In iQualify, you can set up your courses and classes so that learners have their own, personalised dates for courses, sections and assessed tasks.
Let’s take a look at an example.
A course author, has set up a course with this study plan.
Flloyd is added with his own relative dates to start on Feb 1st.
Hannah is added with her own relative dates to start two weeks later on Feb 15th.
Flloyd and Hannah’s start/opening and due/closing dates all flow through automatically from the study plan the author has set up.
As a facilitator, you can see their due dates for assessed tasks under Marking in the Class Console.
And any learners with overdue assessments have their assessment Status as Overdue in red.
Why would I use learner relative dates?
Learner relative dates are perfect for “Start any time” of “frequent intake” courses so that learners can have dates that are relative to when they started the course (rather than everyone having to have the same due dates).
Start anytime enrolment
We use learner relative dates for our iQualify Skills courses where people can self-enrol whenever they want. In our courses, we set the study plan up so that the course is open for 365 days, but that the quiz is due on day 28 (four weeks after they started).
For us, this means we can have just one version of the course on our dash, that is open for the whole year, but learners still get due dates relevant to them. In fact, we use that quiz due date to send personalised and targeted emails to remind them to complete the quiz and earn their badge for the course.
Regular releases of content and assessments
Some partners use more of the study plan features to set open dates for sections, and due dates for more frequent assessments. For instance, so that learners can enrol anytime, but where new content is released at the start of every week and a short assessment is due at the end of every third week. This means facilitators can monitor and support all their learners from one Class Console page - seeing assessments that are upcoming and marking those that have been submitted.
Other partners use learner relative dates for “block” courses, where groups of learners are all enrolled at the start of the month and then the next cohort enrolled next month. Again, this means just one course on facilitators’ dashboards (rather than 12 each year) but each monthly intake still has due dates relative to the month they started.
What should I keep in mind when using learner relative dates?
This feature is in its first release so keep the following in mind when choosing to use relative dates.
Adding learners with relative dates
Currently individual opening dates can be set when adding learners one by one. They can also be set via the API, where you can add multiple learners in the same request and specify each learner's start date. They cannot be set via the bulk upload tool or by copying from an existing class.
Seeing a learner’s relative dates
Facilitators are currently unable to see all a learner’s relative dates, but they can see assessed task due dates and can filter their Class Console for who is currency studying (today’s date is within the learner’s course dates) and/or who has an assessment due in 10 days (or overdue).
Changing a learner’s relative dates
Under the first release individual dates for a learner can’t be changed without re-adding the learner.
Other articles you may find useful
How to set the dates of a course activation - Managers set the dates for each course activation (class), to control when it can be accessed by learners, facilitators and coaches.
How to add people to a class activation - Managers add learners, facilitators and coaches to a class, to control exactly who has access to each activation
Focus facilitation actions with sort and filter - How you can get the most out of the sort and filter functions in the Class Console to find where action is needed so you can focus your facilitation efforts.