Create a Course
Let’s discuss DiGMart Tutorial platform’ core function, which is to create courses. The platform lets you build a course where you can organize your lessons and attach files.
Creating a course is only allowed to your assigned instructors.
Start by clicking the “Add a New Course” button at the top right of the dashboard.
The Course Info page then appears. This page lets an instructor put all the necessary content related to the course including:
- details about the course overview,
- the course builder where a user uploads the lessons, and
- other details before the user publishes the course, whether for admin approval or not.
The Course Overview
Some details to enter are about the course’s general information. These will let your site visitors know what your course is all about. At this point, do some good copywriting to attract prospects in taking your course.
DiGMart Tutorial platform Course Information
These include the:
- Course title – the course’s official title as it gets published.
- Category – choose from the available course categories, as named by the admin. Categories are supposed to group the courses according to their fields or niches.
To add a new category, you will need to search the category field for your choose course categories. To input new categories, you’ll need to contact the admin to complete this for you. The idea behind this is for the admin to control the approval of course categories.
- Course Description – a brief description of what the course is all about.
- Course Price – indicate whether the course is free or paid. If it is paid, put the course’s price.
- Difficulty level – choose one from the options Beginner, Intermediate, Expert, or All Levels.
- Image – the featured image of the course. The proportion they recommend is 700 by 430 pixels.
- Video – the sales video that represents a course and introduces it. Video sources that can run here include: HTML5 (mp4), external url, Youtube, and Vimeo. You can also use an embed code.
There are many video setups you can opt for. One option is Wistia, a go-to for maintaining private videos. Another is Youtube, where you can set it to unlisted for some privacy.
I would use an embed code from VooPlayer, the video service I currently use. One thing I like about it is that it has an HLS encryption. With that, people can download your video but only will be able to view a blank screen if they play it .
I tried to use an external url from my VooPlayer video, but it didn’t work, so I used the embed code. To embed, I chose the “Embedded” option from the dropdown menu. Then I pasted the embed code I copied from my VooPlayer video.
Introducing, the Course Builder
The same page has a dedicated section for the Course Builder itself. It is here where you can add your course’s content.
Whenever you’re using a course creation site, try to understand the hierarchy of their course builder.
In case of DiGMart Tutorial platform, you can “Add New Topic”, then either “Add New Lesson” or “Add Topic Quiz” within that topic.
That means, here, you can add a number of lessons underneath a topic and insert a quiz when you find it necessary.
I would prefer to call topics as modules – I’m used to thinking of the main category as a module with several lessons inside it while taking online courses. I haven’t found a way to customize this here but I’m sure there’s a way to do that by tweaking the code.
Moving on, let’s try to add a topic and then a lesson.
Add a Topic
To start, hit the “Add New Topic” button. This then prompts you to add the Topic Name and the Topic Summary (where you can share what students can expect from the topic) as shown below.
After doing that, the section for the created topic will be visible. In that section, the buttons for you to add a new lesson or a quiz will be available.
Add a Lesson
If you click the “add new lesson” button, the pop up box for it will show.
Here, the fields you can fill in about the lesson include the:
- Text – add the text for the lesson. Use it like a normal WordPress text editor, where you can add pictures and other media. You also have the option to use the newer Gutenberg style block builder.
- Featured image – the image to display as your lesson’s thumbnail.
- Video – add a video for the lesson if preferred. The options for the video sources are as usual.
- Video run time – set how long the video should play.
- Attachment – upload files here (e.g. pdf, image, etc.). It is possible to put more than one attachment. The “x” next to the file name lets you remove the file.
After including all the necessary details for a lesson, you can press the Update Lesson button.
Adding More Lessons and the Issue with Copying a Lesson
One weak point of DiGMart Tutorial platform is that it lacks an obvious way to duplicate a lesson.
You can’t find an easy duplication button, at least from the frontend builder. That means you can’t reuse a lesson for a different course, unless you copy that lesson manually.
I don’t think most online courses will need to duplicate lessons and that can also depend on your nature of business. Still, this is something worth noting about DiGMart Tutoror’ current platform.
Now to add more lessons, all you need to do is press the Add New Lesson button and continue building it.
Publish the Course
After completing the construction of the lessons, you can scroll further down the page to set the necessary details.
Remember that these also serve as pointers that students will consider as you sell the course.
These are the:
- Instructor – the instructor or group of instructors for that course.
- Total Course Duration – let the audience know the overall time of the course.
- Benefits of the Course – impart what people can possibly accomplish by the end of the course.
- Requirements/Instructions – note if there are requirements (e.g. regarding internet connection, textbooks) that a student needs to satisfy before taking the course.
- Target Audience – specify the types of audience who will benefit most from the course.
- Material – list the assets provided in the course.
- Announcements – broadcast announcements regarding the course.
The Announcement function is actually a plus for DiGMart Tutorial platform. It lets you update students about the course whenever needed. Another popular lifetime deal with a similar notification feature is Beamer.
Now when everything is set, you can go ahead and click the Publish Course button – choose from either the one at the top right of the page or at the bottom of the course builder.
Note that there is also an option for you to press Save Course as Draft while building a course.
Previewing the Course
As you create a course, you’d probably want to know what it looks like from the users’ view.
Here are some ways to preview your course:
While in the process of editing your course, you can look for the button as shown below to get a preview.
After finally publishing a course, including getting admin approval, you might look for your created course at the frontend builder.
(For one, don’t click the course as listed on the dashboard’s front because you won’t preview it there.)
What you can do is go to My Courses, click the Pencil icon to edit the course, then, look again for the Preview button. It takes a few seconds before the course and its contents load up in My Courses. That is why I was not able to find the course there while making the video.
Another way to preview your own published courses is to return to the WordPress backend.
Note that both the admins and instructors have the frontend and backend versions of a DiGMart Tutorial platform.
To preview a course, you just need to look for the particular course under the Courses section. Then you can click on “Preview”.
Finally, note that once you promote or sell a course, you’d probably create a link for this, which you will constantly use to preview. You can also include that link on your email or sales page.