Browsing the Content Catalog

Users can use their results from the PDP Competency Self-Assessment to browse the learning resources in the PDP Content Catalog.  Additionally, (1) If they are working on their certification, they can browse the learning resources for material related to SEP Experience Areas; (2) If they have questions related to various SE Domains, then can browse for learning resources on SE Domains in the PDP Catalog; and (3) Finally, if they have questions about ISO 15288 processes in the SE Handbook, they can browse for process-related learning resources, too.  A high-level overview on how to browse the PDP Content Catalog is provided in the Browsing the PDP Content Catalog Overview Video.  For detailed instructions, click the Browsing the Content Catalog Detailed Instructions link.  For answers for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), click the Browsing the Content Catalog FAQs link. 

At the top of the PDP Browsing webpage, there are filters available for competency groups, competency topics, proficiency levels, SE domains, ISO 15288 SE Processes in the SE Handbook, and SEP experience areas.  For a short description for each of the filter areas, click the filter title and a pop-up box / document will open.

For each filter, there are drop-down lists, and within each filter, the user can select a single item or multiple items.  For each item within a filter, an “OR” search is used, while for between filters, an “AND” search is used.  For example, if the following filters were selected:

  • Competency Group: “1-Core”
  • Competency Topics: “1-Critical Thinking,” “1-Systems Thinking”
  • Proficiency Levels: “Awareness,” “Practitioner”

Then the browsing would look for the following learning resources in the PDP Catalog:  Core Competency Group, AND Critical Thinking OR Systems Thinking Competencies, AND Awareness OR Practitioner Proficiency Levels. 

As soon as filters are applied, the number of learning resources changes at the top of the learning resource results cards.  When there are no learning resources for the filtering requested, items of interest will be added over time – keep checking back. 

The filtering will stay the same until you change it or click the “Clear Filters.” Button.  When the “Learn More” button is clicked in a learning resource results card, a new tab will open in your browser to keep the user’s current filtering on the PDP “Browsing the Content Catalog” page.  When the learning resource tab is closed, the original filtering remains on the PDP “Browsing the Content Catalog” page.  If you are done with the current filter and you want to use a different filter to find learning resources, just click the “Clear Filter” button all the way to the right of the filters. 

If you want to add the learning resource results card to your My bookshelf, click the “Add to Bookshelf” button and the learning resource is added to the “In Progress” page of your My Bookshelf.  The button changes to “Remove from Bookshelf.”  When the “Remove from Bookshelf” button is clicked again, the learning resource is removed from your My Bookshelf and the button changes back to “Add to Bookshelf.”

If you want to add personal notes to the learning resource, click the notes icon on the right-hand side of the Learn More page, enter your comments, click save, and click the notes icon again to close the notes capability.  If you want to provide feedback, click the feedback icon on bottom left-hand side of the page, enter your name and email address, select the type of feedback you want to submit, type in your feedback, click the submit button, and click the feedback icon again to close it. 


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