Every so often, JumpRope chooses to replace an existing feature with something better. In this case, a feature known as Course Templates used to be part of JumpRope's plan tab and allowed teachers and administrators to associate standards with a named template that other teachers could apply to their sections. There were several limitations to this approach, however, that prompted us to design a new and improved method to accomplish the same task. In contrast to the old course templates, the new Course Plans allow you to:
- Create Course Plans centrally from an administrative interface instead of within the teacher Plan tab.
- Share Course Plans across your entire district instead of only within the school.
- Allow teachers to browse all published Course Plans instead of needing to specifically share them with individuals.
- Associate units, assessments, and other custom data with your Course Plans that can also be imported into the Plan tab.
- Re-use Course Plans from year to year across multiple standards banks (where applicable).
To access the new Course Plan feature, log in to the District Admin tool, and click on the Manage Standards Bank button. Locate the Course Plans feature in the menu on the left, as shown here:
Click on the name of a Course Plan to make changes. Click on Create in the top right to create a new plan.
Most of the fields are self-explanatory, but a couple of notes:
- It's never a good idea to add a course plan to an archived bank - it's usually best to leave the Banks field at the default.
- More than one instruction level can be tagged to a course plan if it spans grade levels!
- By default, both In Design and Published course plans will be visible to teachers. Archived banks will be hidden from teachers. Reach out if you would prefer for In Design plans to be hidden.
- You can add as many standards as you'd like, and the field is searchable by code or title of the standard.
When you're done, press Submit and watch for any warnings or messages from the system.
To learn more about how teachers can access and apply Course Plans to their plan tab, check out this document: Importing from the Curriculum Design tool to the Plan tab