Course Pages - User Instructions

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What should teachers do with their course page?

A course page is a public presentation of the education available at the University of Helsinki. Students must have access to all the information, material and equipment required to complete a course through the course page. Examination results or how to access them must also be announced on the course page.

You can easily access the link to your own course page on the My Teaching page at teacher.helsinki.fi. You can also conduct a search for courses (courses.helsinki.fi).

Log in to your course page using your University user ID and password. You can edit specific sections of your course page in the viewing mode, but to access a full range of editing functions, change to editing mode just below the login link in the top right corner of the course page.

Here are some tips on what to do with your course page:

Create a introduction and change the image

Example of a course introduction

The course introduction and image published on the course page are visible to everyone. You can use the course introduction to market your course to students and describe the content, implementation and goals of your teaching in more detail. This is also an excellent opportunity to present your course to an audience beyond the University of Helsinki. An interesting introduction and a relevant image increase interest in your course.

  1. Change to editing mode on your course page and go to Introduction.
  2. Write a succinct introduction to your course and, if necessary, add a separate introduction paragraph and a title.
  3. Replace the default image with an image that is suitable for the course. If necessary, you can crop the image and specify the author.
  4. Save and close.

Only fill in the Title field if the description needs a separate title. You do no need to repeat the course name in the title. You can just leave the field empty.

The length of the introduction is not restricted, but it is a good idea to keep the introduction relatively short. As a rule, a reader using a basic screen should be able to read the entire introduction without having to scroll down. The separate introduction paragraph is limited to 130 characters.

NB! If you add images to your course page, make sure you are entitled to use them in accordance with the Copyright Act!

Add a Moodle link and a login key

Your course page must always include a link to the course Moodle area if there is one and, if applicable, a course key. Here is how to add a Moodle link on a course page:

  1. Switch to editing mode on your course page and select Moodle.
  2. Add the link to the Moodle area and, if applicable, a course key, to the fields at the bottom of the page.
  3. Save and close.

The link you have added will appear as a graphic button on the course page. Students can easily access it through their My Studies page.

NB!

If your course does not have a Moodle area but you need one, you can easily create a Moodle area directly through the course page and retrieve a list of participants automatically from WebOodi. A Moodle link will then be automatically created on your course page, without you having to add one. For more detailed instructions and additional information, see your course page and the Moodle instructions.

Announce results or how to access them

One's own grade and the distribution of grades

Teachers must announce examination results well in advance before the next retake opportunity and no later than one month after the date of the examination. If you do not announce the examination results on the course page, you must specify how students can access the results on the course page.grades registered for Oodi course data are automatically displayed on the course page under Results, together with the distribution of grades. This means the teacher does not need to announce the results separately.

Only students, teachers and officials can view the grade distribution. The information is not displayed to other users. Students can check their own grade in the grade distribution list on the course page.  If necessary, the list is updated in accordance with further Oodi registrations. The grade distribution list is not displayed if it includes fewer than five grades.

How to add results to a course page in PDF format

If the results are not automatically announced on the basis of Oodi registrations, you can publish them on the course page in PDF format. The result lists shows the grades according to student number as well as the distribution of grades. If the examination has been graded by several examiners, the result list shall include the names of all of them and indicate which questions have been graded by each of the examiners.

You can add multiple result lists and files to your course page. The files will be automatically deleted after six months.

 

  1. Go to editing mode on your course page and select Results.
  2. Add an explanatory title to the list of results.
  3. Then transfer the results to the course page in PDF format.
  4. You can choose a different name for the results file under ”File name”. The name you enter will then be displayed on the course page instead of the default name.
  5. You can also add a short description of the results.
  6. Save and close.

How to announce the location of results on a course page

If the results are not announced on the course page automatically or in PDF format, you must specify how students can access the results on the course.

1.    Go to editing mode on your course page and select Results.
2.    Specify how students can access the results in the “Location of results” field.
3.    Save and close.

Publish and send a message

You can publish messages on the course page and, if you want, also email them to students. The students who have registered for the instruction event in Oodi will receive course updates – including any notices of new messages and materials – through the message clock on their My Studies page.

In the Messages section on your course page, you can submit public messages or messages visible to the course students only.

If you submit email messages, they are only sent to the students who have enrolled on the course. If more students enrol later, they can view your message on the course page.

If you want to enable students to answer your message, select “Add reply-to address” and enter your email address in the address field. If you do want to supply a reply-to address, the technical no-reply address of the site will be specified as the sender.

You cannot attach files to messages, but you can add a limited selection of materials for students who have enrolled on the course under Materials.

Share materials and links

Administration menu

Students must have access to all the information and materials needed to complete the course through the course page. You can add files and links and embed videos on the course page. If you have previously used Moodle only to share materials, you can opt to use the course page for that purpose instead. The course page includes the following sections:

Moodle: If you use Moodle in connection with a course, it is important to include a Moodle link on the course page. Please also add a login key, if necessary. NB! There is no point in copying information and materials from Moodle and adding them to the course page, too. You do not need to save information in two places!

Wiki: If your course includes a wiki, add a link under Wiki. The link will appear as a button on the course page, and students will have easy access to it through their My Studies page.

Interaction: This section allows you to add links to, for example, social media services or a discussion group relevant to the course.

Materials: You can add slide presentations and links to literature and other materials in this section. You can restrict access to the materials to students who have enrolled on the course.

Video: You can add video links or embed videos on the course page.

Assignments: Here, you can save course assignments in a convenient place for the students. The course page cannot be used to return assignments. If you want students to return their assignments electronically, use Moodle.

Feedback: Add the web address for the feedback form you use here.

Restrict access to information

The course page is public, but you can choose to have specific content displayed to the course participants only.

Moodle course key

The Moodle address button on the course page is visible for everyone, but the Moodle course key is only visible to the course participants.

Messages

When you want to submit a new message to the course students only, click on “Restricted to course participants” to activate the function.

Materials

If you want to restrict the visibility of any of the material you save on the course page, add the material as normal and the click “Visible to course participants only”.

You can view the list of materials to check which materials are public and which are only visible to course students.

NB! Do not share any confidential materials here because the files are accessible through a direct link. Only add materials that you own the rights to in accordance with the Copyright Act.

Who are the course participants?

Any restricted content on the course page is only visible to the students who have enrolled on the course in WebOodi and have a status of:

  • “actual registration” or
  • “verified”.

If the course registration in WebOodi includes prioritisation, the restricted content is only visible to the students whose registration has been verified.

The restricted course content is also visible to other teachers and officers registered for the instruction event in Oodi. Furthermore, the restricted content is also visible to anyone entitled to edit the instruction event in Oodi.

 

Support requests and additional information:

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