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Surprise! LionPATH Training Video Is An Eyesore

We stumbled upon Penn State LionPATH’s YouTube Channel earlier today, and what we found could be the latest breakthrough in ISIS developments (the Integrated Student Information System, of course).

LionPATH’s vision promises transformative thinking, increased efficiency, and agile delivery, but it has delivered basically the opposite despite a multi-million dollar receipt. Fortunately, this YouTube Video could be the training we need to truly appreciate the advantages of using LionPATH rather than eLion. These graphics and slides are nearly as appealing as LionPATH itself and are supposed to be used as a training model. You can see it for yourself below:

First off, the speed of the video is absolutely perfect for effective training — if you’re only allotted 30-seconds for the entirety of your training session. The 30-second clip powers through 10 text-heavy slides. At least six of the slides have more than 20 words, and one slide has more than 80 words. You only get three seconds to read them, so that’s obviously possible. In case you missed anything, or more accurately everything, here’s a run-down of each slide:

Slide 1: This clip is actually from June 2015. Not much has changed.

Slide 2: What is LionPATH? I’m glad this training covers the basics, like the fact that LionPATH will be replacing ISIS. If you were a trainer in the LionPATH network in June 2015 don’t you think there should be a more comprehensive answer to that question than just two sentences? Especially considering one of them is a timeline which is further laid out on the next slide…

Slide 3: I can’t help but feel like I’m looking at a mall directory thanks to the red “We Are Here!” arrow. I guess that makes sense since I’ll be putting classes in my shopping cart. LionPATH is currently live for registration, which was scheduled for March 1. According to this timeline, we should be live with financial aid information on Saturday. We’ll see how that goes.

Slide 4: The blended training model thankfully includes other options. What are these other options? Oh well that parts not on there, just a bullet that says “other options.”

Slide 5: It’s time for the who, what, when, and where of LionPATH. As if the slide isn’t crowded enough because of all the words, the arrow graphics take up half the screen. Basically, people who need to use LionPATH will be trained on how to use LionPATH — right yes thank you, Penn State, for assuring me, a system user who will unfortunately have to use the new functionality, that I will receive training on how to use the new functionality. This slide suspiciously leaves out the “why” of switching to LionPATH, which we know is because the university needed a more sound code for its system, but inexplicably leaving out one of the major questions that any user would have was probably not the best idea. At least we know it isn’t because the interface is user-friendly.

Slide 6: They’re going to train the trainers. Usually a good place to start.

Slide 7: With this many words on one slide, it’s clear that these people were never trained on how to make an effective PowerPoint presentation. If every student has to take CAS 100, every person who works with LionPATH should have to as well, if for nothing more than the lessons on visually-appealing design. This slide’s a doozy, but at least it doesn’t have anything to do with training students. Faculty & staff need to learn all of this, too…because nobody understands this interface.

Slide 8: A screenshot of what the help page looks like, as if this presentation wasn’t helpful enough.

Slide 9: A sneak peak of what LionPATH looks like. Spoiler alert: not great.

Slide 10: Oh I have a lot of questions.

Next time Project LionPATH needs to test a presentation, we would advise that they don’t choose to publish it on YouTube in a 30-second clip quickly flipping through PowerPoint slides. Keep in mind that these are the folks responsible for training other faculty members on how to use technology, who were probably then in charge of teaching hundreds of others how to then use this technology. Good luck scheduling, Penn State. You’ll certainly need it (and this video is not the place to look to for help).

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Elissa Hill

Elissa was the managing editor of Onward State from 2017-2019. She is from Punxsutawney, PA [insert corny Bill Murray joke here] and considers herself an expert on all things ice cream. Follow her on Twitter (@ElissaKHill) for more corny jokes.

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