Principle: Students’ goals generate, direct, and sustain what they do to learn.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Principle: Students’ goals generate, direct, and sustain what they do to learn.
Friday, October 28, 2016
Schedule of Upcoming Events
Chapter 3: Students’ motivation determines, directs, and sustains what they do to learn.
November 15, 2016 12am to 1pm
Chapter 4: For mastery, students must acquire component skills practice integrating them, and know when to apply what they have learned.
December 20. 2016 12am to 1pm
Chapter 5: Goal-directed practice coupled with targeted feedback enhances the quality of students’ learning.
January 17, 2016 12am to 1pm
Chapter 6: Students’ current level of development interacts with the social, emotional, and intellectual climate of the course to impact learning.
February 21, 2016 12am to 1pm
Chapter 7: To become self-directed learners, students must learn to monitor and adjust their approaches to learning.
March 21, 2016 12am to 1pm
Saturday, August 6, 2016
TurnItIn – Let's Make a Date!
TurnItIn, a powerful 3rd-party tool for plagiarism prevention, integrates seamlessly with your D2L Dropbox Assignment Submission folders. There is a tab in the Submission folder that consolidates the TurnItIn-specific settings for the folder. There is also software that collects some of your standard dropbox settings -- title, description, dates -- and uses them to populate the corresponding fields on the TurnItIn side. This correspondence, however, is not 1:1, particularly where dates are concerned. Improvements in date management for the TurnItIn integration was the focus of a Summer 2016 "Continuous Delivery" update. In this blog, we will consider what the update means for Dropbox Assignment settings and review some date basics.
There are three date management fields in the D2L Assignment Dropbox: "Start", "Due", and "End". These can be set in the "Restrictions" tab of the Submission fielder, or (efficiently) with bulk edit in the list of all Submission Folders. The "Start" and "End" dates control student access to to the Dropbox Assignment Submission Folder. The D2L "Due" date does not affect access, but it is important in communicating expectations to students. There is no technical requirement for the use of dates in D2L Submission folders, and an instructor may choose to populate 0, 1, 2, or 3 of these date fields.
For a TurnItIn-enabled Submission folder, dates in the D2L "Start" and "End" date fields are supplied to TurnItIn. The D2L "Due" date is not used by TurnItIn. Somewhat confusingly, in TurnItIn itself the "End" date from D2L is called the Due date.
While D2L does not require dates for Submission folders, TurnItIn does require dates for the beginning and end. This summer, as part of release 10.6.3, D2L rolled out a new process for populating these TurnItIn date fields for Submission Folders in which the "Start" and/or "End" date is blank. The results are summarized in the list below.
TurnItIn Dates, as Supplied by D2L
Note: in the list below "Today" refers to the date that TurnItIn is enabled for the Dropbox folder in a particular course offering.
- No dates are provided in D2L. Here are TurnItIn's dates:
- StartDate: Today.
- EndDate: 6 months from Today.
- All dates editable within More Options in TurnItIn as well as in D2L.
- Start Date only is provided in D2L. Here are TurnItIn's dates:
- StartDate: Same as D2L.
- EndDate: 6 months from D2L StartDate.
- Dates are not editable in TurnItIn More Options (but are editable in D2L).
- End Date only is set in D2L. TurnItIn Dates are:
- StartDate: Today
- EndDate: D2L's End Date + 1 day
- The StartDate in TurnItIn is editable in TurnItIn "More Options". (All dates are editable in D2L.)
- Both dates are set in D2L. TurnItIn dates are:
- StartDate: D2L Start Date
- EndDate: D2L End Date + 1 day
- Dates are not editable in TurnItIn "More Options" but are editable in D2L.
TurnItIn Date FAQ
- What happens if I add or change a Dropbox Assignment "Start" or "End" date in D2L after TurnItIn is already set up?
- After editing the dates, click into the TurnItIn tab and then click "More Options in TurnItIn". This pushes the new information to TurnItIn, changing the corresponding date fields on the TurnItIn site.
- Do TurnItIn dates block students from submitting work to the D2L Dropbox Assignment?
- No, access to the Dropbox Assignment in D2L is not affected by TurnItIn dates. TurnItIn dates control whether or not student submissions are checked for originality in TurnItIn.
- What about Special Access? I don't see that in the TurnItIn settings.
