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:
- Landing Page
- Multi-Outcome Scoring
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.
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.
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.
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 they way(s) you want student performance indicated: Points, Percent (%), Letter grade, and/or Minutes spent.
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. In this section, you can:
- Click the garbage can (delete) icon to remove that category and Add to create a new category.
- Check the Use weighted categories box to enable an editable numeric weight field next to each grading category listed (not available for courses using Multi-Outcome Scoring).
- Check the Category details boxes to:
- Check the All activities are extra credit box for the category.
- Choose to drop None of, 1, or more of the lowest scores in the category.
- Check the box(es) Student score display to indicate they way(s) you want student performance displayed for the category: Points, Percent (%), Letter grade, and/or Minutes spent.
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:
- Click Enable multi-outcome scoring
- Check the boxes next to the pre-existing outcomes that you want to track in the Import Scoring Outcomes window and click OK.
- 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.
- Click Save. To disable Multi-Outcome Scoring in a course, delete all outcomes from the Course Folder and click Save.