6.1.1. Course Title, Number, and Enrollment Track

The course title (sometimes also called the course name) and number are important identifiers for your course. It is a good idea to use titles and numbers that are easy to understand and remember.

The course enrollment track specifies the type of certificate, if any, that the course offers. For more information about each enrollment track, see enrollment track.

A course title, number, and enrollment track are required to create an About page.

For guidelines for determining a course title, number, and enrollment track, see the following topics.

6.1.1.1. Course Title Guidelines

When you determine the title of your course, consider the following guidelines.

  • Use title capitalization and normal spacing and punctuation.
  • Limit the course name to 70 characters. Many of the most effective course titles have 50 or fewer characters.
  • If the course is part of a sequence, create a title that includes both sequence and course information, formatted as “Sequence: Course”.
  • Select a course title that clearly indicates the course subject matter.
  • Make sure the course title follows search engine optimization (SEO) guidelines.
  • Make sure the course title targets a global audience.

For more information about how to add your course name, see Creating a Course in Publisher.

Note

The title that you specify when you create your course becomes part of the course URL. The course URL cannot be changed. However, if you want to change the way that your course title appears in Studio and the LMS, see Change the Course Title.

6.1.1.1.1. Example Course Titles

The following course titles are for stand-alone courses.

  • English Grammar and Essay Writing
  • Front-End Web Developing
  • The Science of Happiness

The following course titles are for courses in a sequence or in a program such as an XSeries.

  • Circuits and Electronics 1: Basic Circuit Analysis
  • Circuits and Electronics 2: Amplification, Speed, and Delay
  • Circuits and Electronics 3: Applications

6.1.1.2. Course Number Guidelines

Course numbers have the following guidelines.

  • Course numbers can have a maximum of 10 characters.
  • Characters can be letters, numbers, or periods.
  • If a course consists of several modules, the course number can have an ending such as .1x or .2x.

Note

The number that you specify when you create your course becomes part of the course URL. The course URL cannot be changed. However, if you want to change the way that your course number appears in Studio and the LMS, see Change the Course Number.

For more information about how to add your course number, see Creating a Course in Publisher.

6.1.1.2.1. Example Course Numbers

  • CS002x
  • BIO1.1x and BIO1.2x
  • 6.002.1x and 6.002.2x

6.1.1.3. Enrollment Track Guidelines

The enrollment track specifies the certificate type, if any, that is available for the course, as well as whether the course has a fee. All enrollment tracks other than the audit enrollment track have a fee.

The edX platform offers the following enrollment tracks.

  • audit
  • credit
  • professional
  • verified

For more information about each enrollment track, see enrollment track in the glossary.

Note

For courses that offer a verified enrollment track, by default, the deadline for learners to upgrade to the verified track is 10 days before the course end date. The deadline for learners in the verified track to submit ID verification is the course end date. To request different deadlines, contact your edX project coordinator (PC).

For information about how to specify an enrollment track, see Create a Course in Publisher.