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Apr 15 2014

CoursePlus 101: Signing In and Setting Up a Site in the New CoursePlus

While the look of the new CoursePlus is definitely different, the process of signing in to CoursePlus and setting up a CoursePlus site is very similar to how that process worked in the past. This video walks you through the process, and points out some of the subtle changes along the way:

Posted by Brian Klaas at 8:37 AM - Categories: CoursePlus 101

Apr 10 2014

The Innovative Instructor: Peer Learning, Formative Assessment and Poster Projects

For those who haven't yet subscribed to The Innovative Instructor, a blog by our colleagues in the Johns Hopkins Center for Educational Resources, you should! Aside from the very recent posts on our SPH symposium on Peer Learning and Assessment, and ideas on the social media keynote by Howard Rheingold, here are a a couple other recent posts you should definitely check out:

The Characteristics of High Quality Formative Assessments
Formative assessment still tends to lag behind summative assessment in terms of adoption in the classroom. This post provides background, research, loads of references, and will help get things started for incoroporating more. Not sure about the differences between formative and summative assessment? Here's a refresher from Carnegie Mellon.

Creative Student Assignments:  Poster Projects
"For STEM career-path students, poster sessions are certain to be a part of their futures. Increasingly, those in Humanities and Social Sciences are finding that poster sessions are being seen in their professional/academic conferences. Posters and similar presentation approaches are becoming part of business (including non-profit) practice as well."

On some floors of the School of Public Health you can see poster presentations on the walls. Were these created by faculty or by students? Whoever does the work, does the learning.

0 comments - Posted by Clark Shah-Nelson at 8:47 AM - Categories: General | Innovation & Inspiration | Teaching Tips

Apr 8 2014

What Are the Differences Between Online and On-Campus Courses in the New CoursePlus?

The merged CoursePlus houses both online and on-campus courses in a single system. The tools in CoursePlus are the same for online and on-campus courses, with the following exceptions:

  • On-campus courses have a class sessions tool that can be edited by faculty, TAs, and editors on the course.
  • Online courses have a schedule tool that is currently only editable by the instructional designer assigned to the course.
  • On-campus courses have one-click tool that makes the course site available or unavailable to students.
  • Online courses become available to students on the day the course begins. There is no option to make an online course site unavailable to students.
  • On-campus courses have a tool that displays a link to the eReserves site for that course. Online courses usually post this information on course lecture pages by default.
  • Online courses have a "Welcome" page for visitors not enrolled in the course. On-campus courses do not have this page.
  • Online courses have a "Faculty" page in the "Syllabus" section of the course site which displays custom biographical information about course faculty, guest speakers, and TAs. On-campus courses do not have this page.
  • There is no LiveTalk page in on-campus course sites.

That's it for the differences between what you see in online versus on-campus course sites. If you have any questions, please let us know!


0 comments - Posted by Brian Klaas at 9:22 AM - Categories: CoursePlus | Online Courses

Previous Posts

Apr 1

The New "My Courses" Page

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Mar 25

"About the Course" is Becoming "Syllabus"

Posted by Brian Klaas at 9:39 AM - Categories: CoursePlus | Online Courses |

Mar 19
Mar 18

What Will the Merged CoursePlus System Look Like

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