How do I manage Course Settings?

Echo is designed to meet the needs of a variety of course types.  Teachers can build self-paced courses, traditional teacher-centered courses, or highly differentiated PBL courses. The course settings allow the teacher to customize their course features to meet nearly every context.

To access the course settings control panels:

Click the pencil icon on the course card to open the Course Editor tool.

From upper menu bar in the Course Editor tool, click the wrench icon to open the Settings menu.

Select "Course Settings.

Course Setting Control Panels

The main settings panel has several properties that you can customize:

  • Course Title
  • Course Thumbnail  (Ideal image size is 500x500 px.  Echo will resize as needed.)
  • Course Term
  • Course Start and End Dates
    (Note that course enrollment dates control when a course becomes visible in the Echo workspace. This setting only provides a default start and end date for new enrollments)
  • Continuous Course Option (An option for course where students can enroll and complete at their own pace.  Activity due dates are disabled in continuous courses)
  • Agenda Option (Allows teachers to post daily information about course activities)
NOTE:  Some of the control panels below may be turned off in the domain and not visible.  The Echo Administrator can enable them if needed.

The Gradebook Options control panel allows teachers to:

  • set the minimum score required to pass the course
  • select or customize a grading scale
  • select how the current/final grade will be displayed to students (note that the "percent" option is selected by default when the Multi-Outcome scoring gradebook is enabled)

The Multi-Outcome Scoring settings panel allows the teacher to enable the multi-outcome scoring gradebook (MOS).  The MOS gradebook is essential for courses that use project based learning and other deeper learning practices.  To learn more about configuring the multi-outcome gradebook, click here.

Grading Categories settings panel allow teachers to classify assignments by defined types.  In general, grading categories are not used if the multi-outcome scoring gradebook is enabled.

The Grading Periods settings panel allows teachers to divide courses into weighted components.  For example, some districts require that the semester final grade is based on 40% first quarter, 40% second quarter, and 20% final exam.  For more information on grading periods, click here.

The Advanced Options settings panel has three options:

  1. Allow students to see how they are doing compared to class statistics
  2. Hide the progress bar displayed on the student's course card (recommended for most courses unless all content is finalized and visible at the start of the course).
  3. Assign a zero score to assignments that have not been submitted before the due date has passed.

The Grade Scales settings panel allows teachers to customize the grading scale used in the course.

The Student Tasks settings panal enables an advanced feature that allows for higher degrees of personalization in the course by allowing students to have more control over how they learn.  To learn more about Echo's student task feature, click here.

The Badges settings panel enables teachers to configure the course to assign a badge when the student successfully completes a course.  For more on Echo's badges feature, click here.

The Enrollment Completion settings panel allows teacher to determine when a student's enrollment in a course will change from "active" to "completed".

The Variables settings panel is an advanced feature that allows teachers to create custom fields that can be used to further classify or organize course activities.  Course authors can give the variable a name and define the possible values for the field.  This feature is seldom used by classroom teachers.

In continuous courses, Echo will suggest due dates based on the number of assignments and the enrollment start and end dates.  The Blackout Dates settings panel allows teacher to identify dates that the system will avoid for suggested due dates (i.e. holidays).

The Publisher Options settings panel allow content providers to control their curriculum.  These options are seldom used by classroom teachers.

 

 

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

Course Settings

Click on the Course Editor button to then find the Settings at the top of the page. There are five tabs under the course settings.  We'll go through each of them in this document.

Course Settings

General tab

in the Course section, specify the:

  • Course Title
  • Course Term

In the Scheduling section, indicate:

  • Start and End dates
  • Whether it's a Continuous course; if so, specify the number of Days the course should run for.  ( You will rarely, if ever, use this setting)

In the Options section, check the boxes to indicate whether you want to:

  • Use agendas in this course.
  • Prevent content edits in derivative courses.
  • Show indicator for edited content in derivative courses.
  • Include course in subscriber search index.

In the Student Tasks section, check the boxes to indicate whether you want to:

  • Enable student tasks.
  • Enable submission of student tasks.

The Variables section allows you to create and manage replacement variables to use when creating activities within this course. ( You will rarely, if ever, use this )

The content you provide in the Name field is the replacement variable; the Value field indicates what you want the variable to be replaced with. When creating activity content, use Name content whenever you want Echo to automatically swap in the corresponding Value content when displaying the activity for students.

