The Difference Between Course and Course Version
The terms “course” and “course version” can easily cause confusion for admins. This article aims to eliminate this confusion by providing a description of how the two pieces work together to create a seamless course experience for learners.
In the platform, “course” refers to a set of learning content built to teach learners about one or more topics. A course can contain one or more “course versions”, making course versions subordinate to courses.
Course versions are variations of a single course. One course may be configured differently for different audiences and/or may be updated periodically with updated content. To account for this variation within a course without affecting learners, the platform utilizes course versions.
Course versions allow different audiences to see variations of the same course. For example, if a course is configured for a marketing team and then a supply chain team wants to take the course, you may wish to reconfigure a few aspects of the course for the new audience. Rather than rebuilding a completely new course, you can create a new course version within the same course without changing the content for the cohort that already took the course.
Functionality for courses vs. course versions
As a result of the hierarchy between courses and course versions, certain functionality is only available to courses. The table below outlines the major differences between course and course versions.
| Functionality Available
| Access course settings
|Create a self enrollment splash page||x|
|Add splash page to catalog||x|
|Contain multiple course versions||x|
|View all course versions and all cohorts at once||x|
|View analytics in HILD, Completed Courses, and Current Courses dashboards||x||x (would need to select cohorts that viewed specific course version)|
|Update course content without affecting other course versions||x|
|Set unique pacing without affecting other course versions||x|
|Publish without affecting other course versions||x|
|Enable learning measurements without affecting other course versions||x|