7)Creating Free Courses
A free course is accessible by all the students
To create a free course or make a course free, the instructor simply needs to switch the Free button "on"
C)Front End Course
Front End course creation and editing allows instructors to edit course contents from the front end. Almost everything which can be done from the backend can be done form the front end. The front end course creation automatically creates and connects the necessary linkages between a course, a unit, a quiz, a product, groups and forums, thereby making course creation process a lot simpler and easier to maintain.
To create a course , locate the Create Course button in the Course Directory. Click on it and you'll see the create course page. Each section in create course has a description given on the right. Clicking an element automatically triggers its corresponding description on the right.
The course creation process is divided into 5 steps :
In this step a new course is created. This new course is in draft state.
- Course Title :Delete the existing test and enter a suitable title for the course.
- Course Category: Select a Course Category, in case you want to add a new category, select new category and enter the new course category name.
- Course Image: Select a Course thumbnail image. This image is used in course snapshot and single course page.
- Course Description: Enter a short description of the course. This is a two line description shown below the course title. This description is also used in creating new groups and forums. The main description and content of the Course can be added later on by simply editing the course form the front end.
These are vital settings for the course, which needs to be configured.
- Maximum Course Duration: Maxmimum duration of course in days. Entering a value of 9999 or above shows "unlimited access" as time duration for course.
- Course Evaluation: mode Set evaluation mode for course.
- Pre Required course :Set a pre required course for the course. The course selected here, needs to submitted and evaluated in order to get started with this course.
- Drip Feed
Enable Drip feed for course.
Drip Duration: Set Drip duration for the course. The drip duration is time period between successive units.
Enable Course certificate
Certificate Percentage :Set percentage out of 100. If students cumulative percentage of all quizzes and assignments is more than the value set here, she will get the certificate.
Certificate Template Set a certificate template
Enable Badges for course
Badge Percentage :Set percentage out of 100. If students cumulative percentage of all quizzes and assignments is more than the value set here, she will get the badge.
Badge Title: Add a title for the Badge. This title appears when user hovers over the badge.
Badge Image :Upload a Badge image. This is required to enable Badge for the course.
Number of Seats: Enter Number of seats for the course. The Seats comprise of students currently taking the course. Once the seats are filled, a new student would not be able to join the Course.
Start Date: Set a Start date of the course. If set to a future date, the Course begins when the Start date arrives, that is student will be able to join the course only after the start date.
Course Group: Connect a group, if creating a new course it is recommended that you create a new group for the course. By default the group created is a private group only accessible to students taking the course.
Course Forum :Connect a forum, if creating a new course it is recommended that you connect the group forum for the course.This will create a private group forum for the above group only accessible to students taking the course and in the group.
Course Completion: message Enter a Completion message, which is shown to user when the user finishes the course or submits the course for evaluation.
In this section Instructor creates or sets the curriculum for the course.
•ADD SECTION Add a new section in the curriculum. Clicking this button would add a Text box in the curriculum section. Enter the section title in the box.
•ADD UNIT Add a unit in the curriculum. Clicking this button would add a select box showing all the units. If instructor privacy is enabled then all the units created by instructor will be shown in the select box. To add a new unit select "Add New Unit" in the select box, which will show a input box. Enter the title of the unit in the input box and select Publish from the dropdown beside the unit. Once published the unit will be published and the dropdown controls will now show edit unit. Clicking on edit in the dropdown controls would take the user to the unit editing screen. Clicking on Delete would remove the unit from the database. Clicking on remove will remove the unit form the curriculum.
•ADD QUIZ Add a Quiz in the curriculum. Clicking this button would add a select box showing all the quizzes. If instructor privacy is enabled then all the quizzes created by instructor will be shown in the select box. To add a new quiz select "Add New Quiz" in the select box, which will show a input box. Enter the title of the Quiz in the input box and select Publish from the dropdown beside the unit.Once published the quiz will be published and the dropdown controls will now show edit quiz. Clicking on edit in the dropdown controls would take the user to the quiz editing screen. Clicking on Delete would remove the quiz from the database. Clicking on "remove" will remove the quiz form the curriculum.
