Viewing by month: August 2015

Aug 18 2015

What's New in CoursePlus Session on Monday, August 24

CoursePlus is continually receiving updates and improvements based on the feedback of faculty, TAs, students, and academic support staff here at the School. There were a ton of updates and improvements to CoursePlus in the last academic year. On Monday, August 24, from 2-3pm in room W2030, the team from the Center for Teaching and Learning will take you through these changes and give you an opportunity to get your questions about CoursePlus answered.

This session will not be webcast, but will be recorded for those who cannot attend and want to watch a recording after the event.

We hope to see you there!

Posted by Brian Klaas at 2:54 PM - Categories: CoursePlus

Aug 12 2015

Changing the Deadline for Editing Course System-Linked Sections in the Syllabus

Since launching CoursePlus syllabus-to-JHSPH course system data integration last year, we've received a lot of feedback from faculty, academic coordinators, and senior academic administration about ways to make the integrations better. One of the major changes we implemented is that sections of content on your CoursePlus syllabus which are linked to the official JHSPH course system must be reviewed by your departmental academic coordiantor before publication to students. This process takes time, and CoursePlus was allowing changes to be made all the way up to the end of add/drop in a given academic term. This didn't work well for the review process, or for Summer Institute courses, where add/drop doesn't really apply.

Effective immediatley, editing of JHSPH course system-linked sections in your CoursePlus syllabus is now locked at 11:59pm on the first day of the academic term in which the course occurs. No changes to course system-linked sections can occur in CoursePlus after this time. You can still make changes after that time by working with your departmental academic coordinator directly within the JHSPH course system. You just can't make those changes in CoursePlus after 11:59pm on the first day of the academic term in which the course occurs.

We realize that this may be inconvenient for some faculty, but it's important that students have core course syllabus information which has been reviewed by all appropriate parties the day that the academic term for a course begins. Remember, though, that you can still keep making changes in the JHSPH course system after the first day of the academic term in which your course occurs. You just won't be able to do that in CoursePlus.

Posted by Brian Klaas at 10:28 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

Aug 3 2015

Ad-Hoc Peer Assessments

Since the launch of the Peer Assessment tool in CoursePlus in 2013, we've added tons of new features and reworked reporting and other core workflows to make the whole tool more powerful and useful. The Peer Assessment tool currently offers five different assessment types:

  • Students evaluate [n] randomly assigned students
  • Students evaluate group members
  • One group evaluates another group
  • Everyone in the class evaluates one group
  • Students assess themselves
  • Faculty and TAs evaluate each student

In spite of the enormous flexibility these different peer assessment types bring, there are still situations where faculty want to have different peer assessment setups. What if, for example, you wanted to randomly assign students to each other in the first peer assessment in a class, but then continue to have the same students assess each other in subsequent peer assessments? What if you wanted some students to assess more students than others in the class? What if only a portion of the class should be involved in a peer assessment?

To meet the wide range of potential scenarios for peer assessments, we've added an "ad hoc" peer assessment type to the tool. In this type of assessment, faculty and TAs manually assign students to each other in any way they see fit. All the tools in a peer assessment are available for this assessment type, including linking to a Drop Box, but faculty aren't limited in student-to-student assignments by one of the pre-set assessment types.

We think this is a powerful addition to the peer assessment tool, and will make it even more useful across courses at the School.

Posted by Brian Klaas at 8:54 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

Search Archives


CoursePlus on Twitter



Monthly Archives