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iCollege Features & Best Practices
Group Setup and Communication
The Fall 2020 Blended Learning Plan requires instructors to form student groups that will be used to limit the number of students physically present in the classroom.
iCollege has a feature called Groups that can be used to form groups, communicate membership, and release content, activities, assessments and communications to specific groups.
If you choose to use iCollege to assist with group management and communications, the suggested workflow is as follows:
- Create “attendance” groups using the Groups tool.
(Be prepared to review and distribute group members through the end of the drop/add period.)
- Set the course start date to August 12 as directed in the Fall Plan.
- Create an “attendance” announcement using the Groups tool that directs students to click the Assessments menu and then Groups to locate their “attendance” group.
- Release announcements, content, activities, and assessments based on “attendance” group membership as appropriate.
- Login into PAWS to send an email to students directing them to iCollege for information on their “attendance” group.
- Login to iCollege.
- Review any announcements from your instructor.
- View your group membership by clicking on Assessments from the course navigation bar and then Groups. Directions >
Rather than spend class time lecturing, consider creating recordings of lectures so that students can view them prior to attending the on-campus class session.
The iCollege integrated video hosting system, Kaltura, allows for hosting and creation of recordings. The creation of recordings can include simple webcam style recordings (no software installations necessary) and lecture capture recordings that include any content that is displayed on your desktop (requires a software installation).
The Kaltura system also provides you with analytics on who has viewed your recordings.
When assigning readings or lecture recording to students, it can be difficult to know if the student did the reading or watched the recordings. Consider doing short auto-graded quizzes as “understanding checks” that can double as a participation activity.
The iCollege Quiz Tool can be used to create quizzes containing questions (e.g. multiple choice, matching, true/false, etc) that can be auto-graded and allow students multiple attempts. Scores on these quizzes can be included in the iCollege Grades Tool.
Recordings or videos hosted in Kaltura can have in-video quiz questions embedded at multiple points throughout the video. These are simple multiple-choice or true/false questions that pause the video until the student answers the question. Results from in-video quizzes can be added to the iCollege Grades Tool.
As an added benefit, these types of quizzes will let you know what parts of the readings or recordings students struggled most with so you can customize your time in class to address misunderstandings.
Encouraging Community and Collaboration
While students may be participating in on-campus course activities on different days, there are tools and features of iCollege that will allow students to communicate and collaborate regardless of their location.
- Students can download and install a collaboration tool, Webex Teams, that will enable real-time communications such as persistent messaging, file sharing, video meetings, white boarding. Webex Teams allows for the creation of spaces (or groups) within a team. Webex Teams provides a searchable history of messages and files shared.
- A companion to Webex Teams, Webex allows students to host their own web conferences. All students have access to Kaltura to record and share video assignments
The “Preparing for Blended Instruction – Tips and Tricks for iCollege” workshop provides an overview of preparing for fall instruction in iCollege. View workshop dates >