Friday, September 7, 2012

Adding the Instructor Sheet and/or the Syllabus

Students are making more use of the online classroom than ever before.  If you want to make your official course syllabus and your instructor sheet available to them, here's how to accomplish that task.

We have an item called a Repository which is a library of information you may access and use.  The Repository for many useful items created for instructor use is located in the HCC Common Repository.  Here are the steps to add content from the Repository and import items for your course:

Add Syllabus link and/or Instructor Sheet link:
Choose Add Content from the Lessons tab
Select Import from Learning Object Repository
Click plus sign (+) next to HCC Common
  1. Click box (or boxes) in front of the one with your name for the Instructor Sheet and the Syllabus (first items in the list)
  2. Click the Copy Items button on the right

NOTE:  The links for both your instructor sheet and the syllabus will automatically (sometimes known as automagically) know what file to display with your specific information based on the course in ANGEL where you insert those links.
Click Continue (and be patient)
Click OK
Click Done
You should now see a link (or links) for the items you chose to copy - Instructor Sheet and/or Syllabus.

If you would like to watch a video that shows both of these items being added, click below:

And if you would like additional information about the HCC Instructor sheet, its purpose, where to edit the content and many other aspects, click this link for a "show me/try me" interactive learning space:   The HCC Instructor Sheet

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Post Final Grades to Web Services

You've made it through the semester and now it's time to post the final grades.  Does that happen automatically once you see the final grade in ANGEL?  Unfortunately, no.  You must manually post those grades to Web Services.

Here's how:

  • Log in to Web Services
  • Hover over the Faculty drop down menu area
  • Select Grade Entry from the list (and then be patient)

The screen may take a little while before it fully appears - it will list all of your courses from the semester in a drop down list next to the My Courses area
  1. Use the drop down menu (1) and select the course you want to enter grades
  2. Go to the individual student listings and use the drop down menu (2) to select A, B, C, D, F or I... repeat until you have all of your student grades selected
  3. Once you have all grades selected, click the check box in front of Post Grades (3)
  4. To post so that the grades are received properly by the Records office, click the round green button (4)

NOTE:  Once you have clicked the round green button, if you need to change grades later you will need to contact the Records department directly so they can manually make that change for you.

As always, when you have questions or need some additional help, give one of us in ITDE a call and we'll be happy to help you!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Student View in TurnItIn Drop Boxes

After a student has submitted something to a TurnItIn Drop box, what happens?
  1. When it is successful, a student may receive a "receipt" from TurnItIn in their email that looks like a bunch of run-on sentences.  This is the content the student submitted but without any formatting applied.  No worries - it's just a receipt to let you know your submission was successful.
  2. A report is generated from within the drop box where a student can see the results of their submission.  But how do you access it?

  • Go back to the Lessons tab in your course and find the TurnItIn drop box
  • Click the drop box icon

  • Once the drop box opens, look for "Show details" and click it
  • This will open up a little larger window of information below

  • From the additional information, now look for "Report" and a color
  • Click on the color to open your actual TurnItIn report

  • Then you get ANOTHER new window with stuff specifically about your paper or whatever you turned in to TurnItIn
  • The highlighted areas are numbered and associated with matches on the right side of the screen.
  • To see your results you may either click the number from within the document or you may click the number from the right side of the screen.  Either will show you your results.
  • To exit, click the red X in the upper right corner and you are back in the ANGEL classroom looking at the drop box again

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Instructor Sheet Link from Web Services

The Instructor Sheet from Web Services is now ready for all instructors to use!  YAY!
How do you add the link?  Here's how:

  • Go to your ANGEL classroom and click the Lessons tab
  • NOTE:  If you already have a Start Here folder, go into that folder BEFORE you do the next steps!
  • Choose the Add Content link
  • From the list, look about halfway down and find the “More Options” area
  • Choose Import from Learning Object Repository
  • Find HCC Common from the list
  • Click the plus sign next to HCC Common
  • When you click the plus sign, it will list everything that is available – and by the way, feel free to choose anything on this list!
  • Notice the first on the list should be YOUR NAME
  • Click the box in front of your name (it should make a little black check mark)
  • Look to the right side of the screen and click the Copy Items button
  • A new window will pop up with a bunch of check marks – just leave everything checked and choose the Continue button
  • Now, be a little patient
  • When it finishes, you will get a new pop up window that says the item is added
  • Click OK
  • Now click the Done button to return to the Lessons tab and make sure the Instructor Sheet was added properly
  • If you were successful, there should now be a link to the Instructor Sheet from Web Services
  • Remember, if you have questions or need a little help, feel free to contact either Jeff or Angela in ITDE and we will be happy to help you!

