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The course element Single Page allows you to create your own HTML pages as well as to integrate and display files. With the element external page, you can embed external web pages in your course.


Usage: Learners' View


In the course element Single Page, you can read HTML pages created by the course author and view other files such as images or videos.

Overview course element single page

Functions for users

Open content for reading

 How to do that?

Open the course element Single Page.

Read content of the course element single page

The course element will provide you with information or learning materials. The pages may also contain links, media, and various interactions. Since the page is individually designed by the tutor, each course element Single Page can have its own specific layout and include different elements.

You can be assigned extended rights by a course supervisor. These rights will make additional functions, such as editing the page, available to you. For more information about these functions, refer to the section Functions in the course view.

Configuration: Authors' View

In the course editor

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

Add a course element single page

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

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

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


Select a course element from the menu on the right.

Select course element


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


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

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.

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.
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.

 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


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


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

Course element without notification message about authorisation restrictions

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.):

  • Assignment
  • Edit task folder  
  • Drop box - Delete own solutions
  • Drop box  
  • Return box
  • Assessment
  • Sample solution
  • Read  
  • Read and write
  • Moderate
File Dialogue
  • 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  
  • Read and write
  • Moderate
  • Read  
  • Add and edit dates
Link List
  • Display  
  • Display and add
  • Display, edit, and delete
  • Display  
  • Display and edit
  • Read
  • Write
  • Manage
  • Download
  • Upload
  • Delete
  • Read  
  • Read and write
  • Moderate
  • Display  
  • Display and edit
  • Display
  • Add

Configurable in the tab Visibility :

  • Conduct test
  • View assessment
  • View results
  • Read  
  • 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.

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

Special configuration settings

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:

Three 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.

Create a new HTML page

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.

Fill in the new HTML page
 Select an HTML page from the course storage folder or copy an existing template (option 2) ...

Click on the button Select page.

Select page button

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.

Select file from storage folder
 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.
Upload file

The selected file will be uploaded to the storage folder, automatically linked, and displayed under Selected page.

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.

Replace page:

  • Click on this button to create, select, or upload anew HTML page. Follow the steps outlined above.

Delete page:

  • 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.
Functions after adding an HTML page
 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.

Display settings: 

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
  1. Enter the URL of the desired page in the appropriate text field.
  2. 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.

  3. Confirm your entries with Save.

Configuration of an external page
Expert settings for dynamic content
  1. 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).

  2. Click on Save to confirm your entries and publish the course.

Note on copying a single page course element

If you copy an already fully configured single page course element within the course, the reference to the HTML file used will also be copied. This is the standard behaviour when copying course elements. For a course element of the type Single Page, this means that the same file will then be displayed for both course elements. If you edit this file later on, e. g. at one point in the course view, the (same) modified content will also be displayed at the other course element location.

To add a different file to the copied course element, you can use the Replace page function in the tab Page content in the course editor and reference another or a new file.

In the course view

In the course view, you can use all course element functions available to users as well as:

Edit content

 Open content for editing ...

Open the course element Single Page.

Edit button

Click on Edit.


The editor view of the page opens. Make your desired changes.

Further information on the editing environment is given in the section Text editor. 

Editor for editing pages
4Confirm your settings with Save or Save and close.

As a course supervisor, you can assign extended rights for a course element's additional editing functions to individual or even all course users. These rights can be configured in the tab Access. Further information can be found in the section General configuration settings on this page.