What is a blog, discussion, RSS feed or Wiki and how do I add them to my course?

 

Learn how to add a:

Blog

Discussion

RSS feed

Wiki

to a course.

 

What is a blog and how do I add one to my course?

 

A blog is a space where students can share their knowledge, thoughts & opinons in a "public" space. Peers can view blog posts.

 

From the homepage, click the "Editor" icon located on the course that needs a blog added to it.

 

Click the "+Add to..." link.

 

Click "Blog".

 

When creating a "Blog" there are 7 tabs where one can adjust different settings.

 

Within the "Activity Tab":

  • Give the blog a title
  • Add content such as instructions for students to see
  • Add attachments that students might need
  • Add instructor notes to students.

 

Within the "Data" tab add a thumbail, Metadata description or CRA and IAKT activities.

 

WIthin the "Objectives" tab select objectives that align with the blog.

Note: Objectives must be imported into the course prior to adjusting this setting for a blog.  

 

Within the "Gradebook" tab select if the blog is to be gradeable and if it needs to have a due date.

 

Within the "Navigation" tab adjust visibility, completion and advanced settings. Also decide if a student can earn a badge by completing this activity.

 

Within the "Blog Settings" tab assign groups of students to complete the blog and respond together.

 

Within the "History" tab see the blog's past threads.

 

 

What is a disscussion and how do I add a one to my course?

 

Course discussions are focused conversation threads. All course members can add to the thread.

 

From the homepage, click the "Editor" icon located on the course that needs a discussion added to it.

 

Click the "+Add to..." link.

 

Click "Discussion".

 

When creating a "Discussion" there are 7 tabs where one can adjust different settings.

 

Within the "Activity Tab":

  • Give the discussion a title
  • Add content such as instructions for students to see
  • Add attachments that students might need
  • Add instructor notes to students.

 

Within the "Data" tab add a thumbail, Metadata description or CRA and IAKT activities.

 

WIthin the "Objectives" tab select objectives that align with the wiki.

Note: Objectives must be imported into the course prior to adjusting this setting for a discussion.

 

Within the "Gradebook" tab select if the discussion is to be gradeable and if it needs to have a due date.

 

Within the "Navigation" tab adjust visibility, completion and advanced settings. Also decide if a student can earn a badge by completing this activity.

 

Within the "Discussion Settings" tab one has the following options:

  • Allow users to edit own posts
  • Allow instructors to delete posts
  • Have the discussion be non-threaded
  • Allow studetns to create new threads

One can also assign groups of students to complete the discussion and respond together.

 

Within the "History" tab see the discussion's past threads.

 

 

What is a RSS Feed and how do I add a one to my course?

 

RSS Feed activities compile and summarize content associated with a specific subject or website. Course authors build RSS Feeds by linking to existing RSS Feeds that students can access directly in Echo.

 

From the homepage, click the "Editor" icon located on the course that needs an RSS feed added to it.

 

Click the "+Add to..." link.

 

Click "RSS Feed".

 

When creating an "RSS feed" there are 6 tabs where one can adjust different settings.

 

Within the "Activity Tab":

  • Give the RSS feed a title
  • Add content such as instructions for students to see
  • Add attachments that students might need
  • Add instructor notes to students.

 

Within the "Data" tab add a thumbail, Metadata description or CRA and IAKT activities.

 

WIthin the "Objectives" tab select objectives that align with the RSS feed.

Note: Objectives must be imported into the course prior to adjusting this setting for an RSS feed.

 

Within the "Gradebook" tab select if the RSS feed is to be gradeable and if it needs to have a due date.

 

Within the "Navigation" tab adjust visibility, completion and advanced settings. Also decide if a student can earn a badge by completing this activity.

 

Within the "History" tab see the discussion's past threads.

 

 

What is a wiki and how do I add a one to my course?

 

Course Wikis are collaborative writing exercises which can be edited by the teacher and all students in a course. All members can also see a history of revisions and who made them.

 

From the homepage, click the "Editor" icon located on the course that needs a wiki added to it.

 

Click the "+Add to..." link.

 

Click "Wiki".

 

When creating a "Wiki" there are 7 tabs where one can adjust different settings.

 

Within the "Activity Tab":

  • give the Wiki a title
  • add content such as instructions for students to see
  • add attachments that students might need
  • add instructor notes to students.

 

Within the "Data" tab add a thumbail, Metadata description or CRA and IAKT activities.

 

WIthin the "Objectives" tab select objectives that align with the wiki.

Note: Objectives must be imported into the course prior to adjusting this setting for a wiki.

 

Within the "Gradebook" tab select if the wiki is to be gradeable and if it needs to have a due date.

 

Within the "Navigation" tab adjust visibility, completion and advanced settings. Also decide if a student can earn a badge by completing this activity.

 

Within the "Wiki Settings" tab assign groups of students to complete the wiki.  

 

Within the "History" tab see the wiki's history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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