Couple of additional notes:
  • You may already have the Instructor Sheet in your Start Here folder so do check first!
  • The Instructor Sheet link will say it is unavailable until AFTER students are able to see the content of your class.  A little aggravating, but that's just the way it is set for the moment.  Sorry about that!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Training Calendar at HCC

20 hours
20 hours of training per year?  20 HOURS OF TRAINING PER YEAR!?!?!?!  Were you aware there is a Training Calendar at HCC you can actually check and see what is available?  Haven't heard of that one, huh?  Here's how to access it:
  • Log in to Web Services and hover over the Employee menu
  • Slide down to the Training option
  • Click on the Training Calendar
  • The Training Calendar appears!
  • If you are interested in more information about any particular training, click on the Title of the topic
  • When you click on the topic from the calendar, a new window appears with more information.
  • Notice across the top are choices.  Probably the nicest two options are:
    • Save to Calendar (adds to your GroupWise calendar)
    • Email Reminder (GroupWise emails a reminder about the event)
  • What a fast and easy way to find training to fulfill your 20 hours per year!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Reorder Assignments in the Gradebook

Each assignment has a column in the gradebook but sometimes they get out of order if you add a new one or delete one you no longer want to use.  The problem is:  How do you reorder those assignments?
Reordering assignment columns is a bit obscure but not difficult.  Here's how!

  • Go to the Manage tab
  • Choose Categories
  • Select the category of assignments that is out of order - this will insert a green check mark in the box in front of the category - in this case, the Homework category is the one that is out of order
  • Once you have selected the category, click the Show Tasks button
  • Look below the buttons and now there should be a list like this one
  • Choose Reorder Assignments
  • Notice in the left figure, Drop Box 4 is out of order
  • Select Drop Box 4 (it will highlight blue)
  • Then click the Up or Down button - in this case click the Down button as many times as necessary to move Drop Box 4 to the bottom of the list
  • The figure on the right displays the result after moving Drop Box 4 to the bottom of the list
  • Click the SAVE button (or you will have to do this all over again!)
  • Now, when you look at the list of assignments, Drop Box 4 is in the correct order!
  • Easy-peasy! (but obscure)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Assessments - setting the Review options

Students have submitted an online quiz or test or exam by now but what happens after they have submitted?

In a face-to-face classroom, students are probably given their graded tests which they review and might take home or hand back to the instructor if the instructor wants to keep them secure.  But what happens in the online classroom to the online tests or quizzes or exams after students have completed them?  The answer is:  students have full review from the moment the test is graded unless the instructor hasset some limitations on what students can see and how long they can see.

And yes, this does apply to even proctored exams!  If the instructor has not set the review options properly, as soon as students have submitted they have full access to their tests!

There is a tab on the assessment tool called the Review tab and below is an explanation of many of the options:
This is what the Review tab looks like by default. 
Notice that everything is available once a student submits and the item is graded (if necessary).  If the item is self-grading, like in multiple choice tests, complete review (including question text and correct answers) is available for students to see the moment it is submitted.
NOTE:  Even if you have a proctored exam, if the Review information is set to the default choices, students can go back into the assessment, see all the questions and the answers and they can print.
Notice the first drop down choice:  View  Submission History
  • When this is set for Full review, it means what ist says - students can see everything they have submitted and all information about the submission
  • When List only is selected, the user may see a list summary of th eassessment including the number of points awarded and missed and an overall score
  • Disabled prevents the display of feedback upon submission of the assessment

 The second drop down choice is for Review Availability
  • When any of the 1st column of choices (Review begins, Review ends, Restrict review) are selected, there is a drop down menu of options at the far right side.
  • Instructors may set Review availability based on student submission, date the assessment is disabled (from the Interaction tab and NOT the Access tab dates!), or on a specific date.
  • The review availability can also be turned off by using options from the Review ends choice.
  • If Restrict review until all questions are graded is the choice and the assessment is a multiple choice test, this does not really restrict review since the questions are self-grading.
 Display Feedback is useful only if there actually IS feedback for the questions
  • Unless the instructor has taken the time to create feedback for correct and incorrect responses to questions, this option is not very useful
  • If the instructor has created meaningful feedback for questions, it can display
    • as soon as the assessment is complete, or
    • at the end of each question set and before the assessment is submitted or
    • the feedback can be disabled entirely.
The section which sets review feedback options display is Feedback Options:
  • To display the option, leave the check in the box
  • To disable the option, uncheck the box


