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Course Content – learner

July 26, 2018

View course content

Use the Content tool to access course materials, complete required activities, and monitor your completion progress on topics contained within each course module.

Content tool overview for learners

An overview of the Content tool

1) When you access a course’s Content tool for the first time, the first page you land on is the Overview, which instructors might use to post the course syllabus and introductory material. If your instructor has left the Overview blank you will not see it listed and you will land on the Table of Contents.

2) Topics you bookmark appear in a list on the Bookmarks page. The number beside the Bookmarks link indicates how many bookmarks you have.

3) The Course Schedule page lists course material due dates, start dates, end dates, overdue course activities, and all events within the course from the Calendar tool for the next seven days. The number of overdue items in the course appears in red. Course events are also listed in the Calendar tool.

Note: Adding a due date to a content item that is associated to an assignment submissions folder will override an end date that is also set on the same Assignments.

4) The Table of Contents panel lists all modules available in your course. If numbers appear beside each module name in the Table of Contents panel it indicates that topics are being tracked for completion, and that you have a number of topics you have not accessed.

5) The course content options located on the Table of Contents page allow you to download your course content in zip file format.

6) Print your course outline, or navigate to a module’s landing page to print a module’s outline.

Print a content topic

The print function may not be available for all file types.

  1. Click on a document topic.
  2. Click  Print or click  Download and print from your computer.

View overdue Content topics

View a list of all overdue content topics within a course in the Overdue tab in the Course Schedule area. The topics on this list are sorted from most to least overdue. You can click the topic to immediately access and complete the topic. Only topics with a set due date but no end date or an end date later than the due date appear on this list since you must have time remaining after the due date to access and complete the topic. The Overdue tab only appears if you have content topics that are not complete by the set deadline.

The number of overdue topics in the  Overdue tab appears in red beside Course Schedule in the Content menu. When you access an overdue topic, it disappears from the list in the Overdue tab. When you complete all overdue topics, the Overdue tab disappears from the Course Schedule area.

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Grades – Learner

July 26, 2018

View grades and class progress

To view grades

Use the Grades tool to check your grades on assignments and tests. You can see your individual grades and comments, as well as class averages and feedback. You can also view your final grade and the grade formula used to evaluate you once your instructor releases your grades.

Grades

How do I know when my grades are available?

You can sign up to receive immediate text or email notifications when a grade item is released or updated.

Note: You must set up a contact method before subscribing to notifications.

  1. From your personal menu on the minibar, click Notifications.
  2. Select if you want to receive Email or SMS notifications for the option Grades – grade item released or Grades – grade item updated.
  3. Click Save.

View your grades

Use the Grades tool on the navbar to check your grades on assignments and tests. You can see your individual grades, as well as the grade formula used to evaluate you. Depending on how your grades are set up, you might be able to view comments and overall class performance statistics as well.

Note: Bonus grade items are displayed without the grade formula because they are added to the final grade after other calculations and may not adhere to the established grade scheme. Therefore you can only view the numeric value and possibly the weight of a bonus grade.

Viewing Grade Item Exemptions

Learners can view the grade item exemptions in several locations in Brightspace Learning Environment. On the My Grades page, exemptions are listed in the Grade column. Points and weights that appear on the Grades page are controlled by instructors; however, the Grade column always shows exempted grade items.

How rubrics relate to your grade

Rubrics are used to assess your achievement on course activities (assignments, discussions, and quizzes), based on predefined achievement levels and assessment criteria. They help ensure that activities are evaluated fairly and consistently, and can enable you to view the grading criteria in advance of submitting activities.

Figure: Graded rubric feedback for an assignment

Rubrics are associated directly with activities, so you may have the option you to view the criteria used to assess your activity before you submit your work. However, in some cases, your instructor may choose to hide a rubric for an activity until it is graded and feedback is published. This may be done to prevent learners from using rubrics as answer keys for activities. For example, your instructor may describe assessment expectations in assignment instructions, hiding the associated preview rubric. Once the assignment is graded, your instructor releases the graded rubric as part of your assessment details.

