The Hub for Instructors

This article covers:

  1. Overview
  2. Emailing from the Hub
  3. Student Information
  4. Access to Discussions
  5. Activity Tab
  6. Filter in discussion and assessment objects
  7. Scoring and Comments
  8. BQ Docs and Submissions
  9. Rubrics



The “Hub” is an improved course roster for instructors that provides quick and easy access to important student information, student activity, grading, and discussions. The hub maintains all of the functionality of the previous roster, but includes some key features that will enhance teaching and learning in BlueQuill.

To open the hub, click on the hub button on the right hand side of the screen.


To close the hub, click on the 'X'. The hub can slide out whenever you need it, and you can close it when you want to get it out of the way.


The hub can be accessed from anywhere in BlueQuill once you are logged in. If the hub is opened from the homepage, it will display all of the students and instructors from all of your courses. You can click on a course name at the top to see just that course roster. If you navigate to a course, that course's roster will be the roster that you see in the hub.


The hub can be set to open over other content, or, the content can shift left to make room for the hub. Click the three dots in the top left of the hub and choose your preference for the 'dock layout'. Whatever you choose will remain as your default and the preference can be changed at any time.


Emailing from the Hub

The hub allows you to get a list of email addresses or use your default email application to email many users at once. To select a user for email, click on their profile picture to the left of their name. To deselect a name, simply click on the profile picture again. 


You can also click 'select all' to select all of the names that are displayed. Clicking ‘select all’ will select all of the names in the current list of students being viewed. This could be for all courses, or for just one course, depending on if a course filter is applied, or if the hub was opened from within a course.


Once there are one or many users selected, three more options appear at the top, ‘Email’, ‘copy addresses’, and ‘clear selections’.


Clicking ‘email’ will open whatever the default email application is setup for your computer, and copy the addresses into the ‘to’ field.

Clicking 'copy addresses' will automatically copy all the selected user’s email addresses into your computer’s clipboard. When it’s successfully copied, you will see a checkmark appear and it will say ‘copied’ for a moment. copied.png

Clicking ‘clear selections’ will clear any of the users that are selected, and make them all ‘deselected’.

Then, you can paste the names and email addresses into any email client (such as Outlook, Gmail, or Yahoo)

Student Information

The hub takes information about students from various places in BlueQuill and centralizes it for easier access. To see information about a student, click on the row for that student, but not on the picture because that is what selects the student to get their email address in a list. 


When you click on a student, a box will expand with more information and options. Information about the student will show in the bottom of the box. Here, you can see the student’s username, email address, advisor, advisor email, and ID.


When I click a student from within a course or with a course filter applied, I see some additional information. The last time they accessed the course and how many logins they have is listed. As well, the ‘notify advising’ button is available.

studentinformation.pngAlso notice, that the student’s grade percentage only displays when you are viewing a roster for a specific course; either through the course filter, or opening the hub from the course page.


Access to discussions

The hub allows instructors to be notified of new discussion interactions without requiring them to open each course. It even allows instructors to reply to discussion posts from within the roster.

Conceptually, this feature works much like a notification you get on a smartphone. You can view the new discussion posts, reply to them, or just dismiss them so that they are no longer in the hub. All discussions remain in that course and in that object. Dismissing them from the hub just means you no longer need to see the notification, just like dismissing a notification from your smartphone.

When there is a new discussion post, you will see a number on the student’s profile picture that indicates the number of new posts from that student.


Click on the student’s row to expand that student and see their discussion posts.


You can dismiss this notification and ‘mark the post as read’, by clicking ‘dismiss’. Dismiss will appear when you hover over the area next to the timestamp. 


You can also click ‘quick reply’ to write a response to the student’s post. When you use quick reply, type your message in the box and click the ‘reply’ button. This will send the reply in discuss tool, which is visible to all students who have access to that discussion. Clicking reply will also dismiss the notification, just like clicking ‘dismiss’ does. To view the post and your reply in the context of the entire course, navigate to the appropriate assignment and discussion.


Please note that the ‘read’ state is also triggered when you navigate to the discussion object and scroll down. Once these are viewed inside the object with the discussion, they will no longer show as 'new' in the hub. The hub and the discussions inside the object are synced so that something that is ‘read’ or ‘replied to' in one is also done in the other.

Activity Tab

The hub provides easy access and insight into student activity. There is an activity tab when a student’s information is expanded. Click on this tab to see a history of student activity.


This will show all the recorded activity and interactions that the student has performed, along with a time stamp of when they were performed. There is a filter at the top that when clicked will display just major analytics such as submissions and discuss tool interactions. 

Filter in discussion and assessment objects

The hub will display a filter icon next to student’s names when it is inside an object with the discuss tool or assessment tool turned on. filtericon.png

When the icon is clicked, it will filter and display just that student’s discussions or just that student’s assessment results, depending on how the object was designed. First, let’s look at the example of the filter being used in a discussion. When clicked, I see just that student’s discussion activity.


In an object with assessment results, you can click the icon to view that student’s assessment attempt.


Scoring and Comments

Scoring and leaving comments from within an assignment is more user friendly and efficient in the hub. You can still enter your grades in the gradegrid, like before, but if you prefer to enter grades inside the assignment, you can do so easily.

From inside the assignment, open the hub. You will notice a circle with a ‘plus’ icon next to the student names. Click inside the circle to add a score for the assignment. You will also see the comment box for that student expand under the student’s name. Enter the amount of points into the circle. Once you enter the points, the circle will change color and an arrow icon will appear. This means that the score has been saved, but still needs to be published for the student to see.


You can click the arrow to publish just that grade to the student, or you can click the button on the top of the roster to publish all unpublished grades at once.


You can use the ‘tab’ key on your keyboard to navigate to the comment box, or you can click in the comment box with your mouse. When you leave a comment, it will save automatically. It will also need to be published, like the grade for the student to see it. When you publish a score, or comment, or both at the same time, the color of the score will change and the arrow icon will go away.


BQ Docs and Submissions

BQ Docs and submissions work in the hub just the same as in the previous version of the roster. Objects that have submissions will continue to have the blue document icon on them.


Inside that object, there will be a number inside the hub next to each student’s name indicating the number of submissions that they have made for that assignment.


Click on the icon to see the list of submissions appear. Here, you will see a time stamp of when it was submitted, and the box will appear in red if it was submitted after the due date. 


From here, you can open the document in BQ docs, view the history, or share it back to the student.


Remember, you can always download the original document if needed by clicking the download icon at the top of the BQ Docs window that displays the document. 



If an assignment was designed to be graded with a rubric, it will show a rubric icon inside the circle next to the student’s name in the hub.


As well, there is a new button under the hub button if the assignment has a rubric associated with it. You can click this button to view the rubric on it’s own, without any student attached to it. This works just like the hub where you can click to open it and it will slide out, and you can get it out of the way by closing it.


To enter scores for students using the rubric, open the hub and click the rubric icon for the student that you want to grade. This will open the rubric for that student.


Click the plus next to each criteria score to enter the appropriate points for that row. You can also provide specific feedback for each criteria row. You will notice each cell highlight that corresponds to the number you entered for each row.


 Just like with grading in the hub, you can use the tab key to navigate quickly to the next entry. The total points for the student will update in the hub as you enter each row.

When scores are entered, there will be an arrow icon which means that the score has been saved, but still needs to be published so that the student will get it. You can publish one at a time by clicking the arrow, or all at once by clicking on the publish all button above the roster.    


 **Note: for a more detailed article on using rubrics, please click here.

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