IW-LMS Blog

Rigging Units 6-10 Class Presentation Updated

May 27th, 2021

The following revisions were made (thanks to Joe Hehner of Local 848 in SC for bringing these to our attention);

  • Objective 3 Determine Load Weight (Slide 201/297): The weight should total out to 2,214 lbs (as opposed to 2,160).
  • Components of a Basic Two-Leg Gantry System (Slide 232/297): A couple items are switched:
    1. Header beam should appear above Header plate
    2. Wheels should appear above Track beams

Intro to Welding Class Presentation Updated

February 16th, 2021

Screen 34/111 revised so that "Groove Angle" and "Groove Face of Weld" images match the respective titles beneath (they were switched).

Architectural Ornamental Assignment Sheet Issue Corrected

February 10th, 2021

The following assignment sheets had issues where they would not always end at 100%, causing some apprentices to fail with scores higher than 70%. Except for Rigging, all assignment sheets should always end in a score of 100%. This issue was found in the following lessons and has been resolved.

Thanks to Joni Dowell, Office Manager at Local 577, and to Steven Davy of local 63, for bringing this to our attention.

  • Assignmemnt Sheet 8.1
  • Assignmemnt Sheet 13.1
  • Assignmemnt Sheet 15.1

Course Gradesheet Added to LMS Course Materials Course

December 11th, 2020

An Excel spreadsheet has been added to the K-LMS Course Materials

Courses now contain only online-homework-based Assignment Sheet lessons. This will enable the LMS to closeout each course (when all assignment sheets are completed).

Moving forward, completed courses will now appear as completed to students, instructors, and when running reports. (Yay!)

Performance Exercise Lesson Removal Completed

December 9th, 2020

Performance Exercise lessons have been removed from all existing courses on the LMS (along with any closing lessons with "Course Final Grade/Score" in the title).

Courses now contain only online-homework-based Assignment Sheet lessons. This will enable the LMS to closeout each course (when all assignment sheets are completed).

Moving forward, completed courses will now appear as completed to students, instructors, and when running reports. (Yay!)

Assignment Sheet Lessons Updated for Basic Math and Scaffold

December 9th, 2020

Issues fixed that kept lessons from always completing at 100% and showing as passed/completed. Thanks to Joe Hehner and the fine folks at Local 848 for bringing this to our attention. The following lessons were updated:

  • Basic Math Assignment Sheet 5.4
  • Scaffold Assignment Sheet 2.1
  • Scaffold Assignment Sheet 3.1

Removing Performance Exercise lessons from existing courses: Scaffold (SAF1 and SAF2)

December 8th, 2020

We're in the process of removing Performance Exercise lessons from existing online courses on the LMS (along with any final lessons with "Course Final Grade/Score" in the title).

Including only Assignment Sheet/homework lessons in our courses will allow courses to closeout, appearing as completed to students, instructors, and when running reports.

Today these lessons were removed for the Scaffold courses (course numbers 000SAF1-000SAF2).

Removing Performance Exercise lessons from existing courses: Architectural and Ornamental

December 8th, 2020

Today we started the process of removing Performance Exercise lessons from existing online courses on the LMS (along with any final lessons with "Course Final Grade/Score" in the title).

Including only Assignment Sheet/homework lessons in our courses will allow courses to closeout as completed on the LMS, appearing as completed to students and instructors.

Today these lessons were removed for the Architectural Ormamental courses (course numbers AO1-AO3).

IW History Reference Manual Flipbook Added to LMS

December 7th, 2020

A link to the latest History reference manual is now available in the LMS reference manual library course.

Spanish Reference Manuals and Student Workbooks

December 7th, 2020

Spanish-language downloadable PDFs for the titles listed below have been added to the LMS. The reference manuals can be found in the Reference Manual library course, under Course Description. The reference manuals can also be found within the courses themselves, under Course Description, along with the student workbooks.

  • Cranes Reference Manual
  • Cranes Student Workbook
  • Orientation Reference Manual
  • Rigging Reference Manual
  • Rigging Student Workbook

Open Book: Using Tabs to Jump Between Homework and Flipbooks

November 13th, 2020

A link was added to the home page to a video showing how to use tabs in Chrome to jump between homework and a ref manual flipbook. The video runtime is two minutes.

International LMS Support email removed from LMS Home Page

November 9th, 2020

As part of the goal of locals handling tech support requests from their apprentices, the link to the LMS Support Desk at International has been removed from the LMS Home page. Local training personnel are still encouraged to contact us whenever they run into an issue they require assistance with.

Intro to Blueprint Reading Open Book Broken Links

November 3rd, 2020

The Open Book buttons were broken in the assignment sheets. This issue has been resolved. Thanks to Darryl Rosen Local 118 for bringing this to our attention.

