WOU Online: How to Create Your Course (Updated)

Note: This is an update of an earlier post, since creating courses on WOU Online has changed a bit.

For Instructors New to the Moodle Environment:

If you want a new Moodle course shell, just email me, Scott Carter, at carters@wou.edu. Please give me the full title, the CRN, and your preferred enrollment key (course password). When the course has been created, I'll email you to let you know. You will have "teacher" access to your course, meaning you're all set to start working on it. When it's ready, all you have to do is give your students the address (http://online.wou.edu) and let them know that they login with their Pawprint credentials (in other words, their network/email login).

For Instructors Familiar with the Moodle Environment:

If you get to the point where you'd like to create your own courses without waiting on me, then I'm happy to give you "course creator" access. Just contact me (caters@wou.edu) and we can discus it.

Assuming I've given you this access, here's what you do:

1. Login to WOU Online (http://online.wou.edu).

2. Under "My Courses" on the left, click on the "All courses" link.

3. Scroll to the bottom and click "Add a new course."

4. On the Settings page, change the category to the appropriate category for your course.

5. Type the name of your course. If possible, follow this protocol: Let's say your name is John Jones. If the name of your course was ENG104: Introduction to Literature," the CRN was 12345, and you were teaching it in Fall 2007, then you type the following as the full name: "ENG104: Introduction to Literature (Fall 2007, Jones, CRN12345)". Short name would be ENG104_Jones_12345". We realize that this method may not fit all circumstances, but if you have questions, just contact me. We're trying to keep the courses as organized as possible.

6. Since students are now automatically loaded into the courses by CRN, you need to enter a CRN in the Course ID field preceded by the academic year. Don't enter the letters "CRN." Just enter the number. The students are added each night for the first two weeks of the term.*

If your CRN was 12345, then you would put the following in the Course ID field: 201012345

*Please note: You must continue to put 2010 in front of the CRN until Summer 2011. We are in the 2010 academic year until then.

7. The rest of the options are customizable, and you'll have to experiment with them -- though if you're unsure what an option does, it's best to leave it alone. However, you still need to assign an enrollment key. Even though students are loaded automatically by CRN, you need an enrollment key to prevent anyone in the system from getting into your course. Enter that towards the bottom of that same Settings page.

Any questions, please contact me.

Below is a short video (three minutes) demonstrating how to create a course if you have been given course creator access. Please note: The video has not been updated to include the recent change requiring you to put the academic year (2010) in front of the CRN.


(Direct link to full size video)

Scott Carter is an Instructional Technologist at Western Oregon University. You can find out more about him at his main website.

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