To create variables: ( remember, you likely won't be using this part)

  1. Click Add variable.
  2. Provide the desired variable Name.
  3. Provide the desired variable Value.
General tab

Thumbnail tab

Upload a Thumbnail image for the course by clicking Choose File.

This is a great habit to get into for your students, it makes the course/project more student friendly.

Choose a Course Color by providing the hexadecimal number or clicking the field and using the color chooser.

Thumbnail tab

Landing Page tab

Use the text editor to create the Landing Page content you want students to see on visiting the Course Home page.

The landing page is a great place to put your contact information for parents.  Another addition might be a link to the school's website.

You can also edit this content using the Activities tool.

Landing Page tab

Scores tab

in the General section, specify the:

In the Course-Grade View section, check the box(es) to indicate they way(s) you want student performance indicated: Points, Percent (%), Letter grade, and/or Minutes spent.

Scores tab

In the Grade Scales section:

  • Edit existing grade scales by clicking the pencil (edit) icon next to it.
  • Click Add grade scale and provide:
    • The grade scale Name.
    • The grade scale Type (Points, Percent (%), Percentile (class rank), or Distribution).
    • Name each possible grade and specify the minimum score a student must earn to receive it, and specify the "failing" grade in the anything lower field. Click the garbage can (delete) next to a row to remove it and click Add bracket to create additional rows.
  • Use the dropdown to choose the Course grade scale; grade scales you create and/or edit appear in this dropdown.
  • Use the dropdown to choose the Objective grade scale to use in the course; grade scales you create and/or edit appear in this dropdown.

The Grading Categories section lists existing grading categories. ( We don't recommend using this section, just ignore it)

  • Click the garbage can (delete) icon to remove that category and Add to create a new category.
  • Check the Use weighted categories box to enable an editable numeric weight field next to each grading category listed. ( you will likely ignore this box)
  • Check the Show category details box to expand each category to show:  ( Ignore this box)

The Grading Periods section allows you to enable, create, and define individual grading periods within the course. The grades for these periods can be finalized individually.

  • Check the Use grading periods box to enable.
  • Click the garbage can (delete) icon to remove periods and Add to create new periods.
  • Each grading period needs a Name (first field) and a numeric weight (second field).
  • Video:  How to create grading periods

The Options section lets you indicate whether you want to:

  • Allow students to see comparative class statistics.
  • Hide student course-completion percentage.
  • Skip non-activity items when auto-generating due dates.
  • Automatically assign zero scores to past-due activities.

Use the Enrollment Completion section to indicate in which of the following ways course completion is triggered. This is particularly important for continuous enrollment courses:

  • Manual completion. ( You will most likely choose this every time)
  • Automatic when all items are complete; this option asks you to check or uncheck the Require course passing score box.
  • Automatic when all gradable items are complete; this option asks you to check or uncheck the Require course passing score box.
  • Automatic when all items in this category are complete; this option asks you to check or uncheck the Require course passing score box and choose the desired category from the dropdown.

Use the Formative Assessment section to specify:

  • The Minimum number of questions that need to be aligned with an objective for a student to show mastery.
  • The overall Minimum score (%) a student has to earn on those questions in order to skip the activities meant to teach the objective.

Use the Remediation Assessment section to specify:

  • The Minimum number of questions that need to be aligned with an objective in order for Echo to assess mastery.
  • The overall Minimum score (%) a student can earn on those questions before receiving remediation activity suggestions.

The Badge section allows you to choose a badge that students receive upon completing the course.

Multi-Outcome Scoring tab

To set up Multi-Outcome Scoring:

  1. Click Enable multi-outcome scoring
  2. Check the boxes next to the pre-existing outcomes that you want to track in the Import Scoring Outcomes window and click OK.
Multi-Outcome Scoring tab
  1. This window displays the outcomes you imported; from here, you can:
    • Import more outcomes by clicking Import.
    • Adjust the Grading Weight you want each outcome to carry; the Percent column values change with adjustments and always add up to 100%.
    • Use the garbage can (delete) icon to remove outcomes; an undo arrow appears to bring the outcome back.
    • Create new outcomes by clicking Add and providing a Title, Description, and Weight; click the checkmark to save and the x to cancel. Once saved, use the pencil (edit) icon to make changes.
  2. Click Save. To disable Multi-Outcome Scoring in a course, delete all outcomes from the Course Folder and click Save.
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