Link to LMS New User Request Form Removed

October 21st, 2020

Due to some students apparently using the form to enroll themselves and others, the link to the LMS New User Request form has been removed from the Home page. New User Requests are only to be submitted by local training staff (not by students/apprentices). The link to the LMS New User Request form is available to local training personnel via the LMS Training course titled, "IW-LMS ITP Course Materials".

Rigging 2 Lessons Out of Sequence

October 21st, 2020

Some of the lessons were arranged out of sequence. This issue has been resolved. Thanks to Joni Dowell and the folks at Local 577 for bringing this to our attention.

Class Presentations Added to Rigging Instructor Resources course

October 9th, 2020

Welding Course Series Titles Revised

October 9th, 2020

Abbreviations added to course titles to ease searching when adding enrollments:

  • Welding: Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW)
  • Welding: Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
  • Introduction to Welding - no change
  • Welding: Oxy-Fuel Gas Cutting (OFGC)
  • Welding: Oxy-Fuel Gas Welding (OFGW)

Fall Protection Assignment Sheet 2 Response Revised

September 9th, 2020

Thanks to Joe Mulready for catching this. One question had duplicate responses. This issue has been resolved.

Architectural Ornamental Assignment Sheet 6.1 Lesson Updated

June 18th, 2020

On May 26th, 2020, Joe Fontaine of local 25 informed us that A/O Assignment Sheet 6.1 was not closing out properly. This issue has been resolved.

Structural Steel Erection New Flipbook Now Available

April 23rd, 2020

The Structural Steel Erection reference manual is now available in the new flipbook format.

Reinforcing Reference Manual Spanish Version

Feb 18th, 2020

A PDF version of the Spanish Reinforcing Concrete reference manual is available for download within the course decriptions for the following courses; "000RPT1 Reinforcing: Introduction to Reinforcing Concrete", and "000RPT2 Reinforcing: Placing Reinforcing Steel".

Reinforcing Instructor Resources: HTML-Based Classroom Presentations now available

Feb 11th, 2020

The old DVDs are gradually being replaced by new classroom presentations. The new presentations are published in HTML format and can be run directly from your web browser. And yes, we've retained the ability to navigate using a remote pointer device. Instructors have the option of streaming classroom presentations live in the classroom, and downloading to their PC prior to teaching in classroom situations with little or no internet connection.

Instructor access is provided through an enrollment in the Reinorcing Instructor Resources course. If you are not enrolled, ask you local LMS administrator to add the enrollment to your local instructor group on the LMS.

Rigging Updates

Feb 5th, 2020

We've updated all of the Rigging online materials on the LMS. The online assignment sheets and tests now allow for students to review their responses along with the correct answer for each question. This change enhances the following:

  • Rigging 1 & 2 Assignment Sheets
  • Rigging 1 & 2 Tests

Instructor Resources Update

Jan 3rd, 2020

We've updated some of the instructor resources available on the LMS including the following:

  • Cranes:

    Links have been added to the Cranes Instructor Resources page to enable downloading of both Crane class presentation directly to your computer.
  • Orientation:

    A link has been added to the Orientation Instructor Resources page to enable downloading of the Orientation class presentation directly to your computer.
  • Rigging:

    Links have been added to the Rigging Instructor Resources page to enable downloading of both Rigging class presentations directly to your computer.
  • Rigging:

    The second class presentation lesson (launched directly from the LMS by clicking the GO button on the Rigging Instructor Resources page) was broken and has been corrected.
  • Scaffold:

    A link has been added to the Scaffold Instructor Resources page to enable downloading of the Scaffold DVD (previously available only via the IW Book Store). PS This will eventually be updated/replaced with a class presentation)

000SD9 Math Assignment Sheet 8.1 Updated

Dec 6, 2019

One of the images used for several questions in Assignment Sheet 8.1 was incorrect and has been replaced. Thanks to Brad Smith of Local 512 for bringing this to our attention.

Puffin Browser Pro

Nov 26, 2019

For iPad (and iPhone) users out there wishing to run Flash content (the existing Superintendent course for example), the makers of the Puffin browser app have released the Puffin Browser Pro app for $4.99. I haven't tested it but their website includes the following in the app description, "The Latest Flash: We keep improving our cloud servers, and provide the latest Flash support over the cloud."

If you already own the old (green) Puffin app, it's still working for me. But for users who are new to this, they would need to purchase the Pro version.

Android users? You're still good with the free (green) Puffin browser app.

Puffin Pro logo

Puffin Pro on the App Store

MBS Metal Building Systems (000SSE4) Tests Now Available.