- There is no mechanism to transmit special access dates to TurnItIn. But if you set special access in a D2L Dropbox Assignment folder, and also check to "allow late submissions" in the TurnItIn settings, then when your students submit their work it will be checked for originality, whether it is a regular submission or a "special" one.
- Do you have a video that I can watch to learn more about setting up TurnItIn?
- TurnItIn Integration® - Create a Submission Folder and Enable TurnItIn
Friday, June 17, 2016
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Some of the handy uses for the User Progress tool include:
- Track Discussion Participation – Use the Discussions tab see how many discussion posts you have authored or read each week. Also find links to each of the posts.
- Check Your Grades – Use the Grades tab to view you most up-to-date grade calculation and instructor feedback.
- Review Your Quiz Submissions – Use the Quizzes tab to review your quiz scores, attempts, and instructor feedback.
- View a Summary of Your Course – Use the Summary tab to get a quick idea about your progress in a course. Check to see how much work you’ve done, and how much more is left to go!
Learn more about the User Progress tool by watching the User Progress Learner Overview video.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
D2L Tool Improvement: Discussion Rubric GradingHere's a spotlight on a February improvement that actually inspired a thank-you letter from an NLU faculty member: Discussion Rubric grading. (There are two potential locations for a Discussion rubric: the Discussion Topic itself, and the Grade item. This improvement is specifically for rubrics that are associated with the Discussion topic, rather than our more usual process of associating a Discussion rubric with the Grade item.
How do Discussion rubrics work for students? When students the discussion topic, the rubric can be previewed right there. After you grade with the Discussion rubric, the rubric feedback is available to students through the Discussions area of "User Progress" (not, at this time, in Grades).
Bug FixesEach Continuous Delivery wave comes with information about fixed and known issues. There are two fixed issues in the March 2016 release that will be of special interest to NLU faculty.
- Quiz statistics are so helpful, but have you ever had a timeout error when attempting to view them? No more! PRB0050932, which was responsible for this issue, was resolved in the March 2016 release. [Thanks to our own Anthony Boen for his efforts in documenting this bug for squashing.]
- Toggling Draft/Published in the Table of Contents is a real convenience, but starting with our December upgrade, the result of such a change did not immediately appear for the user making the change. PRB0050866, which caused this problem, was also resolved in the March 2016 release.
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Brightspace Pulse, a mobile app available for both iOS and Android devices, is an organizational tool that NLU students can use to stay on top of their course assignments, dates, and grades. Because Pulse consolidates information drawn from all the student's courses with personal dates and tasks that the student can enter directly into the app, it is ideal for short- and long-term planning and prioritization. And because Pulse is a mobile app the student has fingertip access anytime, anywhere.
Pulse already is available for NLU students to use with all their courses. With that in mind, what can an instructor do to ensure a Pulse-friendly course? Here are some suggestions.
- Use dates thoughtfully in your course. Pulse, as expected for a planning tool, is date-driven. It will pull specific kinds of dates from your course: due and end dates in D2L tools such as Content and Quiz, and D2L Calendar dates. Pulse cannot scan through your course documents or pull from descriptive assignment instructions when retrieving date information. Using "official" dates in tool items and in the D2L Calendar will make your course work better for students who use Pulse. An added bonus is that confining specific dates to the D2L fields designated to hold dates streamlines date-related tasks when updating your course each term.
- Use grades thoughtfully in your course.
- Have Grades set up in advance of term and, where relevant, have grade items correctly connected to the corresponding Dropbox Assignment folder, Discussion topic, or Quiz.
- Since a students may consider the weight of a course activity in the final grade when planning the amount of time s/he will allocate to the activity, and since this information is especially easy to find in Pulse, it is more important than ever to have your Grade calculation set up correctly when the course starts.
- Grade student work promptly. This is always best practice. Feedback to students, including grades, is crucial to student engagement and success. Pulse does not change this equation, it simply gives the student the potential to see the grade even sooner, as well as control over the specific time and circumstances when s/he sees the grade.
- Post News Announcements frequently in your course. Not only will students see them on your course home page in D2L, News Announcements show up in the Updates area in Pulse.
Having put in the effort to be Pulse friendly in your course, you naturally would like students to benefit from your effort. You can share information about Pulse in a student success page in your D2L course, in a News Announcement, or during class if you are teaching face-to-face or blended.