Building a Quality I-Learn Course
An I-Learn course should be well-organized and easily navigable. The link below presents principles which promote the development of a quality course.
Building a Good Course Website
Step 1: Write Your Outcomes and Plan Your Curriculum
Write your desired course outcomes and add them to your I-Learn course.
Tutorial - How to add outcomes to an I-Learn course
Plan your overall course curriculum based on the desired outcomes.
Step 2: Choose a Course Plan Structure
Decide how you will organize the content. As described in the link above, "Building A Good Course Website," the overarching course structure should be chronological. Organize the content by days, weeks or units.
Step 3: Create Your Course Modules
An I-Learn course is structured using modules.
Tutorial - overview of course plan features
Create modules that reflect your decision in Step 2.
Tutorial - how to create a module
Step 4: Choose a Method for Organizing Content in Each Module
Devise a scheme for organizing the content which will be housed within each module. As you do so, keep in mind that students should be able to access all materials in three clicks or less. (For more information, visit the link above for "Building a good Course Website.") Create folders within your modules, as needed, to match your organizational strategy.
Tutorial - how to add folders
Step 5: Upload Files to I-Learn Resources or Equella
Files such as pictures, Word documents, PowerPoints and PDF documents can be uploaded to I-Learn Resources or Equella. PDF files are preferable where possible, since they do not require a download and are available for immediate viewing by the student.
Tutorial - how to upload files to I-Learn Resources
Equella is a database with files that can be shared all over campus or with the public. Some of the advantages of using Equella include:
- Large storage capacity
- Files and content can easily be shared
- Files and content are searchable by other users, if you choose to make them available
- Provides the option to apply appropriate copyright procedures
Tutorials - how to use Equella
For additional assistance with Equella, contact the Faculty Technology Center at 208-496-7230.
Step 6: Drag Files from Resources into Modules
Add content to your modules by dragging your files from I-Learn Resources into the modules or into folders contained in your modules. You can then open each file and apply your preferred settings, such as visibility.
Step 7: Create Other Content in I-Learn, as Needed
You can create content in I-Learn, such as assignments, assessments and discussion boards. Use the following tutorials, as needed, to help you.
NOTE: When adding gradable items, it is generally easiest to NOT set a due date in the item itself. It is faster to set due dates using the Schedule Tab. It is also possible to set them in a manner than does not allow your due dates to carry over to a future semester when you copy your section.
Set due dates using the Schedule Tab
Tutorials for adding gradable content:
- Add an assignment
- Add an assessment (online quiz or test)
- Add homework
- Add a discussion board
- Add a custom activity
Tutorials for adding resources (non-gradable content):
Step 8: Add Outcomes to Modules and Assessments
You can add your outcomes to modules and assessments, as described in the tutorials below.
Tutorials for adding outcomes:
- Add instructor profile
- Add a rubric
- Add peer review (video)
- Add peer review (text with images)
- Edit content items
- Password protect an assessment
- Post or reply in a discussion board
Upon completing this portion of the Faculty I-Learn Resource, it is recommended you proceed to the Course Calendar segment. You can access it from the I-Learn Faculty Resource Home.