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Create a New Course

The first time you or an instructor with the correct privileges accesses a newly created course, it appears in the Original Course View, but you can switch to the Ultra Course View. The only exception is if you enforced the use of the Ultra Course View for new courses when you configured the Ultra experience.

Create a new course

Administrator Panel > Courses > Create Course > New

Each new course you create must have a Course Name and a Course ID. Further options are detailed in the following table.


This table describes each optional field for creating new courses.

Some fields are not supported in the Ultra experience at this time.

Course Information Available Fields
Field Description
General Information
Course Name
Course names don't have to be unique. For example, you can have three courses titled "Beginning Composition." You can change course names at any time. The maximum length is 255 characters. This field is searchable.
Course ID
Course IDs must be unique. For example, if you have three "Beginning Composition" courses, create three different course IDs, such as comp01, comp02, and comp03.

You can use numbers, letters, hyphens (-), underscores (_), and periods (.). All other characters, including spaces, are prohibited.

You can't change course IDs after you create them. This field is searchable.

Description* Descriptions appear in the course catalog listing. Include a course summary and enrollment instructions.

*Although your information is stored, the description is not supported in the Ultra experience at this time.

Subject Area and Discipline* Subject areas and disciplines group related courses together for easier searching and browsing in the course catalog.

*Although your information is stored, the subject area and discipline are not supported in the Ultra experience at this time.

Term Terms assign course availability to specific periods of time, such as sessions and days from end of enrollment. You can manage terms, from the Administrator Panel > Courses > Terms.

Both term and course start/end dates are used to organize courses into a timeline on the Courses page for instructors and students.

Available When you make a course unavailable, students can see it in their course lists, but cannot access it. Instructors see unavailable courses in their course lists and can access them. On the Courses page, unavailable courses are labeled as Private. Instructors can open courses when they're ready for students to participate.
Duration This defines the time period the course will remain available.

Original Course View: Available courses are open to students to access or self-enroll in if a course allows self-enrollment.

Ultra Course View: Available courses are open to students to access, but self-enrollment is not supported at this time.

Select Continuous to keep the course constantly available with no date restrictions.

You can select dates to limit course availability to specific dates. The start and end times are set automatically. The course will start at midnight and the end at 11:59:59.

To limit course availability to a specific number of days after a student enrolls, select Days from the Date of Enrollment and provide the number of days.

Course View Options
Choose a course view option Specify whether the course uses the Ultra Course View or the Original Course View, or you can leave it up to the instructor to decide which course view fits their needs.

More on Course View Options

Guest Access
Guests Permitted Original Course View: You can allow or prohibit unauthenticated users to enroll in courses. Users can make settings inside a course that can limit what content and tools are available to guests.

Ultra Course View: Guests are not permitted at this time.

Select Course Catalog Category* The category determines where the course description appears in the course catalog.

*Although your information is stored, the course catalog is not supported in the Ultra experience at this time.

Institutional Hierarchy Nodes
Add Node Institutional Hierarchy is available if your institution has access to the Community Engagement features.

To make a course available in more than one institution, select Find Node.

Select whether to search for the node by Name, Description, or Identifier. Select a search condition from the drop-down list: Contains, Equal To, Starts With, or Not Blank. Provide the search term and select Go. In the search results, select the check box of each institution you want to add the course to. Select Submit.

Administrators create nodes on the Hierarchy page.

Current Banner Image Original Course View: Shows the current image that appears at the top of a course's Announcements page.

We recommend a banner image size of approximately 480 by 80 pixels and the JPEG, GIF, or PNG format.

Ultra Course View: Banners are not supported in the Ultra Course View at this time.

New Banner Image In the Original Course View, select Browse to replace the image with another. The new image does not display until you select Submit to save the course information.

To delete the existing image without replacing it, select Remove. The image is deleted when you select Submit.

Course Cartridge
Course Cartridge Instructor Download
Original Course View: Provide an access key to use a course cartridge with the course. The course cartridge is available after you select Submit.

Ultra Course View: Course cartridges are not supported at this time.

Enrollment Options
Instructor/System Administrator Original Course View: You can require that an instructor or administrator handles all enrollments for the course. You can also allow students to email enrollment requests to instructors for approval.

Ultra Course View: Enrollment options are not supported at this time.

Self Enrollment Original Course View: Allow users to enroll themselves in the course. You can limit self enrollment by time period or access code. If you select Require Access Code to Enroll, provide the text to use for the access code.

Ultra Course View: Self enrollment is not supported at this time.

Language Pack
Language Pack*

Enforce Language Pack*

The language pack defines the text that appears on buttons, titles, and other navigation items.

*Although your information is stored, language packs are not supported in the Ultra experience at this time.

Default Content View
Content View Original Course View: Your options are icon only, text only, or icon and text.

Ultra Course View: All items on the Course Content page appear with an icon and text. You cannot change this view.