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How do I create a course in Buzz?

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Ryan Richins
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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.
    • If your domain has Grading Periods set up, the Term field is replaced with a School year dropdown. Select the current year to align your new course with the domain-level Grading Periods.
  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 your domain has Grading Periods set up, these dates are populated for you based on the School year.
    • Indicate whether you want Buzz to automatically Adjust due, visibility and grade release dates based on course start date.
    • If you want Continuous enrollments, check the box and specify for how many days you want the course to run.
  6. If your domain has Grading Periods set up and you're copying a course that already has its own Grading Periods, use this section to map the previous periods with the domain-level Grading Periods.  
  7. 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.
    • If your domain has Grading Periods set up, the Term field is replaced with a School year dropdown. Select the current year to align your new course with the domain-level Grading Periods.
  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 your domain has Grading Periods set up, these dates are populated for you based on the School year.
    • Indicate whether you want Buzz to automatically Adjust due, visibility and grade release dates based on course start 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?

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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-

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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?

 

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Scott Taylor

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.

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Varshini G

Thanks Scott! This helps me a lot!

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Shaun Creighton

I just tried to create a static copy of a course so another teacher could explore the content and play around with reorganizing it. My screen said "Please wait" for about 10 minutes after I initiated the copy, and then finally gave me an error message saying that it couldn't create the copy (when I clicked the "get details" option it said to check my Internet connection, but that is clearly not the issue). Granted, this is a rather large course with many layers of folders and subfolders ... but would that really cause it to time out and not copy?

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Brian Williams
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Hello Shaun!

The time to copy can vary depending upon how many items are in the course. If this issue is still occurring please reach out to your organization and have their authorized contact submit a ticket to Agilix Support so we can troubleshoot this in more detail.  

Thank you!

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Shaun Creighton

When I create a new continuous course, it seems like I should be able to just enter the number of days without having to enter start/end dates ... but every time I try to leave the start/end dates blank, it says they're required, and I end up having to go back in to the course after I create it and take the dates out. It's a pretty minor issue in the grand scheme of things, but is there a way to allow new continuous course to be created without start/end dates from the very beginning?

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Brad Marshall
  • Agilix team member

Hey Shaun:

As an FYI, I'm betting you being able to remove the start/end date after creating the course is a bug. I wouldn't be surprised if you are not supposed to do that.

The reason why a continous course has a start and end date is to determine for how long the course should be in the catalog or considered active. These dates don't impact the individual enrollments, but allow for course authors to have the course removed from the "active" course list. Otherwise, the courses would always be as "active" (and billable).

For example, let's say that we are going to make a course available for the 19-20 school year. We can set its dates to be 9/1/19-6/1/20 to know that this is the current year's continous course. While the "days" on the course may be 90, this course is supposed to only be used for the particular academic year.

Hope this helps.

 

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Shaun Creighton

That does make sense .. thanks for the response. I can see where the start/end dates would be helpful for continuous courses where students are actually enrolled to signify the "active" dates of the course in the school year (and the enrollment dates would set the pacing independent of the course dates).

I still feel like there are cases when we would want to leave out start/end dates for continuous courses. For example, we have several "master" courses that we don't enroll people in, but use to create "child" courses that do have enrollments. While start/end dates would be helpful for the child courses, they are not helpful for the master course, since we would want these courses to show up for us indefinitely in our domain (we typically reuse them year after year, receiving updates from the course provider as needed). There really aren't start/end dates in this situation, so putting them in feels arbitrary and not quite right (which is why I typically take them out).

Start/end date parameters are optional in the CreateCourses DLAP command, too (I regularly use DLAP to create continuous courses without start/end dates) so it seems like these should be optional in the course creation UI. NOT a big deal at all ... just curious about the seeming inconsistency.

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