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MicroLearning: Courses, Sections, and Short Descriptions
This is the first in a series of MicroLearning emails to help guide you as you are getting used to working in the Training Hub. Today’s email will focus on:
- The difference between courses and sections
- How to create effective short descriptions
Courses vs. Sections
Courses and Sections in Training Hub may have different purposes than what you’ve experienced in other training administration systems. In a nutshell:
- Courses should be used for content: What are you teaching?
- Sections should be used for delivery information: When and where is training is happening, who’s teaching it, etc.
Watch this 3-minute video to understand the difference between Courses and Sections:
Using Short Descriptions Effectively
As Jay mentioned in the video, the short description is important to learners. In under 500 characters, it can introduce the course and make it easy to find. Follow these recommendations to craft a strong short description:
- Keep it short - One or two sentences at most.
- Focus on content and applicability. What are the main topics this course addresses? Who would benefit from taking it?
- Think "keywords" - What terms would the average learner enter in the search field when trying to find a course like yours?
To edit your short descriptions:
Navigate to Training Hub (training.umn.edu).
- Click Admin Console.
- Click Manage Courses.
- Click Edit for the appropriate course.
- Edit the Short Description.
- Scroll down and click Save.
As you work on migrating your courses to Training Hub, remember to:
Get support by using the self-help guide, attending an open lab for training administrators, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Communicate with your learners about the transition.
Over the next few weeks, we will send a series of emails like this to Training Administrators with information on good practices for working in Training Hub.