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Turbo Charge Scheduled Events in Your Learning Management System by Using Tags

July 31, 2013

Richard Nantel, Vice President, Enterprise Learning Solutions, Blatant Media | Absorb LMS

Instructor-led sessions, either in physical or virtual classrooms, play a big part of many organizations’ learning strategies. To support such initiatives, the best learning management systems (LMS) are equally adept at managing scheduled instructor-led events as they are at managing self-paced learning.

If your organization delivers a large number of scheduled events, it might be tough for learners to keep track of what’s available and what might fit into their daily schedules. The ability to tag instructor-led sessions with keywords can be an elegant way to present learners with a manageable list of upcoming events so that learners can quickly assess whether they’d like to attend.

When people think of tags, they automatically think of topic keywords. A course on, say, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), might be tagged with the topic keywords HealthFirst Aid; and CPR.

Topic tags added to a course in Absorb LMS

Since this course will be delivered as a scheduled instructor-led event, you can make it significantly easier for learners to find the session in their learning portal by adding a keyword to define the date range in which the session will be taking place, as well as a keyword specifying the name of the instructor delivering the session.

Absorb LMS: Adding date and instructor tags to a course

NOTE: Peter Safar is credited to be the inventor of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). He passed away in 2003 but it seems appropriate that he be revived symbolically in this Blog post to teach this important topic.

A learner clicking the August 2013 tag or searching for that keyword will be presented with all the scheduled events taking place in August 2013.

AbsorbLMS-Date Tag Clicked

Similarly, clicking the name of the instructor will present the learner with all the scheduled sessions being delivered by that instructor. If your organization has an in-house public speaking rock star with a reputation for delivering good content, your learners will appreciate a quick way to view all the speaker’s scheduled sessions.

Making this tagging technique even more powerful is the ability to e-mail to learners the search string that generates the list of upcoming sessions:

Dear learner,

Click the link below to get a list of all the sessions we have scheduled for the month of August:

http://learning.mydomain.com/#/search/courses/August%202013

We hope you find these resources helpful.

Signed,

—Your loving learning enabler

To maximize enrolment and attendance, it’s critical that learners be able to quickly find instructor-led sessions and other scheduled events in their learning portal. Tagging scheduled events with date ranges and names of speakers can make it a breeze for learners to find sessions of interest that fit their schedules.

  1. Anne Marie
    August 5, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    What is your suggestion when you offer 10 different types of CPR training? You cannot have a tag for “CPR” when there are different types of CPR. There are first time classes and renewals, classes for certification and classes not for certification, classes for adults, children, newborns etc. Tagging only gets you so far. A link like you suggest would return over 50 sessions.

    • Richard Nantel
      August 5, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      Hi Anne Marie.

      Thanks for your comment.

      In tagging content, it’s a good practice to add tags that go from general to specific. So, if CPR is too general and returns too many results, the administrator should add one or more layers of tags to easily generate specific results. For example:

      Health > First Aid > CPR > ACLS

      or

      Health > First Aid > CPR > PALS

      Links to a search can contain multiple search criteria, so it isn’t necessary for the search to only provide results from one keyword. The string could contain, say, a search for CPR and a date range.

  2. October 31, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Let’s not forget that the finer details would be picked up in the course Title, Description and Audience fields. Tagging is just a part of creating great search and usability.

  3. Julian Fox
    March 14, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    It would be nice if the tagging was parlayed into an RSS feature for courses that are perpetually scheduled.

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