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.

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.

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


You can set up classes to charge a fee upon enrolment. 

Learn more about setting up paid classes


You can set up a range of dates to control access to your class material.

  • Start date
  • Closed for enrolment date
  • End date

Learn more about setting up access times


To create a new class: 

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

Click Create a New Class.

  • Input the Class Name
  • Select Enrolment Type
  • Select Enrolment Fee options

Click Create.

For more class settings and administrative options, click on the class name in the table.


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

Click Edit. 

This will bring up the edit modal where you can make changes to your class settings.


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 on 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 the class name of 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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