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- 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!
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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.
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!
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.
A box will appear. Click the Use Grading Rubric link to display the rubric.
Grade the post by clicking the appropriate boxes on the rubric and clicking the Save button when finished.
You will be returned to the previous box where the score for the post will now be updated. Click the 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.
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.
Click on the Grade forum link.
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.
Following these steps will ensure that grades appear in the gradebook and students may view the completed grading rubric for the assignment.