If you are a student and enrolled in the course through E-Hive or the Registrars' Office, but it was after the semester started, it takes 24 hours for your registration information to appear in the Learn@UWSuperior system. If you register for a class on a Friday, the course will not appear in the My Superior Courses area until Monday.
Like with students, if an instructor was recently added to a course in E-Hive, it takes 24 hours for your information to appear in the Learn@UWSuperior system. If you were added on a Friday, the course will not appear in the My Superior Courses area until Monday. Note: If you don't see the course in your E-Hive Faculty Center, you should talk to your department assistant because you will first need to be added to the course in E-Hive before it will filter down to Learn@UWSuperior.
During the Fall and Spring semesters, if it is a traditional on-campus or Continuing Education course students will have access on the first day of the semester. If it is a Distance Learning or an online (W or C section) course, students will have access one week before the first day of class, so they will have time to order their text books and other course materials. Summer College is similar to Fall and Spring except that the sessions have different start dates, students will have access to the course when it is scheduled to start or the week before if it is a Distance Learning course or online course.
Instructors will have access to a course as soon as it has been created in Learn@UWSuperior if they are listed as the instructor in E-Hive. An Instructor will always have access to it until the course itself is removed from the system.
In the Manage Grades area, create a new grade item using Calculated as the grade item type. Give it a name like "mid-term grade" and select the grade items from the list you would like to include. Your list might look something like this (in Learn@UWSuperior the highlight will be green):
- Assignment 1
- Assignment 2
- Assignment 3
- Assignment 4
- Quiz 1
- Quiz 2
- Quiz 3
- Essay 1
- Essay 2
- Essay 3
- Essay 4
- Group Project 1
- Group Project 2
- Peer Review 1
- Peer Review 2
When you have selected your items, click on the Save button.
In order for extra points to appear for an assignment, you have to check the "Can Exceed" box for the grade item. This will let the system know to include those extra points above the max points for that grade item. If you use categories, make sure you check the "Can Exceed" box for that category as well.
What that calculator icon means is that your students' final grades are out of date because you have added/removed grade items or added grades for assignments and need to update this information. There are two ways to fix this:
- On the right side of your Grades area, select Grade All from the Final Calculated Grades drop-down menu or the Final Adjusted Grades drop-down menu. Select the Recalculate All from the Final Grades drop-down menu. This will temporarily update the final grades for each student. Next time you add/remove grade items or add grades for assignments, they will be out of date again.
- On the left side of your Grades area, click on the Settings link and click on the Calculation Options tab. In the Grade Calculations section, check the "Auto Update: Automatically keep final grades updated" box. This will permanently keep your Final Grades up-to-date. One drawback is if you have a large class or a lot of grade items, it might take the system a few extra seconds to load your Grade area when you click on the Grades icon in the navigation bar.
For more information, please see our Changing Grade Settings video tutorial.
If you have recently done a search, you will only see the results of that search. Click the Clear Search link to remove the search criteria you may have used previously. This can also happen in the Classlist area.
If the Search For field is empty and you can only see a few members from your class, check to make sure that the View By dropdown menu is set to Users and not Groups.
Quizzes have many settings. Chances are, you select many of the same settings repeatedly for each quiz you create i.e. "time limit", "grace period", "submissions", "# of attempts", etc. Instead of making these choices every time you create a new quiz, create a quiz template which has these settings, but has no questions. Start by creating a new quiz. Type template in the "name" field and save your quiz. Make all of the selections that will be the same in your other quizzes, and save the quiz again. Do not set an availability or add any questions.
When you are ready to create a quiz with questions, instead of selecting "New quiz", select "Copy" from the More Actions drop-down menu. Select the template quiz you created from the "Quiz to Copy" drop-down menu. Type in the New Quiz Name. Place a check mark in the "Edit Quiz after Copy Completes" box, and click the "Save" button. All of the changes you made for your template will already be selected in your new quiz. Simply add your questions, set any applicable availability, and save your quiz. You can even copy your template quiz from one course to another.
This is happening because the weight on the correct answers is 1 instead of 100. For Learn@UWSuperior to know what the correct answer is, you have to put 100 as the weight for it or the system will think it's only a partial answer and gives only partial credit.
The mobile version of Learn@UWSuperior is only meant for viewing (Course Home, Content, Discussions, News, Grades, Calendar, etc.) not uploading files to the Dropbox and taking Quizzes even though they can go to a Desktop Version.
