10-010 Creating a Conventional course


Teachers can activate their own courses themselves. You can find step-by-step instructions for creating courses in this HelpCard.

Staff in the secretariats or student assistants acting on behalf of course instructors can request courses using the online form (the course will be created within two working days).

Please note: Subsequent addition of course owners after course creation is only possible with explicit permission from the teacher.

For more information on Learning path courses please go to HelpCard 10-011.

Please note: It is only possible to convert conventional courses to learning path courses, not vice versa.

You can find out how to reuse courses and teaching materials that have already been created in Helpcard 10-140.

Important Steps

Creating a Conventional course

  1. Click on Authoring.
  2. Click on Create and in the drop-down menu on Course. The course wizard opens.
  3. Select Classic Course design.
  4. Next to the Course title field click on the down arrow. A list appears with all your courses that are assigned in the teaching objectives catalog. Information: Courses that you select from this list can be synchronized with VIS:online. The list of participants is then taken from VIS:online and synchronized regularly. If you do not want this, you can freely select a course title and thus create a so-called autonomous course. In this case, no participants are synchronized and must therefore be added manually. You can find out how to do this in HelpCard 20-020.
  5. Click on Create.
  6. Click on Add owner to enter additional course owners. (Additional owners can also be added and/or removed later at any time via the Members management. More information on this in HelpCard 20-020).
  7. Select the Course access. The settings depend on whether you are creating a VIS:online synchronized course or an autonomous course
    • Course members (VIS:online): The participants are automatically transferred from VIS:online.
    • Course members (self-enrolment in addition to VIS:online): Allows all registered OpenOlat users to additionally register themselves in the course as participants.
    • Course members (manual administration): You enter participants into the course yourself manually via the Members management (for more information, see HelpCard 20-020).
    • Enrollment: Course participants enrol in the course themselves.
    • Access code: The code must be entered when joining the course for the first time (note: case-sensitive!).
    • Period: The course is only available for a certain period of time.
  8. Click on Create. A new window will open.
  9. Select the desired modules and click Next. Information: The most common course elements are suggested. You can also use Copy from to search for courses in which you are already entered as the owner and copy blocks from there to your new course. You will also find the "Import from another course" function later in the course editor (see HelpCards 10-050).
  10. If necessary, select the desired learning resources and click Next.
  11. If necessary, select the files you want to import.
  12. Finally, click on Finish. You are now in the settings of your course. (You can find more information on this in HelpCard 10-012).
  13. Click on the name of your course in the top left-hand corner. This will take you to the course view. (If you have already inserted course elements when creating the course, you will see them in the course structure. You will see preset tools in the toolbar. You can find out how to manage this toolbar in HelpCard 10-100. You can find out how to add and manage additional course elements in HelpCard 10-020).
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