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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:

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:

Other Tutorials

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.

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