Tech Tips Tuesday!

Tips, Tricks, & Hidden Gems

ARE YOU TEACHING MULTIPLE SECTIONS OF THE SAME COURSE?

Request a Crosslist!

Crosslisting allows you to combine two or more OAKS classes into one. This is fantastic for those teaching multiple sections of the same course because you only have to post material once (but you can filter by section in the gradebook, classlist, and dropbox).


IMPORTANT:

  • Crosslisting will erase ALL content which cannot be retrieved. Therefore, crosslist requests must be made before any content has been added or student work has been submitted.


  • Secondly, OAKS special requests can become backlogged at the start of the semester, so it is imperative crosslisting requests are made promptly. Typically, these requests can be fulfilled within three business days; however, if you postpone submitting the request form until the week classes begin, be prepared for a longer turnaround time.


To request a crosslist, complete the Request to Crosslist form available on the OAKS Homepage in the OAKS Requests widget. Allow 3 business days for completion.

DO YOU WANT TO AVOID STARTING FROM SCRATCH?

Copy Content From One OAKS Course To Another!

You can copy an old OAKS course into a new course so you don't have to rebuild. We call it "rolling" your content using the "Import/Export/Copy Components" tool.


You can copy the entire course, including grade book settings and quizzes, or you can choose specific components to copy. NOTE: After you copy content, you will need to update any dates or restrictions because OAKS will maintain the old dates.


Click on this link for a tutorial: http://goo.gl/Nwuh4

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DO YOU WANT TO SEE YOUR COURSE FROM A STUDENT PERSPECTIVE?

Request a Fake Student!

A fake student allows you to take quizzes/tests, submit assignments, and see the gradebook exactly how your students do. This is incredibly useful when a student reports a problem and you need to troubleshoot.


You can request a Fake Student by completing the Request a Special User be added to your OAKS course form available on the OAKS Homepage in the OAKS Requests widget.

WANT YOUR STUDENTS TO HAVE EARLY ACCESS TO YOUR COURSE?

Request to Change the Start Date!

Instructors can request that their OAKS courses be available to students beyond the normal course start and end dates. For example, if you have a reading you would like students to complete before the first day of class, you might request your OAKS course opens one week before classes begin.


Please note that requests should not extend the start or end dates beyond two weeks. We have other procedures in place to handle special circumstances, such as a student with an incomplete grade.