How to Create a Self Paced Course in WizIQ

How to Create a Self Paced Course in WizIQ

Hello and welcome to this video tutorial. Today we will see how you may create a self-paced course as an instructor in WizIQ.

So the very first step is that you will log into the platform as an instructor. Once logged in, instructors will see the list of courses which are already created.
On the bottom right the option is present to start creating a self-paced course. The first option is, ‘Select the type course’.  Do you want to create it as a free course or as a paid one? If instructors choose the paid option, they define the amount which they want to charge from the students.

The second option is ‘Courses will be visible for’. Specify who may view the course from this setting.

On selecting ‘To all visitors’, the course will be visible to all, on the pre-login page of the training academy.

On selecting ‘Only to the registered users of the academy’. It means that only those users who have an academy login ID and password will be able to see this course.

The third option is ‘Only to the users you enroll’, which means the course will not be visible to anyone unless instructors specifically invite or enroll a particular user. Instructors may also have multiple co-instructors in in the course, who may collaborate to deliver the course. So we may add up to two co-instructors in a single course.

There is an called ‘Enforce Sequencing’. This option helps the instructors to define whether they want to follow a sequential learning path for learners? If checked, this will enable a particular sequence of activities, and while the learner is accessing the course, he/she cannot jump to any content/activity haphazardly. Whatever learning sequence is defined, he/she will have to follow the same pattern.

With the option of ‘Enable Discussions’, instructors could also enable and disable the discussion forums.

Let's go to step number 2. Here instructors will start defining the entire curriculum for the online course. So, let us start with adding the ‘Course Title’. Next option, (on the right-hand side of the form) allows instructors to add ‘Sections’ or modules. They may also edit the title of the section (by clicking on the pen icon) and rename them as per the requirement.

As displayed, three sections have been created and the titles have been updated. As the next step, start adding the activities in each of the modules within the course. So let's start with the module number one which is ‘Introduction to English’. On clicking ‘Add Activity’, check the three options here, ‘Files’, ‘Recorded Class’ and ‘Test’.
Now ‘Files’ means any digital content including videos, microsoft office documents, pdf etc.. Click on the file and browse the content from the desktop computer, or the existing library. So let us start uploading the content using the desktop. Select the file and upload.

Next, there are two basic settings which have to be defined before pushing the file to the course.
Number 1 is, ‘Allow others to download the file’ which means: can learners download the file while they are accessing it? In this case, we will not allow.
Number 2 is, for instructors to specify if ‘This is a required activity?’ While the learner is consuming the course, instructors may define the number of activities they want to have as required or as a mandatory activity.  So if selected then this content will become a mandatory activity for the course. It is a best practice to add a description to the course files. Once updated, click on ‘Continue’ option on the screen. Now, the content has been added as a part of module/section number one, and this is a PowerPoint Presentation.

Similarly, let us go back to the files option again and upload a file from the existing library. Again, instructors decide whether it is a mandatory content or an optional content. Next, click on ‘Add to course’. Observe that the PDF file has been uploaded as a part of module/section number one. Now lets add a few content files in the module/section number two as well. In this case, let's upload a recorded class. Again instructors choose the recorded lecture that they want to use within the course and then click on ‘Add to course’.

So now, a PowerPoint Presentation, a PDF file, a recorded lecture, and an excel sheet has been uploaded. In the last section, we will upload an online assessment for learners. So, click on add an activity again, observe that there is a test option to create a new assessment. Instructors can also add a description and certain instructions if needed. Next, define the weightage of each question, or if there is negative marketing. Instructors may also define a time duration for the assessment, and most importantly they may define, the minimum passing score for this particular assessment.

In the advanced settings section, instructors may define the number of attempts. Other parameters:  can learners review the assessment, once they have completed it? Should learners be allowed to see the correct answers while they are reviewing the assessment? Moreover, should the sections, questions and answer choices get shuffled while giving the test?

In step 2 we will see how we may add questions to an online assessment. So there are multiple ways in which instructors may add a question : one by one, or in bulk from an existing assessment, or from the desktop computer.

So, in this case, let us upload bulk CSV file (it has the entire list of questions), which will upload the entire set of questions in one go. Observe that in this assessment we have three sections and there are five questions overall.

The final step go to the next option and publish the assessment and add to the course. This test will become a part of my module/section number 3- which is called self-assessment.

The last part of the self-paced course creation is adding up the course metadata.

Define a ‘Subtitle’ id the course, also define ‘Course Highlights’. It is essential because while the learner is going through the course, he/she should be able to see the highlights. It will enable him/her to understand as to what is purpose of this course and what he/she will be learning. Also define the overview which will give a thorough description of the course.

Instructors may upload the course logo next. They may also choose the language of instruction which is the language that instructors will use to deliver the course. After making these choices, click on ‘Publish Course’.

Immediately after publishing the course, instructors will get a message on the screen, saying ‘Your course has been successfully created. Please refresh the courses page to view the course in the course list. Further, if I click on the title of the course, I see the entire information which we have just uploaded.

So , the overview, the profile of the instructors, documents, assessments and a preview option is visible on this page. On clicking ‘Schedule’, the entire schedule which we have just created is displayed, exactly the way it was created.

This is a discussion forum in case learners posts any discussion topic. Also,next is the ‘People’ tab from where instructors may start enrolling the online learners.

So these were the steps using which we can easily create a self-paced course using WizIQ.

Let's do a quick overview:

Step 1: You will log in as an instructor and click on the ‘create a self-paced course’ icon.
Step 2: You will decide whether your course is a paid course or a free course, whether it is visible to everyone or only to the users you enroll, and whether you want to have a learning path or the availability of discussion forum.
Step 3: You will start creating the entire curriculum which you have already planned for this course.
Step 4: You may start defining the course metadata (Title, Subtitle, Description among others) so that whenever a learner is exploring the course, he should be able to understand what he/she will be learning while he/she is accessing the course.
Step 5: You may publish and see how your course looks, and take a preview of the course as a learner.

Thank you so much for watching this video tutorial. I hope that using this video you will easily create a self-paced course in WizIQ.
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