I’ve had a look through the site and forum and haven’t yet come across anything relating to this, so pardon me if I’ve missed something (I wish!)
I’ve been spending quite some time looking at o/s options that provision the booking / reservation of courses / events. I was extremely excited to discover Magento a few weeks ago, and this level of functionality would, in my mind, put you into orbit. I’ve had a look as the custom attributes feature, and I’m not sure it can quite handle what I’m talking about…
I believe there are countless tuition-based businesses that would benefit from an o/s solution that offers a well thought out approach to their market.
Here are a few that spring to mind:
Independant Driving Instructors (lost cost / no cost solution for these peeps would boom)
Leadership & Management Development
Life skills / coaching seminars
Seminars of any kind / exhibitions
Group music tuition (crappy keyboard lessons)
Group health & fitness (yoga, pilotes, etc)
The list goes on. I think the key is to keep things really simple, and not to go into a particular area too deep. Here’s an outline of what I think would do the job:
Product landing page - The title, description and a block of html takes care of what type of course / class / event this is. I don’t think any custom fields for this are needed.
Course date(s). - Unlimited single dates AND OR Recurring date(s) within a specified range.
Course duration, from minutes to days.
Maximum Delegates - Total number of available places, unlimited if 0. Similar to product stock availability.
Course blocks - Facility to make blocks of courses available. The logic here isn’t presenting itself too well in my head at the moment!! Needs a little more thought.
I’ll leave it there to see where the thread goes. Hopefully this is the start of something the o/s community is going to love. I am a web developer based in Manchester, England. And would be happy to be involved in the development of this. I don’t however think the results will be quite as ‘tight’ as they will be if this is a team effort.
WHO’S WITH ME!?