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How do I create a course in Buzz?

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Ryan Richins
  • Agilix team member

During the summer of 2017, we released a new Buzz UI, giving you the same features and functionality with a cleaner, simpler user experience!

Until all users have switched to the new UI, our Help Center articles will include information for both. 

Click the header below that aligns with the Buzz UI version you are using (Old UI or New UI); if you don't know which version you are using, review the differences and/or contact your system admin or Agilix account manager.

Old UI

Easily create courses with Buzz.

If you have the right permissions, you can create a course by copying one that already exists, or you can create a new one from scratch or from a course template.

Copy an existing course

To copy an existing course:

  1. Click Manage Courses from the Home page toolbar and select Create.... The Create... option only appears if you have the correct permissions; contact your system admin if you don't see it, but should.
Copy an existing course
  1. Choose one of the following tabs:
    • Copy From Your Domain
    • Copy Shared Course
  2. Provide the Original Course name or ID of the course you are copying.  
  3. Choose the type of copy you want to create. Buzz limits the types of copies users can make based the state of the course they are copying, and provides a recommended default (see the Course copy limitations section). You might see any of the following options:
    • A Static Copy is an exact copy of the chosen course. Choose this option when you want to create an independent copy of a course. Changes made to the copied course, known as the Master Course, have no impact on a Static Copy after it is made.
    • A Derivative Child Copy is an exact copy of the Master Course and inherits changes to the Master. This option works best when you are copying a course with only content and no students enrolled because, once a Derivative Child Copy is made, you can no longer access student enrollment information in the Master Course.
    • A Derivative Sibling Copy is an exact copy of a Derivative Child Course that continues to inherit changes to all unaltered elements of the Master Course. This option works best when you want to make a copy of an active course in which students are enrolled because, after making a Derivative Sibling Copy, you can still access the student enrollment information in the Master Course.
  4. Provide Title, Term, and, if you have multiple roles in the domain, the Role you want to have in the course.
  5. Specify the course's date range. All course activities must be completed by the End Date; your students have read-only access for two weeks after that date. If you want Continuous enrollments, check the box and specify for how many days you want the course to run.
  6. Click Create.

Create a new course

To create a new course:

  1. Click Manage Courses from the Home page toolbar and select Create.... The Create... option only appears if you have the correct permissions; contact your system admin if you don't see it, but should.
Create a new course
  1. Select the Create New tab.
  2. Choose a course Template from the dropdown menu (if enabled) to bring over everything from that template. A template is selected by default, so select (Blank) if you don't want to use one.
  3. Provide Title, Term, and, if you have multiple roles in the domain, the Role you want to have in the course.
  4. Specify the course's date range. All course activities must be completed by the End Date; your students have read-only access for two weeks after that date. If you want Continuous enrollments, check the box and specify for how many days you want the course to run.
  5. Click Create.

Course copy limitations

Buzz limits the types of copies users can make based on the state of the course they are copying. This table outlines which states allow users to make which types of copies. (To learn more about copy types, review How do Master and Derivative Courses work?.)

Static copies Sibling copies Child copies
The copied course has a Master and student enrollments X X
The copied course has a Master and no student enrollments X X X
The copied course has no Master and has student enrollments X
The copied course has no Master and no student enrollments X X

Notes

  • If you don't see Create... in the Manage Courses dropdown, you may not have sufficient permissions in the domain. Contact your course admin with questions.
  • Courses created in Buzz are not backwards compatible with BrainHoney. If you want to create courses that work in both Buzz and BrainHoney, create them using BrainHoney's Teach a Course Wizard.
  • If you are creating a course in a domain with multiple teacher roles, you are prompted to choose the role you want to assume.

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New UI

Easily create courses with Buzz.

If you have the right permissions, you can create a course by copying one that already exists, or you can create a new one from scratch or from a course template.

