University of Innsbruck

10-010 Creating a Conventional course


Lecturers can activate OpenOlat courses for their own lectures independently. Below, you will find step-by-step guides relating to this topic.

Administrativestaff or student assistants, acting on behalf of lecturers, have the option of filling inthe online course creation application form below. The course will be created within two work days. The form for this can be found here:

Please note: Subsequent addition of course ownersafter course creation is only possible with explicit permissionfrom the lecturer.

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

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

Important Steps

Creating a Conventional course

  1. Click on Authoring. The Authoring section opens up

  2. Click on the Create button to the right. A dropdown menu appears

  3. Choose the Course option. The course wizard opens up.

  4. For the Course design choose Classic.

  5. Click on the arrow pointing down beside the field Course title. Courses chosen from this list can be synchronized with VIS:online. The members list will then be transferred from VIS:online into OpenOlat and will be updated regularly. If that’s not what you want, you can freely choose a course title and create a so-called autonomous course. Here, no members list will be synchronized and members will have to be added manually. Further information can be found in this HelpCard 20-020. You have been automatically added to the course as owner. 

  6. Choose the button Add owner to add further course owners to the course. They can also be added or deleted later, using the Members management option (HelpCard 20-020).

  7. Go to Course access. These settings depend on your choice of a VIS:online synchronised course or an autonomous course in the previous step.

    • Course members (VIS:online): Members will automatically be transferred from VIS:online.

    • Course members (self-enrollment combined with VIS:online): Makes it possible for all registered OpenOlat also to enroll themselves as course members. 

    • Course members (manual management): You as the course owner enroll the members manually via the Members management options of the course (for more information see HelpCard 20-020).

    • Enrollment: This allows all OpenOlat Users to enroll as members of a course.

    • Access code: The code has to be typed in when the course is opened the first time (please pay attention to upper case and lower case letters!).

    • Period: The course is open within a specific period of time.

  8. Choose Create once more. A new window opens up. 

  9. The most commonly used course elements will be suggested to you. You may choose whichever you find useful. These will then automatically be created in your course. You can also search for other courses with you as an owner and via the dropdown menu besides the Copy from option copy course elements from these into your new course.

  10. Select the desired course elements and click on the Next button.
  11. Select if necessary the desired learning resources and click on the Next button again.
  12. Select the necessary files you would like to import.
  13. Click on the Finish button and you will arrive in the Settings of your course. Further information can be found in HelpCard 10-012. You will be able to find the Import from other course option in the course editor at a later date and add course elements from other courses there as well (see HelpCard 10-050).
  14. In the upper left corner, click on the name of your course. This will bring you to the course view. If you have added course elements while creating the course, you will find them in the course structure to the left. In the Toolbar, you will find the standard toolset. The functionality of the management toolbar is explained in HelpCard 10-100. You will find further information on course elements and the management of them in HelpCard 10-020.

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