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How to Create a New Course


RoadMap consists of many courses to contain its learning content. Therefore knowing how to create and maintain your own courses is imperative to having a prosperous site. This article will inform you with all the tools you need in order to create a new course ready for you to add your own content. For information on how to edit existing courses, please visit: Courses Overview

How to Create a New Course

To create a new course, you are required to be using an administrator account. There are several areas in which you can create a new course. To keep it simple, we recommend that you follow the below instructions:

Step 1 - From the Navigation Menu
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Enter the site 'Site Administration' menu from the navigation menu to the left of your page.

Step 2 - Site Administration
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From the the Site Administration page, select the 'Courses' tab, followed by the 'Manage Courses and Categories' option

Step 3 - Select a Category
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Select which Category you would like to place the course into, and the selected will appear on the right hand side of the page. Once you have your chosen Category selected, click on the 'Create New Course' button to begin setup.

(NOTE: Manage Courses and Categories is simply a filing system on the backend of your site, that contains all of your courses and helps you organise your content.)

Step 4 - Course Settings

a. General

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You will need to fill out the below details accordingly;

  • Course Full Name -  This will be the name of the course. This name will be displayed on the course card, and on the course page at the top.
  • Course Short Name -  This name is how the course will appear in the breadcrumb trail at the top of the course under the main heading.
  • Course Category - This option will default to the category that you originally created the new course under. However, should you change your mind, you can edit this from here.
  • Course Visibility -  As an admin, you will always be able to access any course. As a user, if a course is hidden, they may be able to see the course on their Dashboard but they will not be able to gain access.
  • Course Start Date -  This date will appear on the course card. Please ensure that this date is set to a time that makes sense to when you intent to release the course to users.
  • Course End Date -  This date will not appear on the course card, and is disabled by default. We recommend leaving this disabled, as it is not required.
  • Course ID Number - This ID number is not required, and we would recommend that you leave empty on any new courses.

b. Description

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You will need to fill out the below details accordingly;

  • Course Summary - This summary will be displayed on the course card. This might want to be a brief description of what the course contains.
  • Course Summary Files - This will be the image that is shown on the course course card. For the best results, we suggest using an image that is 300px by 100px.

c. Course Format

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You will need to fill out the below details accordingly;

  • Format - This are will determine how the course is laid out. For a standard course layout, such as the format you will see on Learning Heroes and MicroLearn, leave set to 'Topics Format'. (NOTE: Other formats may better suit you needs, so once you are familiar with the layout of a course, try other formats for yourself. The helpdesk will always be on hand to help you through any questions you may have about these new formats.)
  • Number of Sections - Each course consists of a number of 'Sections/Topics'. Using this option, you are able to set how many Sections/Topics you want to be included in your new course. (NOTE: You are able to add and remove more when the course has been created.)
  • Hidden Sections - This option will allow you to either display or hide, hidden sections from users from within the course.
  • Course Layout - This option will allow you to change the layout of your course. Just like 'Format', we recommend that you only change this from default once you are comfortable with creating basic courses.

d. Other Options

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The other options for your course are set up by default, and our recommendation is that these areas are left at default.

Step 5 - Save
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Click either of the save buttons to complete the course setup, and generate your new course.

Save and Return will take you back the the Courses and Categories area.

Save and Display will take you to the Participants page. (This page will only be displayed directly after creating a new course) 

The participants page will prompt you to manually enrol users. As the course is still being built, we advise you to NOT Manually Enrol users onto courses until you have finished it as it may cause confusion. From this page simply select 'Proceed to Course Content' to view your newly created course page.

Once you have created your new course, you can begin to editing to include your desired activities and resources.

Learn how to Edit an existing course here: Courses Overview

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