Version 7.72 of the EchoSpan platform will be released on January 4th, 2020.
This release includes new features and enhancements to our 360-degree feedback
tool and reporting suite. As always, new features for the 360 tool are included
at no additional cost in their respective EchoSpan editions.
summaries of the new features and enhancements are below. Once the release is
published, we'll make additional documentation on each of these items available
in the product guides.
You can also sign up for a live session to review the new features with one of
our client managers on
January 14that 2pm ET, or
January 16that 9:30am ET.
Thanks to all of the program administrators who offered suggestions and
feedback that helped us identify these enhancement opportunities. We're grateful
for the perspective that you offer in continually improving the EchoSpan
7.72 Release Highlights (P= Professional
Edition, E = Enterprise Edition, A = All Editions)
Mobile support for Rater List Selection, Auditor Tasks and
Development Planning (P, E): we've enhanced the mobile experience
for participants to complete an expanded set of tasks on their mobile
devices. Now, Targets can easily
nominate feedback providers and complete
Development Planning tasks, when those features are enabled by the
administrator. Auditor functionality related to
approving raters and
sending invitations has also been optimized for mobile.
New Developmental Reading Library (A) and Competency Association
(P, E): we've refreshed the database of articles that are available
in EchoSpan's reading suggestion library to ensure that the topics remain
current and relevant to participants. In total, more than 700 new articles
have been added across more than two dozen new reading topics. Additionally,
when administrators associate custom competencies with EchoSpan's reading
suggestion categories, they can
preview a sample of articles that are associated with each category.
Developmental reading suggestions are visible from the properties menu for
Allow Download of Previous Review (P, E): we've added a
setting to the administrator tool that will enable participants to
download previous reviews for individuals they've given feedback to in the
past. When enabled, the participant will see a
link to download their previous review within the current survey.
Require Spell Check and Legal Scan (P, E): when this
feature is turned on by the administrator, users are required to use the
spell check and legal scan features before saving their comment-type
responses and proceeding through the review.
Auto-select Report Template based on Target language (E):
when multi-language features are enabled, administrators can
batch reports in the language that the Target selected to complete the
review, automatically. This is determined by the language that the
participant chooses on the application sign-in page or dashboard.
Associate MC items with Comment items (P, E): when a
multiple choice item type is used, administrators can
associate a specific comment item to appear in relation to the multiple
choice option that is selected by the rater in the
Once released, the version 7.72 update is automatically applied to any new,
blank project you create. You can also update an existing project by opening the
project and clicking Upgrade Project in the top right of the project's homepage.
This option will only be visible if an update is available for that project.
Upgrades are available to clients without existing customizations. Note that if
you clone a project that uses an older version of code, the new project will
also be based on the older code and require a manual update.
we appreciate your feedback on our product and services. Please remember that we
offer a question and answer session each week that is an open forum for customer
questions. One of our Senior Client Service Managers leads the interactive
session and will address any product questions you have. You can sign up for
these recurring weekly sessions below: