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Written by Veethi Telang
How to Add a Course to Your School – Part I
Kudos to you for creating your first school on CoachRack! Now, the next logical step is to populate it with hundreds of courses that your students can purchase, learn from, and post good things about to the world.
But, let us ask you a very critical question – have you charted an outline for your course yet? In other words, have you created a curriculum? Think of it like a collection of sections broken down into individual lessons. These lessons can be in the form of videos, documents, images, or even PDF attachments!
Once your curriculum is charted out, you place it on your course on CoachRack, and start uploading content under it. We’ve broken this tutorial down into two steps - adding Sections and Lessons.
To walk you through the whole process, let’s take our sample school “The Sound of Music” as a fine example. On it, we’re going to add our first course called “Master the Guitar in 30 Days”.
Let’s get going by clicking on the Courses tab from our CoachRack Sales Dashboard.
Next, click on the Add Course button.
This opens up a popup where you will add the title of your course. As decided earlier, we’re going to go ahead and enter “Master the Guitar in 30 Days”.
Clicking on Save takes you right to the Curriculum section of this course you just created. Here, you will break down the contents of your course into Sections and Lessons.
Our suggestion? Add all sections first, and then proceed to adding lessons under each of them. Just a better way to stay organized on CoachRack!
Step 1: Add Section
Ready to create your first ever section? Click on Add Section to get started!
Up opens a popup that requires you to add the details for your section.
Add a title for your section, and its slug in the system will be automatically created. We’re going ahead with a section called “Getting Started”.
Next, of course, this section is Enabled.
Move on to the other tab in this popup – Drip – that lets you set up a start date for this section on which it’ll be available to your students.
Wait, what’s drip? We’ve explained the concept of drip content in CoachRack at length in this tutorial.
With that, hit Save and voila – your section is now visible in your Curriculum list.
Step 2: Add Lesson
Hereon, things start becoming fun! Assuming you’ve charted an outline for your entire course, you also know what kind of lessons it is going to have, right? Are there going to be videos? Are there going to be attachments in a few lessons? Are you planning on making some lessons interactive? Once you’ve decided, simply click on Add Lesson under the section you just created.
From this popup, we select the type of lesson we’re going to add by choosing one of the icons - text, video, audio, and attachment.
Let’s take up a text lesson in this tutorial. We’re going to create a blog-type lesson called “Introduction to Guitar Playing”.
Enter your chosen title for the lesson in the Title field, and just click on Save.
As soon as you do that, you’ll be redirected to its content segment, where you’ll start adding its details, fill it with loads of content, enter/upload references, and even ensure you have all the records of the changes you make to it.
On the Detail tab, we do the general setup of this lesson. Let’s take the fields one by one:
- Title: The title of your lesson goes here.
- Slug: Auto-populated, it’s part of your lesson URL string.
- Summary: Write here what this lesson is about and what your students will extract from the information in it.
- Section: By default, this lesson is part of the section you’ve just created above. However, in case you wish to change its placement to another section sometime, you can simply select that section from this drop-down.
- Status: Published or draft? Save your lesson’s status here.
- Duration/Pages: The more descriptive you are about your lesson, the better. Enter here how many pages it comprises, or if you’re entering a video within your content, mention its duration here.
- Lesson Icon: What kind of a lesson is it going to be? Is it just a written blog-type lesson? Or, perhaps, a multimedia type? Or, a mix of multiple formats? This icon will show up right against your lesson name on your course. So, choose away!
- Is Free: To build up the interest of the leads you generate, you could consider keeping this lesson free, and if they like it, have them sign up for the entire training! This is a mighty smart way of piquing your prospective students’ interest by showing them that your course packs a punch, and that they won’t regret investing in you!
- Enable Comments: At the bottom of every lesson shows up a comments section if you enable this toggle. This lets your students ask questions about your lesson publicly, or simply interact with you and other fellow students about the concepts you’ve laid out in the lesson. Let your students make comments on the content and showcase how consuming it bettered their life!
- Drip Feed & Drip At: If your sections are already set on drip, you’d be surprised to know that you could set up drip on lesson level too! That’s some solid #dripception right there!
To give you an example, say, you’ve set up monthly drip for each section of your course. And, every section has 4 lessons under it. By enabling Drip Feed here, you can break those 4 lessons through the month, releasing a new one every week. Simply select the day from Drip At, and this particular lesson will be released and made available to your students on that day. Isn’t it kinda cool? Your regular content inflow brings members to the yard!
All details entered – this is how our screen looks like now:
Let’s click on Save and proceed to the next tab – Content.
Select Content from the tabs, and you’ll reach our highly intuitive content editor. In here, copy-paste the content of the lesson you want to upload and make available to your students. Use our fleet of awesome editing tools to make the lesson content look even more attractive!
Psst… if you think the body of your content looks dull right now, that’s because it is! So, why not add in an image or two in the body and make this article come alive? Click on Insert File from the editor icon menu, and breathe new life into the content!
What’s more, you can even embed videos from an external source by clicking on the “Insert/Edit Video” icon on this editor.
As soon as you do that, a popup will open up that requires you to put in general details about the video like Source, Alternative source, Poster, Dimensions. On the Embed tab, on the other hand, you can copy-paste the embed code you’ve received from the original location of the video.
Scroll down further on this screen, and you’ll see two nifty little toggles – Autosave and Save Revision. While Autosave saves your content every few minutes automatically, Save Revisions ensures that a record of every change you make over a period of time is maintained under the Revisions tab. More deets on it further below!
Anyhoo, we copy-pasted the lesson content here on this editor, made formatting changes, and now, we hit Save.
Got additional material for this lesson that your students could benefit from? Simply upload the ZIP or PDF file here, and it’ll show as an attachment to every student who goes through this lesson.
Say, you want to add/remove a paragraph or two sometime later from this lesson. However, you wish to maintain both records of the lesson somewhere.
As long as the Save Revisions toggle is enabled, all changes that you make to the lesson content are going to be recorded under this tab in the form of versions.
To restore an old version, just click on the Restore icon any time you want!
Ready to see what we cooked up in this lesson on the frontend of your school? Hit that Preview button towards the top-right of your lesson screen.
You can also preview this lesson by going back to the Curriculum, and clicking on the tiny eye icon under Options. Use this shortcut to edit, move, copy or even delete this lesson anytime you wish to.
Wowza! That looks spectacular, don’t you think?
Fro the top bar, your students can also navigate to the previous or the next lesson by clicking on their respective buttons too.
It's pretty straight-forward, innit? While that’s about it for a text lesson, the next tutorial covers how to add video, audio, and attachments as lessons to your CoachRack course. Keep reading!