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BlueQuill provides instructors with many tools that allow them to do things such as grade assignments in bulk, provide feedback in multiple formats, view analytics on student activity, and much more. This overview will give Instructors a basic idea of how to navigate BlueQuill and where to find more information on using all of the tools BlueQuill has to offer.
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NOTE: Some of the information below may vary per Institution.
This is what your BlueQuill homepage will look like if you are a non-Franklin/Urbana instructor:
There are 4 main sections to know about here. Click on a link below to learn more:
For Franklin and Urbana instructors, there is a new landing page. For more information, see our article The 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 contain the following icons:
- Home: Always takes you back to your main BlueQuill homepage.
- Shortcuts: A menu that contains many useful links to Franklin and Urbana resources and tools.
- The Academic tab in this menu contains information related to University information, such as the University policies, Instructor forms, and the Course Catalog.
- The Administrative tab contains information for employees, such as Course Permissions, HR information, sign up for Franklin alerts, and more.
- Email: This icon will open up Outlook in the browser where you can sign in to check your Franklin/Urbana email.
- JumpTo: This icon will only display if you have been granted special permission to access specific/all courses.
- You can request permission to view any course as an instructor by going to Shortcuts -> Administrative -> Course Permissions. From here, you can type in your username, which course(s) you need access to, and which role you need (usually Instructor). Once you submit a request, your BlueQuill Admin can approve or deny the request.
- For more information on course access, see our article Course Access Permission Levels.
- [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 (Instructors should be aware of the University's social media policy when sharing this information)
- See: Editing Account 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 for informational purposes to show Instructors what their Students see, while other icons will allow Instructors to perform tasks, such as registering an exam with the Learning Center (via the Online Test Admin icon).
This section allows Instructors 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 an Instructor who is registered to teach 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 14 days before the course's start date (Students can access courses 10 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 Instructors will only see completed courses that happened within the past 16 months from the current date.
- See: Access Older Courses
The Hub acts as your course roster. From your BlueQuill home page, if you open The Hub tab, then you will see a list of all of your students across all of your courses. Your courses will be listed at the top of The Hub and clicking on a course will show you Students from just that course. The Hub offers Instructors quick access to a lot of information and tools such as:
- Grading from the object-level (this means from within an object's page)
- Feedback in the form of comments, audio/video recordings, uploaded files, or editing a student's uploaded document.
- View student activity such as:
- When they accessed the course, submitted assignments, posted discussions
- View discussion posts and reply from The Hub
- Find student information (username, email address, advisor's name), and more.
- NOTE: "nli" is a term you may see over a student's profile in the Hub. This means the student has "never logged in".
- Email all or specific students
- Extend due dates for specific students
- And much more...
For more detailed information on using The Hub, check out the article below:
Course Calendar View
The Home Page shows Instructors all of the courses that they are currently teaching. From this 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 Student 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 Home Page (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 is very similar to what all of your students will see when looking at the course page. There are 6 main sections to know about here. Click on a link below to learn more:
- Course Information
- Course Toolbar
- Course Materials
- Learning Objects
- Class Communications Tool
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 (can only be changed by Course Designers and Design Admins)
- The start and end dates of the section
The Course Toolbar section provides Instructors with many useful tools to perform tasks, such as grading, taking attendance, and more. Here are the tools as pictured above:
- Course - Takes you back to the main course page.
- Grades - Takes you to the GradeGrid where you can enter grades, download submissions, upload feedback, download grades, and submit final grades. For more information, click the links below:
- Activity - Displays student activity on a week-by-week basis, such as how many times the student accessed the course, or how many new submissions they have shared. For more information, click the links below:
- Apps - Provides Instructors with various apps, such as the DropBox, where you can download submissions/upload feedback, the Meet tool, where you can host your Meet session, and more. These apps will vary per course.
- Conditions - Conditions are rules set by the Course Designer that control when or how a student can view a Learning Object (see more info below on Learning Objects). These conditions can vary and usually sound something like: before a student can see the first assignment in the course, they must earn 80% or higher on the Syllabus Quiz. The Instructor cannot edit these conditions, but they can view the conditions set up on the top, right-hand side of the Conditions tab.
- Groups - Allows the Instructor to place students into groups and assign them to certain assignments. For more information, click the link below:
- Analytics - Displays all kinds of information for Instructors, such as Heat Maps of activity levels, Charts on how engaged students have been, Timelines of all/specific student activity, and the option to download analytics.
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, Instructors 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 you should make students aware of, especially for international students.
Containers are what group all of the Learning Objects together into some kind of organizational group. Most Course Designers will make it so that each container represents a week in the course for easy tracking of due dates.
Note: It is possible to have one level of nested containers, meaning a container inside of another container.
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 any other nested containers)
- 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
- Assignment Submissions
- Meet Sessions
Many of these submissions can be locked by the Instructor as well:
Some Learning Objects might be created with a TBA due date, click here to learn how to change the date on a TBA assignment:
This is where your students will perform the bulk of their work. These Learning Objects will contain all of the information your students will need to perform a task, such as replying to a discussion post, submitting assignments, or taking an assessment. Course Designers are responsible for setting up all of these objects, except for Class Communications (see below).
Class Communications Tool
Class Communications are a great way for Instructors to add messages for all of their Student's to view from the course home page. From this menu, Instructors can add new communications to the course page or import previous communications they have made from other courses. With the rich text editor, Instructors can:
- Share videos/images
- Create nicely formatted documents/instructions
- Share code snippets, formulas, quotes, attach files
- And much more...
For a more detailed walk-through on using this tool, check out Adding Class Communication Objects.