Important - Action required
Add a link to the Award document area on Sharepoint for your students..
Copy this text and put it into the Overview section of your modules:
View this module's information documentation in the Award documents area. Find your course in the list and click it to view module information.
Top tips for organising your learning materials:
- use consistent, descriptive naming conventions for your files (eg. '2018-19 underwater photography presentation slides.pdf')
- use sections to segregate topics in line with delivery
- use folders to organise multiple files uploaded within a section
- use the Assessment section for all information, briefs, and submission points related to summative assessment
- use images where appropriate to support what you're saying, and break up text to make it more readable
Add module information
Ensure you link to relevant information about the module eg. the MIF or module guide. Including this in the same section on each of your modules will help your student to locate the information easily.
Make sure you include relevant contact information about you and your colleagues for your students. Email addresses, phone numbers, and office location and hours. Also, include the etiquette you expect from your students when communicating with you (should they tell you the module they're referring to, which seminar session they attend etc).
The introductory overview section within your module should include an outline of what the students can expect from the module and what you expect from them throughout it. Add an image to this area to give a visual representation of the module, the Falmouth Smug Mug image library can be used for this.
It is good practice to use descriptive names for the sections within your module. Whilst delivery might be weekly, students do not necessarily recall which week they covered which topic. Therefore using a topic or theme title for each section is more useful. By all means include the week number in the section itself, but keep the title (the bit that appears in the navigation menu) descriptive.
For information about adding sections see the Managing Sections guidance
Adding a Learning Activity
Learning Activities give you the chance to create opportunities for your students to interact with you and each other, and tools for alternative approaches to learning. If you would like to discuss ideas or scenarios that you have but are not sure which learning activity would be best to facilitate them, please get in touch.
More information about adding the different types of learning activities available to you can be found in the Learning Activities guidance
Include briefs and submission points for summative assessment in this section. Standardising the process for assessment on Learning Space ensure that support staff are able to find the information they need to assist students, and students will know where to go to get assessment information. It is essential to name the submission points so it matches with the name of the assessment in the Award document. (eg. Creative Writing portfolio)
Ensure that you make the difference between formative and summative assessments clear to the students. We recommend placing formative assessment into the delivery structure of the module (into the weekly or topic based sections), and you must put all summative assessment points into the Assessment section.
You will need to create a submission link per electronic assignment (ie. hand in that will take place online). The due date for this should be the standard deadline that aligns with the official record. Any late submissions (authorised or not) will need to be handled through that link. Use the Cut off date in a standard Assignment to prevent students from submitting after the last authorised extension date, and the option to allow late submissions on a Turnitin assignment.
If there will be any refer/defer hand-ins you will need to create a separate submission link for these, and ensure that late submissions are not allowed.
In this section create a Turnitin assignment for submissions that will be smaller than 40mb, and non submissions (performances, physical artefacts). You can use Turnitin to provide feedback on any file type (under 40mb) and non submission.
For anything over 40mb create a standard Assignment submission point.
It is a good idea to organise files like you (ideally) would within your own personal storage areas; in folders. Within each section create a folder(s) if you need to upload more than 3 files to a section. You will need to bear in mind that only file names show in folders so they will need to be descriptive (see the top tips above). This will free up screen space and allow files to be organised by their relevance, rather than it all being in a big list.
Unfortunately it is not possible to put activities into these folders, only files - sorry folks.
Adding content and using the text editor
Being mindful of the naming conventions recommended above, use this guidance for information about uploading resources. The text editor you see whenever adding resources and activities has a lot of options you may not be aware of for formatting text, and linking to resources. See this guidance for information about using the text editor.
We would strongly encourage you to use Talis Resource Lists available through the library. You can then use the tool within Learning Space to display these in your module. Have a look at the resource list guidance to find out more.
Have look at this example module. It's based on the fictitious module "Advanced Tea Making" and it gives you an idea of the types of layout and content you are being encouraged to include in your modules.