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
The following resources will assist you in learning best practices for using discussion boards to engage your students and enhance learning in your course:
- How to add GoPost to your course (UWNetID required) new
- Teaching with GoPost (UW Catalyst)
- Engaging Students in Discussions Online(UW CIDR)
- GoPost Teaching Guide (UW CIDR)
- Improving the use of discussion boards (Worcester Polytechnic Institute – found viaMERLOT)
- Mastering Online Discussion Board Facilitation (Edutopia)
- Generating and Facilitating Engaging and Effective Online Discussions (Univ. of Oregon)
1) Go to http://myuw.uw.edu (UWNetID login required)
2) Click on “Teaching” in the left-hand menu
3) On the Teaching Page, look for the “My Class Resources” section
4) Click on “Request class email list” and follow the prompts.
Step 1: Request a SSW CommonView Template
Submit your request for a template using this online form:
Once your template has been created, you will receive an email with instructions on how to log into your course template. You can then use the custom template to plug in content from your syllabus. PLEASE DO NOT ADD YOUR CLASS LIST OR OPEN YOUR TOOLS UNTIL YOU ARE READY TO SHARE THEM WITH YOUR STUDENTS (SEE STEPS 5 & 6).
Step 2: Update Your Course Home Page
Once you have logged into your new course template, update your course home page (labeled Course Home on the navigation menu). This is the first View (page) your students will see. It’s good to include summary information about the course, such as:
- course number and full title
- course meeting times/dates
- contact info for instructor and teaching assistant
- course description and objectives
- CSWE Competencies and Practice Behaviors the course addresses
Step 3: Plan and Create Your Site Structure (or use the existing structure in the SSW template)
A good and simple way to create your site’s structure is to split up your syllabus into different sections (i.e., Course Schedule, Assignments & Grading, Readings, Handouts, etc. – whatever makes the most sense for your course). Use these sections to create additional Views (and the navigation menu) for your site. Alternatively, you could just plug in your course content into the existing Views in the SSW template.
How to Create Additional Views (and Navigation Menu)
Click on “Add a New View” to create additional Views (pages) for your site. Each View’s name will be added to the navigation menu.
To add content to a View:
- Click on the View you would like to edit.
- Within the View, click on “Add Content” and select “Rich Text” from the pull-down list. Here, you can either start typing the text directly into the space provided or cut & paste from your Word document (warning: cutting and pasting from Word documents can be tricky when they contain lots of extra formatting – it’s best to keep formatting to a minimum). You can also add a file, a link, or any other things mentioned in the pull-down list.
- You can re-order the navigation menu by clicking on a View name and dragging it to the position you prefer on the menu.
- Keep View names short and to-the-point to conserve space on the menu and make it easier for your students to find specific items.
Add Interactive Tools (discussion boards, surveys, GradeBook, etc.)
See How to Add Interactive Tools for a description of the available tools and instructions on how to incorporate them into your course website.
Step 4: Preview Your Site
To see how your site will appear to your students, click on “Preview” (near the top of your site). You can then make any changes you see fit to optimize your site for your students.
Step 5: Open Your Course Tools
Once your site is ready to be shared with your students, you will need to open your course tools via your Account Page. See Open or Close a Tool Now for instructions.
Step 6: Restrict Your Course Tools to YOUR Students Only
See How to Restrict your Course to Your Students ONLY for instructions.
Step 7: Send Instructions to Your Students To Access the Course Website
- 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.
If you need course reserve materials scanned and uploaded for use in your Catalyst course website:
1) Fill out the Course Reserves Scanning Request Form: http://tinyurl.com/coursereservesform (hard copies are also available at the front desk of the Research Commons), and leave the completed form and your materials in the Course Reserves DropBox (front desk of the Research Commons).
Research Commons (RC) staff will be in touch via e-mail when your materials have been scanned and uploaded.