In most JumpRope schools, the administration creates or imports class lists so that teachers don't have to. This feature is important because it allows multiple systems to stay synchronized and saves teachers a lot of time. Over the years, however, teachers have asked to be able to use JumpRope to take attendance and enter mastery data for their "unofficial" courses such as clubs or after-school activities. Similarly, many users have asked to be able to create and manage custom "groups" of students for the purposes of sub-dividing their students for projects or units of study.
To meet this need JumpRope has a feature called Custom Courses. Custom Courses allow you to create additional "courses" as part of your schedule. You can easily create and edit the class lists yourself, and you can call the course whatever you'd like. Once created, you can access nearly all of JumpRope's features for that courses including entering attendance, planning curriculum, and entering or viewing mastery scores. You can also share your custom courses with other JumpRope users.
Some schools may choose to disable Custom Courses (it can be enabled or disabled in the Admin Console under the Schedule page of the settings wizard), but if enabled for your school you can easily create a new Custom Course from the Courses tab by following the directions below:
Once you have clicked to create or edit a custom course, follow these directions:
In addition to the basic functionality described above, there are a few things to know about.
- Custom Courses will be shown alongside regular courses when it comes to mastery and attendance reports. Please be sure to give them a name that other teachers will understand.
- If you need a Custom Course to "count for" an existing course that is part of an external system (or to keep your courses organized on student mastery reports), you can use the Credited As feature to tell JumpRope which official course any scores should count towards.
- When you are done using a custom course, the best step is to archive the course as shown here. Doing so will remove the Custom Course from your schedule list but will not delete the associated enrollments, attendance, or scores in case you need it later. To view, edit, or un-archive a Custom Course that you have archived, click on the settings gear menu in the courses tab here.
- You can import, export, or print class lists from within the Course Properties window as pictured here. This makes it easy to quickly create multiple class lists from Excel spreadsheets. You can also clone an existing course's enrollments to quickly populate a custom course, and make small modifications as needed.
- You will need to share your curriculum in the Plan tab with Custom Courses just as you do with regular courses before you can enter scores. You can immediately begin to enter attendance.
- Please be conscious of "cluttering" student mastery views with too many courses or unclear course names. It's best if you're in touch with other teachers at your school who are also using Custom Courses so that you can agree on a naming convention.