Course Settings allows you to manage course details like appearance, metadata, scheduling, and gradebook settings.
- Open the Editor tool.
- Select Course settings from Tools in the toolbar.
From Course settings, you can edit:
- Course thumbnail and Color
- Recommended thumbnail file type: PNG or JPG (Buzz converts all files into PNGs).
- Ideal thumbnail size: 400px x 400px (Buzz automatically resizes images, so uploading images smaller than 400px x 400px may reduce quality).
- Course title
- Term (this filed is titled School year if your domain has domain-level Grading Periods set up).
- Start and End dates
- Whether it's a Continuous course (if so, specify the number of Days the course should run for).
- Whether to Use agendas in this course.
- The course's look-and-feel with a Hero image that appears fullscreen at the top of the Activity player.
- Recommended file type: PNG or JPG.
- Ideal size: 2400px x 750px (450K max file size).
- The minimum Passing Score in percents.
- The desired Passing score Grade Scale.
- The way(s) you want student performance indicated: Points, Percent (%), Letter grade, and/or Minutes spent. This option impacts Course Cards and the Grades/Gradebook tools. If you choose multiple formats, Letter grade takes priority, then Points, and then Percentage.
To set up Multi-Outcome Scoring:
- Click Enable multi-outcome scoring.
- Click Add Scoring Outcome.
- Check the boxes next to the pre-existing outcomes that you want to track.
- Click Done.
Grading Categories lists existing grading categories for editing and allows you to create new categories.
Grading Periods allow you to enable, create, and define individual grading periods within the course. There are two approaches to using Grading Periods:
- Your system admins can set up domain-level Grading Periods for your courses to align to. Domain-level Grading Periods establish a current School year and current period that you can use to organize your own Grading Periods. If you are using domain-level Grading Periods, align your course Grading Periods one-to-one with the domain-level Grading Periods.
- You are able to enable, create, define, and manage your own Grading Periods within your course. The grades for these periods can be finalized individually.
- The minimum Objective mastery threshold in percents.
- Objective mastery Grade Scale.
Formative Assessments by specifying:
- The Minimum number of questions that need to be aligned with an objective for a student to show mastery.
- The overall Minimum score (%) a student has to earn on those questions in order to skip the activities meant to teach the objective.
Remediation Assessments by specifying:
- The Minimum number of questions that need to be aligned with an objective in order for Buzz to assess mastery.
- The overall Minimum score (%) a student can earn on those questions before receiving remediation activity suggestions.
Create pass/fail, plus/minus, straight letter grade, and other Grade Scales to use for course and objective scoring.
Manage the following options:
- Allow students to see comparative class statistics
- Hide student course-completion percentage
Automatically assign zero scores to past-due activities (The zero is assigned when the due date passes even if students are allowed to late submissions.)
- NOTE: This functionality is not supported in BrainHoney, so you will need to reselect this setting when migrating courses from BrainHoney to Buzz.
- Hide teacher names in student reports (If not hidden, teacher(s) first and last names appear in various places the student Grades tool.)
- Students must complete each activity in order (using the order in the Editor > Syllabus)
When auto-generating due dates (only applicable in continuous enrollment courses):
Provide less time for activities that require only viewing.
- When unchecked, all activities are considered equally to calculate the time allowed for each and what due date to assign.
- When checked, activities that require only viewing get less time than other activities.
NOTE: To create an activity that requires only viewing from the student, disable the This activity is gradable option.
- Technical note: If you create activities through the XLI API, activities that require only viewing are non-gradable item’s whose type is AssetLink or Resource.
- Assign the same due date to activities within a folder
Continuous enrollment courses have additional
Student tasks allow students to self-assign activities. Decide whether to:
- Enable student tasks
- Enable submissions of student tasks
Enrollment Completion indicates in which of the following ways course completion is triggered. This is particularly important for continuous enrollment courses:
- Manual completion.
- Automatic when all activities are complete; this option asks you to check or uncheck the Require course passing score and Require retries to be completed boxes. When Buzz automatically marks a course as complete, the final score is calculated and reported in Final Grades.
- Automatic when all gradable activities are complete; this option asks you to check or uncheck the Require course passing score and Require retries to be completed boxes. When Buzz automatically marks a course as complete, the final score is calculated and reported in Final Grades.
- Automatic when all activities in these categories are complete; this option asks you to check or uncheck the Require course passing score and Require retries to be completed boxes, and choose the desired category(s) from the dropdown. When Buzz automatically marks a course as complete, the final score is calculated and reported in Final Grades.
Create and manage Badges.
External tool (LTI 1.3)
LTI specification establishes a way to integrate external learning applications, like Turnitin and ALEKS, with Buzz.
Note: Buzz has actively supported IMS Global's LTI specification since it was created in 2010. Buzz is an IMS-certified LTI 1.1 learning platform, which allows you to access other LTI-certified tools from within Buzz.
In 2019, IMS announced that its LTI 1.3 and LTI Advantage specifications, which provide additional functionality and security, would replace the soon-to-be deprecated LTI 1.1 specification. Buzz continues to support LTI 1.1, and Buzz is also now an IMS-certified platform for LTI 1.3 and LTI Advantage.
The Variables section allows you to create and manage replacement variables for the course.
There's a video tutorial for this topic!
Blackout Dates let you Add, Name, and specify date ranges that you don't want included when Buzz calculates suggested due dates for continuous enrollment courses. These dates appear on your course calendar.