Easygenerator Basics: How to Create a Simple Course

Welcome to Easygenerator!

This course will teach you how to develop engaging e-Learning by outlining the steps needed to create a jaw-dropping course in Easygenerator.

In this learning path, we’ve developed for you some introductory tutorials that cover the basic features you’ll need in order to build interactive courses in Easygenerator. 

Getting started: creating a simple course

Building a simple course

Indeed, it’s really easy to create spectacular courses with Easygenerator!

You can build a course from scratch or use one of our examples to get things going faster.

Here is a short tutorial on creating courses based on the example.

 

Once you’ve watched the introductory tutorial, you'll be ready to start building courses from scratch.

 

The options to create a new course in Easygenerator include:

  • creating a course from scratch
  • creating a course based on example courses
  • creating a course from a Word document

Getting started: changing your course template

What is a course template?

The templates feature in Easygenerator makes it super quick and easy to organize your course according to your aims and needs.

A template determines the layout of the content and interactions between a learner and a course. Easygenerator comes with several templates you can take advantage of right away:

  • Teach (Simple Course)
  • Test (Assessment)
  • Personalized learning
  • Reader

When you create a new course, it is obligatory to choose a template. Later this template can be changed.

Simple Course Template

The Simple course template allows you to create a course that is divided into several parts (sections). Each section can contain both content items and questions.

When a learner launches the course, at first the introduction page is shown, if the introduction content is added to the course. From the introduction page, a learner can start the course.

If the Simple course template is applied to the course, a learner can see the list of available sections. You can start the section to see the related questions and content pages. On the section overview page at the top right corner, you can view the progress summary that shows the overall progress of the course. Under each learning section, you can see progress per learning objective. You can also see whether the mastery score, set on the Configure step of the course editor, is reached per section. On the section progress line, the mastery score is indicated with a marker.

You can now turn on tracking and scoring of views for content pages in the simple course on the Configure step.

Each question is shown separately. You can answer the questions in any order. Use navigation buttons (previous and next) to navigate between the questions. When a learner answers the question, they will be informed whether their answer is correct or incorrect. The last submitted answer will be saved. If the question is answered incorrectly, a learner can answer it again.

Click here to have a look at the demo course where the simple course template is used.

Test (Assessment) Template

Test (Assessment) Template is perfect for the assessment in the form of a quiz or an exam. If this template is applied to a course, a learner will see all questions (or a selection of questions) in a long list.

You can customize the assessment course on the Configure step in the course editor. Here you can choose between Quiz (a learner can see hints or learning content added to questions) and Exam (a learner can’t see hints) modes, and change such settings as randomizing the order of questions and answer options, showing all questions or a selection of questions, showing or resetting answer options from the previous attempts, and setting time limits and number of attempts.

On the Design step, your course logo and background can be customized.

When a learner launches a course, the introduction content is shown if it is added to the course. Then a learner can click on the Start Assessment button to launch the course or just scroll down to see the questions.

If the Exam mode is chosen on the Configure step, a learner will see the list of questions that are associated with all learning objectives. No hints are available in the Exam mode.

The Quiz mode will provide an additional opportunity for learners to see hints. Under a question, a learner can click on the Show hint button to see explanation or learning content of a corresponding question. The Show hint button is available only if learning content is added to the question.

When all questions are answered, a learner should click on the Submit button at the bottom of the page. After that, the overall progress of the course is shown to a learner.

On the course progress indicator, you can also see whether the mastery score set on the Configure step of the course editor is reached. Here a learner can also see which questions are answered correctly and incorrectly.

Click here to preview the assessment course.

Personalized Learning Template

If the Personalized learning template is applied to the course, a learner will see the list of all questions in the pre-assessment mode. Based on the results of the pre-assessment a study advice with the weak points of the learner will be presented. In order to make the most of this feature don’t use content items, but add content directly to questions.

When a learner launches a course, the introduction page is shown first, if the introduction content is added to the course. From the introduction page a learner can start the course by clicking on the Start pre-assessment button.

Only when all the questions are answered a learner should click on the Submit button at the bottom of the page.

When the answers are submitted, the progress per learning objective is shown to a learner.

Under each learning objective Study Advice can be found. When you click Start in the Recommended reading area, you’ll see Study Advice. The list of questions per learning objective that are answered incorrectly is displayed there. A learner can open each question separately, read the learning content, and answer the question again. A learner has an unlimited number of attempts to answer the questions. Study Advice can help a learner to accomplish learning objectives and complete the course.

When you click Finish course the overall progress of the course and progress per learning objective are shown.

In addition, on the Design step of the course editor you can edit branding by customizing course logo and changing background.

 Click here to open the course to which the Personalized learning template is applied.

Reader Template

If you want to provide users with learning content and no questions, the Reader is the right template to use. It allows you to present content in sections with simple navigation.

Questions are not displayed in the Reader template. If you apply the Reader template to the course, only the content pages and learning content of the questions are shown.

When a learner launches a course, at first, the introduction page is shown, if the introduction content is added to the course. From the introduction page a learner can start the course.

All sections are presented as blocks.

When a learner clicks on the section, the list of articles assigned to this section appears. A learner can navigate through the section and read the articles using the navigation buttons and the table of contents on the left.

On the Design step of the course editor you can edit branding by customizing course logo, choosing color scheme and changing background.

Results tracking is not available if the Reader template is applied to a course. This template is used only to present learning content, but not to check learner’s knowledge.

Click here to see the Reader template in action.

Match the templates with their descriptions

  • Teach (Simple Course)
    The course is divided into several sections, each containing both content items and questions.
  • Test (Assessment)
    The course contains questions that are presented to learners in a list.
  • Personalized learning
    Learners are first presented with questions, and based on their results a study advice is given.
  • Reader
    The course contains only content, no questions.

Getting started: content layout options

Content Layout Options

Easygenerator team is happy to announce the release of a new content editor with a large number of new and enhanced features.

Now when you create a content page, you are offered new layout options to easily manage multi-column content.

There are 5 tabs (Text, Images, Media, Classic and Interactive) with different content blocks for aligning texts, images, and videos on the page.

To choose one of the content blocks, click to add content and drag and drop one of the blocks you need.

You can present your text in 1, 2 or 3 columns, and also add curation links. 

Layout options for images allow you to fit your images into the content perfectly.

It is also possible to change the alignment and resize the images.

You can upload videos or embed them from Youtube or Vimeo.

The interactive layout allows you to create hotspots on an image, add some HTML and upload documents. 

To change the order, copy or delete a content block, follow the steps below.

  • Click the block you want to delete. A menu bar will appear on the left of the content block.
  • Click one of the icons.

Thus, our new content editor brings the next level of content editing to Easygenerator providing multiple layout options and complete control over your markup.

What do you think about our layout enhancements?

Wrap-Up

That’s it for this tutorial on building a course in Easygenerator. In the next tutorial, we’ll look at different types of questions that you can easily create in Easygenerator. 

Now that you've got the basics, try to build a small course of your own. There are so many ways you can do it, so just let your imagination lead the way.