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 ...
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
- File up- and download/ 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
|Page content / Configuration|
In this tab, you can select or create the page to be displayed or specify the URL to the external page.
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
Select or create page or configure link
In the tab Page content or Configuration, you can assign a resource of the type Page to your course element. You can use internal pages (element Single Page) or link external pages (element External Page).
Course element Single Page
To include an internal page, click on the Select or create page button.
A window with functions for creating or selecting an HTML page as well as for uploading an HTML file opens.
Decide on one of the following options:
Create a new HTML page online (option 1) ...
Enter the name of the new file in the appropriate text field, select a different character set if necessary, and then click the Create button.
The editor window for creating a new HTML page opens. Alternatively, you can also open the editor window manually by clicking the Open page in editor button.
Enter the desired content. You can also use the numerous formatting options in the Text editor.
Then click on Save.
Select an HTML page from the course storage folder or copy an existing template (option 2) ...
Click on the button Select page.
An overview of all HTML pages available in the storage folder opens. Mark the desired file by clicking on its title and confirm your selection with Select.
Upload one or more HTML files in a ZIP archive to the storage folder (option 3) ...
- Click on the button Select file.
- Now select a file from your computer and upload it.
- Confirm the process with Upload.
The selected file will be uploaded to the storage folder, automatically linked, and displayed under Selected page.
After adding an HTML page, you have the following options:
Open, replace, or delete page in the editor ...
Open page in editor:
- Click on this button to make changes to your HTML page.
- Click on this button to create, select, or upload anew HTML page. Follow the steps outlined above.
- If the HTML page has been added to a course element as an information page, you can completely clear this assignment using the Delete Page button.
Additional settings for the selected page ...
This option allows you to set the visible height of your page.
If the page is longer than the configured visible area, scrollbars will help the user navigate the page.
If you would like the height of the visible area to be determined automatically, then select the first option. Otherwise, select the second option Define height manually and enter the desired height in pixels (min. 300 pixels).
Click on Save to confirm your entries and publish the course.
If the page is longer than the configured visible area, scroll bars will appear in the right margin of the page.
Course element External Page
To embed an external page, use the element External Page. In the tab Configuration, you have the following configuration options:
|Configuration of external page|
- Enter the URL of the desired page in the appropriate text field.
If the page is password protected, you can enter the password and user name here. Your information will not be displayed to the user in the learning platform. However, it will be automatically transmitted when the external page is accessed. Select the checkbox next to the entry Page pass-word controlled to open the fields for specifying your user name and password.
Confirm your entries with Save.
|Expert settings for dynamic content|
Click on the desired option: If you would like the height of the visible area to be calculated automatically, then select the first option. Otherwise, select the second option Define height manually and enter the desired height in pixels (min. 300 pixels).
Click on Save to confirm your entries and publish the course.