FlipIt > How can I access and edit Global Course Settings?

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Select "Global Course Settings" from the "Instructor Links" drop-down menu


Click the "Course Settings" tab

To edit course properties, press the Edit button. When in edit mode, you can save any changes by pressing the Save button located at the bottom left of the panel.


Course title

The course title is what appears at the top of each page. Editing this field will change the course title immediately.

School name

The school name is what appears just below the course title at the top of every page. Editing this field will change the school name immediately.

Time zone

This should be the time zone of the course's institution. Calendar events and assignment dates are stored on the servers in UTC format. In the various views these dates and times will be converted to the time zone defined here. Editing this field will change the time zone immediately.

Start date

This will be the default reference date for generating the course schedule. In addition, the course calendar only displays the months in and between the course start and end dates.

Editing this property will have an immediate impact on the course calendar display. It will not change any assignment due dates or special event dates if these events were defined prior to the change.


End date

This will be the date when the course will become an inactive course. All assignment due dates should be before this date. In addition, the course calendar only displays the months in and between the course start and end dates.

Editing this property will have an immediate impact on the course calendar display. It will not change any assignment due dates or special event dates if these events were defined prior to the change. 


Allowing students to view the course

Your students will only be able to access your course if this option is selected. If selected and if the course date is in the future, students will still be able to access the course. It is advised to leave this option unselected while you set up your course.

While unselected, students still will see the course listed on their course account page, but the course title will appear as plain text rather than a link. Below the course title the message "Ask your instructor to make this course accessible" will appear.


Course Access Key

The course access key is a unique 4-10 alpha-numeric code that students and instructors will need to join your course. Changing the key will not affect current enrollments.

In addition this key is needed by instructors when they try to create a new course by making a copy of yours.


Allow instructors to copy course

If you leave this box unchecked, other instructors will not be allowed to copy your course.


Name used to refer to student ID

Institutions usually assign their students a unique identifier, the name of which varies across institutions. Enter the name of your institution's unique identifier (e.g. Student IDnetID, University ID, etc.).

Students will be asked to enter a value for this identifier during the course enrollment process (see read How can I join a course as a student? for additional information). The name you use for this identifier will be displayed during the enrollment process. Changing the name of this identifier will immediately change the text seen during the course joining process.

In the FlipIt system this identifier is also known as the Unique ID. This value is displayed in the table of enrollments on the course account page and on the Manage Roster page, in the instructor grade book, and on several other pages.


Student id filter

You can set a filter for how students should enter a student id (i.e.,the Unique ID field described above) during the course enrollment process. The filter includes a minimum and maximum number of characters and whether certain characters should be required or prohibited. When students enter an ID that does not pass the filter, they will receive a message informing them what is required.

NOTE: Changing this filter will only affect future enrollees. It will not invalidate the IDs of existing enrollments.


Default tolerance

The default tolerance determines how close a student's answer needs to be to a numeric input question in order to be considered correct. For example, if the answer to a numeric question is 18.75 and the default tolerance is set to 3%, then a student submission of 18.2 would be considered correct (off by 2.93%), but a submission of 18.1 would be considered incorrect (off by 3.47%).

The default tolerance gets assigned to a problem (i.e., unit item) for a student (not at the class level) when the student submits their first answer attempt to the problem.

NOTE: Changing the tolerance parameter will only affect a student's future submissions to questions of problems the student has not yet attempted. Any prior submissions will be evaluated with the tolerance defined when the student first attempted those problems. This means that two students could have their answers to the same problem judged with different tolerances if the default tolerance was changed after the first student started the problem but before the second student started the problem.


Maximum answer attempts

This parameter sets the maximum number of answer attempts students can try for a given question. For example, if the maximum number of attempts is set to 5, then each student will have 5 tries for each question to answer the question correctly. Note that this sets a limit of attempts at the question level and not at the problem level, which may consist of several questions.

Changing this value will have an immediate impact across all students and questions, whether attempted or not, throughout the course. For example, if a student had submitted 8 answers to a question and then the maximum number of attempts was lowered by the instructor to 5, then the system would no longer allow the student to make any more submissions to that question.

This parameter can be set to any positive integer, but it is recommended to not exceed 100 for performance benefits if ever the assignment needed re-grading after students had already started it. (Every re-grading attempt, whether by an edit to a problem in the assignment or by forced re-grading, requires the system to evaluate every student submission in the assignment.)



Whenever a student has 10 or fewer submissions left for a question, a warning message is displayed telling the student how many submissions have been made, how many are allowed, and how many are left.


Once a student reaches the submission limit, the Submit button will disappear and they will no longer be able to make any more submissions to the question. The warning message will inform them that they have reached the limit.


Instructors will be able to reset questions for students so that they can once again make submissions to questions. This is accomplished by viewing the problem as the student and pressing the Reset button for the desired question.

Reset warning: Note that doing a question reset for a student will erase all prior submissions to that question for that student.


Allow students to see question solutions

Enable this property if you want students to see solutions to questions. Questions can have solutions added to them. These solutions are always available to instructors. If this feature is enabled for students, then the solutions will become available to them after the last class deadline for the assignment.

The availability of solutions is different for problems in a Mastery item cluster. In this case, solutions will become available once the student presses the Check for Mastery button, regardless of class deadlines or the assignment feedback date.

Changing this parameter will have an immediate impact on all questions, regardless if students had prior access to the solutions or not.


Allow $ to be a LaTeX delimiter

The FlipIt system uses MathJax to display LaTeX expressions. Enable this property if you want to use the "$" symbol to open and close your TeX expressions. If disabled, then "$" will render as a normal dollar sign. Changing this property will have an immediate effect in rendering TeX expressions in your course pages.


Maximum number of items that can be solved by a student for "Limited Attempt Item Clusters"

This is the maximum number of attempts a student has to answer a "Limited Attempt" question.


Assignment type titles

The assignment types of PreLectures, Bridge Questions, and Problem can be assigned different titles. These titles will be displayed in your course across all the views where these assignment titles appear. Changing these titles will have an immediate effect in rendering the titles throughout your course.