ANGEL Guide & What's New
Look for a tiny tab with four vertical dots right next to the Home
icon to the left of your screen. This is the Guide
and provides another way to navigate course content. It will show
the same list of course items that you would see under the Content
tab, but will remain visible while you click through links. Many
people prefer navigating a course this way instead.
After you click the Guide button, click the "What's New"
button the bottom of that window. You will now see all the new
"stuff" that has been posted, submitted, or e-mailed since your
last login. This way you don't have to go into each and every
discussion forum to see "what's new."
Keep this tool tucked in your toolbelt to use when you teach online
to see what your students have e-mailed, posted, and
submitted--will save you a lot of time! This Guide button toggles,
so if you don't want to see it anymore, just click on it again to
hide that window.
ANGEL HTML editor
Another ANGEL tip is the HTML editor
. You don't need to know
HTML to use this! Anywhere you compose a discussion posting or
e-mail, you can click on the HTML Editor link. This will bring up a
window with all kinds of editing buttons. You can use the text
features of bold, italic, etc., add links, images... Insert Math,
Insert Formula, and Insert Greek, as well as Superscript and
If you use Microsoft Word to compose a message to copy/paste into
an e-mail or a discussion forum posting, open the HTML editor
first, then paste your text from Word. The HTML editor allows ANGEL
to maintain most of the formatting carried over from Word.
ANGEL Response Rubric
Chances are if you will be teaching the same course year after year
you will be repeating the same themes of feedback. To save yourself
time, you may want to create a Response Rubric
in Word that
catalogs your responses to students into categories. That way, you
do not have to start from scratch each time, just copy & paste
and tailor the appropriate response to the individual.
You may want to copy the page of announcements in your course to a
Word doc for the same reason. If you do, be sure to set the dates
to hide the messages until you are ready to use them. This is also
a good way to see what you've said to see if there are
revisions/tweaks needed to the course.
The WhoDunIt agent allows you to keep your finger on the pulse of
your course and provides an easy way to reach out to groups of
students who have or have not completed various tasks in the
course. Consider sending mail to those users. The WhoDunIt is found
on the Reports tab.
Educause 7 Things You Should Know About...
The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative's (ELI's) 7 Things You Should Know
About... series provides concise information on emerging learning
technologies and related practices. Each brief focuses on a single
technology or practice and describes:
- What it is
- How it works
- Where it is going
- Why it matters to teaching and learning
2009 technology reports include: Personal Learning Environments,
Live Question Tool, Location Aware Applications, QR Codes, and
Alternate Reality Games.