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How do I create and manage my domain courses?

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Ryan Richins
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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

  1. Open Courses from the Main Menu to manage courses in your domain.
  2. Click New in the toolbar.
  1. Choose one of the following options:
    • Copy From Your Domain
    • Copy Shared Course
  2. Provide the Original Course name or ID of the course you are copying and click Next.
  1. 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.
  2. Click Next.
  1. Provide Title, External ID, and, if you have multiple roles in the domain, the Role you want to have in the course.
  2. Added custom Course Metadata fields (Course Retirement in this example) appear here; complete them and click Next.
  1. Indicate whether you want the course dues dates to be organized as:
    • Range (by the course author); if you choose this, indicate whether you want Buzz to automatically Adjust due, visibility and grade release dates based on course start date by checking the box or leaving it unchecked.  
    • Continuous (automated for self-paced learning); if you choose this, specify for how many days you want the course to run in the Days field.
  2. Provide the desired Term. If your domain has Grading Periods set up, the Term field is replaced with a School year dropdown (as seen in the example). Select the current year to align your new course with the domain-level Grading Periods.
  3. Specify the course's date range (Start date and End date).
    • 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.
  4. Click Next.
  1. 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.  
  2. Click Create.

Create a new course

  1. Open Courses from the Main Menu to manage courses in your domain.
  2. Click New in the toolbar.
  1. Select Create New and 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.
  2. Click Next.
  1. Provide Title, External ID, and, if you have multiple roles in the domain, the Role you want to have in the course.
  2. Added custom Course Metadata fields (Course Retirement in this example) appear here; complete them and click Next.
  1. Indicate whether you want the course dues dates to be organized as:
    • Range (by the course author); if you choose this, indicate whether you want Buzz to automatically Adjust due, visibility and grade release dates based on course start date by checking the box or leaving it unchecked.  
    • Continuous (automated for self-paced learning); if you choose this, specify for how many days you want the course to run in the Days field.
  2. Provide the desired Term. If your domain has Grading Periods set up, the Term field is replaced with a School year dropdown (as seen in the example). Select the current year to align your new course with the domain-level Grading Periods.
  3. Specify the course's date range (Start date and End date).
    • 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.
  4. 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

Manage existing courses

From the Courses tool, you can:

  1. Import courses using tab-delimited or comma-separated files.
  2. Use Bulk Update to make permanent changes to their:
    • Fields, including Term (or School year if your domain has Grading Periods), Type (continuous/range), number of Days running, Start Date, or End Date.
    • Template settings, including General Course-Grade View, Grade Scales, Grading Categories, Grading Periods, Options, Enrollment Completion, Formative Assessment, and/or Remediation Assessment.
  3. Delete a course by checking its box and clicking Delete; check multiple boxes to delete more than one at a time.
  4. Click Restore to review and restore deleted courses.
  5. Select a Course ID to make changes to the Title, External ID, Term (or School year if your domain has Grading Periods), Public visibility, and Scheduling settings.

Additional articles

Tips

  • If you want to make changes to the content of a Derivative Course's Master, open the Curriculum Map in the Derivative and choose the Master from the Course Chooser. This way, your changes are inherited by all Derivatives.

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Dennis Killmer

Hi there,

It would be very helpful when selecting courses from the list of courses if this opened in a new tab or window. Otherwise, we have to re-sort and filter each time we return to the list of courses.

Thanks,

Dennis

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