For those of you who are accustomed to the flow of an established multi-class set-up, be that a semester or some other stated terms, the DMS system is going to take a different way of thinking.
You can set up a multi-part class in the Calendar. It’s a one honorarium class, regardless of how many sessions there are. It’s also a big weirdness. Once I had a person sign up on the 2nd class of the 3 part series, not paying attention to any of the spiel I’d put in.
Since we can’t force people to follow the steps you think they should, we’ll have to work with what we get. Sure, it’d be lovely if we could make people take some handbuilding before they start throwing. Although, I’m pretty sure that’s not how I learned. But then, if I remember right, the instructor showed how to throw, and we were supposed to practice. Handbuilding came later in the semester. And while the teacher was around, mostly in his office, if I recall, I learned the most from random experienced students coming by and giving me pointers.
That said, we can request that certain classes be prerequisites. I think that we’ll have to ask the Calendar group to set up AD permissions. That way, if we set 101 as the throwing class, then instructors could set that as a prerequisite, and only people with that class on their list could take the 2nd level class. Another way to do that is to have all students verified by the instructor. We do this in Metal Shop, where traditionally 1 guy would start with the required safety class, and then all the welding classes were by approval. That way he could verify that people were signed up for the safety class before approving them in the welding class. I have sent emails to folks in my welding class who hadn’t read that they were required to have the safety class first.
We could be charging for class supplies. There’s a spot for that in the Calendar. I think explicitly selling people clay is a bad idea. Charging for class supplies is fine, but just letting people buy clay randomly isn’t good. They get clay in the class. We can give them an explicit amount of clay, or not, depending on the teacher. Conor has offered in the past to drop off clay for those who can’t make it to Trinity.
Slight recap – I think we may need to have the Calendar team help us if we want to set up classes as prerequisites. That’d help if we want an intermediate/advanced level. Although, there’s nothing stopping folks from offering those upper level classes to those who have requested them. You’d probably still want to put them on the Calendar to reserve the space, but run the payment through Eventbrite or personal payment, and strictly make them instructor-approval.