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Instructors Guide

Last updated: Oct 27, 2020
Our E-Course portal provide structure to the process of designing an online training course for instructors/lecturers. The main aim is to;
 
    1. encourage instrutors-to-student interaction
    2. encourage student-to-student interaction
    3. promote active learning
    4. encourage distance learning
    5. communicate high expectations
    6. facilitate time on task
    7. provide rich, rapid feedback
    8. respect diverse learning
 
The goal is to make our courses informative, educative, engaging and available for our online and distant learning students.

1. Core Structure of our E-Course Portal

Regardless of instructor discipline and subject matter, our e-learning course portal follow a similar structure, which includes;

    • Introduction screen
    • Table of contents
    • Objectives and course goals
    • Directions and instructions
    • Short and Long description of course
    • Course content
    • Quizzes, assessments, and surveys
    • Assignments
    • Summary and final instructions
    • Examination
To begin building a basic e-Course program, you will have to identify the major components of your course that fit into each of the above score structures.

2. Your Role as an Instructor

An Instructor is an online lecturer who:

    • Creates courses, questions, units and assignments for online students;
    • Manages and edits all courses questions, units and assignments created by him/her;
    • Manages and view students online assessment and statistics;
    • Create and views all courses questions, units and assignments through the instructors/Lecturers account Dashboard.

Instructor however can not;

    • Edit or delete the contents from Modules, Units and Questions created by other Instructors.
    • Manually assign badges and certificates to students who are not taking their course.

3. Group Admins

    • An instructor is also the Group Admin of the groups connected to Courses published by him/her.
    • An Instructor therefore can Add or Remove any student from the Group.
    • An Instructor can also assign some students as Group Moderators for efficient functioning of the group.

4. Forum Admin

    • Just like the groups, an Instructor is the Forum administrator for the Forum Connected to the Course.
    • An Instructor can delete any sub-forum, topic in the Course forum.
    • An Instructor can ban any user in his/her forum.

1. Request for an official Camp of God bible Institute official Email

2.  Next Step: Register to become an Instructor in order to gain access into your instructors dashboard

    • Skip i & ii above if you already have a Camp of God bible Institute official email.
    • Visit  the Instructors Registration Page to register as an instructor with the valid  Camp of God bible Institute email.
    • After successful registration, check the input email inbox or spam for verification mail and click to activate instructor account.

3. Next step is to:

    • Download a sample course template
    • Develop online course in a similar sample formats.
    • Instructor Course formats can be in Text, Images, PDF, PowerPoint, Video, Excel, Audio, etc. 

4. Begin creating Course Online from the Instructors Dashboard

After a successful login, instructors will be redirected to the Dashboard.

    1. Dashboard : Instructor can view his own course progress, no of units completed, finished courses, his statistics, can prepare his to do tasks, course events. It is same like instructor dashboard.
    2. Courses : This section consist number of completed courses by Instructor, the courses in which Instructor is enrolled. It consists of further three subcategories : My Courses, Results, Stats
    3. Instructing Course: This section consist number of instructing courses by Instructor
    4. Activity : This section records the activities of Instructor and activities on istructors course. It consists of further 6 subcategories:
        • Personal
        • Mentions
        • Favorites
        • Friends
        • Course
        • Groups
    5. Profile : Instructor Profile is visible here where he can upload cover image as well as his profile image.
    6. Notifications : All the notifications are visible in this section(e.g. instructor notifications, course evaluated, course reset for student)
    7. Tour: Portal e-Tour
    8. Messages : All the messages send to students and instructors is visible in this section.
    9. Wish list : Instructor Wish list is visible in this section
    10. Friends : Whenever someone send you friend request, that will be visible in this section. And, if you are already a friend with someone then that will also be visible in this section under friendship subcategory. You can also send friend request to someone. For that access site url/members, it will display list of all members now just click on add friend and when that person accepts your friend request. Both of you become friends.
    11. Groups : Groups membership and group invitations will be visible in this section.
    12. Forums : It consists information like topic started in the forum, replies created, favorites, subscriptions.
    13. Commissions:
    14. My Orders:
    15. Create a Course:
    16. Drive : It records the file sharing between students, members, between friends via drive feature.
    17. Settings : It consists general settings such as changing your password, resetting password, email notifications, setting for your profile visibility, delete, account.
    18. Achievements : Display your achievements.
    19. My Membership: Where your program membership can be viewed and changed

To create a new course ,

      1. Locate the Create Course button in the Course Directory or the Create/Edit tab on the instructor’s navigation menu and Click on It. An Edit course Page will load. 
      2. Next, You’ll see a Popup screen showing two course options i.e; Create your own course option and Upload Course Packages. Click on any option you will like to perform.
      3. Each section in create course has a description given on the right. Clicking an element automatically triggers its corresponding description on the right.

