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Course Site

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Course Site is available at http://is Lehigh's instance of Moodle, an open-source learning management system. You can access Course Site from a number of Lehigh web sites and directly via the URL: coursesite.lehigh.edu

Implementation Announcement

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Blackboard Replacement Transition to Begin January 2010

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In January 2010 LTS will begin a process of transitioning from Blackboard to a new course management system. This process will be complete by the 2010 fall semester when the new system, Course Site, is in place for all courses.

Three factors contributed to the decision to move to this new environment:

  1. Faculty and student feedback on the annual Blackboard survey has shown an increasing desire for enhanced, easy-to-use features. Course Site provides an intuitive environment, improved grade book, enhanced discussion forum capabilities, along with many other features.
  2. Course Site will allow the University to save significantly on our annual licensing cost, allowing these dollars to be shifted to support other teaching and learning initiatives
  3. A new version of Blackboard has been released which is very different from our current version. The amount of re-training that would need to be done to familiarize faculty, students and staff with this new environment is considerable and would not necessarily result in appreciable improvements for the people using this system

Three very successful Course Site pilot tests were run throughout the spring, summer and fall 2009 semesters. These pilot courses spanned all four colleges and included undergraduate, graduate, and distance education students. Positive feedback from faculty and students provided the impetus for making this move campus-wide.

Timeline Information

Fall 2009 Semester - complete fall pilot course using Course Site, prepare interested faculty to use Course Site for the Spring 2010 semester

Spring 2010 Semester - migration of courses to Course Site, Blackboard courses still available for use

Summer 1 2010 Semester - migration of courses to Course Site, Blackboard courses still available for use

Summer 2 2010 Semester - migration of courses to Course Site, Blackboard courses still available for use

Fall 2010 Semester - All courses on Course Site, Blackboard no longer available

Training and Support Events

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Lehigh Lab Symposium, Thursday 11/19/09, Linderman Library

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10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Poster Sessions and opportunities to talk with Instructional Technology team members (Bayer Family Galleria)

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Rethinking Course Design with Greg Reihman, Director of Faculty Development (Linderman Computer Lab room 302)

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Intro to Course Site session (Linderman Computer Lab, room 302)
RSVP- http://www.lehigh.edu/~infdli/rsvp.html

Event

Description

Date

Time

RSVP

Intro to Course Site

Overview session featuring basic functionality including posting documents, gradebook, assignments, etc. 

Tuesday 12/01/09

3:30 - 4:30 PM

REGISTER

Intro to Course Site

Overview session featuring basic functionality including posting documents, gradebook, assignments, etc. 

Thursday 12/03/09

12 - 1 PM

 

Intro to Course Site

Overview session featuring basic functionality including posting documents, gradebook, assignments, etc. 

Friday 12/04/09

9 - 10 AM

 

Intro to Course Site

Overview session featuring basic functionality including posting documents, gradebook, assignments, etc. 

Tuesday 12/08/09

3:30 - 4:30 PM

 

Intro to Course Site

Overview session featuring basic functionality including posting documents, gradebook, assignments, etc.

Thursday 12/10/09

12 - 1 PM

 

Intro to Course Site

Overview session featuring basic functionality including posting documents, gradebook, assignments, etc.

Friday 12/11/09

9 - 10 AM

 

Intro to Course Site

Overview session featuring basic functionality including posting documents, gradebook, assignments, etc.

Tuesday 12/15/09

3:30 - 4:30 PM

 

Intro to Course Site

Overview session featuring basic functionality including posting documents, gradebook, assignments, etc.

Thursday 12/17/09

12 - 1 PM

 

Intro to Course Site

Overview session featuring basic functionality including posting documents, gradebook, assignments, etc.

Friday 12/18/09

9 - 10 AM

 

Intro to Course Site

Overview session featuring basic functionality including posting documents, gradebook, assignments, etc.

Tuesday 12/22/09

3:30 - 4:30 PM

 

Intro to Course Site

Overview session featuring basic functionality including posting documents, gradebook, assignments, etc.

Tuesday 01/05/10

3:30 - 4:30 PM

 

Intro to Course Site

Overview session featuring basic functionality including posting documents, gradebook, assignments, etc.

Thursday 01/07/10

12 - 1 PM

 

Intro to Course Site

Overview session featuring basic functionality including posting documents, gradebook, assignments, etc.

Friday 01/08/10

9 - 10 AM

 

Intro to Course Site

Overview session featuring basic functionality including posting documents, gradebook, assignments, etc.

Tuesday 01/12/10

3:30 - 4:30 PM

 

Intro to Course Site

Overview session featuring basic functionality including posting documents, gradebook, assignments, etc.

Thursday 01/14/10

12 - 1 PM

 

Intro to Course Site

Overview session featuring basic functionality including posting documents, gradebook, assignments, etc.

Friday 01/15/10

9 - 10 AM

 

Individual consultations are also available - contact an IT Consultant

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Most popular tasks and documentation

1) Request a Course Site course

Request a Course Site course via the request form at http://go.lehigh.edu/csrequest or by logging into Course Site and using the Request a Course Site link in the "Lehigh Resources" block (typically found at the top of the right sidebar on the front page).

2) Start of semester course setup checklist

A simple checklist to help you get your Course Site course set up

3) Making a course available for students/participants to access

Log in to Course Site, navigate to the course you want to make available. In the Course Administration block (typically found at the top of the left sidebar by default), click Edit settings. Set Visible to Show then click Save changes.

4) Adding (enrolling) people to a course

In academic courses, instructor and student enrollment is controlled by Banner, so only those individuals who are officially enrolled in the course in Banner will have access to the Course Site course. If a student is in the process of officially adding a course, temporary 14-day access can be requested to allow time for the official enrollment to be updated in Banner. If an instructor is in the process of being added as an instructor of record in Banner, access can also be requested pending departmental approval. To request temporary access to a course, submit an Instructional Technology ticket and select the Course access request (faculty/staff only) option.

5) Review/Edit basic course settings

  • Basic course settings, format/layout, default configuration
  • Editing course page
  • Add content

6) Copying course materials from one course to another 
 

7) Setting up groups

Under Administration go to Course Administration>Users>Groups. Give the group a name. In the groups listings, highlight the group you want to add members to by clicking on it, and click Add/remove users. Under the Potential members list, select the desired group member names, and click Add. Your users will be moved over to the Group members field. To set your course to handle separate groups, go to Course administration>Edit Settings. Find the Groups section and click on "Groups" to expand the sections. Change the Group mode to Separate groups and click Save.

8) Setting up the course grade book

Perhaps the feature with the most potential to go from simple to very complex very quickly, the grade book is, nonetheless, a critical part of a course. The number one tip to remember about the grade book is this: the Natural aggregation (calculation) method is built to handle nearly any grade book setup. It is the only method that allows the addition of a true extra credit item that is treated properly as such. It allows specifying weights for all items or some items as well as for the the entire grade book or just a specific category. It also allows specifying no weights and simply calculating in a typical sum of grades manner. NOTE: If you import content from a previous course to a current course, you will want to be sure to check the grade book immediately after the import and switch to the Natural method if you weren't already using it in the previous course. By default, all new courses (to which you are NOT importing content from a previous course) will default to using the Natural aggregation method for the grade book.

Help & Support

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Request a Course Site course at: http://coursesite.lehigh.edu (click on the "Request a Course Site" link on the right side of the Course Site home page) or http://www.lehigh.edu/csrequest/). 

Submit a help ticket at lehigh.edu/help.

Contact IT Consultant to receive individual or group consultations.

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