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A step-by-step guide!

Creating an online Course

The first thing you need to do is create an account. Don't have one yet? Please read this article.

Now, select the Course option in your dashboard.

If you're not sure which format is the best option for you, please look at this article.

1. Name your Course

Now that you have an account, we can proceed with creating your first Course. This is done in a few easy steps:

Go to the Courses tab on your dashboard
Click on the + New course button
Enter the title of your Course and click + New course again (don't worry, you can change the name later)
Optional: Enter the introduction text for your Course
Optional: Upload your own background image

2. Start creating your slides

The most important part of your online Course is the Slides. In this section, you'll learn how to build them.

Go to the Slides tab of your newly created Course. The page will look like this:

The First slide, Introduction, and the Course end page are default pages in any Course. You can add your other slides between these pages. Just click on the Add slide button, and you'll be able to add different types of slides:

Content: these slides can contain text, images, media, quotes, file downloads, and iframe elements.
Assessment: you can click to add an Assessment previously created in the Assessment section of our tool.
Exam: you can click to add an Exam previously created in the Exam section of our tool.
Practice question: these are single questions that can be added between content slides to keep your participants focused. The practice questions are not graded, they are just, well ... for practice. If you want to add graded questions, add an Exam instead.
File request: this type of slide makes it mandatory for your participants to submit a file before moving on to the next slide. Learn how to add a file request slide here.

After creating a slide, other options will become available to you. For example, if you add a Practice question, you can choose from several different question types. For content slides, you have the option to add different elements.

3. Add a content slide to your Course

Most courses start with a content slide. Content slides can contain the following elements:

Video or audio (video, audio, or Prezi presentation)
File downloads
Iframe elements

To add a content slide, go to Slides > Add slide > Content. Enter a title for the slide, and click Save. Here you can also add a timer (a minimum time someone needs to spend on the slide) to your slide.

Now you'll see the Add element button:

Click on Add element to choose the type of element you'd like to add to your Course:

Text alone can become a bit boring. So you can also add Images, Video or audio files to make it more interesting. If you have a lot of text, sometimes it can enhance the content to highlight certain parts, so we built the Quote element.

The File download option allows you to add files that your participants can download while taking the Course. The Embed option allows you to add an iframe element.

All these options allow you to quickly create and provide the best learning material for your participants!

4. Add an Exam or Assessment to your Course

Most courses have one or more Exams (or even Assessments). A typical Course will have some content slides, and one Exam at the end.

You can add Exams or Assessments created in the other sections of our tool to your Course. This workflow is useful because you can use your Exams or Assessments in multiple Courses. Setting up Exams can require precise rules concerning point assignments, explanations, pass levels, question banks, etc.

You can find this option by going to Slides > Add slide > Exam or Assessment:

Adding an Exam

Click on the option Exam to add an Exam to a Course. Now, you can select an Exam from the drop-down list that you created earlier and click Save:

You will see several other options here too:

Show the intro page before starting: you can choose to show the Exam’s intro page by selecting the checkbox. If you decide not to do this, then the Exam will start immediately with the first question. If you have a timed Exam, we recommend showing the intro page, so a user knows he is actually beginning the Exam.
Show the result page: you can choose to show the result page at the end of the Exam, or send a user immediately to the next slide in the Course.
Navigation behavior: read more about that here.
Minimum score to pass (%): set a pass rate that a user must achieve before continuing to the next slide of the Course. More info here.
Maximum attempts to pass the exam: if a user doesn't score above the pass rate in a maximum number of attempts, he will be redirected to the end page of the Course (the failed variant).

Adding an Assessment

You can similarly add an Assessment by selecting an Assessment from the drop-down list:

You can decide if you want to show the intro page and the result page of the Assessment, and choose your navigation setting. For more general information on Assessments, read here.

5. Publishing your Course

And now, for the last step, sharing your Course with your users!

There are four ways that you can give people access to your Course:

You can share the link found at the Publish tab. Don't forget to ask for participant data so you can identify your participants!
You can embed the Course on your website using the embed code found at the Publish tab (the same way you would integrate a YouTube video to your site).
You can add a predefined group of participants so they receive an email with a link and password to take the Course
You give access to your Course via Academy portal.

You can find the first 2 options on the Publish tab:

You can find the invite-only feature in the Participant data tab, and add participants in the Participants tab.

There is a limit to the number of invitations you can send per day, and your rate limit depends on your subscription type.

Now, share your brand new Course with your users in a way that suits you best!
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