Add a Course Recommendations course series on your course catalog page

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With Skilljar's Course Recommendation functionality, you can create a course series that automatically populates suggested course content for students based on the historical course enrollment behavior of your students. Once enabled, this course series will automatically update course content to direct your students to courses with the highest student engagement.

Students can see the Course Recommendations course series on your course catalog when you make this type of course series visible. For example, the Course Recommendations in the Skilljar Academy course catalog is named Suggested Courses.

 

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Learn more: Skilljar Academy Quick Tip video, Course Recommendations.

 

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Create a Course Recommendation course series

  1. From the “Domains & Publishing” dropdown in the left navigation bar, click “Domains.”
  2. Click the pen icon under “Catalog Settings” for the domain you want to enable the Course Recommendations course series.
  3. On the “Catalog Settings” page, select the “Course Series” tab.
  4. Click New Series and select “Recommendation” from the dropdown menu. A new course series set-up page will open, specifically for the Course Recommendation course series type.
  5. On the Course Recommendation course series page, configure your course series settings:
    1. Change the title
    2. Upload a promo image
    3. Type a short description
    4. Add HTML text content to the header
    5. Change the URL
    1. Change the “Course Name Singular”
    2. Change the “Course Name Plural”
    3. Select the layout type, either:
      1. “Tile view: Courses are displayed as tiles,” or
      2. “List view: Courses are displayed full width, one per line.”
    4. Select the location or display of the search box, either:
      1. “Display search box in the left nav,”
      2. “Display search box in the header,” or
      3. “Do not display search box.”
    1. Click New Filter Group
      1. On the “New Filter Group” page, type a name for the filter group
      2. Select the circle on each tag that you want visible on the course series page.
      3. Click Save or Save and continue editing.
    2. Choose which filter groups are visible or not visible on the course series page:
      1. In the “Not visible on series page” column, select the circle on each filter group that you want visible on the course series page.
      2. In the “Visible on series page” column, click the X on each filter group you want not visible on the course series page.
    1. Type the minimum number of recommended courses you want in the course series.
    2. Type the maximum number of recommended courses you want in the course series.
    1. “Details” section
    2. “Settings” section
    3. “Filters” section
    4. “Recommendation Settings” section
  6. Click Save or Save and continue editing.

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Make your Course Recommendations course series visible or not visible

  1. On the “Catalog Settings” page with the Course Recommendations course series, scroll to the “Visibility and Order” section.
  2. If your Course Recommendations course series is located in the “Not visible on catalog page” column, to make your course series visible:
    1. Click the circle on the Course Recommendation course series tile, or
    2. Click, hold, and drag the Course Recommendation course series tile to the “Visible on catalog page” column.
  3. If your Course Recommendations course series is located in the “Visible on catalog page” column, to make your course series not visible:
    1. Click the X on the Course Recommendation course series tile, or
    2. Click, hold, and drag the Course Recommendation course series tile to the “Not visible on catalog page” column.

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Frequently asked questions

What’s the difference between a Standard course series and a Recommendation course series?

A Standard course series is a set of courses manually grouped together by an administrator. A Recommendation course series is one that Skilljar creates dynamically for each student based on courses in which other students enrolled. Course recommendations automatically surface courses to students based on past activity in Skilljar and on settings you configure.

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How do I know which of the course series that I have created is a Recommendation course series?

The Recommendation course series is noted as “Recommendation” next to the title of the course series in the “Course Series” section of the “Catalog Settings” page.

For example, the Suggested Courses courses series is denoted as a “Recommendation” course series type.

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How many Recommendation course series can I add?

Since Skilljar leverages a singular algorithm to determine the courses in the Recommendation course series, you can enable only one Recommendation course series.

If you already have a Recommendation course series created, regardless of its visibility on your course catalog page, when you click New Course Series you will not have the option to create another Recommendation course series. Instead, the New Course Series button redirects you directly to a “New Course Series” page to configure a Standard course series.

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