The Assignments tool enables students to submit assignments online, eliminating the need to mail, fax, or email assignments. Students upload their assignments to the appropriate Assignment folder. This tool also helps you track when assignments are submitted.
A Checklist is a way to highlight important or required assignments, readings or other items to complete. A Checklist may list all the items which need to be completed immediately or may have items appear sequentially once other items are completed.
The Resources tool enables you to create, edit, organise and delete modules and topics in your unit.
You can set up a grade book that reflects your approach to evaluation. You control the grading formula used to calculate grades; what projects, assignments and tests are graded; how grade items are associated with other tools; when grades are released to users and what information they see.
The News tool enables you to communicate updates, changes and new information to your students quickly and effectively. Unit based News items appear in the News widget on the Home page. Since this is the first page that the users often see when they access their unit sites, it is a good way to display pertinent information.
The Quizzes tool is used to create, categorise, store, manage, publish and grade questions you set for your students to respond to either as reinforcement of learning or as formal assessment tasks.
Self assessments allow you to create non-assessable quizzes with automated feedback which students can access in order to reinforce their learning.
The Surveys tool creates surveys which allow you to monitor unit trends and opinions and assess student satisfaction.
Bb Collaborate enables teaching staff to communicate synchronously with students online. Bb Collaborate allows you to talk online in real time; chat via text online; share applications, give presentations and most importantly the ability to record session. Recording allows students to access the session if they weren’t present or if they would like to hear it again.
EchoSystem offers the ability to capture and record classes and allow playback in various formats including streamed files, downloads and podcasts. In addition, EchoSystem affords a more media-rich interface, with new functionality like scenes/chapters, search, context sensitive help and good feedback mechanisms.
The Echo interface offers students two alternate views:
Teaching staff will be able to manage their recordings via the EchoCentre; a playlist of class and supplemental recordings for each unit. Integrated with CloudDeakin EchoCenter makes it easy to navigate, identify and launch multimedia unit resources, track recording usage and preview online student discussions and questions.