Time to create course material! Here you can read how you approach that (spoiler: it is very simple).

Determine what comes in your module

Most of the time, course modules consist of the course content and questions with which you test the students. In principle, course modules are independent of courses. You can assign one piece of course material to multiple courses, and add multiple course materials to a course.

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 moudles per subject. This is clearer and your students find information easier. 

2) Create your course

Log in to pluvo.co. Go to management. "Select Modules". Then 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 course - for example, the same as you entered in the title and description of your course. If your course 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.

Points - the maximum number of points a student can achieve with this module. If you want to give students grades later, this number of points stands for 10.

Passing Threshold - the percentage of points that a student must score. Or, if you don't give marks: to pass the course.

Click on 'Save'. You will now see an overview of the module, with a gray 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.

3) Create a chapter

Within the module you can create as many chapters as you want. We advise you to divide the material into small quantities as much as possible, so that the student gets time in between to process the information. An example of how you create a lesson can be found in this below

You can enter the following information per lesson

- Enter the title and eventually a lesson number here

Description - This is the first thing the student will read when opening the lesson. Enter here what the student can expect and what he or she knows or can 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 for completing lesson. After this time has passed they cannot open it 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 another lesson or closed 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 meet the conditions. You can hide the lesson from them or prevent them from opening it.

4) Add text, image and video, questions

Now you have an empty canvas that you can fill. Click on the chapter 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 the received knowledge of the participants.

The content and questions are placed under each other as different elements. You can always edit them afterwards by clicking on the 'edit' button at the top right of an element.

6) Publish your course material

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

7) Add course modules to your course

Go to your course, click 'add component' and select the course module that you have created. Done!

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