Category Archives: iLearn

The battle for submission

iLearn Assignment vs Turnitin

Image courtesy of Flickr, Paul Townsend, https://www.flickr.com/photos/brizzlebornandbred/2080159885/in/set-72157616043429682/Many academics I meet with are using Turnitin. Many also lament the lack of team or group submission functionality (Turnitin have this on their road map of improvement, but it’s still a whiles away yet).    Some even use Turnitin because they think they HAVE to (no, currently no Macquarie Faculty has mandated the use of Turnitin).

Let’s have a look at them duke it out and you be the judge.

Function iLearn assignment turnitin
Group/Team submission

 ✗

Text matching ability or Originality Report

 

Declaration from student it is their own work (academic honesty acknowledgement)

 ✔

 ✔

 Digital receipt of student submission

 

 ✔

 Upload any file type

 

not yet but coming S2

Type text response online instead of file upload

 

Online feedback on actual submission

 ✔

 General online feedback

 ✔

 ✔

 Accept late submissions

 

 ✔

Notify markers of late submissions

Blind marking (student ID- no name)

 ✗

 Rubric/Marking criteria

 ✔

 ✔

 Students can see rubric before submitting

 

 

only if you manually link to it in the summary section

 Marks flow into iLearn Gradebook

 ✔

 Students notified submission has been marked

 

 

Gradebook vs. GradeMark – same same but different?

Are you confused?  You’re not alone!

Many a head spins when Gradebook is mentioned, or GradeMark.  Many use these terms interchangeably.  ‘Aren’t they the same thing?’  I hear you implore.  Ummm, no.  Sorry to break it to you, they are very, VERY different but the good news is, it’s easy to know the difference.  Let’s break it down, like James Brown.

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Got the skills to pay the bills?

Got the skills to pay the bills?

bad ass tutor

Did you know that the Learning and Teaching Centre runs iLearn training specifically for Tutors?  It covers all of the general functions a tutor would be required to undertake in an iLearn unit, from moderating discussion forums to entering marks in the gradebook.  Since February, we have run six of these workshops plus an online version of the workshop, which is self paced.

Does this sound like something you’re keen to get in on?  Or perhaps you know a tutor who might want to attend?  Send them our way……..

Teaching in iLearn for Tutors, Thursday 27 March (register here)

Discover iLearn for Tutors online (available anytime – register here).

 

Kicking off S1 with a smooth start

Image courtesty of Alborzshawn,Flickr

Start the session with a great welcome message as an Announcement that not only introduces you to the students but outlines your expectations and is grounded in online pedagogy:
✔  Social presence (linked to improved retention rates in fully online and blended courses) by introducing yourself and encouraging students to upload a profile picture
✔  Set expectations – contrary to popular belief, because you are teaching an online unit, does not mean that you need to respond 24/7.
✔  Clearly outline expected engagement
✔  Guide students through your unit (why not make a screen capture to create an online orientation to the unit?)
✔  Remind students of their responsibility as an online student by linking to the Netiquette guide

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Never fear, help is here! iLearn Drop-in Clinic is open for business.

The iLearn Drop-in Clinic is jumping!

The doors of the iLearn Drop-in Clinic are open in 2014 and we are ready for business!

Come along and get all the help you need with iLearn, iTeach and UNITS for Session 1, 2014.  No need to register, just swing on by.

Come prepared and make the most of your time at the Drop-in:

  • If you are a new staff member, activate your ID before you come
  • Check that you have been allocated your teaching units in UNITS
  • Check that you have been allocated your teaching units in iTeach

Where?  When?

Monday 17 Feb – Friday 28 Feb, 10am-4pm weekdays, C5A 204
Monday 3 Mar – Friday 7 Mar, 10am-4pm weekdays, E4B 308

When the wind blows, when iLearn upgrades… these are a few of my faaaavourite things…

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Yes, it’s the first of the twice yearly upgrade of iLearn time and I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite features of this upgrade:

1.  A word count on forums (while you can’t [yet] set a word limit in the settings of a forum, you can now see how many words a student [or your own] post is).

Screen Shot: word count display in a forum post

 

2.  Assignment improvement – show students rubrics BEFORE they submit!

3.  Drop and drag onto the main page of the unit directly instead of uploading a file or adding an image into a label

4. Collapsed edit activity forms – what the??
When adding an activity to your iLearn unit, kiss the long, confusing options goodbye.  Just remember if you are allocating a mark, to open the Grading section!

The road to an awesome LMS is a long one, an iterative process, you might say.  iLearn runs on Moodle and this latest upgrade is to Moodle v2.5. We are always keen to hear your ideas for enhancements, so why not email ilearn.help@mq.edu.au with your suggestions.

For any help with iLearn, please either lodge a OneHelp ticket or email ilearn.help@mq.edu.au