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Fall 2019 Updates and Changes

Highlights

  • Editing is always on for the instructor and the edit settings function easily acccessible for each item.
  • A cleaner course view, displaying one topic/week at a time.
  • A table of contents at the top of the course provides a course overview and easy navigation.
  • A customizable course dashboard gives quick access to the course settings, blocks, gradebook and participants.
  • Highly responsive to mobile devices.

 
 

Cougar Courses Homepage  

Cougar Courses homepage, my courses at top right, messages below header image

 

CC footer

 

Personalized View - My Courses  

1. Courses tabs

  • Current academic year courses display (as cards) by default.
  • Courses with past end dates are in separate tabs.  NOTE: If previous courses are shown on the courses tab, edit the course settings and set an end date to move it to the correct tab.
  • Students can’t access their previous courses.

2. "Star" a course to keep it at the top .

3.  Not published to students : courses are hidden by default.  To make it visible, edit the course settings,  change from hide to show, and save.

4.Menu

  • Add your image  to the course "card" : Click Profile, select edit profile  scroll down to the User picture section, add a picture and click update profile.
  • Preferences -  choose how often to receive notifications, including forum emails, forum tracking and  messages.
  • Grades – direct link  to the gradebook for any of your courses.
  • Dashboard - offers an alternate, customizable view of your courses and related events and activities.

My courses view, with courses, 2019, 2018 tabs, starred course cards and menu

 

My Courses - Right column

  • See upcoming deadlines, assignments requiring grading, messages, and recent forum posts from all your courses.
  • Click any item to go directly to it.
Right column of My Courses, with deadlines, messages, grading, forum posts
 

  Course View and Navigation

  • A linked table of contents shows activity completion for each topic/week.

  • Each topic or week is a separate webpage.

Top of course, with table of contents and functions within and above

Administration block and settings are collapsed at the top right.
  • Click the gear to expand
Coure Administration block expanded
 
 

Give your course some personality with a course image

  • Select change cover image to add a course header image. The image appears on the My Courses tab as well. 
  • Choose an image with enough contrast to the white text used for the course name. 
  • Your image should be 1024 px or longer for best quality. 
  • Edit the image to the approximate height before uploading.
 Course header with decorative image
 

Create and Manage Course Content

  • To edit an activity or resource settings, click the pencil icon below the name.
  • To move an item within a topic/section, click the arrow below it, then click move here in the desired location.
  • To move an item to a different topic/section, click the arrow below the item or topic name, select the target topic from the Table of Contents, and select the appropriate move here within that topic.

Activity, with move, edit, and more icons highlighted, along with Create learning activity

  • To re-order topics, go to the topic you wish to move, click the arrow below the topic name, select the topic/section in the Table of Contents you wish to place the topic above, and click Place section “x” before section” y”.
  • See how many users have submitted an activity, and whether  you need to grade any submission.

Activity with assigment status and due date highlighted

  • Select activities and resources to add without scrolling down a long list.

Add activities tab

Course Dashboard

  • Course tools and blocks are all in one location.
  • Select Course Dashboard from the Table of Contents.

Table of Contents with Course Dashboard Link highlighted

  • Edit blocks - add, delete, configure and reorder blocks.
  • Course Settings - modify end date, change format: topics, weekly and grid are supported
  • Participants - message selected students and check last course access.

Course Dashboard
 

Course Progress  - In the My Courses view, you and your students may  notice a progress fraction and percentage listed on the course "card'. This tracks the cumulative Activity Completion for all items in the course.

  • The default Activity Completion setting for every item is “students can manually mark the activity as completed.”
  • As a student manually checks the boxes next to items, the percentage next to the course on the Dashboard will increase. 
  • You can change the Activity Completion for each item to either “do not indicate activity completion” to remove it from being tracked or “Show activity as complete when conditions are met” to have the system automatically mark it as completed when the student meet certain conditions you set. To learn more about Activity Completion, see our help guide.
  • To turn off this feature, while in your course go to your Course Dashboard, select edit course settings, settings, scroll to the Completion Tracking section, change the setting to No, and Save. You (and your students) will then no longer see the percentage on the course card.

Course Card on my Courses, with progress highlighted

 

Edit course settings screen, completion tracking