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