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Jun 22 2016

Track Access of All Content Pages in an Online Course, Not Just Lecture Sections

Faculty and TAs have long had the ability to see which students watched which lectures in an online course. This is often invaluable information for faculty and course instructional designers, helping them see how students are participating (or not) in a course.

We've also often been asked by faculty who teach online courses if there was a way to see if students accessed a page describing an activity or assignment, or a page with overall course guidelines and references. We're pleased to announce that we've set up a report in online courses which shows all the content pages in a course website and the number of times of access, first date of access, and last date of access for each student in the course.

Screenshot of report showing access to each Page Builder page in an online course.

This page only shows access for pages in Page Builder, the tool that allows faculty, instructional designers, the CTL production team, and TAs, build both lecture and activity pages for the course website. It doesn't show the number of visits to the LiveTalk page or Online Library pages, for example, as there are separate reports which cover the more important details of student access for those tools.

We hope that this additional report will provide useful insight into student activity in your online courses!

Posted by Brian Klaas at 12:09 PM - Categories: CoursePlus

May 18 2016

Reminder: Access to AY14-15 Course Websites Ends May 31

Access to academic year 2014-2015 courses ends on May 31, 2016. This is in line with the policy for access to CoursePlus websites. The policy states that access to a CoursePlus site is enabled for the academic year in which the course is offered and following academic year. For example, if a course occurred in the third term of the 2014-2015 academic year, a student enrolled in the course has access to the CoursePlus site until the end of the 2015-2016 academic year. After that point, access to that CoursePlus site is terminated.

If you need materials from a CoursePlus site in the 2014-2015 academic year, please download them before May 31, 2016, as you will not be able to access the sites from the 2014-2015 academic year after that time.

Posted by Brian Klaas at 8:33 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

May 11 2016

Access to the Schedule Builder Tool in Online Courses

Some faculty in online courses have long asked for the ability to edit the course schedule (or main "Content" page), as it's the only page in their online course site which they cannot edit. Prior to now, the faculty had to work with their course instructional designer to make any changes — even the modification of one due date — to their course schedule.

Faculty now have access to the Schedule Builder tool in online courses! Faculty cannot do everything that a course instructional designer can do, but they can:

  • Access the Schedule Builder tool
  • Reorder the items in the schedule
  • Add new items that are not lectures or LiveTalks. Those must still be added by the course instructional designer.
  • Add and edit group headers for items on the schedule.
  • Change available and due dates on any item except for lectures or LiveTalks.
  • Change the Assignment Description for lectures or LiveTalks.


Edits that are made by faculty are compiled into a daily digest email and sent to the course instructional designer. This helps facilitate communication between the two parties.

The limitations on complete faculty access to the Schedule Builder tool are the result of the extensive, detailed production process for creating online lectures. While it would certainly be convenient for faculty to be able to change the opening date of a lecture as they see fit, that lecture might not actually be fully produced by the date that the faculty selects. As such, coordination with the course instructional designer is still important.

We know that some faculty will continue to rely on their course instructional designer to do all edits to the course schedule. For those fauclty who prefer a more hands-on approach, we hope that these changes will provide you with additional flexibility you've been looking for!

Posted by Brian Klaas at 2:16 PM - Categories: CoursePlus

Previous Posts

May 4

Portfolio Updates for the Fourth Term

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Apr 20

WYSIWYG Editing in Page Builder

Posted by Brian Klaas at 9:18 AM - Categories: CoursePlus |

Apr 6

Required Surveys Before Accessing Course Content

Posted by Brian Klaas at 8:35 AM - Categories: CoursePlus |

Mar 22

All New Faculty Guide to CoursePlus

Posted by Brian Klaas at 2:09 PM - Categories: CoursePlus |

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