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How do I use the Activities tool and Course Home pages?

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Ryan Richins
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Visiting your Course Home pages often is the easiest way to keep on top of your classes.

On July 25, 2019, we introduced a new Buzz Activity Player. In order to ease transition, we are allowing users to continue using the previous tool until June of 2020.

This article includes content around how to use both tools in two sections: Old Activity Player and New Activity Player.

Old Activity Player

Each course has its own Course Home as part of the Activities tool; you can access it in one of the following ways:

  • Select the course’s Course Card from the Home page.
  • Select the desired course from the Main Menu and click Activities.

Course Home toolbar

The Course Home tool bar lets you:

  1. Review Course Links to review resources that the teacher has marked as important to the course.
  2. Filter the displayed content by period.
  3. Expand the screen width for activities.
  4. Create self-assigned tasks (if enabled by your teacher).
  5. Review the student's a Self Assessment for the course.
  6. Get help using Buzz.

Course Home left panel menu

On a Course Home page, the left panel allows you to access:

  1. Course folders and activities, which, when selected, displays your course activities in order.
  2. The To-do List, which, when selected, displays assignments with due dates coming up within seven days by default. Here, you can review, open, and complete (where allowed) upcoming and past-due activities.
  3. Course Announcements.
  4. Notes for courses, folders, and activities.

Course Home content

Without choosing a folder or activity from the left panel, the Course Home displays:

  1. Daily agendas posted by your teacher.
  2. Your Last Visited activity as well as the activity that is Up Next.
  3. The course summary or course messages from you teacher.
  4. Your course actions, starting from the most recent, using the Activity Stream; click the posts to open the activity, badge, or announcement listed. If your teacher has provided feedback, you can open it from here as well.

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Tips

  • Notice that as you open activities from anywhere in a Course Home, the Course Home button remains in the toolbar as an easy way back.
  • Once you’ve selected an activity from the Course Home, you can use the forward and back arrows in the toolbar to browse course activities.
New Activity Player

Each course has its own Course Home as part of the Activities tool; you can access it in one of the following ways:

  • Select the course’s Course Card from the Home page.
  • Select the desired course from the Main Menu and click Activities.

Course Home toolbar

The Course Home toolbar lets you:

  1. Create and review User Notes.
  2. Create self-assigned tasks (if enabled by the teacher).
  3. Review the student's a Self Assessment for the course.
  4. Review course announcements.
  5. Get help using Buzz.

Course Home header

The Course Home header includes:

  1. At-a-glance progress check, a quick link to the Grades tool, and the ability to hide progress data quickly for privacy.
  2. Agenda information front-and-center with easy navigation to other days.
  3. Current projects overview, including progress data.
  4. Access to the Activities, To-do list, and Course links tabs.

The Activities tab

On the Activities tab, students can:

  1. See an overview of the course.
  2. Open activities and folders, complete activities, and return to the Course Home.
  3. Search for activities and folders by title.

Activity workspace

When students open an activity, they can:

  1. See which folder(s) the activity is in, and navigate to those folders; use the arrows to the left to navigate to the previous and next activity.
  2. Jump to any of the cards included in the activity.
  3. Complete and submit the activity using the new workspace with autosave and View grade details.
  4. Navigate to the previous or next activity in the course.
  5. Close the activity to return to the Activity player.

The To-do List tab

The To-do List displays assignments with due dates coming up within seven days by default. Here, you can review, open, and complete (where allowed) upcoming and past-due activities.

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