When hunting for the right course to suit your learners’ needs, knowing how to quickly narrow down thousands of possibilities is a serious time-saver. What follows is a guide to our revamped search tools, officially introduced with our 18 Mar 2019 release, to help you hone in on an ideal course.
From either your dashboard or the login screen, click the magnifying glass icon in the upper left corner and enter a search term:
Below, I’ve used “management”:
The first thing you’ll notice is the “typeahead” feature, a drop-down box which automatically appears under the search bar once you start typing. This feature suggests popular matches based on what you’ve begun to type, with general topics at the top and specific courses at the bottom:
Any of these items are clickable. In this case, I hit the Enter key to keep with “management” and reached this initial page of 3,864 results:
The default view shows an illustrated card for each course, arranged in a grid. If you’d prefer a more condensed display, use the icon in the upper right corner to toggle to a list view:
Next to that icon is the first sorting tool, where you can choose the factor to prioritize. The default setting is “relevancy,” which uses our internal algorithms to suggest good matches. You can also choose to sort by price, rating, the time a course was originally added, or the time it was last updated:
Whichever view you choose, you can click on a course title to see a slide-out profile, which allows you to see more details without leaving your search results:
Simply click the grayed-out area at left to close the slideout and return to your results.
Another new aspect of the results page is the “Load More” button at the bottom:
If you start out with thousands of results, they won’t all appear at once, which makes page loads faster. Once you scroll to the bottom of an initial batch, the “Load More” button allows you to opt in for more:
Next, let’s take a look at our options for narrowing down all these results. At left is the filter bar:
When you first load the catalog, these filter categories will start out expanded, so you can see more details on the options available. By using the ^ carats at the far right of each filter, though, you can condense them:
And here’s how it looks if you click on “More Filters” at the bottom:
As you can see, there are a lot of options for granular searching! From the top:
- “All Courses” vs. “OpenSesame Plus” allows you to limit your results to courses included in our Plus subscription catalog.
- “Category” suggests common umbrellas for the topic you’re looking for-- the top two categories for “management” are “Business Skills” and “Industry Specific,” for example.
- “Publishers” allows you to narrow the results to one or more course providers you know you like.
- “Languages” allows you to select one or more languages you want the content to be in. If you need a course’s audio to be fully translated, uncheck the “Include subtitles” box. Depending on your results, you could also filter within languages. It is possible to filter out British English if you do not want courses with an accent, or favor Canadian French over European French. If you see a carat ^ to the right of a language, click it to see your options.
- “Course Features” will use “and” logic if you choose more than one. So if you select “Inline Activities” and “Post-Assessment,” for example, you will narrow your results to only the courses that offer both.
- “Product Type” allows you to search for or exclude bundles.
- “Seat Time,” “Rating,” and “Price” are familiar factors.
- “Accreditation Organizations” is an especially useful filter if you are looking for courses that offer Continuing Education credit hours. Here are the options that appear for the “management” search:
I’ve decided to filter for courses accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI), that are in English, that are longer than an hour, and that have a rating of four stars or higher. This brings my results from 3,864 down to 40, and here’s how that looks:
Each of the criteria I chose appears at top left:
Clicking the “More” reveals the PMI accreditation tag:
Click the “X” on any of these filter tags to remove it and immediately update your list of courses. I removed the seat-time filter and the results increased to 158 potential matches:
Finally, if you would rather use our internal algorithms to generate multiple course suggestions instead of manually searching, try our popular Smart Lists feature.
If you have further questions, our Support team is here to help via email at email@example.com or via live chat and phone. Feel free to reach us at (503) 808-1268, ext. 2.