By default, TalentLMS displays courses in alphabetical order on the course catalog. On the instructor and learner homepages, courses are sorted alphabetically when in grid mode. When in list mode, courses are grouped by category and, then, sorted by alphabetical order within their category.
So, one way to organize the way your courses are displayed is to group them in categories (for more, see this article).
However, to let you customize the order by which your courses are displayed to your users (instructors, learners, and visitors), we’ve added an extra identifier: the Course code.
Here’s how to organize your courses with course codes:
Besides their name, TalentLMS courses can have a Course code (e.g., SAMP1) that’s displayed inside parentheses next to the course name. That code is unique for each course, and it can be assigned (or deleted) by Administrators and Instructors.
In the course display pages mentioned above, the course code is prioritized over the course name. Courses that have a code are listed first, sorted alphabetically by code and not by name (1). Courses that don’t have a code follow, are sorted alphabetically by name.
Course codes can prove very handy for displaying courses (whether in a general list or within a category) in a specific order without changing their original names. Here’s an example:
When you have a course named “Algebra” and a course named “Trigonometry”, “Algebra” is always displayed first (whether in the general list or within their category, e.g., “Math”). Between “Algebra” and “Trigonometry” we would probably see many other courses as the “alphabetical gap” between them is large.
To close that gap, and even display “Trigonometry” first in the list, we can use course codes. By assigning “Trigonometry” with the “MA101” code and “Algebra” with the “MA102” code, we can enforce a new order where “Trigonometry (MA101)” is now listed right before “Algebra (MA102)”.
|Note: Another, more rough way to customize the way your courses are displayed is to prefix their names with numbers. If you do that, try to use two or three-digit numbers (i.e., 01, 02, 03 or 001, 002, 003) depending on the total number of your courses (i.e., if it has two or three digits). Otherwise, it cannot work (i.e., the number “10” is sorted right after the number “1”) because the courses are sorted alphabetically based on the first character of each name. In any case, we strongly recommend that you use course codes instead of cluttered methods like that.|
By using course codes creatively, you can manipulate the alphabetical order and prioritize the courses you want.