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Learning Programs Overview

Learning Program Completion

Learning programs are presented in a hierarchical (tree view) form, and completion of a learning program is determined by the completion criteria specified for its folders. A folder's rules are imposed on its immediate children unless a child is a folder with its own rules, in which case the child folder's rules apply.

The completion criteria for a folder can be one of the following:

  • Complete All: Complete all courses in the folder in any order.
  • Complete In Order: Complete all courses in the folder in a specific, forced order. A learner must complete the first course before the link for the second course becomes active, and so on.
  • Complete Any {N}: Complete a specified number of the courses in the folder, for example, "Complete Any 3." You must specify the number of courses that must be completed.
  • Optional: No courses in the folder need to be completed.

    Note: If all the assets in a learning program are optional, a learner's status in the learning program is automatically changed to Completed when he enrolls. This is because there are no requirements for completion. Furthermore, if you subsequently change the learning program's completion criteria, the learner's status of Completed remains unaffected.

As a learner completes a learning program, he receives a % Completed score. This value is determined by dividing the number of completed courses by the total number of courses in the learning program. Learning assets for which progress cannot be tracked (for example, a lone document or a Uniform Resource Locator (URL)) are not included in this calculation.

As an example, examine the contents of the following sample learning program for IT professionals.

Example of a learning program

Note the following about the program:

  • The IT Professional Program root folder has the rule of completing all children (in order). However, note that its last child folder (Other Technologies) is specified as Optional. Because the rule for the lower-ranked folder applies, the Other Technologies folder and its child folder(s) are optional rather than required. As a result, the course in the Other Technologies folder does not count toward completion of the learning program.
  • Because the IT Professional Program root folder has the rule of completing all children in order, a learner must complete all children as follows:
    1. Complete the requirements for the Business Skills folder.
    2. Complete the Design Concepts for Web Sites course.
    3. Complete the requirements for the Software Development folder.
    4. Complete the Oracle8i Database Administration course.
  • In the Business Skills folder, a learner must complete any 2 of the 3 learning assets in any order. If he completes a 3rd asset in this folder, it does not count toward completion of the learning program.
  • In the Software Development folder, a learner must complete both courses in any order.

In total, a learner must complete 6 of the 8 courses in the program. This means that if he completes 1 required and 1 elective course (or 2 required courses), he would have completed 1/3 or 33% of the learning program.