Pulse and Buzz Comparison

This article provides a comparison of user capabilities and responsibilities associated to the Pulse SMS and the Buzz LMS and highlights Lincoln Learning Solutions’ responsibilities and client capabilities.

DEFINITIONS

What is Pulse?

Pulse is a Student Management System (SMS) created by Lincoln Learning Solutions (LLS). Pulse is where LLS creates and manages client records, enrollments, courses, and users. Client administrators (admins) can create students and mentors, manage enrollments, and generate standard and custom reports. Customizable data grids in the platform allow for personalized reporting. Pulse records and stores files and notes which can be used to create custom learning pathways in Buzz.

What is Buzz?

Buzz is a Learning Management System (LMS) offering a personalized educational environment for both students and teachers alike. Buzz is an interactive experience enhanced by Lincoln Learning Solutions’ custom curriculum containing learning objects which promote thoughtful learning and personalized teaching. Users assigned the client admin and/or mentor roles in Pulse can observe students’ progress and provide supplemental support if needed.

General Systems Comparison

Pulse Buzz
  • SMS
  • Student single sign-on (SSO) bypasses the system and redirects to Buzz while others use Pulse as a portal for accessing Buzz
  • LMS
  • Accessible to students, client teachers, client admins, mentors, and mentor guardians
  • Educational environment
  • Contains learning objects

Lincoln Learning Responsibilities/Capabilities

Pulse Buzz
  • Manages announcements on login page
  • Manages client records, courses, users, and enrollments
  • Creates and manages client-taught classes
  • Creates and manages teacher users and enrollments
  • Assigns client roles to mentors
  • Roles can be layered offering users the ability to have access to different features
  • Ability to view general course settings, including continuous and ranged/traditional courses
  • Use data grids for customized data monitoring
  • Ability to run enrollment and student activity reports
  • Used for material ordering and processing material orders for invoicing 
  • Manages LLS master domain and associating hierarchies
  • Sets up client domain and configurations
  • Manages user subscriptions to domains and content libraries
  • Manages the Lincoln Learning Object Repository
  • Instructional Services (IS) teaches courses

Client Capabilities

Pulse Buzz
  • Create and enroll students in courses/classes
  • Assign client roles to mentors
  • Roles can be layered offering users the ability to have access to different features
  • Ability to record and store files, such as IEPs, GIEPs, 504s, etc.
  • Use data grids for customized data monitoring
    • Enrollment Report
    • Student Activity Report
    • Individual Academic Snapshot data grid (Student Record)
    • Individual Grade Report (Student Record)
  • Quick Filters (examples listed below will vary per role)
    • Students I Teach (Users)
    • Students I Observe (Users)
    • Special Education Students (Users)
    • Active Students with No Enrollments (Users)
    • Special Education Status Updated in Last Week (Users)
    • Classes Not Accepting Enrollments Quick Filter (Courses)
    • Classes I Teacher (Courses)
    • Active Classes in Archived Courses (Courses)
    • Teacher Class and Enrollment Count Quick Filter (Courses)
    • LLS Taught Classes (Courses)
    • Expired Enrollments (Enrollments)
    • Enrollments I Teach (Enrollments)
    • Enrollments I Observe (Enrollments)
    • Special Education Students (Enrollments)
  • Ability to view general course settings, including continuous and ranged/traditional courses
  • Students complete lessons to progress through the course
  • Teachers can customize the learning experience, as well as grade student assignments, provide supplemental support, monitor student progress and create modifications which fulfill IEP, GIEP, 504, etc. accommodations
  • Contains a robust Digital Library where teachers can pull materials to bolster students’ understanding
  • Observe like a student, but not as the student (i.e., over the shoulder)
  • Mentors/mentor-guardians can set LMS alerts to support Student progress monitoring
  • Three major types of reports that can be generated and customized for a teacher are as follows:

       1. Gradebook

  • Course activity summary – This report summarizes grade information (e.g., scores, failing, passing), time spent, and other data based on course activity.
  • Period and category summary - This report summarizes grade information (e.g., scores, failing, passing), time spent, and other data based on period and category.

