Teaching and Learning Tools
Course Home Page
After selecting a course from your My Superior Courses, you will be brought to the Course Home page. (See image) This page is made up of widgets and each has specific information to help you succeed in the course or to get help when you need it. The widgets are:
The Course Navigation bar has two parts, there is a Minibar (A) that is visible above the Course Navigation bar (B) no matter where you are in the course (see image). If you click on the course name in the Minibar it will take you back to the Course Home page. If you use the dropdown menu to the right of the course name, you can search for different course you are enrolled in.
The Course Navigation now has dropdown menus - Materials, Communication, and Assessment (see image). The course tools with similar functions are grouped together in Learn@ UWSuperior.
(listed as they appear in the Navigation dropdown menus)
Course Home will refresh the Course Home page.
Note: Some instructors may not use Learn@UWSuperior or may only use a few of the tools in their courses. A course shell is provided for each course, but it is up to the instructor to determine if the course tools will improve the learning experience for his or her students.
Content, located in the Materials dropdown menu, contains course information, sometimes as downloadable files or links to other sites. (See image) This Table of Contents page is like an outline for the course, the headings in black text are called Modules. The information within those Modules are called Topics. The information created by the instructor could include a syllabus, University and/or the instructor's policies, assignments, reading materials, etc.
Viewing a Topic:
The Classlist,located in the Communications dropdown menu, is a list of all the students in your class, as well as the instructors and teaching assistants. The Classlist is divided into three tabs: All tab, Staff tab, and Students tab. You are able to print, Email everyone or individuals on a tab (see image), and search from each one.
You can view any groups that you are a part of by clicking on the View by: dropdown menu and selecting Groups from the list (see image); click the Apply Filter button (see image); click on the Groups dropdown menu and select the group you want to view (see image); click the Apply Filter button again (see image); and the members of the group you selected will appear below (see image).
To edit your profile from the Classlist, you will need to click on your profile image and to view shared files you will need to click on the dropdown menu next to your name (see image).
The Discussions tool, located in the Communication dropdown menu, is for writing and reading messages on the class bulletin board. Depending on the course, there may be several Discussion Forums and Topics or none. The instructor will provide the title and an optional description of each Forum (highlighted in red) and Topic (highlighted in orange). To the right of the Topic title, you will see the number of Threads, the number of Posts, and who posted the last message (highlighted in green). (See image)
Enter a Discussion by clicking on the name of a Topic. (See image) If your instructor has set the "Must Post First" option for this topic, you will need to Start a New Thread before you will be able to see what anyone else has written. (See image) If there are any unread messages for that Topic, it will have a blue bar to the left of the name. (See image)
Starting a New Thread
Editing Your Existing Thread
Replying to an Existing Message
The Dropbox, located in the Assessment dropdown menu, is a convenient way to send assignments to your instructor. Files must be created and saved on your computer before they can be uploaded to the Dropbox. Your instructor may have set up folders in the Dropbox for assignments or group projects. (See image) Start dates (highlighted in red), Due dates (highlighted in orange), and End dates (highlighted in green) can be placed on the Dropbox folders. (See image)
Note: The Start Date is when the folder opens, the Due Date is when the assignment needs to be submitted by, and the End Date is when the folder closes. Any assignment submitted after the Due Date will be marked as late and is up to your instructor to accept it or not, some may take points off for lateness.
Naming a File
When uploading files to the Dropbox Folder avoid using the following special characters in your file names - " ! @ # $ % ^ & * ; / \ | : < > ? ' Your instructor will not be able to view your submissions. If you have Microsoft Works, Corel Word Perfect, or iWorks Pages you might want to save the file as a text file (.txt) or rich text format (.rtf) document in case your instructor does not have any of those programs on the computer they are using to view your submissions.
If you submit a file with the same name as an existing file you previously submitted to the Dropbox folder, the new file will be renamed to include (1) after the filename, for example "JDoeReport.doc" will change to "JDoeReport(1).doc".
Submitting a File
If your instructor has graded your assignment and left comments on your submission(s) in Learn@ UWSuperior, you can see the feedback by going back to the Dropbox Folders list. There are three columns, Score (highlighted in red), Submissions (highlighted in orange), and Feedback (highlighted in green). (See image) If you have lost a file that you previously uploaded, you can click on the Submission number for the Dropbox Folder and download it back to your computer, "G" Drive, or Flash drive. This will also be where you see the Turnitin Reports. To see any feedback your instructor has left, clicking on the View icon. (See image) It will show the score you received for the submission, the date the feedback was given, and any comments your instructor has made.
Dropbox Folders with Turnitin Originality Checking and GradeMark Enabled
Your instructor may use Turnitin to check for plagiarism and grammar. (See image) They may also allow you to see the reports that Turnitin generates. (See image) See our handout on Viewing a Turnitin Originality and GradeMark Report from Learn@UWSuperior for more information.
Your Grades can only be accessed by you, your instructor, and teaching assistants. Using the Learn@UW-Superior gradebook to post grades is optional--official final grades may be viewed in the E-Hive. If you cannot access your grades on Learn@UW-Superior, please contact your instructor.
Some instructors will make categories (Weekly Assignments; Quizzes; Labs; Attendance; etc) to group the individual grade items (Assignment 1, 2, 3; Exam 1, 2; Day 1, 2, 3, 4; etc) together. The points will be displayed with the category's total points above the list of each individual item's points. Comments left by your instructor will appear on the screen as well as any Rubric assessments they may use. (See image)
If your instructor releases class grade statistics, click on the statistics icon to view the class average and class distribution for a particular assignment or quiz. (See image) The statistics will open in a new window. (See image)
This area contains the quizzes created by your instructor. (See image)
See our Taking a Quiz page for more information.
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