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Adding Class Communication Objects

This article covers:

  1. Class Communications Overview
  2. Choosing Information to Post
  3. Placing the Class Communication Object
  4. Adding Content
  5. Using the Toolbox
  6. Publishing Your Changes
  7. Changing Your Communication Object's Icon

Overview

Class Communication objects are tiles within your course that you can place anywhere for students to view. If you need to announce a change in an assignment, share educational materials, or reach out to students for any reason, Class Communications are a great and easy way to share information.

Choosing Information to Post

Before you begin, consult the faculty notes and Learning Objects and consider the following questions:

  1. What information do the students need to know?
  2. How do I want my students to see/experience my Class Communication?
  3. Do I want to interact with my students or simply present information?
  4. When do I want them to see the information?
  5. Is this information critical to their success or is it supplemental information?

Placing the Class Communication Object

1. Navigate to the course that you want to add a new Class Communication object to.

2. From your course's homepage, you will see a "Communications" menu in the bottom, right hand corner of the screen. From here, click and drag the "Add" button to create a new Class Communication object. You can drag this object above, below, or inside of any container. 

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3. Once you have placed your object, you can click on the "New Class Communication" text to rename the object anytime. Type in your new title and hit the Enter key to save your new title and object's location.

NOTE: Your object can be moved again at anytime by dragging the object around your screen.

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4. Now you can click on your object to open it and edit the object's content. Here you will be able to:

- Preview/Save a Draft/Publish your content

- Add a Title/Tools/Content/Time Estimate/Attachments

Adding Content

1. To add content to your Class Communication object for your students to see, click the 

"+ add content" button under the Student Content section.

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2. A text editor will now display where you can add a wide variety of content, including: videos, images, code snippets, formulas, attachments, paste from word, and more. When you are done adding content here, make sure you click "Done Editing".  

NOTE: When pasting from Word, do not use emojis as this can cause errors.

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3. After clicking "Done Editing", your content will display and can be editing anytime by clicking within the Student Content section.

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Using the Toolbox

After opening your Class Communication object, you will be presented with a couple of options in the Toolbox, as shown below:

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1. Click the switch under a tool that says "Off" to turn it to "On". There are 4 different tools:

Discuss allows you to add a topic/thread that students can post to.

Submit allows students to upload documents for submission.

Meet will add a link to the class online meet session.

Turnitin will link students to Turnitin.com to have their submissions reviewed.

- Note: Meet and Turnitin are optional tools, which may or may not be included in your organizations package.

Discuss is the only tool in the toolbox that requires additional configuration.

2. To use and configure the Discuss tool, click the switch to turn Discuss to "On". This will cause a text box to open where you can add a title for your  discussion topic:

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3. After giving your topic a title, click on the "+ add content" button to add a description to your post to let students know what will be expected in their responses.

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4. After editing your post, make sure to click "Done Editing" to save and preview your changes.

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5. The final step is to make sure you click "Create New Topic". This will save your discussion post and display your post's information on the screen:

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6. You are now done creating your discussion topic and you may repeat this process to create more topics if you would like. To edit your content, you can click on the Title or Content section to bring the text editor back up.

Publishing Your Changes

Publishing your changes is required to make any changes appear for students to see in the course page.

1. To Publish your changes, click the "Publish to Class" button. This will not immediately publish the changes, as you must select a few publishing options first. You may also click "Save Draft" to return to editing your object later or Preview to see how your object will look to your students.

 

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2. The Publish page has a few options and looks like this:

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Publish On allows you to enter a date and either delay the publishing to a future date or publish today. By default, today’s date is always the default date.

Show on Homepage Calendar creates the Class Communication Object on the Students’ homepage along with the assignment objects for that week.

- Changing the Start and/or End date will not cause the Class Communication to disappear from the canvas, but the End date will control how long the Class Communication will stay highlighted on the Homepage Calendar for the students.

 

3. After you have selected all of your publishing options, you can either click "Back" to edit your object again or "Publish" to publish the changes for students to view.

 

What students will see:

Students will see the object on the homepage calendar if the dates chosen align with the dates for that week of the course.

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Students will also see the object highlighted on the course canvas in the week container where the object was placed.

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What Instructors will see:

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Changing the Icon on a Class Communication Object

Icons are a quick way for students to see, at-a-glance, the type of content included in a Class Communication Object. The following is a set of instructions as to how to change the icon of a Class Communication Object:

1. In your new Class Communication object, click on the "Edit" button to enter Editing mode.

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2. Now, click on your object to pull up the icon menu.

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3. From here, you will have a wide variety of icons to choose from. Choose whichever icon best fits your object by clicking an icon and then clicking "Change".

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4. Now your object will display the new icon in Edit mode. You must click "Publish to Class" to save this change.

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    Annette Hoelzer

    To set up a "discuss," after I click done editing it does not give me the "create discussion topic" button.