Master and Practice Courses
Master and Practice courses must be requested by Faculty and Designers via the "Request a D2L Course Offering" area. After the request is made the courses are created manually by Ecat Team support staff via an overnight process.
|Master Course||Practice Course|
|Non-Credit Course||Copy Org to Org|
Instructors can request Master courses to help them manage content related to 'live' for-credit courses. Though a master course is not essential, instructors may wish to create a circumstance where a Master course holds the most up-to-date version of a corresponding 'live' for-credit course. When a 'live' for-credit course becomes available at a later date, the instructor then uses the Copy Components from Another Org Unit process to move the "updated-in-the-master-course" course contents, components, links etc. to the initially blank 'live' for-credit course offering.
Some instructors use a one-to-one relationship between their traditionally taught 'live' for-credit offerings and a master course specific to each 'live' for-credit course offering. Others work straight out of one master or practice course offering to update certain things in all their upcoming and 'live' for-credit course offerings. Others do not use a master or practice course offering at all, preferring instead to 'export' their course after it has been run, 'import' the exported .zip file into the newest 'live' for-credit course offering(s) and then update the course content, dates etc. to reflect the upcoming semester. Diversity - the spice of life!
Example of typical Master course use:
Instructor 'A' worked in her master course circa the month of February (Spring semester) as she did not yet have access to the next semester's (Fall semester) version of the course she was preparing. The Fall semester 'live' course was not available yet because the 'live' courses associated with the upcoming Fall semester do not typically appear in D2L until somewhere around late March/early April - after registration opens. After the 'live' course appeared, the instructor copied her work into the 'live' course via the 'Copy Components from Another Org Unit' process and then checked her course through - adjusting any peculiarities. The instructor wanted to get out ahead of the curve - and used the Master course to do it.
A practice course is generally used to test tools and procedures as necessary for anyone who has this type of course. Note that this type of course can also be used in the 'Copy Components from Another Org Unit' process.
A Non-Credit course (NC) is a course that is offered via the D2L (D2L) Learning Environment that is not offered as an MSU-Bozeman regular for-credit course. A regular for-credit course is defined as “…a class with specified learning goals which the student is required to meet in order to pass the course and that may be applied toward the fulfillment of degree requirements at a college or university."
Instructors or departments need to contact Ecat Support staff if they wish to create a Non-Credit course offering.
For information on this process select the link below:
Ecat Team support tutorial - How to Copy Content Between Courses
A note about Copy Components from Another Org Unit process:
The 'Copy Components from Another Org Unit' process is good but does not differentiate between old and new content etc. so faculty and designers need to be on their toes in regards to what is in their Master course prior to making any copy to a 'live' for-credit course offering. Bad links, past versions, course files will come along with the copy - it is an additive process only - generally, when using the process, IT DOES NOT OVERWRITE (with the exception of course files if so selected for overwrite).
Note also that under certain conditions there can be problems with some of the contents, dates, links and so forth that are copied from one course into another using the copy process. Instructors should always check through their course to make sure all is functioning properly after using the 'Copy Components from Another Org Unit' process.
Finally, note that if individuals want to clean their master course out there is no magic button to clean with - it is a manual process and individuals must clean all tools (delete dropboxes, discussion areas, quiz area etc.) as D2L definitely demonstrates persistence.