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The course element Course allows the author to embed further courses into an existing course in order to connect content and to summarise assessments.

 

Content

Usage: Learners' view

Overview

If you open the course element Course , you will see the information about the embedded course added by the author, and you can start the course.

If the course is subject to assessment, the assessment status can also be displayed here.

Overview course element course

Functions for users

The following functions are available to users within a course element Course :

Start course

 How to do that?
  1. Open the course and go to the course element Course
  2. Click on Start course . A new tab opens showing the linked course.
Start course button

View assessment

If an overall assessment is configured for the course, it can be viewed here, provided that the configuration by the author does not prevent it. 

 How to do that?
  1. Open the course and go to the course element Course .
  2. You will now see your current assessment status for the course.

Depending on the course author's settings, the information displayed may include your score, mark, and/or a note on whether you have passed or failed the course.

Current assessment status

Configuration: Authors' View

In the course editor

The following functions are available to you in the course editor:

Add a course element course

 Click to open instructions on how to add a course element ...

To integrate a course element into your course, proceed as follows:
1

Open the course you want to edit.

Use the pencil icon at the top of the page to open the editing mode.

Switch from the course view to the editing mode

2

Select a course element from the menu on the right.

Select course element

3

In the new window, you can define the position of the new course element within your course structure (left navigation pane). The available positions are marked with an insert icon.

To insert the new course element into an existing substructure, you need to open the substructure by clicking on the small triangle symbol next to its title. The area will open and you will again see insert icons at the positions which are available.

Click on the insert icon at the desired position within the structure. The selected area will be highlighted.

Confirm your choice with Insert course element.

Insert course element into the course tree

4

The element will be inserted into the course structure at the selected position.

Depending on the course element, you have to make additional configurations or add content in order to complete the configuration.

For these changes to take effect, you must publish the course. The course element will then also become available in the course view.

Configure and publish course element



General configuration settings

In the course editor, you will find the following configuration tabs:

Title and description
 Configuration options in the tab title and description ...

Course editor settings in the tab title and description
ElementsDescription
Title

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 ...

(warning)  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.

SubtitleYou 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.
Description

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.


Display

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.
IDYou 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.


Visibility
 Configuration options in the tab visibility and access ...

In the areas Visibility and Access, 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:

Course editor - Tab visibility and access


General configuration optionsDescription
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.

Block access or visibility for learners
Depending on dateMark 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.

Set access or visibility rights depending on dates

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.


Set access or visibility rights depending on groups

Depending on assessmentHere, 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.

Set access or visibility rights depending on assessments

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.

Set access or visibility rights depending on attributes

Apply rules also for author, owner and tutorThis 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.

Apply rules also for author, owner and tutor

PasswordThis 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.

Set access or visibility rights depending on passwords

Display expert modeClick 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).
Set access or visibility rights in the expert mode
Advanced configuration optionsIn 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:

Course element with notification message about authorisation restrictions

1

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.

Course editor setting to hide notification message

2

The note will no longer be visible in the course view.

Course element without notification message about authorisation restrictions


Access
Configuration

In the tab Configuration , you can assign a resource of the type Course to your course element.
Detailed instructions are given in the following section Special configuration settings .

Assessment

In the tab Assessment , you have the option to customise the settings for the assessment of the course.
Detailed instructions are given in the following section Special configuration settings .

MultilingualismIn this tab, different translations can be added to individual course element areas.

Special configuration settings

Configuration tab

In the tab Configuration , you can select a course resource for the course element Course .

 How to do that?
  1. Open the course editor in the course element Course
    and go to the tab Configuration .

  2. Click on Select course .

Select course button

3. An overview of your course resources is displayed.

4. Select the desired resource by clicking the Select course button.

Select a course resource from the list
5. Now you can pick whether or not the description of the selected course will be included in the course element. Notification window - Include course description
6. The resource you selected is now displayed under Selected course in the tab Configuration . Selected course
Assessment tab

In the tab Assessment , you have the option to customise the settings for the assessment of the course element. Open the course editor of the course element Course and go to the tab Assessment . Now you have the following options:

Take over assessment data from the course: If this checkbox is activated, the assessment of the embedded course will be included in the current course.  

Use certificates: Activate this checkbox if the user is to receive a PDF document as evidence for a passed course.  

Template for certificates: Here you can select the desired template for the certificate. Apart from the example template, you can also use an individually created template.  

Display certificates only for tutors (assessment tool): If this option is enabled, the PDF files of the certificates can only be accessed via the assessment tool. In all other places, the user can no longer access, view, or download their own certificate.  

For detailed information on using and configuring certificates, refer to the section Certificates.

Configuration options in the tab assessment

Functions after adding a course resource

After adding a course resource, you have the following options in the tab Configuration :

To detailed view: Use this button to switch to the detailed view of the added course resource. Among other things, you will find information on the supervisors and access rights in this area.

Select course: Click the button to replace the added course resource with another course resource.

Display title and description of the course: If the checkbox is activated, both the title and the description from the detailed view of the course will be displayed.

Functions after adding a course resource
Functions in the course view

As an author, the same options will be available to you in the course view as for users. Detailed information can be found in the help section Functions for users.