Learning Taxonomy

Cultivate a growth mindset by showing employees they are on the right track; give them a powerful, bespoke search linked directly to your skills framework!


Why do I need a learning taxonomy?

Providing your employees with learning content is great… but it’s easy to get overwhelmed and not know where to start. You need to show employees what’s in it for them and you need to make it really easy for them to engage.

That’s where the learning taxonomy comes in…


It allows you to categorise your content into Topics and Topic Categories that appear in the content search. This teaches your employees about the search space and lets them know what content is available at a glance, without overwhelming them. It also gives them a starting point, a route into their learning journey.


And the best bit is that the Topics can be customised to suit your organisation’s needs! And if your Topics align with desirable skills, your employees will have a clearer direction for their own development journey.


Win, win!

Great! How do I choose Topics?

First you need to know if you have an internal skills framework:


If you already have a skills framework, then you’ve already done much of the work! All that’s left to do is map your existing framework to Learn Amp’s and add any missing Topics or hide any Topics that aren’t needed.

You can find Learn Amp’s default taxonomy in this csv.

Don’t have an internal skills framework? …No problem!

We’ve done the heavy lifting for you; Learn Amp has created a taxonomy consisting of around 2000 of the most common Topics and 50 Topic Categories. This has been lovingly put together through collaboration with our content partners to ensure that our Topics align.

You can use this ‘off the shelf’ or customise it to suit your organisation’s individual needs.

You can find Learn Amp’s default taxonomy in this csv.


We recommend you align your Learning Taxonomy to any internal skills frameworks so you can be sure employee learning is driving business value.

Ok, I know what Topics I need… now what?

Head over to Company Settings.



Then navigate to Learning Taxonomy → Manage Topics. From here you can manage your topics and topic categories.



I’m all set up…how do I get content to appear in the Topics?


When you create or edit an item, you have the option to Add Topics. The Topic Categories will be assigned automatically based on the Topic → Topic Category relationship you have set up.


If you want to add Topics to content in bulk, you can do this with an Item Import, just head over to Company Settings → Items Import, download the template and follow the instructions. You can add Topics to each item in a comma separated list.



This feature does not affect the visibility of content. Users will only see Topic Category/Topic tiles if the associated content is visible to them

For example:

  • if I have visibility of an item called ‘Agile practices 101’ that is associated with the Agile Topic, I would see a tile for Agile

  • if I don’t have visibility of any content that is associated with the Agile Topic, then I will not see a tile for Agile.



Topics and Topic Categories can take up to 10 minutes to appear on the Search page.

If you still can’t see it, check if you have content associated with the Topic; Topics and Topic Categories will only appear if there is content associated with it, that is visible to the user.

If you still have issues after that, let us know!

Yes, you can customise any custom Topic Categories that you set up! Go to Company Settings → Learning Taxonomy, then edit a Topic Category using the 3pips. You’ll see an option to customise the tile colour from here.

NB: Learn Amp default Topic Category colours cannot currently be customised. Let us know if this is important to you.

If you have our Skills Module enabled, it is possible to ask learners to select Skills they are interested in during their onboarding onto Learn Amp. You can read more about this here.

NB. This is currently only available for customers using our Skills Module.

Yes, you can! You can disable topics from Company Settings → Learning Taxonomy. When a topic is disabled it will not appear as an option. If all topics within a category are disabled, the Topic Category will no longer appear as an option either.
You cannot directly disable Topic Category.

Remember, if there is no content associated with a particular topic, this will also prevent the topic from displaying as an option in the Search pages.

Yes, you can! When editing the item details of library content, you can associate it with topics from the Categorisation section.

Not currently; only topics can be disabled. However, disabling all topics within a Topic Category will hide the Topic Category from the Search page.

Learnlists/channels must have at least one item associated with the relevant topic before the learnlist/channel will appear in search results for that topic.

The ‘most relevant’ content will appear in a carousel for each section following the below criteria: 

  • Only display content that is visible to the user


  • Only display content that has been assigned the relevant topic

Top Learnlists/Channels

  • Display Learnlist/Channel if a child item/event lower in the hierarchy matches the topic selected

  • NB: if a child item/event has it’s associated Topics updated, the re-index of the learnlist/channel can take up to 10 minutes to update. This means the learnlist/channel may not appear in the  ‘Agile’  topic for ten minutes after the item topic (skill) is updated to ‘The Agile process.’ (The re-index of the lower level content will be almost immediate.)

Learnlists and Channels cannot be directly associated with a Topic. Instead the Topics of the child items/events are used to index the Learnlist/Channel.

Yes, you can!

Click Edit on a Topic Category and make sure the ‘Feature on Search page’ checkbox is ticked/unticked as needed.