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. By default, the correct school year with grading periods should already be selected (Echo Admins control the domain grading period settings).
  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. By default, the correct school year with grading periods should already be selected (Echo Admins control the domain grading period settings).
  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. The other checkbox allows due dates, visibility settings, and grade release dates to be adjusted based on the course's start date.
  9. If the course had grading periods set previously, they can be mapped to match the current domain set grading periods. Choose the correct grading periods in the dropdown menus if needed.
  10. 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 (generally schools use derivatives as specific classes from a master, so it's good to name the course as such, like "Algebra 1 Block 2").
  5. By default, the correct school year with grading periods should already be selected (Echo Admins control the domain grading period settings).
  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. The other checkbox allows due dates, visibility settings, and grade release dates to be adjusted based on the course's start date.
  9. If the course had grading periods set previously, they can be mapped to match the current domain set grading periods. Choose the correct grading periods in the dropdown menus if needed.
  10. 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.

 

 

 

 

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