How do I use the Editor tool?

Ryan Richins
  • Agilix team member
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The Editor is your start-to-finish course authoring and content management tool!

Editor toolbar

Editor toolbar

The Editor toolbar includes:

  1. The Tools menu, which you open with the wrench icon and includes:
    • Course settings, which allows you to control the course's general setup, appearance, and gradebook and scoring information.
    • The Landing page editor, which allows you to create content to appear on the course's Activities screen.
    • Course Links, which allows you to provide students with links to important course resources. Students can access these links from the Course Links button in the Course Home (Activities tool) toolbar.
    • Edit objectives, which allows you to Import, Add, Edit, and/or Delete objectives.
    • Manage Groups, which allows you to create, edit, and delete group sets.
    • Recycle Bin, which allows you to review and restore deleted content.
  2. Find Activity, which allows you to search by activity title or ID. When you find the activity you're looking for, click to jump to it.

Accessibility notes

Two inline help items appear within the Course settings that are not currently supported by screen readers:

  • In the Gradebook tab next to the Formative Assessment header: Excuse activities for students who demonstrate objective mastery. Learn more.
  • In the Gradebook tab next to the Remediation Assessment header: Encourage students to revisit relevant activities when they fail to demonstrate objective mastery. Learn more.  

Editor tool tabs

Editor tool tabs

The Editor tool is divided into six tabs:

  • Use Syllabus to structure your course, author, content, and align it with objectives and badges.
  • Use Projects to build robust, student-guided projects for project-based learning (PBL).
  • Use Weights to define and manage grade weights for activities and categories.
  • Use Activity List to review your course structure and preview activities.
  • Use Scheduling to review your calendar, create and adjust due dates, and plan your course.
  • Use Group Settings to manage existing groups.

Review each in more detail, below.

Syllabus tab

The Syllabus is made up of three panels:

  1. The Objectives/Badges panel on the left. Use the arrow to expand and collapse the panel.
  2. The folder and activity structure in the middle.
  3. The Properties/Resources panel on the right. Use the arrow to expand and collapse the panel.
Syllabus tab

Objectives/Badges panel

With the Objectives tab, you can:

  1. Filter the displayed objectives.
  2. Click Edit to add and/or import objectives.
  3. Review the number of gradable and non-gradable activities are aligned with each displayed objective.
  4. Quickly identify objectives that aren't aligned with any activities by looking for a red square in the bottom, left corner of objective's row. When objectives have been aligned with activities, the square is colored to match your chosen theme.
  5. Drag and drop objectives to folders and activities to align them.
Objectives/Badges panel

With the Badges tab, you can:

  1. Add course badges.
  2. Edit, delete, or view details of existing course badges.
  3. View domain badge details.
  4. Drag and drop badges to folders and activities to align them.
  5. Select any badge and review its properties in the Properties tab.

Folder and activity structure

With the center panel, you can:

  1. Set student visibility settings by toggling the eye (visibility) icon.
  2. Edit folders and activities by clicking the pencil (edit) icon.
  3. Open the side menu to Preview, reorder, Duplicate, or Delete folders and activities. You can also reorder folders and activities by clicking and dragging them to the desired location.
  4. Add folders and activities to the course.
Folder and activity structure

Properties/Resources panel

With the Properties tab, you can select a folder or activity from the center panel, an objective from the Objectives tab, or a badge from the Badges tab and review its properties (Title, Type, metadata, visibility settings, Completion badges, Due dates, Objectives, etc). Click the photo (preview) icon to preview and the side menu to make edits.

Properties/Resources panel

The Resources tab allows you to manage course resources (i.e., create new folders; upload new resources; find, preview, download, and delete existing resources).

Accessibility notes

Two inline help items appear within the Syllabus tab that are not currently supported by screen readers:

  • Next to the Name field in the badge editor: Use replacement variables to personalize badges. Learn more.
  • Next to the Add to ... syllabus header: Need help deciding which activity type to choose? Learn more.  
  • Next to the Add POST parameter option in the Content section of the Activity tab; this only occurs with Website activity types: You can use replacement variables in the website URL or in POST-parameter values to pass user-, course-, or domain-specific data to external websites. Learn more.

Projects tab

With the Projects tab, you can:

  1. Toggle between a list and tiled view of existing projects.
  2. Create new projects, for which you provide a Title, Start date, and End date.  
  3. Add content from the Digital Library.
  4. Convert existing folders into projects, for which you provide the folder, Start date, and End date.
  5. Sort displayed projects by Title, Start date, and End date by clicking the appropriate column headers.
  6. Click on displayed project data to edit it with the Properties/Resources panel.
Projects tab

Weights tab

Grading Weights define how much impact that activity’s grade has on the final grade, relative to the other gradable activities in the same category and/or course. Learn more.

