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Add Courses

Only administrators can add courses to a site. You can manually add courses, or upload existing courses.

Add a New Course

Steps: Administration > Site administration > Courses > Manage courses and categories

There are many settings available when adding a new course manually, however the instructor can update most of the settings through their course administration feature. These steps focus on the basics to create a new course. To learn more about advanced settings, see Advanced Course Settings.

  1. From Site administration select Courses and Manage courses and categories.
  2. Select the category where you want to add the course.
  3. Select Create new course.
  4. In the Edit course settings page, configure the General information about the course:
    • Type the name of the course as it is to appear on your site in the Course full name box.

      This setting is required.

    • Type the abbreviated name of the course as it is to appear in your site navigation n the Course short name box.

      This setting is required. The Course short name is also set as the subject for any emails sent through the course.

    • Update the Course category if needed. This setting is configured with the category you selected.
    • Determine if the course is Visible in the website course list.
    • Select the first week of the course in the Course start date box.

      This date is the first day of log files for the course activities.

    • If you normally upload courses, type the Course ID number from your external tool.

      The ID number of a course is only used when matching the course against external systems and is not displayed anywhere on the site. If the course has an official code name it may be entered, otherwise the field can be left blank.

  5. Configure the course details in the Description area:
    • Type the full Course summary as a description.

      The course summary will be included in the list of course descriptions, and is used for searches of courses.

    • Upload an image in the Course summary files box.

      Select the Add icon, to search for and upload a course image. This file is displayed with the Course summary in the institution's course list.

  6. Select Save changes to use the default settings.
  7. Set the instructor for the specific course in the Enrolled Users page:
    • Select Enroll users.
    • From the Enroll users dialog, select Teacher from the Assign roles list.
    • If you know the name of the instructor, type the name in the Search box.
    • Select Enroll for the user you want to set as the instructor for the course.
    • Select Finish enrolling users.
  8. To update the instructor's role for the course, select the Roles box and select any additional roles to add to the instructor.

    For example, you may want to add Manager to the instructor to manage the course.

The course is available on the site.