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Article Last Updated June 2021 This article describes the various icons that an INSTRUCTOR in eClass might be expected to use. GENERAL ICONS HELP - Displays help information if you click on it.   DASHBOARD ICONS CUSTOMISE THIS PAGE BUTTON - All...
Article Last Updated June 2021 If you are an instructor using eClass for the first time, or are interested in re-designing or improving upon your course content, the U of A has a number of different groups and resources that are available to assist you....
Article Last Updated October 2021 Your eClass course has a number of basic settings that you can modify. To reach these settings, once inside your course, click the Actions (Gear) icon on the far right of your course title, and click on _Edit Settings...
Article Last Updated December 2019 This article describes the changes released for ExamLock in January 2020. PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENTS: Two major issues are resolved for winter term: * The mac application performance problem issues are fixed (rel...
Article Last Updated June 2021 This article describes how to use the new version of the Activity Chooser enabled in June 2021. This update contains an improved look and provides instructors the ability to customize their own view. By default, when fir...
Article Last Updated June 2021 Forums are a useful way to facilitate classroom discussion in an online discussion room format. They can be set up in a number of ways for different situations such as small group discussion, 1-to-1 conversation between in...
Article Last Updated June 2021 Quizzes are excellent ways to assess students' comprehension of course material. They can provide a secure, automatic way of collecting students responses to questions that can be used as activities, weekly homework assign...
Article Last Updated October 2021 ExamLock is a quiz integrity application developed by the IST eClass team. The tool can be installed on mac and windows machines and limits students to a quiz interface while an exam is being completed and will block the...
Article Last Updated September 2021 The eClass External system is available for use by any U of A Faculty or Staff with courses that require the participation of non-U of A (non-CCID) participants. The system is available for access at https://eclass-cpd...
Article Last Updated June 2021 This article describes the different mechanisms that instructors can use to embed videos in for students to watch. Please review our lecture recording overview [http://support.ctl.ualberta.ca/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Artic...
Article Last Updated June 2021 Embedded Answers (Cloze) is a way of designing multiple choice, short answers and numerical answers within a passage of text. They are useful when you want to have a single question have multiple sub-parts and when it make...
Article Last Updated June 2021 Security features for online exams are important to ensure quiz integrity. eClass offers a range of features that provide varying levels of security which meet different needs. Most of the features listed below can be used ...
Article Last Updated June 2021 Assignments are one of the main forms of assessment in eClass. They allow students to submit files or enter text online for marking, and provide instructors with an easy-to-use interface in which to mark them. File submissi...
Article Last Updated June 2021 Instructors can use Smart Exam Monitor (SEM) to remotely proctor exams and quizzes. The system can be used in conjunction with eClass quizzes or as a pure monitoring solution for a range of other assessments. SEM is a 3rd ...
Article Last Updated June 2021 Groups are the functional units within which students work and participate in different eClass activities. Activities that have groups enabled allow administrative users to filter contributions with three different group m...
Article Last Updated August 2021 This article explains how to add quiz questions to an existing quiz on eClass. If you have not yet added a quiz, please see Adding Quizzes [http://support.eclass.ualberta.ca/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/150/13/a...
Article Last Updated September 2021 This article outlines best practices and suggestions for delivering fully remote exams using the eClass quiz activity. NEW FOR FALL 2021, with the mix of online and in-person delivery methods this term, one challeng...
Article Last Updated July 2021 An eClass sandbox course is useful for any instructor or staff member who wants to explore the system, try out various activities, or do some practice course construction. NOTE: You can only have one sandbox per account. ...
Article Last Updated June 2021 The following is a summary of the question types available on eClass for use in quizzes: * ALL-OR-NOTHING MULTIPLE CHOICE: Allows the selection of multiple responses from a pre-defined list of choices but uses all-or-no...
Article Last Updated June 2021 This article outlines how instructors can use the ExamLock Manager to manage secure exam sessions and review student activity during quizzes. Instructors should configure their quizzes first following the instructions at Us...
Article Last Updated July 2021 Generally, there are two ways to add content to a course: creating new 'Page' resources (HTML files with content added directly to eClass) and uploading existing documents as 'File' resources. DRAGGING-AND-DROPPING EXIST...
Article Last Updated June 2021 In some cases, you may wish to set conditions which limit whether a student can access a resource, activity or entire topic based on a number of different criteria, including time range, grade range achieved on previous ac...
Article Last Updated June 2021 This article will explain how to add simple web links into any editable content area where the HTML editor is available. For instructors the main places would be: the content section headers of their course home page, as c...
