DotED Course Set Up: Putting a Syllabus Online


The bare minimum that DotED can be used for is to provide an easily accessible place to store your course syllabus in addition to other relevant documentation and resources that may be of use to your students throughout the term. DotED courses are not visible to students unless you activate them, you must manually make them visible (see directions below) in order for your class to see any content that you have added to the course.

To upload a syllabus (or any other file):

  1. Click the Turn On Editing link in the Administration block or from the Settings Gear drop down menu.
  2. Next, simply drag your file from your computer and drop it into the section that you would like it to be added to. The file is automatically added to the section when you release the mouse.

Once you have added your syllabus (or any other files) to your DotED course, follow the steps below to make the class visible to your students:

  1. Click the Edit Settings  link in the Administration block or from the Settings Gear drop down menu.

  2. Change the Visible setting to Show.

  3. Click Save Changes to return to your course!
  • Adding files and folders to your DotED Course

    There are two ways that you can add an individual file to your DotED course, the Drag & Drop method and adding it as a resource. You can also add compressed ZIP files as folders, please see below for instructions on how to use each method.

    Adding Individual files using Drag & Drop
    This is the easiest way to quickly get files into your DotED course.

    1. Click the Turn On Editing link in the Administration block or from the Settings Gear drop down menu.

    2. Next, simply Drag your File from your computer and drop it into the Section that you would like it to be added to. The file is automatically added to the section when you release the mouse.

    Adding Individual files as a Resource

    1. Click the Add an Activity or Resource link, Select File from the Resources list and press Add.

    2. Enter the name of your file and any other relevant information. Press the Add File button, select your file and press Upload this File.

    3. Press Save and Return to Course to save changes.

    Adding ZIP files as folders

    1. Create a compressed file (.zip) of the folder that you would like to upload.
    2. Click the Turn On Editing button on the upper right side of the screen.
    3. Drag the ZIP file into the desired Weekly Section of your DotED course.
    4. Select Unzip Files and Create Folder
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    5. Repeat until you have added all of your folders and click Turn Editing Off.
  • Import Content from a Previous Term

    You can manually import any content from a previous DotED course going back as far as Summer 2015 using the instructions provided below. For any content older than that, please contact us at helpdesk@artcenter.edu so that we can locate and import the content into DotED.


    1. Click the Import link in the Administration block or from the Settings Gear drop down menu.

       

    2. Select the course that you would like to import data from (Use the Search bar if you know the course name you would like to import) and press Continue. Select the settings you would like to import and press Next.

    3. Select the sections that you would like to import into the your course and press Next. Lastly, on the following screen, confirm the content that you have selected and press Perform Import.

  • DotED Course Sections

    Each DotED course is divided into 15 sections, an introductory section and 14 weekly sections corresponding with the length of each ArtCenter term. Each section has an editable summary and title along with the ability to add unlimited activities and resources.

    Editing Section Summaries

    To edit the summary or title of any section in a DotED course:

    1. Click the Turn On Editing link in the Administration block or from the Settings Gear drop down menu.

    2. Press Edit in the section that you would like to add content to and select Edit Section (if you are adding content to the course introduction) or Edit Week (If you are adding content to a weekly section).

    3. Enter the content that you would like to add to the section Summary, then press Save Changes.

    Adding Activities and Resources

    Courses in DotED are primarily comprised of a combination of Activities and Resources. By using the tools available, a course can function as a simple supplemental document repository or as a full capable online course complete with assignments, assessments, and more.

    To add any type of Activity or Resource:

    1. Click the Turn On Editing link in the Administration block or from the Settings Gear drop down menu.

    2. Click the Add an Activity or Resource link.

    3. Select an Activity or Resource and press Add.

  • Assignments (Turnitin & DotED)

    There are 2 types of assignments that can be used in a DotEd course. You can select the DotED Assignment activity or you can create a Turnitin assignment. Both assignment types allow your students to submit work digitally however the Turnitin assignment is integrated with Turnitin’s originality checking software.

    Creating a Turnitin Assignment

    1. Click the Turn On Editing link located under Course Administration.
    2. Click the Add an Activity or Resource link and select Turnitin Assignment 2 from the Resources list.
    3. Enter the Assignment Name and a Description.
    4. There are several settings that differentiate a Turnitin Assignment from a normal assignment in DotED. You can set the submission type, number of parts, file type, and whether to display the originality report to students.
    5. You will also need to specify the Start Date, Due Date and Post Date.
      *It is important to note that students will not be able to see feedback such as Grammar Check until AFTER the post date.
    6. Under Originality Report options, you can set how you would like the originality report to be used when grading the assignment.
    7. Click Save and Return to Course.
    DotED Assignments
    1. Click the Turn On Editing link in the Administration block or from the Settings Gear drop down menu.

    2. Click the Add an Activity or Resource link, Select Assignment from the Activities list and press Add.

    3. Add an Assignment Name,  Description, and any other supplemental files as needed.

    4. Next, scroll down the page and set the Availability (due dates), Submission type, and any other settings as needed. Once you have completed adjusting the settings, press Save and Return to Course.

  • Emailing Your Class

    You can email your class from within your DotED course or your Inside ArtCenter dashboard. Your course does not have to be activated in order to email your class. If any of your students reply to an email sent from the DotED course, their message will go directly to your ArtCenter email (or wherever you have your official email forwarded to). You do not need to log into DotED to check or respond to student email.

    1. Click Compose New Email link in the Quickmail block to launch the email editor.
    2. To select the email recipients, click their name in the Potential Recipients list and press the Add button to add them to the Selected Recipients list. You can also press Add All to add the entire class.
    3. Add any attachments (if needed) and enter the message Subject and text.
    4. Select Yes next to Receive a Copy if you would like to be copied on the email, then press Send Email to send the message.
  • Gradebook Set-up

    The default (and DTL supported) gradebook format is called “Natural Grading” which simply means that a student’s grade is equal to the number of points earned out of the number of points possible. You will have the option to select the grading option when creating a DotED Assignment, a Turnitin Assignment, or other graded activity (such as a discussion board response). Simply scroll down to and expand the Grade drop down menu when creating the activity. The default grade type is Point and you can enter in any point amount desired. Once the set-up is complete, save and repeat as needed for your assignments. Once you have entered all of your assignments, the gradebook will be set up for use.

    Notes:
    If a student does not turn in an assignment, it is important to enter a “0” for the points earned in order for their gradebook total to be accurate.
    There are other aggregation options available in the Moodle gradebook but Natural Grading is the method that DTL recommends and supports. More information on other methods can be found at:

    https://docs.moodle.org/30/en/Grade_aggregation.

  • Adding Teaching Assistants
    Students that have been cleared by Human Resources can be added to any DotED course by the administrator. Once your potential Teaching Assistant has submitted their paperwork to HR and it has been processed, contact the Help Desk so that they can be added to your DotED course.
  • Merging Courses
    If you are teaching multiple sections of the same class in a term, the classes can be merged in order to consolidate the rosters (for easier attendance tracking) and to make sure both sections can access the same DotED course. Cross listed sections can be merged as well with the consent of all faculty assigned to the courses. Please contact the Help Desk if you would like any of your courses merged or for more information about the process.