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

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Certify your Roster

How to certify your roster 
This Wingtip will give you instructions about using ANGEL to run a report for your online course and then how to go to Web Services and formally certify your course.
To begin the process, you will need to run a report in ANGEL for your online course.  Remember, if a student has entered the online classroom even ONE time, you must count them as having attended whether they have completed any assignments or not.  There are other places to note those students who are not keeping up with their work.
Go to the ANGEL classroom and choose the Report tab
Once at the Report tab, make the following choices:
  1. Change the Category  to Class
  2. Change the Report to Login Report
  3. Choose the starting date of your course - remember to include the 3 days before the actual course starts as that is when students have access
  4. Make sure the Report View is on Drill Down
  5. Click the Run button once it is all set as listed above
  6. Look at the generated report and if there is any time listed next to a student name, they have entered the online classroom.  If you see the phrase "No data" next to their name, they have not entered the online classroom and you will want to note that for the Web Services Course Certification.

 Once you have run the report and know who has entered the online classroom and who has not, you will need to go to Web Services to officially certify your course roster.

Go to Web Services and key in your login and password
If you cannot access Web Services, contact someone in Tech Support and they will be able to assist you.
Hover over the Faculty choice on the menu bar and a drop down will appear.  Select Course Roster from the list.
     To find your course, the easiest way is to
  • select the proper semester term
  • choose the radio button next to "My Courses" and then
  • click the Get Courses button.
   Now, be patient a bit...
Once your list of courses appears, select the course you need to certify.  It will then display this screen.
Notice on the lower left side is a button for Roster Certification.  Click this button when you are ready to certify your course.
NOTE:  The Roster Certification button is only available during a specific time period.  If you miss the deadline for certifying your course, you will have to do a manual process. 
When you click the Roster Certification button, you will see a screen similar to this. 
  • If a student has entered your online class, put a check in the box next to their name. 
  • If they have not entered your online class, leave the box blank.
Once you have made the proper selections, click the "I Agree" button.
NOTE:  Once you identify a student as having not entered the online classroom, they will be dropped from the course.  Be VERY careful when running the report to make sure you include all dates the students could have accessed the course!!!  Otherwise, it can become a mess!!!
After you select "I Agree" you will see a popup window which is a Certification Receipt.  You may want to print this to keep for your records.

That's it!  Your course is now Certified and the Records office will be very happy, indeed! :)