Because of the way files are stored and accessed on some mobile devices, such as an iPad, there really isn't a way to upload files into a Learn@UWSuperior Dropbox other than to e-mail the file to themselves and use a computer (personal, on-campus, or at a public location like the library) to upload the files into the Dropbox folder.
There are a few mobile devices, such as the Windows Surface tablet, that are able to upload a file to a Dropbox folder successfully, but that is because the Surface tablet functions like a computer does when storing and accessing files.
It could be that extra characters were added to the file name, which could cause the file not to print on Mac computers. For example: "Reading Assignment One.docx" could become "Reading%20Assignment%20One.docx". What you would need to do is download the file to your computer and rename it so there are no spaces in the name, like "ReadingAssignmentOne.docx".
The Dropbox doesn't have a restriction on file size, but the video file might be too large for your internet connection to download all at once. You might need to have your student compress the file to a smaller file size. If that doesn't work, they might need to break the video down into smaller sections. If the video needs to be a higher quality for grading purposes, you might want to have them make a DVD copy or save it on a Flash drive for you.
How Turnitin works is the company has agreements with a lot of journals, publications, websites, etc. that allow them to look through the websites' materials and check student submissions against it. They aren't able to do this with every website out there, so Turnitin has to rely on those websites to allow their contents to be scanned by the Turnitin website crawlers or robots. Some websites only allow big companies like Google or Yahoo to search their websites. Because of this, Turnitin might not be able to return any results from those websites. Unfortunately, that means that when you see suspicious quotes or paragraph text in a paper but Turnitin it didn't catch it, you still might need to do a search for the information because the website that the existing article or paper are from may not allow Turnitin to search their website for information.
After your students have submitted their files to the Turnitin enabled Dropbox Folder, they will automatically be sent to Turnitin for processing. Once Turnitin has completed its searches, you will receive a Similarity Report in the Dropbox Folder Submission area for each students’ submission.
You can access the reports two ways, selecting the Turnitin Similarity icon (a percentage and a color) for the first student on the list. You can also access the reports by selecting the Evaluate link, you will just have to select the Turnitin Similarity icon on the individual student’s submission screen.
The first time you enter the Turnitin Feedback Studio you will be able to take a tour of the changes that were made during the Summer 2016 Learn@UWSuperior and Turnitin upgrades. The assessment tools are now located on the right side of the Feedback Studio. Select the Originality Similarity icon to see the report information.
For more information, please see our Using Learn@UWSuperior and Turnitin Together quick guide, Evaluating a Turnitin Enabled Dropbox Folder video tutorial, and Reviewing a Dropbox Turnitin High Similarity Report video tutorial.
When you created the Turnitin Enabled Dropbox Folder and didn't use an End date, you will receive a message saying there was a communication error between the Dropbox Folder and Turnitin. This happens because the Dropbox Folder Due date doesn't transfer as a Turnitin Due date like it should. Turnitin uses the Dropbox Folder End date to create a Due date and, when one hasn't been selected, it will make its own two weeks after the Start Date or the day you created the Dropbox Folder on. Some or all of the students' submissions may not return a Turnitin Similarity Report because of this.
To fix this issue, you will need to edit the Dropbox Folder and add an End Date on the Restrictions tab. After you click the Save button, go to the Turnitin tab and make sure the Grademark Available to Learners date is after the Dropbox Folder Start Date or the End Date if you prefer.
In the Dropbox Folder's Submissions area, you might see an in-box with a green arrow icon next to some or all of the submissions, this means that you need to submit the files again for the Turnitin Similarity Report to be generated. If the file is still "In Progress" after 10 - 15 minutes, you might need to put a request into the Technology Helpdesk at 715-394-8300 for assistance.
Dropbox Folders with longer names or special characters (!@#$%^&*) do not function properly during the integration between the two systems. It is recommended that you use a short name for Dropbox Folders, then use the custom instructions area to give your students more information on that Dropbox folder. Dropbox Folder names should be less than 50 characters long.
For example, a Dropbox Folder with "Week 1: Create a 2 page response paper to this week's topic" would need to be changed to "Week 1 Response Paper" as the name and "Create a 2 page response paper to this week's topic" in the custom instructions area along with any other information your students need to know about the assignment.
You might see an in-box with a green arrow icon, this means that you need to submit the file again for the Turnitin Similarity Report to be generated. If the file is still "In Progress" after 10 - 15 minutes, you might need to put a request into the Technology Helpdesk at 715-394-8300 for assistance.