The graded rubric for the activity includes achieved criteria, personalized feedback, and score. In some cases, the activity includes a link to the graded rubric. For example, a discussion shows instructor feedback, score, and a link to the graded rubric.

Figure: A discussion showing instructor feedback, score, and link to the graded rubric

When you are notified that your grade for an activity is released or updated, you can view the feedback from the respective tool. For example, to view assignment feedback, go to the Assignments tool.

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Connected College Options

June 15, 2018

Below are some sample options for streaming instruction. These options can be mixed and matched based on your specific needs.

Instructor to Many Students

One Instructor to Many Students Diagram

One instructor on their computer transmits to many students, each on their own computers.

Difficulty to Use: Low
Difficulty to Implement: Low
Cost: Low
Support Needs: Low

Equipment Needed:

Instructor:

  • 1 x Webcam
  • 1 x Microphone/Headset

 

More information on this model »

 

Instructor to Classroom

One Instructor to One Classroom Diagram

Difficulty to Use: Low
Difficulty to Implement: Moderate
Cost: Moderate
Support Needs: Moderate (1 Person)

Equipment Needed:

Instructor:

  • 1 x Webcam
  • 1 x Microphone/Headset

Classroom:

  • 1 x Camera
  • 1 x Room Microphone
    (per 10 students)
  • Speakers
  • TV / Projector

More information on this model »

Classroom to Many Students

One Classroom to Many Students Diagram

One instructor in a classroom transmits to multiple students, all on their own computers.

Difficulty to Use: Moderate
Difficulty to Implement: Moderate
Cost: Moderate
Support Needs: Low

Equipment Needed:

Instructor & Classroom:

  • 2 x Camera (front and back of the room)
  • 1 x Codec
  • 1 x Microphone (lapel)
  • 1 x Room Microphone (per 10 students)
  • 2 x TV/Projector
  • Speakers

More information on this model »

Classroom to Classroom

Classroom to Classroom Diagram

One instructor on their computer transmits to a classroom of students, all viewing through a single computer.

Difficulty to Use: High
Difficulty to Implement: High
Cost: High
Support Needs: High (2 people)

Equipment Needed:

Instructor & Classroom:

  • 2 x Camera
    (front and back of the room)
  • 1 x Codec
  • 1 x Room Microphone
    (per 10 students)
  • 1 x Lapel Microphone
  • 1 x Speakers
  • 3 x TV/Projector

Classroom:

  • 1 x Camera (front of the room)
  • 1 x Room Microphone (per 10 students)
  • 1 x Speakers
  • 2 x TV/Projector

More information on this model »

One-Way Streaming

Any of the above options can also be one-way or asynchronous. One-way streaming can be done with the assistance of RRC eTV Learning Technologies.

Use of the eTV studios for streaming requires booking in advance. Streams are handled on a first come first served basis.

Difficulty to Use: Low
Difficulty to Implement: Low
Cost: Low
Support Needs: Low

Contact RRC eTV Learning Technologies for more information

One Classroom to One Classroom

June 15, 2018

One Classroom to One Classroom

Classroom to Classroom Diagram

One instructor on their computer transmits to a classroom of students, all viewing through a single computer.

Difficulty to Use: High
Difficulty to Implement: High
Cost: High
Support Needs: High (2 people)

Equipment Needed:

Instructor & Classroom:

  • 2 x Camera
    (front and back of the room)
  • 1 x Codec
  • 1 x Room Microphone
    (per 10 students)
  • 1 x Lapel Microphone
  • 1 x Speakers
  • 3 x TV/Projector

Receiving Classroom:

  • 1 x Camera (front of the room)
  • 1 x Room Microphone (per 10 students)
  • 1 x Speakers
  • 2 x TV/Projector

Risks and Rewards

This model is expensive to set up and maintain. Support staff are required on both ends to ensure a quality student experience. It is difficult to engage students in this model and the receiving classroom can feel left out if another instructor or staff member is not present.

Technology Considerations

The sending and receiving classrooms must have a good quality camera that tracks the speaker as well as microphones for everyone, which are expensive. An excellent quality internet connection is required on both ends. Both rooms must be well lit and quiet, adjustable lighting is ideal. This is best done as a permanent solution and is not mobile.

