This will be a brief presentation on how to use the Badges and Certificates in Awards with D2L/Brightspace. Set up badges to be awarded on achievement or other criteria and Certificates that can be printed as PDF – who doesn’t like certificates?
You can start with any award template, if you use Office 365, can start here: https://templates.office.com/en-ca I prefer not to use Microsoft Word, so will pick PPT for this example. You can use Microsoft Publisher. Can also use Google Template for Google Slides.
Please let’s personalize feedback to students. If you can choose the first assignment to start, provide video feedback to each student and use their name a few times.
Brighspace/D2L/MindsOnLine – has a built in Annotator that is really excellent – lets me do my feedback online within the platform without having to go to outside PDF Annotator if I like.
I still like to include Video feedback too and LOOM is now my goto as it is very quick, and gives me a responsive embed code that works great on any platform. Also lets me know when my videos are watched!
I have looked at Grammarly before – now if you go one step further after getting it from the Chrome Web Store and “sign up” with your Google account (still free) it moves into Beta mode and integrates beautifully with Google Docs!
I have looked at Google Read&Write with many classes in the past. I’m excited now there is a built-in Spelling/Grammar check. This is great as that was the biggest thing missing in Google Docs!
If you have Read&Write extension already installed, the “Checkit” feature should be there soon – this week I think. If you want it sooner, uninstall the extension and re-install it.
I have created a short(ish) video showing you how to use this and a quick refresher of other tools available. ALL Loyola staff and students may install this. You must be logged into Google Chrome with your loyolalearning.ca account to do this.
In online courses, it is nice to have an assignment format that everyone can access. Use Google Docs, we can create an assignment and anyone with a Google account will be able to open and edit right away.
By sharing and changing the share code slightly it forces students to make their own copy of the assignment rather than opening a view only copy and then requiring the student to make a copy: