Monthly Archives: December 2011

IL Compass 2g: Create a Discussion Forum

One of the best new features of Compass 2g is the enhancement of its interactive tools. Next to the grade book, online discussion forums are the most widely used tool in any learning management system. For classes that meet primarily … Continue reading

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Illinois Compass 2g: Groups

by Gaby Venatta and Anne McKinney The Course Groups feature allows instructors and students to create groups of students within a course. These Course Groups have their own area in Blackboard Learn to collaborate on Course work. These spaces are … Continue reading

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IL Compass 2g: How to Create an Announcement

One of the best new features of Compass 2g is its improved Announcements tool. Creating, sending, and updating announcements is quick and easy, and can even be sent directly to student email. Announcements are located in the Course Menu that … Continue reading

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Illinois Compass 2g: Rubrics

Rubrics are charts that help determine how to assess students’ work. For example, a rubric might state that an “A” paper must be well organized, clearly written, and demonstrate that the student commands a strong grasp of the concepts of … Continue reading

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Grading in Compass 2g

One of the many benefits of Compass 2g is the significantly improved Grading Center. With streamlined grade calculations, click and drag column organization, and Interactive Mode for easy grade entry, you’ll forget that this used to be a chore! The … Continue reading

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Illinois Compass 2g: Viewing the Roster

by Gaby Venatta There are two ways for instructors to view a roster for their courses: To view the roster through the tools area From the Course Menu, click Tools. Select Roster Click Go. To view the roster through the … Continue reading

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Illinois Compass 2g Instructor Interview: Art Schmidt

Art Schmidt is a Research Assistant Professor in Civil & Environmental Engineering. As one of the instructors for our IC2g Pilot Program, he has been teaching in the newer Illinois Compass course environment since Spring 2011. Schmidt: I am quite … Continue reading

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Illinois Compass 2g: Intro to the Grade Center

by Gaby Venatta and Anne McKinney In Illinois Compass 2g, the Grade Center relates to everything previously referred to as the Gradebook. While there are many similarities between the older Gradebook and the new Grade Center system, the newer version … Continue reading

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Illinois Compass 2g: Blogs

By Gaby Venatta and Anne McKinney Blog writing assignments are another medium for reflective learning. With this type of assignment, students are expected to display their research, analytical, and communication skills through a series of commentaries meant for consumption and … Continue reading

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Helping Students Locate Assignments in Compass 2g

In continuation of our earlier discussion on creating assignments in Compass 2g, this post will focus on three ways of posting assignments that can help your students locate them more easily. There are a couple of reasons for this. Some … Continue reading

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