Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Guide - Tasks

As an instructor, you may use the Guide and its various views to help you navigate and monitor your online or web-supported course.  We are not sure why the change, but occasionally the Discussions do not show up on that list.  If you would like the Discussions to show up, here's how to make that happen.

Does your Guide - Tasks pane look like this?  Are you missing your Unread Discussions list?
First, go to a Discussion forum and click the Settings button
Choose the Interaction tab
Make sure to choose the Advanced radio button
Look down the screen until you see the Task Notifications area
If there is not a check next to "Unread Posts", make sure to put one there!
Click Save when you are done
Now you should see the Unread Discussion Posts in the Guide - Tasks pane!
Repeat Steps 1-3 above for all of your discussions if you want them to show in the Guide - Tasks pane.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Anonymous submissions on assessments

Welcome back to a new school year!  This is the first of the Wednesday Wingtips for 2010-2011.
There were a number of updates back in May during upgrade weekend. As a result, there were a couple of system settings that also changed.   This Wingtip will save you some grief!  Really!

Before your first quiz/exam/test using the Assessment tool in ANGEL, you will want to check the Settings and make sure the Interactions are set correctly.  For certain, check to see that student submissions are NOT set to anonymous!
  • Find an item utilizing the assessment tool .  Most of the time, these are assessments, exams or quizzes.
  • Look directly under the assessment for your options and select "Settings."

  • Once you click Settings, you may receive a message that looks like this one.  If you do see this message, pick the second option - "Set User Tracking to Everyone and uncheck Make submissions anonymous."
  • NOTE:  If you pick the first option, when students take your assessment you will not know who took it or what grade they made as it will NEVER show in the gradebook.  Also, this information CANNOT be retroactively retrieved so you definitely want to check this setting BEFORE anyone takes your assessment!!

  • To make certain this happened correctly, go to the Interaction tab and check that the box in front of "Make submissions anonymous" is NOT checked!!!
  • Be sure and click the SAVE button or you will have to do this all over again!
  • Repeat for all of your assessments.