How do I set up a continuous enrollment course?

Ryan Richins
  • Agilix team member
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Let your students guide their own pace with continuous enrollment courses.

Continuous enrollment courses are self-paced courses for which completion is usually indicated by completion of certain activities rather than by the ending of a semester or other timeframe.

When you set up a continuous enrollment course, Buzz automatically schedules suggested due dates for all gradable activities to provide students with a guideline. The suggested due dates are based on:

  • The sequence of activities in the Editor.
  • The number of non-gradable activities between gradable activities.
  • The weight of each activity.
  • Any blackout dates that have been specified.
  • The number of days and date range assigned to the course.  

Select continuous enrollment at course creation

When creating a new course, you have the option to make it continuous enrollment:

Enable continuous enrollment in an existing course

  1.  Open the Editor tool.
  2. Select Course settings from Tools in the toolbar.
  1. Check the Continuous box in the first box.
  2. Indicate the number of Days the course should last. Buzz uses this information to generate a suggested timeline.
  3. Save.
Enable continuous enrollment in an existing course

Configure continuous enrollment completion criteria

To set up completion criteria in a continuous enrollment course:  

  1. Open the Editor tool.
  2. Select Course settings from Tools in the toolbar.
  1. Select the desired criterion from the list under Enrollment Completion:
    • Manual if you want to assess completion, yourself.
    • Automatic when all items are complete.
    • Automatic when all gradable items are complete.
    • Automatic when all items in this category are complete. Selecting this enables the Category dropdown where you choose the category you want completion to be based on. It also enables you to indicate whether you want to Require course passing score in addition to completing the category.
  2. Save.
Configure continuous enrollment completion criteria

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Shane Foglesong

This is a great feature! Do the due dates update if a student falls behind or works ahead? If not, is there a way to cause this to happen?

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Shaun Creighton

We are creating year-long master versions of continuous courses, and then creating child courses from this master for the fall and spring semester. The fall semester child course will hide the spring activities, and vice versa ... we were hoping to keep the activities hidden instead of deleting them altogether so the teacher could refer to the hidden activities in the course for planning purposes.

My concern is how this will affect the pacing of the continuous semester courses. Even if we hide the activities that belong with the other semester, will the pacing still be determined on all of the activities in the course, or just the "unhidden" courses? If the hidden courses will be considered when setting the pacing, is there something else we can do to the activities (make them ungradable, set the weight to 0, etc.) so they are not considered when Buzz automatically sets the pacing?

On a related note ... would we set the number of days for the semester-long courses to the number of days in a semester (which is how long the course would actually last for students) or the number of days for the school year (which would correlate with the activities that would actually be in the course, including hidden ones)? I guess it would also be helpful to know if this would impact the number of days we'd set in the year-long master course, too.

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Brad Marshall
  • Agilix team member

@Shaun, the pacing and due dates are determined by activities that are visible to the student. So, if several folders/activities are not visible to the student, then they will not be used when calculating the due dates of the activities that are visible.

The days you set a continuous course to is to help with determining the start and end dates for the student enrollments. However, you can create the enrollments to have any start and end date you want them to have. In other words, if you said 90 days, the only thing that this does is automatically grant new enrollments to that amount of days for their enrollment. So if they started today, April 3, it would end 90 days from today. This is only beneficial if you are manually adding the enrollments. If you were doing it through a sync, you could specify the range as you choose.

Does that help?

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Shaun Creighton

It helps tremendously. It sounds like we'll be able to stick with our plan of creating semester-long master courses that actually content for the entire year but hides content for the "off" semester. Since the hidden activities will be factored in when pacing is calculated, we should be in good shape.

I'll probably set the "default" days on the master courses just to be safe, but I do think we're going to create enrollments via the API, so it's good to know we can set the days that way, too.

Thanks again, Brad!

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