You can use courses to combine related learning activities.
Creating a course
Here's how you add a new course from your 'My Content' page.
- Click on the Create button and choose Course
- Pick a course language. This is the language that the course will be taught in. After you've created the course, you can always add translations of the course contents in other languages.
- Give your course a name (in the course language). Try to keep it short, but informative.
- The next thing we need to do is write the learning objective: What will the learner know or be able to do after completing this course? Learn more about writing good learning objectives here.
- Click the 'create' button.
After creating a course, you’ll be sent to the course overview page. From there, you can add learning materials to your course.
Once chosen, the primary course language cannot be changed.
Editing course details
On the course overview page you can change the course title by clicking on the edit button at the right of the title.
To customize the look of your course you can add a cover image. The default cover image will be your organization’s default image, but you can change it into a more course specific cover image. Go to the Customize tab and click on the edit button. You can either choose a color or an image as a cover.
When using images, pick illustrations and photographs that are relevant to your learning material and enhance the learner’s learning experience.
If you’re creating a language course, you might want to add translations to help your learners. To add translations to your course, go to the Settings tab. Click on the edit button next to Translation languages to add or remove as many languages as you like. After adding a language to the course's translation languages, you can translate the course title, learning objectives and parts of the course contents into this language.
If you now edit the course title, you’ll see that you can select the translation language from the dropdown list and enter a translation. Furthermore, the new activities that you add to the course will have the same translation languages.
Adding & organizing activities
On the course overview page, you can add, organize and delete activities.
To create an activity:
- Click Create and choose Activity
- Give the activity a name. Try to keep it short, but informative.
- If you’re going to use speech exercises, switch on Use Novo Speech Recognition Engine.
After adding the activity, you can edit its contents by clicking on the link. Learn more about editing activities here
Activities can be rearranged by dragging them through the reorder handle and removed by clicking the more_vert button and choosing Remove.
You can also move existing activities from the same folder into the course by dragging the activity onto the course. If you want to move an activity out of the course by clicking the more_vert button and choosing Move out of course. The activity will then be placed into the same folder as the course.
Removing a course
To remove a course, go to its folder, click the more_vert button and choose Remove.
If you remove a course, all of its activities will be removed as well.
A published course cannot be removed
Copying a course
To copy a course, go to its folder, click the more_vert button and choose Make a copy.
Writing learning objectives
Learning objectives help you define the focus of your learning material and tell the learner what they will be able to do after completing the lesson. This gives the learner a heads up on what to expect. Here are some tips for writing effective learning objectives:
- Be specific
- Wrong example: The learner should be able to manage interns. This learning goal is too broad. Break it down into several objectives.
- Improved example: The learner can give constructive feedback to interns who keep making the same mistake.
- Include only one learning objective per statement
- Wrong example: The learner can greet guests when seeing them in the hallway and can give them directions to the their room.
- Improve example part 1: The learner can greet guests when seeing them in the hallway.
- Improved example part 2: The learner can give guests directions to their room.
- Describe objectives which can be observed or measured
- Wrong example: The learner understands the steps of closing a deal.
- Improved example: The learner is able to close a deal by applying the steps.