Can I associate one or more blueprints with one course? For example a English Department Blueprint and a School Blueprint on one course?
Thanks for the tag, Chris Hofer. Kudos to Sharon Oxford for coming up with her inventive solution to this, and in fact, what Sharon has done is the ONLY solution that can be done. Here is the second line in the blue box at the top of the appropriate page in the administrator's guide, namely How do I associate a course with a blueprint course as an admin? :
Once a course is associated with a blueprint course, it cannot be associated with any other blueprint course.
To test this out, I tried exactly what Matthew Moore would like to do: created two separate blueprint courses and then tried to associate it with the same English course. First blueprint: no problem. Second blueprint: the course I wanted to associate it with could not be retrieved at all in the search window. I had to remove the association from the first blueprint course, and then I could indeed associate the course in the second blueprint course.
Still, that is not to say that this can necessarily all run smoothly without the proper communication! I dreamed up a nightmare scenario that, of course, could never possibly happen in real life:
If you already guessing that the end result will be three assignments of the same name residing in that one faculty member's course site, then you are absolutely correct! Interestingly, however only ONE of these is locked on the associated course, rather than two. That's actually good, and I'm glad this happened. Because (you may remember) faculty cannot delete an assignment that is locked/blueprinted in their course site....they can only unpublish it, at the most. So, at least the faculty member can delete two of the assignments with the same name rather than face the prospect of having two assignments that could not be removed.
So why is this? As further experimentation showed, once a course is unassociated from the blueprint course, the locks, as they were, are removed. The assignment/material remains, but not the locked status. The locked status will only remain if the course remains associated with the blueprint course that pushed it out to them.
Nevertheless, you could see where some things might get a wee bit confusing the faculty member. I would say so long as the school-wide site sends out only material that pertains to the institution as a whole and the English Department sends out material that only pertains to its department and not to school-wide matters, then indeed, as Sharon notes, this can work.
But the bottom line is you cannot have one course associated with two blueprints. Which is as it should be!
Hi Matt, We have done this with English classes at our school. First we associate a blueprint with the modules that that they want in the course. Then, we unassociate the courses from that blueprint and associate it with the specific blueprint that will be used throughout the semester. In your example, I would associate the School blueprint, then unassociate it and associate the English Department blueprint to the course.
Have you found a way to automate unassociation of Blueprints?
Background on why: When fall courses are created with Blueprints, it also updates current active summer courses and we do NOT want that as it changes content, assignments, due dates and in some cases the gradebook. So far, the solution seems to be that we would have to unassociate the summer courses to push Fall courses.
Are you able to associate two at the same time or does that cause problems?
Hi Matthew Moore...
Let's see what Ken Black has for feedback on this...as he has done extensive testing with Blueprint courses.
Ken Black Thanks for the expert advice. I do not usually use the lock function when using blueprint and had not even thought about what would happen at that point. It is nice to know that the only item that is locked is the item that is currently associated to the blueprint. Thanks for answering Matthew Moore's question as well. It does seem that you cannot associate two blueprints at the same time.
Thanks for your help, but I do have a need for two or more blueprints per course. Associating and disassociating would work, but then makes the process less automatic. I appreciate all the solutions, but I just need the answer to the original question at this point.
Ken Black answered your original question.
Matthew: Can I associate one or more blueprints with one course? For example a English Department Blueprint and a School Blueprint on one course?Ken: But the bottom line is you cannot have one course associated with two blueprints.
Matthew: Can I associate one or more blueprints with one course? For example a English Department Blueprint and a School Blueprint on one course?
Ken: But the bottom line is you cannot have one course associated with two blueprints.
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