How do Master and Derivative Courses work?

Master Courses allow you to manage multiple courses while working only in one

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Master/Derivative summary

A derivative course is tied to a master course and inherits the master course's content & settings

  • Any change made to the master rolls down to the derivative(s)
  • Changes made in the derivative do not roll up to the master
  • Master courses CANNOT have any students enrolled

Creating a Master Course

A course becomes a master when you create a derivative.  There is no special process to make a course a master.

Creating a Derivative Course

From your Home page, click on Manage courses icon at the top right of your screen, and select Create

Creating a Derivative Course
  1. Choose "Copy From Your Domain
  2. Type in the title of the course you want to make a derivative of
  3. Choose Updates
  4. Create the new title ( I suggest adding "period 1" or something similar to avoid confusion)
  5. Add the term
  6. Your role-Teacher Owner
  7. Enter the beginning and end date of this course ( you will rarely, if ever, want to choose continuous)
  8. Click "Create"

Note:  The start and end dates do not control when students or teachers will have access to the course, their individual enrollments in the course does that. The start and end dates defined in the course do establish "defaults" that will be applied when a user is enrolled in the course. Tip - for course that you want to be active for a long period of time, enter a far off end date (i.e. 1/1/99)

Repeat this process to create the number of derivatives you need.

Now this course, along with the Master will appear on your desktop.

  • You may choose to hide the Master:
  • Click on Manage Courses
  • View/Delete Courses
  • Check the box beside the Master course to hide it

 

When you go to edit your derivative course, you need to be sure you are in the right course.

If your course is a derivative of a master both will be shown in the Main Navigation Menu for ease of selection.

How  might you choose to use Master and Derivatives

Using Derivatives to Create Sections of the Same course

Create a master course and then a derivative for each section you teach allowing for customization of due dates and content for each section.

How  might you choose to use Master and Derivatives

Derivatives to Collaborate on Curriculum

You can also use master courses to collaborate with your teaching team.

Create a shared master that all members of the team can collaborate on and individual derivatives so that each teacher still has control of their own class activities.

Use Derivatives to Share Managed Curriculum

Schools and districts can also create master courses that are distributed to teachers.

In this case, the curriculum is centrally managed and teachers don’t have authoring rights to the master.

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Tips

  • Save time by setting up your Master and Derivative courses so you can copy between sections, terms, school years, etc.
  • If you want to make changes to the content of a Derivative Course's Master, click on the Main Navigation Menu and click on your course. This will take you to the Main menu to select your Master course.

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NOTE: For 2nd Semester Courses

For semester long courses, make a static copy of your master course and then a new set of derivatives for your different sections.  

DO NOT use the same master, this will cause issues with your existing derivatives.

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Master Courses allow you to manage multiple courses while working only in one

How do I Create Master and Derivative Courses in Echo-YouTube Video

Master/Derivative summary

A derivative course is tied to a master course and inherits the master course's content & settings

  • Any change made to the master rolls down to the derivative(s)
  • Changes made in the derivative do not roll up to the master
  • Master courses CANNOT have any students enrolled

Creating a Master Course

A course becomes a master when you create a derivative.  There is no special process to make a course a master.

Creating a Derivative Course

At the top of your screen, click Manage Courses and choose Create Course

Creating a Derivative Course
  1. Choose "Copy From Your Domain
  2. Type in the title of the course you want to make a derivative of
  3. Choose Updates
  4. Create the new title ( I suggest adding "period 1" or something similar to avoid confusion)
  5. Add the term
  6. Your role-Teacher Owner
  7. The beginning and end date of this course ( you will rarely, if ever, want to choose continuous)
  8. Click "Create"

Repeat this process to create the number of derivatives you need.

Now this course, along with the Master will appear on your desktop.

  • You may choose to hide the Master:
  • Click on Manage Courses
  • View
  • Check the box beside the Master course to hide it

 

When you go to edit your derivative course, you need to be sure you are in the right course.

When clicking the edit button, Echo defaults to the Master Course.

To edit your derivative, click the drop down arrow and choose the derivative you wish to edit.

How  might you choose to use Master and Derivatives

Using Derivatives to Create Sections of the Same course

Create a master course and then a derivative for each section you teach allowing for customization of due dates and content for each section.

How  might you choose to use Master and Derivatives

Derivatives to Collaborate on Curriculum

You can also use master courses to collaborate with your teaching team.

Create a shared master that all members of the team can collaborate on and individual derivatives so that each teacher still has control of their own class activities.

Use Derivatives to Share Managed Curriculum

Schools and districts can also create master courses that are distributed to teachers.

In this case, the curriculum is centrally managed and teachers don’t have authoring rights to the master.

Additional articles

 

Tips

  • Save time by setting up your Master and Derivative courses so you can copy between sections, terms, school years, etc.
  • If you want to make changes to the content of a Derivative Course's Master, open the Course Editor in the Derivative and choose the Master from the Course Chooser. This way, your changes are inherited by all Derivatives.

Want to see this in a video?

NOTE: For 2nd Semester Courses

For semester long courses, make a static copy of your master course and then a new set of derivatives for your different sections.  

DO NOT use the same master, this will cause issues with your existing derivatives.

More Echo 2nd Semester FAQs

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