Step 2: Creating a Course

Last Updated: Oct 25, 2016 09:21PM UTC

After customizing your Learndot comes the fun part: Creating your first course.

In Learndot, a 'course' is really a series of modules. Each module has learning content and a quiz. As a learner works their way through a course they are repeatedly learning and engaging with digestible content chunks. See the article on managing content for more information or head over to academy.learndot.com to see some examples.

Ideally, you are able to plan your learning objectives and modules ahead of time to design a well structured course. To get started in this step, this quickest way is to use some instructional content you already have. Common examples that can be easily migrated into Learndot:

  • Email-based Courses
  • Tutorials and User Guides, for example from help centers / support sites
  • Digital Employee Handbooks and Guides
  • Knowledge Base articles
  • Video or article-based courses

Once you've chosen who your initial learners are and what your first course will be, it's time to build the course.

a) Create a new course and give it a description

To create a new course, first go to the 'Content' area:

and click the "New Course" button:

which will bring you to the create course screen:

Here you one required field:

  • Course Name: Exactly what it sounds like. :)

And a few recommended optional fields:

  • Course Description: This is shown to learners before the course contents. Use it to talk about what the course will cover, why it should matter to the learner, and/or how long they can expect it to take. You can again use any kind of content you like here, videos, presentations, text, images, embeds, etc...
  • Learning Objective: This should be the overall learning objective for the courses. It should answer the question "What will learners be able to do after the course (that they couldn't before)?". If present, the learning objective will be shown to learners.
  • Course Icon/Logo and Cover Photo: By default, these will be whatever you set as your academy-wide logo and cover photo in the customization step. However, you can give each of your courses a unique look by changing them here.

After creating and giving your course a name and description, you will be brought to create your first module.

b) Build your modules

You can do a lot with modules. For a complete discussion, see the article on managing content.

You'll want to build a module for each big 'idea' in your source material. As a rule of thumb, a module should be long enough that it can have a clear learning objective (which is itself a sub-learning objective of the course learning objective) and is testable, but not so long that the content takes a learner more than 7-8 minutes.

As you work your way through the source material creating modules, here are some things to keep in mind.

Required fields:

  • Module Name
  • Learning Content: This where all your learning material goes. See the article on the content editor for an in-depth discussion on what is possible.

Optional fields:

  • Learning Objective: Like the course learning objective, this describes what the learner should be able
  • to do upon completion.
  • Files: These are downloadable files you can attach to the module.
  • Quiz questions: Use either free-form response or auto-gradeable multiple choice to create exercises and stimulate active learning. Quiz questions should be testing achievement of the learning objective. Good quiz questions intermixed throughout a course dramatically improves learning retention.
  • Track learner confidence: For modules where the primary goal is teaching, i.e. it introduces new content, we recommend leaving this checked. For modules where the primary goal is testing this should be unchecked.

After building all of your modules you'll have the first draft of your course completed! Congratulations. Your next step is to give learners access to the course.

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