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Publish Anywhere publisher steps: How to export courses

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Ryan Richins
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Publish Anywhere, powered by Buzz, enables publishers to deliver best-in-class courses and learning content to their customers, regardless of the LMS.

Publisher steps

As a publisher, your content, learning activities, and assessments are delivered via LTI and Thin Common Cartridge to any compatible system. The magic is in the Publish Anywhere player. It allows our "Better on Buzz" learning experience to be embedded into your customer’s system, without the need for content exports, user and enrollment provisioning (we handle that automatically), or any of the other headaches associated with trying to serve multiple LMS systems.

1. Create content author domain

Buzz allows you to create course content in one author domain and make it available in other domains, making it easy to keep the content updated for all users.

Publishers using Publish Anywhere should follow this same model, and create a content domain.

2. Export courses

Once the courses are created in the content author domain, you can export course packages with the Teacher app.

To export a Buzz course for Publish Anywhere:  

  1. Open the Editor in the course.
  1. Open the Tools menu in the toolbar and click Export IMS package.
  1. Provide the Export file name you want.
    • Note: Click Optimize for Canvas to automatically create a package with gradable activities in it when publishing in Canvas. If publishing in other LMSs, don't check the Optimize for Canvas box. In other LMSs, you manually make activities gradable after importing them.
  2. Make a note of LTI tool name. It will be [YOUR BUZZ DOMAIN].api.agilixbuzz.com. The exported package contains links to it, and anyone who imports the package must configure a tool using this name.
  3. Review the Compatibility status report to see which features in the course are not compatible with other LMSs and how Buzz handles them.
    • Note: You may want to create a derivative course that you can modify to decrease the number of issues reported in this step.  
  4. Click Export to download the package as an .imscc file.

3. Create customer domains and subscribe them to the content author domain

Each content customer needs their own:

  1. Domain, so they can each have a unique Key and Secret.
  2. Subscription to the content author domain, so they have the appropriate permissions to the content.

4. Create a Key and Secret for customer domains

To distribute content to your customers, you must create a key and secret within each customer domain and deliver them to the customers.

  1. Open Domain Settings for the customer's domain.
  1. Click Add on the Publish Anywhere keys card and provide any Name, Key, and Secret you want to. Copy the Key and Secret and distribute them to the customer for importing into another LMS.
  2. Click Done.
  3. Save.

5. Deliver content to customers

Deliver the following content and information to customers:

  • The LTI/Common Cartridge export package. You can send the same exported package to all of your customers.
    • Note: Currently, Publish Anywhere lets you optimize for Canvas. If you choose this option, the package can be used in Canvas only; if you don't choose this option, the package can be used in any other compatible LMS. If a customer uses Canvas and other LMSs, export and deliver two packages for them, one in each state.
  • The LTI Tool Name (domain name) you copied from the export screen in step five of the Export courses section. It is formatted as: [YOUR BUZZ DOMAIN].api.agilixbuzz.com.
  • The Key and Secret created in step five and are unique for each customer.
  • These instructions that show your customers (educators and distributors) how to import the package into their LMS: Publish Anywhere educator/distributor steps: How to import course content

Compatibility and Publish Anywhere

Not all features in Buzz are available in or compatible with other LMSs. Publish Anywhere runs a Compatibility status report for every course you export, makes necessary changes to the exported course (leaving the original course as-is), and lets you know which features are not compatible and how they have changed.

Compatibility status message
How does this impact the exported course? Where is this managed in Buzz?
Convert course type from continuous to range
In continuous courses, Buzz automatically generates suggested activity due dates. Publish Anywhere course due dates are set by the host LMS, so Buzz removes the generated dates.
How do I set up a continuous enrollment course?
Convert formative assessments to regular assessments
Buzz's formative assessments help identify and provide personalized opportunities to learn based on performance on the assessment. This functionality is removed from Publish Anywhere courses.
How do I create formative assessments?
Convert group activities to individual activities
Group activity features are removed from Publish Anywhere courses, and students can complete the activity on their own. 
How do I create and grade group assignments?

Convert multi-outcome scoring to traditional scoring
The Multi-Outcome Scoring gradebook allows course authors to create multiple desired outcomes for students, align them to activities with varied weights, and track performance against them. In Publish Anywhere courses, this gradebook is replaced with a traditional gradebook.
How do I set up Multi-Outcome Scoring in my domain?
Convert other assessment grading rules to the last-attempt rule
Buzz allows you to choose which of the following Scored attempt types you want recorded: Last, First, Highest, or an Average. Publish Anywhere courses are all changed to use the last scored attempt.
Assessment activity editor
Convert password-secured assessments to un-secured
Buzz allows you to require students to provide a password every time they start, continue, or retake the assessment (usually used for proctored assessments). Publish Anywhere courses do not retain this requirement.
Assessment activity editor
Convert remediation assessments to regular assessments
Buzz's remediation assessments help identify and provide personalized opportunities to learn based on performance on the assessment. This functionality is removed from Publish Anywhere courses.
How do I create remediation assessments?
Display folders with content as simple folders
Buzz allows you to add metadata to folders as well as create student choice folders, which enable students to review approved activities and choose to complete the ones that best align with their interests and goals. These features are not retained in Publish Anywhere courses.