Monday, December 20, 2010

With great power comes great responsibility (or why we hate the Access tab)

There is a tab that is very useful in all content pages in ANGEL and it is the Access tab.  But we truly have a love/hate (mostly hate) relationship with that tab. 

Not all content items (drop box, discussion, page) has an easy way to limit students from interacting with the item.  Most of the time, we recommend you simply set a due date, grade the item within 48 hours or so and anyone who does not submit by that time gets a zero.  If a student chooses to submit an item after the due date, it is up to you whether to accept the late submission or not.

Some instructors want to close assignments after they are due and have found the Access tab thinking this is a good idea.  When an instructor chooses a Start Date and End Date, this makes the item visible and invisible to students.  You, as the instructor can ALWAYS at least see the item (the icon is lighter when it is not visible to students) but students cannot see the item at all. 
This seems like it might not be a big deal, but if a student wants to go back and review their own work or any feedback for that particular item, they CANNOT because IT IS INVISIBLE to them. 

That means, they can't find it. 

Students don't know it exists other than remembering it was there once but seems to be missing now. 

We hate the Access tab for this reason and recommend you not use it in this manner.

Well, my dad always said I should never hate anything so perhaps I just have a very strong dislike of the Access tab.  Either way, it can cause one ginormous headache.

There are still a couple of good uses for the Access tab, however.

Good use Bad use
Set a Password so students can only Access certain content if they have the correct password.  This is where passwords are set when students take Proctored exams. Start Date and End Date.  Remember, this is when items become visible and invisible and if you set the wrong kinds of items to invisible (such as an entire folder) then students cannot see ANYTHING in that folder.
Set Tracking so you can tell when students access the folder or page or other item. 
One caution about setting Tracking to Everyone:  this does increase the size of our student database of information and makes your course slightly more difficult to backup.  However, if you have an item you want to make sure students are viewing, setting tracking is a good idea.
Start and End Date.  Still a bad idea.
Team Access is a good thing if you want only one or two teams of students to be able to access an area.  This is also a way to limit who can see specific items if a student needs to make up an assignment due to some circumstance. Did I mention that Start Date and End Date are bad ideas?
Start Date ONLY can be a good idea if you want students to work along at about the same pace.  This actually keeps students from working ahead which is sometimes quite necessary. 
There have been instances when students think they can go in and do every discussion in the course and then be done with it even though that completely defeats the purpose of the discussions.  In that case you may want to use the Start Date choice so that the content is hidden until you are ready to reveal it.
End Date is hardly ever a good idea. 
Are you seeing a trend?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Pending Items

What on earth is a Pending Item?

Sometimes, have students said they have submitted an assignment created using the Assessment tool but when you go to check it out, it's not there?  Do you know about the Pending area in ANGEL?  Pending is the Purgatory of ANGEL where the assignment is not submitted, but not available to students either.  This is when you will have to access the Pending items and make a few decisions.

It is definitely important for you to check this area regularly.  Remember:  PENDING!!!
  • First, go to the item and select Submissions
  • The submissions menu will open up a window like this:
  • Usually, you choose "View, Grade or Delete Submissions" when you want to grade student submissions, but in this case, choose the third item on the list "Pending Items"
  • If there is nothing on the list, you do not have to do anything more.  However, if there is student work in the Pending area, it will show up in a list.
  • If you would like to see what students have done so far, you can choose the View button.
  • If you want to delete the student submission so the student can try again, choose the Delete button.
  • If you want to just submit what the student has done so you can grade what is there, choose the Submit button.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Print the Gradebook Grades (or just create a PDF of them anyway)

Gradebook and Records

As the semester moves along, it is good practice to keep a copy of student grades for your records.  Even though you may be keeping the grades on ANGEL, it is still a good idea to run a report of student grades every week or every couple of weeks and print or keep a copy on your computer or your common drive.

