Recommended Process For Updating Your Course(s)

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What is a Sandbox?

Sandbox courses are made available to professors so they may explore DC Connect tools and features, or develop new content, in a private space. The recommended process for copying course materials from one semester to the next makes use of the Sandbox Management Widget, found on the My Home page of DC Connect.

The Sandbox Management Widget can be used by faculty to add, edit (rename), and delete their suite of sandbox courses.

Detailed supporting documentation for this tool can be found in this PDF.

Sandbox Management Tool [PDF]

How do I use my Sandbox?

Check out this short video on the simplest way to copy your course into your sandbox:

Begin by creating a new sandbox for the course materials you would like to copy forward. After creating the new sandbox course, use the Edit feature to assign a unique and/or meaningful name to it. A course code and number for example.

The next step is to access the newly renamed sandbox and copy the course materials from the appropriate source.

Supporting documentation for the Copy Components tool of DC Connect can be found in this PDF.

Copy Components Tool [PDF]

External Integrations

If your course has connections to external, third party resources (e.g online publisher assessment tools, virtual proctoring, etc.), do not enable them at this time. You will do so once your materials have been copied to the upcoming semester’s CRN.

Now It’s Time to Review and Update

Once the desired materials have been copied into your sandbox, it is time to review the content and activities and make the necessary updates.

Click on the Title or plus sign for more information on the topics below.

New Semester Available

When the new semester sections become available in DC Connect, access your new CRN and copy all the updated materials from the appropriate sandbox course.

Following the copy process, you will need to enable any necessary Intelligent Agents, re-enable Turnitin on Assignment Submission Folders, and enable third party integrations (such as Examity, and MindTap, etc.).

A Final Note

Although it is possible to copy directly from one CRN to another without using a sandbox course, using the sandbox as an intermediary allows you to carefully consider the release of materials to students and avoids a flood of confusing (and likely erroneous) notifications to your future students.