Building: Content for the catalog
config.yml files in your course reposiory are used to list your course in the Learning Lab catalog. Think of
course-details.md as the marketing page for your course! In this section, we'll share some tips on making these pages great:
Introduction to the config.yml file
Adding or editing catalog content
The fields in the
config.yml file are used throughout Learning Lab - in course cards and on the course page.
||The title of your course
||A slightly longer description of your course
Here's an example of a course's
config.yml with these fields.
If you use the course creator in Learning Lab, these fields are automatically created in the
config.yml and just need to be customized for your course.
The content in the
course-details.md file is used to describe your course on the course landing page. You can access the
course-details.md file by clicking the filename in the left panel of the course builder.
You can use the following template to build a strong
# Course description
Start with a short paragraph describing what you'll teach. Be sure to include information on how the course is relevant to the learner. This paragraph should answer the question, "Why should I take this course?"
# What you'll learn
We'll answer common questions like:
- What questions would a user have before taking your course?
- List them all here as bullets
When you're done, you'll be able to:
- Describe the things a learner will be able to do after taking your course
- Break it down into actionable tasks
# What you'll build
Add a GIF of the completed project
See it in action here <-- link to deployed demo of the working project
What should the learner do or know before taking this course?
# Project used
This course makes use of the following open source projects:
- Link to projects here
- And here
Who should take this course?
Adding a custom course image
Learning Lab will automatically include your course repository's social preview image on the course landing page. You can add this image in the repository settings. For best results, your image should be 1280x640px.
Connecting with users
By default, Learning Lab will instruct learners to look for help in the GitHub Community Forum. You can provide an alternate link by adding the following fields to your
config.yml file, customized for your course:
helpUrl: Post on the GitHub Community Forum
Views of the catalog fields
Learning Lab displays the catalog fields in different ways, depending on the state of the course and the context of the information.
|Course catalog cards
|Course landing page, unregistered
|Course landing page, registered