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Courseware Back-to-School Planning Guide

Courseware Back-to-School Planning Guide

Whether you’re kickstarting a new implementation of Edmentum Courseware or picking up right where you left off last school year, we want to make sure that you have resources available to get this new school year started off right. We’ve put together our top suggestions to help you set up your account for the coming semester, explore the top features your program has to offer, and spotlight best practices from stories of successful implementations.

Prepare Your Account for the New Year

Our wonderful consultants and customer support team are only a call away and are happy to guide you through some of the initial steps needed to get your implementation off the ground. But, we also want to empower you to know just where to go for some helpful, easy-to-follow how-to resources.

1. Review updates: No matter if you’re brand new to Courseware or a Courseware expert, you’ll want to check out the What’s New Page to view what new features have recently become available and see what enhancements are on the horizon.

2. Manage users: Each new school year says goodbye to graduating classes and ushers in new educators and new students. Account administrators will want to remove the students who have graduated, promote current students who have moved up a grade level, and import new students and educators into the program.

3. Manage sections: While account admins can adjust teachers and students into the system from the Administration Center, individual teachers have the ability to manage their own section. This is the perfect time to update sections and classrooms and manage students within these sections.

4. Know where to find self-help: When in doubt, visit the Help Center! The Help Center is a purple button you will often see on the top right of your screen. You’ll find simple, self-service resources like user guides; short, step-by-step instruction documents; and best-practice videos. At the bottom of the Help Center window, you’ll see a link to our dedicated Support Site, where you’ll find our most popular support materials and be able to use the search bar to locate specific topics.

Explore Our Favorite Features

Many of the neat, new features we have available in Courseware are inspired by the educators who have given us feedback on what they’d like to see to enhance their experience. Here are a few of our favorite features that benefit students, instructors, and admins.

1. Student Toolbar: The student toolbar (found within tutorials and tests) contains helpful features, such as highlighter options to support reading and retention, a glossary of course terminology, guided notes on certain courses, a click-to-speak feature to visually see sentences and words highlighted while spoken aloud, and a translation tool that supports 18 languages.

2. Flex Assignments: This functionality allows increased flexibility for instructors to find and assign customized content directly to individual learners, groups, or the entire class. This tool is perfect for differentiation, remediation, acceleration, intervention, and whole-class subject enhancement because instructors are able to easily monitor progress along the way

3. Administration Dashboard: From the administration dashboard, admins are able to view a quick program snapshot of courses, program usage, and program performance. Access to managing courses and managing students has been integrated into this dashboard because it’s a feature frequently used by admins.

4. Gradebook: Our brand-new gradebook makes streamlined daily management of online learning even easier. Instructors are able to save time through auto-generated grading templates for each course section and through visibility into individual student grades (for the overall course and for individual learning activities) to easily monitor progress and gather actionable data needed to address individual learning.

Learn from Others’ Success

We frequently have the honor of hearing from our terrific customers across the country, and they’re all too eager to explain how they’ve made the program successful via presenting credit recovery programs and CTE programs and expanding course offerings to students (to name just a few ways schools have successfully used Courseware). Check out some of our favorite Courseware success stories here!

  • "Only in my room can you see a student learning Russian sitting next to a student trying to bring their math grade up from a 50, and they are helping each other. It’s a real community environment."

—Harolyn York, Student Achievement Center Instructor at Medomak Valley High School

  • "Going into Memorial Day weekend, one student found herself behind and unable to graduate with her peers. She worked through Courseware for a total of 45 hours over one week’s span. She graduated the next Sunday."

—Chris Mastrangelo, Principal at Malden High School

  • "If we use [Courseware] to augment portions or sections of our curriculum . . . what we found is that it really gave us better real-time feedback without us having to necessarily go through and grade everything by hand. So, in a 22-week program, you can understand how valuable that is to an instructor that might have to grade 200 papers in one day. So, that is a huge plus for them."

—Scott Monroe, Principal at Alaska Military Youth Academy

We’re constantly improving our programs based on your feedback. This summer was no different—in fact, we’re making some very exciting enhancements to streamline program management and reporting and to enrich curriculum that you won’t want to miss!

Want to see a live demonstration of all the program enhancements this summer? Or, maybe you have questions you want to ask a Courseware expert? Register here to join us for a one-hour live webinar! And, don’t forget to check back on our What’s New Page for a preview of the features that are soon to come to Courseware.

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Fabiola received her B.A. in Psychology and her M.A. in Sociology from Texas Woman's University. She happily joined the Edmentum family in the summer of 2014 and spent several years in the support and sales teams before serving as a Marketing Specialist. Fabiola is passionate about education and wishes to jumpstart educators and students on a path towards success by sharing resources and tools that will streamline their time spent inside and outside of the classroom.

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