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How do I create and manage Base and Derivative courses?

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Using Base and Derivative courses allows you to create and manage content for multiple courses over multiple years in one, central location.

Create Base and Derivative courses

To use Base/Derivative courses:

  1. Create a Base course. A Base course acts a central repository for course content and settings.
  2. Create Derivative courses. Derivative courses are linked copies of the Base course that inherit its content and settings, but have their own student enrollments.
  3. Manage changes. Derivative courses automatically inherit changes made to the Base course. If changes are made to an activity or folder in a Derivative course, however, that item's inheritance sync is broken, so Buzz provides tools to help you manage changes.

Create the Base course

A Base course acts a central repository for course content and settings.

To create a Base course:

  1. Create a new course with the settings, content, and activities that you want shared with Derivative courses.
  2. Add content author enrollments.
    • Note: Do not add student enrollments. Courses with student enrollments cannot be Base courses.

Create one or more Derivative courses

Derivative courses are linked copies of the Base course that inherit its content and settings, but have their own student enrollments.

To create a Derivative course:

  1. Open Manage courses from the Toolbar and select Create course.
  1. Choose Copy From Your Domain.
  2. Provide the Original Course name or ID of the Base course you created above and click Next.
  1. Choose Derivative-child copy.
  2. Configure the rest of the course as desired.

Manage changes to Base and Derivative courses

Derivative courses automatically inherit changes made to the Base course. If changes are made to an activity or folder in a Derivative course, however, that item's inheritance sync is broken, so Buzz provides tools to help you:

Know which course you're editing

Buzz's Home page and Editor are designed to ensure you make edits to the intended course.

Home page

On your Home page, Derivative Course Cards are nested inside the Master Course Card, so you always know which is which:

  1. Base course. Notice that the Base course only has three tools available (Activities, the Editor, and Course manager). These tools are associated with content creation, review, and management.
  2. Derivative course. Notice that the Derivative course includes tools associated with creating and managing student enrollments and data.

Editor

When you open the Editor for a Derivative course, Buzz displays this prompt, so you are certain which course you are making edits to. It recommends you make edits to the Master course because those changes are automatically inherited by the Derivative course.

Review changes and re-sync using the Changes screen

For Derivative activities that are synced to a Base course, the Changes screen appears in its activity's editor whenever you make changes to it.

It displays the changes made to the activity in that Derivative course, and allows you to re-sync to the Base course.

  1. When changes have been made to an activity in a Derivative course, a Changes icon appears in the activity editor toolbar. Click the icon to review the changes.
  1. The properties that have been changed are listed in this window along with the Derivative course's current value and the Base course's value.
  2. Check the boxes next to the property changes you want to discard and re-sync with the Base course.
  3. Click Re-sync selected settings to re-sync with the Base course.
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