The course creation process is divided into 5 steps:

Step 1.  Create Course

In this step a new course is created. This new course is in draft state.

    • Course Title: Delete any existing text and enter a suitable title for the course.
    • Course Category: Select a Course Category, in case you want to add a new category, select new category and enter the new course category name.
    • Course Image: Select a Course thumbnail image. This image is used in course snapshot and single course page.
    • Course Description: Enter a short description of the course. This is a two line description shown below the course title. This description is also used in creating new groups and forums. The main description and content of the Course can be added later on by simply editing the course form the front end.
    • Change Course Status: Enter the status of the course offline or online .

      Note:A Offline Course is not visible to students in the course directory.

Step 2.  Course Settings

These are vital settings for the course, which needs to be configured.

    • Maximum Course Duration Maximum duration of course in days. Entering a value of 9999 or above shows “unlimited access” as time duration for course.
    • Course Evaluation mode Set evaluation mode for course.
    • Pre-Required course Set a pre-required course for the course.
      The course selected here, needs to submitted and evaluated in order to get started with this course.
    • Drip Feed Enable Drip feed for course.
      • Drip Duration: Set Drip duration for the course. The drip duration is time period between successive units.
    • Course Certificate: Enable Course certificate
      • Certificate Percentage Set percentage out of 100. If students cumulative percentage of all quizzes and assignments is more than the value set here, she will get the certificate.
      • Certificate Template Set a certificate template
    • Course Badge

Enable Badges for course

      • Badge Percentage Set percentage out of 100. If students cumulative percentage of all quizzes and assignments is more than the value set here, she will get the badge.
      • Badge Title Add a title for the Badge. This title appears when user hovers over the badge.
      • Badge Image Upload a Badge image. This is required to enable Badge for the course.
    • Number of Seats Enter Number of seats for the course. The Seats comprise of students currently taking the course. Once the seats are filled, a new student would not be able to join the Course.
    • Start Date Set a Start date of the course. If set to a future date, the Course begins when the Start date arrives, that is student will be able to join the course only after the start date.
    • Course Group Connect a group, if creating a new course it is recommended that you create a new group for the course. By default the group created is a private group only accessible to students taking the course.
    • Course Retakes Enter number of retakes a student can make of that particular course
    • Course Forum Connect a forum, if creating a new course it is recommended that you connect the group forum for the course.This will create a private group forum for the above group only accessible to students taking the course and in the group.
    • Course Completion message Enter a Completion message, which is shown to user when the user finishes the course or submits the course for evaluation.

Step 3. Set Curriculum

In this section Instructor creates or sets the curriculum for the course.

    • ADD SECTION Add a new section in the curriculum. Clicking this button would add a Text box in the curriculum section. Enter the section title in the box.
    • ADD UNIT Add a unit in the curriculum. Clicking this button would add a select box showing all the units. If instructor privacy is enabled then all the units created by instructor will be shown in the select box. To add a new unit select “Add New Unit” in the select box, which will show a input box. Enter the title of the unit in the input box and select Publish from the drop-down beside the unit. Once published the unit will be published and the drop-down controls will now show edit unit. Clicking on edit in the drop-down controls would take the user to the unit editing screen. Clicking on Delete would remove the unit from the database. Clicking on remove will remove the unit form the curriculum.
    • ADD QUIZ Add a Quiz in the curriculum. Clicking this button would add a select box showing all the quizzes. If instructor privacy is enabled then all the quizzes created by instructor will be shown in the select box. To add a new quiz select “Add New Quiz” in the select box, which will show a input box. Enter the title of the Quiz in the input box and select Publish from the drop-down beside the unit.Once published the quiz will be published and the drop-down controls will now show edit quiz. Clicking on edit in the drop-down controls would take the user to the quiz editing screen. Clicking on Delete would remove the quiz from the database. Clicking on “remove” will remove the quiz form the curriculum.
    • Save Curriculum Unless the Course curriculum is saved, the new units created and added are not a part of the course curriculum.