Copy an existing course

To copy an existing course:

  1. Click Manage Courses from the Home page toolbar and select Create. The Create option only appears if you have the correct permissions; contact your system admin if you don't see it, but should.
Copy an existing course
  1. Choose one of the following tabs:
    • Copy From Your Domain
    • Copy Shared Course
  2. Provide the Original Course name or ID of the course you are copying.  
  3. Choose the type of copy you want to create. Buzz limits the types of copies users can make based the state of the course they are copying, and provides a recommended default (see the Course copy limitations section). You might see any of the following options:
    • A Static Copy is an exact copy of the chosen course. Choose this option when you want to create an independent copy of a course. Changes made to the copied course, known as the Master Course, have no impact on a Static Copy after it is made.
    • A Derivative Child Copy is an exact copy of the Master Course and inherits changes to the Master. This option works best when you are copying a course with only content and no students enrolled because, once a Derivative Child Copy is made, you can no longer access student enrollment information in the Master Course.
    • A Derivative Sibling Copy is an exact copy of a Derivative Child Course that continues to inherit changes to all unaltered elements of the Master Course. This option works best when you want to make a copy of an active course in which students are enrolled because, after making a Derivative Sibling Copy, you can still access the student enrollment information in the Master Course.
  4. Provide Title, Term, and, if you have multiple roles in the domain, the Role you want to have in the course.
  5. Specify the course's date range. All course activities must be completed by the End Date; your students have read-only access for two weeks after that date. If you want Continuous enrollments, check the box and specify for how many days you want the course to run.
  6. Click Create.

Create a new course

To create a new course:

  1. Click Manage Courses from the Home page toolbar and select Create. The Create option only appears if you have the correct permissions; contact your system admin if you don't see it, but should.
Copy an existing course
  1. Select the Create New tab.
  2. Choose a course Template from the dropdown menu (if enabled) to bring over everything from that template. A template is selected by default, so select (Blank) if you don't want to use one.
  3. Provide Title, Term, and, if you have multiple roles in the domain, the Role you want to have in the course.
  4. Specify the course's date range. All course activities must be completed by the End Date; your students have read-only access for two weeks after that date. If you want Continuous enrollments, check the box and specify for how many days you want the course to run.
  5. Click Create.

Course copy limitations

Buzz limits the types of copies users can make based on the state of the course they are copying. This table outlines which states allow users to make which types of copies. (To learn more about copy types, review How do Master and Derivative Courses work?.)

Static copies Sibling copies Child copies
The copied course has a Master and student enrollments X X
The copied course has a Master and no student enrollments X X X
The copied course has no Master and has student enrollments X
The copied course has no Master and no student enrollments X X

Notes

  • If you don't see Create... in the Manage Courses dropdown, you may not have sufficient permissions in the domain. Contact your course admin with questions.
  • Courses created in Buzz are not backwards compatible with BrainHoney. If you want to create courses that work in both Buzz and BrainHoney, create them using BrainHoney's Teach a Course Wizard.
  • If you are creating a course in a domain with multiple teacher roles, you are prompted to choose the role you want to assume.

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Danielle Miller

Hi, I am trying to create a new master course for my 16-17 Spanish class.  I want to make this new master a copy of my 15-16 master Spanish class.  So I chose "Static copy" because I do NOT want to make changes to anything in the 15-16 courses.  I made the new 16-17 master (a static copy of my 15-16 master), then needed to make a "derivative child copy" of my new 16-17 master course for all periods that I'm teaching Spanish. When I do this, the 16-17 master course does not disappear.  I see my 16-17 master Spanish course AND all of my "Spanish period XX" courses... this is not how I remember it working last year.  Last year the "master" disappeared when I made a derivative child copy.  Is this not the correct process? What am I doing wrong?

Brad Marshall
  • Agilix team member

We now display all master and derivative courses. A teacher can choose which courses are visible to them in their dashboard and course lists. 

https://support.agilix.com/hc/en-us/articles/208050653-How-do-I-manage-Course-Cards-

Varshini G

I am trying to copy a course and am able to see only the option for Static Copy. I am in the admin app.Is there any setting changes I should do to be able to see the options for creating derivative copy and Sibling copy?

 

Scott Taylor
  • Agilix team member

If you are trying to copy a course that does not have a master and has student enrollments already the only option available will be to create a static copy. If you are trying to make a copy of a course that does not have a master and also does not have any student enrollments then you will be able to make a child or static copy of the course. As and admin you are able to make a derivative sibling copy if the course you are attempting to copy has a master course above it, regardless of if there are enrollments in that course or not.

Varshini G

Thanks Scott! This helps me a lot!

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