Example Scenarios

Classroom Setup

One Classroom to Many Students

June 15, 2018

One Classroom to Many Students

One Classroom to Many Students Diagram

One instructor in a classroom transmits to multiple students, all on their own computers.

Difficulty to Use: Moderate
Difficulty to Implement: Moderate
Cost: Moderate
Support Needs: Low

Equipment Needed:

Instructor & Classroom:

  • 2 x Camera (front and back of the room)
  • 1 x Codec
  • 1 x Microphone (lapel)
  • 1 x Room Microphone (per 10 students)
  • 3 x TV/Projector
  • Speakers

Risks and Rewards

This model is effective when the receiving students are far away and wouldn’t otherwise have access to any instruction. Since students are accessing the course on their own devices, they are relying on their personal internet connections and specific devices. It is vital that students accessing remotely have a chance to practice their setup a few times before classes start so they don’t miss out due to technical issues.

Technology Considerations

The sending classroom must have a good quality camera that tracks the speaker, lapel microphone, and room microphone(s) which are expensive. The sending classroom must also have an excellent internet connection. It is up to the students to ensure that they have a working microphone/webcam as well as a stable internet connection.

Example Scenarios

One Instructor to One Classroom

June 15, 2018

Instructor to Classroom

One Instructor to One Classroom Diagram

Difficulty to Use: Low
Difficulty to Implement: Moderate
Cost: Moderate
Support Needs: Moderate (1 Person)

Equipment Needed:

Instructor:

  • 1 x Webcam
  • 1 x Microphone/Headset

Classroom:

  • 1 x Camera
  • 1 x Room Microphone
    (per 10 students)
  • Speakers
  • 1 x TV / Projector
    (per 10 students)

Risks and Rewards

This model is effective when the receiving classroom is far away and wouldn’t otherwise have access to any instruction. The single instructor makes this model easier to deliver. It is important that there is a support person in the receiving classroom to ensure that technology is working properly and who can provide feedback to the instructor and answer questions for the class. The instructor will have to be skilled in engaging a class that is not in the same room. Classroom management and engagement can be challenging, especially for large classes.

Technology Considerations

The instructor must have a good quality microphone and webcam as well as a well-lit room and an excellent internet connection. The receiving classroom must have a good quality camera that tracks the speaker and room microphone(s) which are expensive. Two or more displays are ideal for larger classes. If this class is going to be synchronous (two-way), an excellent quality internet connection is required.

Recommended Hardware

Instructor Hardware

Microphone/Headset:
A good quality USB headset is recommended. This will allow for clear audio without distracting background noises (traffic, office, children, pet noises etc.) and will easily connect to any computer with a USB port.
“Logitech H390 Wired ClearChat Comfort USB Headset” is an easy to use, good quality headset that is generally available for $60 or less.

Webcam:
Many webcams will be sufficient. If looking to purchase a webcam the “Logitech C920 HD Pro” is a good quality webcam available for less than $100.

Classroom Hardware

An ideal scenario would be a dedicated WebEx classroom with dedicated Cisco hardware. This may be available or in development and we recommend reaching out to your coordinator/chair/program manager for more information.

Microphone:
A classroom mic must support noise canceling to be effective. A microphone placed in front of speakers that does not include noise canceling will often result in a feedback loop.
The “Phoenix Audio Duet” USB speaker and microphone combination is recommended and available generally for less than $200.

Webcam:
The “Logitech C920 HD Pro” is a good quality webcam available for less than $100 and includes an adjustable stand allowing for accurate positioning of webcam.

Example Scenarios

One Instructor to Many Students

June 15, 2018

One Instructor to Many Students

One Instructor to Many Students Diagram

One instructor on their computer transmits to many students, each on their own computers.

