Course Properties and Features

It is important to check the settings, add standards, and set up the grade book before you begin creating content within a course.

You can find course settings by selecting the "more" option in the course menu and then choosing "Course properties and features."

In the first tab that you should add terms to your course if they are not already listed. Courses created through an integration may already have terms added. (Terms are grading segments for your school or district.) 

You will want to connect your course to terms if you are going to use the grade book. 

Choose “add term” then select the terms for the entire year. If there are no terms listed for you to select, contact your itslearning administrator. 

Once you have selected the appropriate terms, choose “add. Then ensure the appropriate functions and permissions are set for your course.


  • Show Links: The links function provides a space in the side bar for links. Within this menu, site URL's may be listed for easy student access.
  • Show the Bulletin Board: Allows for a news block to be included as part of the course dashboard. 
  • Planner: The planner allows the instructor to create a scope and sequence for the course, while automatically building  a course tree. This option enables the planner within the course.
  • Show Participants: If this option is unchecked, participants (students) will not be able to view other participants within the course. 
  • Use files in a course: Ignore this option, it is a legacy function.
  • Show Follow-up and Reports: Follow-up and Reports includes a grade book, standards mastery report, and other general reports. If this option is unchecked, these reports will be unavailable to all users.
  • Portfolio Assessment: Portfolio assessment allows students to create working and showcase portfolios of course work. This option should be checked if you'd like to use an ePortfolio with the course or if you want to assign personalized tasks through the recommendation engine.
  • Use Grade Book: This option will allow you to use the grade book within a course. Depending on the school or district, you may be able to integrate the itslearning grade book with your student information system.
  • Learning Objectives: This option will allow you to attach standards to elements within your course and track mastery of the standards.


Allow withdrawal: This option allows a student to manually withdraw from a course (if the course does not integrate with your student information system)

Allow AICC communication: Ignore this option, it is a legacy function.

Accessible in course catalog: If you have the appropriate permissions, you may add your course to a local or external course catalog. The local catalog includes your school or district, while the external catalog includes the itslearning global community. If your course is added to a catalog, you will have three options for registration:

  1. Approval - students must apply for access to a course and await your approval
  2. Registration key - a key must be given to students to access the course
  3. Freely - anyone may add themselves as participants in your course

Share as a Template

If you have the rights and wish to share your course as a template, which means that other teachers can create a course based on your course. This is often utilized when teachers are creating master courses for future use. Courses can be shared at the school or district level.

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