One of the newer features within Moodle is the availability of completion status. As an instructor, you can turn this on (as long as it has been enabled at the server level) and then use it to help students "track" which items they have completed within your course. Advantages of this feature: There are several advantages:
If you do not use the gradebook, it gives an alternative way for students to track their progress
It is flexible by activity so you can set completion "standards" such as a grade or action, or even set it so students can mark it themselves
It can be used in conjunction with contingencies, so activities can be dependent on each other (students have to complete one activity to see or do another)
Disadvantages of the feature: There are a couple drawbacks to using this feature as well:
While a default can be set within your course, if you set parameters for completion it has to be set on each activity
It has to be enabled at the server level
To see if you have completion status available as a choice within your courses, go to your Administration block and under Course Administration select Edit Settings. You will have an area for Completion Tracking if it is turned on at the server level. If you have the choice, setting it to No will hide this option for each activity. Setting it to Yes will display an additional area of information for each activity:
Here are the choices you can set for the activity:
Here are the standards you can set it to - be warned! The more you check, the more you can slow down your course. It is best to only pick one...two at the most!
Again, note that these change depending on the activity. So in a forum you will have a choice about posting responses to the forum. And with an assignment you will have a choice about when the assignment is graded and another about when the assignment is submitted.
A very cool feature, just use it with caution as you are starting out as you may inadvertently get some unexpected results!
(Updated on 3/21/2017 - triggers have been moved!)
I guess it was only a matter of time before I ended up dabbling with Google Scripts. Today I was asked by a teacher how he could populate a drop-down list on his Google Form from data on a spreadsheet - and have it update as he changed the data. Not finding an add-on for this (why recreate the wheel? :-) I explored creating a script. And...discovered that this task is not too hard!
To do this yourself -
1. Create your form.
Really important step. Make sure to create your drop-down item and give it a title, but you do not need to add any options to it (because later you will populate it from the spreadsheet).
2. Create the spreadsheet where your list will reside.
You have two options for this.
A: You can create the spreadsheet for your form responses and add a second sheet to it. That is what I did here - adding a sheet called Student Names:
B: You can create a new spreadsheet to use. If you do this you will need to add the sp…
2. Login with the account you used previously to register for the conference. You must use the same account!
3. Note a new window at the top will tell you that you are already registered for the conference, but you may add workshops (pre-conference sessions) by going through the process again. (You would use these same steps to make any modifications to your registration.)
4. Click Next on the first screen with your contact information
5. Click Next on the next screen about Membership
6. On the next screen, pre-conference workshops are now an option
7. When you click on the blue bar, it will display the pre-conference sessions. Each one has the following: Registration box for that workshopName of the workshop sessionSponsoring SIGCost (1/2 day sessions are $70, full day sessions a…
Many of you may have missed a new feature in Google Classroom - the ability to have an item (or some items) available to students all the time OUTSIDE the Stream. This can be very handy for a course syllabus or other item you want students to easily reference throughout the course.
To add items to this area, you need to go to the About section of your Class -
Once you are there, look for a section at the bottom of the page that says Add class materials -
When you click on that area, it changes so you can add the following:
1 - a Title for the section
2 - icons showing you want you can add here
3 - the box to Post it to your current class
While there are 4 icons of types of items that can be added, it is technically 3.
1. You can link to items that are in your Google Drive. (If you select the Attach icon, it actually loads the item to your Google Drive and attaches it the same way as the Drive icon.)
2. Add a general URL link - note that at this time you cannot add a title to this…
One of the new features to be released last week for Google Slides is pretty slick for now having an interactive presentation! It is the new Audience Q&A feature. Basically you can have a backchannel for any of your Google Slides presentations. Here's how it works:
First create your presentation. Once it is created you you are ready to present click on the little arrow immediately to the right to the Present icon - this will give you the option of Presenter view. Select Presenter view:
You will get a window where you can now either see your speaker notes OR now view audience questions in a new Audience Tools tab! To use the Audience Q&A, you'll first click on the Start Now button:
Once enabled, you will have a link for the presentation, and a toggle to turn the feature on/off:
One note about the link - if you close the window on your presentation, and then reopen it you get a NEW url. So, for instance, if you are a teacher and want to share the link prior to t…
(This is 1 in a series of 4 to help you get ready and excited about going to this year's conference.)
Yes, you are attending the conference for all the great learning and
networking. However, eating is still a necessity and it is important to
know where to find food while in Detroit...especially food that you can
get quickly, without waiting in long lines! Here are some tips and
hints for dealing with that while at Cobo, along with some other tidbits
you should know about: Staying Hydrated: make sure you stay hydrated!there are several fountains and water
coolers provided throughout the venue to get water - bring along a
refillable cup/mug and keep filling it all day instead of purchasing
expensive bottles of waterFood at Cobo: there are several food vendors right in COBO; some tips about these:there will be around 4000 attendees AND
hundreds of additional vendors at the venue, and everyone will be
taking about the same meal breaks - either pick up food at odd times or