Frequently Asked Questions

General

  1. Can I use EdStep with [insert your preferred browser]?
    • EdStep is actively tested against Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Internet Explorer 11. The rationale to support these browser (in that order) is based on global web browser market share statistics.
  2. Where can I find EdStep’s Terms of Use and other relevant information?

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. — Benjamin Franklin

Managing Courses

  1. How do I share a resource with other people for the purpose of editing?
    • Content that you create in EdStep is private by default. Nonetheless, you can share individual resources with other people for the purpose of editing. To do so, navigate to your course, open the module containing the activity with the resource you want to share and click on the “Edit” button which will open up the Content Author. In the Content Author, provide the email address of the person that you want to share the resource with in the “Share resource with” box on the right-hand side of the Content Author’s screen followed by clicking the “Add” button. You can add as many collaborators as you want for a given resource. When you have added the email addresses of the people that you want to collaborate with, click the “Save & Close” button. Your collaborators will receive an email telling them that they have been given access to the resource for editing purposes.
  2. Can more than one person collaborate on a given course?
    • Yes. It is possible to invite users by email to collaborate on building a course. To do so, go to the “Share” tab in the Course Editor and provide the email addresses for the people you would like to collaborate with on the course. For each person that you invite to a course you will need to choose their respective role (that is, Administrator, Instructor, Editor, or Reviewer). Once you have provided the email address and chosen the role of the person, click on the green “Invite” button. The people you have invited to the course for the purpose of collaboration will receive an email to that effect.
  3. What do the different collaborator roles allow you to do in EdStep?
    • Administrators can edit the course details, add/edit/remove course content, edit the course settings, publish the course, and invite other editors, instructors, and administrators.
    • Instructors can edit the course details, edit the course settings, publish the course, and invite other instructors.
    • Editors can edit the course details, add/edit/remove course content, and invite other editors and/or reviewers.
    • Reviewers can review and preview the course.
  4. Can I edit an active course?
    • If a course has enrolled users with results (that is, with scores and/or views) then you will have to retract a course before being able to make changes to it. Retracting a course is done by navigating to the “Review and publish” tab in the Course Editor, followed by clicking on the red “Unpublish Course” button. The consequence of unpublishing a course will be that enrolled learners will not be able to (continue to) take the course until the course is republished. The existing course results (for enrolled learners) will *not* be reset.
  5. I have invited learners to a course but they still haven’t received the email informing them of that fact. Why not?
    • The invitations for learners are not sent until the course is published. However, if you invite a learner to a course that is already published, then the accompanying email will be sent immediately.
  6. What kind of content can I add to a course in EdStep?
    • In EdStep you can author two types of content for your courses. Namely, articles and H5P content. Let’s take a look at each type of content in turn. The article content type, as the name implies, is a text-based content type that is authored using an advanced WYSIWYG HTML editor. What makes the article content type powerful is that it has been integrated with the EdLib (Content Explorer/Content Author) plugin which allows for the embedding of additional learning content into the article itself (including H5P content). H5P content, on the other hand, allows for the creation of highly interactive mobile-friendly learning content in the browser. To get a better understanding of what H5P is capable of, take a look at some examples, here: H5P Examples and Downloads.
  7. What licenses can I set for content in a course?
    • All of the Creative Commons licenses, No rights reserved (effectively, public domain), and All rights reserved (effectively, copyright).

Try to learn something about everything and everything about something. — Thomas Huxley

Taking Courses

  1. More to come. Stay tuned.

Learning never exhausts the mind. — Leonardo da Vinci

If you have any more questions about EdStep for which you have not found an answer on this page, just let us know.