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Create course

With the release of OPAL 11.1, the course creation is available in the new user interface. How to create courses in the old user interface is explained in the section Create courses in the old user interface below. 


To create a course, proceed as follows:

1

Open the tab Teach & Learn. In the left navigation area, click on the entry Overview and quick access. Here you will find the function box Create course.

A button for creating courses and individual learning content can also be found after opening the menu items My courses and My resources.

Depending on the system configuration and user rights, this box is also available in the First steps portlet on the home page.

2

In the Create course dialogue, you can now enter a title and description for your course.

Optionally, you can also

  • add a course image,
  • choose your semester: in addition to the current semesters and the year, you can also select "Semester overlapping" or the general entries "Summer semester" and "Winter semester"
  • assign a (OER) licence: For more information, see the help page Licences for courses, learning resources and documents
  • maintain metadata

Alternatively, you can adjust these settings at any time.

3

To complete the course creation, choose between the following options:

  • Done: This option creates the course with the settings configured and opens it in the course view.
  • Start course editor: This option creates the course with the settings configured and opens it in the course editor view. You can directly start filling the course with course elements.
  • Cancel: This option closes the dialogue. The course will not be created.


Create courses in the old user interface

To create a course in the old user interface, proceed as follows:

1

Open the tab Teach & Learn. In the left navigation area, click on the entry Overview and quick access. Here you will find the function box Create course.

2In the Create course dialogue, you can now enter a title and description for your course. Optionally, you can also add an image and assign metadata or a semester.
3Click on Save and then on Finish to continue.
4

Choose one of the three options:

  • Create a plain course with a wizard (for beginners)
  • Start course editor (for experts)
  • Show details and settings
Create a course with a wizardThis option opens a wizard to guide you through the first steps of the course creation. You can choose from pre-designed templates, select course elements you wish to use in your course directly from within the wizard, or copy one of your existing courses. After completing the wizard, these elements will be immediately available in the course. This option is suitable for beginners.
Create a course with the course editorThis option opens the course editor, which allows you to integrate course elements individually. This option is suitable for advanced users.
Show details and settingsThis option opens the detailed view of the course, which includes additional information and functions.
Select the option Create a plain course with a wizard (for beginners).


In the first step of the wizard, you can choose between the following three options:

  • Create a new course: You will create a completely new course without using a template.

    • Select the course elements you wish to include in your course. Later, you can still add more content to your course via the course editor.
    • Then click on Finish. Your course will now open in view mode.


  • Copy course template: You will create a completely new course based on a template.

    • Select a course template from the list and click on Finish.
    • Your course will now open in view mode.


  • Copy an existing course: You will copy one of your existing courses.

    • Select one of your courses from the list.
    • Then click on Finish to have your course copied and displayed.

      Individual course templates

      The learning platform already contains course templates for typical standard scenarios. However, it is also possible to add further individually designed course templates. These course templates need to be integrated into the learning platform by the system administrator.

Select one of the options and continue with the next steps.

Import course

To import a course, proceed as follows:

1

Open the tab Teach & Learn and click on Import course.

2

In the dialogue, you have the option to select a file from your Personal folder or to upload a course from your PC.

  1. Click on Select folder.
  2. For the next step, select the folder from which you wish to import the course and confirm your choice with Select folder.
  3. Search and select your course. Confirm your choice with Select.
  4. As a next step, you can customise the description and metadata of the imported course. Confirm your entries with Save and Finish.
  5. You will then be asked if you wish to start the editor.
  1. Click on Upload file.
  2. In the next window, you can select a course from your computer via Select file.
  3. Click on Upload.
  4. As a next step, you can customise the description and metadata of the imported course. Confirm your entries with Save and Finish.
  5. You will then be asked if you wish to start the editor.