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 have the opportunity to decide on the presentation of the course element. Detailed instructions are given in the following section Configuration.
The structure element is an assessable course element. Scores, marks, and passed statuses from other course elements can be collected and displayed in an assessment summary. Detailed information can be found in the section Assessment
|Multilingualism||In this tab, different translations can be added to individual course element areas.|
Open the course editor and go to the tab Configuration of a structure element. Now you can configure the following presentation settings:
If you prefer an automatic summary of the selected elements, you have the following options:
- Automatic overview: The first ten child elements are displayed, including their title, subtitle, and description (if present).
- Automatic overview and preview: Up to ten child course elements are displayed, including their title, subtitle, and description (if present), as well as a preview of the content. This setting option also allows you to choose from a list of available elements. All you need to do is enable the checkboxes in front of the desired elements.
Both settings ignore the display configuration in the tab Title and description of the course element. This setting is applied only when opening a single element.
- Display in two columns: In the case of more than five elements, we recommend a two column overview. Just activate the corresponding checkbox.
Confirm your entries with Save.
Your HTML page
You have the following options to embed an HTML page as a summary page in the course element.
- Create HTML page (option 1)
- Select HTML page (option 2)
- Upload HTML page (option 3)
Start the configuration for all three variants as follows:
- Activate the checkbox Your HTML page and click on Save.
2. Then click on Select or create page.
|3. A window with functions for creating, selecting, or uploading an HTML page opens. Decide on one of the following options:|| |
Create HTML page (option 1)
- Enter the name of the new file in the appropriate text field and optionally select a different character set.
- The editor window for creating a new HTML page opens. For further information about formatting options, click here.
- Click on Save to complete the creation process.
Select HTML page (option 2)
- Click on the button Select page.
- Select the desired file by clicking on its name.
- Confirm your selection with Select.
Upload HTML page (option 3)
- Click on the button Select file.
- Select a file from your computer.
- Then click on Upload.
The HTML page will now be displayed in the tab Configuration under Selected Page.
After adding an HTML page, you have the following options:
Open or replace 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 a new HTML page. Follow the steps outlined above.
Additional settings for the selected page ...
Determine the height of the HTML page's visible area.
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.
External HTML page
This option allows you to embed an external HTML page as a summary page in the course element Structure.
How to do that?
- Activate the checkbox External HTML page and click on Save.
2. Now enter the URL in the appropriate text field.
3. If the page is password protected, you also have the option to enter the password and user name. 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.
4. If necessary, configure the height of the external page's visible area under 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). If the page is longer than the configured visible area, scroll bars will appear in the right margin of the page.
5. Confirm your entries with Save.