4. Creating a Course

When you’ve familiarized yourself with the system, you can start creating your first course. Move to the dashboard and click the link “Courses”. Press the “Add New” button. Now you can give your course a name by writing it into the “Enter title here” –field. In the text field below the title, write a description of your course. After describing your course content, scroll down the page and you’ll find a text field titled “Excerpt”, into which you can add a shorter version of your course description. You can copy the below text into both fields for a reference and to try how they look in practice.

Course Settings

Long course description for the text editor
|This is the long course description, which is typed into the large text editor box. Here, you can write a longer description of the objectives, content, duration and possible requirements of the course. This course description will be only visible on the course front page, nowhere else. If you want to the course description to be visible to the learner while completing the course, write a short description into the ‘Excerpt’ field.

Short course description for the ’Excerpt’ field
This is a short course description for the ’Excerpt’ field. You shouldn’t insert too much text here, but you can remind the user about e.g. the objectives and duration of the course.

After the course description, add an image for your course. This will be visible on the course front page and makes the whole more appealing. You can add the course image on the right-hand side of the editor, under the “Featured Image” section. Click the “set featured image” link and choose a suitable image from your media gallery or upload one directly from your computer. After adding the description and image for your course, you can add other course related materials, such as videos and Zine- or Flipbook publications.

Next, we check the visibility of the course on the ”Course Price Type” section. The dropdown menu has two options to choose from:
Open” (visible to everyone even without login, unless you click the option ”Hide Course Content Table”, which prevents access for all unregistered users, even if the course is set as “open”)
Closed” (only visible to registered users of the learning environment who have been added as participants to the course)

NB! When building a course, activate “Disable Lesson Progression” (checking the box enables going through the lessons and topics in any order). This makes your job going through the course easier.

Finally, publish the course by pressing the blue ”Publish” button on the right hand side. You can edit the course settings at any time, so don’t worry too much about mistakes at this point! Don’t move away from the course editor just yet, as we’ll use it next to add lessons, topics and quizzes to the course. The ’Excerpt’ field under the course editor is the place for a short course description.