General configuration settings
In the course editor, you can see 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
- Edit or delete files / 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
In this tab, you can activate several sub-elements for the task element. If you do not make any changes, all sub-elements will be active. If you deselect one or two sub-elements, the corresponding tabs will be greyed out and disabled. You cannot make any settings for deselected elements, and the elements will not be available to the course participants.
The following sub-elements are available:
- Assignment : You can use this element to provide users with task files, thus defining the type of the assignment.
- Drop box: This element integrates an individual drop box for each user. This folder makes it possible to collect and view user solutions. You will only need this element if you want your course participants to submit documents with their solution to the task.
- Return box: This element integrates an individual return box for each user. This folder allows you to return documents to each user individually and to store, for example, corrections to user-specific task solutions or detailed assessment documents. You will only need this element if you want to return documents to your course participants.
- Assessment : This element allows for the assessment of users. You will need this element only if you want to assess your course participants.
- Sample solution: This element integrates a sample solution folder that can be viewed by all users of the course. You will only need this element if you want to provide example documents to your course participants .
You can flexibly combine the different sub-elements to depict various scenarios.
As explained in the section on the tab Access, you can also configure access to each of the individual elements using various attributes. You can, for example, assess the solutions of the course participants step-by-step and store documents with corrections or provide assessments to all users simultaneously at a selected date or for a selected time period.
|(Assignment, handing in, sample solution, assessment)||Depending on the selection of elements in the tab Sub-e lements, the following configuration tabs will be active or inactive. Using these configuration tabs, you can make further settings for each active element. The individual configuration tabs will be explained in detail in the following section Special configuration settings.|
|Multilingualism||In this tab, different translations can be added to individual course element areas.|
Configuration settings in the tab assignment
In the tab Assignment, you can store tasks in the task folder and specify the Type of assignment and sampling of these tasks to the participating users.
You can choose from the following options:
|Transfer tasks||Click on the button Open task folder. The task folder opens in a new window. Create new task files or upload existing files.|
The following options are available for configuring the selection:
|Message for users:||You can have a message displayed to users in the area Assign task.|
|Type of assignment:|
- Selection of task by user: The user will see a list of all available tasks from which they can select any desired task by simply clicking on it.
- Automatic task assignment: The system automatically assigns an available task to the user upon opening the course element.
- Yes, this task can be looked at before its assignment: If the user clicks on the title of the task file, it will be automatically downloaded and can be viewed immediately. However, the task has not yet been selected.
- No, immediate task selection by means of a title: The user cannot view the content of the task files prior to their selection. They will only see the file titles.
|Type of sampling|
- Your task will be assigned to more than one user: Multiple users can select or be assigned to the same task file.
- Your task will be assigned to only one single user: Each task can only be assigned once. If you select this option, you need to make sure that there is at least one task file per participant.
The task element is designed to support automated task distribution. However, if you intend to make a very specific task assignment, i.e. if you want to assign a specific task to one or more selected course participants, this will only be possible with some limitations.
Variant A ...
Variant A: Name the task files in such a way so that each user will immediately recognise their task or inform users, for example, in the description box about their tasks. Select the option Selection of task by user as well as the preview option No, immediate task selection by means of a title. The advantage of this variant lies in its clarity: There is still only one course element Task where all adjustments or additions are performed.
Variant B ...
Variant B: Create a single course element for each task. Configure the visibility of these course elements so that only the relevant user(s) who are supposed to receive the respective task can see it. Therefore, only one task element will appear for the course users, while you can see multiple elements and control the task assignment by providing the corresponding tasks in the respective task folders. The advantage of this variant lies in the clear assessment. All users who have solved the same task appear in a course element.