CourseStage Broadway – February 2017

Sub-courses now have breadcrumbs that track back to parent courses

Many clients have found sub-courses useful for educational applications like certificate tracks, pre-requisites, electives, and remediation. Sub-courses let you “put a course within a course”: just add the sub-course activity to the “parent course,” then link it to the existing course you want to use as a sub-course. And there’s a sub-course enrollment method that lets you allow learners directly into the sub-course without needing to be enrolled in some other way. (You can also use a different enrollment method, such as BoxOffice or AMS enrollment, to get learners into sub-courses, which could allow you to charge for the sub-course, if you like.)
As sub-courses have grown in popularity with our clients, we’re continuing to improve them. This month, we added breadcrumbs that trace back to the “parent” course, to help learners find their way back after they’re done with the sub-course. These breadcrumbs appear automatically when users enroll in the parent course via the sub-course enrollment method.

Tag: Sub-course

Core/Expansion: Core

Setting to use the Back to Course button after each quiz attempt

In the quiz settings, under the Extension Settings header, there’s a new setting called Display “Back to the Course” Button. This will ensure that the quiz entry page always displays a Back to the Course button for end users. Previously, the Back to the Course button only displayed if the user had used up all his/her attempts on a quiz. This wasn’t ideal for things like pre-tests, where a course designer might want to give users unlimited attempts.

Tag: Quiz, Navgation

Core/Expansion: Core

Ability to add blocks to the middle area of the frontpage

The front page – the first page users see (usually) when they log in – has a middle region that be used to display a range of content. Did you know you can now add any block to that middle region? To do that, turn editing on (Front page settings > Turn Editing on), and then scroll down to the bottom left of the page. You’ll see the "Add a Block" dropdown there. Choose the type of block you would like to add. After you make a choice, the block is added to the bottom left. Drag that block into the center column.

Tag: Front Page

Core/Expansion: Core