Changing the displayed course number in Open edX - Appsembler

Changing the displayed course number in Open edX

While you can’t change the course number in the URL of a course, you can make it display however you’d like on the rest of your site.

This is particularly useful for things like:

  • Shortening the length to a more readable identifier, for example APP101-201802-G2 to APP101
  • Changing the number to something more human-readable, for example APP101-201802-G2 to “Basics”
  • Displaying the same number you’ve used on multiple copies of the same course

Let’s get started.

  1. Firstly, you want to start in Studio for your course and head over to Advanced Settings. This can be found in the Settings menu at the top of the page.

  2. Next, scroll down or search the page ( CTRL or Command + F) for Course Number Display String

  3. Finally, enter in quotes the string you want to display as the name for your course’s numer (or change to null or “” to have it default back to the name entered at the time of the course’s creation). Hit Save Changes at the bottom of the page when you’re done to save your changes.

This string will now appear anywhere the course number is used, with the exception of the URL. The only way the URL can be changed is by  creating a new course and performing an export and import of your existing course, before hiding the old course from the catalog.