Creating Courses that have multiple types of Learning Components and Resources can be confusing and stressful. This tutorial provides a step by step guide to create a course with all the learning components as well as including Resources to the course or components.

 Quick Guide to Learning Component Framework

 Terminology
 TerminologyDefinition
Courses

A Course is a packaged content that contains a number of Learning Components. It can also include another Course.

A course can be of one of these three types:

  • Course: can contain courses and learning components - visible in course catalog
  • Module: can contain sections and learning components - not visible in course catalog
  • Section: can contain learning components - not visible in course catalog
Learning ComponentA Learning Component is the basic building blocks of training content. There are four types of Learning Components:
Instructor Led Training ComponentAlso known as ILT for short, an Instructor Led Training Component is a live training session led by an instructor.
eLearning ComponenteLearning Component provide the ability to deliver learning to an online audience, such as interactive slideshows, video tutorials, audio commentary and quizzes, using SCORM.
Content ComponentA Content Component consists of Resources that should be examined or completed to complete the component.
Assessment ComponentAn Assessment Component provide the capability to link external testing services such as SurveyMonkey, SurveyGizmo, ClassMarker and TestCraft.
Resources

A Resource can also be added to any Learning Component or Course as supplementary content. There are three types of Resources:

Digital ResourcesA Digital Resource consists of any content (such as .docx, .pdf, .exe) which is downloadable by a student.
Virtual ResourcesA Virtual Machine Resource consists of virtual machine details used to complete lab exercises in a virtual environment. Currently, Learndot Enterprise supports the use of Skytap to provide these VMs. 
Link ResourcesA Link Resource consists of a URL link to a page that the student can browse to, in the context of a Learning Component.
 How It All Fits Together



Creating A Multi Module Course

 Multi Module Course Example

 

In this tutorial, we look into the above full-fledged bundled Course example that contains all types of Learning Components and Resources. This example course is mainly divided into five parts or modules:

  • An online eLearning covering basic usage - Module 1
  • A downloadable PDF slide covering intermediate usage - Module 2
  • An Instructor led course covering advanced usage - Module 3
  • An Assessment for students to self-evaluate - Module 4
  • An end of course survey to students to provide feedback

In addition, the following Resources are also added:

  • A VM Resource attached to main Course - to provide students an environment to test and use throughout the course
  • A downloadable Digital Resource containing PDF slides - attached to Module 2
  • A downloadable Digital Resource containing PDF slides - attached to Module 3 to be used during the instructor led class
  • A Link Resource of a SurveyMonkey quiz link - attached to Module 4
  • A Link Resource of a SurveyMonkey quiz link - attached to End of Course Survey
 Creating an eLearning Component - Module 1
  1. Create an eLearning Component under Admin > Catalog > Learning Components > eLearning > New
  2. Fill in the following information in particular and save:

    Field
    StatusChoose 'Active Part' if this component is intended to be part of a bundled Course and only the course is to be shown on the website
    NameExample: Module 1 - Windows Basic Usage
    Primary CategoryLink to an existing Knowledge Category
    PriceSelf-explanatory
    VisibilityChoose 'Hidden' if this component is intended to be part of a bundled Course and only the course is to be shown on the website.
  3. Setup a SCORM package with one of following methods:

    MethodDescription
    Upload SCORM PackageA SCORM package is a content in an archive format (zip file) that can be created with authoring software tools such as Adobe® Captivate® 7
    Create SCORM Package from Youtube VideoAllows for a YouTube video to be added to the eLearning Component as a SCORM package.

    This step is mandatory - otherwise this eLearning component cannot be enrolled into or purchased.

 Creating a Content Component - Module 2
  1. Create an Content Component under Admin > Catalog > Learning Components > Content > New
  2. Fill in the following information in particular:

    Field
    StatusChoose 'Active Part' if this component is intended to be part of a bundled Course and only the course is to be shown on the website
    NameExample: Module 2 - Windows Intermediate Usage
    Primary CategoryLink to an existing Knowledge Category
    PriceSelf-explanatory
    VisibilityChoose 'Hidden' if this component is intended to be part of a bundled Course and only the course is to be shown on the website.

