date range of the data shown and turn Zoom on or off.
To get to the real power of the new tools, click the Manage skills link to open the new Skills profile:
On this screen, you have many powerful tools.
- The Top skill widget shows a quick overview of how your highest scored skills ranks relative to others in Cloud Academy with a score for that skill. Click the widget to drill down into even more specific information.
- The Completed exams, Completed hands-on labs, and Completed quizzes widgets give a count of the the assessments you've completed that affects your skill scores. The Last updated skills widget shows how each assessment specifically affected each skill.
- The Skill growth widget you see here is the same as the Skill growth widget you saw on that user profile
- The Skills widget at the bottom lets you navigate all the skills that you can track.
- Click the chevron to the left of a skill to see the child skills. When you've found the skills that are most important to you to develop, click the star on the right side of the row. Now, you can use the filter at the top to show only starred skills. Plus, these skills appear at the top of the list of skills you choose on the Skill growth widget as well as appear with a star in the Last Updated Skills widget.
- Use the three-dot menu on the right to Show related content that you can complete to learn more about this skill, Prove skill to take assessments to hopefully improve your score, or Hide from this list, if this skill isn't one you want to track.
- Click the Skill name to drill into even more granular information about the skill, including links to assessments that measure this skill and a leaderboard of other users who has scores for this skill.