Welcome to

the OC Pathways
Bridge to Partners Platform
developed by Kolena.

Direkteri connects educators and industry leaders to equip students for college and career success. Partners develop coursework that combines rigorous academics with career preparation across the 15 Industry Sectors. This county-wide consortium creates work-based learning opportunities for students and empowers educators with 21st-century learning strategies.

Today’s learners need more than printouts and PowerPoint presentations. They need active, dynamic content that keeps them engaged. Make your training and elearning content come alive with Kolena.

Social Learning Management System (LMS)

Kolena gives you the tools to personalize learning for every member. Our LMS gives you data and insight into each Member’s needs, and the flexibility to achieve YOUR vision of personalized learning.

Kolena course content is structured using leading online learning principles to maximize your content delivery and increase completion rates.

The most powerful quizzing engine in the industry engage students with eight different question types, any form of media supported, graduation levels, automation sequences, and more!

Create a learning experience, not just courses, as a seamless extension of you and your brand. Your students will learn more and you will look good in the process!

Have the data—at student, course and school level—to know what is working and what is not.

Create impressive online courses

Elearning courses that are dynamic, engaging, and offer the latest in e-learning industry trends. The main function of an LMS should be that you can easily deliver course content to your learners. Therefore, it’s essential to get an LMS that makes course creation as simple and straightforward as possible.

A great LMS lets you drag, drop, and arrange content into place, making it easy to create courses. On top of this, you need to be able to use multiple content formats – PDFs, slides, videos, audio, and more – mixing these together creates an engaging experience for your learners. Learner assessment is equally important. Knowledge checking your learners using assignments and exams is a great way to achieve this. And, on top of all this, you can gain insights, and get learner feedback, via LMS surveys.

Focus Mode eliminates distractions and let your content shine – helping to increase learner retention and completion rates!

The drag & drop Course Builder allows you to easily create multi-layer courses. It let’s you re-use your content, making it easy for you to spin-up courses!

Create, share and reuse interactive HTML5 content in your courses such as interactive videos, interactive presentations, quizzes, interactive timelines and more using xAPI/Tin Can, SCORM, or H5P.

Deliver all your lessons all at once, or choose to drip-feed (schedule) them over a specified amount of time resulting in a guided learning experience.

You can determine which courses need to be taken and in what order. Create a guided learning path or give learners the option to choose the courses they take.

Award official certificates based on quiz performance, completing a course, or both! Certificates* can be 100% customized and support dynamic data generation.

Quizzes, Assignments, and Essays

Kolena quizzes is an effective and flexible tool that can be used to assess student comprehension and understanding of course material.

Most question types can be automatically graded and recorded in the gradebook, reducing the amount of manual grading needed. There are eight question question types that allow for any media (text, videos, audio, and images).

Single choice, multiple choice, free text, sorting, matching, essay, fill-in-the-blank, and survey. Create variety in your assessments with different question types.

Create question banks and organize them into categories. Then reuse your questions for quick quiz creation. This is also great for review assessments.

Add video, audio, and images to any of the questions & answer choices. This makes for more interesting quizzes that retains learners’ attention.

Show all questions at once, one at a time, several on a page, and even allow users to skip. You decide how your questions are displayed.

Randomly display both questions and the available answers. This ensures that students get unique quizzes that makes it difficult for them to copy answers from.

Set a limit for the number of times a quiz can be attempted. Placing a limit on the number of attempts ensures that learners try to finish the quiz successfully the first time.

Learner Experience

Having a learner-friendly platform that’s easy to access, engaging, and simple to use is crucial for creating a great learner experience.

With Kolena, learning can be effortless for your learners; you want them to spend their time studying, not learning how to use your LMS. Any good LMS should make it easy to access learning materials and be responsive on any device. Your learners need to be able to complete their learning anywhere, at any time, on any device.

The Kolena interface is extremely easy to use for students, yet powerful enough to afford teachers all the tools needed to create fantastic learning experiences.

The student dashboard provide the student with easy access to all their courses, achievements, and forums. Everything they need in one place.

The teacher dashboard provides the teacher with easy access to their courses, lessons, quizzes, H5P content, groups, forums, and reports.

Students see only what is relevant to them in the menus. This minimizes the options and therefore also the confusion.

