Add filters to your course directory

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Written by Mathieu Dumont
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Categories allow you to add different filters in your course directory. This optimizes its presentation and helps your students to better identify the relevant courses for their needs.

The categories created on your platform are automatically added above the basic filters. These are displayed automatically:

  • Language (if you use more than one)

  • Course type - "In-person" or "Online"

  • Provider (if applicable)

  • Teacher

  • Subscription plans

Each subcategory has its own dedicated URL, which allows you to redirect your traffic to a specific selection of courses in your directory if need be. This can be done, for example, with a redirect from your own website or a social media post.

You can access your course directory at any time by clicking on Course Directory in the top right corner of the interface.

Create a category structure

First, go to Content > Categorization > Manage categories.

You will then access the category management interface.

This is where you can create categories and subcategories. Keep in mind that only subcategories can be assigned to a course.

A classic case would be the creation of a "Difficulty" category. As the name implies, its intent is to filter the courses by difficulty level. A "Difficulty" category would first be created, to cover the "Beginner", "Intermediate" and "Advanced" sub-categories. A subcategory will then later be assigned to a course.

Create a category

Click on New Category. You will then have to configure a few elements.

After naming the category, you have two options.

When activated, the Select required checkbox will require you to assign a subcategory to a course, before saving and publishing it. By checking this option, you ensure that all courses on your platform are assigned to an element of this category.

By checking Allow multiples categories, you can assign to a course several subcategories linked to the same category.

Create a subcategory

Once your categories are created, they will act as filters in your course directory. It is now time to create subcategories, in order to assign them to your courses.

Located on the right-end side of a category, click on + Subcategory.

After naming your subcategory, click the Save button.

If necessary, selecting a subcategory in the Parent group field will create a "sub-sub category", thus adding another level of categorization!

However, we always recommend you keep things simple and uncluttered.

Delete a category and/or a subcategory

To delete a category, click on the pencil right to its name, in the main category menu. In the category's settings, click the Delete button.

In order to delete a subcategory, place your mouse over the one to be deleted and click on the designated button.

Assign a category to a course

Access the course management via Content > Manage courses.

Click on the course you want to categorize and go to the Categorization tab, in the course editor.

This tab allows you to assign your course to your previously created subcategories.

Note that the asterisk in front of some of the categories means they are mandatory. You must therefore assign at least one sub-category to it before you can save and/or publish your course.

If you allowed the use of multiple subcategories in the configuration of your category, the drop-down menu will allow you to add more than one.

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