Using LearnWare

Creating a Course in LearnWare

To create a new Course in LearnWare, you first need to make an outline of the Course i.e. divide the Course Sylllabus into a set of logical units called Sessions or Modules. Each Sessions has a clear objective and description that builds upon what has been covered in the previous Sessions.

In general, the Course will also have one or more Quizzes to test the student's mastery of the subject matter.

You then need to collect and organize teaching material for each Session. LearnWare currently supports the following Material Types: Video Lectures, Lecture Transcripts, Assignments, Handouts and Quizzes.

If you are using OER to organize material for the Course, you can use the following OER Dynamic Search Engine to find content
http://edtechpost.wikispaces.com/OER+Dynamic+Search+EngineM

You may also edit or remix OER content to better meet the needs of your students. Just make sure that your use of the content satisfies the spirit and letter of the license under which the content is made available by its authors.

Here are step by step instructions to create a new Course in LearnWare.

1. Logging in

Go to your CBE site and login using the button on the top left corner. You can login if the site administrator has set up an account for you with appropriate permissions. You can create and edit content if you have the permissions to do so.

2. Adding a Category

Courses are organized under Categories. To view/edit a Category, click on "View/Edit Category" button from your dash board. Current list of categories includes:

  • The Brain Science
  • Mindset and Science of Personal Transformation
  • Professional Growth and Development
  • Business
  • Computer Science

If you are creating a Course that does not fit under any of these categories, you can create a new Category by pressing "Create New Category".

In the form that opens up, enter the title of the new Category, choose "Create a New Book" from the drop down labeled "Category(Book)", enter description of the Category and press Save to save the new Category.

3. Creating a Course 

To view/edit a Course, click on "View/Edit Existing Courses" from your dash board. Note that a Teacher can edit only his/her own Courses.

A Teacher can create a new Course by pressing "Create New Course" button. In the form that opens up, enter Title of the Course and fill in other details such as description, instructor, author etc. for the Course. The Title of a Course has to be unique in LearnWare.

You can also add Session Titles to the Course. Think of Sessions as Modules or Classes of the Course. Just enter one Session Title per row. A Session Title has to be unique in LearnWare. It can either be an existing Session title or a new Title. If you like, for the new Session, you can enter any placeholder title such as Course_name_Session 1, Course_name_Session 2 etc. You will be able to edit the title of the session and add teaching material to it in the next step. You will also be able to re-arrange the order of the Sessions later.

Add new rows as needed for additional Sessions.

When done, press Save to save the new Course.

4. Editing Sessions

View your Course. You can see the details of the Course you have just added including the list of the Session Titles.

To edit a Session, click on the Session Title. The Session form opens up. Here you can edit the Session details including its title, description, author and material for it.

LearnWare currently supports the following Material Types: Video Lectures,  Lecture Transcripts, Assignments, Handouts and Quizzes. More details on how to add teaching material for the Session, see the following step.

After you have entered all details of the Session, press Save to save the Session.

Repeat the same proces for each of the Sessions of the Course.

5. Details on adding material for a Session.

Make sure that you have permissions to use and share the content that you add to the LearnWare site.

Video: Video Lectures:

Video content (.mp3, .wav, .flv, mp4, .mov, etc.) can be hosted on external sites, such as YouTube, or Vimeo.

Enter a descriptive title of the Video Lecture and its complete URL. For instance, the first Session of the "Communication Skill" Course is titled "Why Communication Skill Matters". Its Video Lecture is titled "Businesses want good communicaters" and video lecture URL is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A42Tab_bu6A.

If a subtitle file for the video lecture is available, it can be uploaded to the Server under the field labeled "Subtitle". It is in general a text or an xml file with keywords to denote start/end time and words to display on the screen during the interval.

If a transcript for the video lecture is available, it can be either uploaded to the Server or specified as a Remote File URL under the  label "Lecture Transcript". The transcript can be a text file, a pdf file or an html document.

Handout(s): Select either local Handout file(s) to upload or Enter the Title and URL of Handout file(s). Note that you can enter a maximum combination of 4 handouts.

Again a handout can be text file, a pdf file or an html document.

Assignment(s)

Select Assignment file(s) to upload or Enter the Title and URL of Assignment file(s) (you can enter a maximum combination of 4). Similar to handouts, an Assignment can be a text file, a pdf file or an html document.

Quiz

You can enter either a locally created Quiz (i.e. Quiz created on LearnWare platform) by choosing it from a drop down list of existing Quizzes or you can enter the Title and external URL of a Quiz.

The LearnWare will frame the URL and display it under the material tab labeled Quiz. Note that you can pick either local Quiz or an external URL hosted Quiz but not both. Of course, you can create an extra Session that with each Session hosting its respective Quizzes if so desired.