If you’re creating private course content using Coursera’s course authoring features, we provide helpful resources in our Partner Resource Center (PRC). This article gives you a summary of the type of content that admins could find helpful when planning to use Coursera’s authoring platform and tools.
Keep in mind that to access the Partner Resource Center content, your organization must first sign a contract addendum in order to gain access to our Educator Platform, where content is authored. You must be assigned a role within that institution.
If your organization doesn’t have private authoring access but you’re interested in learning more about it, please contact your Coursera Customer Success Manager, and they can assist you further.
Before you decide to create instructional materials on Coursera, we recommend that you take some time to review the learning principles and strategies that can help you structure your course per Coursera Pedagogy Principles.
Designing an Online Curriculum will help you organize the curriculum into smaller chunks that fit a typical learner per our research.
Learning objectives are well-defined goals for a course, lesson, or activity that inform learners about skills and knowledge they acquire after completing a course, passing an assessment, and/or finishing a course module.
Learning objectives benefit both learners and course teams in the following ways:
- Learning objectives help learners see the value of an online learning experience, sustain motivation and achievement, and help them practice metacognition skills.
- Learning objectives help learners decide whether enrolling in a course is right for them as learners know what to expect from the course.
- Learning objectives enable instructors and instructional designers to develop learning materials with keeping the end goals in mind.
If you’re an educator looking to set learning objectives that are clear and written in a learner-focused language, read Writing effective learning objectives.
You can add and manage learning objectives in the course authoring tool.
Standard Course Content
The majority of content in the public Coursera catalog is built using our standard MOOC course authoring capabilities. As a Coursera Enterprise customer, you can get access to these authoring tools to create high-quality courses, assessments, labs, and Guided Projects.
Within the Educator Platform, there are multiple supported roles with the ability to create new content for your organization. Administrators, instructors, and data coordinators can Create a new course.
Making a course can be a team effort. If others on your team are working together on creating a course, we give you standardized ways to coordinate effectively. For example, you can Use shareable templates to create course content.
Courses are made up of multiple instructional and assessment items. There are a variety of item types to choose from as you create your content, such as readings, videos, quizzes, and peer review assignments.
Videos are a powerful way of teaching online. To set you up for success, we have resources such as Coursera's best practices for creating engaging and effective Instructional Videos.
Did you know that learners absorb information better from an image as compared to reading directly from slides? See the Guidelines for Using Text, Images, and Slides in Videos
To make videos that address several purposes, learn about the Different Styles of Instructional Videos and When to Use Them. For example, to show the SME perspective, a video in an interview format could be ideal. The Video Recording and Formatting Guidelines article gives you specifics on video files and aspect ratio.
Read optimize quizzes to learn when to use grading and when to not, for example for formative assessments.
Advanced Course Content
Create a Private Session / Offering of Content to customize a public or private online course you are teaching to a smaller group of students on a custom schedule.
Custom Schedules Create a private session with a custom schedule and custom item deadlines that apply only to the private session. This can help you align with your on-campus schedule.
Timed Exams have a stipulated time that you can see in a box on your screen and assignments will get automatically submitted when time elapses.
ID Verification can be enabled for a course, which then requires the learner to upload a valid identification such as Driver's license, Passport, National ID Card for courses where it’s required.
Online Proctoring On Coursera, is supported using ProctorU, which provides identity verification, environment scans, and exam monitoring to help maintain the academic integrity of online exams. Any organization that wishes to use proctoring must supply its own ProctorU licenses.
Staff Graded Assessments are assessment items that are graded by course instructors and/or teaching staff.
Question Banks let you design assessments that show learners a random assortment of questions from a larger group of questions called a “Question Bank” which can be reused to support multiple assessments.
Link Your Zoom Account to Coursera to access additional features for creating and managing live events (only available for private sessions and degree programs). We bring you additional features where you can not only Add Recordings of Live Events to Your Course but also Upload and Manage Course Assets with the Asset Library.
See Discussion Forums Overview to know more about how all Coursera learners can participate and be resourceful to each other in public forums. You can Manage and Moderate Discussion Forums by editing or highlighting a post as an example.
Staff, Roles, and Permissions
To manage your content, you can assign Roles and Permissions to your staff members.
In-Browser Coding Overview explains how learners can complete hands-on activities without leaving the Coursera platform or even having to navigate the complexities of setting up a local development environment.
With Coursera Labs, you can learn by doing and create hands-on projects for today's most in-demand programming tools, including industry-standard online IDEs (Jupyter Notebook, Rstudio, VS Code) as well as custom, dockerizable web apps. Learn more About Coursera Labs.
Your lab activities can range from choosing your first image to adding graded or ungraded lab items to your course. Learn more about creating Lab Activities with Coursera Labs.
nbgrader is a tool that facilitates creating and grading assignments in the Jupyter notebook. Learn more about Using nbgrader to create auto-graded lab assignments.
For example, traditional computer science projects such as coding help learners explore challenging technical skills. Learn more About Programming Assignments to get an idea of which ones are accessible, required, and optional for you.
Plugins & LTIs
Learn more About Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) to see how learners can use third-party tools within their course after confirming that your needs go beyond the quiz, programming, and peer review tools within Coursera.
Creating Video Content
The article Tips and Examples for Creating Module Introductions and Course Welcome Videos gives learners an overview of the topic of the module and preview what they’ll be learning.
Peer Review Assignments
About Peer Review Assignments explains how peers can review, provide feedback, and grade assignments. This gives the learner a more expansive learning experience as they get feedback, read comments, and interact with peers. At the same time, peer reviews also help solve problems where auto-grading is not suitable, for example, essays, design projects, etc. Learn more about Optimizing Peer Review Assignments.
Get to know the types of assessments you need, best practices, and more in Assessments on Coursera.
If you’re thinking about what question types to include in Coursera quizzes, read Supported Question Types.
After you finalize the course and assessments, you can Set and Adjust the Course Grading Formula.