Note: If you'd prefer to create a Course using a quick start, see the Create a Course Quick Start Guide.
Purpose: This document provides step-by-step instructions for creating a Course in Calibrate.
Audience: This document is meant to be used by Content Managers to create a Course for an academic institution.
Assumption: There are two main steps to the Course creation process: 1) create the Course and 2) manage skills in the Course. This document details the steps for creating a Course. The detailed steps for managing skills in a Course can be found in the Manage Skills in a Course User Guide.
Before you begin: Courses in Calibrate typically represent actual courses in the curriculum. Courses include skills and can optionally include learning outcomes. They allow educators to identify the particular skills a Course and its learning outcomes address. Courses are also an integral part of the Award alignment process. The skills included in a Course are meant to facilitate Award alignment by addressing skill gaps between the Award and its target Job Profiles.
Courses are continuously being updated as curriculum changes. To keep track of these changes, Courses have a Draft state and Published state, along with revision numbers.
You can find the definition of the capitalized words used in this User Guide in the SkillsEngine dictionary located here.
Create a New Course
1] After you log in, the Calibrate Dashboard appears. To create a Course, click the +Create button in the upper right.
2] From the Create menu click Course.
3] The Create New Course page appears.
4] In the Details section of the page, enter a title for the Course in the Title textbox.
5] Enter an abbreviation (typically 3 or 4 letters) for the Course in the Abbreviation textbox.
6] Enter a number for the Course in the Number textbox.
7] Optionally choose a Department for the course from the Department dropdown menu. If the department doesn’t exist, you can create it.
|NOTE: To learn to create a Department, see the Create or Edit a Department User Guide.|
8] Optionally enter a description for the course in the Description textbox.
Add/Delete Course Editors
|NOTE: By default, you are the only Course Editor for a Course you create. You can add other Course Editors to help you manage the Course. You can also delete Course Editors, but you cannot delete yourself (although other Editors can).|
9] To find a Course Editor to add, on the right side of the page, either scroll through the list of Editors or enter the person's name (first or last) into the search box. Search results appear automatically.
10] To add the person as an Editor, click the "+" to the left of their name. Their name now appears in the list of Editors underneath the Details section.
11] To delete a Course Editor, click the "x" to the left of their name in the Editors list.
Add Course Outcomes
|NOTE: Courses contain a collection of skills that can be further organized into Course Outcomes. As part of the Course management process, you can assign skills to Outcomes. Outcomes are completely optional, and you may choose not to create them.|
12] To define a Course Outcome, click the New Outcome button just below the Editors list.
13] In the Title textbox of the Outcomes pane, enter a title for the Outcome.
14] Optionally enter a unique identifier for the Outcome in the Identifier textbox.
15] To define additional Outcomes, click the Add Another button in the lower left corner and repeat steps 13 and 14.
16] When you’re finished defining Course Outcomes, click the Add button in the lower right corner to add the Course Outcome(s) to the Course.
Delete Course Outcomes
17] To delete a Course Outcome, click the "x" to the left of that Outcome in the Outcomes list.
|NOTE: If you delete a Course Outcome before you save the Course, the Outcome will be deleted immediately with no warning. If you delete a Course Outcome after you save the Course, you will be asked to confirm the deletion.|
18] If you are asked to confirm the deletion, click the Delete button.
Reorder Course Outcomes
|NOTE: In almost every case, Course Outcomes are sequenced in a Course and build on one another, which is why you have the option to reorder them.|
19] To reorder Course Outcomes, click Reorder at the top of the Outcomes list.
20] In the Outcomes list, the delete “x” turns into drag handles.
21] To move an Outcome up or down the list, hover your mouse over the handle, click and hold and drag the Outcome where you want it in the list and release the click.
22] Continue reordering Outcomes until you're satisfied with the order.
23] To save the order, click the Save button in the upper right.
|NOTE: Adding Tags to a Course will help you and others find this Course in the future when searching. To learn more about Tags see Using Tags in Calibrate.|
24] Scroll to the bottom of the page to the Tags section.
25] To add a Tag to the Course, start typing the Tag into the Add tags... textbox. A list of Tags already created appears with those letters.
26] If the Tag you want to add already exists, highlight it and hit Enter.
27] If the Tag you want to add does not exists, finish typing out the Tag and hit Enter.
Save the Course
28] When you have the Course details, Editors, Outcomes and Tags the way you want, click the Create button in the upper right corner of the page.
29] The Course is created and you are taken to the Course Dashboard.
|NOTE: At this point, the Course is not yet published. A Course is not typically published until after the Award Alignment process. To learn how to align an Award, see the Manage Skills in an Award User Guide.|
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