How To Create Online Courses

How to educate groups of users with custom planning, different types of online classes, and homework assignments using the built-in Members Area.
You can design online courses by organizing lectures into sections. Each lecture in the section can include a video, webinar, page with custom blocks, homework, or test.
The groups of users added or registered via the Members Area can access the courses. If you haven't configured the Members Area or haven't added members there, read the guide How To Manage Memberships And User Accounts.
General course settings
To create your first course, go to the Members Area and click the "Create new course" button.
The course has been created. Go to its settings by clicking the "Course Settings" button in the right top corner.
For each course, you can modify the title, description, cover on the course page, course URL, and status—published or draft. You can also specify which groups of members the course is available for and choose a tutor. To assign the tutor, they have to be registered in the Members Area.
These settings will be applied to the entire course.
Creating sections and lecture types
All course lectures are divided into sections. The sections allow you to publish the course in parts and revise parts of the course as a draft. Each lecture in the section can include a video, webinar, page of the project, simple text, test, or homework for students to complete.

Let's look into the lecture types and their settings. There are several settings common for each type: The option to change the section for each lecture, the possibility to change when the lecture becomes available (it can be always visible in the student's dashboard or appear only after the previous lecture was completed), and the lecture status (whether it is published or is a draft).
Find below the specific settings for different lecture types.
Text is a simple lecture type where you can specify the lecture title and description and add the lecture text that you can format using the Tilda Text Editor.
For a video lecture, you can specify the video title and description, texts above and under the video, and add a link to it (YouTube, Vimeo, and Boomstream services are supported).
For a webinar, or live stream lecture, you can specify the video title and description, texts above and under the webinar, its date, and add a link to it (YouTube, webinar URL, or embedding the player code are supported).
Page of the project
If you are using a Tilda-made page as a lecture, you can specify the page title and description which will be displayed in the course and select the page from the project where the Members Area with the course is located.
A test is a lecture type that helps to assess the knowledge acquired by your students. As a question, you can add a simple text or a text with an image, add up to 10 answer options and check one or several of the options as a correct answer. Depending on the number of questions, you can specify a minimum number of correct answers for credit.
Homework helps assess students' knowledge. The homework is reviewed by an assigned course tutor.

In the Homework settings, you can specify the credit type and weight—the score that shows the importance of this homework for the final grade of the course—as well as enable peer-to-peer evaluation.

On the student side, they can see the text of the assignment, have the possibility to give an answer, add a comment under the homework that can only be seen by the tutor and student, as well as the tutor's and/or other students' grades.
To allow students to upload a file while submitting their homework, you need to connect a file storage service in the Course Settings.
Once you've connected the service(s), course students will be able to attach files while submitting their home tasks.
Student progress stats
To check how each student is advancing in the course, click their name in the "All Members" list or in the list of students in the group.
Then click the "Statistics" tab in the Member's Credentials.

You will see the student's progress. If the student is enrolled in several courses, you can select the course you need by using the drop-down menu next to the tabs.

The status of each lecture will be displayed, as well as the completion of tests and homework assignments. You can view all of the statuses in the table below.
For homework assignments, the grade next to the maximum possible score is displayed as well as the number of attempts taken to complete the assignment.
Providing paid access to courses
To configure a paid registration for the course, add a block with a shopping cart and a payment system. In the payment system's settings, select the "Send info to data collection services only after payment" checkbox. Then users will be added to the group only after the payment has been completed.
Here's an example:

You are selling an online course and setting up a checkout page. Add a block with a shopping cart and check the "Email" field as required. Connect the "Members Area" data capture service to the shopping cart and specify the group a new member should be added to after they complete payment.
Go to Site Settings → Payment Systems and select the "Send info to data collection services only after payment" checkbox in the settings of the payment system you are using.
In the Members Area → Group Settings, specify the amount that has to be paid in order to enroll in the course. That would also work as an additional way to verify the user's payment.
This is how it works:
  • The user clicks "Buy" on the course page
  • The shopping cart opens, and the user fills out the form with their data
  • The user proceeds to the checkout page
  • The user makes a payment
  • Tilda receives a payment confirmation
  • Tilda creates a user account and emails the login data to the user
  • User logs in to their account and can start using study materials right away

The process is automated and doesn't involve human resources. You can always set up a manual payment confirmation if necessary.

If you want to give a user access to the course for a limited period of time, specify the period of access to the group in the Group Settings. When the specified period expires, users will be excluded from the group automatically and will not be able to view content. This is useful if access to the course materials can be purchased for a certain amount of time.
If you're selling several courses, create a separate payment page with a shopping cart for each one.
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