EdgeEX — Customizing a course for a section

Use this article to customize a course for a section, including exam-only sections and sections for a specific marking period.

For information about how course customization works, reference EdgeEX — Customizing courses overview.

 Permission

You must have the following permission to complete the steps on this page: EdgeEX Customize Assigned Course Section.

To check your permissions, reference Checking your educator permissions.

 Tip

You can customize courses at the district, school, section, and enrollment level (single student). The wording at the top-right of the Customization Editor shows you which level you are customizing the course for.

For example, if you're customizing a section, here's what it looks like:
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Continue to the instructions below for:

Common scenarios for customizing courses for a section

Most of the time, a section will have the same course structure as the course in the School Catalog. That is, in most cases, all sections are customized in the same way. However, there are several scenarios in which sections of the same course might have different customizations, including exam-only sections and sections created for a particular marking period.

Choose one of the following to learn how to customize a section to fit your needs:

Creating an exam-only section

In heritage Imagine Edgenuity, educators can create exam-only courses from the Manage Courses page. In EdgeEX, you can create an exam-only section for either semester using customization. (You cannot yet create an exam-only section for the full-year version of a course; that will come later in 2024.)

When creating an exam-only section, you can:

  • Hide all the content from the course structure except for the exam (and the practice exam, if you wish).
  • When asked whether you want to include the hidden content in tests and exams, select all the content you want assessed (you can select it all, or you can choose specific units or lessons to be included in the exam).

To create an exam-only section, complete the following steps:

  1. Create a new section from the School Catalog
  2. Once the section is created, customize the section using the steps in Customizing a course for a section below.
Creating a section for a particular marking period

In heritage Imagine Edgenuity, educators can create copies of courses for each marking period (for example, first nine weeks, quarter 1). In EdgeEX, you can create a section for a particular marking period using customization. (Later in 2024, you will also be able to add additional splits to a course, so that you can create multiple sections for a given marking period more easily.)

When creating a section for a marking period that is smaller than a semester, you can:

  • Create two sections for each semester (or more, if there are more marking periods per semester).
  • Hide the second half of the course structure in the section for Marking Period 1.
  • Hide the first half of the course structure in the section for Marking Period 2.
  • If you wish to include an exam in the second marking period that assesses the entire semester, you can do so by opting to assess hidden content in the section for Marking Period 2.

 Note

You do not need to customize sections for a semester; simply assign the already-created semester version of the course to the section when you create it.

To create a section for a marking period, complete the following steps:

  1. Create a new section from the School Catalog
  2. Once the section is created, customize the section using the steps in Customizing a course for a section below.

Customizing a course for a section

  1. Access the applicable section.
  2. On the left navigation, click Content.
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  3. In the center pane, click Customize.
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  4. When the Customization Editor displays, make the desired changes:

     Note

    • If you are creating an exam-only section, hide all content except for the final exam. If you wish, you can also keep the practice exam.
    • If you are creating a section for a marking period, hide all the content that is not included in the marking period.
    Feature Description
    Preview activity

    Click an activity's tile to view the activity.
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    Reorder elements

    You can change the order of Semesters, Units, Lessons, and Activities.

    From either the left navigation or the main pane of the page, click the right side of a tile to move the element. 

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    Hide elements

    You can hide Semesters, Units, Lessons, and Activities.

    Click the checkmark next to the name of the element to hide it.

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    Hidden elements display in the course structure in grey. 

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    Filter and hide by activity type

    At the top of the page, click Activities.
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    In the list that displays, deselect the box next to the activity type that you would like to hide. For example, if you want to hide all the quizzes from a course, uncheck the button next to Quiz.
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    Once you have deselected a type, all activities of that type display in the course structure in grey.
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    Add content Add lessons to a course from the EdgeEX course library. For steps, reference EdgeEX — Customizing courses: Adding a lesson to a course, section, or enrollment.
  5. To undo your last change, click Undo at the top-right of the page.
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     Tips

    • You can also use keyboard shortcuts (CTRL+Z on a PC, CMD+Z on a Mac) to undo a change.
    • To undo all changes, click the X at the top-right of the page. 
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      On the Discard Changes window that displays; click Confirm.
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  6. At the top-right of the page, click Publish.
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  7. On the Apply Customizations to Section screen, review the changes; then click Next.
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  8. Determine if you want hidden content included in assessments. Check or uncheck the boxes as applicable; then click Next.
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     Notes

    • The Hidden Content section only populates if you have hidden entire lessons. Otherwise, it remains blank.
    • If you are creating an exam-only course, select the Check All button to include all the content you have hidden in Tests and Exams. (Or, if you prefer to only assess certain lessons, you can leave lessons you do not want assessed unchecked here. This is a good way to assess only power standards or other essential content.)
  9. Determine how you want to apply the changes to enrollments and select or deselect the radio button. Then click Next.
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  10. Review the grade weights and make any changes; then click Apply.
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     Note

    If you are creating an exam-only section, adjust the grade weights so that the exam is weighted 100%.

  11. A confirmation page displays; click Done.
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Video: Seconds to Success — Course Customization

The following short video provides a walkthrough of customizing a course.