Setting up and Configuring Subcourses
What are Subcourses?
Subcourses are available for any types of learning environments that manage multiple (usually smaller) groups of students under a larger "Parent Course". Typical examples involve course work with lab components, cohort/group meetings or breakout sections.
Subcourse Example: Data-Driven Instruction
In this example we will examine the setup for a undergraduate Financial Accounting Fundamentals course being taught to over 500 students meeting twice per week. Once in a large-lecture format taught by the Instructor and the other in one of the ten smaller lab components with only 50 students taught by one of the Graduate Assistant Team.
All attendance, assessment and learner progress information is aggregated from the ten sections which meet in the first half of the week (M-W) and made available for the large lecture instructor to help identify the most problematic concepts and where to focus the teaching time.
This setup allows for flexible approach to teaching for the Graduate Assistants but ensures a standardization of expected learning outcomes among all sections. There is also the benefit of cross-referencing formative learner activity and progress in the labs to the summative outcomes of midterm and final exams.
Creating Subcourses in CourseKey
- STEP 1: Log in to your CourseKey account via the web application and click on the Course Options icon (three green dots) for the course you want to add your subcourse under.
- STEP 2: Click on Create Subcourse.
- STEP 3: Enter the extension name for your subourse (Lab 1, Section 1, Group 1, etc).
- STEP 4: (Optional) Enter the name of the subcourse instructor (if needed).
- STEP 5: Enter the subcourse Schedule Information.
- STEP 6: Click on Finish to complete the setup process.
A Few Important Things to Note Regarding Subcourses:
When creating a subcourse under a parent course the join code from the parent course will disappear and a new code will be created next to the subourse.
- This allows any students who register in the subcourse to automatically be registered in the parent course.
- Students can only be registered on one subcourse at a time.
- All subcourses operate independently of the parent course and can host their own attendance sessions, questions, content, and assessments.
- Subcourses can only be accessed by student enrolled in them.