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What are Defaults in a Community?

Default Class settings, default survey schedule, and default survey questions (collectively “Defaults”) are special rules that Community Leads can set to synchronize implementation across a Community (a group of Classes). For example, if all Classes in a Community are going to use the same Class settings, follow the same survey schedule, and/or include the same learning conditions on the survey, a Community Lead can set Defaults to ensure that those settings are applied to every new Class that is created in that Community.

Defaults are only applied to new Classes. Defaults are only applied when a Class is first created in a Community. They do not affect existing Classes. 

Defaults can be set for Class settings, including Roster ID Rule, Roster Locking and Target Group; survey schedule, and Survey Questions.

How does a Community Lead Set Defaults?

To set Defaults, a Community Lead can click the Default button on the Classes, Schedule, or Survey page, depending on what default(s) they want to set. 


 

 


Defaults Are Only Applied to New Classes

Once a Default is set in a Community, it is applied to every new Class created in that Community. For example, if default survey dates are set for Survey 1 (January 1–15) and Survey 2 (February 1–15), every new Class created in that Community will automatically inherit those survey dates.


Defaults are not applied to Classes that already exist in the Community, nor are they applied when existing Classes are added to other Communities that may have their own Defaults.

Specific Classes Can Override Defaults

Defaults only affect the initial setup of a new Class. They do not affect the ability of Class Leads or Community Leads to change the setup of a Class after it is created. For example, if an instructor was out sick during the default survey schedule for Survey 2, they can adjust the dates for their Classes to give themselves more time to collect surveys. Learn how to change settings for existing Classes.

Defaults Can Be Changed

Defaults can be changed as implementation expectations evolve for new Classes. For example, if default survey dates are set in December and include Survey 1 as January 1–15 and Survey 2 as February 1–15, they can be changed come January 16 so that any new Classes created after Survey 1 dates will inherit an alternate schedule. Remember: Defaults are only applied when a new Class is created in a Community.

Use Cases for Defaults

Defaults can be particularly helpful in a few use cases.

  • Before Classes are created: If all Classes in a Community will use the same Class settings, follow the same survey schedule, and/or include the same learning conditions on the survey, Defaults can be set to ensure those settings are applied to every new Class that is created in the Community. If Defaults are not set, new Classes must be configured manually.

  • If new Classes may be created in the Community in the future: Sometimes educators change their minds about what Classes they want to survey, or a new educator joins the Community after other Classes were already set up. In either case, new Classes get created in a Community. If Defaults are set, those new Classes will automatically get the correct Class settings, schedule, and/or survey content. If Defaults are not set, then the educators who created those new Classes will have to determine and apply the correct Class settings, survey schedule, and/or survey questions. (That’s a lot of extra work that can be avoided with Defaults.)

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