While this creates a Content Component, the component actually does not yet have any 'contents' within it. Follow the steps in next part to attach resource to it.

 Adding a downloadable Digital Resource to Content Component - Module 2

 Creating a Digital Resource

  1. Create a Digital Resource under Admin > Catalog > Resources > Digital Resource > New
  2. Fill in the following information in particular and save:
Field
NameExample: Windows Intermediate Slides
SummaryBrief description of resource
UploadUpload file here
Open InDetermines how file is opened:
  • New Window  - The default option, opens the content in a new window or tab (varies depending on the browser).
  • Current Window - Opens the file in the current window.
  • Embedded - Embeds the content as part of the learner interface as an IFrame.

In this case, since it is a downloadable file, leave it as 'New Window'

Force DownloadSet to 'Yes' for downloadable file

Attaching Resource to Component

  1. View the created Content Component earlier, entitled 'Module 2 - Windows Intermediate Usage'
  2. Click on 'Resource' on right hand side of page
  3. Fill in the following contents in particular and save:

    Field
    ContentFrom the entity select field, select the created Digital Resource earlier entitled 'Windows Intermediate Slides'
    AccessSelect 'Shared by all enrollments' - this indicate that the copy of file in Learndot Enterprise is a single file that is shared by all enrolled students, not duplicated.

This completes the creation of Content Component - 'Module 2 - Windows Intermediate Usage'

 Creating an Instructor Led Training Component - Module 3
  1. Create an Instructor Led Training Component under Admin > Catalog > Learning Components > Instructor Led Training > New
  2. Fill in the following information in particular and save:

    Field
    StatusChoose 'Active Part' if this component is intended to be part of a bundled Course and only the course is to be shown on the website
    NameExample: Module 3 - Windows Advanced Usage
    Primary CategoryLink to an existing Knowledge Category
    DurationNumber of days and minutes per day
    PriceSelf-explanatory
    VisibilityChoose 'Hidden' if this component is intended to be part of a bundled Course and only the course is to be shown on the website.
 Adding a downloadable Digital Resource as supplementary content to Instructor Led Component - Module 3

 Creating a Digital Resource

  1. Create a Digital Resource under Admin > Catalog > Resources > Digital Resource > New
  2. Fill in the following information in particular and save:
Field
NameExample: Windows Advanced Slides
SummaryBrief description of resource
UploadUpload file here
Open InDetermines how file is opened:
  • New Window  - The default option, opens the content in a new window or tab (varies depending on the browser).
  • Current Window - Opens the file in the current window.
  • Embedded - Embeds the content as part of the learner interface as an IFrame.

In this case, since it is a downloadable file, leave it as 'New Window'

Force DownloadSet to 'Yes' for downloadable file

Attaching Digital Resource to Component

  1. View the created Instructor Led Training Component earlier, entitled 'Module 3 - Windows Advanced Usage'
  2. Click on 'Resource' on right hand side of page
  3. Fill in the following contents in particular and save:

    Field
    ContentFrom the entity select field, select the created Digital Resource earlier entitled 'Windows Advanced Slides'
    AccessSelect 'Shared by all enrollments' - this indicate that the copy of file in Learndot Enterprise is a single file that is shared by all enrolled students, not duplicated.
 Creating an Exam Component - Module 4
  1. Create an Assessment Component under Admin > Catalog > Learning Components > Assessments > New
  2. Fill in the following information in particular and save:

    Field
    StatusChoose 'Active Part' if this component is intended to be part of a bundled Course and only the course is to be shown on the website
    NameExample: Module 4 - Windows Evaluation Test
    Primary CategoryLink to an existing Knowledge Category
    DurationNumber of days and minutes per day
    PriceSelf-explanatory
    VisibilityChoose 'Hidden' if this component is intended to be part of a bundled Course and only the course is to be shown on the website

    While this creates an Assessment Component, the component actually does not yet have any 'contents' within it. Follow the steps in next part to attach resource to it.

 Adding a 3rd party quiz as a Link Resource to Quiz Component - Module 4

 Creating a Link Resource

  1. Create a Link Resource under Admin > Catalog > Resources > Link Resource > New
  2. Fill in the following information in particular and save:
Field
NameExample: Windows Evaluation Test
URLURL of the 3rd party survey/quiz such as SurveyMonkey, SurveyGizmo, ClassMarker and TestCraft.

