General configuration settings
In the course editor, you can find the following configuration tabs:
|Title and description|
Configuration options in the tab title and description ...
You need to enter a title for the course element. The title can comprise a maximum of 100 characters. All special characters and numbers are permitted. The title will appear in the navigation menu of the course and also as a heading in the content area.
Changes to the title of the first course element, the so-called main course node ...
If you change the title of the first course element, the new content will only be applied to the main course node and then displayed in the opened course. If you wish to edit the course title or description, you can do so using the more settings menu of the course.
|Subtitle||You can enter a subtitle for the course element with a maximum of 255 characters. All special characters and numbers are permitted. The title will appear as a tooltip in the navigation menu and - if selected and configured accordingly - as a subtitle in the content area.|
Here you can describe the course element. The description will appear in the content area below the title.
Depending on the settings configured in the element Display, this additional text is displayed to the user when opening the course element. The user can expand or collapse the view of the text.
Define which information about the course element should be displayed in the course view. In addition to the content, you can optionally display the title and description. All course elements are provided with a reasonable presetting, which mostly includes the setting Title, description and content. You can adjust this setting in accordance with the options available for each course element. For an example of the different setting options, refer to the help page Displaying information about the course element.
|Set link for this course element|
Each course element can be accessed via fixed link addresses. Therefore, an internal and an external URL is assigned to each course element. These direct links to concrete elements can be used within courses or provided to learners. The URLs are located below the title and description of the element and will appear upon selecting Set link for this course element.
- External link: To refer to this course element from outside of the course or learning platform, you can use the external link and insert it, for example as a href attribute, into the desired HTML page.
- Internal link: To set a link to another course element within the same course, you can insert the internal link as a href attribute into the desired HTML page.
|ID||You will need the ID number of the course element (on the bottom right), for example, if you wish to use the expert mode in the visibility or access tab.|
Configuration options in the tab visibility and access ...
In the areas Visibility
authors and course owners can individually determine the presentation of course elements. If no input is made in the access area, the content of a course element will by default be visible to all course participants after publishing the element. Apart from the general options listed below, additional configuration options are available depending on the course element.
The following general options are available for the configuration of visibility and access:
|General configuration options||Description|
|Blocked for learners|
If you select this checkbox, all other configuration options will disappear. The course element content is now exclusively accessible for tutors and administrators of the course.
|Depending on date||Mark this checkbox to specify a particular access time. You can set individual dates or date ranges by filling in only one or both input fields respectively. You can also create or delete dates via the + and - buttons.|
|Depending on group|
Select this checkbox to restrict the accessibility of the course element to learning groups or learning areas. You can then select existing groups and areas or create new ones.
If you set restrictions with the configuration option "depending on group", the corresponding course element will be restricted for all non-members of the group. This includes, for example, users who have not yet confirmed the group invitation or who are on the waiting list for a group. Such users cannot yet see or access the restricted course element.
|Depending on assessment||Here, you will find all assessable course elements. These include, for example, the elements test, assessment, task, or structure. |
If you select the option Check for "passed", you will be able to choose a course element from the input field Course element, which the user must have passed as a prerequisite to accessing this course element.
If you select the option Check score, you can indicate a number of points in the input field "Passing score", which have to be achieved in order to be able to access the course element.
|Depending on attribute|
The visibility of this option is system-dependent.
Via this option, you can set visibility or access rights according to user attributes. Only users who meet the predefined attributes will be able to see the course element or have access to its content. Multiple attributes need to be linked with an operator (AND/OR).
