This section describes how you set up your course to be displayed in the course summary page and in the course listings on student dashboards. The information you configure for your course is important for prospective and current students to understand.
The following image shows an example course summary page. Students can see the course summary page before they enroll in the course, and may decide to enroll based on the content of the page. You configure the contents of this page in Studio, as described in this section.
If a student enrolls in your course, the course is added to their course listings on their dashboard, with the course image. From the dashboard, a student can open a course that has started. If the course has not started, the student can see the start date, as explained in this section.
You can enable social media icons for your course so that enrolled learners can share links to the course on Facebook or Twitter directly from the course listing on the their dashboards. For information, see Enable Social Media Icons.
You must set dates and times for enrollment and for the course.
In Studio, from the Settings menu, select Schedule and Details.
Follow the on-screen text to enter the course and enrollment schedule.
EdX recommends that you check that all important dates are correct one week before you plan to start the course.
The Time fields on this page, and the times that students see, use UTC (Universal Coordinated Time)
The default course start date is set far into the future, to 01/01/2030. This is to ensure that your course does not start before you intend it to. You must change the course start date to the date you want students to begin using the course.
Students see the course start date and time on their dashboards and on the course About page (sometimes also called the course summary page). Students can see some parts of the course before the course start date. For example, students can see your Course Info page and course-wide discussion topics as soon as they enroll in your course. For more information about course-wide discussion topics, see Create Course-Wide Discussion Topics.
EdX recommends that you set the start time of your course to early in the day, generally 12:00 UTC or earlier. Learners often expect the course to be available on the start date in their own time zones and try to access course content during the day.
The following example shows the course start date and time on the course summary page:
For courses on edX.org, you must communicate the course start date and time to your edX program manager to ensure the date is accurate on the course About page.
In the dashboard, students see the start dates and times for each of their courses, as in the following examples.
If you do not specify a start time for your course, students see the default start time, 00:00 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
You can set an advertised start date for your course that is different than the course start date you set in the Schedule and Details page. You may want to do this if there is uncertainty about the exact start date. For example, you could advertise the start date as Spring, 2014.
To set an advertised start date:
The start date shown on the dashboard is now the value of the Course Advertised Start Date policy key:
If you do not change the default course start date (01/01/2030), and the Course Advertised Start Date policy value is null, then the student dashboard does not list a start date for the course. Students just see that the course has not yet started.
The course end date is the date after which students can no longer earn credit toward certificates. Students who have earned certificates can view them after the course end date.
If you do not set a course end date, students will not be able to access earned certificates.
For courses on edX.org, you must communicate the course end date to your edX Program Manager, to ensure the date is accurate on the course summary page.
After grades and certificates are finalized, students see the course end date on their dashboards, as shown in the following examples.
If grades and certificates are not yet finalized, students can see the course end date and a message:
When grades and certificates are finalized, students who have not earned a certificate see their score and the score required to earn a certificate:
Students whose final score is equal to or higher than the required score can click Download Certificate to get their certificates as PDFs:
On Edge, students that you explicitly invite see the description of your course on the course summary page.
For example, the course description is circled in the following course summary page:
For courses on edX.org, you must communicate the course description to your edX Program Manager, to ensure the content is accurate on the course summary page.
Overwrite the content as needed for your course, following the directions in the boilerplate text. Do not edit HTML tags. For a template that includes placeholders, see A Template For Your Course Overview.
There is no save button. Studio automatically saves your changes.
Click your course summary page in the text beneath the field to test how the description will appear to students.
The course image that you add in Studio appears on the student dashboard. It should be a minimum of 378 pixels in width by 225 pixels in height, and in .jpg or .png format. Make sure the image that you upload maintains the aspect ratio of those dimensions so that the image appears correctly on the student dashboard.
In the following example, the course image that was added in Studio is circled in the student dashboard.
On edX.org, the course image you add in Studio is used on the student dashboard, but does not automatically appear on the course About page. Work directly with your edX program manager to set up the About page assets and course image for the course summary page.
On Edge, the course introduction video appears on the course summary page that students see.
On edX.org, you work directly with your Program Manager to set up the course video in the summary page.
In the following example, the course video is circled in the course summary page:
The course video should excite and entice potential students to enroll, and reveal some of the personality the instructors bring to the course.
The video should answer these key questions:
The video should deliver your message as concisely as possible and have a run time of less than 2 minutes.
To add a course introduction video:
The estimated Effort per Week appears at the bottom of the course summary page.
Replace the placeholders in the following template with your information.
<section class="about"> <h2>About This Course</h2> <p>Include your long course description here. The long course description should contain 150-400 words.</p> <p>This is paragraph 2 of the long course description. Add more paragraphs as needed. Make sure to enclose them in paragraph tags.</p> <section> <section class="prerequisites"> <h2>Prerequisites</h2> <p>Add information about class prerequisites here.</p> </section> <section class="course-staff"> <h2>Course Staff</h2> <article class="teacher"> <div class="teacher-image"> <!-- Replace the path below with the path to your faculty image. --> <img src="/c4x/edX/edX101/asset/Placeholder_FacultyImage.jpg" align="left" style="margin:0 20 px 0"/> </div> <h3>Staff Member</h3> <p>Biography of instructor/staff member</p> </article> <article class="teacher"> <div class="teacher-image"> <img src="/c4x/edX/edX101/asset/Placeholder_FalcutyImage.jpg"/> </div> <h3>Staff Member Name</h3> <p>Biography of instructor/staff member</p> </article> </section> <section class="faq"> <section class="responses"> <h2>Frequently Asked Questions</h2> <article class="response"> <h3>Do I need to buy a textbook?</h3> <p>No, a free online version of Chemistry: Principles, Patterns, and Applications, First Edition by Bruce Averill and Patricia Eldredge will be available, though you can purchase a printed version (published by FlatWorld Knowledge) if you'd like.</p> </article> <article class="response"> <h3>Question 2?</h3> <p>Answer 2.</p> </article> </section> </section> <!--Paragraph: <p>CONTENT GOES IN HERE</p> --> <!--Line break: <br/> --> <!--Hyperlink: <a href="URL">LINK TEXT</a> --> <!--Email hyperlink: <a href="mailto:EMAIL@ADDRESS.COM">LINK TEXT</a> --> <!--Bold text: <b>TEXT</b> --> <!--Italic text: <i>TEXT</i> -->