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How do I manage Course Settings?

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Ryan Richins
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During the summer of 2017, we released a new Buzz UI, giving you the same features and functionality with a cleaner, simpler user experience!

Until all users have switched to the new UI, our Help Center articles will include information for both. 

Click the header below that aligns with the Buzz UI version you are using (Old UI or New UI); if you don't know which version you are using, review the differences and/or contact your system admin or Agilix account manager.

Old UI

Course Settings allows you to manage course details like appearance, metadata, scheduling, and gradebook settings. Open the Editor tool and click Course Settings in the toolbar to access the following tabs:

General tab

in the Course section, specify the:

  • Course Title
  • Course Term

In the Scheduling section, indicate:

  • Start and End dates
  • Whether it's a Continuous course; if so, specify the number of Days the course should run for.

In the Blackout Dates section, you can 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.

In the Options section, check the boxes to indicate whether you want to:

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

In the Student Tasks section, check the boxes to indicate whether you want to:

  • Enable student tasks.
  • Enable submission of student tasks.

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

General tab
Thumbnail tab

Upload a Thumbnail image for the course by clicking Choose File.

Choose a Course Color by providing the hexadecimal number or clicking the field and using the color chooser.

Thumbnail tab
Landing Page tab

Use the text editor to create the Landing Page content you want students to see on visiting the Course Home page. You can also edit this content using the Activities tool.

Landing Page tab
Gradebook tab

in the General section, specify the:

  • The minimum Passing Score in percents.
  • The minimum Objective mastery threshold in percents.

In the Course-Grade View section, check the box(es) to indicate the way(s) you want student performance indicated: Points, Percent (%), Letter grade, and/or Minutes spent.

Gradebook tab

In the Grade Scales section:

  • Edit existing grade scales by clicking the pencil (edit) icon next to it.
  • Click Add grade scale and provide:
    • The grade scale Name.
    • The grade scale Type (Points, Percent (%), Percentile (class rank), or Distribution).
    • Name each possible grade and specify the minimum score a student must earn to receive it, and specify the "failing" grade in the anything lower field. Click the garbage can (delete) next to a row to remove it and click Add bracket to create additional rows.
  • Use the dropdown to choose the Course grade scale; grade scales you create and/or edit appear in this dropdown.
  • Use the dropdown to choose the Objective grade scale to use in the course; grade scales you create and/or edit appear in this dropdown.

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

The Grading Periods section allows you to enable, create, and define individual grading periods within the course. The grades for these periods can be finalized individually.

  • Check the Use grading periods box to enable.
  • Click the garbage can (delete) icon to remove periods and Add to create new periods.
  • Each grading period needs a Name (first field) and a numeric weight (second field).

The Options section lets you indicate whether you want to:

  • Allow students to see comparative class statistics.
  • Hide student course-completion percentage.
  • Skip non-activity items when auto-generating due dates.
  • 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.

Use the Enrollment Completion section to indicate 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.

Use the Formative Assessment section to specify:

  • 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.

Use the Remediation Assessment section to specify:

  • 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.

The Badge section allows you to choose a badge that students receive upon completing the course.

When your system admin has included course templates in your domain, an Apply Template Settings button appears at the bottom of Gradebook tab. You can use it to import gradebook settings from course templates.

Multi-Outcome Scoring tab

To set up Multi-Outcome Scoring:

  1. Click Enable multi-outcome scoring
  2. Check the boxes next to the pre-existing outcomes that you want to track in the Import Scoring Outcomes window and click OK.
Multi-Outcome Scoring tab
  1. This window displays the outcomes you imported; from here, you can:
    • Import more outcomes by clicking Import.
    • Adjust the grading Weight you want each outcome to carry; the Percent column values change with adjustments and always add up to 100%.
    • Use the garbage can (delete) icon to remove outcomes; an undo arrow appears to bring the outcome back.
    • Create new outcomes by clicking Add and providing a Title, Description, and Weight; click the checkmark to save and the x to cancel. Once saved, use the pencil (edit) icon to make changes.
  2. Click Save. To disable Multi-Outcome Scoring in a course, delete all outcomes from the Course Folder and click Save.
New UI

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
  • 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.
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 allows you to enable, create, and define individual grading periods within the course. The grades for these periods can be finalized individually.

  • Check the Use grading periods box to enable.
  • Click the garbage can (delete) icon to remove periods and Add Grading Period to create new periods.
  • Each grading period needs a Name (first field) and a numeric weight (second field).
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
  • Skip non-activity items when auto-generating due dates
  • 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.
Student tasks

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

  • Enable student tasks
  • Enable submissions of student tasks
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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