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Learn@UWSuperior Terminology

General Information Top of Page

This is a list of the tool terms used within the Learn@ UWSuperior system.  The information has been grouped by tool and the structure of that tool.  Each tool will have the following information:

Tool Name - location and description of the tool.

  • Top level of the tool's structure, usually what's used to organize the information, activities, etc. within that tool.
    • What information, activities, etc. you want your students to know or do within that tool.

There are a few tools where the organizational part of the structure is optional (they will say "optional" at the end of the description), but most of the tools need the top structure level in order to function properly.

Attendance Top of Page

Attendance - found in the Communications dropdown menu, allows you to create registers that track attendance for activities within your course.  The Attendance tool uses the following structure:

  • Register - Organizes your sessions, like a folder on your computer organizes your documents.  You need to create a new register in order to use this tool.
    • Sessions - events you want to use to keep track of your students' participation in.  You can create a session for every day or week your class meets.  You can create multiple sessions per register.
  • Scheme - provides criteria for marking attendance in the register.  The system default is Present (P) or Absent (A), you can create a new scheme to fit your needs.

Chat Top of Page

Chat - found in the Communication dropdown menu, can be used to set up for one-on-one "office visits" or group chats, similar to instant messengers where all participants are online at the same time.

  • General Chat - allows all users in the course to participate in the chat session(s).
  • Personal Chat - allows the creator of the chat to add or remove users from the chat session(s). 

Checklist Top of Page

Checklist - found in the Materials dropdown menu, allows you to highlight important assignments, readings, or other items for your students to complete.  The Checklist tool uses the following structure:

  • Category - Organizes similar groups of items, like a folder on your computer organizes your documents.  You can create multiple categories per checklist.
    • Item - The project/assignment you want your students to complete.  You need at least one item in order for your checklist to be visible to your students.  You can create multiple items per category.

Competencies Top of Page

Competencies - found in the Assessment dropdown menu, can be used to assess students' knowledge, skills and abilities through Learning Objectives and Activities.  The Competencies tool uses the following structure:

  • Competency - Organizes the learning objectives and activities, like a folder on your computer organizes your documents. 
    • Learning Objective - what you want your student to know by the end of the semester.  You need at least one learning objective to have activities that can be assessed.  You can create multiple learning objectives per competency.
      • Activity - the individual assignments that your students do in the course that you can use to assess them with.  These assignments could include Discussion messages, Dropbox submissions, Quizzes, and Grades.   You can create multiple activities per learning objective. 
        Note: You will want to create the assignments in the various tools before you start creating Competencies, Learning Objectives, or Activities.

Content Top of Page

Content - found in the Materials dropdown menu, can be used to display syllabi, course assignments, and instructional materials in text, image, video, and PDF formats.  The Content tool uses the following structure:

  • Module - organizes similar groups of topics, like a folder on your computer organizes your documents.  You need at least one module to be able to have topics.
    • Topic - the link to the document, system tool, or website that has the information you want your students to read or complete.  You can create multiple topics per module.

Discussions Top of Page

Discussions - found in the Communications dropdown menu, can be used to facilitate student-to-student and faculty-to-student communication over the course of the semester.  The Discussions tool uses the following structure:

  • Forum - organizes similar groups of topics, like a folder on your computer organizes your documents.  You need at least one forum for your students to post messages.
    • Topic - where you and your students communicate with each other.  You can create multiple topics per forum.

Dropbox Top of Page

Dropbox - found in the Assessment dropdown menu, can be used by students to turn in assignment files electronically for your review and feedback.  The Dropbox tool uses the following structure:

  • Category - organizes your Dropbox folders, like a folder on your computer organizes your documents.  You can create multiple categories per Dropbox.  (Optional)
    • Folder - where your students submit their files for you to review.  You can create multiple topics per category.

Glossary Top of Page

Glossary - found in the Materials dropdown menu, can be used to create a list of class terms and definitions for your students to learn.

  • Term - word or phrase and definition listed alphabetically.  You can create multiple terms per Glossary.

Grades Top of Page

Grades - found in the Assessment dropdown menu, can be used to calculate and show individual students their grades privately as the semester progresses.  The Grades tool uses the following structure:

  • Category - Organizes similar groups of items, like a folder on your computer organizes your documents.  You can create multiple categories in the Grades area. (Optional)
    • Item - The project/assignment you want your students to be scored or assessed by.  You can create multiple items per category.

Groups Top of Page

Groups - found in the Communication dropdown menu, can be used to create small group areas in the Discussion and Dropbox tools, as well as create group lockers for your students to store their group project work.  The Groups tool uses the following structure:

  • Category - Organizes your groups, like a folder on your computer organizes your documents.  You need to have at least one category in order to create small groups within your course.  You can create multiple categories in the Groups area. 
    • Group - The project/assignment you want your students to be scored or assessed by.  You can create multiple groups per category.  You must enroll the students after you have created the groups.

Quizzes Top of Page

Quizzes - found in the Assessment dropdown menu, can be used to assess the students' knowledge, multiple answer formats are available to create an online quiz similar to a traditional paper version.  The Quizzes tool uses the following structure:

  • Category - Organizes similar groups of Quizzes, like a folder on your computer organizes your documents.  You can create multiple categories in the Quizzes area. (Optional)
    • Quiz - Assess your students' knowledge about a specific subject in your course.  You can create multiple quizzes per category.
  • Question Library - place where you can store all of the questions you would like to use in your quizzes.  If you want to make a random quiz where the questions would not be in the same order for each student, you would need to import your questions from the Question Library.

Rubrics Top of Page

Rubrics - found in the Assessment dropdown menu, are the standards the instructor uses to evaluate the activities created for their courses.  A single rubric can be used in all of the tools within Learn@ UWSuperior (Discussions, Dropbox, Grades, Quizzes, Surveys).

  • Levels (the horizontal headings) - the achievements or points your students are work towards.
  • Criteria (the vertical headings) - the evaluation their work is scored against.

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