Overview of how our content is structured in Courses, Chapters and Modules
The content in SkillMill is organized into courses. Courses are organized around a specific subject and focus on providing instruction and training on just that subject. Each course has labels to help make searching and finding the appropriate content easier. Those labels are used in filters inside a category so that you can narrow your search down to the type of content you are looking for. You can also search for courses by name using the search bar in the top right of the screen.
Chapters and Sub-Chapters
Inside a Course, the information and exercises are divided into Chapters and Sub-Chapters. The chapter icons and titles can be found on the left side of the screen. Most courses start with an “Introduction” chapter denoted with a star icon. This chapter providesan overview of what the course will contain as well as guidance on any courses that may be useful before starting the course you are on.
After the introduction, chapters with information and training are titled based on their content and are structured like an outline (i.e. chapter 1 is labeled “1”, and its subchapters are “1.1” and “1.2”). Some courses will also have chapters called “Challenge Scenarios” and “Final Knowledge Checks”. Those will be explained later in this article, but those chapters are denoted with a graduation cap icon.
Inside each chapter are modules. Modules come in three forms: Videos, Knowledge Checks, and Simulations.
In videos, we have packaged the needed information into a video that can be played, paused, fast-forwarded, etc.
Knowledge Checks are a list of questions based on the content shared within the chapter. They test whether you understand the material. You will also find special Knowledge Checks called “Chapter Knowledge Checks” or “Final Knowledge Check” at the end of chapters and courses which contain questions that cover content from their section.
Simulations are virtual, interactive environments where you will complete tasks. These are safe and mess-free spaces to practice the steps of your trade. We have three types of simulations: Training, Challenge, and Assessments. Training simulations offer the most support with step-by-step instructions and on-screen indicators to guide you through the task. Challenge Simulations add difficulty by removing the on-screen indicators. You will still be prompted with instructions on what to do, but you need to use your knowledge and experience to know how to complete the tasks. Finally, Assessments are the most difficult simulation. They test you by placing you in a scenario without instructions or on-screen guides. You will rely on your ability to recognize and diagnose the situation and apply the right tools to succeed.