End of Term Tips for Teachers

The transition between terms at the end of the semester or school year is typically when teachers have a lot of questions. This document covers frequently asked questions and provides tips for a smooth transition.

Use this handy checklist to make sure you don't forget anything.  



Should I reuse my master course next year or make a new copy?
How do I print student student grade reports?
How can I access my prior courses?
How do I permanently delete unneeded courses?
How do I share projects to the New Tech Community?


Should I reuse my Master course next year or make a new copy?

The recommended best practice is to make a new static copy of your master for each semester or year that you teach the course. This gives you a clean start and prevents edits to the master from changing activities and grades in prior course.

In some cases, teachers are prevented from making a new copy of their course and must reuse the master (i.e. courses created by a sync with BrightBtyes or Clever). In this case, it's important to finalize the existing derivative courses before making modifications to the master course for the new term. See "How do I finalize Grades" in the Echo Help Center to learn how.

To create a new copy of your master course:

  1. Under the "Manage Courses" menu select "Create Course" to bring up the "Create Course" panel.
  2. Select the "Copy from Your Domain" tab
  3. Enter the name or course ID of the course you want to copy
  4. Select "No Updates (Static Copy)" option
  5. Adjust the course name if needed
  6. Select the school year (if the correct year is not available, click cancel and ask your Echo Admin to update your school domain with the new school year).
  7. Select "Teacher-Owner" to ensure you have all the permissions you need to manage the course.
  8. If using a school year defined in the domain, the start and end dates should be updated automatically.
  9. Do not use the Continuous course option unless the course is designed to be self-paced without fixed due dates.
  10. Use the "Adjust due, visibility and grade release dates ..." option to automatically adjust those dates based on your course start date.
  11. Click "Create" to create the copy

How do I print student grade reports?

It is always a good idea to download and or print student grade reports for all course(s) at the end of each term to have as a hard copy of past grades. Here is information on printing/downloading student grade reports.


How can I access my past/prior courses?

Under the course management button on the teacher's home page is an option to view past courses. This view lists your prior courses and provides access to view the syllabus, gradebooks and agendas.



How do I permanently delete unneeded courses?

Using the “Manage Course” button at the top of the page, choose View/Delete then proceed to click on the trash can beside the course you want to delete. Echo will ask you if you are sure you want to delete it.  

If you do not have the option to delete a course you will have to contact your local Echo Administrator about deleting a course. It is helpful to rename the course “Delete Me” to ensure that your Admin deletes the correct course.



Share your projects/activities with the Network

Celebrate your year by sharing with others.

Have you had great success with a project? a template? a rubric? or any other activity?

How do I share projects and activities with the Network?



Echo is constantly being improved based on the feedback from users and we strive to keep our documentation up to date.  If this document doesn’t match what you are seeing in Echo, please let us know.

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