EdgeEX — Sections overview

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Looking for information about grouping students in heritage Imagine Edgenuity courses? Reference the following:

A section is an instance of a course associated with a teacher, a term type, a grade level, and a timeframe. Some sections might also represent a period for teachers who have more than one section of the same course.

Creating sections

Administrators create sections and assign them to teachers using these steps.

 Note

Sections can only be created and updated from the School Catalog.

 Tip

Sections can be used to control which students can be viewed by a teacher. If the See All Courses and Students permission is turned off, teachers will only be able to view EdgeEX data for students in their own sections.

  • Sections are best used when all the students are taking the same course.
  • Consider assigning sections to teachers based on groupings of students, such as periods of the day. 
  • Determine who teachers would need to see on the Educator Launchpad when they are monitoring alerts about their students.

Customizing sections

You can customize sections for a specific purpose, for example, exam-only sections or sections for a particular marking period. 

Enrolling students in sections

In EdgeEX courses, students are not enrolled into courses directly; rather, they are enrolled in a section of a course. Students are enrolled in sections the same way they are enrolled in heritage Imagine Edgenuity courses using these steps.

Term type

Every section has a term type of Fixed Enrollment. If the term type is Fixed, all students in the section have the same target date, regardless of when they are enrolled.

Selecting a start date

If a student is enrolled in a section on or before the start date is selected for the section, the student's start date will be the start date for the section. If a student is enrolled after the section's start date, their start date will be the date they are enrolled. This prevents a student from starting the course and already being behind. However, any student's start and target date can be changed manually at any time on the Manage Enrollments page.

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After teachers are assigned a section and students are enrolled in the section, alerts will display on the teacher's Educator Launchpad for the students enrolled in their section. We recommend only assigning teachers to sections they want to receive alerts about.

Navigating to sections

To navigate to existing sections of a course, complete the following: 

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Teacher Locate sections on the Manage Courses page. The EdgeEX logo EdgeEXLogo.png is a quick way to identify EdgeEX sections.
Administrator Locate the course in your School Catalog. A list of all sections displays.

Sections, Classes, and User Groups

EdgeEX courses have sections in addition to the Class and User Group functions for grouping students.

Benefits of sections

Sections are similar to Classes or User Groups in heritage Imagine Edgenuity courses because they are a way to organize students into groupings. However, because courses and sections have a parent-child relationship, there are many additional benefits to sections, including:

  • When an administrator makes changes to a course, the change can be pushed to one or more sections.
  • Students can be transferred from one section to another.
  • Administrators can view all sections of a course in one place.

Organizing students in sections, classes, and user groups

Students are enrolled directly to sections. For this reason, sections are a way to organize students without needing to create Classes or User Groups. However, if you want to view students within a section in smaller groupings, you can still use Classes or User Groups to do so.

You can filter to an existing Class or User Group to enroll all members in an EdgeEX course section. Then within the EdgeEX course, you can use the section to view those groups of students.

 Tips

  • Sections are best used when viewing all of the students in a specific section.
    • Example: You might want to customize course content or change the course options for students in a particular section.
  • Classes are best used when there is a group of students across different courses and sections that educators need to view data for. Create a Class when information about that group is not only meaningful to teachers, but to administrators who are monitoring data about the group.
    • Example: Consider a lab teacher who is an additional teacher on multiple sections. To view only their students, the lab teacher could filter the Manage Enrollments page and other reports using the Class filter.
  • User Groups are best used for a small group of students that a particular teacher is monitoring themselves, but that an administrator wouldn't need to be alerted about.
    • Example: A teacher may want to filter to view groupings of students who are at-risk or who have special needs.