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Instructor: Create a Class: Dosage Calc 360

CREATING A CLASS

 

DC360: Creating and Customizing a Class (Instructor) from F.A. Davis on Vimeo.

 

Once you have logged into Dosage Calc 360°, the Classes page will appear. Your active classes will be displayed on this page. You must create a class in order to track students’ progress.

 

STEP 1      Click the Add Class button.

Class Details

After clicking the Add Class button, the “Class Set-up” page will open.

 

STEP 2  Enter your class details.

Class Name

Enter the name of your course. This is a mandatory field.

Class Description

Include a description of the course for students. This field is optional.

 

Class Start and End Dates

Enter the start and end dates for the class by selecting the calendar icon. These are mandatory fields.

 

The Start Date is the date on which your class will become available to students. The End Date is the final day that students’ work will be accepted. Students will still have access to Dosage Calc 360° as a resource after a class ends (for the remainder of their 4-year subscription period).

 

Class End Time and Time Zone

By default, the class will end at 11:59 p.m. Eastern on the chosen End Date. However, you may choose to adjust the designated End Time and/or time zone.

 

Auto-Enroll

“Auto-Enroll Students” will be pre-selected so that your students are automatically enrolled in your class when they enter your Class ID (see section on Class ID). If you do not opt to Auto-Enroll, you will need to manually accept student requests (see section on Student Roster).

 

Independent Study

Check this box if you want students’ independent work (anything completed outside of a class) to be imported into your class upon enrollment. Work from other classes cannot be imported. Leave this un-checked if you want all students to begin with a “clean slate.” We recommend starting fresh.

 

Custom vs. Default Settings

You will be asked to choose whether you would like to customize your class settings (this is recommended) or stick with the default settings. Once you have made your selection, select Next Step.  

 

Please note you must select Next Step to save and advance to the next section of class creation.

 

 

*If you have opted to keep the default settings, please skip to the Class ID section of this guide.

 

 

Customize Content

Preview Content

Each DC 360 module contains multiple topics. To expand and view the topic level, click the “Details” button. To see the content for a topic, click Preview Content.

Module Assessments

At the end of each module will be a Module Assessment. Module Assessments typically contain approx. 15-20 questions. However, if you choose to turn off certain topics within a module, the Module Assessment will have fewer questions (see next section).

Remove Content

You have the option to choose which topic areas are included in your course. By default, all modules and their subtopics are included, but you may remove a module and/or topic by clicking the button in the Status column, turning it from “ON” to “OFF.”

You can turn an entire module off, OR turn off only certain topics within the module.

Reorder Content

To change the order of the modules to match your course, click and drag a module using the icon at the right of the page.

To save and continue, please select “Next Step” at the bottom of the page.

 

Schedule Content

Next, you will be asked to schedule the course content. The three options are outlined in this section. Please note you must select one of the following three scheduling options.

Set dates

If you choose to Set dates, you will be able to manually enter start and end dates for each module. This allows you to control the pacing of your course.

 

Click the calendar icon to adjust the date. The Start Date is the date on which students can begin working on the assignment (the start time is 12am). The End Date is the final day that students can submit the work to be considered on-time (the end time defaults to 11:59pm but can be changed, see below).

You can designate the End Time for all assignments at the bottom of the page. Work submitted after the designated end date/time will be marked Late in the Gradebook (see section on Late Work). The time zone here will match the time zone you chose in the initial class setup.

 

 

All assignments open for the duration

If you choose to Keep assignments open for duration of class, all modules will be open as of the class start date, and will remain open until the end of the course – i.e., if your course ends on 2/20/2020, all assignments are due on 2/20/2020.

“Tollgate” approach

If you choose to Use tollgate approach, this means that upon completion of a module, the next module in the course sequence will become available. In other words, a student cannot move on to Module #2 until Module #1 has been completed, and so on.

 

Once you’ve made your selection, please select “Next Step” at the bottom of the page to save and continue.

