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Course Builder

Do one of the following:

  • Click on Course Builder under Design in the Course Administration widget. (See Homepages and Widgets to add the Course Administration widget)
  • Click Edit Course from your course navbar and click Course Builder.
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  • Click Course Builder from the navbar. (See Navigation to add Course Builder to your navbar)

Course Builder help topics


About Course Builder

Course Builder enables you to interact with your course materials, learning experiences and assessments in one consolidated interface so you can visualize and review your entire course at once. The Course Builder interface is straightforward and efficient, transforming the process of course design and set-up from multiple steps in different tools into simple one-step actions. Whether you're starting from scratch or updating existing courses, Course Builder is an excellent tool for planning and organizing course materials.

As you build your course, Course Builder interacts with the following BeachBoard tools:

  • Content
  • Manage Files
  • Discussions
  • Dropbox
  • Quizzes
  • Grades
  • Competencies

Course Builder also extends instructional design guidance provided by the Instructional Design Wizard by implementing and displaying the blueprint you create in the wizard. If you decide not to use the Instructional Design Wizard, Course Builder still enables you to incorporate instructional design best practises when planning your course. As you build your course outline with modules and placeholders, you can add notes to each module and placeholder summarizing your course goals and learning objectives. When you are ready, you can populate your outline by creating appropriate lessons and activities within Course Builder.

Interface Overview

The Course Builder user interface contains three main sections: the Toolbox, Canvas and Selected Node Panel. From the Toolbox, you can move modules, placeholders and objects onto the Canvas to build your course structure. On the Canvas, you can visualize course structure and rearrange those modules, placeholders and objects. Details for selected nodes (modules, placeholders or objects) on the canvas appear in the Selected Node Panel.
Course Builder user interface screenshot

For further details about the functionality of each Course Builder panel, see Understanding the organization of Course Builder. To learn more about nodes, modules, placeholders and objects, see Understanding nodes, modules, placeholders and objects.

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