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There are many advanced features included in SOAR LMS that allow you to have full control over your course content and the way your content is displayed. The article below describes how you may customize the look of your courses.
The Course Settings area will allow you to further customize several aspects of your course content and its delivery methods. On the Course Settings page, you will find a variety of options divided into several sections.
To navigate to the Course Settings page, simply click on the course title under the Courses page, and click the Settings button at the top-right.
- General Settings
- Course Name – This field allows you to rename your course.
- Course Summary – Use this text field to enter the description of your course.
- Course Start Date – Signifies the beginning date of the course, or the earliest date in which students can participate in the course.
- Course End Date – Signifies the end date of the course, or the last date in which students can participate in the course.
- Visibility Settings
- Show In Reports – When set to ‘Yes,’ this parameter allows the course and its associated analytics to appear in reports that are generated on the Reports page. When set to ‘No,’ the course data is omitted from the reports.
- Visible to Students – This option toggles whether to show or hide the course from students. When set to ‘Yes,’ the course is removed from view on both the front-end website as well as the Dashboard on the student’s view. It is always visible and accessible to Administrators or Instructors regardless of which option is selected.
- Enable Completion – When this option is set to ‘No,’ the course is visible to students, but prohibits students from completing lesson plans within the course.
- Pricing Settings
- Price – This fields allows you to update the cost of subscribing to your course (whole number values only).
- Subscription Type – The frequency in which students or customers are billed can be set through this field. The options are Monthly, Weekly, Daily, or One-Time Charge.
- Micro-learning Settings
- Micro-learning Enable – This switch turns this feature on or off. Micro-learning is a method in which the next course element or lesson plan in the course series is emailed directly to the student to remind them to participate. As students complete the curriculum, the system identifies how far they have progressed and delivers the next available course element on a schedule to the student.
- Micro-learning Frequency – With the option above enabled, this setting determines how often students receive helpful emails reminding them to participate in the next course lesson.
- Micro-learning Schedule Date – This field sets the starting date for when the micro-learning functionality should be enabled. When micro-learning is enabled, the recommended setting for this field is either today’s date or any date prior to today.
- Grade Settings
- Failing Grade – This numerical field allows the selection of the failing grade threshold, which determines whether or not a student must re-take the course element in order to pass to the next available lesson. The failing grade can be any number between 50 and 99. For example, if a student must get every answer right on an exam, then the failing grade can be set to 99, which does not allow for any incorrect answers.
The SOAR LMS platform allows for a wide variety of content types to be added to your courses. Below, you will find a definition list of the available course elements (lesson plans) that can be created under each course.
SELECTING THE PROPER TYPE OF COURSE ELEMENT
- This course element allows for either plain-text or HTML-formatted text to be presented as readable content to the student. It is intended to simply provide a method to deliver text content to a student, in which the student confirms the material has been read at the end of each of these lesson types.
- The video course element allows you as the instructor to upload a video lesson to present to the student. The video may be uploaded in the following formats: MP4, MOV, MPEG, or AVI.
- This element provides a further selection of interactive assignments to give the student for completion. These assignments include an exam, a survey, a student video upload, or a written student response.
- The “file” course element allows you as the instructor to upload a file in any format and present it to the student for download.
- The certificate is presented to the student at the end of the completion of a course. Only one certificate per course is allowed. The certificate may be customized to denote where the name of the student, date of the completion, and course name are positioned. It is recommended that a flat image (JPG or PNG) be used during upload. This image should leave blanks where the course name, student name, and date will later be positioned.