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eClass Training

Please note this training is available to LA&PS faculty only.

We offer a number of training sessions for all LA&PS instructors using eClass. You can find out more information about what to expect from and how to book a live training session below. Related training resources will also be shared on this page as they become available.

Before you attend training you are encouraged to watch an introduction to eClass.

Available Sessions

This introductory workshop provides an overview of how to use your eClass course Website(s). At the end of this workshop, participants will leave with the ability to:

  1. Upload content;
  2. Create and organize weekly/topic course format;
  3. Employ Resources & Activities (including linking to useful internal and external sites such as MLA, CMS or e-Journals);
  4. Activate Forums (Discussions & Announcements);
  5. Use analytical tools and understand their benefits for example: the progress bar, completion tracking, activity reports, course participation reports and course logs.

Duration 1.5 -2 hours

If you would like to stay for another 30 minutes we will dedicate some "hands on helpfor your Resource Management. At this brief session, you will learn how to employ specific eClass resources such as:

  • File (PPT, PDF, DOC, XLS),
  • URL (link to videos, permalinks, web links),
  • Page (include hypertext links and embeds),
  • Folder (multiple files and subfolders),
  • Label (heading/divider used to organize info within weekly unit), and
  • Book (organize multiple manuscripts within Table of Content and navigation buttons).

You will learn the specific advantages of choosing the file to be opened in an independent window or tab, versus just being opened, or being forced to download.

Would you like to host meaningful interactive collaboration between students and instructor, or between students? Learn how to utilize discussion forums, announcements, messaging and chats. This workshop will provide a hands-on session using these ever-growing methods of communication. You will review the different types of forums and their advantages. Do you wish to divide your class into small groups permanently throughout the term, or do you wish to rotate flexible groups each time? You will learn how to determine when you need groups versus groupings. You can auto-create random small groups or manually create pre-set groups. In addition, you will also learn how to facilitate forums for both permanent and flexible groupings throughout the term.

Duration 1.5 hours

At this session you will not only create a quiz with its unique settings; but, you will also build individual Multiple Choice, True/False and Essay type questions. Learn how to create categories and move questions to the default category so that your question bank can be accessed from your related courses. You will also learn how to administer random questions from specific categories. If necessary, we will demonstrate how multiple choice questions can be imported into the question bank using the Aiken method and how questions from one or more categories can be exported using different formats. Best practices concerning accommodating special needs students, the deterrence of cheating using quiz settings such as the timing of quiz, or the timely releasing of correct answers also will be discussed.

Duration 1 hour

IMPORTANT: Please attend either a group or request one to one training if you are planning to use eClass Quizzes.

It is required training as you will need to establish a pedagogical framework and the technical settings to ensure a seamless quiz experience.

At this session, you will practice creating offline activity assignments to accommodate offline gradable items as opposed to creating them directly in the grade book. Learn how to grade directly from the assignment itself and allow eClass to calculate the course total grade for you. For this, it is imperative that you come with a committed breakdown of your gradable items. You will also explore when and why we recommend exporting the grade book to XLS spreadsheets and re-importing them back to eClass in certain instances. Learn how to input your gradable items and let eClass calculate the grade totals, or, simply export to a spreadsheet from the built-in eClass book and re-import it after manually inputting your grades. Students will then be able to view their grades in private within eClass and see where they fit with-in the class. However, you may simply learn to post a spreadsheet as a resource and/or observe the protocol of posting unofficial grades.

Duration 2 hours

The course Import feature allows you to re-use course content from other courses that you have previously taught in eClass. Learn to either import a full course copying all content and most settings, such as, resources, activities and course settings, including gradebook categories and grade calculations or learn to use selection criteria to bring across only specific resources or activities.

The imported course will not include student enrollment from the previous course or any content within those activities added by students/TA's/instructors. This means that forum posts, assignment submissions, wiki content etc, will not be included in the imported course.

Learn how to create and manage Turnitin Assignments via eClass. You will also learn how to interpret Turnitin-generated originality reports and grade Turnitin assignments using GradeMark. Best practices will be discussed at this session and the advantage of using this function. Advanced Options such as adding customized rubrics, and allowing PeerMark (a peer review tool) assessment will also be discussed upon interest.

Duration 1 hour

The Scheduler tool allows you to keep everything in the eClass environment by managing and recording appointments within the actual course web site. Learn how to create and configure the Scheduler tool to allow students to sign-up for appointments/individual consultations or other activities such as presentations. The Attendance tool allows instructors to take and grade attendance/participation of face-to-face classes. This is especially useful in the blended format (BLEN) where grades are assigned for attendance. This tool can be viewed by both students and instructors if that is your preference, so that students can see their participation progress.

Duration 1 hour

Many teaching assistants use eClass to provide support to the instructors of the course. Learn to use common tools from a TA perspective, not necessarily setting up eClass tools but focusing on how to use them to support student online activities such as course announcements within your tutorials, grading turn-it-in assignments and adding grades to the Moodle gradebook.

Duration 1 hour

Wikis can be a great tool for your students to understand as a part of their long term academic toolkit, and offer a great, interactive learning experience. Learn how to create this growing collaborative tool at this session. You can either build individual (seeing each student's progress over term) or collaborative wikis (seeing students' team quotient), depending on your needs.

You will learn how to administer the specific settings of each wiki, limiting rights and be able to "read" the history (participation) of each student's contribution.

Duration 1 hour

eLearning Services holds eClass Drop-in Virtual Support on Mondays 11 a.m., Wednesdays 12 noon and Fridays at 1 p.m. for the hour. LA&PS instructors/TA's can connect online to talk with our eLearning tech staff, for eClass questions, assistance and quick help items.   

A moderator will allow you access from the waiting room and then assign you to a breakout room. Depending on how many instructors/TA's join the meeting, you may have to wait to be admitted to the meeting and to be assigned to a breakout room. 

The drop-in support will be open for the hour and each support session lasts about 15 minutes. If you need more than 15 minutes of support, we off one-to-one appointments from 30 minutes to 1 hour to help with any complex eClass issues. 

eClass training is only held during our group training sessions, please also refer to our short eClass How to recordings at the bottom of this webpage. For online eClass instructions visit the online eClass Help Centre and make sure to also review the Introduction to eClass video recording.

Upcoming Sessions

Mon 29

eClass Drop-in Virtual Support

November 29 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dec 01

eClass Drop-in Virtual Support

December 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Dec 02

Introduction to eClass

December 2 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dec 03

eClass Drop-in Virtual Support

December 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Dec 06

eClass Drop-in Virtual Support

December 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm