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Instructor: Create a Class: Medical Language Lab
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Creating a Class


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After you have logged into Medical Language Lab, the Classes page will appear. Your active classes will be displayed on this page. You must create a class in order to track your students’ progress.


Click the Add Class button.


After Clicking the Add Class button, the Class Set-up page will open.





Class Details

Enter your class details.


Class Name

Enter the name of your course in the Class NAME field. This is a required field.



Class Description

Enter a description of your class for your students. This field is optional.


Class Start and End Dates

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


The Class Start Date is the first day on which your class will be available to your students. The Class End Date is the final day on which your students’ work will be accepted. After their class ends, students will still have access to Medical Language Lab as a resource for the remainder of their 3-year subscription period.


Class End Time and Time Zone

By default, your class will end at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on your designated End Date. However, you may adjust the End Time and/or the Time Zone. It will also be the ending time for your class on the End Date you have designated. Note: You can only select your time zone once.





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


Independent Study

Check the Include Independent Study box if you want students’ independent work (any work 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 Setting

You will be asked to choose whether you would like to customize your class settings or use 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.




Customize Content

Preview Content

Each Medical Language Lab module contains multiple topics. To expand and view the topics in each module, click the Details button. To see the content for a topic, click Preview Content.


Select Content

You have the option to customize your course by selecting the topic areas you wish to include or exclude. By default, all modules and their sub-topics are included, but you may remove a module and/or sub-topic by clicking the button in the Status column to turn an entire module or selected topics within a module from ON to OFF.


You can turn an entire module off OR turn off only selected 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 in the right column on the page.


To save and continue, 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 set the date. The Start Date is the date on which students can begin working on the assignment. (The start time is 12:00 a.m.) The End Date is the final day that students can submit their work for it to be considered on-time. (The end time default is 11:59 p.m. but can be changed. See below.)  End Date selections may reorder the content if they do not match the sequence on the Select Content page. (For example, assignments are shown to students based on which assignment is due next.)


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 the 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. (For example, if your course ends on 12/31/2021, all assignments are due on 12/31/2021.



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.



After you have made your selection, please select Next Step at the bottom to save and continue.



Grading Rules

You have several choices regarding how student work will show up in your gradebook in Medical Language Lab.

Each module (with the exception of Generation, which must be manually graded) has four grading options. 

Grade on first attempt

Students may only take the assessment once. Students scores will immediately be submitted.


Practice and Then Grade (Default)

Students will be able to attempt the assessment multiple times. When satisfied with their score, they will be able to submit it to the instructor.


No Grade (Practice Only)

Students will be able to attempt all activities and assessments as many times as they'd like (and see the correct answers) without submitting for grade.


Grade by Participation

Students will be given full credit for each and every exercise they attempt. Actual performance on the exercise can be found by viewing the exercise in the gradebook.





Pre-test & Post-test Assignments


You have the option to create pre-test and post-test assignments in Medical Language Lab.



To create a pre-test or post-test assignment, select I want to create a pre-test assignment(s).



Select a start date and an end date for the assignment.


You may choose to randomize questions or generate a study plan for your students after they complete the pre-test. The generated study plan will give students insight into their areas of strength and weakness by course topic, determined by the number of questions they got right in each course topic area.


You can select which modules to include or exclude in the pre-test or post-test by using the ON and OFF buttons to the left of each topic.

After you have made your selections, please select Next Step at the bottom to save and continue.






View Summary

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


Class ID

Each class created within Medical Language Lab will have a unique Class ID.


It is recommended that you paste your Class ID into your syllabus or learning management system or send it in an email to your 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 changes to Module Content, Grading Rules, or Pretest or Posttest Assignments by clicking the Edit buttons, which will direct you back to the appropriate tab.



To print the Summary Outline of your course (to distribute to the class as a syllabus, for example,) click on the 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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