Grading Options

You have the option to choose grading rules for Practice and Assessment content in DC 360. “Recommended” rules are pre-selected, but can be customized.

The Three Approaches: Participation, Traditional, Points

After viewing the lesson content for each topic, students will complete Practice exercises. By default, Practice Content is graded for Participation. 

  1. The Participation approach is defined below:

Students will be awarded a participation grade based on the amount of work they have completed within the topic or assessment, regardless of their score. For example, if they have only finished half of the content by the due date, they receive a 50%. If they have completed all of the content by the due date, they receive 100%.
 

 

Once all practice exercises are completed for a module, students will take a Module Assessment. By default, Assessment Content is graded with the Traditional approach  (see also - Assessment Experience).

  1. The Traditional approach is defined below:

The traditional approach scores each component based on a total of 100 percentage points and reflects the percentage of questions the student has answered correctly.

 

The final option for Practice or Assessment Content is the Points approach.

  1. The Points approach is defined below:

Students will be awarded points based on the amount of work they have completed within a topic or assessment, regardless of their score. You will need to set the desired point value for the topic or assessment. For example, if each topic is worth five points, and a student completes 80% of the activity, they would receive four points for that topic.

Assessment Experience

Each module contains a Module Assessment to gauge students’ understanding of the topic areas. You may choose between two options for the Assessment Experience:

  1. Grade on best attempt:

With this model, students have unlimited attempts before the designated due date. The student’s best score on the Module Assessment will be recorded in your instructor Gradebook.

  1. Grade on first attempt:

With this model, the first attempt by the student is the score that will record to your instructor Gradebook. The student may only take the Module Assessment once, but can go back and review answers / rationales.

 

Please note that your grading rule selections for Assessment Content and Assessment Experience will also apply to Comprehensive Assessments if you create any (see next page).

 

Please also note that if you’ve selected the Participation approach or Points approach for Assessment Content, the student receives full credit in the Gradebook for completing the assessment, regardless of % score or # of attempts. Students will still see a visual representation (thumbs up/thumbs down) of how they are performing on the topics and assessments.

Comprehensive Assessments

In addition to the Module Assessments, you can include Comprehensive Assessments to evaluate students’ understanding of multiple content areas.  

To skip this step, select “I do not want to create a comprehensive assessment at this time.” The instructions below will show you how to create a comprehensive assessment.

  1. First, select the option to create a comprehensive assessment.
  2. Next, enter a name for your assessment. This is a mandatory field.
  3. Adjust the start/end dates and end time, if desired.
  4. You will then have the option to choose either 25 questions or 50 questions.

  1. Finally, you will have the option to turn “OFF” any topics you do not want included in the comprehensive assessment.

If you would like to create another assessment, select “Create Another Assessment” at the bottom of the page. Or, if you are finished, select “Next Step.” If you wish to stop creating your assessment you can select “Cancel.”

You can return to the Comprehensive Assessments tab at any time to create additional assignments, or to preview/edit existing ones.

To proceed to the Summary tab and complete class setup, (1) select “I do not want to create a comprehensive assessment at this time” then (2) click “Next Step.”

View Summary

The last step of class setup provides a Summary of all content you have chosen to include in the class. Please take a moment to note your Class ID.

Class ID

Each class created within DC 360 will have a unique Class ID. You must provide the unique Class ID to students in order for them to access the DC 360 class, take assignments, and submit their scores to your Gradebook. It is recommended to paste your Class ID into your syllabus, learning management system, or an email to students.

 

The Class ID will also remain on your Classes page for future reference, and will be sent to the e-mail address associated with your account.

Finalize the Class

In the Summary tab, you can make any changes to Module Content, Grading Rules, or Comprehensive Assessments by clicking the “Edit” buttons, which will direct you back to the appropriate tab.

To print the summary outline (e.g., to distribute to the class as a syllabus), click on the blue “Print Summary” button at the bottom. Complete the class creation process by clicking “Go to Dashboard” at the bottom of the page.

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