Activity List tab

With the Activity List tab, you can:

  1. Filtered displayed folders and activities by Title, Type, and/or Location.
  2. Select multiple folders and/or activities and:
    • Use Delete Selected in the toolbar.
    • Use Bulk Edit in the toolbar to do any of the following for all selected activities (available options vary based on the activities selected):
      • Specify a group you want to edit in the Apply these changes to dropdown
      • Change visibility
      • Change location
      • Remove due date
      • Change late-submission policy
      • Change passing score
      • Change assessment password
      • Change assessment attempt limit
      • Change Grading Category
      • Change Grading Period
  3. Select folders and activities to view their Properties.
  4. Use the side menu to Edit, Preview, and Delete folders and activities.
Activity List tab

Scheduling tab

With the Scheduling tab, you can:

  1. Toggle the left panel between the
    • Syllabus View, which shows the folder structure and orders folders and activities according to the order created in the Syllabus tab.
    • List View, which lists folders and activities in alphabetical order, doesn't show the folder structure, and allows you to Show All items or only Unscheduled items.
  2. Choose to show items on the calendar according to:
    • Due Date
    • Visibility Date
    • Grade Release Date
  3. Drag and drop activities onto dates on the calendar to assign Due Date, Visibility Date, or Grade Release Date, depending on what is selected in the calendar dropdown.
  4. Select activities displayed in the calendar, Syllabus View, and List View to see their Properties displayed.
  5. Use the side menus to Edit, Preview, and Delete folders and activities. Depending on which items you're showing, you can also use this menu to Remove Due Date, Remove Visibility Date, or Remove Grade-Release Date.
Scheduling tab

Group Settings tab

The Group Settings tab allows you to review and modify group-specific settings.

Comments (19)

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Gideon Seaman

I've been playing a bit with the new editor and have a question regarding the group function. Are the groups that are created within the People section applied to the group sets that are in the Editor, or are they separate?

Brad Marshall
  • Agilix team member

Gideon, they are the same. If you create groups in the People tool, they will be the same groups you see in the Editor.

Gideon Seaman

Great--thank you!

John Swaney

In the old editor, if existing text was formatted with a color and text was pasted over the existing text, the style was automatically applied. In the new editor, pasted text reverts to default styling. Is this expected behavior or a bug?

John Swaney

The process for duplicating an activity seems a bit clunky compared to the old editor. It would seem to me that the copy function would be used far more than the visibility option and thus a copy / paste function could be put in the shortcut area instead of (or along with) the visibility.

Brad Marshall
  • Agilix team member

Thanks for your feedback, John. I will make sure to report them both to our team.

Heath Hamrick

Quick question: There no longer seems to be an option to import a Common Cartridge? 

Brad Marshall
  • Agilix team member

Currently, this has to still be done in BrainHoney to have it appear in Buzz.

Flew Flewelling

Is there a way to edit HTML in the new editor?  Some of my old editable contents have borders throughout the content, but I'm not sure how to change or erase them in the new editor.

Scott Taylor

At this time there is no way to edit this type of pre-existing HTML in Buzz, it would have to be modified using the BrainHoney editor.


Can Modules be removed in class groups instead of just excluding assignments? For example, with students just participating in second semester of the course can the first semester modules be removed from view without editing the master course? 

Scott Taylor

If groups are enabled it is possible to edit the folder visibility for select groups. If you create a group just for your transfer students you can set the desired folders to not be visible for that group, which will make the items in the folder not required for members in said group.

Josh Kaplan

I notice that activities within choice folders don't show up in this list and they don't appear in search results either. Am I missing a setting?

Brad Marshall
  • Agilix team member

Hey Josh, "activities within choice folders" don't show up in which list or search results? Are you talking about the Activity List tab?

Josh Kaplan

Hi Brad,

Yes that's right. They don't show up in the Activity List tab.



Brad Marshall
  • Agilix team member

Josh, I just visited with my team about this and they said that it is currently not displayed in the Activity List because of how these activities are stored. They are not stored in the same fashion as the other types of activities, but is something that could be investigated and, possibly, enhanced. I would recommend posting this suggestion over in the Buzz: Product Feedback page.

Josh Kaplan

Thanks for letting me know that I wasn't missing something. I'll head over to the feedback page as you recommended.



Tina Flower

Hi. I am dragging and dropping items onto the calendar using the scheduling tab with "due date" selected. Do I also have to select a "visibility date" for each item? Or will my students be able to see all the items in chronological order. Thanks!

Brian Williams
  • Agilix team member

Hello Tina:

You do not need to add a "visibility date" in addition to the due date for each item unless you also want that item to not be visible to students till the date the activity was dropped in on the calendar occurs. You may drop the same item on the calendar for each of the three options in the picker drop-down menu of the scheduler.

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