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Create a new course content type better suited for our single seminar courses SD296

Create a type of content that is similar to courses but is more useful for the once a year, one-off seminars that we do. It would be connected to a route/place like activities but have course graduation function or the ability to add badges to it and mostly would be good for things like winter scramble seminars or pool sessions that are activities that have learning attached to them but aren't full fledged courses.

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Garrett Arnold shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
Completed  ·  AdminJeff Bowman (IT Manager, The Mountaineers) responded  · 

We just launched the new Seminars & Clinics (aka single activity courses) features. To learn more,

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or the Schedule a Course, Clinic or Seminar page:


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  • Cheryl Talbert commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Can I please request that someone consider the possibility of tagging an activity so that it could also appear on the course page? Sometimes it would be very nice to have something show in both places. I do already use the blog and events quite often. The problem is that busy members searching for activities or courses often don't think to go to the blog or events for those.

  • Dennis Miller commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This suggestion confuses me because the current design already supports single-activity courses. So, I'm trying to understand the essence of what Tess is after. Perhaps just making it easier to schedule a single activity course, more like the effort involved in scheduling a trip????

    Currently, the process starts with creating a template and that means getting the PC involved and delays waiting for the template to be created. Maybe Tess is looking for a way to bypass the template structure. Or at least, make it invisible.

    But the template is reusable only need to create it once and then it can serve as the parent object for course, after course, after course. Still...

    Assuming we already have a template, scheduling a one-day seminar is then two more steps. Scheduling the course and scheduling the activity for the course. Each of those steps, along with information from the template, contributes part of the information necessary to describe the one day course. Perhaps Tess is looking for a process that combines all that into one seamless process.

    Part of me wants to support this suggestion, except I'm not real clear on what is being proposed.

    I'm also confused by the language targeting "once a year, one-off seminars". I cannot think of anything that is both.

    I'm inclined to think that the essence of the suggestion is to make "one-off" seminars easier to schedule. By that I mean, seminars that don't involve multiple activities and where we don't need the continuity of a course roster (i.e. the activity roster will suffice).

    Rather than expressd as a "new course content type", perhaps what we need is a simpler interface for scheduling one-off courses without the added complexity of a new content type or a new course structure.

  • Brian Booth commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    An additional problem with the current setup of using a combination of a "Course" and "Course-Related Activity" to create a 1-day workshop is, if 2 workshops are posted using a single Course template (such as our Everett Scrambling Field Trip Instructor classroom orientation and Rock Field Trip site orientation, the course appears on the calendar TWICE, and when you click on the first occurrence of the "Course", it displays BOTH occurrences of the orientations. This confuses the HECK out of people trying to sign up.

  • Brian Booth commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This would be super valuable. The old website had the ability to create 1-day workshops / seminars / clinics; the functionality was lost with the new website. Our Scrambling workshops are March & April, so early 2015 has been our first experience in posting workshops. In short, it has been a nightmare. It is relatively easy to create an Activity going to a specific "Route/Place", and are in the infancy stage of learning how to create a "Course" and "Course-Related Activities" for that course. But for posting a workshop, there's basically no tool. The "workaround" is to create a "Course" using the course templates, and then redundantly create a "Course-Related Activity" using a redundant course-related activity template, tied to that course. It takes a lot of unnecessary effort to post a workshop.

  • Charlie Michel commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Sea kayakers need this because we don't have a bunch of activities spawned by a course. The course or clinic is the only vehicle to track this.

  • Cheryl Talbert commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This would be SO valuable! In addition to the benefits that Tess describes this course type would also allow us to have 'seminars' where we can actually have registration and track a roster.

  • AdminJeff Bowman (IT Manager, The Mountaineers) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Course Templates and Courses are the "umbrella." Activities are scheduled to go with each course and have the Meeting Place and Time field. Every course should have at least one activity.

    Are you looking for a hybrid that is essentially a one-activity course?

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