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How do I manage Course Settings?

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Ryan Richins
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Course Settings allows you to manage course details like appearance, metadata, scheduling, and gradebook settings.

  1. Open the Editor tool.
  2. Select Course settings from Tools in the toolbar.

From Course settings, you can edit:

Course details

Manage:

  • 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.

Gradebook options

Manage:

  • 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.

Mult-outcome scoring

To set up Multi-Outcome Scoring:

  1. Click Enable multi-outcome scoring.
  2. Click Add Scoring Outcome.
  3. Check the boxes next to the pre-existing outcomes that you want to track.
  4. Click Done.

Grading Categories

Grading Categories lists existing grading categories for editing and allows you to create new categories.

Grading periods

Grading Periods allow you to enable, create, and define individual grading periods within the course. There are two approaches to using Grading Periods:

Objective mastery

Manage:

  • 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.

Grade scales

Create pass/fail, plus/minus, straight letter grade, and other Grade Scales to use for course and objective scoring.

Advanced options

Manage the following options:

  • Allow students to see comparative class statistics
  • Hide student course-completion percentage
  • When auto-generating due dates, provide less time for activities that require only viewing. Only applicable in continuous enrollment courses.
    • 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, use the Assignment, Custom Activity, Rich-text, or Website link Activity types and 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.
  • 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.)

Student tasks

Student tasks allow students to self-assign activities. Decide whether to:

  • Enable student tasks
  • Enable submissions of student tasks

Course links

Course Links allow 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.

Enrollment completion

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 items are complete; this option asks you to check or uncheck the Require course passing score box.
  • Automatic when all gradable items are complete; this option asks you to check or uncheck the Require course passing score box.
  • Automatic when all items in this category are complete; this option asks you to check or uncheck the Require course passing score box and choose the desired category from the dropdown.

Badges

Creante and manage Badges.

Variables

The Variables section allows you to create and manage replacement variables for the course.

Blackout dates

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.

Publisher options

Publisher options are meant to help manage Master and Derivative courses and your full curriculum. Indicate whether you want to:

  • Prevent content edits in derivative courses
  • Show indicator for edited content in derivative courses
  • Include course in subscriber search index

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Jesse Fox

Can I set course settings for more than one course at a time?  For example, we would like to do a manual completion of all courses but it is time consuming to go into every single class to make that change.  

Brad Marshall
  • Agilix team member

You can create a template course with the correct enrollment completion setting and then apply the template setting "Enrollment Completion" to multiple courses using the Courses tool's "Bulk Updates."

Jeff Lockard

I recently received questions about the time associated with the End Date.  One would assume that the End Date is the last full day that the Student can access the course materials, but we have some examples of courses expiring around 12:30 AM on the date specified in the End Date field.  These happen to be Continuous courses and the End Date is the Target End Date associated with a particular ST enrollment, but without a way to specify a time in the End Date field, I would think the logical expectation is for the course to be active through 11:59 PM on the date specified.  Any advice on the time associated with the Course End Date or Student Target End Date?

Scott Taylor

Hello Jeff,

The end date time for enrollments created through the UI will use the UTC offset of the timezone the computer used to create the enrollment. If the enrollment was created in a different timezone than the student it will make the end time appear to be earlier or later for the student since the enrollment cannot determine the student's timezone but only the timezone of the creator of the enrollment.

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