Time to create a course module! In this article we’ll explain how to do just that (spoiler alert: it’s very easy!)

1) Determine the content of your module

Most of the time, course modules consist of the course content and questions with which you test the students. Good to know: course modules are independent from learning journeys. You can assign one course module to multiple learning journeys, and add multiple modules to a learning journey.

It might be useful to create a structure before actually creating course modules, divided in lessons and sections. Do you cover a few topics in your course that differ considerably? Then it can be useful to create course modules per subject. This will keep things clear and make it easier for your students to find information.

2) Create your course module

Log in to pluvo.co. Go to management. Select ‘Course modules’. Select ‘New course module’. A new window will open in the browser. Select 'edit'. Now you can enter the following information:

Title and description of your module - for example, the same as you entered in the title and description of your learning journey. If your learning journey consists of several modules, describe here what this specific module is about.

Notification after completion - this is the message that students see when they have completed the module.

Image - This will appear at the top of the module.

Passing Threshold - You can set a passing threshold for every module, which decides the percentage of the module a student has to complete to pass the module. If you enter the amount of points students can receive, the passing threshold will take that into account. For example: your passing threshold is 60% percent, and your students can receive 10 points in total for this module. That means they will have to get at least 6 points in order to pass the module.

Click on 'Save'. You will now see an overview of the module, with a grey vertical bar on the left. In the bar at the top is "course", with sliders to the right. If you click on this, you will return to the module settings.

*Note: you can also change the style (colours, fonts) of your course module here, by clicking on the paint brush.

3) Create a lesson

Within the module, you can create as many lessons as you want. Where possible, we advise you to divide the material into small quantities. This gives students time in between lessons to process information, rather than being bombarded with a lot of information all at once.

You can enter the following information per lesson:

Title - Enter the title and, if needed, a lesson number here

Description - This is the first thing the student will read when opening the lesson. Here you can fill in what the student can expect and what they will know or will be able to do at the end of the lesson.

Image - This appears at the top of the page of the lesson

Points count towards the final score - this determines whether the points that students score with the questions in this lesson count towards their score for the entire course

Direct feedback - do you want students to see immediately whether their answers are right or wrong? Then turn this option on.

Time-based - allows you to set how much time students have to complete the lesson. After this time has passed they cannot open the lesson anymore.

Conditions for showing - students can only see and open this lesson if they meet certain conditions. You determine that yourself. You can set as a condition that they have completed a previous lesson or completed it with a pass, and you can set the same for a specific question from another lesson. Select "Status of chapter is available" as xxx.

Initial status - this determines what happens if a student does not (yet) meet the conditions. You can hide the lesson from them or prevent them from opening it.

4) Add text, images, videos and questions

Now you have an empty canvas that you can fill. Click on the lesson you want to edit. You will see different icons in the horizontal bar at the bottom of the screen. These are your tools. With the first six you enter content: text, links, images, block quotes, video, audio and documents:

The other six icons are different question types. Use these to test your students on how well they’re picking up the information

From left to right: fill in the blanks, multiple choice, mix and match, sorting, open question and self test.

The content and questions are placed underneath each other as different elements. You can always edit them afterwards by clicking on the 'edit' button at the top right of an element. You can also move them up or down by clicking the arrows, next to the ‘edit’ button.

5) Publish your course module

Finished building your course module? Click on 'publish' in the upper right menu. You always have to publish your module before you can use it. Your students always see the published version. This way, you can work on your course module without it affecting the progress of your students. Updated content is automatically saved in the draft version of your course module.

6) Add course modules to your learning journey

Now it’s time to add the module to your learning journey, so students can start working. Go to ‘Management’, click on ‘Learning journeys’ , choose the learning journey you want to add this module to, click on the correct module group and then click on ‘add module’. Finally, click on ‘course module’ and you’re done!

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