Inserting course elements in the course editor

FELIX 30-000

What you need to know

Course elements:
FELIX courses consist of various course elements. Typical course elements include e.g. folders for providing learning materials, messages for communicating with students, assignments for assessment, etc. An overview of the most helpful course elements in FELIX can be found in the "FELIX demo course".

Course editor:
You can insert, configure and change course elements in the course editor. You must then "publish" any changes you have made in the editor. Publishing does not mean that access to the course is changed, only that the changes made in the editor take effect in the course view.

This Helpcard gives you an overview of how to configure course elements. Almost every course element is explained again in a separate step-by-step tutorial in the Howto. Please use the search function of the External link opens in a new window:Howto (above) to find the desired instructions.

What you have to do

  1. In your course, under "Administration", click "Course editor".

    • The course editor will open.

  2. In the shaded area (above) you now have various options.

    • You can insert a course element over "Insert course elements" (selection of all course elements, grouped by function) or insert with the "Quick-Add" search function.

    • The "Status" on the right shows you if there are any problems and if so, which ones.

    • We recommend ignoring the "Configuration overview", "Course preview" and "Publish" buttons for the time being.

  3. To insert a course element, activate the element under which the new element is to be inserted in the course structure (left).
    Under "Insert course elements" (above), select the desired element. Alternatively, you can use the "Quick-Add" search function.

  4. All course elements can be configured with "Title and description", "Layout", "Visibility / Access" tabs and usually also a element-specific tab.

    • Title and description

      To rename the course element, enter the title that is displayed in the course in the "Title" field. If necessary, abbreviate the title in the field "Title in course menu". This title will be displayed on the left side of the structure. Since the structure has a limited width, a maximum of 25 characters is recommended.

      Under "Insert additional information" you can enter learning objectives and instructions for learners, for example. Tips for formulating learning objectives in the External link opens in a new window:HFU-Insight. Instructions for supervisors are displayed to other course supervisors, but not to participants.

    • You should only restrict the visibility or access of individual course elements if this makes didactic sense at certain points in your course. It is enough to restrict either visibility or access.

      The following applies in principle:
      (1) visibility always restricts access, and
      (2) Visibility and/or access rules that are set on a structure element apply these rules to all elements directly subordinate to this structure element.

      With "Blocked for learners", the content of the course element is only visible or accessible to supervisors and owners of the course, and is invisible or inaccessible to all other users. Further configuration options can then no longer be selected.

      With Depending on date, you can make the element visible/accessible at a later date.

      With the "Depending on group" option, you determine the group(s) for which the element is visible/accessible.

      The "Depending on assessment" option allows you to make the visibility or access dependent on other elements (test, evaluation, task and structure). For example, it is possible to make an evaluation questionnaire visible/accessible only to those who have passed a test.

      With the "Depending on attribute" option, you can make visibility/access dependent on certain user attributes. User attributes are characteristics that are linked to the respective HFU user account (e.g. faculty, degree programme, etc.).

      The option "Only in assessment mode" is useful if the course element is to be displayed in an active exam mode.

      The option "Apply rules also for owners and tutors" only appears (with the exception of the first rule "Blocked for learners") if one of the above rules is selected and then also applies the selected rule to owners/tutors.

    • Element-specific configuration: For the specific element configuration, please search for the respective element using the Howto search at the top.

  5. You can duplicate, move or delete course elements.

    • Select the block you want to duplicate, move or delete.

    • "Delete" the block (right). "Move" or "Duplicate" the block by clicking on the three-dot menu (right).

    • You can also move the blocks via drag & drop .

    • Be careful when duplicating single pages! The HTML page that is copied with the "Single page" block is not duplicated and if changes are made in the copy or the original, the other is also changed. So remember to replace the HTML page after copying the element or create a new "Single page" element with a new HTML page right away.

  6. To exit the course editor, click on the red cross (top right). Select the "Publish automatically" option to publish the change. 

    • The course view will open.

Problems or questions?