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
|Survey configuration||In this tab, you have the possibility to store a learning resource of the type survey and to configure settings for the implementation of the survey. Detailed instructions are given in the following section Survey configuration.|
|Multilingualism||In this tab, different translations can be added to individual course element areas.|
Here you can assign a resource Survey to your course element Survey. To do this, you can choose from the following options:
- Select survey (option 1)
- Create survey (option 2)
- Import survey (option 3)
Start the configuration for all three variants as follows ...
Open the course editor in the course element Survey and switch to the Survey configuration tab.
Click on the button Select, create or import survey.
A page with functions for selecting, creating, and importing a survey resource opens.
Decide on one of the following options:
Use an existing survey (option 1)
- Select an existing survey resource from the overview and click on Assign surve behind the survey you wish to add.
Create a new survey (option 2)
- Start by clicking on Create below the heading of the dialogue.
- The dialogue for creating survey resources opens. Enter a title and optionally a description in the appropriate text fields.
- Click on Save.
- If necessary, upload an image for the detailed view of the new resource.
- Click on Finish to complete the creation process.
Import survey (option 3)
- Click on Import. You will find this button located below the heading Search for referenceable learning resources.
- The dialogue for uploading survey resources opens. Use the buttons Select folder or Upload file to navigate to the location of the file to be imported. Confirm your choice with Upload and fill in all necessary data for the new survey resource.
The resource will now be displayed in the Survey configuration tab.
Functions after adding a survey resource ...
- Replace: Click this button to replace the stored resource with another resource. The same window will open as described above in the section Assign survey . You can now select, create, or import a survey resource. If there is a newer survey version available, you can also update the old version using this path. For more information, see the section Replace survey version.
- Edit: Click this button to open the survey resource in the ONYX editor. In this area, you can edit the content of the survey and create and configure additional questions. For more information on working with the ONYX editor and available question formats, refer to the chapter Creation of test content with the ONYX suite.
If a newer survey version exists, the older version can no longer be edited. The Edit button will then be disabled.
A learning resource of the type survey must be integrated into the course element. Further information on independent learning resources as well as tutorials on their creation and management are provided in the section Learning resources.
Add information text
You can provide the learner with an information text for the survey. This text will be displayed in the course view above the Start survey button.
Add information text ...
Open the course editor of the course element and switch to the Survey configuration tab.
Then click on Select or create page.
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.
After adding a survey, you have the option of configuring various settings for the execution of the survey.
Choose from the following options ...
Show navigation tree
This checkbox is enabled by default.
Disable the option to hide the navigation tree including the question titles during the survey.
If this checkbox is enabled, participants will be able to pause the survey. In this case, all given answers will be saved, and the participant will be able to continue the survey later.
Show item titles
This checkbox is enabled by default. All question titles will be displayed as stored in the survey resource.
Clear this checkbox if you prefer neutral question titles instead. The original question titles will then be replaced with neutral ones such as "question 1", question 2", etc. and all displayed questions will be numbered linearly.
Confirm your configuration with Save.
After completing the survey
You can influence a user’s navigation after completing a survey and determine the course element to which they should jump.
To do this, mark the checkbox Jump to another course node . The selection list Select course node will open. Click on the triangle at the end of the list box to display the available entries. Select the desired course element from the list and confirm your settings with Save.
After the submission and successful storage of the survey attempt, the user will automatically jump to the selected course element. However, this does not apply to survey attempts that are cancelled, or interrupted.
Correction mode and new survey version
The integrated survey resource can also be edited or enhanced. However, if user results for the resource already exist in the system, it must be ensured for the assessment that these results match their survey version. Therefore, the following options are available for making changes:
This mode can be used for small changes, such as spelling corrections. However, essential survey content cannot be modified. This means that it is not possible to add new questions or change survey or question options or assessments.
- This option can be used to make significant changes to the survey content. All editing functions can be used and all implementing options can be adapted.
Both options will be displayed when opening a resource with existing user results for editing. If the option correction mode is used, no further changes or publishing of the course element will be necessary. The modified version will be immediately accessible to users starting the survey. However, if a new survey version is created, the old survey version must be actively replaced so that the new one will be displayed to the user. As long as this is not the case, the user will be shown the old version when opening the resource.
Replace survey version
|Replacing a new survey version is done in the same way as replacing any other test resource: Further information is provided in the section Replace test version.|