Audience: Users, such as Urbana, who use a decentralized version of BlueQuill. These instances allow editing of a live course.
In this article:
- Editing a Running Course Overview
- Turning Edit Mode Off and On
- Adding New Containers
- Adding Learning Objects
- Editing Learning Objects
- Publishing Learning Objects
Editing a Running Course Overview
Some instances of BlueQuill are considered "decentralized", which means the Course Designer has the option to allow instructors to edit their courses while they are running. If they decide not to use this feature, then there will be no editing options. Editing a course while running can potentially overwrite student data, so make sure you follow the instructions below to prevent this from happening.
Turning Edit Mode Off and On
If the Course Designer/Owner of the course turned on the editing feature, then you will see the Edit mode button at the top, right-hand corner of your course's home page.
If you are the current instructor of a running course and you do not see the Edit button, then your course cannot be edited while the section is running except for the addition/deletion of Class Communication objects.
To begin, click Edit to enable edit mode and then the Close Edit Mode to turn editing back off.
You will now be able to see the Create menu on the far, right-hand side of your screen.
The Create menu gives you both Containers and New Learning Object elements to drag into your course. Containers are like folders that hold the learning objects, but you can also nest a container inside of another container. Learning objects can be placed into any container, but they can also be placed outside of containers or in between them. See more detailed instructions below.
Adding New Containers
To add a new Container:
- Turn on Edit mode.
- On the far, right-hand side of the screen, click and drag the New Container icon over to where you want to place it in your course.
- Once over the course page, you will see an area slide open where you may drop the new Container. Release the mouse to drop the container here. This is known as the Drop Zone. You may move the Container later if you wish.
- When you release the Container over an active Drop Zone, the container will appear.
- You may also add a Container to an existing Container in the same manner.
Adding Learning Objects
To add a new Learning Object:
- Turn on Edit mode.
- On the far, right-hand side of the screen, click and drag the New Learning Object icon over to where you want to place it in your course. You can click and drag the object to move it somewhere else after placing if you need to rearrange objects.
- Once created, the object will display as grayed out, with the word Draft in the upper right corner. It will remain this way while you edit it, until you publish the object to students.
- Click once on the New Learning Object title to rename the object. Once the default name is highlighted, type in a new, descriptive name for the object and press Enter to save the name.
Editing Learning Objects
Click on the Learning Object to open it for editing. You now have the full range of tools available, as well as the:
- Student Content area where you can add and configure content for students to see.
- Instructor Content area where the instructor can create content only visible to instructors.
- Designer Content area where notes may be left regarding design elements of the course.
NOTE: Students can only see the Student Content section, but not the Instructor or Designer sections.
The object Toolbox is a set of tools which allow additional customization of the object. For an in-depth description of the tools and how they function, please see the BlueQuill Design manual located here:
The Toolbox includes seven object configuration tools which can be enabled/disabled while the instructor is in course edit mode.
CAUTION: The Edit Course feature allows for immediate editing of running course sections. All changes made to existing Learning Objects by the instructor while in Edit Course mode are permanent and will be automatically deployed to students without publishing. Please use this feature with caution as overall course point totals, total hours, etc. may all be altered!
Pay particular attention when deleting items which are scored/graded! Deleting an assignment will also remove any previously entered score/points and remove the assignment from the GradeGrid. You will not be able to re-add the scores/points once you delete an assignment object!
Date: Toggle this tool to enable an assignment/object due date and use the drop-down menus under the Date tool to set a date.
Score: The Score tool allows an instructor to assign/remove points in an object/assignment.
Discuss: This tool allows the instructor to enable/disable discussions, edit existing discussion threads and create new topics.
Submit: The Submit tool creates an entry in the DropBox for students to upload assignments. If you disable this tool after students have uploaded files, the files will no longer be visible for download.
Meet: The Meet tool enables/disables online meet sessions.
Assess: The Assess tool allows an instructor to enable/disable an assessment.
Integrate: The Integrate tool allows an instructor to utilize third-party tools such as TestCraft or Turnitin.
In addition, an instructor may choose additional options.
Hide From Students will prevent the object from being shown to students. This should not be checked if the object contains information relevant to students and/or requires student participation.
Time Estimation allows the instructor to estimate how much time students can expect to spend on the assignment/activity.
Publishing Learning Objects
Once you have finished editing your course, you will need to publish the changes for each object in order for students to be able to see them.
To publish an object, open the object while in Edit mode and click the Publish To Students button.
You will see a confirmation message at the bottom of the screen that shows the changes have been published.