The dashboard is your interface to create and administer the course. You use the dashboard to add content and configure settings, as well as review the course analytics. Only people you designate as course administrators can access the dashboard.
To get to the dashboard, sign into a Google account with admin permissions and visit your site’s home page:
Find the Dashboard link near the top right corner of the page.
Click the Dashboard link to get to the dashboard.
The menu on the lefthand side is the dashboard menu. It contains the following top-level menu items:
- the course selector, which displays the title of the current course
Click Courses to see a list of courses on the site for which you have admin access.
On the Courses page, you can
click the Title of a course to make it the current course.
click the URL Component of a course (or the icon next to it) to view the course on the student-facing site.
In addition, the Courses page is where you add new courses to your site. (Learn more about adding courses.)
The course selector appears in the dashboard menu just below Courses. Most of the dashboard works at the course level rather than the site level, and the course selector lets you change what course you are currently working with.
The course selector displays the current course title. Clicking that title reveals a list of the courses that you can view in the dashboard.
The outline of the current course is available at Create > Outline. The outline is where you add elements, like units, lessons, and assessments to your course, and it corresponds to the syllabus on the student-facing site. Learn more about the course outline.
From the Create menu, you can add the following items to your course:
From the style menu, you can edit existing files and upload new files to customize your course’s style.
The items in the Publish menu provide the following capabilities:
- control access to your course and its content
- make your course searchable
- offer your course in multiple languages
The items in the Manage menu cover four areas:
- draft and publish announcements about the course
- access a number of preconfigured analytics to see different statistics about the course
- pump data into Google BigQuery to create custom data queries
- configure peer review assignments for students to grade each other’s finished work
The items in the Settings menu are divided into three groups:
- course settings and course-wide unit and lesson settings
- other course-wide element and feature settings
- advanced settings
The Help menu items include links to four useful places:
- the documentation homepage
- the Course Builder Forum for user support
- a collection of YouTube video tutorials on Course Builder
- a list of important values (such as the course’s namespace) for each course