Search Options Within the Learner Interface

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Introduction

The Absorb LMS allows learners to easily search for content within the learner interface through the  search icon in the header of all pages.  A learner can also further refine this search for content using the Refine Search panel that will appear on the right-hand side of the search pages. Below, we will describe these two methods in more detail as well as how to sort these results. 

Using the Search Icon in the Header

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To search within the header on all pages, click the magnifying glass to view the search bar.  Then, type in the name of the course, tag or resource that you are searching for and hit enter. The search function will automatically look for content that matches your search term. 

By using this option, the following content can be searched for:

Courses:

  • Name
  • Description
  • Tags
  • Vendor

Global resources:

  • Title
  • Description
  • Tags

News:

  • Title
  • Description

Polls and Surveys

  • Question

FAQs

  • Question
  • Answer

Once you hit enter, you will be presented with the Search Results page that will include a list of any content that matches the search terms.  This includes programs you are enrolled in, options for enrollment, resources, etc.  

The results below are displayed as a simple text list.  You can adjust the display by clicking the tool in the upper right corner of search.  You can modify the display so that the results can be viewed as tiles, a simple text list or a more detailed list that includes images, tags, etc. 

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Using the Refine Search Panel

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The Refine Search option allows learners to further filter their content.  The Refine Search option becomes available to learners after they complete a search using the search icon in the header (on the Search Results page) or when a learner proceeds directly from their dashboard tile to the Catalog, My Courses, their Resources and then Calendar.  

The Refine Search panel is displayed on the left panel of these pages. If you do not see the option to apply filters on your search, you may have hidden the Refine Search option. If you only see the funnel with plus (see below), click the + and then return to the dashboard and search again.  You will then see these filtering options appear.

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The filtering options available on the left side of the page will vary depending on the page that you are searching on. We have highlighted these differences in the sections below.

mycourse_search.pngFor example, if we look at the Refine Search panel on My Courses, the filtering options available to learners allow them to:

  • Use the toggle to Show Completed which allows the learner to see current and completed courses on this page 
  • Choose the content or Course Type they want to search  such as:
    • Instructor Led
    • Online Course
    • a Curriculum
  • Type in the Name
  • Choose one option in the drop down menu in Advanced Filter to filter option results by TagsVenue Locations, Venue Types, and Vendor

On the Course Catalog page, learners can use the Refine Search panel to: 

  • Use the toggle to Show Categories
  • Choose the content or Course Type they want to search such as: 
    • Instructor Led
    • Online Course
    • Curriculum or 
    • Course Bundle
  • Type in the Name of the course
  • Choose one option in the drop down menu in Advanced Filter to filter option results by Venue Locations, Venue Types, and Vendor

On the Calendar page, learners can use the Refine Search panel to:

  • Choose to filter by the Venue Location and filter by or Country, State/ Province and / or 
  • Venue Type - Classroom or Virtual

On the Search Results page, which is viewed by learners after they complete a search using the search icon in the header, they can use the Refine Search panel to:

  • Choose the content they want to search including:
    • Courses  (Online Course, Instructor Led, Curriculum and/or a Course Bundle
    • Resources
    • News
    • Polls & Surveys
    • FAQs
  • Choose the Course Rating (e.g. 1 star, 2 star, etc.)
  • Choose one option in the drop down menu in Advanced Filter to filter option results by Venue Locations, Venue Types, and Vendor

On the Resources page, learners can use the Refine Search panel to:

  • Use the toggle to Show Categories
  • Filter by Resource Name
  • Select Tag(s)

Sorting Search Results

Learners have the option to sort the information on the Search Results page, the Catalog and in My Courses.  This sorting option allows a learner to organize their search results so they can easily find what they are searching for.  The options available on the drop down list vary depending on the page that the learner is viewing.  

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For example, search results in My Courses can be sorted by: 

  • Recent Activity
  • Alphabetical order
  • Mandatory courses
  • Date Enrolled
  • Expiry Date

Course Catalog, search results can be sorted by: 

  • Rating
  • Newest courses
  • Mandatory courses
  • Priced High to Low
  • Priced Low to High

In the Search Results, items can be sorted by: 

  • Relevance
  • Rating
  • Priced High to Low
  • Priced Low to High
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