If you do not require support or extended functionality you can create your own space in OpenLearn Create for your open course or resource by following these instructions.
Before you can create a course space you will need to be signed into OpenLearn Create. You will need your user name and password to sign in (if you don't have an OU account you can register for free). The sign in button is located in the top right hand corner of OpenLearn Create.
Create a course
Once you are signed in, click on Create a course.
Click on 'Create a resource'
The 'Course metadata form' will appear.
Course metadata form
Complete the 'course metadata form', as outlined below to create your space.
- Type of resource
Select 'course' from the drop down list (which also has materials, handbook, guide and competition as options). 'Course' is the default option.
- Course full name (Title)
Ideally create a title that describes your course. The title should not be too long and keywords should appear near the beginning of the title if it is long, otherwise it will not display well on the Free courses listing.
- Course summary (Space description)
Ideally your description will give a good overview of the course - what's in it and its purpose and audience. It only needs to be about one sentence, as the Free courses listing does not provide much space for anything longer. The course description which you add after the course space is created will be where you can expand on the summary.
- Primary subject
Choose the primary subject for your course
- Other subjects
This is optional to have your course associated with other subject areas (you can choose more than one from the list)
- Primary skill
Choose the primary skill for your course
- Other skills
This is optional to have your course associated with other skill areas (you can choose more than one from the list)
This is optional and usually relates to an organisation providing several courses
- Course identifier
This is optional - the ID number of a course is only used when matching the course against external systems and is not displayed anywhere on the site. If the course has an official code name it may be entered, otherwise the field can be left blank.
- Educational level
Please choose the level that is most appropriate for your content - options are
- Level 0 Beginner – equivalent of up to high school level
- Level 1 Introductory – equivalent to advanced high school or early University undergraduate study
- Level 2 Intermediate – equivalent to University undergraduate level study
- Level 3 Advanced – equivalent to post graduate university study
Choose from a number of different license types:
- Public domain
- Attribution: CC BY
others can distribute, remix, tweak and build on your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for original creation. The most open licence available.
- Attribution-ShareAlike: CC BY-SA
others can distribute, remix, tweak and build on your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for original creation and licence their new creations under identical terms.
- Attribution-NonCommercial: CC BY-NC
others can remix, tweak and build upon your work non-commercially, their new works must acknowledge you and be non-commercial but they don’t have to use the same licence terms for derivative works
- Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA
others can remix, tweak and build upon your work non-commercially as long as they credit you and licence their new creations under the identical terms.
Not OER licences
- Attribution-NoDerivs: CC BY-ND
others can redistribute unchanged and attributed to you, commercially and non-commercially.
- Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs: CC BY-NC-ND
others can only download and share as long as they credit you, but they cannot change it or use it commercially
Please advise learners how long you might expect them to spend studying the materials. Enter duration in whole hours.
- Teaching language
Please select the language in which your course will be taught. For example if the primary language of your course is Spanish, then please select Spanish. If you are teaching a language (for example German) but the language used for explaining and teaching is the first language of the learners for whom your course is intended (for example English), then select the first language (English) rather than the language you are teaching (German).
Please note: this field is used for the site taxonomy filters - it does not provide an automatic translation of all menus and front end display. Applying a language pack is used for that function (please see the Course metadata guidance page - the language pack is set in the Appearance section under 'force language').
For more information about the language packs on OpenLearn Create see Can I change the language of my course navigation menus to the language of my choice?
- Show enrol button for this course
The enrol button enables users to participate in various aspects of a course like quizzes and forums. Disabling it is only suitable for courses that do not contain social or interractive tools.
- Course collection
Collections have the parent category of 'Collections'. There are other types of category in OpenLearn Create which may only be created or amended by OpenLearn Create Managers.
All courses are by default 'OER' and there will be no other choice listed here unless the course creator has created their own Collection.
Click Save changes to continue.
Your course space
Once you have clicked Save Changes your course space should appear and you can start to add content and resources. A default 'get started' label will appear in the course content area - you can edit this or delete it.
Edit settings metadata about your space
Under the Administration menu on the left click on 'Edit settings'
The 'Edit course settings' form will appear. The form will already be populated with some of the information you entered when you created the space, you can update it and add other information on this form.
You might want to update the following settings:
- Course short name
This will be created by the system when your course was set up, in the format 'PUB_1234_1.0'. It is also used in the subject line of
course email messages (it is no longer used in the breadcrumb trail). You will not be able to change this short name unless you have 'course manager' permissions for your course so if you have a very
good reason for changing it to something else, you will need
to email email@example.com with the short name you would prefer and the reason for the change.
- Description - Course summary
You can update the course summary which will be displayed in the list of courses on the site. A course search searches course summary text in addition to course names.
- Description - Course image file
Course summary files, such as images, are displayed in the list of courses together with the summary. The ideal ratio for this image is 1.34 : 1 (Width x Height), i.e. a 7 x 5 photo.
Each heading of the Edit settings form is explained in the 'Course metadata guidance page
' and by clicking on the Question mark symbols
alongside the headings on the form.
When you have updated the settings, click on 'save changes'.