Courses and chapters
In these sections we'll go through the processes for authors to create and edit courses or chapters for spreadsheet courses.
The first section will be about creating and editing course information on a spreadsheet course.
Creating a course
For now, creating new courses on spreadsheets is closed. You'll have to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org directly in order to create a new course for you.
Editing course fields
Editing a course happens through the course authoring page:
E.g. for a course with id 1 you can reach this page by browsing to: https://spreadsheets.datacamp.com/courses/1. Just append your own course's id to that URL instead of 1.
There are two course specific fields you can edit:
- Title: the title of the course, obviously
- Description: the long description of the course
You can edit them through a modal when you hit 'Edit' next to the course title.
Deleting a course
Deleting a course is disabled for now. You'll have to reach out to email@example.com if you need to delete a course.
By default, a course simply gets an id assigned to it. This is an integer, which means little to the students when they see it appear in the course's URL. That's why we typically generate short pieces of texts that can be used in the URL (called slugs). Search engines like it better as well.
For example, https://spreadsheets.datacamp.com/courses/4/chapters/8/exercises/1 will bring you to the same location as https://spreadsheets.datacamp.com/courses/data-analysis-with-spreadsheets/chapters/predefined-functions/exercises/1, but the second one is prettier, right?
These slugs can be generated for you, but for now, you will still need to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org in order to do so. This is typically the last step you want to do before you publish your course.
Now that you have your course set up, it's time to add some chapters.
Creating a chapter
First, you'll need to create new chapters. On the bottom of the course authoring page at
If you click this, a pop-up will show up that allows you to fill in a title and long description of the new chapter. Don't worry, you can change these fields later on. Hit 'Create' and your new chapter will be created.
Editing a chapter
Next to each chapter in the course authoring page, you'll see an 'Edit' button. If you hit this button, it will bring you to a new interface, we'll call it the chapter authoring page:
If you haven't created any workbooks yet, you'll see a spinner that won't go away on the right-hand side. This is considered normal behavior: a workbook will load once you created it - more on that in the next section.
One thing to note here is that you can use this page to edit some of the fields of a chapter, namely
- Title: the title of the chapter
- Description: the long description of the chapter
You can do so by clicking the edit icon right of the chapter title. A pop-up will appear where you can edit and save these fields.
Deleting a chapter
Deleting chapters is currently not possible. If you come to a situation where you accidentally created a chapter you don't need, reach out to email@example.com.
Similar to courses, chapters can also have a slug. This is something you'll need as the last step before you publish a course. For now, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org in order to generate these.