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BlueQuill is a tool for students that allows them to attend college courses online. It has many advantages over traditional online courses because it offers tools that allow students to easily track their assignment due dates, interact with their classmates and instructor, receive feedback in multiple formats, and much more. This article will go over all of the basic functionality that BlueQuill has to offer students and how to use these tools to effectively participate in your online courses.
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NOTE: Some of the information below may vary per Institution.
This is what your BlueQuill homepage will look for non-Franklin and Urbana students:
There are 4 main sections to know about here. Click on a link below to learn more:
For Franklin and Urbana students, there is a new landing page. Find more, check out our article New Landing Page.
Main Menu and Dashboard Apps
There are many useful menus at the top of your BlueQuill page. The top row of menus contains the following icons:
- Home: Always takes you back to your main BlueQuill homepage.
- Shortcuts: A menu that contains many useful links to Franklin resources and tools.
- The Academic tab in this menu contains information related to University information, such as E-Textbook info, Syllabus Retrievals, and Transcript Requests.
- The Administrative tab contains information on services the University may provide students, such as Franklin University Alerts (highly recommended, this service will text you if the campus is closed), The Help Desk (for any technical assistance needed), and links to report multiple types of issues a student may experience.
- Email: This icon will open up Outlook in the browser where you can sign in to check your Franklin email.
- [Your name] Dropdown: The menu with your profile picture and name allows you to:
- Add a profile picture
- Change your email address
- Update your password
- Change the display language of BlueQuill
- And link a social media account, such as LinkedIn (Students should be aware of the University's social media policy when sharing this information)
- Logout: This button is how you may log out of BlueQuill (always make sure to use this button versus closing your browser to keep your account secure)
- Help: The Help icon opens up a small window where you may search for BlueQuill topics that you need help with. You can view articles within this window or you may view the article on its original page for easier viewing. This will take you to the BlueQuill support site where you can view/comment on articles and post questions in the community forums.
- Dashboard apps will vary per Institution and Course. Many of these icons are resources for students to access The Library, Advisor Info, Textbook Info, and more.
This section allows students to switch between seeing current, upcoming, and completed courses. Note that there are restrictions when it comes to the viewing timeline for each type of course:
- Current Courses: These are courses that are currently running, meaning the current date is on or between the courses start and end dates. These courses will always display by default on your homepage unless you change your homepage's default view.
- Upcoming Courses: If you are a student who is registered to take a course in the future, then this is where you will see those courses. Note that you will not be able to access the course until 10 days before the course's start date (Instructors can access courses 14 days before the course's start date).
- Completed Courses: Any courses that have already been completed, meaning their end date has passed, will show up here. Note that students will only see completed courses that happened within the past 16 months from the current date.
In this section, you can also find the Calendar View that will display all of your course assignment due dates in an easy to view monthly (or weekly) calendar. For more information on the Calendar view, check out our Traditional Calendar View article.
The Hub is a great tool that allows students to perform multiple tasks, such as:
- Find/email all classmates and Professors
- View rubric grading criteria
- Filter discussion posts by certain users
- And more...
When you are on your BlueQuill homepage, The Hub will display all of your classmates and Professors. If you would like to view only one course's list of users, then you can either click a course's name at the top of The Hub, or you can navigate to a course's homepage, where The Hub will then automatically show you only that course's roster.
For more information on using The Hub, check out:
Course Calendar View
The course calendar view shows students all of their courses in which they are currently enrolled and will display different objects for each course. These objects can be many different things such as:
- Course Announcements
- Written Assignments
- Discussions Posts
- and more...
Each object can be clicked on to open the object's page that stores all of its content. If an instructor has not assigned a date to one of the course objects, then it will not appear on your home page.
From the course calendar view, you can do a few things, such as:
- View course information such as the department, number, title, and start/end dates
- "Download Schedule" to view all assignments in the course as a PDF
- View personal course progress by clicking on the plus sign in the bottom right corner of the course's calendar view
- Open course objects by clicking on any object in this calendar view
- Click "View Course" to open up your course's homepage (more information below)
Course Page Navigation
Clicking on "View Course" from your BlueQuill Home Page will take you into the course's page.
This view has 6 main sections to know about. Click on a link below to learn more:
The Course Information section tells you a lot of useful information, such as:
- The course department, course number, section number, and term
- The full title of the course
- The start and end dates of the section
The Course Toolbar section provides students with some useful tabs, such as:
- Course- Offers quick access back to the course home page at any time.
- Apps- A quick access menu to various apps, such as Meet sessions, e-textbook info, the Gradebook and more. These apps will vary per course and institution.
- Groups - Allows students to see any Groups they have been assigned to as well as any assignments the Group is responsible for finishing.
This section allows Instructors to:
- Download Course Materials as a .zip file, see the link below:
- Download Course PDF, which downloads all Learning Objects and their content into an interactive PDF.
- View Schedule PDF, which gives a simplified version of the course assignment due dates, time estimates, point values, and their start/end dates.
In this section, students can also find information about how many points their course is worth, the estimated number of hours of work required for the course, and the time zone the course uses. The time zone is an important piece of information that students should be aware of if they are out-of-state or an International student.
Containers are what group all of the Learning Objects together into some kind of organizational group. Most courses will make it so that each container represents a week in the course for easy tracking of due dates.
The section marked above contains useful information about each container, including:
- The title of the container
- How many Learning Objects are in the container
- And how many hours of work is estimated for the entire container
You may also click the printer button in this section to print off an interactive PDF of all of the Learning Objects within that container.
Learning Objects are objects that can hold information, such as:
- Discussion Posts
- Meet Sessions
- Textbook Access
This is where students will perform the bulk of their work. These Learning Objects will contain all of the information students will need to perform a task, such as replying to a discussion post, submitting assignments, or taking an assessment.
Class Communications are a great way for Instructors to communicate information to students to view from the course home page. Instructors can add new communications to the course page that contain:
- Documents/Additional Instructions
- Shared code snippets, formulas, quotes, attached files
- And much more...
For more information on Class Communications, see our article Locating Announcements.