10-011 Creating a Learning path


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

Administrative staff or student assistants, acting on behalf of lecturers, can fill in this online form. (The course will be created within two working days.)

Please note: additional course owners can only be added to a course at the direct request of the course instructor.

Please note: It is not possible to convert a Learning path courses to a Conventional courses

For more information on Conventional courses please see HelpCard 10-010.

A Learning path is course in OpenOlat that shows a linear structure. Participants have to proceed through the course elements in a predetermined order. Participants are led through the learning process like on a path. Every time a course element is completed, their learning process increases. Progress and activity are displayed and visualized transparently for both participants and supervisors. This makes it possible to respond to the individual processes of the participants and offer targeted support. This is a particular advantage for self-learning or blended learning setups.

For more information on the configuration of Learning path courses see HelpCard 10-031.

Important Steps

Creating a Learning Path course

  1. Click on Authoring.
  2. Click on Create and in the drop-down menu on CoursThe course wizard opens up.
  3. Choose Course type Learning Path.
  4. Next to the field Course title click on the arrow pointing down. A list appears with all your courses that are assigned in the teaching objectives catalog. Information: Courses chosen from this list can be synchronized with VIS:online. The members list will be transferred from VIS:online into OpenOlat and updated regularly. If that’s not what you want, you can freely choose a course title and create a so-called autonomous course. No members list will then be synchronized and members will have to be added manually. Further information can be found in HelpCard 20-020.
  5. Click on Create.
  6. Click Add owners to add further course owners to the course. (Owners can also be added or deleted later, using the Members management option HelpCard 20-020).
  7. Choose the Course access. These settings depend on whether a VIS:online synchronised course or an autonomous course is created.
    • Course members (VIS:online): Members will automatically be transferred from VIS:online.
    • Course members (self-enrolment combined with VIS:online): Makes it possible for all registered OpenOlat user to also enroll themselves as course members. 
    • Course members (manual management): You as the course owner enroll the members manually via the Members management (for more information see HelpCard 20-020).
    • Enrollment (self-enrolment): 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 for the first time (Please pay attention to upper case and lower case letters!)
    • Period: The course is open within a specific time period of time.
  8. Click Create. A new window opens. 
  9. Select the desired course elements and click Next. Information: The most common course elements are suggested. Under Copy from, you can also search for courses in which you are already entered as the owner and copy blocks from them into your new course. You will also find the Import from another course function later in the course editor (see HelpCard 10-050).
  10. Choose the desired learning resources and click Next.
  11. Select any files that you wish to transfer.
  12. Finally, click on Finish. You are now in the settings of your learning path. (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).

Problems or questions?
Phone: +43 512 507-23999
Mail to e-campus@uibk.ac.at

Please note: it may happen that the English HelpCards are not up to date. Should you find discrepancies with the functions in OpenOlat, please refer to the German version of the HelpCard.

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