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Course Home Page Top of 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:

  • Updates - similar to what you see in the My Superior Courses area, but these activities are specific to the course you are in.
  • Calendar - will display upcoming events that your instructor has created for the course.
  • Technology Support - tells you how to get help quickly if you are having technical difficulties in Learn@ UWSuperior.
  • Jim Dan Hill Library - has links to important library web pages.
  • News - will contain information mostly from your instructor, occasionally there will be a "Global" news item from the Learn@UWSuperior Administration similar to the Copyright Notice in each course.

Course Navigation Bar

The navigation was changed with the June 2012 system upgrade.  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.

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.

Course Home Class Related Tools:

(listed as they appear in the Navigation dropdown menus)

Course Home will refresh the Course Home page.

Materials

Communication

Assessment

  • Competencies
  • Dropbox
  • Grades
  • Quizzes
  • Surveys (See image)

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 (Materials) Top of Page

Content, located in the Materials dropdown menu, contains course information, sometimes as downloadable files or links to other sites. (See image)  This 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.

One of the features is the ability to collapsible or expandable lists in the Modules box (upper left) and each module listed in the main Course Content area. (See image)  You can also Print (see image), see your Bookmarks and Search from this page as well. (See image)

Viewing a Topic

  1. Click on a blue Topic link, this will take you to the page that is linked to that topic. (See image) The icon in front of the name will show what type of link this is, web page, PowerPoint presentation, Word document, etc.
    Note: If this link is for a downloadable file like a Word document, a new window will open and you will be asked if you want to open or save the document.
  2. When you have a Topic open for viewing, you should see two buttons right under the topic title - Bookmark and More Actions, as well as three more on the far right side - Previous, Next and Exit.  (See image)
    Note: To return to Content and other tools in the course, you will need to click on the Exit button.
    1. Show/Hide the Sidebar - this will hide or show the list of modules and topics in the left column. (See image)
    2. Undock - opens topic in a new window or tab depending on what your browser is set to do. (See image)
    3. Bookmark - this will create a shortcut to this topic. (See image)  The link will be displayed on the Content page next to the topic name and on the Bookmark list. (See image)
    4. Submit feedback for this Topic - you can rate the topic and share comments with your instructor. (See image)
    5. Print this Topic - this will open the print window

 

Classlist (Communication) Top of Page

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, Staff, and Students. You are able to print, Email everyone or individuals on a tab (see image), and search from each one.

With the June 2012 upgrade, the way to edit your profile and view shared locker files was changed.  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).

 

Discussions (Communication) Top of Page

The Discussions tool, located in the Communication dropdown menu, is for reading and adding messages to 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 and Topic. (See image) Under the Topic title, you will see the number of messages that have been posted in total and the number that are unread.

Enter a Discussion by clicking on the name of a Topic.  The upper portion of this screen will have the topic's messages and the lower portion will display a message after you select one to read. (See image) The post you select will be highlighted in the upper portion and display the message below.  If there is an unread message for that Topic, it will be in bolder text. (See image)

Composing a New Message

  1. Select a Forum and Topic you wish to post a message in.  Click on the Compose icon. (See image)
  2. The New Message Details window will appear. (See image)  The Forum and Topic names should be listed for you, fill in the Subject line, and type your message in the box.  This is an expandable box with the Basic and Advanced tabs, drag the right corner of the box out to have a larger typing area.  You can add a file or record an audio message.  Click the Post button when you are finished.
  3. Back on the Topic screen, your new post will appear on the list. (See image)
  4. If you want to edit your message, click on the message, and click on the "Edit Message" icon in the lower section (red arrows on image).  If you want to delete your message, check the box next to the message and click the Delete icon (orange arrows on image).  (See image)

Replying to an Existing Message

  1. Select the message you wish to reply to and click on the "Reply" icon. (See image)
  2. Type your message and click Post. (See image)
  3. Your reply will be displayed on the list under the original message. (See image)

Dropbox (Assessment) Top of Page

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 and end dates can be placed on the Dropbox folders (see image), make sure your files have been submitted before the folder has been closed.

