You will be able to use the Classlist tool to see who is in your course and manage enrollments. The student has to opt-in to appearing as anonymous, and it goes without saying that if you are marking discussions, you may find it difficult to assess grades for anonymous posts. Avenue to Learn is McMaster’s online learning management system. Topics can be rated. If you do not have all your materials prepared, that's fine, bring what you can to the session. For all macid questions, go here: https://www.mcmaster.ca/uts/macid/ If you do not have a MacID, please contact UTS at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 905-525-9140 x24357. Topics covered include Grade tool setup and the Student View. This webinar was designed for instructors new to the Grade tool in Avenue to Learn*. Avenue to Learn support is available from Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. The benefit of using Announcements over Avenue Mail is that students can set notifications for Announcements items in courses, which will relay the message you post in Announcements to an e-mail account of their choosing, or as a text message. Enrollments are managed automatically, and often do not require you to intervene. If you only are having one discussion Topic within this Forum, you can select the “Create a new topic in this forum with the same title” checkbox to save yourself a step. In response to the shift for online learning, Avenue support will be available 8-8, Monday through Thursday, 8:30-4:30 Friday starting August 17. For more information about creating Topics, or to visually see the steps described, please watch the embedded video below. This is a blended workshop - meaning that before you attend the in-person session, you will have viewed the resources on this page, tried some of these tasks in a course shell and then attended our face-to-face working session where you will put what you've learned into practice. *Avenue to Learn is McMaster’s offering of D2L Brightspace. We are working remotely. Click the blue New button, and then select New Topic. This is a blended workshop - meaning that before you attend the in-person session, you will have viewed the resources on this page, tried some of these tasks in a course shell and then attended our face-to-face working session where you will put what you've learned into practice. You will be able to login to Avenue to Learn. Activate your MacID and enable your macid services, Macid's are created and maintained by University Technology Services. You should see a course in your Homepage view, shown below: Watch these video's from our vendor, for a beginner's dive into the Content tool: The above are the basics that you should know. Welcome to the Fundamentals of Avenue to Learn workshop. The outcomes for this course are: In order to get started with Avenue to Learn, you will need to complete the following steps: 1. To create a Forum, or organizer for the discussion, first go into the Discussions tool within the course you wish to create a new Forum. Whether you use Avenue Mail or your McMaster email, you should make it explicit to students where you are checking your email and a rough turnaround time for a response. Rating a Topic is done by students in a course, and can show approval, value or benefit of a post. All students agree to uphold the expectations as described in. Either way, you are unlikely to want to lock an entire Forum, rather you would be better to consider locking or unlocking Topics. Using the Mail tool: https://documentation.brightspace.com/EN/semester_start/-/instructor/faq_email.htm. Underneath the description are three options that are worthy of consideration. In a situation like that, you may want to apply locking. The only required field in creating a Forum is the title, so enter a title. How to create an announcement item: https://documentation.brightspace.com/EN/le/announcements/instructor/create_announcements_item.htm. This webinar was designed for instructors new to Quizzes in Avenue to Learn*. We strongly encourage you to bring materials that you might use for your course to the session, that way you will be able to use that time for developing your actual course. https://bit.ly/2H83KN5. McMaster President David Farrar needs your help to set a bold long-term vision for McMaster. The Avenue to Learn course request form (for instructors) is available for the 2020/2021 Fall/Winter Semesters. Users can also receive emails from external email accounts. Forums serve as organizers for the topics to be discussed, where threads (or posts) are the items students add to the topic. This process can take as much as five business days for the changes to be reflected on Avenue. Our offices are currently closed. You will be required to situate the Topic in an existing Forum. To enable Grid View, follow the steps described in the video below. 1. (OPTIONAL) If you have not clicked Save and Add Topic above in step 2, or wish to add a new Topic to an existing Forum, enter the Discussions tool in your course (Communication > Discussion). You will be able to use the Discussions tool, create a forum, and create a topic. If you choose to use Avenue Mail for communication with your students, some other helpful PDF resources for yourself and your students to manage Avenue Mail are listed here: http://avenue.mcmaster.ca/help/docs/reply-to.pdf. If you are using one discussion Forum to hold multiple Topics, you should set the Availability to shortly after the course begins. Avenue to Learn is a web-based course management system. While Instructors could cross reference information under User Progress (Edit Course > User Progress), to identify who was in the course at the time of the post, it does not