Understanding the Skilljar Framework

by Ian McCabe
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Skilljar’s training platform has an easily defined structure, starting at your organization all the way down to the content in your lessons. Every step flows continuously into the next and makes navigating and consuming your training content a seamless experience. In this article, we’ll present a high-level overview of what makes up the hierarchical structure of a Skilljar training platform, such as how your courses and domains work together. 

The hierarchical structure of a Skilljar training site is built on these core elements:

In this example, Skilljar is the organization. Our training domain hosts our catalog pages, and these include our courses, which consist of our lessons and training content.

The image below is an example of how each function fits into the overall Skilljar training site structure, from the organization down. 

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Here is what each element involves and how it works within the structure. Again, we’ll be using Skilljar’s training site as an example. 

Organization

This is the top-level parent company that is providing the training. The organization manages its training via the Skilljar dashboard and is responsible for its content. When getting started, you’ll manage your organization settings, such as creating a training domain, customizing your platform, managing students, and more within your Skilljar dashboard. 

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Domain

This is the main web page that hosts the organization’s training experience. For example, https://academy.skilljar.com is where you can find the Skilljar Academy training platform, which includes the below elements, such as our catalog pages and their courses. Skilljar supports single or multiple domains so you can cater your training to different audiences, such as customers, partners, and internal employees.

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Catalog Pages

Catalog pages are libraries of training courses, learning paths, and even other catalog pages that live within your organization’s domain. Think of it as a file/folder system that allows you to organize your content and tailor it to specific audiences, courses, and paths.

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Courses

Courses are used to deliver the training to learners and will likely make up the bulk of the content within your catalog pages. Courses are made up of sections and lessons, which is where your students will consume their training curriculum. 

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Lessons & Content

This is where your learning curriculum lives. Lessons are the learning types and building blocks of your courses and can be set up in a sequential fashion or free form depending on your education strategy. Lesson content can consist of a number of different assets, such as audio, pdf, videos, embed links, quizzes, live training events, virtual labs, SCORM, and any other content type you can find within your Skilljar dashboard. 

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