Course Website

New in ME 1.18!

  • Associated faculty will no longer automatically be made admin. of course websites.

  • Setting option added to turn course enrolment and course website audience sync off (can configure at org. level but a course setting has also been added to allow for more granular control).

  • New template page options: EPAs and Sites

Whenever you add a course to Elentra, you add basic course information to the database and users will be able to see a simple course page for each course. You can optionally create a more robust online course community for learners and faculty by creating a course website using Elentra's Communities Module. The course website will replace the basic course page accessed from the Courses tab and functions like an online syllabus.

Here is how a course without a website will appear to users:

Here is how a course with a website will appear to users:

Note that the course website relies on a templated set of pages (e.g., background, calendar, prerequisites, etc.). The template shown and described below comes with stock Elentra but if your organization requires a different template, or you want different templates for different courses (e.g., clinical and nonclinical), that is customization work that can be done.

There is a database setting to control whether or not you display users added as program coordinators on course pages (setting = community_course_outline_hide_pcoordinators). To change this setting please speak to a developer.

How to create a course website using the communities module

  • Note that you must create a course via Manage Courses before you can create a course community (please see here for more information).

  • From the main menu, click on the Communities tab.

  • Click 'Create a Community' and then click on 'Courses, etc.' in the Official Communities section.

  • Fill in the required information, noting the following:

  • Community Name: Pick a descriptive but concise name. This will display on the list of communities and will be used if a user searches for a community.

  • Community Keywords: These will not be visible to users but will be applied when someone searches for an existing community.

  • Community Description: This will be displayed to any user who searches for or tries to access the community.

  • Community Shortname: This will be part of the community url. It must be lower-case, less than 20 characters, and include only letters, numbers, underscore or period. After this is set there is no user interface to change the url so pick carefully! For the purposes of uniformity you may wish to discuss naming conventions with anyone else who may be creating course websites within your organisation.

  • Community Type: select ‘Course Website’ from the dropdown menu.

  • Community Pages: When you select Course Website a list of default pages will appear (see detail regarding each page below) and when the course website is created these pages will be visible to users. (If you'd like to have a course website template that allows admin. users to deselect or later hide templated pages you'll need help from a developer to make a change in the database settings table.)

  • Community Courses: select the appropriate course to link this community to. You can connect multiple courses to one website and they will share a student-facing web presence. If you do this, some pages will display information from both courses (e.g. Learning Objectives, MCCs) whereas some pages will only show information from one course (e.g. the course description and course director's message populate from the first course).

  • Course Curriculum Periods: Select the appropriate curriculum period for this course website. If only one curriculum period exists for a course, it will automatically be selected.

  • Community Permissions: Use these options to control access to the course website.

  • Click 'Create'.

  • If you get an error saying you must specify a Community Type but don't have the option to do so on the screen, you are likely working in a second organisation (e.g., you're working in postgraduate medicine and the first organisation in your installation was undergraduate medicine). When a second organisation is created through the user interface, community types are not automatically copied into the new organisation. A developer can copy the community types for you and you'll be able to use communities properly.

  • Faculty directors, and curriculum and program coordinators listed in the course contacts section of a course will automatically be made administrators of the course website community.

Templated pages details

The following pages are included in the default course website community template:

  • Background: Add any background information as needed. Turn on additional information to populate the page with announcements, upcoming events, and community history (e.g., new members joining). Click Save when done. (Feb. 12, 2018: Note that the display of announcements and events is currently not working and only community history will show up.)

  • Course Calendar: You can add customized text to the top of this page; by default it displays learning events scheduled in the course via Manage Events (change the date range from day, month, week, year etc. to change your view). If you add free text, click 'Save' when done. Note that this is different from the learner's customized calendar accessible from the dashboard. From the course website, you'll see all events scheduled for this course.

  • Prerequisites: You can add customized text to this page. Click 'Save' when done.

  • Course Aims: You can add customized text to this page. Click 'Save' when done.

  • Learning Objectives: You can add customized text to the top of this page; by default it displays the curriculum tag sets assigned to the course through the Curriculum Tags tab under Admin > Manage Courses. If you add text, click 'Save' when done.

    • Viewing Contextually Linked Tags on A Course Website

      If you have assigned curriculum tags to a course and contextually linked them to other curriculum tag sets, users will optionally be able to expand each contextually linked objective to see its connections. (Note, this page does not display linkages made in Admin > Manage Curriculum.)

  • MCC Presentations: You can add customized text to the top of this page; by default it displays the Clinical Learning Objectives assigned to the course through the Content tab under Manage Courses. If you add text, click 'Save' when done.

  • Teaching Strategies: You can add customized text to this page. Click 'Save' when done.

  • Assessment Strategies: You can add customized text to this page. Click 'Save' when done.

  • Resources: You can add customized text to the top of this page. If you add text, click 'Save' when done.

    • If you added resources to a course when you created it via Manage Courses, those resources will not automatically populate this page.

  • Expectations of Students: You can add customized text to this page. Click 'Save' when done.

  • Expectations of Faculty: You can add customized text to this page. Click 'Save' when done.

  • EPAs: More information coming soon.

    • Pulls in any curriculum tags assigned to the course and that belong to a tag set named "EPAs".

  • Sites: More information coming soon.

    • Pulls in all sites assigned to the course and used in either the course logbook or a rotation schedule.

Adding content to pages

  • Once a course community or website is created, users who are designated as Community Administrators can manage the pages just like any other community. When viewing a course website, switch to Administrator view if necessary, and then look for the Admin Center box on the sidebar. Click Manage Pages to adjust content, reorder pages, or add a new page. For quick editing access, click the Edit Page button from any community page at any point.

How to manage community, community members, and community reports

When you build a course website and associate it with a course, individuals listed on the course contacts page (e.g., course director, curriculum coordinator, associated faculty) will automatically be made administrators of the course website. As admins. they will be able to edit page content, add additional pages, etc.

As of ME 1.17, the audience of a course (set from the Course Enrolment section on a Course Setup page) will automatically be made members of the affiliated course website. Course audience members will display under a separate tab when viewing community members so you can easily distinguish who has joined a community another way.

There is a database setting to control whether you'd like a course enrolment to automatically be made members of the course website/community (setting = course_website_autoenroll_audience)

Additionally, you can turn this feature on or off on a per course basis through the database. Speak to a developer if this is something you require.

Managing additional members as well as permission settings, statistics and details is like other communities so please see the Communities help section for more detail.

Community Reports is a tool unique to course websites that allows you to review which community members have viewed pages, taken specific actions, etc.

  • From the Admin Centre, click 'Community Reports'.

  • Click on 'Select Filter' and select the appropriate filter (member, module type, page, action).

  • Click the checkbox beside the appropriate member/module/page/action and click 'Apply'. You can select filters from different filter types to further refine your results.

  • To delete a filter, click the small x beside it.

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