All Curatr course content is organised into levels to provide structure. You can distribute content as you like among levels, setting a difficulty for how much you will require users to engage with the content to pass that level, and add end of level gates for users to demonstrate knowledge or contribute to a discussion.
Adding a Level
Note: If you don't want to watch the screencast, simply follow the steps listed below.
Once you've configured your organisation and initial courses, now it is time to create some content. The first step to creating content is to add levels within a course. In order to create a level:
Admin Area > Courses > Your Course > Manage Content
- Click NEW LEVEL.
- Enter a Level Name.
- Choose a Difficulty percentage for the level. This sets the percentage of XP required to complete the level or unlock the End Of Level Gate (if present).
- Select a Start Date for the level.
- Enter a Description of the level. This is typically a few sentences and gives a brief overview of what a learner can expect, prior to starting the level.
- Click SAVE.
Tip: If you want the level to be locked until a point in time after the course itself has started, adjust the Start Date here accordingly.
Creating Level Objects
This next screencast will give you a more in-depth look into Levels, giving a crash course of the different types of content types available in objects and the various customisation settings provided once objects are created.
To add an object to your course:
Admin > Course > Your Course > Manage Content
- Click NEW OBJECT.
- Select Choose From Library.
- You will now see the Resource Library. Check if the content already exists as a resource. Use the search bar at the top of the screen to check for the name or URL of the content you wish to add.
- If the content already exists as a resource we can reuse it without having to create a new resource. Click Choose to add. If there isn't already a resource then click New Resource, select the appropriate resource type. For some types of resource the Name and Description will automatically be filled. You can edit these at this point, keep in mind these will be the default any time you use this object. Click Save.
You can now edit the name or description of the object if desire in the panel on the right hand side. The options below also allow you to include a Discussion Starter for comments, set an image for the object thumbnail and adjust the XP awarded for viewing the object.
You should then create an End of Level Gate that assesses whether or not the user has reached the objective. This could include a range of options including video responses, text based discussions, file uploads or multiple choice questions.
Further details on managing resources can be found here.
User Contribution/User Generated Content (UGC)
To encourage users to take an active role in their learning you can add User Contribution objects. These allow users to record and upload video, documents, links and free text as well as view and comment on each others contributions, depending on privacy settings.
Potential uses of User Contribution objects could be to have users record an introduction video, upload an essay on the material discussed in the course or provide links to relevant material.
Users can choose to make their contributions private, allowing only group tutors to view them. If you would prefer for this to be used by default, edit the object and tick the Hide contributions by default checkbox shown under Game Settings.
Note: For security reasons only the following file types are allowed as uploads: mp4, m4v, flv, pdf, ppt, pptx, pps, ppsx, doc, docx, xls, xlsx, txt, mp3, mpga, m4a, wav, jpg, jpeg, png, gif, ssc
To learn how to create a level gate in Curatr, we recommend viewing this screencast. The screencast gives you an opportunity to learn more about what an end of level gate is in Curatr, as well as best practices for using them in your courses.
In all course types, Curatr allows you to create an End of Level Gate - a chance to test your users after they have completed a level. In this article, read the steps for creating a gate - or view the screencast at the bottom of the screen to gain this information.
Each type of End of Level Gate is meant to prompt a user to reflect on the content they've just viewed/read/absorbed from the level they just finished.
The types of gates available to add at the end of a level are:
- Discussion Gate - usually provides an open ended question to users and gives them a free text field to enter a response.
- Contribution Gate - provides users the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge they've just learned from the course. In this scenario, usually an administrator creates a prompt in which they suggest what sort of contribution course users should make to complete the gate (a written response, a video, etc.). It is then the responsibility of the user to make the needed contribution and finish the gate.
- Multiple Choice Gate - gives administrators the chance to place multiple choice questions at the end of a level.
- Unmarked Questions - This option is similar to the Discussion Gate. However, we recommend choosing this if you would like to provide multiple open ended questions to an end user.
Creating a Gate
To create any of the gates outlined above, you should:
Admin Area > Courses > Your Course > Manage Content > Your Level
- Click NEW GATE.
- In the panel that appears on the right hand side of the screen, enter a Name for your gate.
- Enter a Description.
- Choose your Gate Type.
- Click SAVE once the gate is ready to go live within your course.
The amount of XP required to unlock the level is adjustable in the level difficulty setting.
Note: You'll want to keep the above descriptions in mind for each gate type when you are setting them up.
Branching offers an extra feature called "Level Groups" which, as the name suggests, allows you to group levels up into contained blocks. Level groups are a good way to collect related concepts or materials, while retaining user choice in the order they tackle them.
To create a level group:
Admin Area > Courses > Your Course > Manage Content > Your Level
- Click NEW LEVEL GROUP.
- Enter a Name. This will be shown above the group.
- Select a Type. The two types available set if a user has to complete all levels to progress or any one level.
Note: To delete a Level Group, all levels inside it must be deleted first. The page should be refreshed to show the delete icon.