When a new course catalog is created, a site collection with three pages are generated:
- A home page, which is the default page of the SharePoint site of the course catalog.
- A page that features My Training Dashboard.
- A page for the course catalog
These pages are all created with LMS365 web parts that feature LMS365 content.
For course catalogs with a modern view, we highly recommend to only add one LMS365 web part on a page. Adding several web parts on the same page can result in malfunction and an authentication error.
For the course catalog page, the LMS365 Course Catalog web part will feature the selection of courses and training plans in the current course catalog plus a filter that enables users to employ filters when searching for courses and training plans.
Course catalog admins can configure this web part to adjust the view and filtering of courses and training plans in the catalog.
In this article, we will cover the web part settings and how they affect the featuring of courses and training plans in the course catalog.
Configuring the LMS365 Course Catalog web part
To customize the LMS365 Course Catalog web part, go to the Course Catalog Settings by selecting the settings icon () under the banner image, at the right corner of the of the course catalog page.
Catalog Content Editor
Under the Catalog Content Editor, you configure the view and behavior of the list of courses and training plans.
The following settings are available:
Title - Edit or create a title for the web part. This title will be placed above the display of courses.
Description - Here, you can create or change the description of your course catalog using a rich-text editor. The description is featured right under the title.
Training Sort Order - Here, you can configure the ordering of trainings (Newest Training First,
Oldest Training First, Alphabetically (A-Z), Alphabetically (Z-A), and Highest Ranked Training options are available).
Learners can employ the Arrange by filter to sort courses and training plans. This setting, however, will only be applied for the current view. Next time the learner visits the course catalog, the sorting will go back to the default set by the administrator.
Selector Switch - Enable or disable the possibility for users to switch between the card and list view of trainings.
Card/List View - Select whether card view or list view will be the default view of trainings in the course catalog. If the Selector Switch is disabled this will be the only view users see.
Detailed View - If this option is selected, the details callout will be opened by clicking the training card. If the option is not enabled, users will be directed directly to the training home page by clicking the training card.
Number of Training - Specify the number of courses and training plans displayed in the course catalog. The default value is set to 18. Maximum number of trainings is 50, minimum value is 1.
Highest Ranked Training - Enable the option to specify whether to display the highest ranked courses and training plans (based on their ratings).
Number of Ranked Training - Set the number of courses and training plans to display in the Highest Ranked Training section. The default value is set to 6. Maximum number of the highest ranked courses and training plans can be set to 50. Minimum value is 1.
In the Filters section, you configure the view and behavior of the filters learners use to search for courses and training plans.
The following settings are available:
Show Filters - Choose whether to show filters to the left of the list of courses and training plans as a left-side menu. If this option is disabled, filters will not be shown statically on the left side. Instead, leaners will have a filtering icon available at the top right of the list of courses and training plans. Selecting this icon will bring forth the filtering options.
Show Filters is disabled. Instead, learners select the filtering icon to bring forth the filtering options.
Categories - Select Edit link next to the Categories to change the default settings. This will bring forth multiple options:
- Category Options - (Left Navigation) > Display Categories - Configure whether categories will be shown as a filtering option by turning on/off this option.
- Category Options - (Left Navigation) > Number of Categories to Show - Decide what categories that will be shown first in the category filtering options.
- Category Options - (Course List) > Number of Categories to Show - Limit the selection of courses to be featured in the course catalog to courses of one to five certain categories. If this option is used, only courses with the selected categories will be featured in the course catalog. Learners can see the rest of the courses available to them by selecting Show more.
- Category Options - (Browse Buttons) - Highlight up to five categories with buttons on top of the course list. Selecting a category, learners will only see courses of this category.
Display Count - If Display Count is enabled, you can track the count of items for each filter in the brackets.
Training Type - Under Training Type, you can select whether you wish to enable learners to filter training based on their type: e-Learning, Instructor-Led Training, Training Plan. If all course type filters are disabled, this filter will not be visible to learners. You can make some course types available as filters by enabling these, and employ drag and drop to rearrange the order in which the different course types are shown as filters.
Course Session Dates - Enabling this option will enable learners to search for courses that have sessions that are held within a specific time range.
Course Session Type- Enabling this option will enable learners to search for courses that have active sessions of specific type: Onsite and Virtual.