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Creating your first course
Creating your first course

This article describes what courses are, and how to create them in Coassemble.

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Written by Jude
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Courses in Coassemble

Courses are at the heart of what the Coassemble platform is all about. Without Courses, you cannot share or deliver online training. Without courses your learners cannot make progress and record the results displayed in reports. As you can see, there are many ways to view a course:

  • Courses are where you create the content that your learners will study

  • Courses are what you enroll learners and groups into

  • Courses are what track the progress and success of your learners in reports

Creating your first course

To create a course, you need to be on the Create > Courses screen, which is the first screen you see when you enter your workspace. Click the ‘New course’ button on the top-right corner to reveal two options:

  • Start from scratch

  • Use a template

Course templates

If you’re not sure where to start, it’s always a good idea to start with a Course template. The Course templates library provides a range of templates you can use as building blocks to create beautiful courses for your organization. Select from a range of categories including:

  • Customer training

  • Onboarding

  • Policies and procedures

  • Product training

  • Team training

To use a template, click the ‘Use template’ button and the course will be duplicated into your workspace so that you can update it to suit your needs.

Start from scratch

When starting from scratch, you need to give your course an image, and a title. If you don’t have the course image on hand, you can always come back and add one later. Once you’ve given your course a title, choose a folder to add your course to. Click ‘Create course’ and you will be directed to the course editor.

The Course overview screen

The first screen you’ll encounter after creating your course is the Course overview screen. This is the screen that your learners will first see when they start a course, so it’s important that you provide a brief overview of what the course is about, including what they will learn from taking the course.

There are a number of things you can configure on the course overview screen, including:

  • Add a course banner image

  • Add an estimate for how long the course will take

  • Add a description of the course

  • Choose a trainer to appear on the course overview screen

There are two visibility options that allow you to hide the Trainer, and Time estimate from the overview.

The Finish screen

From the sidebar menu, you’ll notice a Finish screen button. As the Course overview is the first screen your learners will interact with, the Finish screen is the last screen your learners will see when they complete the course.

Modules (Course content)

The content that you create or add to your course will be sandwiched between the Overview and Finish screens. Content is created using Modules, of which there are four, each designed for specific purposes. These modules include:

  • The Lesson module: Lessons are like Powerpoint slides on steroids allowing you to choose from 30+ screen layouts that immerse your learners in a rich, engaging experience.

  • The Quiz module: Quizzes are a summative assessment that tests your learners knowledge, and records a score visible in course reports.

  • The Assignment module: Assignments are a summative assessment that allow you to receive written submissions from your learners on a particular subject. Assignments must be graded by a Trainer to be considered complete.

  • The SCORM Module: The SCORM module allows you to upload content created in third-party elearning authoring tools.

Modules are designed in a way that they can be reused as part of any number of courses, and are stored and managed in the workspace library.

To add a module, click the ‘Add Module’ button positioned below the Course overview button in the sidebar menu. Clicking the button brings up the module selection modal. From here you can select to add a new module, or add a module that already exists i.e. a module you’ve created for another course.

If you choose to add an existing module, you’ll be able to search through your library for Lessons, Quizzes, and Assignments you’ve previously created to either Duplicate, or Mirror (link to) into your current course.

If you choose to add a new module, it will add a brand new module that will be discoverable in your library when creating other courses. Once you’ve created your new module you can start building the content for your course. You can add as many modules as you like. Follow the instructions for creating each module in the linked articles above.

Once you’ve added course content, you’ll need to publish it so that your learners can view it. To find out more about publishing your course, read the How to publish course content article.

Useful tips and articles when creating courses

Configuring and Sharing your course

Once you’ve built your course, there are a number of ways you can configure the learner experience, and share your course. Check out the following articles for further information.

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