The Course Settings view

Course > Settings displays general catalog information and settings for your course. Here are the tasks you'll start or perform here:

Clone from another course

Cloning copies content from past courses into your course. This saves you the slog of having to re-enter the same course content you added this time last year. If you want to just change a few things, you're free to edit any of the items you import using the clone feature.

  • Faculty users can only clone content from courses with the same abbreviation. That is, ENG101 can clone from other instances of ENG101, but not from MATH101.
  • Academic Admin users can clone content from any course into your course.
  • You cannot clone content if the course section is synced.

To clone another course's content into your course...

  1. Click Clone from another course.
  2. Check the items you wish to clone.
  3. Select the specific course instance from which you wish to clone them.
    • You can select different elements from different courses (e.g. clone the assignments from one and the links from another).
    • If you clone the same content from different courses, Populi overwrites the first with the second. For example, if you clone the tests from ENG101 Fall 2012 and then clone the tests from ENG101 Fall 2014, the 2014 tests will over-write those from 2012.
    • Faculty-added discussions will only clone if you also clone the lessons from the same course at the same time.
    • Only graded discussions will be cloned.
  4. Check to confirm your choices and Save.

Finalize course

Finalizing the course submits student grades to the registrar. Generally speaking, it's the last step you take when running your course—when you finalize, you include your students' course grades in their permanent academic records.

  • You can finalize individual students or the entire course all at once.
  • You can also finalize the course in the Gradebook or on the Final Grade page.

Read all about finalizing your course.

Faculty-controlled settings

Most course info is entered by the registrar or comes from the course catalog. You can modify these items here: Description, Sync, Student Access, Progress, and Discussions.

Start/End dates and Student Access

Start/End dates confine student activity in the course to the time between those dates. Students cannot interact with course materials before the start date nor after the end date. If you wish to allow student access outside the start/end dates, ask an admin to change the Student Access date within the Start/End dates field.


You can modify the description for individual sections of the course. This does not affect the master description in the course catalog. You can also modify the course name for particular students in the course roster. The description will appear on the Syllabus view.


Syncing shares content among different sections of the same course in the same term.

  1. Click Sync.
  2. Check to confirm.
  3. Click Save to finish.
  4. Repeat these steps for each course section you wish to sync.

Stuff worth remembering about syncing...

  • Any changes made to the content in one synced section affects all of the other synced sections!
  • Populi syncs all course content—files, supplies, reading list, assignments, lessons, and tests (there's no picking-and-choosing as with cloning).
  • Synced tests only sync the assignment and test name. You will need to import questions into the synced version of those tests.
  • Synced discussions only sync the discussion title and topic.
  • Syncing does not affect rosters, grades, attendance, faculty, or schedules.
  • It only works with sections of the same course (i.e. MATH101 won't sync with MATH102).
  • If you sync courses after grades have been entered, you will lose those grades. If you're gonna sync courses, do so at the beginning of the term, and not the end!


The Published setting determines whether or not your students can see course content. This can help prevent over-eager students from, for instance, buying the wrong books ahead of time after looking at a "work-in-progress" reading list. When a course is Published, they have full access to it. When it is not, they'll only be able to see the course name, description, pass/fail status, credits/hours, faculty, and meeting times.

  1. Click Published.
  2. Selected Yes or No.
  3. Click Save to finish.


Progress determines whether your students can view their in-progress grades.

  1. Click Progress.
  2. Check or uncheck Visible to Students.
  3. Click Save to finish.

When course progress is not visible to students, they will not be able to see their overall course grade until you finalize that student or course.


This setting lets you determine whether students can create new discussions. If enabled, students can add new discussions in both the course and individual lessons. You'll retain complete control over their discussions. You can delete them, close them, or even upgrade them to a graded discussion.

  1. Click Discussions.
  2. Can students add discussions? Select Yes or No.
  3. Click Save to finish.
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    Brooke Harper

    Once I have uploded a file to a course (in this case, a Word document) how do i delete it.

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    Diane Cook

    I have the same question. I need to delete a file under information. (also a Word document)


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    Dr. Walt Kaneakua

    Me too! The tutorial doesn't address deleting an unwanted file once installed!

    Help please! Walt Kaneakua


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    Vanessa Valdes

    How can I change the order of the files that I have uploaded?


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    Bryan Easley

    Ditto. Can't find anywhere that the Edit File box pictured above becomes available.

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    Brendan O'Donnell

    Apologies, everyone. I need to update this article and some of the images in it. Should be done soon!

    UPDATE: Okay, it's updated!

    Edited by Brendan O'Donnell
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    Jan Van Spronsen

    I need to know how to delete files!


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    Brendan O'Donnell

    To delete a file:

    1. Click the file name to see the file viewer
    2. Click the little ellipsis symbol in the upper right corner of the file viewer
    3. You'll see a Delete option in the actions menu...
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