Courses: an overview
Courses are made up of lessons, topics and activities.
To create a course, login as an Instructor and go to Teach Something > Course Creation > Your courses > Courses > Add New.
First you’ll see a text editor. You’ll be using the text editor a lot.
Use this text editor to add a description of the course. Usually this will describe what the learner will gain from completing this course, answering the question “What’s in it for me?”.
There is a separate cheat sheet for adding special formatting to content in courses, lessons, topics and activities. See the cheat sheet.
Here are some of the most important settings:
- Course page > Extra settings:
- Course headline: Displays on the course page under the title of the course.
- Course Short Description: Displays on the course grid.
- Estimated Duration: Please indicate how long the course should take a learner, so they have an idea of the required commitment before they start the course.
- Course level: If unsure about which to choose, use All levels.
- Media embed: You can add a video which displays on the course page instead of the featured image.
- Settings > Course Access Settings: this is the most important setting for the course, as it determines who can see / access the course. Each setting is described underneath so you can be clear about what you are choosing.
- Settings > Course Navigation Settings > Course Progression: this determines if the learner has to go through the course in order, or can jump around the course in any order.
- Settings > Course Prerequisites: allows you to require another course is completed before the learner can begin this one. Useful when making consecutive courses or breaking up a long course into smaller ones.
- Groups > Course Groups: this is essential for the course to display in the right places, and is described more here.
Carefully choose a category. Although it can be changed at any time, choosing an incorrect category might make your course show on an incorrect page.
Your organisation is the parent category. The type of course is the child category. You can add more child categories.
The child categories are used to filter courses on your organisation’s course page.
How it can display on the website:
The “Featured image” is the picture the learner sees on the course grid and course details page.
How it displays on the website:
We recommend that the image:
- Is not a generic stock image
- Says something about the course subject matter
- Shows faces (as appropriate)
Assign your course to a group. This makes sure that when learners register, they have access to the correct courses. There is more detail on Groups here.
This is a checklist to help you make sure you’ve selected all the basic settings when creating a new course:
- Course page > Content in the main text box including learning objectives
- Course page > Extra details entered (Course Short Description, Estimated duration etc)
- Course page > Featured image added
- Course page > Course categories added
- Builder > Course outline created
- Builder > Lessons in roughly the right order (everything can be changed later)
- Settings > Course Access Settings > access type selected
- Groups > At least one group selected
You’re now ready to start entering content in the lessons. When your course is ready, click “Publish” and it will be visible to learners.