Guide to good practices for designing and structuring a course a ATENEA

Do you want your subject to ATENEA it is well organized, it is more intuitive and interactive, that the teaching materials are accessible and reusable...?

We present a series of basic tips to take into account to guide you in the process of improving the presentation of your teaching content:

Our recommendations

  • Includes one welcome (text at the beginning of the course page or message via Forum).
  • Includes one presentation of the subject (do not repeat the content of the teaching guide) that contains, at least:
    • Contents
    • Activities
    • Evaluation
    • Bibliography 
  • Includes one planning with the timing of contents and activities.
  • decide theorganization of the course (sections) between:
    • Themes (Content 1/ Content 2…)
    • chronological (Sessions or Weeks...)
    • Content type (Presentation / Teaching material / Activities / Laboratory / Theory groups...)
  • Assign one clarifying name in section (eg Topic 1. Linear Algebra).
  • Remove them side blocks that you don't use; you can add new ones such as the blocks of: 
    • Teaching team o Contact the faculty 
    • Calendar
    • HTML (to put timetables or contact numbers, for example)
    • Completion progress to track completed activities and resources
  • Avoid "death by scrolling" compacting the material, for example making use of the resources:
    • Folder
    • Page
    • Book
    • H5P with drop-downs (Column, Accordion)
    • Etiquetes with images linked to the material or activities (via stealth resources)
  • It presents the contents in a more graphic and attractive way using the resources:
    • Tags to put:
      • dividing lines
      • Text with an attractive (and accessible) colored background
      • Graphic icons
      • Images to link content and activities (via stealth resources)
    • Book
    • H5P [Please note: links to activities and resourcesATENEA they are not preserved from one course to another when the course is imported. Yes, they are preserved if they are reuse a course. You can reuse the course from September (the option will be removed Reuse next to the course), and if you don't leave it means that the course is not properly closed by the Course ManagerAtenea of the Center).
      • About the Observatory
      • Drop downs (Column, Accordion)
      • time line
  • Add the Accessibility side block if you have students with Educational Support Needs (NSE).
  • Check accessibility of :
    • The teaching material:
    • Videos must include text transcription
    • Images must be accompanied by a description
    • The content of the Tags and Pages resources using the icon Atto text editor accessibility iconfrom the Atto text editorATENEA
  • Make them explanations included in all resources/activities (Tags, Pages, Tasks...) whatever short and concise.
  • It makes it easy for the student to know at all times what to do, how and when to do it. For example using:
    • El resource H5P Timeline type
    • El Calendar side block to publish the events
    • El Completion progress sidebar
  • It prevents the course from becoming a repository of material and make use of:
    • Apren to post and link to ATENEA the teaching material (exams, videos, notes, practices...)
    • Zonavideo UPC to link videos open to the entire community UPC
    • UPCommons to link exams from previous courses
    • GSuite Drive UPC to link teaching material
    • Course briefcaseATENEA to save old material

[If you are not clear about how the briefcase works, you can consult how to download the contents of a course in Briefcase.]

Moodle documents are the content consumable by the student, which does not require interaction on their part.

  • Prioritize the use of open licensed materials, standard formats and free software, whenever possible.
  • Host the files in an institutional repository (Learn, Zonavideo UPC, …) and use the permalink to include the file in ATENEA.
[The teaching material hosted in Atenea can easily be sent to Learn (UPCommons) fromATENEA (+).]
  • Identifies the authorship of the material (+) and protect it with some type of license to choose from: Creative Commons.
  • keep in mind the information about the legal indications for the publication of teaching materials before uploading any material.
  • Defines the behavior of document links, by default they open in the same window. Evaluate if you want to avoid leaving the course window when the resource is closed, in this case you need to modify the option "Appearance” and choose to open in one Popup window
  • Upload a PDF file instead of an editable file (.doc, .docx, .odt...).
 Type of document
 Recommended format/container
.pdf (+ recommended)
. Docx
add one cover page Learn to give uniformity, following the Learn Covers Manual.
About the Observatory
.pdf (+ recommended)
add one cover page Learn to give uniformity, following the Learn Covers Manual.
· Maximum duration 6'
· Include subtitles
· Follow the Manual for video editing UPC
.png (if transparency is required)
.jpg (if no transparency required)
· Include the description
· Reduce weight as much as possible1
· Resize it to the required size before uploading it2


1 can be used
2 you can use the Windows image editor, Gimp, o


From there... your subject can improve with small actions!

Here are some real examples:


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Last update: 24 / 01 / 2023