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.
In this tab, you can select or import a SCORM package. Additionally, you can also configure various display settings for the course element.
Detailed instructions are given in the following section Settings in the configuration tab.
|Assessment||In this tab, you can configure various assessment settings. Detailed instructions are given in the following section Settings in the assessment tab.|
|Multilingualism||In this tab, different translations can be added to individual course element areas.|
Settings in the configuration tab
In the Configuration tab, you can assign a SCORM package to your course element and specify various configuration options.
Assign SCORM package
- select an existing SCORM package (option 1) or
- import a new SCORM package (option 2)
Start the configuration for both variants as follows:
Open the course element SCORM.
Switch to the Configuration tab in the course editor and click on Select or import SCORM learning content.
A page with the function to import a new SCORM package and a list of your existing SCORM packages will open.
Decide on one of the following options:
(Option 1:) To use an existing SCORM package, select the desired package by clicking on the plus icon in the Actions column.
(Option 2:) To import a new SCORM package, click on Import. The system's default upload page will open.
Expand further steps ...
You have the option to import a file or a folder.
- Select a location for the file/folder you wish to import and upload the file/folder.
- Enter a title and optionally add a description.
- Click on Finish to complete the creation process.
The newly imported SCORM package will now automatically be used as a resource for the SCORM course element and displayed under Selected SCORM learning content.
The selected SCORM package will now automatically be used as a resource for the SCORM course element and displayed under Selected SCORM learning content.
Publish your course to complete the configuration and to make the SCORM package available to participants.
SCORM resource settings
|Hide in the course menu|
If this function is enabled, the course element will not be visible in the navigation on the left. The Start SCORM button can now only be accessed from the course preview or the associated structure pane.
|Open in new browser window|
If this option is enabled, the SCORM will open in a new browser window.
As a consequence, there will, for example, be no need for size adjustments.
|Start next SCORM after finish|
If several SCORM elements are referenced in the main course navigation, they can be started in sequence using this setting. The user will only need to start the first SCORM.
|Show menu||With this option, you can determine whether a navigation menu is to be displayed in the SCORM.|
|Show navigation buttons||Use this option to allow the user to navigate in the SCORM with Next and Back buttons.|
|Height/Width/X position/Y Position||Here you can determine the SCORM window's size and position.|
|Content character set|
The learning platform attempts to automatically detect the SCORM's character set. If the Automatically option does not result in the desired display, you can configure the coding of the content using a predefined character set.
Functions after adding a SCORM resource
Once a SCORM resource has been added, you have the following options in the course editor ...
Replace SCORM learning content
Click the button to replace the added SCORM resource with another SCORM resource. The same window will open as in the upper section Assign SCORM package. Now you have the same options as described above to add a new SCORM resource.
A learning resource of the type SCORM is not an independent learning resource, i.e. it must be integrated into a course element SCORM. Further information on independent learning resources as well as tutorials on their creation and management are provided in the section Learning resources.
Settings in the assessment tab
In the Assessment tab, you have the option to define general assessment settings for the SCORM course element.
Configure assessment settings ...
|Transfer score from SCORM|
If this option is enabled, the score achieved in the SCORM learning content will be transferred to the learning platform, and the user will see the assessment information area in the course view.
If the option is disabled, no assessment information will be transmitted. The user can only see the number of their attempts in the course view but no further assessment information. Hence, the assessment information for this SCORM element is also not available in the assessment tool for this user.
|Score needed to pass||This function allows you to specify the score which is needed to pass the learning content.|
|User can only advance score||If this option is enabled, the score of your second attempt will only be applied if it is higher than the score of your first attempt. If this option is disabled, the score of your second attempt will be applied in any case (regardless of your previous score).|
|Count attempts only if score is transferred||If you deactivate this function, every start of the SCORM is counted as an attempt.|
|Maximal attempts||Use this option to define how often the user is allowed to start a SCORM.|
|Show average assessment|
This function allows the user to see the average score among all users after completing the SCORM. The average is calculated when there are at least five completed attempts.
|Use certificates||Enable this option if the user is to receive a PDF document as evidence for a passed SCORM.|
|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.|