Nov 26, 2019

Test courses are now available for Metal Buidling Systems.These tests (as well as the new Assignment Sheets) were developed using Rise and are built to be very friendly on all platforms including tablets and smartphones.

  • MBS Metal Building Systems Unit 01 Test
  • MBS Metal Building Systems Unit 02 Test
  • MBS Metal Building Systems Unit 03 Test
  • MBS Metal Building Systems Unit 04 Test
  • MBS Metal Building Systems Unit 05 Test
  • MBS Metal Building Systems Unit 06 Test
  • MBS Metal Building Systems Unit 07 Test
  • MBS Metal Building Systems Unit 08 Test
  • MBS Metal Building Systems Unit 09 Test
  • MBS Metal Building Systems Unit 10 Test

MBS Metal Building Systems 1 Instructor Resources (000SSE4-IR) Now Available.

Nov 8, 2019

A new course was published today containing instructor resources for Metal Building Systems.The following course materials are included:

  • 000SSE4 MBS Syllabus (doc)
  • 000SSE4 MBS Blueprints (PDF)
  • 000SSE4 MBS Instructor Guide (PDF)

There's also a link to download the MBS DVD.

MBS Metal Building Systems 1 (000SSE4) Course/Assignment Sheets Now Available.

Nov 8, 2019

A new course was published today containing assignment sheets for Metal Building Systems.The following course materials are included:

  • 000SSE4 MBS Blueprints (PDF)
  • 000SSE4 MBS Ref Manual (PDF) v1.3
  • 000SSE4 MBS Syllabus (doc)

NOTE: Tests for this course will come later.

Added Blueprint PDFs

Nov 4, 2019

Added Blueprint PDFs to the following courses:

  • AO1
  • AO2
  • AO3
  • AO-IR
  • SSE1 Structural Steel
  • SSE2 Structural Steel
  • SSE1-2-3-IR
  • RPT1 Reinforcing Concrete/li>
  • RPT2 Reinforcing Concrete
  • RPT1-2-IR
  • Precast
  • Precast-IR
  • MBS
  • MBS-IR

000SAF18-IR Fall Protection Instructor Resources Now Available

Nov 4, 2019

The following instructor resources are now available for download from the new course, 000SAF18-IR Fall Protection Instructor Resources

  • Fall Protection Instructor Guide v1
  • Fall Protection Powerpoint Part 1
  • Fall Protection Powerpoint Part 2
  • Fall Protection Powerpoint Part 3
  • Fall Protection Powerpoint Part 4
  • Fall Protection Syllabus

Activity Upload Spreadsheet Updated for the 000SAF1 and 000SAF2 Scaffold Courses

Oct 11, 2019

Available now in 000SAF1-2-IR Scaffold: Scaffold Instructor Resources

  • Updated to reflect recent edits to lesson names.
  • Added a top instructions cell containing the following instructions:
    • Use this spreadsheet to track student progress and to upload data to the LMS upon course completion.
    • If you are using the online Assignment Sheets and Tests available on the LMS, delete those rows and use this spreadsheet to enter Performance Exercise and Course Final Grade/Score data for your students.
    • WARNING: Uploading will close course enrollments. Do not updload to the LMS until the course is completed.
    • Want to track more than one student per sheet? Select the course rows and copy/paste as many times as you need.
    • BEFORE UPLOADING: Be sure to delete the top blue rows and to Save-As in Tab-Delimited (text) format.
    • If you receive an error from the LMS, check the error message and revise accordingly. Sometimes cutting and pasting all the working rows into a fresh spreadsheet and resaving does the trick.

Activity Upload Spreadsheet Update:
MT4 Precast Concrete Erection

Oct 4, 2019

Available now in 000MT4-IR Precast: Precast Instructor Resources

  • Updated to reflect recent edits to lesson names.
  • Added a top instructions cell containing the following instructions:
    • Use this spreadsheet to track student progress and to upload data to the LMS upon course completion.
    • If you are using the online Assignment Sheets and Tests available on the LMS, then delete those rows and use this spreadsheet to enter Course Final Grade/Score for your students.
    • WARNING: Uploading will close course enrollments. Do not updload to the LMS until the course is completed.
    • Want to track more than one student per sheet? Select the course rows and copy/paste as many times as you need.
    • BEFORE UPLOADING: Be sure to delete the top blue rows and to Save-As in Tab-Delimited (text) format.
    • If you receive an error from the LMS, check the error message and revise accordingly. Sometimes cutting and pasting all the working rows into a fresh spreadsheet and resaving does the trick.

