Spring 2014 Start-Up Information

Do you need to know:

- How to find your courses?
- How to make sure your students can see your courses?
- How to open a course before the start of the semester?
- How to import prior semester course content or Master Course content?

Those answers and more can be found in this blog entry! We have everything you need to know to get your semester started!

Continue Reading January 5, 2012 at 1:51 pm 1 comment


If you’re reading this, you’ve found your way to eStarkState’s blog. Mary Beth will be sharing instructional design and best practices ideas to improve your courses. Linda will be searching and sharing new trends and directions and ideas to advance online learning. We’re going to be looking for the latest technology tools to enhance your courses. We have all learned so much, but there is so much more out there.

We hope that you’ll join us in sharing what you do and know, so that together we can deliver the best possible content to our students. We’re so excited to be part of this growing trend and to be walking with all of you on this e-journey!

Continue Reading August 5, 2010 at 11:07 am 4 comments

Triggering the Release of Content Based on Submission

While we cannot force students to read items before completing their assignments, it is possible to set up “Actions” in ANGEL which require students to click on certain content items and/or complete certain assignments before additional units, content items, or assignments are available. This post contains directions for setting up an action which requires students to create a discussion post, submit a dropbox assignment, or complete an assessment before the next unit is available.

Continue Reading January 8, 2014 at 5:40 pm Leave a comment

Firefox 23 Fix

Fall 2013 semester is ready to begin, and a recent update from Firefox may cause issues with how students view links in your online classes. If using Firefox version 23, links will not display when a user clicks on them in ANGEL. Instead, a white page will appear. Below are directions to quickly fix this problem.

Continue Reading August 23, 2013 at 1:31 pm 2 comments

Embedding Items in ANGEL

As you incorporate more items from the web (videos, widgets, etc.), you may come across “embed codes.”  Embedding items in ANGEL is easy if you create a page for the embedded item.

To begin, create a page in ANGEL by clicking on the Add Content link in ANGEL and then clicking on the Page link.

Add Content link
Create an Item menu with Page link circled

Enter a title for your page, such as “Video: Khan Academy – Linear Combinations and Span” or “Digital Library Guide” in the Title field.  The title should indicate what your users will find embedded on the page.

New Page with Title Field highlighted

Generally, websites will provide an embed code for the item you wish to embed. Copy this code.

Arrow pointing to circled embed code

Return to your newly created page in ANGEL.  Click on the Source button, which will display the HTML code for this page.

Arrow pointing to circled Source button with "Click this button" text

Paste the code you copied from the website into the Page Text area.  Note: If you forget to click the Source Code button before you paste the code, only the code will display on your page – not the item!

Screenshot of highlighted Page Text area with pasted embed code

Click on the Save button.

Save button

If you did it correctly, you will be able to view your embedded item on a page on the Lessons tab.

Mary Beth

August 19, 2013 at 2:40 pm Leave a comment

Add an RSS feed to your course!

Looking for a way to add dynamic content to your course? Look no further than RSS feeds – which stands for Really Simple Syndication. The reason to add an RSS feed is it’s a great way to keep your students up-to-date on the latest happenings in a particular area of interest!

Continue Reading March 7, 2013 at 2:03 pm Leave a comment

Grading Discussion Forums with a Rubric

Using grading rubrics for discussion forums can have countless advantages.  Students know what’s expected of them before they create their posts, and can tailor their posts to meet the instructor’s criteria.  Instructors have an easy way to grade posts; with a couple mouse clicks, the post can be graded, complete with comments.  Usually, instructors use the Submissions –> Grade forum links to grade discussion forums, but using this method of grading with a rubric will prevent students from viewing the completed rubric.  To ensure students are able to view the completed rubric after the instructor has used it to grade a post, the following steps should be taken:

Read your student’s post.  After you have read the post, you’ll return to the list of all posts.  Click on the two hyphens to the left of a student’s name to Enter Score.

Arrow pointing to circled Enter Score field in discussion forum

A box will appear.  Click the Use Grading Rubric link to display the rubric.

Arrow pointing to Use Grading Rubric link

Grade the post by clicking the appropriate boxes on the rubric and clicking the Save button when finished.

Screenshot of rubric with arrow pointing to Save button

You will be returned to the previous box where the score for the post will now be updated.  Click the Save button.

Highlighted discussion score with arrow pointing to Save button

Students are able to view the rubric by revisiting the discussion forum and clicking the number in the score column.  This linked score will then display the rubric.  Please note that students are only able to view their own score/rubric.

Arrow pointing to hyperlinked score

Grading discussions using this Score field ensures that students are able to view the completed rubric for their post.  In order for grades to transfer to the gradebook, there are a couple more steps.

Click on the Submissions link for the discussion forum.

Arrow pointing to a the Submissions link

Click on the Grade forum link.

Grade forum link circled

The scores you assigned to posts will appear in the Earned/Possible % column.  You will need to manually enter these scores into the boxes in the Gradebook Grade (#/100) column.  Click the Submit Grades button when you are finished.

Arrow pointing from circled score in Earned/Possible column to Gradebook Grade column with Submit Grades button circled

Following these steps will ensure that grades appear in the gradebook and students may view the completed grading rubric for the assignment.

Mary Beth

July 6, 2012 at 1:43 pm 1 comment

Adding an Attendance Nugget

Here’s a fun way to take attendance during class. If you’re in a computer classroom, you can add an attendance nugget to ANGEL. This nugget will give you a new attendance code every day.

Continue Reading September 26, 2011 at 11:10 am Leave a comment

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