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Purge Delete Records in Learn

Date Published: Sep 02,2022

CategoryProduct:Learn Administration; Version:Learn
Article No.: 000075571
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Before, there were 3 ways to delete courses:
  • Via the GUI clicking on the courses you want to delete. This method gave the user the option to create orphaned content or delete it.
  • Moving the courses to a DSK, disable them and then purge the DSK. This option would always create orphaned content inevitably.
  • Keep the courses on the same DSK and upload a feed file in “delete mode”. This option will never create orphaned content and would always delete it, inevitably.
Now with SaaS previous updates, purging the DSK always deletes content and never keeps orphaned content.

For more information, please go to

DSK for Self/Managed Hosting:

Data Source Key Overview (

DSK for SaaS: 
Data Source Key Overview (

Course Operations:
Course Examples (


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