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Basics of adding content to a course

Key terms and concepts

To create a course it is useful to have a broad understanding of three elements that are commonly used within the LMS. They are:

  • blocks
  • activities 
  • resources

Blocks

Each course homepage generally contains blocks on the left and right with the centre column containing the course content.

Blocks may be added, hidden, deleted, and moved up, down, and left/right when editing is turned on.

A wide range of blocks exist that can provide additional information or functionality to the learner or teacher.

Examples of blocks include calendars, latest news and leaderboards. They can be added using a simple drop down menu.

Activities

The two most frequently used menus for content delivery are: Add an activity and Add a resource drop down menus.

An activity is a feature where students learn by interacting with each other or with their teacher. They might for instance contribute in a forum, upload an assignment, answer questions in a quiz, or collaborate together in a wiki.

Activities can be graded.

Add activities by turning on the editing and choosing an activity by clicking Add an activity in a course.

Resources

Almost any kind of digital content can be included in courses.  

A resource  is an item that is added to a course to support learning, such as a file, a video, or link to a website. They differ from activities in that they are static; ie, the student can merely look at or read it, rather than participate.

Add resources by turning on the editing and by clicking Add a resource in a course.

Define course requirements

As you configure course and activity settings you will be prompted to make choices about how the course will operate.

Before configuring ScaffoldLMS it may help to define the broad requirements for the course.

  • Courses - who has access? when are they available? Use the course settings to define the course settings.
  • Course homepage - what blocks are on the course homepage?
  • Categories - are courses grouped in categories?
  • Conditional activities - do activities need to be done in a particular order?
  • Completion settings - what is required for an activity to be considered complete?
  • Activities and resources - what types of activities and resources are in the course?
  • Reporting - what reports are required and who needs to see them?
  • Grades - what activities are graded, are there pass marks?
  • Enrolments - who will enrol learners, is there an automatic enrolement process?
  • Social features - does the course have wikis for forums and what features do they require?

Basic steps for creating a course

The basic steps for creating a course:

  1. Log in as the administrator
  2. Create course and configure settings
  3. Enrol a course creator or skip the enrolment process
  4. Turn editing on
  5. Add blocks, activities and resources
  6. Configure completion tracking and gradebook
  7. Enrol learners manually and/or configure enrolment settings

Information about administering a course and configuring tracking, scoring, completions and so forth can be found here.

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