LearningSpace does a lot of things, maybe too many things... Sometimes it looks like they should have put more time to polish some features instead of adding new one. LearningSpace can help you in organizing high fidelity simulation, SP encounters, OSCEs and more, but the learning curve to achieve all this may take some time, especially for OSCE.
Some parts of the software are really intuitive others are not at all. For examples: video recording, video annotation, reviewing videos are really easy to catch but organizing complex activities can be cumbersome. Activities that use specific rights, with multiple rounds of students, multiple case parts (questionnaires) and the intercom must be configure by someone who knows the system well.
Here is a review of few modules of the software:
Users: Users’ access rights can be assigned based on a role or by adding privileges independently. A role (Learner, SP, Faculty, Admin, etc.) contains one or more privileges. You can define your own custom roles which is great. The problem we noticed is that the user can add only one role, but sometimes the role to that user may be different depending on the type of activity you are organizing. So sometimes you have to set more rights to one person for an activity but you have to remember to remove those rights once the activity is completed to make sure they can’t access things they should not.
Searching users, especially SP, can be tricky when you are looking for a user with a specific characteristic. Your filter is lost every time you enter a user’s profile. Users can be imported in batch with an Excel file. It works ok but if your users to authenticate via LDAP you have to configure manually the option afterward. You can’t set in the Excel importation file.
Integration of LDAP authentication works but it needs to be refine because actually you have to specify the "OU" of each user that will logon with LDAP.
Cases: There is a lot of interesting features in the Cases module. While questionnaires (case parts) are not easy to configure they can be really useful in activities where you want to assess learners by letting them answers few questions after their exam or by letting evaluators fill a checklist. Also you can get feedback from the learners or the SP.
Activities: Activities is another big module of LearningSpace. This is where you assign cases and participants to an activity and much more. It can takes time to assimilate this module because again there is a lot of features. You can set a lot of options that you have to try first to make sure they are doing what you expect. In the schedule you can set students waves and assign students to different timeslots. You can define template for your event so you can reuse it in other event.
Reports: There is a lot of reports in LearningSpace, unfortunately they are not very comprehensive and you don’t really know what the point of each one is. Documentation is not helpful in explaining why I should use that report instead of another one.
Documentation: Overall documentation is not that great. On some modules it’s better but on others they are not explaining the big picture of a feature or why should I use it.
Support: Their customer’s support is great. They respond quickly and they developed a feature that we asked.
Conclusion: LearningSpace is not user-friendly. You really have to dive in the software and invest time to understand how it works. Don’t get me wrong, LearningSpace has a lot to offer but be aware that the learning curve to use it effectively is steep. I think that someone who plays with it daily could have great success with that solution. I highly recommend a training to grasp everything that LearningSpace has to offer.