How do I set up and edit classes?


A class refers to a cohort of students that go through a course together.

All student-generated content such as comments, posts and group pages are only visible inside the class where they were generated.

For example, students in Class of 2017 cannot see any of the comments or posts from students in Class of 2018.

Note that the course content, such as the modules and course pages, is shared across classes. This means when you make changes to the course content the changes will be visible to all classes.

Any student can join this class through the course landing page. Only one public class can be open for enrolment at a time.

When you create a course on OpenLearning, a default Public class is created for you. You can edit this class or create new classes as you need.

Students pay a fee to enrol in the course.

Only students with an access code can join through the course landing page.
You need to distribute the code to students.

The course admin or facilitator must enrol students via their email addresses or username, and only these enrolled students can access the course.

When you close a class, no new students can enrol into that class. Existing students can continue to access and complete the course.

While you can run multiple classes at once, there are some restrictions:

  • You can only have one Public class (MOOC) running at a time 
  • You can't have a Public (Free) class and a Public (Paid) class running at the same time
  • You can have multiple private classes running at the same time

To create a new class: 

Go to Course Setup > General and scroll down to the Classes section.

Click Create a New Class.


  • The Class Name
  • Select Enrolment Type
  • Select Enrolment Cost (if Public option is chosen)

Click Create.

Go to Course Setup > General and scroll down to the Classes section.

Click Change Class.



  • The Class Name
  • Enrolment Type
  • Enrolment Cost (If Public option is selected)

Click Save.

If you are running a course with several classes, you might need to switch from one class to another to check on your students, post some feedback, etc. Here's how to do that:

  • Directly below the course banner, find your mini profile picture, role and class.
  • Click the triangle next to the current class name
  • Click on the class you want to access via the dropdown menu.

  • Go to Course Setup > General  
  • Scroll down to Classes in Your Course 
  • Click on Teacher Access for the class you would like to access


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  • How do I merge two classes together?

    Or, how can I have students from one type of enrolment join the class from another type of enrolment?

    • Paul Batten Hi Paul! We have replied to your e-mail!

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