How do I create a course?

Echo allows you to create new course in three ways:

  1. New Courses From Scratch
     
  2. Static Copies of Existing Courses
     
  3. Derivative Copies of Existing Courses

 

Creating a New Course from Scratch

To create a new course from scratch:

From the homepage in the Teacher app, find and click the "Manage Courses" button in the upper menu bar.

In the resulting drop down menu, click "Create." If this option doesn't exist, the user may not have sufficient domain permissions to create a course. A local Echo Admin can adjust domain permissions.

In the "Create Course" panel:

  1. Select to use the NTN Template, no template, or the school's template (if one exists)
  2. Give the course a title.
  3. Enter the term such as "Fall 2017" (work with other staff to come up with a naming convention).
  4. Select "Teacher-Owner" as your role (Note: The Teacher role cannot enroll students and the Owner role cannot enter grades. The Teacher-Owner role gives the teacher all the permissions needed to manage the course).
  5. Enter a start and end date. These dates will be used by the system as defaults when enrolling students in the course.  Enrollment start and end dates control when the course appears on the student's homepage.
  6. In most cases, the continuous course options should NOT be selected. Continuous courses are designed to allow students to start and complete the course at any time throughout the year and checking this box will disable setting due dates for assignments. To learn more about continuous courses, click here.
  7. Click "Create" to generate the course. The new course card will appear on the homepage.  

 

 

 


Creating a Static Copy of An Existing Course

When creating a static copy of an existing course, the new course is independent of the original course. Any changes made to the original course will not affect the copied course. Any changes made to the copied course will not affect the original.

To create a new static copy of an existing course:

From the homepage in the Teacher app, find and click the "Manage Courses" button in the upper menu bar.

STEP 2:  In the resulting drop down menu, click "Create."

In the "Create Course" panel:

  1. Select the "Copy From Your Domain" tab at the top of the create course panel.
  2. Find the original course by entering the title or course ID.
  3. Select "No Updates (Static Copy)."
  4. Give the course a title that is unique from the original.
  5. Enter the term such as "Fall 2017" (work with other staff to come up with a naming convention).
  6. Select "Teacher-Owner" as your role (Note: The Teacher role cannot enroll students and the Owner role cannot enter grades. The Teacher-Owner role gives the teacher all the permissions needed to manage the course).
  7. Enter a start and end date. These dates will be used by the system as defaults when enrolling students in the course.  Enrollment start and end dates control when the course appears on the student's homepage.
  8. In most cases, the continuous course options should NOT be selected. Continuous courses are designed to allow students to start and complete the course at any time throughout the year and checking this box will disable setting due dates for assignments. To learn more about continuous courses, click here.
  9. Click "Create" to generate the course. The new course card will appear on the homepage.  

 

 

 


Creating a Derivative of An Existing Course

View "How to create a master with derivatives?" via video

When creating a derivative copy of an existing course, the new course is connected to the original course. Any changes made to the original course will roll down to the derivative copy. Changes made to the derivative copy, however, will not affect the original.

Note: Changing items in the derivative (like settings) can break the connection between the master and derivative.

 

 For more information on derivative courses, click here. To create a new static copy of an existing course:

Note: From the Teacher App, users cannot create derivatives of courses that have students enrolled. Master courses are designed to hold content and should never have students enrolled. If the master course has students enrolled, an Echo Administrator must delete the enrollment records before a derivative can be created.

From the homepage in the Teacher app, find and click "Manage Courses" button in the upper menu bar.

In the resulting drop down menu, click "Create."

In the "Create Course" panel:

  1. Select the "Copy From Your Domain" tab at the top of the create course panel.
  2. Find the original course by entering the title or course ID.
  3. Select "Updates (Derivative Child Copy)".  
  4. Give the course a title that is unique from the original.
  5. Enter the term such as "Fall 2017" (work with other staff to come up with a naming convention).
  6. Select "Teacher-Owner" as your role (Note: The Teacher role cannot enroll students and the Owner role cannot enter grades. The Teacher-Owner role gives the teacher all the permissions needed to manage the course).
  7. Enter a start and end date. These dates will be used by the system as defaults when enrolling students in the course.  Enrollment start and end dates control when the course appears on the student's workspace.
  8. In most cases, the continuous course options should NOT be selected. Continuous courses are designed to allow students to start and complete the course at any time throughout the year and checking this box will disable setting due dates for assignments. To learn more about continuous courses, click here.
  9. Click "Create" to generate the course. The new course card will appear on the homepage.  

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.

 

 

 

 

Documentation for Prior Interface

Choose to:

1. Create as a new course

OR

Copy an existing course from your domain; if you want to copy a course, specify the course you want to copy by title or ID and choose whether to create a Derivative Copy, or a Static Copy (see terms in the Echo Glossary).

You also have the option to use the "NTN Course Template". Using this option will allow you to create a course that already has certain settings turned on such as Agendas, Multi-outcome scoring, grading preferences and more.

2. Provide a course title and term.

3. Select your role.

4. Choose a course start date ( note: the course will not show up for students or in the School Browser until the start date) and end date.

  • You will rarely want to choose "continuous". Continuous enrollment courses are self-paced courses for which completion is usually indicated by completion of certain activities rather than by the ending of a semester or other timeframe.
  • Provide scheduling details; all course activities must be completed by the End Date and your students have read-only access for two weeks after that date. The course will not show up for your or students on your homepage until the start date.

5. Click "Create".

To create a course:

  1. Click the drop down beside Manage Courses from the Home page toolbar.
  1. Provide a course title and term.
  2. Choose to:
    • Create as a new course
    • Copy an existing course from your domain; if you want to copy a course, specify the course you want to copy by title or ID and choose whether to create a Derivative Copy, or a Static Copy (see terms in the Echo Glossary).
  3. Choose a course start date ( note: the course will not show up for students or in the School Browser until the start date) and end date.
  4. You will rarely want to choose "continuous".   Continuous enrollment courses are self-paced courses for which completion is usually indicated by completion of certain activities rather than by the ending of a semester or other timeframe.
  5. Provide scheduling details; all course activities must be completed by the End Date and your students have read-only access for two weeks after that date. The course will not show up for your or students on your desk top until the start date.
  6. Click OK.

Notes

  • If you don't see Create Course in your Home page toolbar, you may not have sufficient permissions in the domain. Contact your course admin with questions.

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Tips

  • To delete a course, contact your course admin.
  • Assign a course thumbnail with the Course Editor.
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