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BeachBoard Instructor Help

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Activate Course   
You must activate your BeachBoard course before students can access it. When you activate a BeachBoard course it immediately becomes visible to students who are enrolled in it.

Assignment Grader App
The Assignment Grader app is an application for the iPad only. Whether you are online or offline, the Assignment Grader app provides quick and easy access to assignments submitted to your courses' dropboxes, allowing you to provide meaningful feedback and grading through rubric, text, audio or video - when and where it is most convenient for you.

The Attendance tool enables you to create registers that track attendance for activities within your organization or course. You can track attendance for any number of activities and customize your registers to suit your needs.

Blog (instructions will be available soon)   
The Blog tool is a way to share information on topics that interest you. You can post and respond to questions, engage in discussions, and share opinions and comments with other users. Blog entries can be public or private. Blogs cannot be shared with specific users or courses and cannot be graded.

The Calendar tool allows you to create events, such as due dates, special events, office hours, etc., which are then  displayed within BeachBoard. Calendar items are shown through the default Calendar widget on the course home page, or can be displayed in a written, list-like form by adding the Events widget to the course home page.

The Chat tool is a real-time, text-based collaboration tool. You can use the Chat tool to brainstorm ideas, hold a question and answer period, have a debate or discussion, or organize a remote study group. As opposed to other collaboration tools, such as Discussions, Chat conversations occur in real-time. You can set up course-wide chat rooms or chat rooms that involve specific individuals from the course.

A checklist is a way to highlight important or required assignments, readings, or other items students need to complete. A checklist may list all the items students need to complete at once or may have items appear as they complete other items.

You can use the Classlist to see who’s enrolled in your course, check who’s currently online, and to send emails. Users who are currently logged into BeachBoard appear with a green dot beside their names.

The Content tool is used to upload and organize course materials, such as the syllabus, lecture notes, readings, etc.

Copy Course
The Copy Components utility lets you copy quizzes, content, grade items, discussion forums, dropbox folders and nearly every other type of component (though not student data) from another course offering where you are listed as an instructor. Copying components saves you from having to recreate your course’s resources from scratch and can significantly reduce the amount of work required to create or re-offer a course.

Course Builder
Course Builder enables you to interact with your course materials, learning experiences and assessments in one consolidated interface so you can visualize and review your entire course at once. The Course Builder interface is straightforward and efficient, transforming the process of course design and set-up from multiple steps in different tools into simple one-step actions. Whether you're starting from scratch or updating existing courses, Course Builder is an excellent tool for planning and organizing course materials.

The Discussions tool is a collaboration area where your students can post, read and reply to messages on different topics, share thoughts about course materials, ask questions, share files, or work with peers on assignments and homework. Discussions take place in Topics, which are organized into Forums.

Dropbox  (including Turnitin, the Originality Checker)
The Dropbox tool enables you to set up folders that users can submit their assignments to. This eliminates the need to collect assignments and helps you track when assignments are submitted. Turnitin, the plagiarism checker, is an optional feature.

The Classlist tool allows you to send email from within BeachBoard. Emails sent through BeachBoard will be sent to a user's external email address, as set in MyCSULB.

ePortfolio (no longer available in BeachBoard starting Fall 2014)
See the ePortfiolio wiki page for other tool options, such as Google Sites and others. As well as sample assignments for instructors.

ePortfolio is a personal portfolio tool for storing, organizing, reflecting on and sharing items that represent your learning. You can include documents, graphics, audio files, videos, presentations, course work, etc. to demonstrate your improvement or mastery in a certain area. You decide what items you want to include in your portfolio, how you want to organize them, and who you want to share them with. When you share items with your peers, mentors, potential employers, etc. you can give them permission to view items, edit items, see or add comments and see or add assessments depending on what type of feedback you want.

Use the Grades tool to manage and share grades on assignments and tests with your students. Students can see your individual grades and comments, as well as class averages and feedback. They can also view their final grade and the grade formula used for evaluation if your grades are released.

