When hunting for the right course to suit your learners’ needs, knowing how to narrow down thousands of possibilities can be a significant time-saver. The following guide to our search tools will help you hone in on an ideal course.
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Beginning your search
From either your dashboard or the login screen, click the search bar:
A box of frequent topics will appear:
These initial suggestions are the most popular searches entered by OpenSesame users. Selecting one will return relevant catalog results.
Enter text in the search bar to update the suggestions. General topics appear first, Curated Lists next, and then specific courses. Each suggestion is clickable:
In this example, entering "management" returns thousands of initial results:
Understanding your results
The default display has an illustrated card for each course, arranged in a grid:
Each image was selected by the course's publisher to represent its tone and content. A card will have a Plus banner if the course is included in the OpenSesame Plus subscription catalog.
Following the image are the course's title and publisher name. An icon represents the course's content style: Audio, Book Summary, Interactive, or Virtual Reality. A course may also have a label noting it is New, Updated, or Exclusive to OpenSesame.
A course's feedback rating appears next, when available, and its seat time represents how long its publisher estimates learners will need to complete it. Finally, a globe icon and number represent the available languages.
If you prefer a more condensed display for your results, you can switch from the default grid to a list:
Sort By is the first sorting tool, where you can choose which factor to prioritize. The default is Relevancy, which uses our algorithms to suggest good matches. You can also sort by price, rating, title (from A-Z or Z-A), when a course was originally added, or when it was last updated:
If you use the default grid display and sort order, three recommendation sections will precede your results. The first section suggests Curated Lists relevant to your topic. The next suggests popular courses, which takes things like ratings and usage into account. The third displays new and recently updated courses. All other relevant results follow these sections.
The top twenty-five results for your search will automatically load. To continue browsing, scroll to the end and click Load More:
This will load the next twenty-five courses:
Filtering your results
Search filters offer multiple ways to narrow down your results.
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The filter bar is expanded by default:
To collapse the bar, click any filter's arrow to hide that filter:
To review all available filters, click More Filters:
There are many options for granular searching! In order of appearance:
- The OpenSesame Plus toggle allows you to limit results to courses included in the OpenSesame Plus subscription catalog.
- Category suggests common umbrellas for a search topic. For example, “Business Skills” and “Leadership & Management” are the top two categories for “management.”
- Product Type allows you to search for or exclude Curated Lists.
- Publishers allows you to narrow results to course creators you know you like. Click the OpenSesame Exclusive toggle to find courses only available on OpenSesame.
- Languages allows you to select which languages you want the content to be in. More details follow on how this filter operates.
- Style allows you to select which content formats you prefer, such as interactive (the most common elearning style), book summaries, audio-only, or virtual reality.
- Course Features allows you to search for popular content elements. This filter uses “and” logic when you select more than one. For example, selecting “Inline Activities” and “Post-Assessment” will return only courses that offer both.
- Seat Time, Rating, and Price are familiar factors.
- Accreditation Organizations allows you to search for courses that offer Continuing Education credit hours, such as from the Project Management Institute (PMI).
Most of these filters assume an “and” when multiple are selected—such as, “I want Category X and Publisher Y and Course Feature Z”—and limit results to courses that match all requirements.
The Languages filter follows this same pattern.* We track three types of translation: course text, subtitles, and audio. “Course Text” is the language used onscreen within a course.
Here’s how to use these filters:
- To search only for courses that have onscreen language matching all your target language(s), leave the Course Text box checked and the other boxes unchecked.*
- To search only for courses that offer subtitles in all your target language(s) but may not be fully translated, check the Subtitles Translated box and leave the other boxes unchecked.
- To search only for courses that offer audio in all your target language(s) but may not be fully translated, check the Audio Translated box and leave the other boxes unchecked.
- To search only for courses that offer both subtitles and audio in all your target language(s) but may not be fully translated, check both the Subtitles Translated and Audio Translated boxes and leave the Course Text box unchecked.
* Note: Whenever the Course Text box is checked, if your search includes three or more languages and there are no exact results available, you will see the best available results with the closest matches.
Depending on your results, you can also filter within a language. For example, it is possible to avoid British or Australian English if you only want courses with an American accent, or favor Canadian French over European French. If a language has regional variations available, click the filter's arrow to review them.
Putting it all together
Returning to the example search, let's filter for courses that are 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 the thousands of results down to 63:
Any active filters will precede the filter tools. When more than three are active, the remaining ones are hidden:
Clicking “More” reveals them:
Dismiss any active filter to remove it and update the results. In this example, removing the seat-time filter increases the results to 305 courses:
Finally, if you would prefer to use our internal algorithms to generate course suggestions rather than manually search, see How to use Smart Lists.
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, or at +44 203 744 5541 in Europe.