Creating Curricula

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Introduction

A Curriculum within the Absorb LMS is a managed learning path for working through a selection of Courses. Learners are able to navigate to Curricula in My Courses or the Catalog.  Launching any Curriculum will display all of the Courses contained within it, in an ordered fashion and on one page.

Progress and completions can be tracked for the Curriculum itself, and Certificates, Competencies, and Credits can be awarded upon completion of the Curriculum.

Creating a Curriculum

To create a Curriculum, sign in to your Admin dashboard, click the Courses icon (course_icon.png) and then select Courses again.    

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Then select Add New and choose Curriculum.

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A new page will display that looks similar to the page you see when adding a new Online Course.  The General, Completion, Resources and More tabs look and act similarly to what you will find in an Online Course, so we will instead focus on the other tabs available here. We recommend reading our Online Course Configuration article for details on any settings not covered in this article.

Courses Tab

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On the Courses tab, you can Add in the Courses and Groups that you would like to add to the Curriculum.  To simplify the structure, you can think of the Groups in a Curriculum as chapters in a Course, and the Courses in the Groups as lessons in a Course chapter. A Curriculum can have several Groups that hold multiple Courses just like an Online Course can have several chapters that hold multiple lessons. 

Because the Curriculum presents these Courses on a single page, you have a few additional options for structuring the learner's experience as they go through the Curriculum. At the top of this page, you can enable Pace Progress. When it is ON, learners will be forced to complete all the Groups in the order presented to them in the Curriculum. When it is disabled or OFF, learners can complete the Groups in whatever order they wish (e.g. they can review Group 2 before they review Group 1.)

Below this, you can create the name of the Group. Then, you will need to choose how your learners must complete the Group in order to see it as as 100% completed.  You have three options, you can decide that:

  • must complete all courses to complete this Group OR
  • Learners must complete a minimum number of courses and then add in the number of courses that meet the minimum requirement OR
  • Learners must complete minimum credits and then add in the number of credits that meet the minimum requirement

You can add Courses with the blue Add Courses button. 

Additional Groups can be added by clicking on the Add Group button which will always appear at the bottom of the page.

Availability Tab

The Availability tab here offers options similar to what you would find in an Online Course.  It important to note though that when creating a Curriculum some Course-level details will be ignored - in other words, the Curriculum details will override some details defined in the individual Courses

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The Access Date, Expiration and Due Dates of the individual Courses will be ignored.  For example, if a Course has an access date of June 23rd, yet the Curricula  has an access date of April 15th then that Course will be available to Learners enrolled in the Curricula on April 15th.

Any Course-level prerequisites will also be ignored. Only prerequisites listed in the Curriculum’s Availability tab will be adhered to. For example, if the Course Absorb 102 required learners to complete Absorb 101 but this prerequisite was NOT added as a Curriculum prerequisite, the learners in the Curriculum would be able to take Absorb 102 even without taking Absorb 101. 

Messages Tab

The messages here also work similarly to what you would find in an Online Course. It’s important to note though that any Course Message Templates will not be overridden by the messages here. This means that the learners will receive your Curriculum enrollment and completion messages and any enrollment and completion messages for the the individual Courses.  

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