The Course Module Type
A course is a module that is intended to be completed online in the Relias site. The Relias site allows you to upload your own internal training material so you can easily make it available to your staff. Your staff may then access the course material and/or take an exam about the material to earn an online completion for the course.
Examples: Do you have a Policies and Procedures document that you would like to include in your new-hire orientation? Perhaps you have recorded a live in-service video that you would like to include in your annual training plan? Or maybe you have built a fantastic Cultural Diversity PowerPoint that you would like to use as a future training? These are all examples of ways you can use the Relias Course Builder.
To build a course in Relias, begin by Creating a Module. Then follow the steps below:
Step 1 - Properties
Whenever you create a new course, you will first be taken to a blank Properties page.
(1) - Code, Title, & Description
This is where you input the Title and Credit Hours for your course. This information is required before you can move forward. You can also add an optional Course Code and Description.
- Course Code - You can input any alphanumeric code to uniquely identify your course. You may wish to include an abbreviation of your organization's name, the module title, and/or a number in the code to facilitate searching for the course in the future. The code you use must unique across all Relias customer sites. If you do not input your own course code, the system will automatically generate one for you.
- Credit Hours - The number of credit hours a learner will earn upon completing the course, as it appears on the Course Completion History and Training Hours reports.
- Title - The title of your course as it appears in the module list and to your Learners.
- Description - The description of the course as it appears to Learners.
Once you have inputted this information, click the blue Save button. This will create the course with the title, credit hours, code, and description you have chosen. The module will then be accessible from the Module List. Once you have saved the course, you will be able to access the remaining tabs, including Content.
There are additional settings and options on the Properties tab that you can access by scrolling down on the Properties tab:
(2) - Format
- Instructor: Normally, only the "Administrator" role is allowed to create or modify modules in the Relias site. However, when creating a module, you can specify any user in your site who has the "Instructor" role as the Instructor for your module. This selected user will now be able to modify this module like an Administrator, and can enroll any users in the site into the module.
- Search Functions: Check any option here if you wish to indicate that the course requires audio or Adobe Flash, is ADA or screen-reader compliant, or contains short video clips or full video.
(3) - Requirements
- Prerequisite: Learners will be required to complete another module before being granted access to this course. This course will be locked until the prerequisite is completed. This setting is forward-looking only. So even if a learner has completed the prerequisite in the past, they will need take it again before your created module can be unlocked for them to complete.
- Require Learner to complete content in order?: If set to Yes a Learner must access each lesson in the course in order. If set to No a Learner can access the lessons in any order and may go right to a final exam without accessing the course content. Best Practice: if you wish for your Learners to access all content in your course, set to Yes.
- Is Supervisor approval required for course completion?: If set to Yes the only way to complete the course is for a Supervisor or Administrator to mark the course complete. If set to No a Learner may earn a completion either by accessing all lessons or completing a Final Exam if one is available.
- Allow an Administrator, Supervisor or Instructor to override the system to mark the course complete?: If you want Administrators and Enrollment Supervisors to be able to mark Learners complete, even if the Learner has not taken the course online, select this option. This option also allows the Supervisor to change the Final Exam score for a user as well. Please be aware that no continuing education credits will be provided to the Learner if marked complete for a course. Best Practice: If you have set Is supervisor approval required for course completion? to Yes, set this setting to Yes as well to allow your Supervisors/Administrators to mark the course complete.
- Course Evaluation Required: If you wish to require Learners to complete an evaluation before receiving credit for completing the course or before printing a certificate, you can set that option here. If you only require an evaluation to print a certificate, the Learner will receive credit for completing the course as soon as the final course exam is complete.
- Allow Certificate Printing: Check this box if you want Learners to be able to print a generic, no Continuing Education completion certificate for the course.
- Availability: Use this section to allow the course to be utilized and viewed immediately by selecting Open, or select Date Range to have the course or event be available for a specific period of time.
- Notes: This field has been reserved for future search functions.
(4) - Enrollment Settings
- Approved for Restricted Users: If your organization uses Restricted Users, this field will determine whether those restricted Learners can enroll in the course.
- Allow Self-Enrollment: If you want Learners to be able to enroll into the course as an elective, check this box. If No, you can still assign this course to your Learners, but they will not be able to self-enroll and take it as an elective.
- Approved for Enrollment: If you set this area to Yes, this course or event can be included in any enrollment. To deactivate and hide the course, set this to No.
If you have made any changes to these fields, click the blue Save button to update your course.
Step 2 - Adding Content to Your Course
Once you have saved the course, click to Content to begin adding your training material:
Clicking +Add Lesson will allow you to add any of the four lesson types:
- Author Content: A single, text-only slide with options for HTML and basic word processing.
- When you put in the embed code, please click the Source Code button as show below in step #3. Then Save
- File: Upload a file from your computer (e.g., Word Document, PowerPoint presentation). When the Learner accesses this lesson, the file must be downloaded and opened. However, if you upload a PowerPoint file, our system can convert to SCORM. This means the .PPT file will play in the browser -- rather than require the Learner to download and open the PPT file. Learn more about SCORM and this process at PowerPoint to SCORM Converter. Follow the numbered steps below to upload your file. Please Note: this process may be a little different in other browsers (Google Chrome was used for the screenshots):
- URL: A link to an external website address.
- Video: Upload a video file from your computer. Relias will host this video on our private Vimeo account. This will allow your Learners to stream your uploaded videos in the browser -- rather than require the Learner to download and open the video file.
- If choosing to upload a new video file:
- If choosing to use a previously uploaded video:
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