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Create an Announcement
Course > Announcements > + Announcement
* Import External RSS Feeds to create new Announcements
* New Announcement notifications can be received via multiple channels


Create an Assignment
Course > Assignments > Add Assignment Group > to Add Assignment
Course > Calendar > Click on date > Assignment tab > Submit
* Create assignment groups such as attendance, discussions, papers, quizzes, etc.
* Assignment Groups can be weighted to calculate the final grade
* Download Assignment submissions from the Assignment page


Create an Event and/or Assignment
Calendar > Click on Date > Event or Assignment tab > Submit
* More options to open Rich Content Editor and Content Pane
* Drag & drop events or assignments to make changes across weeks or months
* View up to 10 classes at once with color-coded global calendar view.


Create New Collaboration
Course > Collaborations > add people > Start Collaborating
Global Navigation > Courses & Groups > Group > Collaborations > Start a New Collaboration
* Google Doc authentication only happens once, saved in Profile
* Invite any subset of the People enrolled in a course or group

Course Navigation

Customize Course Navigation
Course > Settings > Navigation > Drag above/below line to show/hide
* Course Navigation is a customizable list of links that helps you GO where you need to inside your course

Course Statistics

View Course Statistics
Course > Settings > Course Statistics
* Total number of Assignment types
* Recent student visits
* Graph of page views over time


Create a New Discussion
Course > Discussions > + Discussion
* View Discussion Topics and Announcements or just Discussion Topics
* Use Rich Content Editor and Content Pane to edit Topic
* Attach Files to Discussions
* Discussion options: delay posting, reply visibility
* Turn a Discussions into a graded Assignments


Create New Conference
Course > Conferences > Make a New Conference
Group > Conferences > Make a New Conference
* Conferences can be long-running or limited to x number of minutes
* Describe purpose of Conference in the description field
* Invite any subset of the People enrolled in a course or group


Create New Conversation
Inbox > to open To: field > Name, Message, Send
* Messages can be sent to any of your classes, sections, groups
* Users can color code, archive, and unsubscribe from a Conversation
* Message threads include comments from past Assignments

Course Home Page

Change Home Page Layout
Course > Home > Change Home Page Layout
* Course Activity Stream (Default), Design Custom Page, Modules Page, Assignments

Course Import/Export Tool

Import/Export Course Content
Course > Settings > Copy this Course
Course > Settings > Import Content into this Course
Course > Settings > Export this Course
* Content can be imported and exported at a granular level
* Exported course packages can be shared via email


Create a New ePortfolio
Profile > ePortfolios > Create an ePortfolio
* Organize ePortfolio into Sections with Pages
* Widgets: Rich Content Editor, HTML Embed, Course Submissions, Images/Files
* Enable comments; make comments public; make ePortfolio public
* Download ePortfolio as .zip files
* ePortfolios belong to a user not a course

Course Files

Access Course Files
Course > Files
* File hierarchy on the left / File preview pane on the right
* Upload single files or .zip files
* Sort files into folders (Mouse over file icon to move files from right to left)
* Preview files by clicking on the file title
* Three levels of security: public (default), locked until linked, always locked
* Download single files .zip files


Edit Grades
Course > Grades > Click on cell > Enter > Edit > Enter or Arrow Key
* Grading history is always saved, can revert to past grades
* Leave media comments to provide assessment feedback
* Download CSV export of gradebook, edit, and re-upload
* Include or Ignore ungraded Assignments to calculate Total Grade
* Students see a table of all course Assignments, can figure out hypothetical grades

Notification Preferences

Customize Notification Preferences
Profile > Notifications > Add or Delete Channels > Set Frequency
Outcomes – Create a Course-level Outcome
Course > Outcomes > + New Outcome > [Descriptions] > Rating Levels > Threshold of Mastery
* Align Assignments, Quizzes, and graded Discussions to Outcomes
* View student “artifacts” sorted by Outcome
* Helpful for institution-wide reporting and accreditation


Create a New Page
Course > Pages > View All Pages > Create a New Page > [New Page Title] > Create > [Edit] > Save Changes
* Use Rich Content Editor and Content Pane to edit Page
* Hide Page from students until completed
* Set permissions to add Students and Observers as editors


Edit Profile
Profile > Edit Profile > [Full Name, Display Name, Language, Time Zone, Change Password] * Some profile settings may be frozen by LMS Admin
* Add an avatar
* Add communication channels and link to Registered Services

Question Banks

Create a New Question Bank
Course > Quizzes > Settings > Manage Question Banks > Add Question Bank > [Question Bank Name] > Hit enter to save
* Add questions manually or move and copy questions to other Question Banks
* Bookmark Question Banks to display at top of page
* Department- or institution-level Question Banks are easily shared


Open SpeedGrader™
Course > Grades > Choose Assignment > SpeedGrader™ Course > Open Assignment/Quiz/graded Discussion > (Edit Assignment Settings) > (Update) > SpeedGrader™
* Grade all submissions for an assignment in one place
* Multiple submissions will appear in dropdown menu for easy access
* Red notification message in Assignment was submitted after due date
* Click on Settings to sort student list or hide student names in dropdown menu
* Type score and click tab or enter to autosave to gradebook
* View Rubric to use rating levels or type free-form comments
* Feedback for students can be typed, recorded, or uploaded
* Upload files with comments for students
* Download all submissions and re-upload from the Assignment page


Edit Syllabus Description
Course > Syllabus > Edit Syllabus Description > Update Syllabus
* Use Rich Content Editor and Content Pane to edit Syllabus Description
* Syllabus table is automatically generated based on Assignment due dates and Course Calendar events

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