Progress update, September [via Schema Course extension Community Group]

It's the end of summer (at least where I am sat that seems very much the case)
and there is some good progress to report.

What aspects of a course can we now describe?
As a result of work so far addressing the use cases that we outlined, we now
have answers to the following questions about how to describe courses using

  How to define something as being about a course or being about an instance of
that course
  How to mark up the identifier used by providers to identify their courses
  How to identify a course by provider and name
  How to mark up the subject of a course
  How to identify the location where a course is offered
  How to identify the start and end of an instance of a course, and the times of
events that are part of it
  Related to start and end dates of a course, how to specify the duration and
amount of time typically required to complete a course
  How to identify the organizations providing and offering courses (and how
these two roles may differ).
  How to identify the teacher / instructor of a course (who may or nay not be
the creator of the course).
  How to mark up the mode of study or delivery.
  How to identify a course which is a prerequisite of the course being
described or to link to or describe other prerequisites.

As with anything in, many of the answers proposed are not the final
word on all the detail required in every case, but they form a solid basis that
I think will be adequate in many instances.

What new properties are we proposing?
In short, remarkably few. Many of the aspects of a course can be described in
the same way as for other creative works or events. However we did find that we
needed to create two new types Course and CourseInstance to identify whether the
description related to a course that could be offered at various times or a
specific offering or section of that course. We also found the need for three
new properties for Course: courseCode, coursePrerequisites
and hasCourseInstance; and two new properties for CourseInstance: courseMode
and instructor.

There are others under discussion, but I highlight these as proposed because
they are being put forward for inclusion in the next release of the
core vocabulary.

More good news:  the Google search gallery documentation for developers
already includes information on how to provide the most basic
info about Courses. This is where we are going :)


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