Course Pages - User Instructions

The instruction belongs to the following themes

By selecting a degree programme you are able to see the general content as well as the possible degree programme-specific content.

WHAT ARE COURSE PAGES?

Each Sisu implementation (course) has it's own course page. Course timetable and description information are imported to the course page from Sisu. It is the teachers' responsibility to add to there course page all other essential information needed by the students to complete the course and to make comparisons between various courses and methods of completion. 

The course pages are intended for students. However, the general public outside the University may also use them to acquaint themselves with teaching offered by the University of Helsinki. The course page provides teachers with an opportunity to present the content and method of completion of there course as well as to give instructions and distribute material to course participants.

Each course page also has a link to information on the degree requirements the course meets. This information comes directly from Sisu.

Support requests and feedback related to course pages can be sent to: opa-palvelukehitys@helsinki.fi.

What should teachers add to the course page?

You can add to the course page:

  • Course presentation
  • Link to the course’s Moodle area
  • Special notifications
  • Important links
  • Instructions on the completion of the course
  • Material
  • Two optional additional sections
  • Results of partially completed studies not recorded in Sisu
  • An image

 The key content to be added are the introduction to the course presentation and a link to the course’s Moodle area.

In the course presentation, you can freely present the content of your course and market it to students. The course page is a public webpage accessible not only to students also to the wider public interested in the themes of your course. The introduction to the course will be utilised in search results on study offerings. 

If you use Moodle or some other learning environment on your course, remember to provide a link to it on the course page. A clear button to access the Moodle area will be added to the course page, and students can also access the Moodle area through a link on their own My Studies site.

If you distribute course material in Moodle, you should not add the material to the course page as well. If you distribute course material on the course page, you may limit the access to links and materials only to course participants.

The registered grades, verbal feedback and distribution of grades in Sisu will be automatically presented to students on the course page. You can add results of partially completed studies that cannot be exported to Sisu on the course page’s results section as a PDF file.

When editing the course page for the first time, you are asked to select the default language for the course page. Usually this is the same as the language of instruction of the course. Add content on the course page first using this language. You can later create other language versions of your course page.

WHAT ELSE CAN BE DONE ON COURSE PAGES?

On the course page you can also 

How can I edit my course page?

You will see an “Edit course page” button on your course page, when you are logged in with your University username and password. Links to your course pages are available on the teachers role page in Flamma

Adding content on the course page is simple; you will be given further instructions on how to add content in the edit mode. Remember always to save all changes you make to the course page.

Course pages of all courses are available in the Courses in the Studies service, where you can also browse the course offerings of various degree programmes, the Open University and the Language Centre. In addition, each course description has a link to the course page of each implementation.

Sending email to course participants

In the course page edit mode you can send an email message to the students on the course. Write the message by clicking the “+ New email” button

Display-view: Sending email to the students

The email message will be sent to all the students on the course when you save the course page. If you decide not to send the message, you can delete your draft by clicking the “Remove draft” button. Add your email address or some other email address to the “Return address” field, if you want students to be able to respond to your message.

Email messages sent to the course participants are displayed on the course pages in order to ensure that new students coming to the course after the message has been sent will also receive all the necessary information. If you wish, you can make the message invisible on the course page. However, all sent messages will continue to be visible in the course page edit window.

Is it always necessary to send emails? 

Could the email message sent to all students be replaced by adding all matters to be communicated directly to the course pages as content? 

  • A Zoom link is easy to distribute to the participants using an exclusive link on the course page.
  • The Moodle address and registration key have their own place known to students on the course page.
  • Course completion instructions may be given in the section on completing the course.
  • The course page has two freely nameable sections to disseminate various information.

Create a Moodle area for your course on the course page

You can easily create a Moodle area for your course on the course page. When doing so, the Moodle area will automatically import the registered course participants from Sisu and enable the export of grades directly from Moodle to Sisu.

A Moodle area created from a course page is closed. Remember to open it in Moodle when you are ready to let students in your Moodle area.

a) Create a new Moodle area

By pressing the “Create a new Moodle area” in the course page edit mode, you can create a Moodle area for your course and link the participants to it from Sisu.

Display-view: Create a new Moodle area

The creation of the Moodle area may take a while if there are many students to be imported to Moodle or the import service is temporarily congested. If the creation is not completed, update its status in the user interface.

b) Link the created Moodle area with the course page

When the creation is complete, you will see the address of the Moodle area on the course page edit window. However, the Moodle link is not yet displayed to participants on the public side of the course page; you will have to specifically link the Moodle area with the course page to enable course students to find it there.

Display-view: Link the created Moodle area with the course page

c) The created Moodle area is in use on the course page

Once you have linked the Moodle area with the course page and saved the page, the Moodle area you created is in use on the course page. The course participants will now be able to see the Moodle link both on the course page and their own My Studies page.

Display-view: The Moodle-area link is in use in the course page

If you wish, you can make the Moodle link invisible on the course page. However, remember that the Moodle area will continue to exist in Moodle. If you wish to delete a Moodle area created from the course page from Moodle, contact Moodle support (moodle@helsinki.fi).

More detailed info in instructions for Moodle.

Copy content from an earlier course page

You may copy content from an earlier course page to the new course page. Start copying by accessing the edit mode of the course page for which you wish to import content. When in edit mode, click the “Copy course page” button, and a field in which you can add the address of the earlier course page will appear.

The content will be copied to the new page with the exception of the Moodle link, Note messages, if any, and the Results section. You can edit the copied content as you wish before saving the new page.

Display-view: Copy content from earlier course page

If you have created language versions of your course page, the content of each language version must be copied separately. Start the copying from the default language version.  

Create a different language version of the course page

When editing the course page for the first time, you are asked to select the default language for the course page. Usually this is the same as the language of instruction of the course. Create the first version of your course page using the default language you selected and add content to the course page using that language.

Display-view: Choosing the default language version

 

Once you have entered and saved the content to the default language version of the course page, you may create other language versions of your course page, if you wish. Select the language (Finnish, Swedish or English) in the course page edit mode and add the content in your chosen language.

Display-view: Adding to a language version

The material and links added to the first default language version will be displayed as default also in other language versions. You may change them to material in the corresponding language if available.

You can only send email via the default language version of the course page.