Create a course shell
Use the Course Builder to quickly and easily create a new template, create a new course offering or reoffer an existing course offering.
Note: Your Administrator must assign you the following Course builder permissions to enable you to create a course shell.
To create a course using the course builder
Within the learning environment, click Admin Tools and select Course Management.
Click Create a New Course Offering or Template.
Select one of the following:
Once you have decided on your course template, click Next.
Fill in the Course Offering Name and Course Offering Code.
Figure: The Create Course Offering interface.
On the following screen, click Create.
The course offering is ready to add content and users to using the Classlist or Admin Tools > Users.
Create and delete modules
When you create an object in the toolbox or drag a new object into the course tree, Course Builder interacts with its tool, enabling you to populate basic information and attributes. This streamlines the process of setting up your resources so you can focus on developing your course. From the toolbox or selected node panel, you can launch an object's corresponding tool to complete and finalize its details.
On the navbar, click Course Tools > Course Admin.
Click Course Builder.
Figure: The Course Builder overview.
From the Add Content section of the toolbox, do one of the following:
Click and drag an object type into the course tree in the location you want.
Click on the object type you want to create. From the Select a location dialog, click on the module or placeholder you want to add your object to.
Enter the object details.
To delete an existing topic, select the drop-down button on that topic and click Remove.
Create and delete topics
Course offering information
Edit your homepage
The homepage is the start page shown in a web browser when learners access a course. You can use the Homepage Management tool to create a new homepage and set it as the active start page for your course.
Note: All courses are initially set up with a default course homepage by your system administrator.
Your organization might enforce course homepages. If so, the homepage listed on Homepages displays an Enforced status, and you cannot change your active homepage.
To edit your homepage
On your Course Home page, click the three dots (ellipses) button and select Edit this homepage in the bottom right corner.
Figure: The Course Home page with the Edit this homepage option highlighted.
Edit values in the Name and Description fields if needed.
In the Type field, select the type of your homepage:
In the Header field, you can include the homepage header and specify the OrgUnitName parameter.
Figure: The Edit Homepage page with the Header field highlighted.
You can replace the corresponding homepage layout with a new one by clicking the Change Layout button. Select the new layout and click Update.
Figure: Selecting a new layout in the Select New Layout dialog.
In the Widgets section, click Add Widgets.
Note: The widgets listed in the Add Widgets dialogue are dependent on the tools available for use within your organization and added to the current org unit.
Select the widgets that you want to add and click Add.
Figure: Adding a new widget in the Add Widgets dialog.
To change a widget's vertical placement on a panel or move it to another panel, click and drag the widget.
Tool: displays a system tool, such as Content, as your homepage.
To edit the Tool-based homepage: Select the needed tool in the Tool field. For example, the Classlist tool.
External URL: displays an external web page as your course homepage.
To edit the URL-based homepage: In the Url field, enter your external URL.
Figure: The Edit Homepage page with the Url field highlighted.
Click Save and Close.
Your Course Home page will now display as widget-based, tool-based, or as an external URL depending on your choice of setting.
Make your course available and active
After building your course, ensure that you are aware if it is accessible to learners by controlling its availability and active status. This is particularly important if you only want to make your course available to learners during a specified time period or academic term.
This article outlines the workflow for managing the visibility of your course for learners by controlling your course’s active status and setting start and end dates.
To activate your course
From your organization home page, use the course selector to search for and open the course you want to activate.
On the course homepage, from the navbar, click Course Admin.
Click Course Offering Information.
Select Course is active.
Figure: The Course is active.
Note: You can deactivate a course offering to hide it from learners by clearing the Course is active.
Important: If a Start Date and End Date are set but the instructor does not select Course is active, the course does not become accessible to learners on the selected Start Date. The course must be activated by selecting Course is active.