Creating a Course

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Find best-in-class content and offer it to your students through four different course creation templates.

You can organize your content to align with a pre-existing course structure by utilizing:
  • Learning objectives, outcomes, or competencies
  • Traditional textbook organization (by entering in the relevant textbook ISBN)
You can add or delete resources at any time and provide content instructions to assist students.

Once you have logged in, you can begin to create course templates.

Go to Courses and choose + Create a Course, where you will be presented with four ways to create a course. No matter which method you use, you can always share your course content with others, align courses with teaching objectives, and select additional content at any time.

Create a Quick Course
  • Fastest solution to view and select content recommendations
  • For faculty who need to add new content to a course
  • Content does not have to align to any teaching and/or learning objectives
  • Analytics provided 
Create a New Course
  • More in-depth option to build a course with more structure
  • For faculty who want to organize course content in a more structured way, such as by weeks, modules, lessons, or units
  • Content aligns with your teaching and/or learning objectives 
  • Analytics provided
Choose From an Existing Course
  • Option for adding content and digital assets to an existing course created in the platform
  • For faculty members who continue to build out a course with content once the course template has already been created 
  • For faculty members who work from a master course and create customized courses for individual classroom needs
  • Analytics provided
“Just-in-Time” Lesson
  • A quick solution for providing additional resources for an isolated topic
  • For faculty who want to provide supplementary content quickly
  • Allows instructors to respond to student learning needs in a ‘just-in-time’ fashion
  • Analytics provided
Create a Course Workflows
There are four different ways to create a course template. The workflow you choose will depend on your objectives.

Go to Courses and choose + Create a Course. Then choose from one of the four ‘Create a Course’ workflows.Create a Quick Course
When you want to set up a course quickly and aligning content to specific student learning objectives is not an initial priority.


1. Click on + Create a Course



2. Choose your Create a Course workflow here. Select Use the Quick Course Workflow, name your course, and then click Let’s Go! Tip: You can always go back and change the name of your course.



3. There are two different options to search for content for your new course template.

By Textbook: Enter title, author, ISBN, and/or publisher of the textbook.
By Topic: Find and create your course from a list of topics. 

Tip: The more you can tell us about your course the better the search results. If you don’t find the content you are looking for, try going back to Outline View and adding more information.



4a. By Textbook: A list of textbooks will appear based on your search query. Click on the textbook URL to learn more.



You can ‘Select All’ to add the entire textbook to your course template or select specific textbook chapters. Then click Apply.





5. Once you click Apply, the content topics will be added to your course template, and you will be provided with additional content recommendations for each textbook chapter and the associated subtopics. Click See Recommended Resources to view these recommendations. Tip: You can sort and filter the results and review individual items from a multitude of sources, as well as change the resource title and add a description and instructions for students.



6. When you select See Recommended Resources, a list of additional content assets will appear. Use the Filter on the left side to refine your results based on discipline, subject, topic, subtopic, types, sources, sub-sources, publication date, and WCAG- 2.0 Accessibility Review. 

7. Click + Add to Course to add a content asset to your course. Add to Favorites allows you to save an asset for future curation. Hide removes an asset from appearing in future searches.



8. Click Organize to view the entire list of content for a course template. This is your last step before publishing, and you can organize your assets here by editing, changing the order by dragging and dropping, deleting content, and adding comments. Clicking Preview will allow you to view what your content will look like to students.





9. Time to Publish and/or share your content with your students! This is also your Course Overview page.



10. You have several options for publishing and/or sharing your content with students.
  • Share Anywhere: For downloadable PDF with clickable links.
  • Course Experience Widget: For a list of all resources for a given course.
  • Course Lesson Widgets: For resources broken down by module/week/etc.
  • Resource Embed Links: For individual links to curated content.


This is what it looks like for your students.



11. When you go back to the Courses tab, you should see your new course in the list.




Create a New Course
When you are starting from scratch to create a new course that needs to align with your course’s learning objectives.

1. Select Create a New Course and then click Create.



2. Enter your course Details. Click Save & Next



3. The Instructional View allows you to add and edit course outcomes and learning objectives. Click +Add Outcomes & Objectives button to add your first level of instructional design (most likely your course outcomes). To add an enabling objective or additional levels, click the Settings icon then Add Sub-Structure.

Tip: The more we know about your course, the better our course recommendations will be. Topics associated with each part of your course provide direction for content recommendations. You can track resources and student engagement based on the course outcomes and learning objectives entered here.


4. In Outline View, you can structure your course by weeks, units, modules, or lessons. Select one of the three options below. Tip: If you change your mind, you can always edit the titles using the Settings wheel icon.

Build Course Manually: When you want to name each component yourself.
Build Course by Topics: When you want to structure a course around specific learning topics.
Choose a Textbook: When you want to structure your course around a textbook.








5. In the Curate section, select See Recommended Resources to view resource recommendations for your course. You can sort and filter the results and review individual items from a multitude of sources. Once you select a resource for your course, you can align it to a learning objective, change the resource title, and add a description and instructions for students.



6. In the Organize section, you can edit and arrange the resources for your course. This is your last step before publishing, and you can organize your assets here by editing, changing the order by dragging and dropping, deleting content, and adding comments. Clicking Preview will allow you to view what your content will look like for students.



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7. Time to Publish and/or share your content with your students! This is also your Course Overview page.



You have several options for publishing and/or sharing your content with students.

Share Anywhere: For downloadable PDF with clickable links.
Course Experience Widget: For a list of all resources for a given course.
Course Lesson Widgets: For resources broken down by module/week/etc.
Resource Embed Links: For individual links to curated content.



This is what it looks like for your students.



8. When you go back to the Courses tab, you should see your new course in the list.





Choose From an Existing Course
When you are looking to add new content and digital assets to a course you already set up in the platform.


1. When you select Choose from Existing Course, a pop-up window will appear directing you back to your course list where you can choose the course you would like to work with. 



2. Select the course you would like to work with.



3. You will be taken to Curate, where you will be able to modify, organize and add content to your existing course.





“Just-in-TIme” Lesson
When you want to provide additional resources for an isolated topic without having to create a full course.


1. Select Set up a Just-in-Time Lesson and click Let’s Go!



2. Name your lesson and search for the concept. Select the appropriate topic and subject and click Apply



3. Review recommended resources and add content using +Add to Course button. 











 

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