Engaging Gamification

Gamifying learning creates an engaging learning experience. It sets clear goals, milestones, and recognizes achievements which motivate your learners.  Kolena provides comumunity-wide gamification elements like points, ranks, and achievements.

Pro teachers can additionally create badges, quests, missions, and challenges. The awarded badges will be visible on student profiles and can be customized to match your school’s look and feel. 

Students and teachers all earn Kolena points to show how active they are in the Kolena community.

Pro teachers have the ability to create badges, quests, missions, and challenges.

Easily configure automatic ways to award or deduct points to your users.

Define conditional requirements the user needs to meet for unlocking any achievement.

Limit by time period when the user can complete a specific requirement (daily, weekly, monthly or yearly).

Analytics & Reporting

Reporting is one of the most valuable LMS features. After all, if you don’t know how your training is performing how can you know the impact it’s having?

The Kolena LMS reports contain digestible data on user progression, survey responses, exam results, training histories, and more.

You can then analyze these reports to identify trends within your courses, highlight opportunities to improve your learners’ experience and the impact your training programs are having.

It also gives your organization valuable insights into what your learners want to learn, and how they prefer to learn.

Community Engagement

Enable your members to connect. Increase engagement and retention, and gather valuable feedback.  Allow members to learn from each other, increase brand value, and reduce your workload.

Member Profiles

Everything in a community website revolves around its members. Customize your community with fully editable profile fields that allow members to share details about themselves.

Every community is unique. You can create as many profile types as you want, name them however you want, and set different rules and settings depending on the profile type.

Depending on the type of user, you can gather and display different information on their profile that allow members to share details about themselves.

Assign roles to different member types. Restrict paying members to member directory or give them extra profile fields.

 

Social Groups

The Kolena Entrepreneurial Ecosystem  Platform allows members to organize themselves into public, private or hidden social areas with separate activity feeds and member listing.

Every community is unique. Create public, private or hidden groups and set different rules and settings depending on the group type.

Allow all group members, organizers, and/or moderators to invite other users to the group.

Create organizers or moderators within a group to control who can administrate and edit the group, post activity, or invite users.

Allow all group members, organizers, and/or moderators to post photos, gyphys, emojis, and share ideas into the group activity feed.

Forum Discussions

Create discussion forums to allow members to communicate in a structured, bulletin-board style fashion.

Each group can create its own discussion forum. Several groups can optionally be attached to the same discussion forum.

Allows users to embed photos, gyphys, emojis along in their forum posts and replies.

Member Connections

Allow members to make connections with one another and focus on those they care about most.

Create a sense of community in this virtual era with social group meetings in Zoom. Each social group will have its own Zoom account connected to it to avoid meeting conflicts. The integration respects the group privacy settings so your meeting recording content stays within the members of a social group.

 

Allow members to send private message. Messages can be sent to one member or a group of members.

Send out a message with photos, GIFs, and emojis to all members of a social group to collaborate on a single task together. Get your teams to collaborate effectively, facilitate collaborative processes between team members and across departments, with group messaging.

Have a message to request feedback from all members of a group but want to keep discussions private? The group messaging feature lets you create a private 1-on-1 message to all the members of a social group in a single click. Get more things done quickly!

Actvity Feeds

Global, personal, and group activity feeds with threaded commenting, direct posting, @mentions, and email notification support.

Turn your groups into a two-way “Wall” for a more interactive experience. Let your members write on each other’s Walls and “Like” each other’s posts.

 

Let your users upload photos and organize them into albums, from any device.

Users can @mention other registered users on the site. The mentioned user will receive a notification of the post.

Edit and create email notifications. It’s as simple as editing/creating posts and pages. The BuddyBoss platform features a customizable email API.

documents

Share, maintain and control unlimited documents, files, videos, images and much more on your online community website. The Documents feature acts a top-notch documents system for the members and social groups.

Need to upload a file extension that wasn’t shipped out-of-the-box? Add and manage custom file extensions for uploads matching your brand’s need. Control the privacy of all your personal documents or set privacy options for documents uploaded in a social group.

The Documents feature supports the most popular file extensions out-of-the-box. Members can share any file type directly on their activity feed or social groups. File types such as images, audio, videos, spreadsheets, presentations – you can opt to allow or disallow specific uploading of any file extensions.

 

Don’t want to use a third-party document management system? The feature acts as a powerful document system for your community to share and collaborate. No need to keep jumping browsers and extra accounts for sharing and managing files anymore!