Article Last Updated June 2021 This article explains how to upload a video from your computer into an editable content area on eClass. If you are a STUDENT, you would normally be doing this in a discussion forum, an online assignment submission (not an ...
Article Last Updated June 2021 A grouping in eClass is a set of groups. Only after you have created groups [http://support.ctl.ualberta.ca/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/149/0/setting-up-groups], can you create groupings. Groupings are used in tw...
Article Last Updated June 2021 This article discusses some considerations in using eClass to create and manage large sets of quiz questions. For most courses the question bank doesn't contain too many questions - for those cases, the basics of using qui...
Article Last Updated June 2021 If you are the instructor of a course in eClass, the best and preferred method for you to get content into your course from a different course is to copy that content during the course request process when your course is i...
Article Last Updated July 2021 This article shows how instructors can quickly embed google drive files including videos into their eClass courses. This process occurs through an external integration provided by the google suite 'Assignments' tool and on...
Article Last Updated June 2021 This article outlines how instructors can use the ExamLock Manager to schedule secure exam sessions for students to complete quizzes. Instructors will need to configure their quizzes first following the instructions at Usin...
Article Last Updated June 2021 Students have a different view of courses than instructors do. To view or preview your course content as students will see it, select 'Student' from the SWITCH ROLE TO ... page that can be reached by clicking on your name ...
Article Last Updated July 2021 Ratings can be useful for instructors who wish to track or grade forum posts, glossary entries and database entries, and link them directly to the course gradebook. They can also be used as a collaborative activity by allo...
Article Last Updated October 2021 This article lists the current known issues and technical problems in ExamLock that are already under investigation or have been added to our product backlog for repairs. ISSUE/PROBLEM SUMMARY KNOWN WORKAROUN...
Article Last Updated June 2021 The Level Up! Block is a new block in eClass that can be used to add gamification elements to your course. This block will allow you to capture and attribute 'experience points' to actions that students take in your course. ...
Article Last Updated June 2021 Calendars can be very useful in your course for displaying assignment due dates, online quiz availability, synchronous meeting session times, or any other event you would like to draw student's attention to. HOW TO ADD A...
Article Last Updated June 2021 You can add images into any editable content area on eClass. If you are a STUDENT, you would normally be doing this in a discussion forum, an online assignment submission (not an assignment requiring a file upload), or a c...
Article Last Updated June 2021 To create additional topic areas in your eClass course: * Turn editing on in your course. * Scroll to the bottom of your topic list and click +ADD TOPICS. * Enter the number of new sections desired and click the gr...
Article Last Updated June 2021 The feedback activity allows instructors to have students respond to a series of questions, like a quiz. These questions are not gradeable (there is no correct answer possible) and so are best for gathering feedback, not f...
Article Last Updated June 2021 This article describes how instructors can use the Stream2 Media suite to upload or record media into their course to allow students to easily access video content. Stream2 is an integrated cloud service that stores media ...
Article Last Updated June 2021 Badges are a gamification feature in eClass intended to make learning more interesting for students. This article will introduce basic Badge usage in eClass and is tailored to instructors who are new to Badges. Three ste...
Article Last Updated June 2021 There are two major kinds of blogs in eClass: blogs that can be added to course pages, and personal blogs that are external to eClass but are included in a course via the HTML editor. These blogs are generally available to...
Article Last Updated June 2021 eClass allows you to add links to resources on the Internet and to customize those links as necessary. ADDING A URL * Click on TURN EDITING ON, near top right side. * Move to the topic area where you wish to add co...
Article Last Updated June 2021 Files are one of the basic and most used types of content in eClass courses. When adding files, PDF files are usually preferable to other formats since browsers display PDF files in a consistent format. For a bit more info...
Article Last Updated June 2021 Through the normal course content copy procedures, student and instructor contributions into the database activity are not copied forward from year to year. These submissions are considered user data and for that reason ...
Article Last Updated June 2021 The eClass mobile app, currently in a public beta release, offers faculty, students, and staff easy access to eClass course content. The app is available for download here. [http://support.eclass.ualberta.ca/index.php?/Kno...
Article Last Updated June 2021 Chats enable real-time conversations between instructors and students in a text-based environment similar to most instant messaging platforms but in a simpler fashion. The tool is a great, easy way to communicate with stud...
Article Last Updated December 2020 This article describes how instructors can add Crowdmark assessments (assignments and exams) to their course. This type of assessment will transfer your student roster directly from eClass to the Crowdmark system and a...
Article Last Updated June 2021 Workshops are a peer-assessment activity in which students can submit their work to the group and grade their own and each other's submissions. ADDING A WORKSHOP * Click on TURN EDITING ON, near top right side. * Mo...
