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Guide to Moderating Virtual Classrooms

Guide to Moderating Virtual Classrooms Getting started Developing your style Engage your students Monitoring activity Getting started Get comfortable with the virtual classroom system you are using, explore all of it’s functions fully and know what every icon represents, and where to find all the tools that you and your students may need. In UCD

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1. Module Setup — Accessing Brightspace

Accessing Brightspace: To access Brightspace you can click the link in the top-right of the UCD Connect homepage or enter https://brightspace.ucd.ie into your browser address bar. Then use your UCD Connect username and password to log in to the system. Take a look at the guide to accessing Brightspace, or follow the video tutorial below.

2. Module Setup — The Grades Wizard

Using the Grades Wizard: Using the Grades Wizard will help you organise your grades area. Run the Wizard to apply your choices about how grades are calculated for your module. The Wizard can be run as many times as you require. You should use the Grades Wizard to: Choose between a Points, Weightings, or a

3. Module Setup — Weighted Grading

Weighted Grading: If you choose to use the Weighted Grading option in the Grades Wizard in Brightspace, you can have Brightspace calculate component grades from multiple sub-components. In this example we will demonstrate the use of Weighted Grades for a module with a CA component made up of sub-components. Note: Where there are no sub-components

4. Module Setup — Creating Assignments

Creating Assignments: This Guide will run through the steps required to create Numeric based Assignments and link them to the Grade Items created in the Weighted Grading tutorial Create and link Assignments to Grade Items Download the offline guide or follow the video demonstration below.  

5. Module Setup — Module Builder

Module Builder: The Module Builder is a tool that allows instructors to set the structure for a module, where they can then place content in a considered way, or add place-holders in advance of new content being available. Using the Module Builder is the best way to get a new module structured, and is a very useful

6. Module Setup – Content Copy

Content Copy: During the move to Brightspace you will need to review your existing content from Blackboard and move relevant content into the new system. You will use the Selecting Components to copy tool, to move content from Blackboard to Brightspace. Using this tool will give you control over what content items are included and

7. Module Setup – Ordering Content

Ordering Content: When content items are copied into Brightspace they will need to be sequenced, moved, and re-ordered. Once you have defined your module structure (using the Module Builder tool) it’s very easy to arrange your newly imported content. The following guide will detail how to: Sequence newly copied content items Move the items into

8. Module Setup — Creating Groups

Creating Groups: The type of groups that you create will depend on what you require students to do within the module. The following group types exist in Brightspace: Auto enrolment - whereby students are randomly enrolled to groups by the system. Manual enrolment – whereby the instructor can add students to groups one by one.

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