News & Updates

  1. In Celebration of Pi Day

    In celebration of  Pi Day (and because we CourseStorm folks are naturally curious) we decided to see just how many math and math-related classes have been listed using CourseStorm since last year’s Pi Day.

    We discovered that programs using CourseStorm listed 1,043 classes about math since 3/14/18!

    That’s a lot of math – from SAT prep to medical math, brain games to game theory, and trade tycoons to Wall Street for kids. 

    One of our favorite current classes is Montgomery Bell Academy’s Understanding Your TI-84: High School (Jedi edition).  This class listing inspired many fond memories and stories about our own graphing calculators, shared over pies (pizza, chocolate, coconut, and key lime).

    We raise our slices to all the math teachers of the world and all the programs that help more people learn the wonders of mathematics.

    Happy Pi Day!

    Pi Day at CourseStorm - table with pizza, coconut cream, chocolate cream, and key lime pies

    Key lime, chocolate cream, coconut cream, and pizza pies -CourseStorm honors Pi Day in style.

  2. Feature Spotlight: The CourseStorm Widget

    You’ve set up your classes for online registration with CourseStorm, and your catalog’s ready to go. There’s a good chance you have a site of your own, though, and you’d love to include a list of your classes on your site. Fortunately we make this really easy with the CourseStorm class list widget!

    Our widget allows you to plug in a bit of JavaScript code to your site that will load classes from your CourseStorm catalog. Even better, you have complete control on how you style the list of your classes; if you know CSS or know web designers who do, you can make our widget appear seamlessly with the existing design of your site.

    Take a look at how the class list widget blends perfectly with the rest of the Ely Folk School website:

    The CourseStorm widget on the Ely Folk School site

    In addition to customizing the colors and formatting of the widget, you can also control what displays at all. Want a simple list with just the name and start date of the class? The widget can do that! Want a full-fledged catalog with images, prices, and a button that links directly to the registration screen for the class? We can do that too. We want to give you as much control as possible to make the widget your own.

    Maine Audubon uses our widget to display a clean list of their upcoming classes:

    The CourseStorm widget on the Maine Audubon site

    The widget is great to use in small blocks of content, too! MaineGeneral has a widget-powered “Classes & Events” block on their home page:

    The CourseStorm widget on the MaineGeneral site

    Want to start using CourseStorm to take online registrations for your program? Or want to integrate your existing CourseStorm catalog into your existing site? Email our Support Team today and they’ll be happy to help!

     

  3. Printable Rosters: Now Available for All Classes!

    CourseStorm provides an easy way for students to sign up for your classes, but we’ve heard from a number of programs having a way to manage students once classes begins would be really helpful as well. That’s why we’re really excited to announce a brand-new feature: printable rosters!

    Printing a roster in CourseStorm couldn’t be easier. On any class’s roster, simply click the “Print Roster” button in the top right corner of the student list. We’ll automatically generate a PDF file for you with each student’s name and contact information. These new rosters are great for attendance as well! We give you ten empty columns to use as you wish. We also provide a few blank rows in case there are any changes or drop-in students.

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  4. Add to Calendar – Right from a Receipt Email!

    Are you looking for a quick way for registrants to save classes to their personal calendars?

    Our latest update gives your registrants that convenience.  With the click of a button in a registrant’s receipt email, she can now save the newly-registered class. Each calendar event will include the event’s name, registrant names, date & time, location, and description. And the button works with any calendar software that supports the ICS format (Google Calendar, Apple Calendar, Outlook, and more).

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  5. New Feature: Unlisted Classes

    Have you ever had a class where you wanted to limit registration to just a select group of people?

    Today’s your lucky day! We’re pleased to announce that we’ve launched a new way to make any of your classes unlisted. This keeps them out of your public catalog and makes them only accessible to those with the special link. All it takes is a few clicks and you’re done!

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  6. The CourseStorm for WordPress Plugin Is Here!

    This year we’re working hard to make it even easier to integrate CourseStorm into your website. With our brand new CourseStorm for WordPress plugin, we’re closer than ever to that goal.

    What can it do?

    Our new WordPress plugin allows you to list and display information about your classes on your website. This has the benefit of keeping people on your website longer and allowing them to browse your catalog from within your website.

    The plugin will display a list of your categories, a slider for featured classes, a listing of classes in a category, and individual class pages.

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  7. Learn More about Your Students with Registration Details

    We’re wrapping up 2018 with a batch of new features for registrations. To start, we’ve revealed more about the registrations you receive through CourseStorm. We’ve added a new way to give you more information than ever about where a registration stands with our new registration detail screens.

    These two new screens open up information about registrations you’ve never been able to access in the administration area before – including a schedule of upcoming payments! It also provides a home for a number of new features we’ll be adding in the coming weeks.

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  8. Improving Search Engine Results for Your Classes

    As anyone who holds classes can tell you, attracting students is an important goal. In many cases, it’s the #1 priority for programs! Today we’re adding a new way to do just that: enhanced, richer results in search engines. Best of all, there’s nothing more you need to do to enable them!

    We’ve added some new code on most class pages that tells Google and other search engines more about the classes you offer. Though the search engine decides if and when to display these new interactive results, this new code gives them all the information they need to build the best preview for your classes.

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  9. The New Look of CourseStorm’s Emails

    As October winds down here at CourseStorm, we’ve been working hard on a couple of great new features. Starting today you might notice something different about the email notifications you receive from CourseStorm. It’s no Halloween trick – our emails are getting a new, modern, mobile-friendly makeover!

     

    The new design of CourseStorm's email notifications

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  10. Boost Enrollments with Class-Specific Promo Codes

    Whether you run seasonal catalogs or hold year-round classes, fall can be an important time of year! And we love doing everything we can to help attract registrations for your program. Here’s a quick tip to fill some extra seats with one of our newest features: class-specific promo codes.

    Do you have a class that’s in danger of being cancelled or one with a lot of available seats? Try posting a limited-time promo code for the class to your email list or on your page on Facebook.  Combined with CourseStorm’s automatic low enrollment emails, class-specific promo codes are one more way to reduce the chance you’ll have to cancel.

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