Course Creation


How to pull everything together into creating a course

We're nearing the end of our course tutorial series. In this tutorial, we will bring together all of the pages that we've created so far into one course listing. If you were confused by the significance of all the components that we covered so far, this tutorial should address your questions.

Step 1: Adding the components of a course creation page

First, let's take a look at all of the components of the course creation page:

Screenshot of the entire course page

First, there is the title field. It is important to note that this field is not for the course identifier (e. g. CHEM 101) but is instead meant for the actual name of the course.

Screenshot of the course title page.

Next, let's add a description to our course. I like to copy and paste the course description from the catalog page but if you have a longer description written up, it would be preferable.

Screenshot of the course body text

Below the course description field, you will see the identifier field. This should be different from your course title field. Here is where you should list your course identifier. For our example, we used ENT 211:

Screenshot of the course identifier field

The next field is the semester field. With this field, you can select which semesters your course is offered:

Screenshot of the semester field

You can also select multiple semesters. For this course, I needed to select both spring and fall semesters. To do this, simply hold either the control button (for PCs) or the command button (for Macs) while you pick all of the choices you want.

Screenshot of the selected semesters

After you select the course semester, you can then pick the year that the course is being offered. This is especially useful for when you are listing classes that were offered in previous semesters.

Screenshot of the course year dropdown

Next, you can choose which program your course is offered for. Our course is going to be an undergraduate class.

Screenshot of the Course Program
After the program list, you will notice an "FAQ" field. That field is a placeholder for a feature coming later, so we are going to skip it for now.

Step 2: Related courses field

Next, let's look at the related courses field. Like course instructor and course location on the course section creation page, the related courses and course section fields are autocompleted. Related courses should be used for things like courses that are crosslisted in other departments or courses that are prerequisites for the course listing you are creating.

Screenshot of the related courses field

For this example. I created another course page for ENT 201, which is a prerequisite for ENT 211. To find another course listing to reference, type the course's name into the text box and either click on the course you want or press the down key until you find the course you want and press tab or enter.

Screenshot of a selected related course

When you select your related course, a number in parentheses should appear after it:

Screenshot of the selected related course

Now do the same thing for your course sections. This time, we want to look for "Section A:"

Screenshot showing the selected course section

It should be noted that when a course section is already selected by another course node, the course node's name will appear before the dash in the course section's name. Here is an example of a course section that is already associated with a course:

Screenshot showing a course section that was already selected by another course node

Step 3: Saving a course

It's time to save your course node. Let's look at the finished product:

Screenshot of a finished course listing

As you can see, all of the nodes that we created for the finished product are shown. If you add more course sections, your course listing will become more rich and informative.

If you have problems with creating a project or have more questions about how to do any of the above, please contact Ann Greazel for help.