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How to Setup A Course

In this lesson I'll walk you through the steps required to build a course. 

We'll discuss all the different course, module, and lesson configuration options available in Simplero. 

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(00:00):
Everyone. In this video I'm going to show you how to configure a course in Simplero and all the different settings and options that you have, uh, to get the course exactly how you want it. All right, let's get into it.

(00:18):
And before we're going to continue with the same business, uh, the lax Goldie wrap. But before I get into the course options, I want to mention there's two different areas to how's your courses. You can have it be under your main website. So under your marketing website, which is available at the marketing website is obviously available to everyone, but you can have your courses live there. So they would go to the main website and see the course that they've purchased in the navigation. Or you can have the courses live underneath a membership site. And that's typically what I recommend if you, if you are selling the courses, have them live under this membership site. And in that way you can restrict access to everything. And that's what I've done in this particular case for my courses is I have them living underneath this membership membership site. And if I click on configure on this membership site,

(01:19):
you'll see the different courses. Okay. You have all the different options. In the next lesson we'll talk about configuring the actual membership site itself, but here you can see the different courses. Okay, so I have five courses configured. You can see a little summary overview on this page if I want, I can view this on the particular site, the live version, or I can click the settings or click here to edit this course. Okay, and if you want, you can click this blue button up there that you saw briefly to create a brand new course. And once you get into this course view, you can then add your different modules. So I can scroll a, at the very bottom here is where you're going to add a module, this blue button, and then once the modules are added, all you need to do is click here and add a lesson and hit enter.

(02:15):
And it's that simple. It's that quick and easy to add lessons. I can then click into that lesson, let me move my picture over here. I can then click into that lesson and configure the author, configure the video, the media file or a PDF. Um, if it's just, you know, text, I can then choose a thumbnail that shows in the course here I can configure the body and again, in many areas of Simplero you have a, what you see is what you get editor. So I can, you know, add media, add links, format the text, really a bunch of different options for the body. Down here. Scrolling down I can add additional content like PDFs, additional videos, additional audio that are available for download. I can also add a worksheet here that people can click into and fill out. And now let me talk about, um, the different statuses.

(03:10):
Okay, so there's four different statuses that apply to this particular lesson, but these statuses also applied to courses. They can also apply to modules. Uh, so they're pretty, uh, well used in different areas. Draft status means it's in draft. Your customers will not be able to see it, only you as an admin or other admins that you have added to your account will be able to see. This particular, uh, lesson that's in draft published means if somebody has access to the course, they have access to this particular element to this lesson. Okay. Same idea with the module. If they have access to the course, they have access to a module that is in published status scheduled means you can schedule it to go live into the future. So maybe it's not live yet, but by next Thursday it will be live. Um, or as soon as that date hits that you select.

(04:13):
Okay. And finally auto published means they need to be given specific access to it. So just because they're given access to the course, if this lesson is an auto publish status, they would not have access. There needs to be an additional trigger, maybe an additional automation step, an additional something that gives them access to something that is in auto publish status and you can use that status to drip content. Okay. So if you put all of your modules and auto publish status and then they wouldn't have access to it when they join the course, but then you can set up an automation that gives access to module one, waits a week, gives access to module two, waits a week, et cetera. Okay. So those are the different statuses. We can then define if we want them to be able to preview this lesson. So if they don't have access to the course, should they be able to preview this lesson?

(05:13):
Yes or no, and then we can add a trigger on this lesson. So when they Mark it complete, we might, uh, you know, when they Mark it complete or when they market uncomplete most of the times it's when they Mark it complete. We can set up a, uh, a trigger on that. Okay. All right. So that is adding a lesson. That is all the details about lessons. Um, there's a couple of different course settings that I want to talk about. So if you click into your course and you can access the courses here. So if I go content courses, I'll see all the courses I have available. I could also access it via the membership site that they're a part of. But let's click on settings cause I want to talk about the different settings that are available, uh, for each course. Okay, give that a second to load. There we go. Within here, I can obviously change the name of my course.

(06:18):
I can't change the description and this is shown at the top of the course page. So for example, when, uh, up here in the top right, I can click view course and let me actually just open that in another window. So we have, uh, both of these views, but this online lacrosse goalie camp with coaching instruction, mentoring. If I go here, this is the, this is the course view. I've not clicked into the course and you can see that that appears right there. All right. Um, if I want, I can pick a background image that would appear, uh, back here. I don't have that set on this course. Uh, in the catalog you can define the text that appears and the image for this course if I want to have students Mark as complete. So I have that turned on and if they click into a lesson, there is a Marcus complete option here.

(07:12):
I've already done that. Let me on this particular lesson, let me click on one where I have it and if I scroll down you can see Marcus complete. All right, you can require them to complete it in order. So if I want them to complete lesson one and they won't be able to move on until they Mark that complete, I can do that here. My course is structured as modules and lessons. If it's a smaller course and you just want a list of lessons, you can do that here and then we have the option for them to download the audio as a, um, as a podcast. All right, a couple other configuration options for the course. We can allow comments which I have done. You can show different information. I talked already about draft published, scheduled and auto published

(08:07):
status. This is in published status this entire course. So if they get access to the membership site, they have access to this course. Uh, if you want to to, um, member I said courses can be under different membership sites or under the website here I can change where that association is. So lax goalie rack is my website, but lax goalie rack camp is the membership site. So I can easily move a course back and forth. All right. Um, you can control access right here. So if I only want people who have purchased a particular product to have access to it, you can do that here. And you can also do it in the product itself. I'll, I'll, um, share more information when we get to that, when we get to talking about products. Finally, what do we show people that don't have access to this course?

(09:02):
Uh, you can hide it completely. You can show the lessons selected for preview, or you can show the course overview and lessons flex for PV. Okay? And that is it for the course settings. All right? Uh, if you want to duplicate a course, you have that option up here. I can duplicate it to this very site, the same membership site, or I can duplicate it to my website. If I had other membership sites created, they would appear here. Um, so you can duplicate a course and finally you can delete it. So I think that pretty much does it for setting up a course and then discussing all of the different options that you have. Again, as a quick recap, what you're gonna want to do, decide if you want it underneath the membership site or your website. If you want it underneath the membership site, you're going to click into courses, click on create a new course which will bring up all of your settings.

(10:06):
You just create your modules, create your lessons underneath those modules and these are drag and drop two. So if you add something and want to change the order, both of the modules or of the lessons themselves, um, they're drag and drop and you can do that. And that is it. I'm going to go ahead and delete this lesson I created cause that is not anything we want. The only other option I will mention is we do have the ability to add a quiz. So these are two types of elements, lessons, and quizzes, which a quiz is a very lightweight quiz built into, uh, you know, assess people's knowledge of that content. So I can do add a quiz there. All right, so that does it. Hopefully now you have a pretty solid understanding of how to add a course in Simplero and how to configure it. Good luck.

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