Ok I found a good middleground.  I'll use an automatically assigned cohort 
to handle most of the sign ups and then use a manual assignment after for 
anyone that doesn't fit in the default bucket.

Thanks! 

On Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 9:50:57 AM UTC-4, Erik Van de Water wrote:
>
> Hi Andy,
>
> Thank you for the quick response :)
>
> To implement your solution, I need one more question answered if you don't 
> mind: Since automatic assignment is random, I can't use that, but I could 
> do manual assignment.  Using manual assignment, would there be a way using 
> edX to ask the learner which kind of user they are (account manager or 
> accountant or sales person), or would that have to be done outside the 
> platform, and then after they signed up and were assigned by me, they would 
> be able to start learning?
>
> On Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 9:43:34 AM UTC-4, Andy Armstrong wrote:
>>
>> Hi Erik,
>>
>> Have you looked at using content groups to create cohort-specific content?
>>
>>
>> http://edx.readthedocs.io/projects/open-edx-building-and-running-a-course/en/open-release-eucalyptus.master//course_features/cohorts/cohorted_courseware.html
>>
>> This allows you to tag different content in Studio as to be shown to 
>> different groups. The challenge with this approach is that the schemes 
>> currently available for cohorting mean that you will have to manually 
>> segment your users.
>>
>> I hope this helps. Let me know if you'd like more details.
>>
>>  - Andy
>>
>>
>> On Tue, Oct 18, 2016 at 9:38 AM, Erik Van de Water <erik...@gmail.com> 
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Eucalyptus 2 release if that is relevant.
>>>
>>> On Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 9:33:42 AM UTC-4, Erik Van de Water 
>>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> I am trying to make multiple courses with highly similar but not quite 
>>>> the same content in each of them - each course is specialized to a 
>>>> specific 
>>>> audience. I have 3 audiences: account managers, accountants, and sales 
>>>> people, and each needs to share about 80% of core content, with about 20% 
>>>> being specific to the audience.
>>>>
>>>> However, I don't want to do a bunch of rework to create these slightly 
>>>> different courses (i.e. have to create each course manually as if it is 
>>>> completely new as opposed to sharing the core content with the other 
>>>> courses).
>>>>
>>>> What I have looked into:
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>    - Libraries - Seems to be only for randomized content/questions
>>>>    - Cohorts - Does not seem to provide distinction between different 
>>>>    groups other than in discussions, automatic assignment seems arbitrary
>>>>    - Putting all content in one course and having students skip 
>>>>    sections unrelated to their specific track - Not sure how grading works 
>>>>    with this (can someone take the final without having gone through all 
>>>>    course content, can there be different final exams for each kind of 
>>>>    student?).  Also just a little less professional than I'd like (but 
>>>> this 
>>>>    isn't a deal breaker, getting grading right would make this a good 
>>>> solution.
>>>>
>>>> Thank you for any help! :)
>>>>
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