What is the difference between a class and a course?

As you create your course, you build out and set up some of the following elements: 

  • Learning outcomes
  • Modules
  • Module sets (advanced)
  • Pages with activities and content
  • Progress on pages
  • Course landing page

This is the WHAT of your course.

These are set up at the course level. Any changes you make to these elements will effect all students within your course.


A class refers to a cohort of students who complete a course together. All student-generated content and artefacts (i.e. comments, likes, shares, posts) are only visible to others within the same class.

This is the WHO of your course.

For example, a student in Class A can only see comments, likes, shares and posts of other students within Class A.

You can have multiple classes running at the same time or running at different times. For example, you might have a cohort of students that joined the August class; these students would be separate to a cohort of students that joined the September class and so on.

Or, you might have a paid class - where students pay to enrol; as well as a private class that you offer for certain users for free.

There are also features of the platform that are class-specific - i.e. you can tailor and use these features specifically for each class. These elements are:

  • Certificates
  • Badges
  • Announcements
  • Statistics
  • Timeline
  • Assessments
  • Groups
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  • Helpful information.  How are class specific Certificates set up? Thanks.

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    • Mark Rassie Hi Mark! At this point in time, it is not possible to set up class specific certificates. If you need a slightly different version of your course, we suggest you copy the course, and then make any necessary adjustments, including a certificate. You can use our Copy course feature which you can read about here: https://help.openlearning.com/t/187w6d/how-do-i-create-a-copy-of-my-course

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    • Alenka Prezelj Many thanks Alenka.

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