Variations are a specific type of course sharing feature in Coursetune where some information is allowed to change on the proxy courses, while still being dynamically connected to the essential "DNA" of a specified course. The same course might be delivered in very different modalities with different circumstances that impact the learning and assessment strategies. The Variations feature ensures a consistent curriculum architecture while allowing for the necessary changes caused by different modalities, instructors, learning resources, assessments, and time-frames. As a Manager or Admin in Coursetune, you can turn on this feature for managers and editors to utilize.
Ready to turn on the variations feature for a course?
Step 1: Coursetune Managers and/or Admins can do this. First, you need to be at the course level, then click on the Variations icon in the right panel.
Step 2: Click the Variations OFF/ON toggle to create a Base Variation. 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 that gets passed along like "DNA" to the next generation of Course Variations:
- 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
You can read more information in the Head's Up! panel. Press OK to create the Base.
When the Variations feature has been turned on, a solid white circle will appear behind the course.
Please note that if the Variations feature is not turned on, the Variations icon in the right panel will be grayed out for viewers, commenters and editors.
Want to know more about Variations? Check out these articles:
- Glossary: Variations
- Glossary: Course Nucleus
- Glossary: Base Variation
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