ANGEL has a really nice way to create this record by producing a PDF file.  Here's how:

  • Go to the Manage tab and select Gradebook
  • Look in the left side list and select "Print Grades"
  • This pops open a new window with options for printing the grades
  • You should now see the View or Print Gradebook PDF window
  • Most of the time, you will want to leave the Format Settings the way they automatically display, but do take a look at the options and decide if you need to make any changes.
  • NOTE:  if you choose the last option of "Show Averages Only" it will NOT display individual graded items and will only show the Category averages.  If you want to see all of the graded items plus the averages, DO NOT SELECT that last option.
  • Once you click the Generate PDF button, a new window should appear as a PDF display of your gradebook. 
  • Once the PDF window appears, you may just view the record, print it or keep a copy.
  • If you want to save a copy on your computer or on the common drive
    • Select the litte button on the toolbar that looks like a disk (2nd button)
    • Decide where you want to save the document by making the selection from the Save in box
    • We highly recommend you change the File name to reflect the course and current date for which you are running the Gradebook grades such as PS100_816101S_20Oct2010
    • Click the Save button
  • NOTE:  When naming this file, you should NOT use any special characters in the title such as ? / > < ) ( * & ^ % $ # @ ! and especially not the period.  If you want to designate space in the title, use the underscore ( _ ) or a regular hyphen (-).

Monday, September 27, 2010

Link items to the gradebook

When you look at your gradebook are the items you assigned and intended to grade from the lessons all listed in the gradebook?

Each assignment your students complete should have its own column in the gradebook and its own gradable item (discussion, dropbox, assessment, etc.). This will make your life so much easier!! When you grade an item from the submission on the Lessons tab, it should automatically enter into the gradebook. How do you make that happen? Here's how!

Linking the Lesson Item to a Gradebook column:
  • From Lessons, go to the item you want students to complete or submit (discussion, dropbox, assessment, etc.) and click the Settings tab

  • Look for the Assignment tab and click it. 
  • If under the Gradebook Settings it says (None), you will need to click the dropdown and select (New Assignment)
  • NOTE ABOUT (NEW ASSIGNMENT):  ALWAYS CHOOSE (NEW ASSIGNMENT) TO ADD A GRADABLE ITEM TO THE GRADEBOOK!!!  (If you would like a little more detailed explantion, give Jeff or Angela a call and they will be happy to explain in more depth.)
Now select the options to make this item fit in your gradebook properly, such as the category, how many points it is worth, and the Calculation Type
  • Category - choose the proper category for the assignment from the drop down menu
  • Points Possible - how many points is this assignment worth?
  • Calculation Type - there are FIVE choices and here are how they work:

    • Average score - if students are allowed to submit multiple times and you want to take the average of their scores
    • Maximum score - the highest score if students submit multipel times
    • First submission - (default) the first score recorded for a student
    • Last submission (RECOMMENDED CHOICE)- the last score recorded for a student 
    • Manual - do not choose this option for anything submitted electronically; only choose this option if students physically hand in items to you in class
  • Display Format - shows the choices you made in the Preferences area and you should just leave as Default since those choices are already made

Remember to click SAVE or you will get to do this all over again!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Are students reading your ANGEL mail messages? How do you tell?

Do you ever wonder if your students actually read the emails you so painstakingly create?  Is there a way to tell if a student (or group of students) has read your messages?
If you send students messages using the ANGEL mail, then the answer is YES!  So, how do you tell?

  1. Go to the Course Mail and select the Sent mail folder (on the left side) to display all of the mail you have sent and are wondering about
  2. Put a check in the box in front of the messages where you want to see if students have read them
  3. From the Action dropdown menu, select "Message Read By"
  4. Click the Go button
  • This pops open a new window with the messages you selected.
  • If a student has read your email, there will be a plus sign (+) in a box in front of the Source
  • If a student has NOT read your email, there will not be anything in front of the Source
  • NOTE:  At the bottom of the list is the statement "List users that have read selected messages" and a Refresh button.  If you want to see who has NOT read your messages, click the dropdown next to "have" and change it to "have not" and press the  Refresh button.
  • If there is a plus sign in front of the Source message, click it.
  • This will display when you sent the message (date and time) and any recipient(s) and the date and time when they opened the message
  • NOTE:  If you use the "All Students" option when sending an email to the entire class, the source will display ALL of your students in that course under the Recipient list and you will be able to tell when each individual looked at the message (or not!) you sent