Note:  When uploading files 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. 

Submitting a File

  1. Select the folder name you want to upload a file into. (See image)
  2. In the Submit Files area, click on the Add a File button. (See image)
    Note: If your instructor uses Rubrics to assess students' work, you will see an example of that rubric listed on this submission screen (see image).
  3. Next click the Browse button to locate the file on your computer, "G" Drive, flashdrive, etc. (See image
  4. Select the file that you want to upload, and click Open.  Keep in mind that file names should not contain any spaces or the special characters listed above.  
    Note:  If you need to upload more than one file, click on the Add Another File button and Browse for the next file. (See image)
  5. When you have the file(s) selected, click Upload. (See image)  You will be brought back to the Submit Files screen, your file(s) should be listed under the Add a File button.  In the Comments text box, you can type a message to your instructor, such as "Sam Student's assignments".  Click the Submit button in the lower left corner. (See image)
  6. Your file(s) will be uploaded to the Folder and you will see a page confirming that the file(s) have been added to the Folder successfully. This page will also show submission information (date, time, file size, etc.).  Click on the Done button to return to the main Dropbox page, View History to see what you've uploaded to this course, or Upload More Files if you need to add more. (See image)  
     Note: If you submit a file with the same name as an existing file you previously submitted to the dropbox, the new file will be renamed to include (1) after the filename, for example "JDoeReport.doc" will change to "JDoeReport(1).doc".
  7. On the Dropbox main screen, click View History to see a list of all the files that you have submitted to the Dropbox for this class. The files are listed by Dropbox folder, use the dropdown menu to change folders.(See image)

Instructor Feedback

If your instructor comments on your submission(s) in Learn@ UWSuperior, you can see the feedback by going into the Dropbox area and clicking on the View Feedback 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. (See image)

Grades (Assessment) Top of Page

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)

Class Statistics

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)

Quizzes (Assessment) Top of Page

This area contains the quizzes created by your instructor.  (See image)

  1. Quiz or exam name and link to start the quiz.
  2. Next to the name of the quiz is a dropdown menu with Submissions and Reports links.  Submissions will take you to the page that will show the attempts you have made for that quiz, including the score, date, time of the attempt, and any comments that the instructor has made about your attempt.  See our "Viewing your submission results after taking the quiz" handout for more information on this.  Reports will take you to the page that will show any reports the instructor has created for that quiz.
  3. If a quiz or exam has a time restriction, that will be listed below the quiz name.
  4. The number of attempts available will be listed here.  When you have taken a quiz, it will display 1/1,1/2, Unlimited, etc.

See our Taking a Quiz page for more information.

Types of Questions

  • Multiple Choice Questions:  These questions will have several possible answers but only one correct answer.  To select the correct answer, click the radio button (circle) beside the correct answer.  (See image)
  • Multi Select Questions:  These questions will have one or more correct answers.  You will be able to identify the multi select questions from the multiple choice as multi select questions have checkboxes while multiple choice questions have radio buttons. (See image)
  • True/False:  These questions will appear the same as the multiple choice questions with only two answers, true or false.  Click the radio button beside the answer you want to select. (See image)
  • Long Answer Questions:  For this type of question, you would have to type the answer to the question in the text box that is provided for you.  Note: The score that you receive once you submit your quiz/test will not include the points you received on this type of a question since it must be manually graded by your instructor. (See image)
  • Short Answer Questions:  These questions are similar to the long answer questions, although the space that is provided for you to type your answer is limited.  (See image)
  • Fill in the Blanks Questions:  In this type of question, a text box will be provided for you to type in your answer. (See image)
  • Matching Questions:  For this type of question, there will be two rows, the right side will have a number before the word or the sentence and the left side will have a text box beside the word or sentence.  To match the word or the sentence, type the number in the text box that the word or sentence corresponds to. (See image)
  • Ordering Questions:  For this type of question, you will have to order the answers.  In the text box beside the answer, type in the order (i.e. 1, 2, 3).  (See image)

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