Step 4.  Add Program Membership

This allows the instructor to set the department membership of the course.

    • Free Course
      • Setting the course as Free makes it available to all students accessing the course.
    • Set a Course Product
      • Skip this settings
    • Membership
      • Pick accurate program for student that the course belongs to.

5.  Publish Course

Publish the course. All courses will go into pending state, which the administrator needs to manually check for any error and then turn the status to Published. After this your course will be live and visible for your desired student

Editing units

Units can be edited from the Course Curriculum unit controls or directly from the Edit Page control in the Instructors sidebar.

    • When the unit is in edit mode, the content can be directly added in the unit using the front end interface.
    • Unit settings need to be saved first before clicking on update the unit content.
    • Unit settings
      • Unit Type Select a unit type. This shows a symbol in the course curriculum corresponding to units.
      • Make Unit Free Set a unit free. A Free unit is accessible to the world, including non-registered members and search engine bots.
      • Duration of unit Set a suggestive duration of a unit. Only for display purpose.
      • Connect Assignment Connect an assignment to a unit or create a new one.
      • Connect a Forum Connect a forum with the unit or create a new one in the course forum.
 

Editing Quiz/Assessment/Exams

Quiz can be edited from the Course Curriculum Quiz controls or directly from the Edit Page control in the instructors bar.

    • When the Quiz is in edit mode, the Quiz instructions content can be directly added in the unit using the front end interface.
    • Quiz settings need to be saved first before clicking on update the unit content.
    • Quiz settings
      • Quiz Subtitle Enter a sub-title for quiz. This sub-title is shown below quiz title.
      • Connected Course Optionally select a connected course. Once connected the quiz will show a back to course button.
      • Quiz Duration Set a duration of the quiz. This duration sets the timer.
      • Quiz Evaluation Set quiz evaluation mode, automatic or manual. If set to automatic make sure all question types adhere to the settings done in Options panel -> Course manager -> Auto evaluate question types.
      • Quiz Retakes Set quiz re-takes this allows student to retake a quiz
      • Quiz Completion message Set a completion message. This message is shown to the user when user submits the quiz.
    • MANAGE QUIZ QUESTIONS :Use this section to manage questions in the quiz.
      • ADD Question Add Question using this button. A select box with questions will appear. If instructor privacy is enabled then all question created by instructor will be shown in the dropdown.
 

Editing Question

Questions can be edited from the quiz timeline or by adding ?edit in the Question link. Once a question is in edit mode, it’ll show question settings.

    • Question Type : Select the question type our of following option types.
      • Multiple Choice Single Answer : Requires options and only one choice can be marked as answer. Correct answer is entered as a single number like 1. Or simply by clicking on the option number.
      • Multiple Choice Multiple Answer : Requires options and multiple choices can be marked as answer. Correct answer is marked as multiple choice number separated by comma as 1,2. Or simply by clicking on the option numbers.
      • Sort Answers : Requires options and the order of options to be marked as answers like : 1,2,3,4
      • Single line text : Does not require options, correct answer needs to be marked
      • Multi Line text :
    • Add Options : Clicking on this button adds a new option with text input box. The text box acts as the option holder.
    • Correct Answer : The correct answer for a question. If the quiz is auto evaluation mode, it needs to be configured properly. For multiple choice question it is suggested to click on option number to fill the correct answer
 
 

Editing Assignment

Assignments can be edited from the “Edit Assignments” link in the edit unit page or directly by adding ?edit to the assignment URL. Once in edit mode, it will show following settings :

    • Subtitle : Enter a assignment Subtitle.
    • Assignment Maximum Marks : Enter Maximum marks for assignment.
      • Assignment Duration : Assignment Duration in days. Assignment counter end automatically submits the assignment for evaluation.
      • Include in Evaluation : Include this assignment in a course evaluation. If selected, marks of students in this assignment will be included in evaluation of a course. This also restricts students from viewing full assignment. Only students subscribed to the associated course can view the assignment details when they click on start assignment button and the timer starts.
      • Assignment Course : Select a course to which the assignment should be connected. Only applicable if Include in Evaluation is set to yes.
      • Submission type : Select submission type from Upload or Text area.
      • Attachment type : Select allowed Attachment types, if submission type is set to upload.
 

After creating courses Instructor manages the courses. There are various function available to manage courses.

