Optimize a Student's Course Plan

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Sometimes a student might create a course plan that doesn't utilize their course selections to maximum benefit. Perhaps they applied a course to an elective requirement when it would be more beneficially applied to a mandatory requirement.

These sub-optimal choices are hard to catch when there are so many course options spread over four years. Xello’s Course Plan Optimizer catches the weaknesses in student plans for you and your students. This tool employs a powerful algorithm to determine the best configuration of a student’s course plan to ensure the maximum number of graduation requirements are fulfilled.

Both students and educators access the Optimizer the same way from the Course Planner, as described here.

To optimize a student's course plan:

  1. In the search bar located at the top of any page in your Educator Account, enter the student name or ID.
    Search bar in Xello educator account highlighted with cursor hovering
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    Search bar in Xello educator account highlighted with cursor hovering
    tipTip: Alternatively, from the left menu, click Students and select Student List to browse the full list of students.
  2. Click on the student name. The About Student tab of their profile opens.
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  3. Click the Course Planner tab.
  4. From the student's course plan, to the right of the requirements bar, click Suggestions to open a dropdown with a list of applicable alternatives.
  5. If you’re happy with the suggestions, click Let’s do it.
  6. The suggested changes will be applied to the student's course plan. The changes that are made will be available for viewing until a new course is added to the plan.
TipTip: A red notification dot on the top right of the Suggestions button indicates that an optimization opportunity exists.
How to optimize a student's course plan