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Distributions apply to instructor led training courses and help the Instructor or LMS Administrator control who can enroll in a specific offering. Distributions can be created by User, Organization, and Facility – or by any combination of these search parameters.
Typically, when an LMS Administrator creates a class offering, it is available to all users within the business unit where the course catalog exists. If the LMS Administrator wants to limit who can enroll in the offering to a specific population of users, then he can create a distribution and restrict enrollment only to individuals in that population. This is helpful when a facility may not have enough space for an unlimited number of individuals or if a facility is located near a location defined in the LMS and users there are to be given access to sign up for the course.
If a user who is not part of the Distribution population tries to search for the offering – one that is restricted by the Administrator or Instructor to a specific Distribution – this person will not find the offering listed in her search.
Two kinds of Distributions can be created: a custom distribution and a shared distribution. If the population is created as part of an offering and it only needs to be used once, then the LMS Administrator or Instructor can create a custom distribution. Once this offering occurs, this specific population cannot be re-used. The second type is a shared distribution. If the LMS Administrator thinks this population of students will be used as a restricted Distribution in the future, they can create a shared distribution and save the defined population with a name and search parameters that can be used for subsequent offerings.
Distributions help LMS Administrators and Instructors control enrollment population in instructor led training, which is helpful for managing classroom offerings.