When a student enrolls in this type of course, a corresponding training widget appears on their classic LMS Home page or on the Courses to Complete page in our new User Interface. It will display component courses until the entire set is complete. Students can then navigate to their History tab to print a certification of completion for the entire Course Group (and the individual component courses, if desired.)
This document assumes a prerequisite knowledge of course creation basics, and therefore will only reference those points relevant to setting up a Course Group. For more detailed instructions, please refer to related document: Add a New Course in the LMS .
Once a Course Group has been added to the catalog, Portal Administrators must navigate to the Components tab to define required coursework. While you cannot nest Course Groups into each other as component courses, all other delivery methods are available: Assessment, Classroom, eLearning, Self-Study, and Virtual Classroom (with Add-On).
NOTE: Component courses retain their own enrollment attributes (e.g. Tuition, Prerequisites, Series, Approval requirements, enrollment restrictions) within the group, so configure them accordingly.
The Course Group is then ready for student enrollment. Its Component Course list can be edited at any time, but should be finalized before students are able to enroll in the group so that completion requirements remain standard for all, if that is an important consideration.
Portal administrators should know that students with prior credit for the courses listed in the Group's components will not be retroactively awarded credit for the completion of the Course Group itself. When you enroll a student in a Course Group, the completion logic only looks for future completion of the components, not those attained in the past. If awarding the Group completion is important, consider establishing an Equivalency rule so that students who have completed ALL the component courses in the past get equivalent credit for the Group in their history. Equivalency will not work in situations for which only some of the components were completed prior to the Course Group enrollment. It is not possible to make a course an equivalent to itself.
The Course Group is forward-looking and until users get credit for the entire group, they are subject to any midstream adjustments in the components list, even if you remove a course they've already completed. The behavior is as follows:
Every user with an active enrollment in a Course Group will see a corresponding entry on their Courses to Complete page (as shown below) or as a separate section on their classic LMS Home page. Students can expand the “Course Group” to view the list of component courses they have yet to complete. Enrolling in the Group does not automatically enroll the user in each component course, so the student will need to enroll in them individually to proceed.
Component Courses are automatically removed from the Course Group display as the student completes each one. Upon finishing all components successfully, the student will receive credit for the group and the widget will disappear from their home page. Students can navigate to their Training History save or print transcripts for all component and group coursework.
Finally, it is important to remember that course work completed prior to enrollment in the Course Group does not count toward group credit. Students may see a completed course transcript in training history and question why the same course remains on the Course Group list as "Approved". An analysis of the Course Group enrollment date versus the enrollment/completion dates of the course in question will normally explain the discrepancy.