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TrainerActive Activity Search – Search Tips

How to use TrainerActive's Training Activity Search

You can use TrainerActive's Training Activity Search to quickly and efficiently find the training activities that you are looking for within our resource library.
To start a search simply type in the search keywords into the search box and click the search button.
To perform specialised more comprehensive searches try our Advanced Keyword Search and Advanced Activity Search facilities.

Searching for a training activity
Search Results
Search tips and trouble shooting
How to use the Advanced Training Activity Search
How to use the Advanced Training Keyword Search
Terminology
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Searching for a Training Activity

  1. Decide on the keywords that are most likely to appear/describe the training activity you are searching for. The more specific these keywords are the more precise your search results will be.
  2. Enter these keywords into the search box and press the search button, a list of search results based on these keywords will be returned.
  3. If the first page or two of results do not contain the types of training activity you are looking for, simply change your keywords and search again.
  4. If you get very few or no results try broadening the keywords used in your search. Also try different words with the same meaning such as “competency” and “competencies”.
  5. If you have too many results returned try narrowing the terms of your search.

    This can be achieved through:
  • Using more precise search keywords
  • Using the advanced keyword search for ALL entered keywords or even an EXACT phrase.
  • Using the advanced search to search for training activities via additional properties such as group sizes, duration and rating.

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Results

Search results are displayed in a specified order with the most relevant training activities placed at the top. When you perform a search we explore our training portal for activities that contain your search keywords. In general the more keywords in a training activity that match your search keywords the higher in the list of returned activities it is placed.

When you add more keywords to your search we use all of the elements to narrow your search. The more narrow your search the greater the possibility of an appropriate training activity being placed at the top of your search results.

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Search Tips

Be specific
Refine your search, if you are looking for an activity on conflict for a team then be specific. Just typing in “team” will return a huge array of irrelevant results compared to if you were search for both “team” AND “Conflict”

Spelling
If you are returning very few results or results that do not match then it could be that you have misspelled a word. Review your spelling of your keywords.

Word Variations
If a certain search keyword is returning the wrong results try a variation of the word, e.g. if your searching “competency” try “competencies”.

Small words
Unless when searching for a key phrase try not to use common words such as “the”, “and”, “how”, “activity” these can affect your search results. Omitting them from general searches will have no impact whatsoever.

Use the advanced keyword search
This search facility will enable more precise searches via the keywords used. More information on the advanced keyword search can be found here >

Use the advanced Activity search
This is another search facility that will enable more precise searches via the properties of a training activity.
More information on the advanced activity search can be found here >

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Using TrainerActive's Advanced Activity Search

This facility can be accessed via the “Advanced search link” below the general search box.

This search facility enables you to refine your search by including properties of a training activity within the search and is based upon the Learning Object British Standard.
It offers a number of properties which you can choose from (you don’t have to use them all within your search) these are:

Keyword General keywords as per usual
Category Training activities subject category
Manual Manual the training activity comes from
Minimum group size Smallest number of people the activity can run with
Maximum group size Largest number of people the activity can run with
Duration greater than The minimum duration a training activity should last
Duration less than The maximum duration a training activity should last
Credit Price The price in download credits of the training activity
Rating The training activities user rating (5 being the best)

Searching via this method will greatly improve the quality of your search results and enable you to find an exact training solution within minutes.

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Using TrainerActive's Advanced Keyword Search

This facility can be accessed via the “Advanced search link” below the general search.

It offers 3 keyword search options, these can be selected by clicking the circle next to each option

Options

ANY WORDS the search will return results that have at least one of the keywords entered present
ALL WORDS the search will only return results that have all the keywords entered present.
EXACT PHRASE the search will only return results that contain the phrase that matches the keyword phrase that you entered.

This facility also offers the additional search option of searching for training activities within a certain category. So by selecting “Competencies” the results will only contain activities from the competency category.

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Definitions

Keyword/Search term a word that relates to the training activity you are searching for e.g. “leadership”
Key phrase a whole phrase that relates to the training activity you are searching for e.g. “Competency based interviews”
Results a list of training activities that are produced from your search criteria.

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