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  1. Allow a course to have multiple course types GH1640

    I'd like to be able to list a course under two categories. For example Winter Travel for Everett was snowshoeing and cross country skiing so should be able to be listed under both. Scramble leader seminars or hike leader seminars ideally should get an outdoor leadership and the activity type tag

    2 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Courses, Clinics & Seminars  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Completed  ·  Garrett Arnold responded

    Courses now can have multiple course types. THis lives in the course template and is particularly useful for courses like winter travel that need to be earmarked as Snowshoe and Cross Country Ski or hiking and backpacking seminars that cover both activity types.

  2. Make separate feedback form for instructors at field trips GH1865

    Feedback form is identical for both participants and instructors at a field trip - the questions should be tailored differently.

    19 votes
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    3 comments  ·  Courses, Clinics & Seminars  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We had a separate instructor feedback form for course listings only and now we have a separate form for instructors at field trips rather than the same form as participants.

    We are now gathering info about whether leaders felt prepared for their role in addition to the regular safety and curriculum feedback info.

  3. Student Enrollment Notifications for Leaders GH1869

    Would like to request the ability to have notifications sent to leaders when students enroll in a course. This is particularly important for some of the ongoing course listings like Naturalist Study Group.

    3 votes
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  4. Add to courses an "Instructor Capacity" to limit the number of instructors

    Courses currently have a "Student Capacity" to limit student enrollment but do not have an "Instructor Capacity" to limit instructor enrollment. This can create situations where too many instructors sign up, which in turn can create problems wherein too many instructors show up and have nothing to do, or can create create additional work for course leaders to reach out to instructors and ask them to cancel. Either way, it creates an awkward situation in an organization where we want to gratefully encourage as much volunteering as we can.

    Note that it *is* possible set limits on the number of…

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    Completed  ·  Garrett Arnold responded

    The instructor slots for a course are designed to be a roll up of all instructors helping out with a course that has multiple field trips and lectures. I think it would be best to use our new single seminar and clinic functionality for activities like the backcountry snowshoeing skills instructor clinic. Listing as a clinic means you can designate the title to be whatever you want, have earned badges AND most importantly for you be able to designate how many instructor slots you want and participant slots.

    See example here: https://www.mountaineers.org/about/branches-committees/everett-branch/committees/everett-climbing/course-templates/intermediate-leading-on-rock-everett/activities/introductory-lecture-and-practical-mountaineers-seattle-program-center

    Once there is an activity template you can simply schedule like you would a snowshoe or hike.

    Learn how to schedule them here: https://www.mountaineers.org/volunteers/leader-resources/schedule-a-course-clinic-or-seminar/schedule-a-course-clinic-or-seminar#scheduleclinic

  5. Make it so you can see leaders permission on course activities GH1675

    When you sign up for course related activities you are doing it through the manage registration portal and there is no note showing that the leader asked for leaders permission.

    3 votes
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    Completed  ·  Garrett Arnold responded

    Completed April 2016. Now you can see leader’s permission via the Manage Registration dialogue box and on the course requirements tab along with links to get you to the form to request permission.

  6. Ability to hide climbs for specific SIG's or Branches.

    Let climb leads be able to hide climbs from the public until they are done getting members from their SIG or branch.

    As a basic student its time consuming to see climbs just to sign up or email the climb leader and find out its only for a specific group of people and that I can't be on the climb.

    2 votes
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  7. Add info to the "Course Requirements" tab GH1484

    On the "Course Requirements" tab:

    1. Stack the dates if there are Start and End Dates.

    2. Add 1-2 columns that show the participant availability and status.
    - Availability is either "29 available" or "8 waitlisted."
    - Status is Opens mm/dd/yy, Closes mm/dd/yy, or Closed.
    - If we have room for two columns great if not, one column titled "Availability/Status" with the info stacked should be okay.

    3. Add a column with the leader's name that is a link to their My Profile modal dialog.

    3 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Courses, Clinics & Seminars  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Completed  ·  Garrett Arnold responded

    More information is now listed in the course requirements tab for all lecture and field trip listings.

  8. Organize course field trips in My Courses area better for admins/leaders GH1629/1645

    In the My Courses area I currently see too many activities populating under the Courses I am leading and managing. Can we make the field trips,lectures, optional activities for that Course only show in one of these two ways

    1) Only activities within the start and end date range of the course for which they are shown

    2) Show first ten trips with a More link to show the rest.

    3) any other ideas?

    If we do number 1 would that make it so that participants who are in their second year unable to see the field trips they are…

    7 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Courses, Clinics & Seminars  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Completed  ·  Garrett Arnold responded

    You can now toggle your courses in the My Courses area to show or hide the course related activities. Please note that you can also search for courses with the date range above.

