The difference between fixed and flexible courses

Modified on Wed, 19 Apr 2023 at 10:51 AM



New course creation

If you create a new course edition (planned course), you can create a fixed course or a flexible course. 

In this article the difference will be explained.

Fixed courses

If you select Fixed course, a course with a start and end date will be created.

Signing up for fixed courses has to be done before the starting date of the course and the course will be finished on the end date.

Functionalities unique to a fixed course

  • Add meetings
  • Set a minimum or maximum amount of participants
  • Email templates
  • Fixed start and end-date

Note: if you dó want to make it possible for participants to sign up for a course when the course already started, you have to tick the box 'Show active fixed courses on the website' at the bottom of Account Settings in Settings. This setting will apply to all courses.

Flexible courses

If you select Flexible course, a course without a start and end date will be created. For a flexible course participants can register continuously for the course. Participants signing up for the course have a set amount of days to complete the course. You can fill the amount of days in the 'duration' field. The amount of days will start counting for the participant from the moment a participant signs up for the course. The end date is set dynamically per enrolment and can be changed manually on the order.

The amount of participants is not limited for flexible courses, because they can continuously enrol. 

Functionalities unique to a flexible course

  • Continuous enrolment
  • Dynamic start and end-date (based on course duration and date of enrolment)

Note: to show active flexible courses on the website, it is not needed to tick the box 'Show active fixed courses on the website' at the bottom of Account Settings in Settings.

Other fields in the course edition

More information on how to fill in the other fields when creating a course edition, e.g. course template, variant and availability, can be found here


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