Introduction to Courses
As we get started with the Introduction to courses, let's first take a look at a general glossary of terms that will be used:
- Course - The core and driving force of your platform. Courses are how you bring your content to students and organizations. A course consists of a package of sections and modules or just modules.
- Section - A way of organizing modules within a course.
- Module - An individual lesson with specific interactive tools. Each module will contain one of these: a PDF file, a video, a SCORM package, text/HTML with or without images, a webinar, a quiz, an assignment, a discussion, or a survey. Click here for more information on using modules.
- Curriculum - The entire training content that makes up each course.
- Course player - The display presenting content when launched by the student. It tracks the student's time in the module, contains the controls to view the module, buttons to advance to the next module, return to All Modules, and much more.
There are 3 ways to present your Course Curriculum:
1. Course with Modules:
This diagram shows a course with three modules. As stated in the glossary, modules are individual lessons with specific interactive tools. When all three modules are completed, the student receives credit for completing the course.
2. Course with Sections and Modules:
This diagram shows a course with two sections having two modules in each. You can use one or more sections to group or organize the modules in a way that most clearly presents the course material to the learner.
3. Combination of Sections and Modules
This diagram shows that you can create a course where some modules are grouped into one or more sections, and some are not. This flexibility is designed to give the best user experience to the student. There is no limit to the number of sections or modules that can be added to a course.
If you are creating a course containing modules not included in any section and modules included in some sections, the stand-alone modules need to come before the sections. Otherwise, the stand-alone modules will be added to the section under which they are defined.
Building and managing your courses will require the following steps. It's not necessary to follow any of these steps in sequential order, but we do recommend this path for anyone just getting started:
The use of groups is optional and can be done as a self-service feature in the Course Catalog. But it is also possible to manually create a group and add courses.