Frequently Asked Questions: For Instructors!

Browse our frequently asked questions below. 

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What is the difference between HydroLearn (live) and Studio? is the site used to view your courses as they are seen live by other users, but if you would like to make any edits to existing courses or create new courses, you must do this through the studio (, which is an independent site!

What is the association with HydroLearn and edX?

EdX is an online learning course provider that is open sourced! Using OpenEdX, we were able to adopt the edX software platform to create our own online learning site that is independent of edX but uses it's same functions and features! That way, when you need help on HydroLearn, you can often find help by reading edX help documents.

What are the capabilities of a staff member on the course?

Staff members on your course are allowed to add or edit any of the course content, copy parts of the course to other courses, and export the course. They cannot delete the course or add other staff members.

Can HydroLearn connect to my LMS (Moodle, Canvas, Blackboard)?

Yes! For help on this, visit the LMS section of the HydroLearn 101 module!

How do I adapt another course and customize it to make it my own?

You can use courses from other users through a course export and import process. To export another instructor's course you must first have a studio account with permissions to create courses. From the home hydrolearn page, navigate to the course card of the course you are interested in, there should be an "Export Course" link located in the right sidebar menu. Visit the section of HydroLearn 101 on Collaboration, Sharing, and Adaptation to learn more!

How do I enroll students in my module?

There are two easy options for enrolling students in your course. The first is to direct them to your module's about page where the students will see a button next to the course card image that says "Enroll in the course". Alternatively, you can use batch enrollment using your students' emails to enroll them all at once. For more details, check out our Course Enrollment and Viewing instructions in section 3 of HydroLearn 101.

Setting up an Account

How do I register for an account?

Easy! Go to our home page, and click Register. Fill in your account information to create your account, and you should soon receive an email with a link to activate your account! If you want to begin creating courses right away, go to the studio home page and click Sign Up. If you already made an account for HydroLearn, sign in, and on Studio Home click the "Becoming a Course Creator in Studio" drop-down button and select "Request the Ability to Create Courses". You will recieve an acceptance email shortly!

Can I use HydroLearn without creating an account?

Yes! Without registering, you will be able to browse the available courses all you want! Some courses are private, and you can only see their About page, but others are public, and you can browse through the entire course (excluding parts of the course with problems).


How do I insert photos or other media?

For step-by-step instructions on media uploads, visit the Uploads section of HydroLearn 101.

How do I insert questions/problems?

For step-by-step instructions on inserting problems, visit the Problems section of HydroLearn 101.

What does it mean to publish your module?

The Publish button is used to apply your course updates done in the Studio to the live version of HydroLearn for your students to be able to see it! If you don't publish your changes, they will stay in Studio, but HydroLearn Live will show your course as it was before you made changes.

How does grading work on HydroLearn?

For step-by-step instructions on grading in HydroLearn, visit the Grading section of HydroLearn 101.

How do I embed an online resource to my module?

You can embed the resource if it is a secure page (https://...) and you can do this either as an additional tab that accompanies your course or you can place it in the middle of the course content! To learn the steps to embed an online resource, visit the Embedding Apps, Databases, and Maps section of the HydroLearn 101 course.

How can I hide my module from the Course Catalog page?

In Studio, click on the Settings tab, then select Schedule & Details in the drop down menu. In this page scroll to Course Schedule and set the Course Start Date and Enrollment End Date to be the same.

How can I delete a module?

It isn't possible to delete a module, however you can "archive" the module. After archiving, the module will not display in your course catalog. Students enrolled in the module will still be able to view the archived module in their course list, but it will change how the module appears and functions for learners.

  1. From the Settings dropdown, choose Schedule & Details.
  2. Scroll down to the Course Schedule section.
  3. Click in the Course End Date field.
  4. Enter any date in the past.
  5. Click Save Changes.

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