How to create a course?

Step 1: Click Add a New Course

You will see this page,

Step 2: Click expand all to fill in your new course necessary details.

i) General

Course full name: This is the name of the course. It is displayed as a link on course lists on the Frontpage and on the Dashboard and in reports. It is also used in the browser title bar when the course is viewed.

Short name: It is a shorthand way of referring to a course, such as Kursus Excel or Kursus PHP. Even if you do not already have such a name for your course, make one up here. It will be used in several places where the long name is not appropriate, such as the Navigation block. By default, only course full names are displayed in the list of courses. 

Course category: It is also used in the browser title bar when the course is viewed.

(T/N: Your category will be your company name)

Course start date: This setting affects the display of logs and the weekly format topic dates.

  • If you use the “Weekly” course format, the start date will appear in the first section of the course. For example, selecting 27 July will display “27 July – 2 August” in the first section (when default display is selected for that section).
  • This setting will have an effect on the display of logs. This will be the earliest possible date the log activity will display.
  • This setting will not affect courses using the ‘social’ or ‘topics’ formats.

TIP: If your course runs on a weekly schedule, you may want to consider setting the start date for courses on the first day of the week, like a Monday. 

TIP: In general, if your course does not have a real starting date then set the date to yesterday and use the availability setting to reveal the course to students.

TIP: See self enrolment course settings to prevent students from entering the course before a certain date/time.

Course end date: The course end date is used for determining whether a course should be included in a user’s list of courses. When the end date is passed, the course is no longer listed in the navigation block and is listed as past in the Course overview on students’ dashboards.

Course visibility: Here you can “hide” your course completely. It will not appear in the list of courses, except for managers, course creators, teachers and any other users with the view hidden courses capability. Even if students try to access the course URL directly, they will not be allowed to enter. The hide/show courses capability controls whether a user can hide a course.

Course ID number: The ID number is an alphanumeric field. It has several potential uses. Generally, it is not displayed to students. However, it can be used to match this course against an external system’s ID, as your course catalog ID or can be used in the certificate module as a printed field.

ii) Description

Course summary: The summary appears on the course listings page. This field is searched when searching for a course and also appears in the Course description block.

Course image: An image may be attached to the course summary. They will be accessible by anyone from outside of the course just like the course name and/or summary.

iii) Course formats

A course format refers to the layout of a course. 

Weekly format: The course is organized week by week, with each section having a date heading. You can add content, forums, quizzes, and so on in the section for each week. The current week is highlighted.


TIP: If you want all your students to work on the same materials at the same time, this would be a good format to choose.

NOTE: Make sure your course start date is correct. If it is not your week will have the wrong date on it. This is especially important if you are restoring a course to use with a new section of students.

Topics format: The course is organised into topic sections that a teacher can give titles to. Each topic section consists of activities, resources and labels. This is the default format.

TIP: This is great to use if your course is objective based and each objective may take different amounts of time to complete. An example of this would be scaffolding where the students are building upon the knowledge from earlier topics.

iv) Appearance, Completion Tracking & Groups

These settings are set by default.

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Step 3: Click Save

Step 4: Click Publish at the top of the page. 

After you have done adding all your contents, at the top of the page there is “Publish’ button. Click Publish to send the contents for review. MU DOT MY PLT will review the contents ( To make sure there is not inappropriate contents) before the approval.

If you need to “Edit” your contents after the Course has been Published. Click “Unpublish” and edit your contents. Then repeat Step 4.