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OPAL (online- based platform for academical teachings and learning at universities/ colleges of Saxony) is a centrally used strategic learning-platform of the TU Dresden.

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2.1. Creating a course/a lecture

2.1.1. Create a course
2.1.2. Detailed view
2.1.3. Access rights
2.1.4. Administrate further course preferences
2.1.5. Adminstrate Resource folder, Proof of achievement, Calendar
2.1.6. Open course-editor
2.1.7. Course Template

2.1.1. Create a course

As an example a course/ a lecture called “course for the OPAL-Manual” should be started and configured.
To create a new course, do the following: choose the button “draw up a new course” in the domain learning-resources! Afterwards click on the button “course” (Figure 1).

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Figure 1

State the title of your learning-resource (for our example we will use “course for the OPAL-Manual”) as well as a short description of the new course (Figure 2). You also have the possibility to upload an image for the details page of the course.

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Figure 2

After saving all entries, press „Finish“. Now you will be asked to choose your next steps (Figure 2.1.3). For our example choose “Start details view” and click „Forward“. You will be directed to the “details” of the course (Figure 2.1.4). In case you started the course-editor by clicking ”Start course editor”, you can go to the chapter “course-editor” for further steps.

Optionally you have the possibility to use two wizard functions. Select the first radio button to start the wizard for a simplified course creation. It creates within a few steps complete courses with selected course elements - as download folder, inscription, contact form, internal page and forum – and the related groups. With the second radio button you can create a “Course reserve collection” (ESem) to upload or list key materials for a course.

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Figure 3

2.1.2. Detailed view

In the detailed view (Figure 4) of the course you have the possibility to change specific basic settings, like the course-title or the course-description, and you can administrate “persons responsible” (for further information on changing the course-owner, see chapter "assigning owners"). But first "change the properties" (green arrow in Figure 4).

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Figure 4

You can change the settings of your course via the index card change properties at any time.

2.1.3. Access rights

The visibility of a course can be changed via the rights of access as follows (Figure 5).
This setting refers just to the description of the course not to its content. The course-description can only be seen by using the search mask or the catalogue (if you have entered your course in the catalogue).
You can limit the visibility of the content by using the settings of your course module (visibility/ access). For further information please use the chapter “course-element structure”.

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Figure 5

2.1.4. Administrate further course preferences

Information on learning-resources
If you want to give other OPAL-authors the possibility to copy parts of your content, you can open your learning-resource within the setting can be copied.
Can be referenced: Within this setting you give other authors the possibility to cross-reference your learning-resource. Therefore, it functions as a checkbox. But you have to keep in mind that you have to adjust the “access” for “owners and other OPAL authors”.
Can be shown: With this setting you can decide if your learning-resource can be started within OPAL or not.
Can be downloaded: Here you have the possibility to open parts of your resource, so that specified users can download content.
Access have: You have the possibility to choose between the following access authorizations:
“Only owners of this learning-resource”: so the learning-resource is only visible and open for owners
“Owner and other OPAL authors“: this setting allows owners and also all other authors of OPAL to have access to your learning-resource.
„Registered OPAL users“: within this setting your learning-resource is visible to all users who are registered within OPAL and they also have access to it.
„Registered OPAL users and guests“: Within this setting you allow all users, as well as guests, who are not registered in OPAL, to have access to your learning-resource.

2.1.5. Adminstrate Resource folder, Proof of achievement, Calendar

You also have the possibility to change other settings. To do this, just use another file card in your menu bar (overlay-window). You have the following possibilities:
Resource folder: This is the main file folder. These files can then be used by different courses.
Proof of achievement: If you want to do a proof of achievement at any time, you just have to activate the corresponding button within the course.

Calendar: If you want to offer the setting „calendar“ to your students/ course-participants, you simply have to activate it.

Please keep in mind that you have to save every single change you do within your settings (file cards). When you are done, close the overlay-window by clicking the little red square with the “X” in the right upper corner.

2.1.6. Open course-editor

Now you are back on the course details page. If you want to get to the course-editor, you have to click on “edit content” (green arrow in Figure 6). You find further steps for working with the editor within the chapter "course-editor”.

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Figure 6

2.1.7. Course Template

Different course-examples (e.g. „Kurs zum OPAL-Handbuch“ - a guideline to courses) as well as templates have been created on this platform to make it easier to set-up one's own course.
  These examples and templates can be copied and are visible to all users, who are registered in the OPAL-system. Free access makes it possible to use these templates as a master copy and, according to the needs of the user, adapt and modify them.
You can find the course-example „Kurs zum OPAL-Handbuch“ (Course to OPAL manual) under https://bildungsportal.sachsen.de/opal/auth/repo/go?rid=581861377.
Open the course and click on copy (Figure 7).

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Figure 7

Change the title and the description according to the lecture for which you want to set-up a course in OPAL (Figure 8). After saving everything, you can edit your new course.

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Figure 8