Article Last Updated June 2021 There are 2 main methods of displaying mathematical notations in eClass, depending on users familiarity with math markup languages: the more robust method uses the MathJAX filter to display standard TeX syntax (or MathML);...
Article Last Updated June 2021 This article describes the Question bank in eClass and the basic operations available within it. Adding any new question within a quiz also automatically stores it in the question bank for the course - for more details, ...
Article Last Updated June 2021 CONDITIONAL RELEASE BASED ON ITEM COMPLETION In order to conditionally release a resource or activity in your course based on the completion of another course item, you will need to make sure that Completion Tracking is e...
Article Last Updated May 2020 Working in conjunction with the Library, the eClass team has developed a customizable block to make it easy for students to access resources. The block is available on the user's homepage, and instructors can add it inside ...
Article Last Updated July 2021 Course formats in eClass are options that organize and structure your course content differently, _WITHOUT AFFECTING THE CONTENT ITSELF._ There are 6 Formats that can be used in your course: * Weekly format * Topics fo...
Article Last Updated August 2021 Instructors can now generate course syllabi using a custom tool within their eClass courses. The tool contains a series of entry fields for the required elements of course syllabi based on GFC policy and creates an edita...
Article Last Updated June 2021 Rather than organizing your course using eClass's default section naming scheme (ie. by week, when the course format is set to 'Weekly' format; or by topic number when the course is set to 'Topics' format), you can choose y...
Article Last Updated June 2021 For instructions on creating new badges, enabling a badge, and awarding it manually, see the article Introduction to Badges [http://support.ctl.ualberta.ca/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/275/13/introduction-to-badge...
Article Last Updated September 2021 This article describes how instructors can use the PDF Annotation activity as an interactive tool for social annotation in their course. This tool allows instructors to upload PDF files to have students markup the tex...
Article Last Updated August 2018 This article explains how INSTRUCTORS can add a banner to their course. If you already have a banner image for use, you can skip down to step 2 below - the first portion (Step 1) covers how to use one of the existing Fac...
Article Last Updated June 2021 This article assumes that you have a CCID, can access your google calendar through the 'Email & Apps' link, and have added some events to your calendar. First, click on the settings button to the right of the name of the...
Article Last Updated June 2021 The Completion Progress block in eClass gives students a visual indication of their progress through a course. To display completion progress, completion tracking must be enabled in your course and set up for at least on...
Article Last Updated June 2021 The page resource allows you to create a simple web page within your eClass course that can include text, images, and embedded videos. Pages offer an alternative to PDF documents when displaying content to students that ar...
Article Last Updated June 2021 In non-credit and training course situations, it may be useful to have students print a custom certificate upon completing any requirements set by the course instructor/designer. Certificates can be set to be released for ...
Instructors choosing to incorporate content from 3rd party textbook publishers in their eClass courses or link their courses directly to textbook websites need to be aware of the following policies announced in late 2014. Instructor Use of Online Homew...
Article Last Updated June 2021 eClass allows instructors to add essay questions to a quiz. This question type should also be used for long answer questions. Note that these questions cannot be automatically marked by the system, so instructors have to g...
Article Last Updated June 2021 The Lesson activity is a flexible way to add interactive content into your course. It allows for the regular range of content to be added through the system editor but multiple pages can be added and wrapped with a navigat...
Article Last Updated July 2021 This article describes how instructors can use Google Jamboard though the UAlberta google tools suite. Jamboard is a collaborative digital whiteboard for capturing and sharing ideas. The platform features intelligent handwri...
Article Last Updated June 2021 For questions involving numeric calculations, the calculated question types on eClass can help to ensure that each student sees a different version of each question. For example, you could have a question that asks "what i...
Article Last Updated June 2021 Tab displays allow you to group, arrange, and organize your content into tabbed sections within an eClass resource. The pages can be viewed by clicking the tabs running along the top of the display. An example is depicted ...
Article Last Updated June 2021 In any editable content area on eClass, users can upload files and create links to them. This can be done in any area where the HTML editor is available: content section headers, page resources, activity or resource descri...
Article Last Updated June 2021 Wikis are collaborative tools where you and your students can enter any type of content regarding any topic that you specify (they are similar to both the glossary and database). They are an excellent way to make students ...
Article Last Updated June 2021 This article describes best practices for ensuring eClass course content meets accessibility standards and has been provided by Accessibility Resources [https://www.ualberta.ca/current-students/accessibility-resources]. ...
Article Last Updated June 2021 Each eClass course is organized into a series of content sections on the main course page. The heading area of each content section can be edited with titles that help organize the distinct sections of your course. Content...
