Please remember to OPEN your Catalyst tool/course once you are ready for your students to see it. You need to do this before you announce its availability to your students. When we create new templates or copy any of your previous Catalyst tools for you, they are closed by default. We do not open these for you since you have to edit them and get them ready before students can view them.
How do you know that your Catalyst tool is closed? There are two ways.
- In the Catalyst dashboard, you can sort by the Availability column and it will show you all the tools that are closed and open
- At the top of your tool where the heading/title is, you should see grayed out letters (Closed).
How to OPEN your Catalyst tool:
- Login to Catalyst and go to the dashboard.
- Find your course/tool from the list – make sure it’s the correct one since old tools may be closed
- Click on “Actions” and select “Open Now”. Now it should say “Open” next to the Actions pull-down menu
Catalyst Website: Open or Close a Tool Now
HOW TO MOVE FILES FROM ONE COURSE TO ANOTHER
- From your old CommonView course, download the files to your computer and remember where you save them (click on “Download” link next to the filename”)
- Upload the files to your new CommonView course in the desired location
- Create the view (left menu) if it does not already exist
- Open the View
- Add the files by selecting Add Content > Files >
HOW TO DELETE A VIEW (left menu item)
- Click on the view name
- On the right side, you should see the name of the view — next to it are 3 icons: a pencil/pen, bunny rabbit in a hat, and an X.
- Click on the X. This will delete the view.
HOW TO INSERT ONLINE READINGS
- Open the view where you want the online reading to appear
- Click on ADD CONTENT and then select LINK (with chain icon)
- Paste in the URL and add the description
HOW TO MOVE ITEMS AROUND THE BODY
- Mouse over the item you wish to move
- You should see four icons appear and the last one is a DOUBLE ARROW — mouse over it and your mouse changes.
- With your mouse, drag the item up or down and position it in the desired place.
HOW TO COPY TEXT FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER
- Go to the text you want to copy
- Mouse over the content and click on EDIT
- Highlight the text you want to copy
- Hit CTRL-C on your keyboard (or right-click with your mouse and select COPY)
- Go to the location where you to paste
- Repeat #2 and go to the location where you want to paste
- HIT CTRL-V on your keyboard to paste (or right-click with your mouse and select PASTE)
HOW TO ADD ANOTHER CATALYST TOOL
- Go to the view where you want to add the tool
- Click on Add Content > Catalyst Tools
- Click on the name of the Catalyst tool
- Select the tool you created from the list — the one you selected should turn yellow (you must select one tool at a time)
- Hit SAVE in the upper right corner of the outline box
When you are ready to make your course website available to your students, it’s highly recommended that you add the course website to MyUW so students can access the course website from their MyUW account.
How to add your course website link to MyUW
- Go to myuw.uw.edu and log in with your personal UW Net ID.
- Click on Teaching in the left-hand navigation menu.
- Under My Class Resources, locate the specific class you are working with.
- If the class information is not showing below the class title, click the icon next to the title to manage the class details.
- If your class is in a future quarter, click on the large drop-down button with the current quarter/year displayed and select the future quarter.
- Click the “Add” link after “Class Website:” and follow the directions to add the URL of the class website.
Instructions adapted from the iSchool.
School of Social Work Faculty,
As the end of the quarter nears, we wanted to make sure you are aware of resources available to assist you with submitting grades online via Catalyst Tools.
This 4-minute video from the UW Registrar’s Office walks you through the online grade submission process.
To see the steps outlined in an easy-to-follow bulleted list, see Submit Your Grades Online in 3 Easy Steps (PDF).
Social Work Course Support Help Desk: To ask a question or request in-person support or training for Catalyst Tools, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Heather Larson at email@example.com (Hours: 9:15–1:15 M-F)
UW Catalyst Help Center (Odegaard Library): Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206–897-1999.
Learning & Scholarly Technologies and the Office of the Registrar will soon be releasing a new tool available via MyUW for online grade submission.
This news is particularly applicable to faculty who don’t use Catalyst’s existing GradeBook tool to track individual assignments, exams, etc. People who are comfortable with and already using GradeBook can continue to do so.
What exactly is this new tool?
Building on the same technology found in Catalyst GradeBook, the new grade submission tool allows faculty who don’t use GradeBook to submit final grades online by going straight to the grade submission form from the “My Class Resources” section in MyUW.
Using the new tool, faculty will be able to:
- View all the courses that are available to grade
- See how many grades have been submitted and how many are left to submit
- Review grades before submission
- View confirmation of submitted grades
- View grades submitted online for current quarter and previous quarters
More information regarding this change will be sent to all faculty and department grading contacts during Spring and Summer quarters, and training will be available for those who seek additional information or support.
See New Online Grade Submission Tool Coming Soon for more information.
screenshot of sample GoPost discussion board
If you are an instructor wanting to engage your students using an online discussion board (GoPost if you’re using Catalyst Tools), you may have questions about benefits and best practices.
The benefits of using an online discussion board for your class are numerous. Some key advantages include:
- Builds connections and class community by promoting discussion on course topics and more informal discussion
- Contributes to the development of cognitive, critical thinking, and writing skills
- Allows time for thoughtful, in-depth reflection on course topics. Much like traditional writing exercises, students have more time to think about, research, and compose their thoughts before contributing to the discussion.
- Facilitates exploratory learning by allowing students to review and respond to the work of others and approach learning in diverse ways
- Empowers students to express themselves. For students with different learning styles, an online discussion board can be a venue where they feel more comfortable contributing to group discussions. With positive reinforcement from interactions on the discussion board, an increase in in-class participation may also occur.
Tip #1: Use a naming convention for all of your tools.
Always give your Catalyst Tool a clear, detailed name. We suggest including your Course #, Quarter and Year (if you’re using them for a class). This will help you find the tool quicker without having to sleuth out its contents.
Here’s an example that demonstrates the importance of using a naming convention:
Dr. Brown creates a GradeBook to submit grades for his SOC W 999 course for Spring 2011. He names the Gradebook, SOCW999. At the end of the quarter, he logs into his Catalyst Account to access the GradeBook to publish and submit grades. He finds 3 GradeBook tools named: SOC W 999, SOCW999 2010 and SW999 Winter. He has been teaching SOC W 999 for 3 quarters now and can’t remember which name he used for the Spring 2011 quarter. He has to manually open each GradeBook tool to see if it’s the one he needs.
Dr. Brown decides that he will use the following naming convention when creating any tools for his courses:
Course #, Instructor Name, Quarter Year
He renames his Spring 2011 GradeBook: SOCW999, Dr. Brown, Spring 2011 and is quickly able to find it on his Account Page after filtering for GradeBook tools and submit his grades for the class.