Yes, when you set up the Dropbox, there is a Grade Item dropdown menu that appears in the settings. Select the grade item you wish to link to from this menu. When you are reviewing each students submission, you can click on the Evaluate link to add the student's grade and leave any feedback for the student. This information will be sent to the Grades area for that assignment.
There are a couple of ways you can do this:
- Change the folder end date to a later date, which would open the folder for all the students in the course.
- Add special access to allow the one student to access the folder and keep it closed for everyone else.
- Set up a separate folder for late assignments and have all students submit any late work to this folder. If you want them to use this folder throughout the semester, do not set an end date for this folder.
The best option would be to start using Due Dates as well as End Dates. The Due Date would be the date that you want the assignments submitted by and the End Date would be the last possible day to submit and still receive credit for the assignment. When a student submits a file after the Due Date it will be marked as late by X number of days and you will be able to decide what score they should receive for the late work.
If the file contains one of the special characters listed below that the system does not allow or has a consecutive period in the name, you will not be able to open the file.
! @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) : ;
Note: Mac users may also have a problem if there is a space or underscore before the title " My Homework Assignment1" or "_MyHomeworkAssignment1".
If you download the file to your computer and use the program (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc) to open the file it should work properly. If it does not open after downloading the file, the student will have to resubmit the file to the Dropbox without the special characters in the name.
Another reason you might not be able to open a file your student has submitted is because you do not have the program (Microsoft Works, Word Perfect, or Pages) on your computer. If you download the Works file to your computer and open Microsoft Word, you should be able to open that student's file. It might contain symbols or random characters, but if you scroll down the page, you should start seeing the student's work. If it was saved in Pages, you might need the student to re-save the file in a format you can open and resubmit it.
You are going to want to do this under the Groups tool. Here's how to get to the correct screen to make these group forums/topics:
- In the course you want to work in, click on the Communications drop-down menu in the navigation bar and select the Groups link.
- Click on the name of the group you would like to edit.
Note: You might have to use the "View Categories" dropdown menu to find the group you want to work on.
- Click on the "Edit Discussions Restrictions" link in the Additional Options area.
- Click on the "Automatically create restricted topics" link.
To create new topics in an existing forum, click on the "Add Another" button for the forum listed on the dropdown menu. If you have several topics that you want each group to post messages to within that forum, you will need to click the "Add Another" button for each one you want to create. I recommend changing the titles for each set as you make them to avoid mixing the group topics up. Go to the Discussions area, click on the drop-down menu to the right of the topic name and select the Edit Topic link. Add a more descriptive title, but keep the "Group 1" or "Group 2" in the title as well so you will know which group is which (ex. Project Brainstorming Group 1, Project Brainstorming Group 2 or Case Study Group 1, Case Study Group 2, etc.).
If you need to create multiple forums as well as group topics (ex. week 1, week 2, week 3, etc.), click on the New Forum link next to the Forums dropdown menu. Once you have named the new forum, save it and then click the "Add Another" button for this forum. Keep doing this until you have the number of forums and group topics you need.
Normally what happens when you click on the "Start a New Thread" button is it opens in a new window. If you have your browser's pop-up blocker turned on, it will look like nothing is happening. You will want to turn off your pop-up blocker for Learn@UWSuperior
- PC users with Internet Explorer: In the browser information at the top of the window, on the Tools drop-down list, select Pop-up Blockers "Pop-up Blocker settings", type "uwsuper.courses.wisconsin.edu" in the Address of website to allow text box and click the Add button. After that, the Compose window will appear after you click the "Start a New Thread" button.
- Mac users with Safari: In the browser information at the top of the window, on the Safari drop-down list there is an option to "Block Pop-up Windows", if you uncheck that item the Compose window will appear after you click the "Start a New Thread" button.
- PC and Mac users with Firefox: In the browser information at the top of the window, click the Open Menu button, and select "Options" from the Tools list. A new window will open, on the content tab is an item called "Block pop-up windows". Instead of unchecking that box, click the "Exceptions" button to the right of the box, type "uwsuper.courses.wisconsin.edu" in the Address of website text box and click the Allow button.
You have made the forum, but you need to make a topic within the forum for your students to compose posts or reply to existing messages. If you click on the New Topic icon and follow the steps, your students should be able to post messages then.
If you have more than 20 students in the class and use the E-mail Classlist button, students on other pages may not have received the e-mail. To avoid this, change the number of students per page to higher than the number of students in the course before you send the e-mail.
