Adding the course home page elements

You will need to add the following to your course home page:

  1. Course and banner images and theme colour (see also Collection banner image if you need a Collection for your courses)
  2. Add a course description
    Optional: Adding Video or images to the course description
  3. Add Learning Outcomes

3. Add Learning Outcomes

You will need a list of learning outcomes for your course, to explain to learners what they could expect to learn from your course.  You won't be able to save the Edit settings form for the course without something in the Learning outcomes box.  This is because Learning outcomes are displayed on the course home page and are required on a Statement of Participation.

It is helpful to start learning outcomes with a sentence which says something along the lines of 'As a result of studying this course, learners will be able to' followed by the list of learning outcomes. Learning outcomes are not a course description. A good way of writing learning outcomes is to articulate them as active and think about them as what the learner will be able to do as a result of studying your course, so use verbs at the start of each learning outcome – see the useful guide on learning outcomes by Bridget Winwood and Alison Purvis How to write learning outcomes which are SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time bound).

  1. Click on the Edit settings form
  2. Scroll down to Learning outcomes and fill in the box.
  3. In the content box you need to type your learning outcomes.  It usually looks better if it is a bulleted or numbered list as this makes it easier to read on screen. There is a character limit.
  4. To create a bulleted or numbered list you need to click on the toolbar toggle icon beside the paragraph formatting box. 
  5. This will display the additional formatting menu:
  6. Choose the bullet or numbered list buttons to format your list of learning outcomes.
  7. Click ‘Save and return to course’.
There is a character limit of 1000 characters INCLUDING spaces for the learning outcomes, this means they must be succinct and to the point, especially if the course is to be translated into other languages which might go over the character limit when translated.