Difficulty to Use: Low
Difficulty to Implement: Low
Cost: Low
Support Needs: Low

Equipment Needed:

Instructor:

  • 1 x Webcam
  • 1 x Microphone/Headset

 

Risks and Rewards

This model is the easiest and cheapest to accomplish. The instructor must be well prepared for class and know how to teach to students who are not together in the same room. This involves engaging students online in an interactive way. The class sizes for this model are limited and students will have to be prepared to set up their own technology.

Technology Considerations

The instructor must have a good quality microphone and webcam as well as a well-lit room and an excellent internet connection. Students must have time to prepare their own technology before classes and a few practice sessions will be required before the official start of classes. Students must also have a good internet connection for two-way communication.

Recommended Hardware

Microphone/Headset:
A good quality USB headset is recommended. This will allow for clear audio without distracting background noises (traffic, office, children, pet noises etc.) and will easily connect to any computer with a USB port.
“Logitech H390 Wired ClearChat Comfort USB Headset” is an easy to use, good quality headset that is generally available for $60 or less.

Webcam:
Many webcams will be sufficient. If looking to purchase a webcam the “Logitech C920 HD Pro” is a good quality webcam available for less than $100.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), May 17, 2018

May 10, 2018

GAAD Events

Thursday, May 17, 2018, marks the seventh annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking and learning about digital access and inclusion for people with disabilities.

GAAD is for people who are involved in design, development, usability, procurement of technology and its use. GAAD provides events for people interested in making accessible and usable technologies for people with disabilities.

GAAD events listings

GAAD provides a listing of international events including virtual events.

Microsoft Inclusive Classrooms GAAD events

Microsoft is hosting free online events leading up to and on May 17. The events focus on reimagining accessibility and creating more inclusive classrooms

Read more at about the events.

GAAD Events at Red River College

An Introduction to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 – presentation

May 17, 2018, 9:30 am to 10:30 am
DM13K Notre Dame Campus

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 are an international standard that defines how to make digital and web content more accessible for people with disabilities. This introductory presentation is facilitated by Jim Hounslow, Instructional Designer with TLTC. This presentation is designed for faculty and staff who create digital course materials or web content.

Register to participate in this presentation

CAPAL’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines COP webinar

May 17, 2018, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

A webinar on using the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines as community of practice.

The Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians’ Web Content Accessibility Guidelines community of practice is hosting a webinar presented by Gregg Vanderheiden (PhD), Professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland. University and college libraries are trying to support students of all ages and abilities including a surprisingly large number who have invisible cognitive, language, and learning (CLL) disabilities. Although many think of accessibility as just for people with disabilities, there are many strategies that can make computers easier to use that are more subtle — and that can be useful to all users.

Registration options:

Reimagining Accessibility for Today’s World – film

May 17, 2018

A short film on reimagining accessibility for today’s world by Microsoft.

Discover practical ways to build a more inclusive environment and how accessible technologies such as Microsoft 365 enable everyone to create, communicate and collaborate. Whether you are looking to ensure productivity for your diverse workforce or to increase your organization’s reach and provide delightful services to customers with disabilities, the “Empower every person: reimagining accessibility” short film is for you. The film features IT and accessibility leaders from Microsoft and our partners: US Business Leadership Network, Be. Accessible, TD Bank Group, and Rochester Institute of Technology.

Registration options:

Other GAAD Events:

Introduction to Screen Readers Deque Systems Webinar
Learn more and register for this free webinar May 17 at 12:00 noon

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) webinar
Learn more and register for this free webinar 12 noon, May 17

Using WordPress for Accessible Web Development
Learn more and register for this free webinar May 17 at 1:00pm

WebEx Requirements

March 23, 2018

WebEx Requirements

  1. A good quality webcam. For meetings between staff, a laptop webcam will be fine but not ideal.
  2. A good quality headset that includes headphones and a microphone.
  3. A decent internet connection. At least a 3G (2Mbps+) internet connection is required. The college network is ideal.
  4. A quiet, well lit room.
  5. Login to WebEx by going to http://redrivercollege.webex.com and using your RRC credentials. This will create your account.
  6. Download the WebEx Desktop Client. Run the client to ensure that it works smoothly.
    Download the WebEx Desktop client for Windows.
    Download the WebEx Desktop Client for Mac.