If you have recently done a search in your Classlist, you will only see the results of that search. Click the Clear Search link to remove the search criteria you may have used previously. This can also happen in the Enter Grades area.
If the Search For field is empty and you can only see a few members from your class, check to make sure that the View By dropdown menu is set to Users and not Groups.
For more information, please see our Classlist Overview video tutorial.
If you copied the Content area from another course but didn't copy the course files, you and your students will get a "File associated with this Content topic cannot be found" message. To fix this, you will need to use the copy components again but only select individual items to copy. You don't want to copy everything, just the missing Course Files from the course you originally copied the Contents from.
This happens if you copied the Content Quicklinks from a previous offering but did not copy the corresponding tool item you were linking to at the same time. When you copied the components, you might have taken the Content and Course Files, but forgot the Dropbox folder, Discussions topic, or Quiz, which broke the connection with that item.
There are two ways to fix this, you can delete the Quicklinks and recopy them along with the topic, folder, quiz, etc. Or you can use the editing icon for that Quicklink to fix the problem after you make sure the topic, folder, quiz, etc is in the current course.
In this case, the best way to post PowerPoint files is as a PDF document. Your students will be able to view the slides and print them but not be able to make changes to them. It will also take less time for the students to download the file. See an example of this.
Here's how to do this:
- In PowerPoint 2013 (PC), from the File tab, select Print. In PowerPoint 2008 (Mac), select File -> Print.
- PC - from the Printer drop-down menu, select Adobe PDF. Mac - from the PDF button select Save as PDF.
- PC - from the Settings area, select the Layout drop-down menu, select Handouts option you would like to use. Mac - from the Print What drop-down menu, select Handouts
- PC - click Print. The Save PDF File As dialog box will appear.
- PC & Mac - name the PDF file and click Save.
Think of your Content as an outline for the course materials, with modules as key subjects and topics as the supporting information. In order to create topics, you will need to have at least one module for your Content area. Here is an example of a Content structure that shows modules and topics. If you are working on the Content while the course is available to your students, you can save modules or topics as drafts so your students do not see it until it is ready. You can also put a date restriction on a module or topic so it will only display during a certain time period.
The Learn@UWSuperior Site Administrator will need to enroll the student in the course(s) for you. Please contact the Technology Helpdesk 715-394-8300 to request that he or she has access to the course(s). Please give the Course name and section number for each course as well as what role you would like them to have:
- Guest/Participant - Like a student except they can’t download materials from the Content area
- Teaching Assistant – Like an instructor, has complete access to the course
- Teaching Assistant without Grades Access – Like an instructor except they can’t enter student assessment scores in the Dropbox, Quizzes, or Grades areas
At the end of the semester when the class closed, your student's access to that course is removed. The Learn@ UWSuperior Site Administrator will need to extend the access for the student. You will need to contact the Technology Helpdesk 715-394-8300 to request that he or she has extended access to the course. Please give the Course name, section number and semester when you make this request. If the student is making up an incomplete from a previous semester but needs to be added to your current course offering please indicate that as well.
Yes, there is a feature called Copy Components that will copy all but the student generated content from a previous course. It can be found by clicking on Edit Course in the course you want to add the content to. See our Copy Components quick guide or Copy Components video tutorial for more information.
On the Learn@UWSuperior login page there is a "Check Your System" link you can use to see if your computer and internet connection meets the requirements.
Please see the latest Brightspace (D2L) Browser Support Information if you have any questions on if your preferred browser is supported.
Note: Some of the older browser versions will not be supported or will have limited support. As of the Summer 2012 upgrade, the most current browser is usually the preferred browser.
*The mobile version of Learn@ UWSuperior is only meant to give limited access to what can be done on a device (tablet, phone, etc.) even though there is a Desktop version. As a student, the mobile version is meant for viewing (Course Home, Content, Discussions, News, Grades, Calendar, etc.) not uploading files to the Dropbox and taking Quizzes. As an instructor, the mobile version offers a few more functions (ability to create News items, Content Modules and Topics, Dropbox Folders, Grade Categories and Items, etc.) but there are still some limits in what can be done.
File Type Acceptable File Formats Text Document PDF, DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, TXT, XML, XLS, WPD, RTF Image JPG, JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIF, TIFF Media AVI, WAV, MOV, MP3, MP4, SWF, MPG, MPEG, M4V, M4A, RAM, ASF
What is acceptable also depends on what programs the viewer has on their computers. Keep that in mind when you upload files into Learn@UWSuperior.