Introduction to Creating Courses

OVERVIEW

The major function of SOAR LMS is to allow you to provide content to prospective students and users, in which those students can sign up and complete and/or interact with your course. The SOAR LMS system is built in such a way that the student course completion can be done in environments such as corporate training, or through the personal exchange of knowledge. These course offerings to students can be provided for free or in an exchange for a fee.

CREATING A COURSE

Creating a course within the SOAR LMS system is easy, and only takes a few minutes or less to set up each course. The instructions below will guide you through the process of creating your first course. To create a course, you may perform the following steps:
  1. Click the Courses link in the dashboard’s navigation.
  2. Click the Create a New Course button.
  3. The prompts on the screen will ask you to provide a name for the course, as well as choose a start and end date. The start date determines when students will be able to begin signing up, or if students will be allowed to pre-register. The end date will be the final date in which the course content will be available in your school. The checkbox that states “Does not Expire” is pre-selected to allow the course to stay published until it is deleted manually by you or an instructor in your account.
  4. After clicking Continue you will be prompted to enter a course summary. This is optional, but is recommended, as it will give an overview of the course on your school’s website as well as provide details when students register or pre-register. The editor provided allows for functions similar to Microsoft Word, for example, where text can be formatted according to the options selected.
  5. On the following screen, you will be prompted to enter the amount you are charging for the course. This can be left as the default settings (free) or you can enter the dollar amount (in whole amounts) and select the frequency of the payment. The options available are “One Time Charge,” “Per Month,” “Per Week,” or “Per Day.”
  6. The final option on the course creation wizard is the “Micro-learning” option. Select the checkbox to enable micro-learning and then select a frequency for which the micro-learning lessons will be distributed. This can always be turned off later. For more about Micro-learning, refer to this article.
  7. Click Done to finish saving the course. This new course will now appear in your “Courses” section.
 

EDITING COURSE DETAILS

If you have already created a course using the method above and wish to make updates, you can click on the Courses link in the navigation, and proceed to click the Edit Course Details button (noted by the ‘pencil’ icon when hovering over a course title). Alternatively, you may click the course title and click the Settings button on the top-right side of the window that appears.  

ADDING COURSE ELEMENTS

Within the SOAR LMS ecosystem, a “course element” is a reference to any lesson plan item that lives under your course. These may include reading content, exams, video lessons, files (such as PDFs or documents), surveys, or student responses. You can begin adding a course element (or lesson plan) to a course by navigating to the Courses page and clicking on the Add Lesson Plan button (indicated by a ‘+‘ symbol when hovering over a course title). Alternatively, you may click on the course title and click the Add Course Element button.  

TYPES OF COURSE ELEMENTS

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.
  • TEXT
    • 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.
  • VIDEO
    • 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.
  • ASSIGNMENT
    • 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.
  • FILE
    • The “file” course element allows you as the instructor to upload a file in any format and present it to the student for download.
  • CERTIFICATE
    • 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.
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