Knowledgebase: Creating a Course or Schedule

Revision Courses and Learning Schedules are great ways to organise your learning into a timeframe that suits you. Here we look at how to create them.

Revision Courses and Learning Schedules are ways of scheduling videos into a timeframe chosen by you. They're great for organising your revision around a given time period.

So, need to learn all the geometry videos in the next six days? No problem. Want to skip weekends, or study on those days too? Your call.

Important note - this tutorial is all about making Courses and Schedules. See the separate Knowledgebase article on using them after they've been created.

See also: Using Courses and Schedules

What's the difference?

Choosing whether to create a Course or a Schedule is just a matter of knowing how they differ. In a sense, they're both schedules in that they create schedules of videos to watch on certain days.

Courses are pre-made by us. Our expert tutors have select videos for each subject and exam board and put them into a given order. So all you have to do is choose your time period. That's it - and we tell you which are the key videos to watch.

With Schedules you have more control; here you choose which videos are involved. You do this by choosing the topic(s) of the subject you wish to study.

Another difference is Schedules can be shared with students, if you're a teacher, whereas Courses can't; they're always made by, and for, the user creating them.

We'll look at both in this article.

Getting started

To begin, click the site's main navigation menu in the top right and choose "Courses and Schedules".

That'll take you to the main Courses and Schedules page, as shown below. This page shows you all the Courses and Schedules you have access to, which means they were made by you or, if you're a school student, made for you by your teacher.

The two buttons at the top of the page allow us to create a new Course or Schedule. We'll look at these in turn now.

Creating a Revision Course

The Create a Revision Course page will first ask you to choose your course. This is done via a similar interface to that found in the subject Resource Browser pages, where you make choices to find the right item for you.

See also: Finding videos

The interface will take you through a series of options based on the subject and exam board you are studying. Keep clicking the grey option boxes until your final click causes the last choice you made to go green. This means you've chosen your course.

Once you've chosen a course the area underneath will confirm this, also telling you how many videos feature in each part of the chosen Course. You can click the "view" links to see what videos they are.

Now it's just a case of configuring your Course, in the bottom panel of the screen.

First, you'll be asked to give it a name. This can be anything you like, and serves only as an identifier.

Next you'll choose the duration of the Course. Use the dropdown options to choose what's right for you. You can either choose a default duration, e.g. seven days, or set explicit start and end dates.

Finally, if you don't want the Course to schedule videos to watch on weekend days, make sure you check the "I'm not studying weekends!" checkbox, otherwise the system may allocate you videos on weekend days too.

That's it! Click the orange "Create" button and the system will distribute the videos in your Course across the duration you've selected. Be sure to check out the separate Knowledgebase article and video on using Courses.

See also: Using Courses and Schedules

Creating a Learning Schedule

Creating a Learning Schedule works a little differently, and is done via the subject pages accessed via the coloured subject buttons at the top of each page.

Click any, and you'll notice that, in the left hand-navigation (showing the subjec'ts topics), there's white or purple calendar icons (depending on the subject).

These icons allow you to mark a topic (and its videos) for inclusion in a schedule. Think of them as "add to cart" buttons like those on a shopping website.

Note the purple shopping cart-type widget in the bottom-right corner. Any time you click one of the calendar icons this area will 'wobble' and change colour (and back again) to denote it received your selection. The number will also increment, showing how many topic areas you've added to the schedule.

Keep in mind this alone does not create the Schedule - you're merely selecting topics to go in it. To create it, hit the "Go" button in the widget. That will take you to the Schedule Creation screen, which looks much like the Course Creation screen we met above.

If you're a teacher, the first thing you'll be asked is whether you're creating the Schedule for yourself or for your students. If the latter, check the "Create a Schedule for my students..." option and then click the "Select students..." link that will appear. That will launch the student selection screen:

You'll see a list of your students. Click as many students as you like and then click the grey close (X) icon at the top. Any students you selected will receive this Schedule in their dashboards.

Finally, configure your Schedule by giving it a name and choosing the study duration. For more information on these options, refer to the Create a Course section of the article above; the instructions are identical.

Hit the "Create" button and that's it - you're done! Any students you shared with will be notified that they have a new Schedule.

See also: Using Courses and Schedules

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