Course Builder - Configure Tab

Course Builder – Configure Tab

Whether you create a new, empty course or copy an existing course, some basic information about the course will be displayed. On the top right you will see five tabs with the Configure tab highlighted. You will edit the information on each of these tabs as you build your course.

Version Name: When creating a new course the version name will be Original. You can change the name on the here. Label the course with its name and the current version, so you can easily distinguish between versions of a course as you iterate and improve on the course.

Prework Module: Using the dropdown menu, indicate here whether any of your modules are prework modules. This means the indicated module will be labeled the Welcome module and the work in that module must be done before the start date of the course. 

Important notes about the Prework Module:

  •       All prework module activities must be completed by the start date
  •       The activities in the prework module cannot be paced
  •       Participants will not receive daily reminders for the prework module

Cohort Welcome Message: This section includes the text that appears in the modal welcome dialog that appears before users begin a cohort and a video in desired.

Welcome Text: This is a short paragraph of text that greets participants and lays the groundwork for what they can expect in the course. It will pop up, along with the Welcome Video (described below) in a modal window on the course landing page only the first time you enter the course.

You might give participants an idea of how long the course will be and what they will learn. A good rule of thumb is to keep it to 3-5 sentences. One example is as follows, taken from a CorpU course entitled Talent Management:

“This 3-week course helps you become a more effective talent manager – improving your team’s performance by developing, coaching, and making meaning for your employees. Based on the expertise of Dave Ulrich, the recognized global leader in talent management, this course will help you become a better leader and the principles you’ll learn will help you get the most from your team.”

Delivery Type: Upload a welcome video or promotional video for your course here. This is not a requirement but can be a good way to introduce participants to what they will learn or get them engaged from the start. Upload a great thumbnail for optimal user experience. The thumbnail and video will accompany the Welcome text in a modal window on the course landing page.

There are several options for making videos available through this asset. By clicking the dropdown menu, you can see the Video Delivery Types that are offered:

                        

When selecting an option, the one that is best suited for your needs will depend on whether you have an existing system within which to host your videos, your security concerns, and your preferred user experience. Read below to see a high-level breakdown of the video options.

CorpU

This is CorpU’s video library. CorpU Video enables organizations to securely and efficiently deliver high quality video within their courses. This is the simplest to use, there are no storage limits and this will be delivered seamlessly as part of the course. Note: It is best for delivery and storage of final approved videos.

Third Party Hosts

  • Bits On the Run (JW Player)

Bits On the Run (Now JW Player) will let you upload video files (.mov, .mp4, .flv, .avi, .wmv, etc) to the site, and give you privacy option to keep viewership of your videos secure and selective. To use this option, first get the code (Video ID) from your video service.  Then select the Delivery Type you want to use and past the Video ID  and save the video activity. If you need help locating your Video ID, look at the FAQ from your Video Service Provider. Always check the videos from the participant view.  If the Video ID is correct but it does not work, first check for extra spaces in the ID.

Advanced Options

  • Progressive Download

If your organization has an existing way to stream or store media, then this option might fit you best. When using this option, it's best if your video is in an .mp4 format. Progressive download means the video downloads to the user's computer—which also means buffering time for slower connections. 

External Sites

  • YouTube
  • Any external site

This option is good if there are videos you want to use that are on YouTube or on an external site. It is straightforward—simply copy the URL of the video into the window that's provided when you select the appropriate option from the dropdown menu in the asset. Be cautious, however, about the fact that videos are sometimes later removed from sites like YouTube, causing the link to be “broken” and unavailable when a participant goes to watch the one listed in the course.

Where to Start Text: This text gives participants a preliminary understanding of what the course is and what they will learn. It’s different than the welcome text in that it gives instructions to the participant, often leading them to complete the welcome module for a course or directing them to where the course begins. An example, again from Talent Management:

“Talent Management explores the responsibility of a leader to develop and manage talent. This course has 3 modules, each with daily lessons (approximately 30 minutes) and a 60-minute weekly Live Virtual Event. Before starting the first module, please complete the welcome activities and introduce yourself to your Cohort.”

The end user perspective will look something like this:

As you can see, the Where Do I Start text is the very first thing that participants see on the course landing page. The Welcome text and video can be found when you click on the bottom right section titled “What is Communicating to Inspire Change?” Then you will see the Welcome modal window, which will look something like this:

Accompanying the video and Welcome text is an option to take a tour of the site. This walks participants through many of the major functions of the platform before taking the course.

Note: Once a participant marks the first activity complete, the Where to Start text and the Welcome text & video will disappear from their view of the course landing page.

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