Before you create a new course, gather the materials that you will need and spend a few minutes planning out your instruction. Use the following checklist to ensure that you are ready to begin:
• Objectives defined
• Lesson plan defined
• Assignments selected
• Assessment selected
• Learning content selected (including existing content such as word documents, text content, web sites, or Acrobat files)
Click the New Course button.
If your domain has been set up to import objectives or state standards, you will be prompted to select state standards for your grade level. Make the appropriate selections and select Continue.
Enter the title and description of the course.
Enter the term for the course. The term could be anything from a defined school semester to simple naming scheme to organize courses.
Select the type of schedule for the course that you are creating:
If you select Traditional, specify the Start Date and End Date for the course. A Traditional course usually corresponds to a typical semester, and these are the dates that the student will have access to the course materials, so you may want to extend them a few days before and beyond the actual course dates.
If you select Continuous Enrollment, specify the number of days that the student should have access to the course materials. When you create enrollments in this course, the enrollment's end date defaults to today's date plus the number of days you specify here. A Continuous course is typically used for a self-paced course.
See Traditional vs. Continuous Enrollment Courses for more details.
Determine the course structure. Once this is specified, BrainHoney will build out the course structure for you, and you will be able to add in the individual learning components. There are three options for organizing your course:
Weeks - if you choose to organize your course by weeks, type the number of weeks for your course.
Modules/Units - If you choose to organize your course by modules and units, specify the number of modules and then number of units per module. The default naming scheme for this type organizaiton is modules and units, however you may customize it in whichever way fits your course (for example, you may want to change "Units" to "Lessons").
Major Topics - If you choose to organize your course by major topics, type the name of each major topic in the space provided. You may add or delete major topics.
When you have finished, click the Continue button at the bottom of the screen.
Specify grading categories. The Use weighted categories box is checked by default, which enables Grading Categories. You may change the names of the categories by typing in the category name boxes, and you may change the grade weights by typing a new weight in the corresponding weight box. To add a new category, click the Add button, and to delete an existing category, click to place your cursor in the box containing the desired category name, and click the Delete button.
If you want all learning activities to be weighted the same, remove the check from the check box, and Grading Categories will be disabled.
Grading Periods are disabled by default. To enable grading periods, check the Use Grading Periods box. There are four grading periods by default. You may add additional grading periods by clicking the Add button. To delete an existing grading period, click to place your mouse in the box containing the desired grading period name and click the Delete button. You may also modify the name or weight of a grading period in the name or weight box.
To designate how course will be completed, click the Advanced Online Course Settings arrow to reveal the settings.
Select the option for how a course will be considered complete:
• Manual: This option is most appropriate if all sections created from your course will be Traditional sections, where an instructor will be able to manually complete the course for all the students.
The Automatic enrollment completion settings are most appropriate if all sections created from your course will be Continuous sections:
• Automatic when all items are complete: This option is most appropriate if you want to insure students have completed each item. If you select this option, be sure to specify in the activity properties the number of minutes a student must view each learning activity to complete it.
• Automatic when all gradable items are complete: This option is most appropriate if you want to insure students have completed each gradable item.
• Automatic when all items in a specified category are complete: This option is most appropriate if you want to insure that students have completed each gradable item in a specific category.
If you are planning to include a formative assessment (pre-test) in this course, specifiy the minimum number of questions that should be included for each objective and the minimum score that students should achieve in order to demonstrate mastery of the objectives.
If you are planning to include a remediation assessment (post-test) in this course, specifiy the minimum number of questions that should be included for each objective and the minimum score that students should achieve in order to demonstrate mastery of the objectives.
Click Continue to continue with the next step.
Review the options and click Submit. The course is created. At this point, you may add students and enroll students in your course, edit the course syllabus, or create another course or section.