Article Last Updated June 2021 This article will explain how to setup the word limit feature for assignments. The word limit feature allows professors the option to set a cap on the number of words students can submit in their assignments. NOTE: THI...
Article Last Updated July 2021 By default, eClass treats glossaries as a collaborative tool that students have the ability to edit (i.e. students can create new entries). It is however possible to restrict the glossary such that only course administrato...
Article Last Updated June 2021 A survey is a tool for gathering feedback about your course from your students but in eClass is comprised only of several known instruments that assess e-Learning. (See below if you want to construct your own questions.) T...
Article Last Updated June 2021 Blocks can be added on your main course page or on some activity and resource sub-pages. Note that if you are using a somewhat small display and do not see any blocks on the right hand side of your course, your browser may...
Article Last Updated June 2021 Labels can be added anywhere in your eClass course and are commonly used as headers to organize content, callouts drawing attention to specific areas, etc. Labels can consist of simple text, horizontal bars, images, videos...
Article Last Updated June 2021 Non-credit courses are courses that are not tied to a credit section on Bear Tracks. These can include research/collaboration courses, content development templates, or resource courses that supplement a regular credit cou...
Article Last Updated May 2018 Adding Twitter Feeds to eClass course pages is a great way to communicate course updates to students, or even filter tweets directly concerning particular courses, or education in general using the hashtag key. Hashtags are...
Article Last Updated June 2021 This article describes how instructors can add H5P activities which push their scores directly into the gradebook in their courses. H5P is an interactive HTML5 package that instructors may have previously created and/or ho...
Article Last Updated June 2021 As an extension of the Groups/Groupings [http://support.eclass.ualberta.ca/index.php?/Knowledgebase/List/Index/33/working-with-groups] functionality, the GROUP SIGN-UP BLOCK allows students to create groups or join pre-cre...
Article Last Updated July 2021 Instructors can hide activities and resources using "stealth mode" and still allow students to access the content. This can be useful as a course design strategy where an instructor wants to nest content to provide a clean...
Article Last Updated May 2020 The External tool activity module allows an instructor to set up a secure link between their eClass course and an external website or tool, allowing students to interact with learning resources and activities from systems o...
Article Last Updated June 2021 Instructors who inadvertently delete resources or activities from their eClass course page can now restore them using the new recycle bin IF THEY REALIZE THE CONTENT DELETION WITHIN 7 DAYS. TO RESTORE CONTENT TO YOUR COURS...
Article Last Updated September 2021 (H5P) activities are interactive learning objects based on a set of open-source templates that instructors can add into their courses (the name is an abbreviation for HTML5 Package). Any pre-existing H5P activities c...
Article Last Updated June 2019 The Collapsed Topics with Collapsed Labels course format provides instructors an additional mechanism for shortening the length of their course in eClass. As with all the other available course formats [http://support.ecla...
Article Last Updated June 2021 Instructors can now create H5P interactive activities directly in their eClass courses. H5P ( ) activities are interactive learning objects based on a range of open-source templates that can now be used as gradeable activi...
Article Last Updated June 2021 A database is a way for students and teachers to build a searchable collection of items within a course. Databases are set up with a set of customized fields for course participants to enter data for each item in the colle...
Article Last Updated June 2021 The folder resource enables a teacher to display a number of related files inside a single link, reducing scrolling on the course page. Any file uploaded to a folder resource can ONLY BE DOWNLOADED BY STUDENTS, not viewed ...
Article Last Updated June 2021 Glossaries are tools which allow you and/or your students to develop a list of definitions for terms relevant to your course. These definitions can be added throughout the term or during a specified time range. The glossar...
Article Last Updated May 2018 This article will show INSTRUCTORS how to enable STUDENTS to rate or score forum posts as a collaborative or peer review activity in eClass. The setup for this function requires that a forum is already set up on eClass for ...
Article Last Updated June 2021 A choice is a polling activity in which you can ask students to answer multiple choice questions. The results can be published to the whole class or left private for your own use. Some examples of use: gathering feedback o...
Article Last Updated May 2018 A NEW FEATURE ADDED IN SUMMER 2017 allows instructors to use tags to categorize resources and activities within their course. These tags can be used for any manner of internal organization schemes for instructor reference (...
Article Last Updated June 2021 This article will explain how to to move course items without dragging and dropping. * Go to the main page of your course. * Click on TURN EDITING ON on the top right of the page. * A move icon (multi-directional a...
Article Last Updated June 2021 This article goes over the Onetopic course format in greater detail, as there have been a number of features added in the June 2018 upgrade. The Onetopic format now allows instructors to change the font and tab colours, as...