•Save Curriculum Unless the Course curriculum is saved, the new units created and added are not a part of the course curriculum.
This allows the instructor to set a Price for the course.
•Free Course Set the course as Free. A free is available to all students accessing the course.
•Set a Course Product
Select an existing product if instructor want to sell the course as a combination of courses.
Select "No Product" to keep the course as private and manually control the Students for course
Select "ADD NEW PRODUCT" to create a new product and set the mode and pricing. If mode is set to subscription set the duration of subscription in days. If subscription is not enabled then the subscription duration is set as course duration. When a student purchases a course the subscription duration is set for the student. The access to the course is limited by subscription duration of the course, post which the course goes into expired state and student has to re purchase a course product to continue with the course again.
5. Publish Course
Publish the course. If Administrator has given access to publish the course then the course will be published, otherwise it will go into pending state, which the administrator needs to manually check and turn the status to Published.
Editing Course is almost identical to creating course, except the following pointers :
1.An Edit Course link is placed at the bottom of every course menu.
2.This link is only visible to course instructor and administrator.
3.Clicking this link would take the instructor to the edit course page.
4.On clicking there is a switch to take the course offline while editing the course.
5.When a course is offline it is not visible in Course director, search, carousels and grids.
6.Any student who is taking the course at the moment the course is taken offline will not be impacted by this. However, during the time course is offline she would not be able to submit the course or leave a review for the course.
Units can be edited from the Course Curriculum unit controls or directly from the Edit Page control in the WP Admin bar.
•When the unit is in edit mode, the content can be directly added in the unit using the front end interface.
•Unit settings need to be saved first before clicking on update the unit content.
- Unit Type Select a unit type. This shows a symbol in the course curriculum corresponding to units.
- Make Unit Free Set a unit free. A Free unit is accessible to the world, including non-registered members and search engine bots.
- Duration of unit Set a suggestive duration of a unit. Only for display purpose.
- Connect Assignment Connect an assignment to a unit or create a new one.
- Connect a Forum Connect a forum with the unit or create a new one in the course forum.
Quiz can be edited from the Course Curriculum Quiz controls or directly from the Edit Page control in the WP Admin bar.
•When the Quiz is in edit mode, the Quiz instructions content can be directly added in the unit using the front end interface.
•Quiz settings need to be saved first before clicking on update the unit content.
Quiz Subtitle Enter a sub-title for quiz. This sub-title is shown below quiz title.
Connected Course Optionally select a connected course. Once connected the quiz will show a back to course button.
Quiz Duration Set a duration of the quiz. This duration sets the timer.
Quiz Evaluation Set quiz evaluation mode, automatic or manual. If set to automatic make sure all question types adhere to the settings done in Options panel -> Course manager -> Auto evaluate questiont types.
Quiz Retakes Set quiz re-takes this allows student to retake a quiz
Quiz Completion message Set a completion message. This message is shown to the user when user submits the quiz.
•MANAGE QUIZ QUESTIONS Use this section to manage questions in the quiz.
ADD Question Add Question using this button. A select box with questions will appear. If instructor privacy is enabled then all question created by instructor will be shown in the dropdown.
Questions can be edited from the quiz timeline or by adding ?edit in the Question link. Once a question is in edit mode, it'll show question settings.
•Question Type : Select the question type our of following option types.
Multiple Choice Single Answer : Requies options and only one choice can be marked as answer. Correct answer is entered as a single number like 1. Or simply by clicking on the option number.
Multiple Choice Multiple Answer : Requires options and multiple choices can be marked as answer. Correct answer is marked as multiple choice number saperated by comma as 1,2. Or simply by clicking on the option numbers.
Sort Answers : Requires options and the order of options to be marked as answers like : 1,2,3,4
Single line text : Does not require options, correct answer needs to be marked
Multi Line text :
•Add Options : Clicking on this button adds a new option with text input box. The text box acts as the option holder.
•Correct Answer : The correct answer for a question. If the quiz is auto evaluation mode, it needs to be configured properly. For multiple choice question it is suggested to click on option number to fill the correct answer
Assignments can be edited from the "Edit Assignments" link in the edit unit page or directly by adding ?edit to the assignment URL. Once in edit mode, it will show following settings :
•Subtitle : Enter a assignment Subtitle.
•Assignment Maximum Marks : Enter Maximum marks for assignment.
•Assignment Duration : Assignment Duration in days. Assignment counter end automatically submits the assignment for evaluation.
•Include in Evaluation : Include this assignment in a course evaluation. If selected, marks of students in this assignment will be included in evaluation of a course. This also restricts students from viewing full assignment. Only students subscribed to the associated course can view the assignment details when they click on start assignment button and the timer starts.
•Assignment Course : Select a course to which the assignment should be connected. Only applicable if Include in Evaluation is set to yes.
•Submission type : Select submission type from Upload or Textarea.
•Attachment type : Select allowed Attachment types, if submission type is set to upload.
After creating courses Instructor manages the courses. There are various function available to manage courses in the Theme. A course is Managed from the Admin section in Course page.
After the Student has submitted the quiz.
The Quiz submissions can be located in the Course Admin -> Submissions -> Quiz Submissions section.
If for any reason the Instructor needs to reset the quiz for the user then she can click the Reset Quiz for User option.
To Evaluate the quiz, Instructor clicks on Evaluate icon and the Evaluation screen opens
Evaluation screen shows, Question , marked answer, correct answer , maximum marks for the question and a textbox for marks and give marks button.
To give marks to each question Instructor enters marks in the textbox and clicks save marks.
Once Instructor has saved marks for all the questions, Instructor can click on Mark quiz as evaluated
As soon as this button is pressed the user gets a notification and message with the Quiz Results.
After the Student has submitted the Course.
The Course submissions can be loacted in the Course Admin -> Submissions -> Course Submissions section.
If for any reason the Instructor needs to reset the course for the user then she can click the Reset Course for User option.
To Evaluate the course, Instructor clicks on Evaluate icon and the Evaluation screen opens
Evaluation screen shows, the all the units in the course, and their completion status, it also shows the marks obtained in the Quizes in the course.
To give marks to Instructor enters marks from 100 in the marks column and marks Course as evaluated.
As soon as this button is pressed the user gets a notification and message with the Course Results.
If the Course percentage is above Badge percentage then the user recieves a Badge, if the Course percentage is above the passing percentage then the user recieves a completion certificate.
An Instructor can reset the full course for any student. The will have to start the course again from the very begining. This can be done form the Course -> Admin screen.
An Instructor can remove any student from the Course. The student will have to Pruchase the course again to take the course. This can be done form the Course -> Admin screen.
An Instructor can send mass message to the students taking the course.This can be done form the Course -> Admin -> Members screen.
An Instructor can see Course stats for her course only. Since calculating Statistics for the course is a complex process, statistics for the course needs to be manually activated by clicking the Calculate Stats icon at the bottom of the course stats screen.
1.To see Courses stats Instructor needs to go to
2.If Stats for the course are not calculated or to recalculate the stats the Instructor can simply click on the Calculate Stats icon
3.The Course stats then appear on the Course Stats screen.
Statistics play an important role in any LMS. UjanjaLMS covers some of the important stats functions. We're however open to suggestions here.
An Instructor can see any User's stats for her course only.
1.To see user stats Instructor needs to go to Single Course -> Admin -> Students/Members
2.Click on the Graph Icons to see User Stats
3.After Clicking, if the user has finished the course, only the percentage obtained by the user is shown.
4.After Clicking, if the user is still taking the course then the course timeline is shown with the unit status and the marks obtained in the Quiz.
BuddyPress provides a lot of functionality for interaction among students and instructors.
Every Course taker is added to the course group. There are many useful plugins which can be installed to increase the usability of Groups in LMS. The plugin Group documents enables the Instructor to upload documents, like assignments for the Course group. This is automatically sent to the full course group.
With the forum UJANJALMS get a lot of interaction features. A Private forum conencted to the Group can be made as the Course forum. This makes the Forum an exclusive club for the Course Members.