Course Variations are a specific type of course sharing in CourseTune where some information is allowed to change on the proxy courses, while still being dynamically connected to an originator course, called the Base Variation. The Variations feature ensures a consistent curriculum architecture while allowing for the natural variation caused by modality, instructor, learning resources, assessments, and time-frame. The same course might be delivered in very different modalities with different circumstances that impact the learning and assessment strategies. If you are a Manager or Admin, you can turn on Variations, and create variations on courses.
For example, the course “College Algebra, Math 141” might have eight variations:
- F2F 15-week (base variation)
- F2F 8-week
- F2F Project-based
- Hybrid 8-week
- Online 15-week
- Hyflex Fall 2020 13-week
- Dr. Bear’s Section
- Dr. Mouse’s Section
Create a Variation when you need to change the modality, delivery, or assessment strategy, but not the essential goals, outcomes, or objectives. Any changes made to the Base Variation dynamically update to all the Variations of that course.
CourseTune Managers or Admins must first turn on the Variations feature on a course before a new variation can be created. Once the Variations feature has been turned on, Managers or Admins can create new Course Variations. You can easily tell if the Variations feature has been turned on by the solid white circle around your circle graph.
To turn on the Variations feature, check out this article: How do I turn on the variations feature?
Ready to create a Course Variation?
Step 1: First, you need to be in the course (level-4 object), and make sure Edit mode is turned on. Next, click on the Variations icon in the right panel, and click the plus sign +.
Step 2: In this panel, you will be able to name your variation, and choose your bundle organization. Choosing No bundle organization means you will have a blank bundle side and can start fresh by adding new bundles. Choosing Base Variation means all bundles on the base are copied over, and you can then edit those.
Note: The Base Variation serves as the base from which all variations can be created. The bundle side and course activities can be added/edited on each variation. The elements that cannot be edited on a variation make up what we call the Course Nucleus. The Nucleus includes the core, or essential information, like the "DNA" of a cell:
- Course name, description, ID, and number of credits
- C-layer type, names, descriptions and IDs
- Learning objectives and arrangement in the C-layer
- Mappings of the learning objectives to any outcome sets
Want to find out more about variations? Check out these articles:
- Glossary: Variations
- Glossary: Course Nucleus
- Glossary: Base Course
- How do I edit a variation?
- Who can do what on course (level-4 object) variations?
- How do I switch between variations?
- What's the difference between a variation and an archive?
- How do I add activities to my course (level-4 object) variation?