Adding General or Resource Courses

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Adding General or Resource Courses

The General and Resource Course Types are available to allow you to organize and display resources that contain a single, launch-able file and provide limited historical information. Both Course Types can be used to launch a web page, piece of documentation, link to external training, audio file, video file, eLearning content that does not meet the compliance model of AICC or SCORM, etc. The two Course Types have different purposes.

Supported file types for General and Resource Courses are:  *.htm, *.doc, *.docx, *.xlsx, *.pdf, *.flv, *.wmv, *.mp4, *.swf, *.pptx, and *.ppsx. (maximum zipped file size -  600MB)

TPArrowWhen users launch this type of content, their PC will determine the action that it takes for that file type.  Sometimes the user will be presented with a download option and the content will not be launched in the LMS.

BestPrac  Best Practice

We recommend that all .doc and/or .docx files be converted to .pdf and all files must be zipped before uploading to the LMS. Though max upload size is 1.1GB, we still recommend the max single file size does not exceed 600MB to ensure you do not run into any bandwidth issues.  If you're unsure, please talk with your IT department as they will be able to confirm if this is an issue for your organization.

Resource Course Type - keeps track of the content being launched. This allows you to see who is using certain resources, such as documentation. Managers can run reports to see what resources have been used, but users cannot see their historical data on this type of Course in their Learning Record.


Resource course types are intended to provide convenient access to content that is completely optional and where completion tracking is not required.

Resource courses cannot be added to learning paths as required courses. Resource courses cannot be used in Course assignment and do not have the Assignment option available.

Use the General course type for courses where complete completion tracking is needed and where Course assignment is needed.

General Course Type - provides information about the launch of the content by a user, allows users to see their Course history, and also allows you to provide a Show Completion Form dialog box to the user. The user can state that they have completed the content or indicate it is not completed. This allows the Course to remain in the In Progress list, accessible from their Home Dashboard, until completion. The completion dialog box can be set on each Course and it is not a universal setting for the Course Type. If you choose not to display the completion dialog box, any user launching and closing the content will receive a status of Finished.

1.Navigate to the Library page.

2.Click Add Course Add Record on the toolbar.

3.For the Course Type, select General or Resource as appropriate.

4.If you’re uploading a file, follow step 5, if you’re specifying a Path/URL, jump to step 6.

5.Upload a File.

a.Click the Upload File Upload icon button.

b.Click Select Button - White to browse to the content package location.

c.Select the zipped content package.

d.Click Open.

e.Click Upload Button.

f.Complete all the required fields. (see General and Resource)

g.Click Save Button.

h.Complete the information on the other tabs on the right side of the page as required.

6.Enter a Path/URL.

a.Complete all the required fields on the Detail page.

b.Click Save Button.

c.Navigate to the Structure tab on the right side of the page.

d.Select the appropriate node and enter the complete path in the Launch Path field. (see Sharepoint link instructions)

e.OPTIONAL:  If the content runs in an iframe window (e.g., YouTube videos), select the Launch in separate window check box.

f.Click Save Button.

g.Complete the information on the other tabs as required.

7.Click Save Button.

BestPrac  Best Practice

 Best Practice

We recommend that all .doc and/or .docx files be converted to .pdf and all files must be zipped before uploading to the LMS. All Intellek instances have a content file upload limit of 1.1 GB zipped. Files larger than this should be hosted within your network to reduce bandwidth.