Note: If you export a course with student choice folders, the folder transfers without content. To avoid this, change choice folders to regular folders with the desired activities.
How do I manage course folders?
How do I enable and manage student choice activities?
Display lessons as simple folders
Lesson features are disabled in Publish Anywhere courses; the lesson is exported as a folder in the Publish Anywhere course.
How do I manage course folders?
Display projects as simple folders
The project wizard in Buzz allows you to create the robust project activities necessary for effective project-based learning (PBL). The project is exported as a simple folder in the Publish Anywhere course, and the other project settings are not retained.
How do I use the project wizard?
Remove activity due dates
Due dates are stripped from Publish Anywhere courses, so the new LMS dates can be applied.  How do I use activity editors?
Remove activity grade-release dates
In Buzz, this feature determines when students can see their grades based on dates. This option is removed from Publish Anywhere courses.
How do I use activity editors? > Visibility and access card
Remove activity passwords
Buzz allows you to require students to enter a password once to access an activity. This option is removed from Publish Anywhere courses.
How do I use activity editors? > Visibility and access card
Remove activity-gating restrictions
Buzz allows you to restrict access to an activity based on certain variables. These restrictions are removed from Publish Anywhere courses.
How do I use activity editors? > Visibility and access card
Remove activity-mastery restrictions
Buzz allows you to restrict access to an activity based on concept mastery. This option is removed from Publish Anywhere courses.
How do I use activity editors? > Visibility and access card
Remove allow-grade-drop settings
Buzz allows you to set up parameters for dropping certain scores from students’ overall grades. This option is removed from Publish Anywhere courses.
How do I use activity editors? > Advanced gradebook options card
Remove assessment-specific passwords
Buzz allows you to require students to provide a password every time they start, continue, or retake an assessment (usually used for proctored assessments). Publish Anywhere courses do not retain this requirement.
Assessment activity editor > Advanced assessment options card
Remove availability-date restrictions
Buzz allows you to restrict access to an activity based on certain variables. These restrictions are removed from Publish Anywhere courses.
How do I use activity editors? > Visibility and access card
Remove blog activities
Blog activities are removed from Publish Anywhere courses.  Blog activity editor
Remove course auto-completion rules
Buzz allows you to define specific conditions that trigger course completion. This feature is removed from Publish Anywhere courses.
How do I use activity editors? > Advanced activity options card
Remove course tasks
Buzz allows you to create course-wide tasks with the Clipboard. These tasks are removed from Publish Anywhere courses.
How do I create Clipboard Tasks?
Remove discussion-board activities
Discussion activities are removed from Publish Anywhere courses.
Discussion activity editor
Remove exam-review-after-due-date restrictions
Buzz allows you to let students review an assessment after its due date. This is removed from Publish Anywhere courses.
Assessment activity editor > Assessment review card
Remove exam-review-after-grade-release-date restrictions
Buzz allows you to let students review assessments after grades are released. This is removed from Publish Anywhere courses.
Assessment activity editor > Assessment review card
Remove exclude-from-final-grade settings
Buzz allows you to exclude specific activities from inclusion in the final grade. This is removed from Publish Anywhere courses.
How do I use activity editors? > Advanced gradebook options card
Remove extra-credit settings
Extra credit options are removed from Publish Anywhere courses.
How do I use activity editors? > Advanced gradebook options card
Remove force-sequential restrictions
Buzz allows you to restrict access to an activity based on certain variables. These restrictions are removed from Publish Anywhere courses.
How do I use activity editors? > Visibility and access card
Remove journal activities
Journal activities are removed from Publish Anywhere courses.
Journal activity editor
Remove learning-objective-mastery restrictions
Buzz allows you to restrict access to an activity based on showing mastery of specific objectives. This is removed from Publish Anywhere courses.
How do I use activity editors? > Visibility and access card
Remove non-publishable activities
Buzz allows you to make certain activities non-publishable in derivative courses using the xLi API. These activities are removed from Publish Anywhere courses.

Remove passing-score-required grade settings
Buzz allows you to require a passing score on specific activities in order for students to get course credit. This is removed from Publish Anywhere courses.
How do I use activity editors? > Advanced gradebook options card
Remove peer-assessment activities
Peer-assessment activities are removed from Publish Anywhere courses.
Peer assessment activity editor
Remove practice-question activities
Practice-question activities are removed from Publish Anywhere courses.
Practice questions activity editor
Remove RSS-feed activities
RSS-feed activities are removed from Publish Anywhere courses.
Note: These are no longer supported in Buzz. 
Remove supplemental activity tools
Buzz allows teacher to link tools to help students complete activities as Course links in course settings. These links are removed from Publish Anywhere courses.
How do I manage Course Settings?
Remove survey activities
Survey activities are removed from Publish Anywhere courses.
Survey activity editor
Remove top-level activities that are not in a folder
Some LMSs (including Canvas) do not allow activities to exist at the top level of a course structure. Publish Anywhere activities that are not in a folder will be lost when imported into these systems.

Note: Before exporting a course, place all top-level activities into a folder named after the activity.
How do I set up my course structure?
Remove wiki activities
Wiki activities are removed from Publish Anywhere courses.
Wiki activity editor
Remove zero-unscored grade settings
When the Treat as zero in gradebook until this activity is scored box is checked in Buzz, all ungraded activities are calculated as zeros until graded. This option is disabled in exported courses.
How do I use activity editors? > Advanced gradebook options card

Note

Buzz allows you to create links in an activity that take the student to an activity in the same course. These links are displayed in Publish Anywhere courses, but no longer link to anything when clicked.

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Ryan Josephson

Do export courses require the use of LTI?  We're looking at switching providers, both use Buzz. What would be the best way to transfer self-created content between the two?  Would a subscription be best?

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Brad Marshall
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Exported courses from Publish Anywhere are Thin Common Cartridges that requires LTI for the receiving LMS and an active Buzz instance. This is because the content still resides in Buzz but is made available to a third-party LMS via LTI.

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