provide a definitive, conclusive answer. When you make a course request for a course shell, what you are doing is connecting the course on Avenue to the records of the Registrar's office. So tell us. While this may work in mid sized classes to help manage overloading of posts, large scale classes with required discussions do not tend to be effective with this technique. Weekdays | 8:30 am – 4:30 pm © McMaster University | 1280 Main Street West | Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4L8 | 905-525-9140, Share your thoughts and help shape the future of McMaster, http://avenue.mcmaster.ca/course/course_request_check.php, Code of Student Rights & Responsibilities (the Code). You will be able to use the Avenue Mail function and know the differences between Avenue Mail and McMaster e-mail. When finished, click Save and Add Topic. How much is discussion going to be worth (if any grades are assigned at all)? If you are using Discussions as an assessment method, you will need to consider how you are going to mark learners responses. Whether you’re a new or returning student, we recommend you take time to get familiar with the platform. Typically new accounts come over from UTS to Avenue to Learn within 24-48 business hours. As we move further down the page, Availability refers to when the Forum will be available to be seen. The Disucssions tool is located within your course, under the Communication menu (Communication > Discussions). This is a blended workshop - meaning that before you attend the in-person session, you will have viewed the resources on this page, tried some of these tasks in a course shell and then attended our face-to-face working session where you will put what you've learned into practice. Welcome to the Avenue to Learn Assignment Tools workshop. Edutopia's Guide to Facilitating Online Discussions, For questions or concerns, Avenue support is available from Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at (905) 525-9140 ext. During Add/Drop Period, Avenue processes registration information once a day, with the information coming from the Registrar’s Office. Who is going to monitor the discussion board? The Users Must Start a Thread option requires the student to post first before they can see any of the other posts in the Topics underneath this Forum. What are students going to do with this discussion area? You do not have to use the Avenue Mail tool to send email within the system, you can also use the Classlist tool, located under Communications > Classlist, which allows you to send an internal to Avenue email to the entire class in a way that is quicker and easier than using the Avenue Mail tool. You can also set Availability on Topics, so you can choose to open the Forum early and dole out Topics as they become needed. Research on Teaching & Learning Conference, International Students as Partners Institute, Online resources are available on our support wiki. Avenue to Learn Support Hours. It is designed to create a rich online learning environment for students that includes features such as an electronic dropbox, an automated gradebook, discussion boards, and quizzes. Please make your requests here: In response to the shift for online learning, Avenue support will be available 8-8, Monday through Thursday, 8:30-4:30 Friday starting August 17. 23757. Video: Introduction to Avenue to Learn. There are many reasons why a student may not be legitimately enrolled in the course, including payment of fees not being complete, scheduling conflicts that require manual intervention, and Ironically, if you want a spreadsheet list of your students, it's best to use the Grades tool, and export a spreadsheet with first, last, Org Defined ID (which is the student number) and Username (which is the user's MacID). As always, when you have a tool that can do many things, it can be overwhelming for both the instructor and the student or learner. Additionally, you can help manage email by communicating through other channels such as Announcements. It is possible that a student might need to access the course sooner than the registration can be processed. Using the ratings options for a Topic can create a simple peer evaluation process, where students can add rankings or vote up valuable responses. Typically we suggest that you do not select this option here, as it is better to check it at the Topic level, which is where it would typically be applied. Again, most people do not use locking as a mechanism as students are busy and don't tend to continue discussion beyond what is required in the course. Avenue to Learn. For an expanded dive into the content tool, there is a content playlist from the vendor at: However, there are times when the information from the Registrar's office and Mosaic lag and students do not see their courses in a timely manner. Even Administrators cannot see who has posted. Moderator Approval holds all posts for someone with Moderator privileges (Instructor and TA1 roles) to approve the post. Welcome to the Fundamentals of Avenue to Learn workshop. 23757 or by completing the intake form located at http://avenue.mcmaster.ca/support/. MACPHERSON INSTITUTE Online discussions are a flexible instructional tool that can help you build a community in fully online courses, can provide peer support and peer marking, or simply can provide a place where students can discuss issues related to the class. If you get stuck, contact us directly at: Avenue support (available from Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM) at (905) 525-9140 ext. You will be able to add files to, or create, Content for students to access in an accessible format. No previous knowledge with Avenue to Learn or D2L Brightspace is required.