The Groups tool is used to create group work areas (discussion topics, dropbox folders, and lockers) for users. Groups can be used to organize users’ work on projects or assignments, or to create special work areas for users with different learning needs

The course homepage is the first page that you and your students see when entering your course. The typical course homepage is a page comprised of widgets that provide information and links to tools, courses, and personal settings.

Intelligent Agents
Intelligent agents monitor a course to find activity that matches criteria that you set.

Lecture Capture using Panopto
Create and/or capture video lectures using Panopto. Record your audio, computer screen, PowerPoint, and/or webcam simultaneously to create video lectures ahead of time that can be automatically uploaded to your BeachBoard course. Or you can record/broadcast your lecture as it is happening in the classroom!

The Links tool enables you to provide links to URLs, web sites, or Quicklink to areas in your course offering or files that are useful for your course.

Manage Files   
The Manage Files tool is a file management system for your course. You can use this tool to organize and upload files associated with your course offering.

Mobile Website
The BeachBoard mobile website allows your students to view News and Content items, read and post Discussion messages, and check Grades for their courses on their mobile device. To submit to the Dropbox, review feedback, email classmates, take quizzes, and access Online Rooms, they will need to access BeachBoard on a desktop or laptop computer.

Navigation Bar
The default Navigation bar contains links to the various areas and tools within BeachBoard, including Course Home, Content, and Grades, among others. You can customize your Navigation bar to include other tools such as Groups, Rubrics, Lecture Videos, and Surveys. 

News allows you to communicate announcements, updates, changes, etc. to users as soon as they enter BeachBoard and each course/organization. News items appear in two places: combined from all courses/organizations into the News widget in the middle of the My Home page, and in the News widget in the middle of each course/organization Course Home page.

Through Notifications users can set up to receive emails and/or SMS (text) messages about activity in their BeachBoard courses. Users can be notified about such things as recent News posts, upcoming Dropbox folder end (due) dates, unread Discussion board posts, and/or a daily summary of activity.

Online Rooms using Collaborate
Online rooms is where you can create a virtual classroom for presentations and live discussions between participants in different locations. These presentations can be recorded and archived for later viewings. It is powered by Collaborate and requires the latest Java plug-in on your computer .Rooms are managed using the List Rooms page. From the List Rooms page you can join rooms, add rooms, edit active rooms, and delete rooms. Once users join a room, they can watch presentations, share resources, and communicate interactively.

Profile is an optional tool where you can upload a picture that represents you or fill in the About Me section. The picture will display in the several areas, for example, the Classlist and the Discussion Board.

Use the Quizzes tool to manage quizzes that you have created, copied, or imported; manage questions using the question library; preview, organize, and grade your quizzes; view quizzes by category or availability; view current, future, and past quizzes; view course and quiz statistics; create categories and place your quizzes in them.

Respondus (PC users only)  
Respondus is a application that lets instructors create and manage exams and surveys that can be printed to paper or published directly to BeachBoard. Instructors create exams and assessments offline using an interface and then publish the exams or surveys directly to a BeachBoard course. In addition, over 2,000 publisher test banks are available to instructors who use Respondus.  Note: It is not compatible with Apple operating systems.

Rubrics are an assessment tool used to evaluate an activity or item based on a predefined set of criteria. They help ensure that activities and items are evaluated fairly and consistently.

Create surveys and use the included statistics tools to monitor current course trends and opinions, and assess user satisfaction. It is an excellent way to solicit feedback from users regarding any aspect of your course. For example, it can be used as a method of delivering general course evaluations, mid-year reviews, or surveys associated with learning styles and preferences, etc.

Widgets are sections of content that you add to your homepages to provide information and links to course and administrative activities and resources. There are two types of widgets: system widgets and custom widgets. System widgets are available as part of BeachBoard and cannot be edited or deleted. Custom widgets are created  using HTML and can be used to create a wide range of custom content for your homepage.

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