Article Last Updated June 2021 This article will explain how to add a word count to forum posts. 1. First, click on the forum. 2. Next, click on the GEAR icon, then on EDIT SETTINGS. 3. You will be taken to a new page. Scroll down until you find_ ...
Article Last Updated June 2021 This article outlines how to customize roles in your course to prevent certain users from receiving the email messages normally sent by the Announcements forum or block. The use case would be if you have any administrative...
Article Last Updated July 2021 This article describes how students currently accessing University of Alberta learning resources from The People's Republic of China can improve their connectivity. To meet this need, IST Security and Privacy and Networkin...
Article Last Updated June 2021 The book resource is very similar to the page or tab display resources, except that it allows you to organize it according to chapters and subchapters. The book resource is good for displaying a large amount of content in an...
Article Last Updated June 2021 As an alternative to the standard Forum [http://support.ctl.ualberta.ca/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/146/13/adding-forums] activity on eClass, instructors may add Anonymous Forums if they want students to be able ...
Article Last Updated June 2021 NEW IN JUNE 2021, instructors can add a self-serve tool called SensusAccess into their eClass course that will provide students with the ability to convert files posted within the course into a variety of accessible altern...
Article Last Updated July 2021 This article describes how instructors can take videos they have already uploaded to YouTube and easily embed them in an eClass course. For an overview of how to upload videos to YouTube, please view this CTL Webinette [ht...
Article Last Updated June 2021 You will be able to tag questions as an enhanced means of organization for your Question Bank [http://support.ctl.ualberta.ca/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/173/13/using-the-question-bank]. In the question bank, y...
Article Last Updated June 2021 In addition to shuffling question and multiple choice [http://support.ctl.ualberta.ca/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/360/45/security-features-for-delivering-eclass-quizzes] orders as an academic integrity mechanism,...
Article Last Updated June 2020 This question type uses a computer algebra system to evaluate student responses constructed as mathematical expressions. The ability to provide a range of feedback based on different incorrect answer pathways make this opt...
Article Last Updated July 2021 This article explains how instructors can upload SCORM activities into eClass courses. SCORM activities are most often interactive learning objects authored using an external source which are then saved as zip file for upl...
Article Last Updated July 2021 Instructors can now create online reading lists with the library and link them on their eClass site using the resource "Library Reading Lists". This will create a comprehensive reading list for a course and can be organize...
Article Last Updated July 2021 The feedback activity can be used to query your students with questions that you create. Common uses of the tool are as quick polls for student preferences, to elicit feedback about your class, or even to build datasets of...
Article Last Updated October 2021 This article outlines the main functions available for instructors using the YUJA enterprise video platform. Instructors will need to add the tool to their courses [https://support.eclass.ualberta.ca/index.php?/Knowledg...
Article Last Updated July 2021 At the request of the Faculty of Nursing, the eClass team added a site-wide block making it easy for instructors to add links to general U of A policies into their courses. The block can also be configured to have a sectio...
Article Last Updated October 2021 This article describes how instructors can use the ExamVis external tool to provide students with feedback on their eClass exams. This tool, developed as a part of a TLEF project headed by Dr. Okan Bulut from the Facult...
Article Last Updated October 2021 This article describes how instructors can add the YuJa video integration into their course. This external tool links to an enterprise video platform that allows uploading and recording of videos for course participants...
Article Last Updated June 2021 If an instructors needs to adjust scores on a quiz, i.e. by adding or subtracting points or scaling the scores. this may be accomplished without having to enter mass gradebook overrides to student scores. NOTE: this is not...
Article Last Updated June 2021 There are many question types available for quizzes. Multiple choice allows the selection of a single or multiple responses from a predefined list. This article will go over the basics of adding a multiple choice question ...
Article Last Updated June 2021 There are three types of drag and drop questions available in eClass quizzes. This article has a breakdown of each question type as well as basic setup instructions. For a summary of the other question types available on...
Article Last Updated June 2021 This article describes how each type of forum works and how they appear to students. For basic instructions on adding a forum to a course page, please see Adding forums [http://support.ctl.ualberta.ca/index.php?/Knowledgeb...
Article Last Updated October 2021 Instructors can now use Assign2 to create PDF versions of eClass quizzes suitable for printing. This method improves on the formatting available using the basic browser printing options [https://support.eclass.ualberta....
Article Last Updated September 2021 This article describes how instructors can add the new Approved Student Accommodations Dashboard external tool to their courses. This tool provides a convenient listing of any students who are approved for academic ac...