Does your brand require your users to share uncommon file types? Do you want to allow vector graphics file types on your social groups for the design department? You can create and manage custom file extensions from the settings for file uploads.

Keep your documents for the eyes only intended to see them! Set privacy for your personal documents and social group documents. All documents uploaded within a group respect the privacy settings of the social group. Forget about accidentally sharing files with the wrong people.

Events

The OC Pathways Bridge To Partners Portal provides built-in styling and the ability to create site-wide events or group only events for members.

Online Events – Manage all your virtual and in-person events in one calendar.

Education – Share all your key dates and keep organized with event categories and tags.

Non-Profit – Fundraisers, board meetings, committees—streamline all your events in one place.

Community – Use your calendar to organize clubs, Team Meetings, and neighborhood groups.

Virtual Meeting Support – Host a virtual meeting with a class, group, or as individuals.

Job Board

The OC Pathways Bridge To Partners Portal includes a Job Partal from Business Partners.  

Filterable Job Listings can filter by category, job type, keywords and location.  Searches also display an RSS link which allow job seekers to subscribe a feed containing new jobs matching their search.

Job Submission allows employers to list jobs on the site. The forms allow employers to input job details, including job description and location, and also add details about their company.

Single job listings show the job description, meta data, and company information in a clean format. The location can link through to a google map, and the company box can show the company tagline, twitter and website link.

Resume Manager – A Quick and Easy Way to Create Your Professional Resume. 

Mentoring

Mentoring is a reciprocal and collaborative at-will relationship that most often occurs between a eudcators and students or senior and junior employees for the purpose of the mentee’s growth, learning, and career development. Often the mentor and mentee are internal to an organization, and there is an emphasis on organizational goals, culture, career goals, advice on professional development, and work-life balance. Effective mentors often act as role models and sounding boards for their mentee and provide guidance to help them reach their goals.

Mentoring is not coaching and not counseling. Mentoring relationships are based upon advice giving and direction while coaching is not. 

Directory

World-Class Directories with Powerful Features – Meticulously developed to corroborate scalability and built with advanced features & functionalities to boost your directory listing business.

Multi Directory and Form Builder – A compelling user-friendly WordPress directory plugin that allows you to create multi-directories effortlessly. You can control by creating personalized listings and manage all of them using advanced custom form builders.

Booking System – Event oriented booking System

Advance Search Filters – Use user-centric advanced search filters to narrow
down and yield accurate search results elevating the
search experience to a greater level.

The Platform

It’s wild how with The Kolena Entrepreneurial Ecosystem platform you can manage and control an online school from a simple website. The easiest and most cost-effective way to get your online learning program up and running is with The Kolena Exchange. We have designed our platform to be user-friendly with powerful tools that give you full control of the user learning experience. And the best part? You can be up and running in a few easy steps!

Web & Custom Software

Do you feel you need your own website based on The Kolena Exchange Technology or do you need some custom application development? Let us help you use our powerful tools to design something for you.

Branding

Control the look and feel of your platform so it's in perfect alignment with your company culture and style.

Typography

Choose from over 600 Google Fonts for your site so the words match your brand and signature style.

Security

Keep your valuable learning materials safe and secure so only people who are supposed to see it can access it

Scalable

Go from one course and one student to a huge online presence with tens of thousands or millions of learners

Platform

Our cloud computing platform is based on a reliable network that involves delivering hosted services over the internet.

System Analyzer

With one click we can generate a full diagnostic report of the current status of key site elements.

Ecosystem

Benefit from other companies that are building compatibility, integrations, and add-on products.

Dream Team

At it's core Kolena is made by a team of course creators, marketing experts, and technical geniuses.

Managing Our Platform

Kolena allows you to lock down your content to the people who are supposed to be able to see it at exactly the right time.

Course Protection

Course content is protected out of the box so only enrolled students can view the lessons and other materials.

User Accounts

New students get their very own account on our website so the experience is unique to them.

Members-Only Content

We lock down any content so that only active members can view and interact with it.

Restricted Access

Redirect non-members with custom messages to where to join the membership to unlock specific content.

Bulk Course Enrollment

We can easily enroll existing learners in newly added courses with one click.

Detailed Reporting

Beautiful customizable sales, enrollment, & student reports to view & download the data you care about.

