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Manage Courses and Categories

You can manage the categories and courses using the Course and category management page. You can add categories or courses, move courses to different categories, and update any information. You can also use this page to backup courses, restore courses, and update enrolled users.


Add courses and categories to your site

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

Administrators can manually add courses and categories to the institution site in several locations. This section steps you through using the Manage courses and categories page with links to more detailed information that can be added to categories or courses.

  1. From Site administration select Courses and Manage courses and categories.

    You can add a course to an existing category by selecting the category name, or you can create a new category.

  2. To create a new category, complete the following steps:
    • Select Create new category to access the Add new category page.​
    • Select a Parent category for your new category.
    • Type the Category name for your new category.​
    • Type the Category ID number.

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

    • Type a Description for the category.
    • Select Create category.

      More on adding categories

  3. From the Course and category management page, select the name of the category.

    The list of courses appear in the Category area of the Course and category management page.

  4. To create a new course, complete these steps (while on the Course and category management page):
    • Select Create new course for the Edit Course Settings page.
    • Type the name of the course in the Course full name box.

      The full name of the course is displayed at the top of each page in the course and in the list of courses.

    • Type the abbreviated name in the Course short name box.

      The short name of the course is displayed in the navigation and is used in the subject line of course email messages.

    • Change the category for the course from the Course category list.
    • Determine if the course is Visible to all users.

      The default is to Show the course. You can choose to Hide the course from all users except teachers and administrators.

    • Select the Course start date.
    • Type the Course ID number.

      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.

    • Type a Description for the course.
    • Select Save changes.

      More on adding courses


Move courses to different categories

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

You can re-categorize a course to other categories or subcategories.

  1. From Site administration select Courses and Manage courses and categories.
  2. From the Course and category management page, select the name of the current category for the course.

    The list of courses appear in the Category area of the Course and category management page.

  3. Select the courses to move.
  4. Select then category where to Move selected courses to.
  5. Select Move.

Edit categories

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

  1. From Site administration select Courses and Manage courses and categories.
  2. From the Course and category management page, select the name of the category you want to change.
  3. From the Actions menu available, select Edit.
  4. On the Edit category page, update any of the information available.

    More on Adding categories.

  5. Select Save changes when finished.

To move the location of a category in the list, select the Up or Down icons to rearrange the location of the category on the list.


Edit courses

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

  1. From Site administration select Courses and Manage courses and categories.
  2. From the Course and category management page, select the name of the category for the course.

    The list of courses appear in the Category area of the Course and category management page.

  3. Select the course to update.
  4. Select the Edit icon.
  5. On the Edit course settings page, update any of the information available.
  6. Select Save changes.

To move the location of a course in the list, select the Up or Down icons or drag the name of the course to the location on the list.


Delete categories

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

You can delete a category including all the content available in the category, or you can move the content to another category first.

  1. From Site administration select Courses and Manage courses and categories.
  2. From the Course and category management page, select the name of the category you want to delete.

  3. From the Actions menu available, select Delete.

  4. On the Delete category page, select What to do with the contents available in the category.

    Options include Move contents to another category and Delete all - cannot be undone.

  5. If moving content, select which category to Move into.
  6. Select Delete.

Delete Courses

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

  1. From Site administration select Courses and Manage courses and categories.
  2. From the Course and category management page, select the name of the category for the course.

    The list of courses appear in the Category area of the Course and category management page.

  3. Select the courses to delete.

  4. Select the Delete icon.

    A message appears ensuring the deletion of the course.

  5. Select Continue to delete the course.

Add subcategories

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

You can add multiple subcategories under a main category. For example, you can divide Humanities into Literature, Visual Arts, and Performing Arts.

  1. From Site administration select Courses and Manage courses and categories.
  2. From the Course and category management page, select the name of the category where to add a subcategory.
  3. From the Actions menu available, select Create new subcategory.
  4. On the Add new category page, type the category details.

    More on adding categories

  5. Select Save changes when finished.
  6. After you have several subcategories added on the Manage courses and categories page, determine how to sort the subcategories:
    • To sort the list alphabetically, from the Actions menu, select Sort subcategories by name.
    • To sort the list by the identification code number of the subcategory, from the Actions menu, select Sort subcategories by idnumber.

Assign user roles for categories

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

You can assign a specific user to manage or create courses within a category. For example, you may want the head of the English department to manage the English category. You can also assign a specific users to create new courses within a category on your site.

  1. From Site administration select Courses and Manage courses and categories.
  2. From the Course and category management page, select the name of the category you want to assign a user role.
  3. From the Actions menu available, select Assign roles.
  4. On the Assign roles in category page, select the Role link to assign a role:
    • Select Manager to assign to a category.

      A manager can access and change a course but usually does not participate in courses.

    • Select Course creator to assign a user to create courses in the category.
  5. On the Assign roles page, select the Potential user and select Add.

Manage user permissions for categories

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

You can determine which users can view or manage different actions a user role is allowed to complete in a category. The actions include which roles can update content, which roles can view different areas of the site, and which roles can manage grades.

  1. From Site administration select Courses and Manage courses and categories.
  2. From the Course and category management page, select the name of the category where you need to update permissions.
  3. From the Actions menu available, select Permissions.
  4. On the Permissions page, update any of the permissions available:
    • To remove a specific Role with permission, select the Delete icon.
    • To add a specific Role with permission, select the Add icon and select the specific user role. From the list, Select the role and select Add.
    • To prohibit a specific role from a permission, from the Prohibited area, select the Add icon. Select the specific user role and select Add to prohibit that user role.

Manage filters for categories

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

Filters can be used to add links, insert multimedia players, convert Mathematical expressions or emoticons into images and more. Determine whether or not to enable filters for a specific category.

  1. From Site administration select Courses and Manage courses and categories.
  2. From the Course and category management page, select the name of the category where you want to manage filters.
  3. From the Actions menu available, select Filters.
  4. On the Filters page, set the filters you want for the category to On in the Active setting.
  5. Select Save changes when finished.

Hide Categories or Courses

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

  1. From Site administration select Courses and Manage courses and categories.
  2. From the Course and category management page, select the name of the category and/or course you want to hide.
  3. Select the View/Hide icon to change the status of the category or course.