  9. Add Ability to Grant Badges to Instructors from Course Activities SD657

    Add the ability to add badges to instructors for successfully completing instructing at a course activity, where the badges are different from those that are awarded to participants.

    7 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Courses, Clinics & Seminars  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. Course-Related Activities website architecture change

    Summary:
    Course-Related Activities need to be connected with the pertinent Course offering. (i.e. Course-Related Activities should NOT be connected to the generic Course Template and thereby connected to all offerings of Courses based on that Template).

    Detail:

    With the current setup, the process for creating an instance of a Course is to start with the pertinent Course Template. The Course is then filled out with more detail by creating Course-Related Activities (such as lectures, field trips, etc), which are at specific locations at specific dates / times.

    It is important for each unique offering of a Course to have its…

    6 votes
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    7 comments  ·  Courses, Clinics & Seminars  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Completed  ·  Garrett Arnold responded

    We had a chance to discuss our course architecture in depth on June 9 in Everett and how to best utilize the structure we have to avoid almost all of the problems listed in this thread. The one item we are working on for fall is having a single seminar style course type which is much more activity like in nature but has an instructional component to handle special instructor clinics and workshops that we often offer in The Mountaineers. We hope to meet again with Everett leaders in the fall to help schedule courses and make sure that everyone understands the most efficient way to set up and manage courses and the activities that go with them.

    If you’d like to know more about or comment on the single activity course please comment here: http://feedback.mountaineers.org/forums/273688-general-feedback/suggestions/6836270-create-a-new-course-content-type-better-suited-for

  11. Announce class times

    Please put class times in with the dates on the registration page of each class.

    1 vote
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  12. Close registration for courses that were created before registration close date field existed GH 1148

    Is it possible to close registration for all courses that happened last year. The default when we added registration open and close dates to courses was to have them perpetually open which has meant we have had a handful of these incorrect sign ups.

    From Jeff- The best fix actually might be blocking registration for a course whose end date is in the past.

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  13. You can currently "offer" more spots than are actually available GH 1152/1188

    Fix course capacity so that you can only offer as many spots as are actually available for that course. Right now you can have 5 spots available but make an offer to 10 people on the waitlist.

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  14. Make course materials tab linked to course template rather than individual course GH1260

    Right now last year's students can't see the current course materials. It'd be cool to have this linger from course to the next upcoming course so 2nd and 3rd students would have the most up to date information. You could have a folder that contains archive materials but this would be an area that is always up to date, or maybe you could have the option of whether your course template has this evergreen course materials folder or whether leaders want it on a year by year basis. Leaders and admins of courses any thoughts?

    2 votes
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    Completed  ·  Garrett Arnold responded

    Course materials can now be more easily shared year to year. Leaders can now also delete and archive materials from their committee area and course material folders

  15. Add a photos tab SD434

    Add a photos tab next to the course materials tab to show potential participants what they can expect in the course.

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    Medium Priority  ·  1 comment  ·  Courses, Clinics & Seminars  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  16. Allow new course templates to be created by leaders

    We can get this set up with an email notification system to member services to assure that the course is in compliance with Mountaineers course and activity policies and minimum standards.

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  17. Skill Badges SD312/313/415

    Skill Badges: Documents skills (not courses) Mountaineers members have gained through Mountaineers courses OR that have been demonstrated to and vetted by Mountaineers Leaders.

    How do skills interact with courses?
    • Students can see what skills a course teaches
    • Instructors can see what skills students have, and allow them to miss certain field trips if students already have those skills (at the instructor’s discretion)
    • Skill badges help expedite equivalency, or negate the need for equivalency.

    How do skills interact with trips?
    • Trips can add more detail to prerequisites. Students will be able to participate in Alpine Rock…

    4 votes
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  18. Fix Rolling Enrollment Date Structure

    Make sure that you can set up a course for rolling enrollment that then closes after the course end date so if you have 8 workshops under one course header for 2014 you can start over in 2015 with a new course and 8 new field trips that don't get rolled into one. This helps avoid huge course rosters to maintain.

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    Completed  ·  Garrett Arnold responded

    Completed at the end of December 2015 thanks to testing from First Aid coordinator Mary Panza.

  19. Always list field trip locations in Course Activities GH1126

    For course activities, include the location even when there is only ONE location.

    Example: (1st FT listing is great, 2nd FT listings is poor)

    Crag Course FT 1
    Tieton River Sat, May 2
    Vantage Sun, May 2

    Crag Course FT 2, Sat, May23 - Sun May24
    (NO LOCATION LISTED. REQUEST LOCATION ALSO BE LISTED)

    1 vote
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  20. Give course leaders the ability to change pre-req badges GH1125

    Give course admins or course leaders the ability to change the course pre-reqs after the course is listed

    3 votes
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