What is a Training Activity?
A training activity is an abstract term for any planned undertaking that improves a student's qualifications, knowledge or expertise. A training activity is prepared in advance by your enterprise (or an outside supplier) to teach specific abilities to a specific audience. You can teach this activity many times.
A training activity can be any of the following:
- a training course run internally or bought from an external supplier
- on-the-job training and apprenticeships
- work experience and secondments (that is, temporary placements in other organizations to gain experience)
- an educational activity undertaken at the student's own initiative
- a revenue-raising training activity for external delegates
Each time you teach an activity, at dates and times scheduled by your enterprise, it is a scheduled event. You can have many events for one activity--that is--you can teach one course many times.
- a test or any other sort of follow-up activity
Scheduling a Single Event.
An event can run for any period of time you choose, such as several hours, days or weeks. To help you create a detailed agenda for an event, you can break it down into shorter sessions, specifying the location and start and end times of each session.
You can book resources, such as venues and trainers, for the whole event or for individual sessions.
See: Creating Event Sessions.
What Information Does a Training Activity Hold?
For each training activity, you can hold the following information:
- minimum and maximum number of students required
- skills or competencies its expected to deliver
Note: You can hold skills or competencies (or a mixture of both), depending upon how your system administrator has set up OTA.
- categories and information to help you search for appropriate events when you are enrolling students
- resources that should be booked when an event is scheduled
Activity Types, Concurrent Versions and Versions
Each activity is a version of an activity type.
You can have multiple activities of the same type with different validity dates (such as a current version and a new version under development).
You can also specify if the activity can run concurrently or not. If you want to run concurrent versions of an activity, you use dates to control when it can be scheduled. You use concurrent versions of an activity, for example, you might have an activity type called Account Management for which you have two activities: one is delivered in English and the other in French. You might have another activity type called Introduction to the Banking Industry with one activity delivered as a day release course and another activity delivered as an evening course.
If an activity becomes outdated (for example, changes in technology or teaching methods) you can create an new version of an activity and run it concurrently with, or instead of, the old version. This enables you to phase out old activities or immediately switch to new ones.
What About Unique or Informal Events?
This level of information is appropriate for activities that you regularly schedule and make available to students. However, if you want to record attendance at a unique or informal event, you do not need to define an activity and then a scheduled event. You can create a one time event.
See: Creating a One Time Event.
Resourcing the Development of New Activities
If you want to use Oracle Training Administration to schedule and manage the development of new training activities, you can create a Development Event. You can allocate resources, such as trainer time, to a development event as you would allocate resources to a scheduled training event. You can also enter a budget and actual costs for the development event for reporting.
See: Creating a Development Event.
Creating an Activity