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Traditional vs. Continuous Enrollment Courses

When you create a new course or copy an existing one, you can specify whether the new course's scheduling is Traditional or Continuous Enrollment. Traditional is meant for traditional quarter- or semester-based courses, where students start class on the same day and end on the same day. Activity due dates, with few exceptions, are the same for everyone. Continuous Enrollment scheduling is for courses where students' start and end dates are varied, students progress at their own pace, and no two students necessarily have the same due date for a particular activity.

When you choose Traditional scheduling, you also specify a Start and End date. When you choose Continuous, you specify the number of days a student is expected to complete the course.

Schedule type

When you create enrollments in this course, BrainHoney uses these values to reasonably default the enrollment start and end dates, which ultimately control when students can participate in the course.

Specifying Enrollment Start and End Dates

Regardless of the course scheduling type, a student's access to a course is governed by the enrollment's start and end date, which you define when you create or edit an enrollment. When you create a new enrollment in a Traditional course, BrainHoney defaults the enrollment start and end date to the course's start and end dates, respectively. When you create an enrollment in a Continuous course, BrainHoney defaults the enrollment start date to today, and the end date to today + the number of Days defined on the Continuous course. You can accept the default dates or change them if necessary.

Defining Activity Due Dates

You can define activity due dates in Traditional courses using either the Schedule tab in the course syllabus or the date-time picker in the activity's properties page.

due date picker

Continuous courses do not display or enable these due-date options because no two students have the same due date.

When you assign an activity due date in a Traditional course, BrainHoney displays the due date in the student's grade page and prevents the student from submitting after it has passed. If you do not assign an activity due date, students can submit for that activity any time between their enrollment start and end dates.

Keeping Self-paced Students on Pace

Since Continuous course activities have no assigned due dates, BrainHoney encourages students to keep on pace by providing a Target End Date setting to the student and by automatically assigning activity due dates. Students can adjust their Target End Date to any date before their enrollment end date. BrainHoney calculates activity due dates by evenly spacing them up to the Target End Date. The student's grade page displays the calculated dates. Unlike Traditional courses, however, BrainHoney does not enforce these due dates and students can submit at any time.

If a student falls behind pace, whether in a Traditional course or a Continuous Enrollment course, BrainHoney lists the student in the teacher's Critical Students list so that the teacher can intervene, if necessary, to help the student succeed. (See Teacher Home Page for more details.)