In this tutorial, we will show you step by step how to create your first online course in Foxize Cloud.
1- Create a new course page
To create a new course go to Course section in Daily Management and click on “+ Create a new course”.
First, fill the course description. Before adding any material, you’ll have to personalize the course page.
Add a name, a theme and subtheme, and select the type of course you are creating: online or live classes.
Then, select a teacher and an auxiliar teacher (if necessary) or create a new profile.
Second, select the level. It allows users to know the difficulty level of the course and what knowledge they need previously to do them.
By default, there are 3 levels, although you can personalize them:
Basic: Users don’t need to have knowledge or experience to follow the course.
Intermediate: Attendees need to have basic knowledge on the theme of the course.
Advanced: It is necessary for attendees to have previous knowledge or experience in the topic.
Third, add the full duration of the course in hours and minutes, regardless of the different sessions it can have. In case your course has a fixed date (for example a webinar), the date and place will be defined in the edition of the course, which we will talk about in part 2 of this guide.
Fourth, personalize the SEO of your course page. Add a title, a description and a slug name for the course URL.
The fifth step is to write all the information about the course.
In “Course Introduction” you can write a brief summary of what users will find in the course.
In “What are you going to learn” you can optionally write the different concepts and skills the students will have learnt after the course. In the course page they will appear as a bullet point list in two columns.
In “Course description” you can list all the concepts, modules and sessions that are going to take place in your course, as the method and the format used: masterclass, workshop, workbooks, etc. For live courses, we recommend you mention the session schedule and the tools the students have to bring to your class.
Visual presentation is very important too. You can add a picture for your course. We recommend you use creative commons and royalty free picture gallaries like Unsplash or Pexels.
You can also upload an introductory video to your course. It will be visible to all those users who are not yet registered to the course. This is a perfect tool to show what the course is about in less than a minute.
Courses can have a downloadable document (like a pdf) that serves as an overview of the course. As default, students can access the document once they register. You can deactivate this and allow them to download the pdf once they have finished and rated the course. It’s an interesting way to incentivize ratings.
If you want students to watch your elearning videos in order, you can activate the option “Sequential coure”. This way, students won’t be able to watch module 2 before finishing module 1 first, for example. If this option isn’t active, students will be able to access all the course’s material from the moment they register and can complete them in their preferred order.
The “Contact form” check transforms the inscription button into a form, this way, users won’t be able to register, but instead will have to introduce their contact information to receive more information about the course. This is a great solution to know how much demand a course has.
Lastly, but most importantly, when your course is ready to be published, remember to check “Active” option, so it appears on your catalogue.
2- Create a course edition
Once the course page has been created, it’s the time to add its content. To do so, first we have to create a course edition. On the course list, click on the action column and select “editions”.
A course can have as many editions as it is necessary. For a live class, an edition can be determined by the date, the city, the space or the teacher. For online classes, editions are really useful for webinars or for groups courses.
You can also limit the time period a user can watch the course.
Is in the edition where we can also add the course documentation. This will be the guide for users.
We can also activate the comments option of the course or only for the edition.
Service projects indicate if this course edition belongs to a groups projects. In this guide you can find how to create a groups projects and know the difference between incompany and unlimited projects.
If you are planning on updating your courses frequently with new materials, we recommend you to check the “Open course” option. This way, students won’t be able to complete 100% the course, leave a rating nor download their certificate.
Once the course edition is ready, remember to check the “Active” option.
3- Modules and Materials
Once the course edition is created, we can add modules and materials.
Each edition has its materials. For timed editions (with a specific date), once the date has expired students won’t be able to access the materials again. For editions with no date, materials can be accessed as long as the edition is active.
Materials aren’t only for online courses. Live courses can have modules and materials too.
To add materials to your course, first you have to create a Module. Modules are the different units that make up the course, each one will have their own material. Write an interesting name for them and a description.
Once a module is created, you can add the materials: click on “actions > add material”.
There are 7 types of materials:
Downloadable content: you can upload documents, like presentations or pdfs, for students to download.
Links: You can add interesting references from external sources.
Test: You can create a test to evaluate your students' knowledge. If you add a passing score, students won’t be able to finish the course if they don’t surpass it.
Video: the main core of your e-learning courses. In Foxize Cloud we use Vimeo as a hosting service for your videos. Video files can’t be heavier than 1,5 GB. Make sure to optimize your videos.
Text: Students can write an exercise directly on the course page, so it can be evaluated by the teacher.
File: Students can upload a file that teachers can review.
SCORM: Export learning experiences with scorm format. To use scorm, first you’ll have to hire a plan with Cloud Scorm and contact email@example.com to activate the scorm integration.
It’s important to add a name to each material, so users can identify them, and optionally add a description.
Remember to check the “Active” option so users can access the material.
Once all the materials have been uploaded, the course will be ready for your students. Don’t forget to check the “active” option in the course and in the edition too.
You can check how your course is looking by clicking on the “preview course” button, on the top left.