       2. Student

  • Student performance in the current course – Report performance for all students in the current course
  • Student performance in all my courses – Report performance for students in all your courses
  • Single student performance in the current course – Report performance for a chosen student in the current course
  • Single student performance in all of my courses – Report performance for a chosen student in all of your courses
       3. Mastery
  • Mastery by date range – Report course mastery data for a specified date range
  • All mastery data – Report course mastery data for all dates
  • Running Buzz Reports is designed to help you run customized class and student reports as a teacher for gradebook, performance, and mastery-level analytics
  • These are the additional reports that can be run at an Admin-type level.
  • User login and logout times – Report login and logout times for a single user
  • User enrollment activity– Report time spent in all a single user's enrollments
  • Domain user activity– Report login and logout times and time spent for domain users with activity
  • Domain user inactivity – Report domain users without any activity
  • The Client Administrator Resource is a job aid needing updates; however, it would be associated to those additional aspects. This document highlights the monitoring capabilities of the Client Administrator role in Buzz. This role provides read-only access, allowing you to proxy as users, run teacher activity reports, and view Empowered course sections used by your teachers

PULSE RESOURCES

Logging In to Pulse

Description: This video highlights the initial login experience for Pulse and provides tips for each additional login.

Running Time: 01:46

Help Center Link: Click here to access the KB article for this video.

Client Roles

Description: This article is designed to provide clarification on Client role options in Pulse and Buzz.

Help Center Link: Click here to access the KB article for this document.

Mentors: Getting Started

Description: This article provides Mentors (e.g., Guidance Counselors, Guardians) with information about—and links to—introductory resources.

Help Center Link: Click here to access the KB article for this document.

Going from Pulse to Buzz

Description: This video outlines the steps for navigating from Pulse to Buzz.

Time: 0:19

Help Center Link: Click here to access the KB article for this video.

What is a Data Grid, and How Can I Use It in Pulse? Video

Description: This video from the Desk of PD defines a data grid and demonstrates how you can use data grids in Pulse.

Running Time: 03:42

Help Center Link: Click here to access the KB article for this video.

BUZZ RESOURCES

Getting to Know Buzz: Video

Description: This video introduces Buzz, the learning management system (LMS).

Running Time: 03:22

Help Center Link: Click here to access the KB article for this video.

A Buzz Overview

Description: This article provides an overview of the Buzz LMS.

Help Center Link: Click here to access the KB article.

General Course Design

Description: This video highlights the general design of an Empowered course, focusing heavily on the Course Resources, uniqueness between grade bands and a few more learning object examples.

Running Time: 07:34

Help Center Link: Click here to access the KB article for this video.

Observer Video

Description: This video shows you various ways you can monitor your students as an observer, including setting up monitoring notifications.

Running Time: 03:28

Help Center Link: Click here to access the KB article for this video.

What is a Learning Object?

Description: This video defines what a learning object is and explores how it can be used.

Running Time: 03:49

Help Center Link: Click here to access the KB article for this video.

Empowered Digital Library Introduction: Video

Description: This video highlights the Empowered Digital Library and explores how it can be used.

Running Time: 02:18

Help Center Link: Click here to access the KB article for this video.

Running Buzz Reports

Description: This article is designed to help you run customized class and student reports as a teacher for gradebook, performance, and mastery-level analytics.

Help Center Link: Click here to access the KB article.

Buzz Client Administrator Resource

Description: This article highlights the monitoring capabilities of the Client Administrator role in Buzz for clients who are using their own teachers. This role provides users read-only access to be able to proxy as users, run teacher activity reports, and view Empowered course sections that are utilized by client teachers.

Help Center Link: Click here to access the KB article.

 

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