Different kinds of relational operators might be available depending on the selected attribute. For example:
- "contains the value"
- "does not contain value"
- "has exactly the value"
- "does not have value"
- "starts with value"
- "ends with value"
- "greater than" (>)
- "less than" (<)
- "greater than/equals" (<=)
- "less than/equals" (>=)
A list of all available attributes of several selected institutions can be found on the page Overview of the OPAL-Shibboleth attributes.
|Apply rules also for author, owner and tutor||This option does not become visible until one of the other options has been selected. If you activate the checkbox, the same access rules which apply to users will also be valid for tutors and course administrators.|
|Password||This option is only available in the area Access and can either be applied to the whole course or a structural element of the course. Enter the desired password, which users will need to use in order to gain access to the course content, in the text field.|
|Display expert mode||Click on the button Display expert mode to open an input field, which allows you to perform a more complex configuration according to your needs. For more detailed information about the expert mode, see the help page Publishing within courses (expert mode).|
|Advanced configuration options||In the case of individual course element types, there are further attributes to configure access to editing rights for course participants.|
If various restrictive single options are set, they will be linked with AND, i.e. all conditions of the single options must be met for the user to see and have access to the course element. The only exceptions are the single options Attributes. In this case, various restrictive single options can also be linked with OR. The OR linking only requires the fulfilment of one condition in order to enable visibility or access, unless other restrictive single options prevent this.
All restrictions are also automatically valid for all subordinate course elements.
Note about hiding access restrictions
If a course element is visible, but there are
- current or future access restrictions or
- restricted rights for the course element,
the user will be informed accordingly when accessing the course element. This information helps the user to learn more about the functions available, e.g. which functions will be available at what time and under what conditions.
If required, however, you can hide this information text (from the user) for each course element individually.
How to do that? ...
Notification message about existing access and authorisation restrictions in the course view:
To hide this message, open the course editor and switch to the Visibility tab of the respective course element.
In the section Information if course node is visible but not accessible (max. 248 characters), remove the check mark in front of the entry Show access restrictions below the text field.
Publish your changes.
The note will no longer be visible in the course view.
For individual course element types, there are further attributes which can be used to regulate access
to editing rights
for course participants.
The following editing rights can be restricted or extended using the general configuration attributes (depending on date, group, etc.):
- Edit task folder
- Drop box - Delete own solutions
- Drop box
- Return box
- Sample solution
- Read and write
- Only file download / read in the forum
- File up- and download/ read and write in the forum
- Edit or delete files / Moderate in the forum
- Read and write
- Display and add
- Display, edit, and delete
- Read and write
Configurable in the tab Visibility :
- Conduct test
- View assessment
- View results
- Add and edit articles
|Blog learning content||In this tab, you can select, create, and import resources. Detailed instructions are given in the following section Special configuration settings.|
|Multilingualism||In this tab, different translations can be added to individual course element areas.|
Special configuration settings
In the tab Blog learning content, you can assign a blog resource to your course element. Choose one of the three options:
You can replace the blog resource at any time.
Functions after adding a blog resource
Once a blog resource has been added, you have the following options ...
|To detailed view||Use this button to switch to the detailed view of the added blog resource. Among other things, you will find information on the supervisors and access rights in this area. For further information, please refer to the section Functions of the detailed view.|
|Replace blog||Click the button to replace the added blog resource with another blog resource. The settings window for the blog will appear. Switch again to the tab Blog learning content. Choose one of the three options to add a new blog resource.|
Click this button to get an overview of all existing blog entries. You can then create new entries, edit existing entries, and delete entries.
If you click the Edit button, the edit view will still open in the old interface.
All of these functions can also be used in the course view of the course element or in the individual resource view of the blog resource.
|Add quota||This function is only visible to users with extended rights. It can be used to change the storage space size of the blog resource.|
|Add external blog|
If you already have an RSS feed of an external blog (from another website) that you wish to make available in the learning platform, proceed as follows:
Expand for more information ...
A URL to a blog outside of the system (external blog) can only be added to a blog resource that does not yet contain any entries.
Select the Edit button in the tab Blog learning content.
In the editing mode of the blog, click on Include an external blog already existing.
- Enter a title, description, and URL in the appropriate fields.
Confirm your settings with Save.
A learning resource of the type Blog is not an independent learning resource, i.e. it must be integrated into a course element blog. Further information on independent learning resources as well as tutorials on their creation and management are provided in the section Learning resources.