In order to create a new course you must first be logged into Digication. Faculty have a unique option on their personalized home page under “My courses”. This is the “Create” button and will allow you to set up your courses.
There are two parts to the course creation process both included in a single form. The first part is the course information: Title, Course Number, and Description. The second part involves the actual settings of your course: Availability and Tools.
1.) Title – This will be the name of the course you are teaching.
2.) Course Number – Enter the course number of the current course.
3.) Description – Include a description of the course to be listed on the homepage of students/faculty attached to the course.
1.) Availability – Normally you should set this to the start/end dates of the semester. The course will be moved to the “Past Courses” area after the time has expired.
2.) Tools – The most basic setup of a Digication course should include Assignments & Standards.
- Gradebook – Adds a gradebook to your course that will allow you to set and track grades for discussion posts. For example, you may have students attach an assignment to a post and grade it directly through Digication as an alternative to Blackboard.
- Attendance – Allows instructors to track student attendance directly through Digication
- Discussions – Use discussions to facilitate student/instructor and student/student conversations. They may also be used in conjunction with the gradebook to directly assign grades to individual posts.
- Portfolios – This will list the portfolio’s of every student who has added your course to custom permissions. Great for collaborative portfolio’s, student/student portfolio feedback, or removing clutter from your account homepage.
- Assignments – Add, track, and maintain course assignments.
- Standards – Add, track, and maintain the Tunxis standards attached to your course.
Click “Create” to finish creating your course. All of these settings can be changed from within the newly created course.
Your course homepage includes a checklist to help with adding students, adding standards, creating assignments, and starting up discussions. All of these area’s and more will be explained in other tutorials.