Evaluate Course

    • After the Student has submitted the Course.
    • The Course submissions can be located in the Course Admin -> Submissions -> Course Submissions section.
    • If for any reason the Instructor needs to reset the course for the user then she can click the Reset Course for User option.
    • To Evaluate the course, Instructor clicks on Evaluate icon and the Evaluation screen opens.
    • Evaluation screen shows, the all the units in the course, and their completion status, it also shows the marks obtained in the Quizzes in the course.
    • To give marks to Instructor enters marks from 100 in the marks column and marks Course as evaluated.
    • As soon as this button is pressed the user gets a notification and message with the Course Results.
    • If the Course percentage is above Badge percentage then the user receives a Badge, if the Course percentage is above the passing percentage then the user receives a completion certificate.

 

Evaluating Quizzes

    • After the Student has submitted the quiz.
    • The Quiz submissions can be located in the Course Admin -> Submissions -> Quiz Submissions section.
    • If for any reason the Instructor needs to reset the quiz for the user then she can click the Reset Quiz for User option.
    • To Evaluate the quiz, Instructor clicks on Evaluate icon and the Evaluation screen opens
    • Evaluation screen shows, Question , marked answer, correct answer , maximum marks for the question and a text-box for marks and give marks button.
    • To give marks to each question Instructor enters marks in the text-box and clicks save marks.
    • Once Instructor has saved marks for all the questions, Instructor can click on Mark quiz as evaluated
    • As soon as this button is pressed the user gets a notification and message with the Quiz Results.

Managing Students

    • An Instructor can reset the full course for any student. The will have to start the course again from the very begining. This can be done form the Course -> Admin screen.
    • An Instructor can remove any student from the Course. The student will have to re-register the course again to take the course. This can be done form the Course -> Admin screen.

Course Messaging

An Instructor can send mass message to the students taking the course. This can be done form the Course -> Admin -> Members screen.

Course Administrator is a person who created the course. It may be the instructor also. From course admin area, an admin can perform various tasks for a particular user or for all users by marking the checkbox of that user. Course Admin Section is categorized into three subsections.

    • Members : Through this section, an administrator can reset course for users, see course statistics for user, see user activity in course, can remove user from that course, send bulk messages, add students to course, assign badges/certificates to student, extend subscriptions for an user, change course status.
      • Assign : An administrator can assign and remove course certificates and course badges to student’s profile from this section.
      • Extend Subscription : An administrator can increase or decrease the no. of days of subscription from this section.
      • Send Bulk Message : An administrator can send messages to All students or to selected students from this section.
      • Add Student to Course : An administrator can add new students in this course from this section.
      • Change Course Status : An administrator can change the status of that course for students from this section.
  • Path :
      Go to All Courses > Course > Edit Course > Admin > Members
  • Submissions : Through this section, an administrator can get all the submissions done by user such as quiz submission, course submission, assignment submission etc. An administrator can reset a particular submission(course, quiz, assignment) for a particular student as well as evaluate those submissions.
  • Stats : An administrator can view the statistics of the students who enrolled in that course such as average marks obtained by students, number of passed students, number of students who got a badge.

Statistics covers some of the important stats functions. We’re however open to suggestions here.

User Statistics

An Instructor can see any User’s stats for her course only.

    • To see user stats Instructor needs to go to Single Course -> Admin -> Students/Members
    • Click on the Graph Icons to see User Stats
    • After Clicking, if the user has finished the course, only the percentage obtained by the user is shown.
    • After Clicking, if the user is still taking the course then the course timeline is shown with the unit status and the marks obtained in the Quiz.

Course Statistics

An Instructor can see Course stats for her course only. Since calculating Statistics for the course is a complex process, statistics for the course needs to be manually activated by clicking the Calculate Stats icon at the bottom of the course stats screen.

    • To see Courses stats Instructor needs to go to Single Course -> Admin -> Stats
    • If Stats for the course are not calculated or to recalculate the stats the Instructor can simply click on the Calculate Stats icon
    • The Course stats then appear on the Course Stats screen.

The E-Learning portal provides a lot of functionality for interaction among students and instructors.

Groups

Every Course taker is added to the course group. There are many useful plugins which can be installed to increase the usability of Groups in LMS. The plugin Group documents enables the Instructor to upload documents, like assignments for the Course group. This is automatically sent to the full course group.

Forums

With the forum WPLMS get a lot of interaction features. A Private forum conencted to the Group can be made as the Course forum. This makes the Forum an exclusive club for the Course Members.

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