Creating a Course
Be sure to review our overview of Courses: Introduction to Courses
Courses are the most important aspect of using an LMS. This guide will show you how to create a Course, add your Modules, and set grading and access rules for Students.
Once you have done that, you will be ready for the next steps of managing your Courses, adding a Course to a Product, and adding your Course to a Group.
In this article
Create a New Course
Courses can be found in the Courses > All Courses section of the dashboard.
To create a new Course, select the Create Course button.
A new Course will initially have the Course Status of Draft. This will prevent you from making the Course publicly available.
When ready for testing or live use, switch the status to Publish.
Remember to use the Save Course button in the top right corner to save your progress as you create your course. You must save before leaving the page to avoid losing any changes.
Step 1: Basic Info
Creating a Course begins with adding information to generate the course and allowing that information to be used throughout your account.
Choose a Name
The Course name is the most important identifier you will create. The name will be displayed in the Course Catalog and in your Products, as well as in many Admin pages inside your account. Students will view the Course name when they are logged in, as well as it being displayed at the top of every Module in every Course. If you award a certificate, the Course name will be printed on it.
Include Course Instructions
Overall Course instructions can be added to the Course if you wish.
Students will see them displayed on their Course page right before they launch into the Modules.
Add a Featured Image
The Featured Image of the Course will appear in multiple locations, including the Course Catalog, as well as in a Student's My Courses page.
If you choose not to upload an image, a sample image will be displayed instead.
The image is in a 3:2 aspect ratio, with the width being 1.5 times the size of the height. We recommend image dimensions of 300 px by 200 px, but any dimensions that maintain the 3:2 aspect ratio will display without stretching the image.
The file must first be uploaded to the Media Library, where it can then be selected for your Featured Image.
The Media Library houses all the uploaded files you use in your account. All uploaded files can be found here.
There are two ways to access the Media Library.
You may upload files to the Media Library through your dashboard by navigating to Assets > Media Library.
Or, you can launch the Media Library directly from the Create Course page by selecting Browse Media.
Inside the Media Library, you can add your image by dragging your file or selecting Upload Media.
Once the file has been uploaded successfully, it will be listed in the Media Library. You can then select it for use in your Course.
Choose Course Categories
If you have already created Course Categories, you can apply them to your Course here.
Add Course Credits
If you are awarding credits to your Students you can add them here. The number of credits can appear on the Course certificate if you choose.
Step 2: Curriculum
The curriculum is where you will put your Course together. A Course is built out of Modules, and here is where you add and arrange your Modules.
Adding Modules to Your Course
Modules can be added in two ways: creating a new Module directly in the Course curriculum, or selecting a Module that has already been created.
To create a new Module, choose a name for the new Module, and then select its type. Clicking Add Module will add the newly created Module to your Course.
To select an existing Module, search the dropdown menu for your Module name.
Once the Module is added to the bottom of your Course list, you have the option of removing it from the Course or entering the Edit Module page to make changes to the Module content.
Click and drag the Modules to rearrange them in the order they should be presented in the Course.
Lock The Module
Locking a Module forces a Student to complete it before being able to move on to the next Module in the Course.
Set the Availability of the Module
Instructors can choose to set a date when the Module will be available to a Student. This can help to delay a Student from completing the Course too quickly.
- Immediately the Module is available for the Student to enter right now.
- On a Fixed Date the Module will only be available after a certain calendar date.
- At Fixed Intervals the Module will only be available from a set length of time after the Student is enrolled in the Course or starts the Course.
Set the Minimum Time for the Module
Instructors can set the minimum amount of time a Student must remain in the Module before before being allowed to move on to the next Module. This can keep Students from advancing too quickly through the Course.
Step 3: Grading & Certificates
If you intend for your Course to be graded or award a certificate, those options can be added in this section.
Select Your Certificate Template
If you have already created a certificate, you can attach it to your Course here.
Set a Grading Criteria
There are three options for choosing how your Course is graded:
- No Grading the course will not be graded
- Average of all Quiz/Assignment/Discussion/SCORM the scores from grading set in individual Modules will be averaged together for a final Course grade
- Average of specific Quiz/Assignment/Discussion/SCORM the scores from grading set in a select number of individual Modules chosen by the Instructor will be averaged together for a final Course grade
Set a Minimum Passing Percentage
Set a minimum passing percentage for the final Course grade. Module scores averaged together must meet or exceed the minimum percentage for the Student to pass the Course.
Step 4: Expiration Rules
When a Student is enrolled in a Course, you can dictate how long they have access to the Course before that access is revoked.
Choose the Course Access Duration
There are four options for Student access duration:
- Unlimited the Student will always be able to access the Course, and the content of the Modules inside
- Till Specific Date after this date, the Student will no longer be able to access the Course
- Till X day(s) after a student start the course set a window of time for the Student to complete the Course after they start it
- Till X day(s) after a student is registered to the course set a window of time for the Student to complete the Course after they are enrolled in it
Now that you have created your Course, there are several ways to use it in your account. The next article will teach you about managing your Courses: