You have started your learning journey, you have a Genius account and you are ready to begin learning! Excellent. The first step that you will take is to browse and search for courses that interest you and that meet your learning requirements.
Genius makes this process extremely easy through the Course Catalog we have created as part of our solution. In this Article, we will describe how to use the Genius Course Catalog to browse, filter and find the courses that interest you.
The Genius Course Catalog
Genius SIS makes it easy for learners to find the learning opportunities that they need by providing them with a complete Course Catalog. The Course Catalog allows you to see a preview of all the courses on offer, search for courses that fit your interests or training needs, learn more about those courses and finally, quickly enroll in those courses if you are ready to complete your enrollment.
Your organization's Genius Course Catalog may be public or private. A public Course Catalog can be accessed without logging into Genius, while a private Catalog requires that you log into the system first. You can usually reach your Course Catalog by going to <myorganization.geniussis.com> - or the address set up by your organization to access Genius.
- If your organization has made the course catalog private, you will have to log in through a screen like this:
- if your organization has made the course catalog public, you will reach the Genius Learner's Dashboard directly:
- When you log in as a learner, you may reach your Learner's Dashboard before the Course Catalog. You can click on the Register for Courses link on the sidebar on the left-hand side of your screen to reach the Course Catalog at any time
Below, we will describe in detail how to use the Genius Course Catalog to find the courses that fit your interests or needs.
Browsing for Courses
The first way to find courses using the Genius learning catalog is to browse through the catalog. After clicking on the Register for Courses link in the Sidebar on the left-hand side of your screen, you can scroll up and down the course catalog to see all the courses that are available for you to complete:
Each course is laid out in tiles, making it easy for you to quickly learn more about the courses that you can register for, or to enroll in them directly. The tiles also provide you with information about the cost of each course directly from within the catalog's interface. Genius SIS can then be used to pay for your courses if required.
The second way to find courses using the Genius Course Catalog is to search through it using the search box provided in the upper right-hand corner of the Catalog's screen:
You can enter some text to find a specific course you are interested. For example, if we wanted to find all courses related to Insurance, we would simply type "Insurance" in the text box, and then click on 'Find a Course' or press Enter on your keyboard.
The course catalog then adjusts to display courses related only to Insurance in your catalog:
If your organization has a lot of courses on offer, which can be the case in large organizations with thousands of members or very complex training initiatives, you can combine the Search feature with Filters to improve the way that you find courses through the Genius course catalog. We describe how this is done in the next section:
In the Genius Course Catalog, Filters make it possible to quickly browse through the course catalog by reducing the number of courses on display or to restrict Searches to only courses that meet specific criteria.
Those criteria can be:
- the dates between which each course takes place
- the categories, or of each course;
- the delivery method for the course
- and finally, the location where the course takes place
To access the filters, click on the "Advanced Filters" link below the Search box in your Course Catalog:
Once in the Advanced Filters screen, you can access each one of the criteria you can use to filter through the Course Catalog. This functionality is described in detail in the following sections:
Filtering by Date
To filter a course by Date, you can click on the text box that reads All Dates and then use the user interface to find the day, month and year when your filters will begin and end:
Filtering by Category
In Genius SIS, categories are a way in which course creators can organize and classify courses within the course catalog. For example, if your organization has a specific set of courses designed for new employees, these courses can be labelled with a category known as Onboarding in order to distinguish them from general training opportunities.
To filter your Course Catalog by Categories, you can click on the All Categories menu item on the top left-hand side of your screen:
This displays all the available categories to find and select your courses. Click on a category, and your Course Catalog will select only those courses that are associated with a specific category:
Filtering by Delivery Method
Another filter that is available is to search for courses by their delivery method. The delivery method is how the course is taught. Typically, courses can be fully online, fully onsite or a mixture of the two (known as blended learning).
To filter your Course Catalog by Delivery Method, you can click on the All Delivery Methods menu item:
This displays all the available Delivery Methods to find and select your courses. Click on a delivery method, and your Course Catalog will select only those courses that are delivered in the way you select:
Filtering by Location
Finally, can also filter courses in the Catalog by location. In Genius SIS, when a course is created, it is also possible to specify where the course will take place. For example, if an organization has a series of named rooms or auditoriums where onsite training opportunities take place, this information can be included in the Course Catalog, making it possible for you to know where your course will be held in the case of onsite learning opportunities.
To filter your Course Catalog by Location, you can click on the All Locations menu item:
This displays all the available Locations to find and select your courses. Click on a location, and your Course Catalog will select only those courses that are delivered at the place you select.
You can also combine filters to find specific courses that meet your criteria. For example, you can filter for Health Care courses that are delivered online and that take place between January and June of this year to find a specific set of courses that meets your requirements.
I can't see a course my colleagues are taking...
Not all courses are for everybody...
If you can't see a course that some of your colleagues are taking, it may be because individuals in your department or section of the organization you are not allowed to access that specific learning opportunity. Contact your system's Administrator or your Manager to have them provide your account with special permissions for you to access restricted learning opportunities.
Filters still active!
You may also have activated the Filters on the Course Catalog, which prevents you from browsing through all the courses that are available to you. Click on Advanced Filters and clear all the filtering options and try to search for the course you are interested in one more time.
To learn more...
As you enroll in more courses, you will begin to see changes in your Genius Learner's Dashboard. Your Dashboard is a personalized page designed to provide you with information about your courses, performance and engagement quickly and effectively. We invite you to use this Knowledge Base to learn about all the features that Genius has placed at your disposal.