MedZed: LiveBinders and Virtual Training

On our recent podcast we featured LiveBinders’ curators Dana Yousef and Esther Benons from MedZed, a telehealth company that works with high risk patients in their homes. Their nurses and physicians work both virtually and in person with their patients. Their use of LiveBinders within their Microsoft Teams portal has made training easier for everyone. In this highlight clip from the podcast, Esther shares her insight about how they meet the training requirements of different staff members in a post-COVID workplace using LiveBinders.

Add Multiple Uploaded Files to a Binder

You can now add multiple uploaded files to a binder at the same time.  This should make it much faster to build binders with files from your local PC or school network.

DashboardTo use this new feature, go to your “My Binders” page and click on “My Uploaded Files” in the dashboard on the left.

You can upload your files there and then use the check boxes on the left to check all the files that you want to add to a binder.

Once you have selected the files that you want in a binder, click “Add to Binder” above the file list.

Checking off binders

You will see a “LiveBinder It” interface pop up with a list of your selected file names.  You can add the files to main tabs or subtabs by clicking on the appropriate selection and then clicking “Add to Binder.”

LiveBinder It interface

Thank you to those of you who requested this feature!

Congratulations to our 2013 Top 10 LiveBinders Winners!

We would like to thank all of the nominees for participating in the Top 10 contest.  We really appreciate the hard work that went into creating and updating your binders to keep them useful and engaging throughout the year – well done!

When we announced the winners during our Knowledge Sharing Place session on Wednesday, we invited the nominees to speak briefly about their binders.  It was so interesting to hear how the binders were being used  and what design choices were being made.  I think it was great to learn how much their binders were appreciated by others.

All of our nominees this year will receive LiveBinder Spotlight bookmarks featuring their binder. Here are some examples of what they will look like from our “Trainers” page.

spotlight_bookmarks

As always, the 10 winners will have the Top 10 badge on their binder icon and also within their binder. To check out this year’s winners, view the  Top 10 shelf from our “Top 10” tab:  http://www.livebinders.com/welcome/top_10?showsubtab=top_10

To view all of the nominees and see an archive video of the event, check out the “Top 10 2013 Contest” binder here:

Congratulations to everyone for another great year! Enjoy your summer!

Nominate a binder for the 2013 Top 10 Contest!

It’s that time of year again when you get to share with us a binder that you found really helpful or influential to you or your class. For the nominating process, first you share with us those helpful binders and then we will have a short voting period. When you nominate a binder, please describe why you are nominating the binder and we will add that to the voting binder for people to view.

Winners will receive a Top 10 label on their binder, have their binder posted on the Top 10 shelf, and receive bookmarks featuring their binder with a QR code for sharing. We would also like to give our winners an opportunity to share their insights and motivations for their binder when we make the announcement this year.

We look forward to seeing all the great LiveBinders you’ve used this year.

To make your nomination, please click on this Nomination binder:

Feel free to enter any number of binders from different categories (educational or other) – just be sure to share with us why you are nominating the binders.

Let the praise begin!

Welcome to Our New Editor

Thank you to those who provided early feedback on our new editor!  We believe this update will make it easier for you to edit your binders.  Here are some highlights of this release:

  • New editor layout
  • Simple Dropbox integration
  • Easy QR code insertion into your binder
  • PDF files in the binder will no longer be displayed on top of the edit window
  • File uploads can now be done as links in a text layout

You can now add Dropbox files or QR codes from the new “Add Content” menu.  Just click on “Add Other Content” in the “Add Content” menu.

Adding Dropbox and QR codes from the "Add Content" menu

For tutorials on the new editor, please see this page:

http://www.livebinders.com/welcome/tutorials

As always, we welcome your feedback. We have had so many great suggestions from the LiveBinders community. You just keep making this product better and better!

A Sneak Peak at Our New Editor

We love how LiveBinders has grown.  All the feature requests you have sent our way have made LiveBinders a much better product.  With all these new features, we still want to keep LiveBinders as simple as possible, so we recently redesigned the editor to make it easier use.

