In order to offer a new course to your learning community, you'll need to select the option to either teach an existing course, or create a new course. Here, we'll look at the steps for creating a new course. Use this option to develop your own course content from scratch.
Create a new course
- Log into your Blueprint account. Go to your Home page and select the Teach tab. You will see a button that says "Teach a Course" and the option to “Teach a new course.” Select this and name your course. You can also choose to upload a course cover image for your course now. When finished, select “Create.”
- The new course will be listed on your Teach tab. Select the course. Your course will open on the Path tab, where you will begin to build a learning path for your students.
Follow the prompt on this page to create a lesson. Give your lesson a title. You can also describe in a sentence or phrase what your lesson is about.
Follow the new prompt that appears below your lesson title to add a step. You will select the action you want your students to perform and enter a name for this action. Select “Add Step” when finished.
Each Step type will give you some different options for adding content, so you may want to experiment with the different Step types. You will be able to edit, reorder, and delete Lessons and Steps later on. A typical Lesson might include a Watch step with a video, a Read step with some written content, a Take step with a quiz or test, and a To-Do step with a discussion or other assignment.
You may also want to add some section dividers between Lessons. To add a divider, hover just above your Lesson and select the plus icon. Select “Add a divider.” Some examples of a divider might be “Module 1,” “Week One,” or “Romantic Poets.” Select “Create a divider” when finished. You will be able to edit, reorder, and delete these later on.
Continue adding Lessons, Steps, and Dividers until you have finished mapping out your course, or begin adding content to the Steps as you go. To add content to a Step, select it. Any Steps without content will be flagged as "Needs content." You'll be required to add content to each step that you include.
You will have several options for adding content under each Step type. For instance, under a Read step, you can choose to “Write a new document,” “Embed a reading,” or “Use an external reading.” Select the one that matches what you want to do.
"Write a document" will give you a text editor where you can add text as well as images, video, audio and other content. It's a versatile choice.
You can easily drag-and-drop steps to reorder them within a lesson. You can also drag steps into a different lesson or drag entire lessons or topics to reorder them. Just hover over the step or lesson and click and hold the arrow icon to grab the piece you want to move.
When you have finished adding content, click the "Publish" button to make your changes to visible to learners who are enrolled in the class. You'll see a red bubble appear by the Publish button any time you make changes that need to be published to learners.
Edit course settings
You can edit the course details by opening “Course Settings" from the top of the Path.
If you select Private, only people you invite can join by clicking the invitation link you send them. If you choose Members, anyone with access to your Library can enroll themselves.