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How do I enable/disable Features in my domain?

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Ryan Richins
  • Agilix team member

During the summer of 2017, we released a new Buzz UI with a cleaner, simpler user experience!

The feature described in this is not needed in the new Buzz UI. If you don't know which version you are using, review the differences and/or contact your system admin or Agilix account manager.

Admins can enable and disable Feature sets to accomodate users' needs.

Education is increasingly moving to blended and online learning environments; this means learning new technologies is unavoidable.

Rather than watering down our features to accommodate users with beginner-level tech experience, Buzz allows admins to disable features that their users don't need or aren't ready to implement. As users receive PD, gain experience with the tool, and develop new teaching practices, admins can enable features for individuals, groups, and/or domain-wide.

This provides a consistent experience with a tool that grows and develops with you!  

Manage Features domain-wide

To manage Feature for your entire domain:

  1. Select the Features tab in the Domain tool.
  2. Review the available switches and what is impacted by them.
  3. Click the switch to disable (left) or enable (right) the feature. Most switches are enabled by default.

Manage Features for individuals

To manage Features for individuals:

  1. Open the Users tool.
  2. Click the desired User ID.
  3. Open the side menu and click Edit feature settings.
  1. Check the box(es) next to the Feature(s) you want to re-enable for the selected user.
  2. Save.

Review Features that can be disabled

Feature switch
Feature description
Learn more
Enable the Calendar tool for teachers
The Calendar displays due date notifications that are color-coded by course. Teachers can select a date or view to see activity due dates.  
How do I use the Calendar?

Location: Accessed from the Main Menu
Enable course blackout dates
Allows course authors to override blackout dates. Buzz automatically schedules suggested due dates for all gradable activities in self-paced, continuous enrollment courses. Blackout dates are automatically excluded from these calculations, so due dates don't fall on them.
How do I create blackout dates for my course?

Location: Course Settings
Enable enrollment completion settings
Allows course authors to choose how course completion is triggered.
How do I manage Course Settings?

Location: Course Settings
Enable publisher settings
Allows course authors to determine how course content is handled in any derivative copies and whether the course appears in the Digital Library subscription index.
How do Master and Derivative Courses work?

How do I manage Course Settings?

How do I add subscriptions to my domain?

Location: Course Settings
Enable student self assessments
Allows students to evaluate their personal understanding, interest, and effort in a course using a simple four-point scale for each. Teachers access these assessments with the People tool and can use them to guide intervention and personalized attention.
How do I complete a Self Assessment?

Location: Course Home
Enable groups
Allows teachers to create groups, send group messages, assign group activities, assign group grades, award group badges, create quick intervention tasks for specified groups, and filter their list views by group.
How do I create and manage groups?

Location: Editor and People tool
Enable group-specific settings
Allows teachers to configure activity settings to meet the needs specific to each group and establish group-driven staggered schedules.
How do I configure group-specific activity settings?

Location: Editor
Enable side panels in Editor
The Editor's side panels are collapsable interfaces that allow teachers to manage things like badges, objectives, resources, and activity properties from various screens in the Editor tool.
How do I use the Editor tool?

Location: Editor
Enable the Projects screen in Editor
The Projects screen allows course authors to create, review, and organize course projects using the Editor tool.
How do I use the Editor tool?

Location: Editor
Enable the Scheduling screen in Editor
The Scheduling screen allows teachers to review the calendar, create and adjust due dates, and plan course timelines in the Editor tool.
How do I use the Editor tool?

Location: Editor
Enable advanced activity settings
Allows teachers to manage more advanced activity, gradebook, and assessment settings.

This switch controls the visibility of the following cards in the activity editors:
  • Advanced activity options
  • Advanced assessment options
  • Assessment pool settings
  • Assessment review
  • Practice question group settings
How do I use activity editors?

Location: Editor
Enable advanced visibility settings
Allows course authors to control activity visibility and access rules, such as blocking access until a date passes, until student completes another activity, or until student masters an objective.
How do I use activity editors?

Location: Editor
Let teachers send mail
Allows teachers to message students using the Clipboard, Communication, and People tools.
How do I send messages with Buzz?

Location: Communication tool and Clipboard
Let teachers post announcements
Allows teachers to create and post class announcements using the Communication tool.
How do I create announcements?

Location: Communication tool
Enable the Clipboard tool
Teachers can use the Clipboard to quickly assign activities, award badges, assign tasks, and message students.
How do I use the Clipboard?

Location: Accessed from the Main Menu
Enable the Community tool (experimental)
Allows users to join your professional Community where they can collaborate and share resources with other members.
Talk to you system admin and/or Agilix account manager. 
Enable the Unit Summary screen
The Unit Summary screen displays each student's progress in completing the activities in a course as a whole, as well as their progress in each course unit (folder). Teachers can access it in the Gradebook tool.
How do I use the Gradebook tool?

Location: Accessed from the Main Menu
Enable badges
Allows teachers to create and award badges to reinforce desired behaviors and personalize learning achievements.
How do I create course badges?

How do I award badges?

Location: Editor and Clipboard
Enable objective mastery
Allows course authors to import and/or create objectives and align them with activities to track student mastery.
How do I create and/or import objectives?

Location: Editor
Enable the Multi-Outcome Scoring gradebook
The Multi-Outcome Scoring gradebook allows course authors to create multiple desired outcomes for students, align them to activities with varied weights, and track performance against them.
How do I set up Multi-Outcome Scoring in my domain?

How do I set up Multi-Outcome Scoring in a course?

How does Multi-Outcome Scoring impact my other tools?

Location: Course Settings
Enable advanced course settings
Allows course authors to manage advanced course settings, student tasks, and course variables.
How do I manage Course Settings?

Location: Course Settings
Enable grade scales
Allows course authors to choose desired grade scales (e.g., letter grades, pass/fail, plus/minus) and/or create their own.
How do I create and manage grade scales?

Location: Course Settings
Enable grade categories
Allows course authors to create, edit, and assign categories.
How do I manage Course Settings?

Location: Course Settings
Enable grade periods
Allows course authors to create separate grading periods within a single course.
How do I create multiple grading periods within one course?

Location: Course Settings
Enable final grades
Allows teachers to submit final grades.
How do I manage and submit final grades?

Location: Gradebook

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