This release will go live Sunday May 5; here are some highlights:

  • New editor layout
  • Simple Dropbox integration
  • Easy QR code insertion  into your binder
  • PDF files in the binder will no longer be displayed on top of the edit window
  • File uploads can now be done as links in a text layout

There are screenshots below.  If you are going to be teaching a class on LiveBinders soon, please let us know by sending email to feedback@livebinders.com – we can give you early access so that you can adjust your training materials.

Restore a Binder and Binder Cover Changes

We have two recent changes at LiveBinders.  The first is a way to recover your binder if you delete it by accident, and the second is an update to how to create binder covers.

Recover a Deleted Binder

Trash Can IconTo undelete a binder, just look for the trashcan icon in your Dashboard to the left of your “My Binders” page.  Click on that icon and it will take you to a list of binders that you deleted in the last 30 days.  Please note that those binders will be permanently deleted after 30 days.

If you click on the “Undelete” link for the binder that you wish to restore, the binder will be placed back on your “My Binders” shelf.  Please note that binders are restored as “private” binders.  If you want the binder to be “public”, you will need to go back into the binder in Edit mode and change the access.

Changes to Binder CoversBinder Icon

Thumbshots.com was a service we had used to create default images for your binder cover from website links in your binder.  But Thumbshots.com only worked with the top-level domain, so the cover often didn’t look like the link that was in the binder.  We have stopped using Thumbshots, so you will now see a blank binder cover in its place.

You can create a graphical binder cover using one of these methods:

  1. Go to our Flickr search tool under “Insert Media” and search for a creative commons image.  When you find one that you want, click on it to insert it in your current tab.  Then go to “Binder Properties” and click on the “Update Binder Cover” button.
  2. If you use an embedded YouTube video from our YouTube search tool under “Insert Media” you can use the thumbnail of the video as your binder cover as well.  Just insert the video in the tab, then go to “Binder Properties” and click on the “Update Binder Cover” button.
  3. You can create your own binder cover from an uploaded .jpg or .gif file.  Please make sure you have copyright authorization before uploading any file to LiveBinders.  Upload the file to a tab, then go to “Binder Properties” and click on the “Update Binder Cover” button.  The images can be any size, but work best if they are square.  Also, if you are a subscriber, make sure the image is uploaded as a “public” file.

We are working on many more exciting features at LiveBinders, but just wanted to let you know about these two housekeeping items!

Search Within a Binder

We have a new feature in LiveBinders that you may notice right away when you open a binder.  On the top bar is the ability to search within a binder.

Search field and results

This feature currently only searches tab names,.  We will eventually add the ability to search other content within the binder, but this should be enough to get you started.

This feature currently only works in “Play” mode and not in “Edit” or “Present” modes.

Thanks so much to everyone who requested this feature!  We really appreciate your feedback.

Change Your Background and Default Tab Colors

binder_propertiesWe continue to have lots of fun changes happening at LiveBinders!  We now let you change your default tab and background colors to any color you like.

To change colors, go into your binder in Edit mode. Under “Binder Properties” you will see selections for setting the default tab and background colors.

If you have an existing binder with an older theme, you will need to change the theme to “Custom”. You can still use our older color themes, but you will not be able to change individual tab and background colors while using those themes.

Enjoy!

Red tabs with yellow background

New Face for “LiveBinder It”

LiveBinder It pop-upOne of the most popular features of LiveBinders just got a little easier to use.  “LiveBinder It” – the pop-up that lets you add to your binders while browsing- just went through a little clean-up.  We think this version of “LiveBinder It” will be easier to use on tablets and other mobile devices.

Since, most of the time, you are adding to an existing binder, we have changed it so that “Add to an existing binder” is what you will see when “LiveBinder It” comes up. However, you can still add your link to a new binder by clicking on the “Or add to new binder” link on the right.

The radio buttons were replaced with drop down menus because those are easier to use on touch devices.

As we notice more and more of you on mobile devices, we are working to make LiveBinders work seamlessly for you on your new devices.  If you have any suggestions for us, please let us know in the comments here or by sending an email to feedback@livebinders.com.

I’ll have those tabs on the side please!

We have had many, many requests to have those tabs on the side instead of on the top.  Well we now are pleased to announce that now you can have it your way!

Select the view of your binder with a pull-down “View” at the top.  We will soon have sharing options available for tabs on the side, but for now, we would like you to try it out and tell us what you think.

Tabs on the side