2011 Fall Course Site Early Development Preview
Graphical InterfaceOne of the immediatelynoticeable features of the newcourse site design is thesimplified and graphical interfacethat now greets students andinstructors.
Graphical Interface:StudentStudents are presented withmultiple sets of graphicallyenhanced menus, each dividingthe various course site functionsand commands into groupingsthat mirror their graphical stand-in.
Graphical Interface:InstructorThe instructor also is treated to acustomized graphical interface.
Enhanced Interface:Help FeaturesIn addition to having graphicalenhancements, the interfacenow has help features to guideusers in creating content for thesite.
Drafting IntegrationThe new course sites integratedrafting as part of their structure,allowing students to nurse adraft from early writing to finalproduct all while keeping trackof changes and getting peerreview.
Draft IntegrationUsing the Workflow menu,students are able to set thestatus of a given draft andupdate that status to reflectchanges as they go along.
Draft IntegrationStudents will be able to track allof their current drafts, viewingthem by Workflow status and bythe Assignment they areassociated with.
Draft Integration:the Draft WorkflowOnce a student has marked anitem as up for peer review, itshows up under the Peer ReviewInterface for other students tosee and elect to review.
Draft Integration:the Draft WorkflowOnce the draft has beensubmitted, it will show up on thestudent’s Gradetracker Interface,as well as on the gradinginterface used by the instructor.
Grading SimplificationThe new course sites make useof a simplified grading system,allow instructors to gradestudent content on the samepage the content is presented,eliminating much of the tediumof past semesters grading.
GradingSimplification:Grading SimpleContentTo grade content that merely hasan pass/fail for completion, youcan now enter grades directlyinto your gradebook withoutaccessing each particulardeliverable.
GradingSimplification:On-DeliverableGradingAs mentioned previously, oncestudent content has beenflagged as a Finalized draft, theGrading Interface shows up onthat deliverable, allowing forsame-screen grading of drafts.
GradingSimplification:Grade ReportingOnce a grade is entered,students are immediately able tosee the results in theirGradetracker Interface, or ontheir actual draft itself with theGradetracker Block.
Calendar SystemPart of the new course sitedesign is a robust calendarsystem that allows students andinstructors to track assignments,weekly itineraries, and set upmeetings.
Calendar System:ItineraryAs part of the new InstructorInterface, course site instructorscan create weekly calendaritinerary items that will show upon a weekly basis on the CourseCalendar.
Calendar System:MeetingsIn addition to itineraries,instructors can set up meetingstimes for students to come andconference. These meetingsshow up on the CourseCalendar, where students canthen select a meeting andcomment when they will attend.
Calendar System:GraphicalEnhancementsThe new calendar system makesuse of a color-based legendsystem to differentiate betweenevent types, and also displaysevents that span multiple daysgraphically on the calendarpage.
Attendance System:Instructor ToolsAs a continuation of the currentcourse site technology, the newcourse sites will continue to offerthe Attendance Interface totaking role in classes.
Attendance System:Student ToolsAdditionally, as another carry-over from the currenttechnology, students are able tosubmit absence reports directlyto instructors using the AbsenceInterface.
Badge Achievements:Following in the footsteps of thecurrent technology, the newsites will offer an achievementsystem with integrated functionsfor students to apply for an earnpedagogically-centered writingachievements.
Badge Achievements:Socially SignifiedMirroring the current system,users will be able to seeachievement badges earned bytheir classmates on theMembers Interface. Each badgeis linked to its explanation page.
Badge Achievements:Pedagogical TiesYou can, if you wish, tie badgesto something students canaccomplish in your class.
File System:Podcasting SupportFor the first time, course siteswill support the submission andreview of podcast content, usingthe updated File SystemInterface.
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