MyMathLab Coordinator Courses

August 23, 2010 at 9:06 am Leave a comment

If you are teaching two or more sections of the same course using MyMathLab and feel like you are needlessly doing double work to post an assignment, change due dates, or post an announcement, there is a way to improve this. In MyMathLab you can create a coordinator course that will cut your effort. The coordinator is like a parent course, and once it’s created you can create a member (or child) course for each section you are teaching. Assignments & announcements can be created in the coordinator course and they will trickle down to the member course.

Creating a Coordinator Course

Begin by creating a standard course. This could be a course you create from scratch, or a copy of a previous course you taught. I prefer to copy a course I have already taught, because it comes preloaded with my old assignments and announcements. If you have a series of your own material that you post through “Chapter Contents” or “eBook”, I’d recommend preloading these before making your member courses, because these materials from the Course Compass side do not trickle down to the member classes in the middle of the semester.

Once you are happy with your course, it is time to set it as a coordinator course. Go to the MyMathLab group in Control Panel and click on “Settings and Group Admin”. In the top section labeled General Settings, click “Edit” and change your course from a Standard Course to a Coordinator course. By the way, you cannot make a course into a coordinator course once students are enrolled in the course. Also, do not give the Course ID for the coordinator course, you will need to give them the Course ID for their specific member course.

Creating Member Courses

This is pretty easy. All you need to do is copy your coordinator course. (On your main screen, click on Copy an Existing Course and select the Course ID of your coordinator course.) This will import all of the content you have already created, and you can manage any dates or create new assignments/announcements from within your coordinator course. Give your student the Course ID that corresponds to their member course.

Managing Courses

To create an assignment for each course you are teaching, open your coordinator course and create an assignment just as you would for a standard course. When you finish, this will trickle down to each member course. If you want to change details for one class, you can then open your member course and make adjustments there.

The same set up holds true for creating a quiz, changing due dates for a homework assignment or quiz, or posting an announcement through the MML Homepage Manager. If you want to do something for all sections of the course, use your coordinator course. If you want to do something for just one section of the course, use your member course.

My Experience

Last semester I used a coordinator course for the first time with my Intro Stats class, and it really was a time saver. My only regret was that I had to post supplemental materials in the eBook of each member course because I did not realize this needed to be preloaded. However, once the semester ended, I have a perfect version to develop my next coordinator course from. By the way, once the semester ends, if you want to copy your coordinator course to create a coordinator course for the next semester you must change it back to a standard course, or you will end up with a member course instead of a coordinator course.

If you have any experience with coordinator courses, or if you have any questions about them, please share by leaving a comment, or reaching me through the contact page at my web site – georgewoodbury.com.

-George

I am a math instructor at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, CA. Each Monday I post an article related to MyMathLab on my blog. If there’s a particular topic you’d like me to address, or if you have a question or a comment, please let me know. You can reach me through the contact page on my website – http://georgewoodbury.com.

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