Attaching Link Resource to Component

  1. View the created Assessment Component earlier, entitled 'Module 4 - Windows Evaluation Test'
  2. Click on 'Resource' on right hand side of page
  3. Fill in the following contents in particular and save:

    Field
    ContentFrom the entity select field, select the created Link Resource earlier entitled 'Windows Evaluation Test'
    AccessSelect 'Shared by all enrollments' - this indicate that the copy of Link Resource in Learndot Enterprise is a single file that is shared by all enrolled students, not duplicated.
 Creating a Content Component - Final Module
  1. Create an Content Component under Admin > Catalog > Learning Components > Content > New
  2. Fill in the following information in particular:

    Field
    StatusChoose 'Active Part' if this component is intended to be part of a bundled Course and only the course is to be shown on the website
    NameExample: Windows End of Course Survey
    Primary CategoryLink to an existing Knowledge Category
    PriceSelf-explanatory
    VisibilityChoose 'Hidden' if this component is intended to be part of a bundled Course and only the course is to be  shown on the website

    While this creates a Content Component, the component actually does not yet have any 'contents' within it. Follow the steps in next part to attach resource to it.

 Adding a 3rd party survey as a Link Resource to Content Component - Final Module

 Creating a Link Resource

  1. Create a Link Resource under Admin > Catalog > Resources > Link Resource > New
  2. Fill in the following information in particular and save:

    Field
    NameExample: End of Course Survey
    URLURL of the 3rd party survey such as SurveyMonkey, SurveyGizmo, ClassMarker and TestCraft.

Attaching Link Resource to Component

  1. View the created Content Component earlier, entitled 'Windows End of Course Survey'
  2. Click on 'Resource' on right hand side of page
  3. Fill in the following contents in particular and save:

    Field
    ContentFrom the entity select field, select the created Link Resource earlier entitled 'Windows End of Course Survey'
    AccessSelect 'Shared by all enrollments' - this indicate that the copy of Link Resource in Learndot Enterprise is a single file that is shared by all enrolled students, not duplicated.
 Creating a Course and Putting All Components Into the Course

Creating a Course

  1. Create a Course under Admin > Catalog > Courses > New
  2. Fill in the following contents in particular and save:

    Field
    StatusChoose 'Active'
    NameExample: Windows Complete Package
    Primary CategoryLink to an existing Knowledge Category
    TypeSelect 'Course'
    PriceSelf-explanatory

Adding Components Into Course

  1. Click on 'Configure' on right hand side of Course page under Admin.
  2. Add the earlier created components in the exact order as following, selecting the correct Learning Component type for each: 

    Module 1 - Windows Basic Usage (eLearning)
    Module 2 - Windows Intermediate Usage (Content)
    Module 3 - Windows Advanced Usage (ILT)
    Module 4 - Windows Evaluation Test (Assessment)
    Windows End of Course Survey (Content)

 Providing a virtual environment for students by adding Virtual Machine Resource to Course

Create a Virtual Machine Resource

This assumes that user has an Skytap account setup for Learndot Enterprise. See Skytap App for more information.

  1. Create a Virtual Machine Resource under Admin > Catalog > Resource > Virtual Machines > New.
  2. Fill in the following contents in particular and save:

    Field
    NameExample: Windows VM
    Template IDThis is ID of VM template that is created on the Skytap account

Attaching Link Resource to Course

  1. View the created Course earlier, entitled 'Windows Complete Course Package'.
  2. Click on 'Resource' on right hand side of page
  3. Fill in the following contents in particular and save:

    Field
    ContentFrom the entity select field, select the created VM Resource earlier entitled 'Windows VM'
    AccessSelect 'Shared by enrollments of the same student' - this indicates that the copy of Virtual Machine Resource is unique for each student. If a particular student happen to enroll into courses/components that share the same Virtual Machine Resource, no duplicate copies will be created, instead student will get to use back the same VM

How It All Fits Together

Resources:

A resource can also be added to any Learning Component or Course as supplementary content. There are three types of Resources: