If you are the author of an eCourse, you will access the eCourse to add content by clicking on Instructor/Author tab on the left side of your screen. Clicking on this tab will allow you to view those eCourses you can edit. By selecting any eCourse within that list, you can then begin creating and editing elements for that eCourse.
Note: If the Course Author is different from the Instructor, the author will only see the Author button and not the Overview and Participants buttons.
Click on Create a New Element in the lower-left corner to add course content. An eCourse is composed of chapters. A chapter is a collection of topics and assessments. Assessments can either be for practice or actually graded. A practice assessment will allow the attendee to see the correct answers and take the test again. However, a graded assessment will lock their answers for the instructor to review. Clicking on any chapter, topic, or assessment will allow you to edit that element as well as change the order of elements using the blue arrows on the top toolbar.
Selecting a topic will allow you to begin fleshing out or editing that topic. As you can see, there are quite a few options on the toolbar for a topic. Many of these options are familiar word processing options such as bullets or alignment. However, there are several options unique to the eCourse.
The properties pane is the right side bar used to change the topic's title and add media files. Any file type can be added to the topic as needed. These attached files are easily viewed by eCourse participants by clicking on the View Topic Files button at the top of a topic.
The insert picture button will pop up another window allowing you to upload a picture and then set the spacing, border, and text position for that picture.
Editing an assessment is very similar to other forms generation within SchoolObjects. Assessments are essentially a series of questions created by selecting Add Question and then choosing the type of question you would like to add.
Question types include
- Instruction Block for providing directions
- Multiple Choice (Scored by the system)
- True/False (Scored by the system)
- Text for fill-in-the-blank, short answer and essay questions
- File Upload to allow enrolled participants to upload an electronic document for the eCourse Author/Instructor to view. (Examples: presentation file, research paper, etc.)
Clicking on a question will allow you to enter that question and select the correct answer. You can then use the blue arrows and the Delete Question button to rearrange and finalize your assessment.
Note: Course Instructors will only be able to view assessment results that are required for credit.
The properties button will allow you to view the assessment properties pane. This side bar will allow you to change the title and select whether this assessment is to be Practice (not graded) or Required Test for Credit (graded). Just like in a topic, you can add in any number or file types you need. For instance, you could add in a Word document that needs to be completed and then uploaded into a question for review. Also, as in a topic, the magnifying glass icon will allow you to view a preview of the assessment as an attendee would view it. The Delete button removes a question or the entire assessment as needed.
Once all chapters, topics, and assessments are completed, the course can be made active by the professional development administrator. Once this is done, the eCourse will be ready for registration.