Activity Upload Spreadsheet Update:
MT3 Layout Instruments

Oct 4, 2019

Available now in 000MT3-IR Layout: Layout Instruments Instructor Resources

  • Updated to reflect recent edits to lesson names.
  • Added a top instructions cell containing the following instructions:
    • Use this spreadsheet to track student progress and to upload data to the LMS upon course completion.
    • If you are using the online Assignment Sheets and Tests available on the LMS, then delete those rows and use this spreadsheet to enter Performance Exercise data and Course Final Grade/Score for your students.
    • WARNING: Uploading will close course enrollments. Do not updload to the LMS until the course is completed.
    • Want to track more than one student per sheet? Select the course rows and copy/paste as many times as you need.
    • BEFORE UPLOADING: Be sure to delete the top blue rows and to Save-As in Tab-Delimited (text) format.
    • If you receive an error from the LMS, check the error message and revise accordingly. Sometimes cutting and pasting all the working rows into a fresh spreadsheet and resaving does the trick.

IW-LMS Home Page Puffin News Announcement

Oct 4, 2019
Puffin App icon

Added the following Puffin announcement to top of Home page:

Puffin News: The Puffin browser has been discontinued for iOS. A free, Puffin Lite is now available (which doesn't open flipbooks) and a paid-for Puffin-Pro (which I haven't tested yet). Previously installed versions of the Puffin app (green icon) will continue to work. We don't know for how long. We are considering transitioning away from the flipbooks and going with PDFs moving forward.

Activity Upload Spreadsheet Update:
MT1 Introduction to Blueprints

Oct 4, 2019

Available now in 000MT1-IR Blueprints: Blueprint Instructor Resources.

  • Updated to reflect recent edits to lesson names.
  • Added a top instructions cell containing the following instructions:
    • Use this spreadsheet to track student progress and to upload data to the LMS upon course completion.
    • If you are using the online Assignment Sheets and Tests available on the LMS, then delete those rows and use this spreadsheet to enter a Course Final Grade/Score for your students.
    • WARNING: Uploading will close course enrollments. Do not updload to the LMS until the course is completed.
    • Want to track more than one student per sheet? Select the course rows and copy/paste as many times as you need.
    • BEFORE UPLOADING: Be sure to delete the top blue rows and to Save-As in Tab-Delimited (text) format.
    • If you receive an error from the LMS, check the error message and revise accordingly. Sometimes cutting and pasting all the working rows into a fresh spreadsheet and resaving does the trick.

Activity Upload Spreadsheet Update: Orientation

Oct 3, 2019

Available now in 000SD7-IR Orientation: Orientation for Ironworkers: Instructor Resources.

  • Updated to reflect recent edits to lesson names.
  • Added a top cell containing the following instructions:
    • Use this spreadsheet to track student progress and to upload data to the LMS upon course completion.
    • Using the LMS for Assignment Sheets and Tests? Then delete any rows associated with Assignment Sheet and Test. This way you will upload only Performance Exercises and Final Score data.
    • WARNING: Uploading will close course enrollments. Do not updload to the LMS until the course is completed.
    • Want to track more than one student per sheet? Select all the course rows and copy/paste as many times as you need.

IW-LMS Blog button added to the LMS top menu

Oct 3, 2019

A menu button to this blog was added to the top menu of the LMS. This button is available after login.

New User Request button added to the LMS top menubar

Oct 3, 2019

We've received a lot of requests for a button to be added to the LMS that takes you right to the New User Request web-form. This button is available after login.

New User Request Web Form Update

Oct 3, 2019

We've created a new web form for entering new user data. If you are lining up new students at a computer to enter their information, you no longer need to close out and restart your web-browser between student inputs.

Go to the IW-New User Request form

Activity Upload Spreadsheet Update: Structural Steel

Oct 2, 2019

Available now in 000SSE1-2-3-IR Structural: Structural Steel Erection Instructor Resources.

  • Updated to reflect recent edits to lesson names.
  • Added a top cell containing the following instructions:
    • Use this spreadsheet to track student progress and to upload data to the LMS upon course completion.
    • WARNING: Uploading will close course enrollments. Do not upload to the LMS until the course is completed.
    • Want to track more than one student per sheet? Select all the course rows and copy/paste as many times as you need.
    • Using the LMS for Assignment Sheets and Tests? Then delete those rows to track/upload only Performance Exercises and Final Score data.

Activity Upload Spreadsheet Update: Architectural Ornamental

Sep 18, 2019

Available now in 000AO-IR Architectural: AO Instructor Resources 1-3.

  • Updated to reflect recent edits to lesson names.
  • Added a top cell containing the following instructions:
    • Use this spreadsheet to track student progress and to upload data to the LMS upon course completion.
    • WARNING: Uploading will close course enrollments. Do not upload to the LMS until the course is completed.
    • Want to track more than one student per sheet? Select all the course rows and copy/paste as many times as you need.
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