Gradebook

See how students are doing based on their completion progress, quiz scores, and overall grades.

Testing Tools

Review specific quiz attempts and allow students to retake quizzes with limits if you choose.

Student Management

View student reports, add students to new courses, remove students, give quiz second chances, and more.

Certificate Program

Obtain Your

Certificate of Completion

Communicate your new skills with a validated Certificate from The Kolena Group.  Share your careers credentials on Linkedin with potential employers, hiring managers, and investors.

Competency Models

Competency models are widely used in business for defining and assessing competencies within organizations in both hard and soft skills. They represent a key component of recruitment and hiring, as well as talent and performance management activities of HR departments.  Competency assessments often help form the basis for training programs and learning content, both formal and informal.

Competency models have emerged as valuable tools employed by human resources and training departments to define skill and knowledge requirements of specific jobs, to assess competencies and performances, and help set business strategy.

The models can be created for specific jobs, job groups, occupations, industries and organizations. In certain areas such as sales and leadership, necessary competencies have been extensively studied and a broad consensus reached regarding specific skills, attitudes and behaviors needed to succeed.

BEST PRACTICES

Effective models also form the basis for linking competency with organizational strategy, an important best practice, training consultants advise. They also enable organizations to link expertise with HR processes, evaluation and often productivity goals.  The Competency Model Clearinghouse, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, recommends that organizations seeking to build competency models follow a five-step process:

  1. Gather background information. That includes cataloging existing resources, organizing resources, comparing contents to the building blocks framework, and determining commonalities for an industry model.
  2. Develop a draft competency model framework. Identify themes and patterns in the information, and relate the information to content areas.
  3. Gather feedback from subject matter experts. If possible, select experts from across geographic and industry sub-sectors to gain the broadest perspective.
  4. Refine the framework. Add or delete competencies as appropriate.
  5. Validate the framework. This essential step ensures acceptance by the target community of users.

THE KOLENA ENTREPRENEURSHIP COMPETENCY MODEL

About the Model – The Kolena Entrepreneurship Competency Model is depicted in a graphic consisting of nine tiers.  The arrangement of the tiers in a pyramidal shape is not meant to be hierarchical, or to imply that competencies at the top are at a higher level of skill.  The model’s shape represents the increasing specialization and specificity in the application of skills as you move up the tiers.  Tiers 1-4 have been developed and are divided into blocks.  The blocks represent competency areas, that is, the applied skills, knowledge, abilities essential to successful entrepreneurial performance.  A table of the competency definitions and associated key behaviors accompanies the graphic.

Tiers 1 through 3 contain Foundation Competencies, which form the foundation needed to be ready to enter the workplace.

Tier 1 –Personal Effectiveness Competencies are shown as hovering below the pyramid because these competencies are essential for all life roles.  Often referred to as “soft skills,” personal effectiveness competencies are generally learned in the home or community and reinforced and honed at school and in the workplace. They represent personal attributes that may present some challenges to teach or assess.

Tier 2 – Academic Competencies are critical competencies primarily learned in a school setting.  They include cognitive functions and thinking styles.  Academic competencies are likely to apply to all industries and occupations.

Tier 3 – Workplace Competencies represent motives and traits, as well as interpersonal and self-management styles.  They generally are applicable to a large number of occupations and industries.

Tiers 4 and 5 contain Industry Competencies, which are specific to an industry or industry sector.  Since entrepreneurship is not an industry, tiers 4 and 5 have been broken out as follows:

Tier 4 – Entrepreneurship Technical Competencies represent the knowledge and skills that are common to all entrepreneurial activities.  These technical competencies build on, but are more specific than, competencies represented on lower tiers.

Tier 5 – Entrepreneurial Focus Areas represent types of enterprise.  Related competencies may be developed by interest groups or communities of practice.

Tiers 6 through 9 represent the specialization that occurs within specific occupations within an industry.  Information on occupational competencies is available through O*NET OnLine (http://online.onetcenter.org/).

Tier 1 –Personal Effectiveness Competencies

Tier 2 – Academic Competencies

Tier 3 – Workplace Competencies

Tier 4 – Technical Competencies

Obtain Your

Certificate of Completion

Communicate your new skills with a validated Certificate from The Kolena Group.  Share your careers credentials on Linkedin with potential employers, hiring managers, and investors.