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Courses Object Timing
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Written by Victoria Levin
Updated over a week ago

The Courses feature allows you to easily create trainings or step-by-step processes for your team, that can be easily accessed from anywhere at any time, eliminating the need for in-person gatherings. It's highly flexible, making it perfect for onboarding, safety training, procedural updates, and much more, all directly from your users' mobile app or desktop.

If you are not yet familiar with the feature, we highly encourage you to take a look at the Starting Guide to Courses before continuing.

In this article, we will cover the following:

Setting Up the Object Timing for Courses

The Object Timing capability is an effective tool used in courses to set a specific order and timing between each of the course's sections and objects. This is ideal if you want to ensure that certain sections or specific objects are only accessible to users once the previous one has been viewed and completed or if you need them to be available only on certain dates. First, let's understand the difference between a section and an object, as illustrated below.

How to Access the Object Timing Tab

The Object Timing can be set up in a few simple steps, let's take a closer look at this!

  1. Access the Courses feature from the left sidebar

  2. Click on a specific course to access it

  3. Click on the Settings button on the top right corner and navigate to the Object timing tab where you will find the two types of object timing you can set: Hierarchy and On Date.

Understanding the Object Timing Options 

As mentioned before, we offer two different object timing options, let's understand what each of these means!


The "Hierarchy" option lets you decide the order in which your sections or objects will appear. You can choose between the order of None of After previous. For the first section/object of the course, the Hierarchy option is not available due to it being the beginning of the course and having no other section/object preceding it.

This is a great option when you have a quiz at the end of a section to summarize and understand how much of the material was understood and you only want the user to be able to continue to the next sections when they complete the quiz. If the user attempts to complete the quiz but fails due to multiple wrong answers, the user will not be able to continue to the next section. Only once the user successfully passes the quiz, will they be able to continue to the next section. Take a look at the example below to understand how this will look for the user.

On Date

The "On Date" option lets you decide when a section or object will be available for your users. You can choose between a specific calendar date or Always. If you choose a specific date, the section/object will not be available for users until that date arrives, and choosing "always" is like setting no limitations for when it will be available. The section/object in question will always be available.

This is a great option if, for example, you have a longer course that deals with different topics each week, or when you only want users to have access to certain more sensitive or complex information after a specific date. Let's take a look at the example below, where we've set a date but have not yet reached it, so then the section will be unavailable.

💡Tip: You can use both the "hierarchy" and the "on date" options simultaneously. In the example below, we have set both a hierarchy, where a section becomes available only after the previous section is completed, and a date restriction, where the next section can only be accessed on June 22nd. As shown, the user has completed the section and the quiz, but since it is not yet June 22nd, the section remains unavailable.

*The Object Timing capability is only available from the Expert plan under the HR Hub*

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