Student View

As you are setting up your course, or even if the course is already set-up, the “Student View” is your best friend. Use it to simulate how a student will experience your course. You should notice that the greyed-out modules on the course menu will no longer be visible. This is how your students see the course. Click on Home and see:
Student View button

 

Publish, Publish, Publish

In Quercus, there are three levels of published status. By default, your course is unpublished — you will need to publish it before your students can access it. To publish the course, visit your course “home” tab and click “Publish”:
Course Published Status button

Each module is initially unpublished upon creation. Students will not see the module, or its contents if the module is unpublished. Click the unpublished icon to toggle its status. Within each module, all items may be published or unpublished. Students will not see unpublished content. Click the unpublished icon to toggle each items’ status:
Unpublished: Unpublished Content button         Published: Published Content button

 

Grading & Submitting to e-Marks

Grading in Quercus requires some explanation. You’re best to sign-up for a 1:1 and we’ll walk you through it. One of the major differences from Blackboard is everything is an assignment — to get a gradebook column for participation or final exam, you’ll need to create an assignment. Quercus supports some advanced grading schemes, but for most set-ups you should be OK with the basic tip-sheet on setting up weighted grades.

IMPORTANTLY: If you are going to submit Quercus marks to e-Mark, be sure that your gradebook is properly set-up. Contact the Ed Tech team any time at quercus@utsc.utoronto.ca to get 1:1 assistance. Refer to Submitting Grades to e-Marks for more info.

 

Letter Grades

Some problems have been identified in Quercus as it relates to use of letter grades. If you are grading with letter grades (as opposed to points or percentage), be sure to refer to: Letter Grades in Quercus.

 

Roles

For a detailed breakdown of available roles (Teacher, TA, etc.), please visit Course Roles and Permissions.

 

Course Life-Cycle

There are important changes to the how courses are created and maintained in the system. Courses remain accessible to students in a read-only state after the course finishes. For full details, please refer to Course Life Cycle.

 

Library Resources

For more information about adding readings to your course, please refer to: Course Reserves – Request readings