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How to Use OSCampus, the New Joomla LMS

How to Use OSCampus, the New Joomla LMS

OSCampus is the new Learning Management System (LMS) for Joomla. OSCampus is incredibly robust and is already used by 1,000's of people every week.

In this getting started guide, I'll show you how to add OSCampus to your site.

OSCampus is organized in a very simple way: Classes contain Lessons. Everything is a secondary feature, so we'll focus on setting up those core elements.

Step #1. Download and install OSCampus

Click here to download OSCampus.

If you want to test the videos or media embeds in lessons, download and install one of these extensions:

This is a beta version and anyone can download and test. However, Extension Club members at Joomlashack will have access to updates and the upcoming stable versions.

Step #2. Create a class

Go to Components > OSCampus and you'll find the main screen.

Let's start by creating our first class:

  • Make sure "Classes" is selected in the left menu.
  • Click "New".
Creating a new class in OSCampus

You can now set up your class. The main settings will be on the first page:

  • Title
  • Teacher: you can add these via the main OSCampus page in the image above
  • Image: you can upload a main class image here
  • Pathways: these work in a very similar way to core Joomla categories
  • Tags: these work in a very similar way to core Joomla tags
  • Length: you can tell people how long the class will take to complete
  • Difficulty: Currently set to Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Release: The publication date of the class
  • Description: Click the tab and enter a class description
The new class creation page in OSCampus

Step #3. Create classes

Now we can create lessons for this class.

  • Click "Lessons" in the left menu.
  • Click "New".

Here are the key things to enter:

  • Title: The name of this lesson
  • Class: Choose the class you created earlier
  • Module: Use this to divide up the lessons into shorter modules.
  • Lesson Type: This will depend on the video extensions you have installed. If you have OSEmbed, choose "URL Embed".
lesson type

If you choose "URL Embed", and click "Save", you'll then be asked to enter a Video URL under the "Content" tab.

osembed field
Here's how a YouTube video looks inside that field:
youtube in oscampus

If you create several lessons, you'll see them organized on the "Lessons" page, as in the image below:

A list of lessons in OSCampus

Step #3. Create a menu link

Now let's see the class in action.

  • Go to Menus > Main Menu > New.
  • Choose OSCampus > New Classes.
OSCampus menu links

Save the menu link and visit the front of your site. You'll see a preview of the class. Click the title to see the full class overview, or click "Start this class" to go directly to the first video.

New classes created in OSCampus

This image below shows the full class overview:

A class layout page in OSCampus

This is just scratching the surface

This quick tutorial is really just scratching the surface of what OSCampus can do.

Our main goal during this beta period (besides squashing bugs) is to integrate OSCampus with the OSEmbed extension. At the moment, OSCampus mainly supports Wistia videos through the OSWistia extension. After integration with OSEmbed, you'll be able to use YouTube or Vimeo videos, Slideshare presentations, Google Docs, and much, more more.

Please give OSCampus a test and let us know what you think!

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About the author

Steve is the CEO of Joomlashack. Originally from the UK, he now lives in Sarasota in the USA. Steve's work straddles the line between teaching and web development.

 

 

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