Thursday, November 29, 2012

Assignment showing the wrong total possible points

I am grading an assignment in Angel. When I go to assign points for the assignment, it is displaying the wrong points (100 points). What is happening and how can I fix it?

If the assignment is showing the wrong number of points, in this case 100 points. A possible option would be that it is not correctly linked to the particular assignment in gradebook. This is a dead giveaway if the assignment is showing 100 points, as 100 points is the default point total for any assignment by Angel.

To fix it, find the assignment and open up the settings. Click on the Assignment tab.  In the gradebook settings, click on the dropdown and select the item in the gradebook you wish the assignment to be associated with. If you do not see the assignment listed, you may need to create it in gradebook first.

Manual override of grades in gradebook

A student has taken an assessment, in the submission manager it shows the correct number of points but in the gradebook, it is showing the student received at 0? What is causing this?

A simple solution to this could be that manual override has been selected for this particular assignment. If you open the grade entry grid in gradebook and click on the item, it will open a pop-up that will allow you to type in the points for that assignment. In the upper right corner (see below).

If you click override calculated grade, it will allow you to put in a different grade than what was assigned to the assignment.  If at some point you had manually added a score and clicked override calculated grade, it would show whatever your manual score was, instead of the score angel assigned. Even if this grade changes in the future through Angel, it will always be overridden with the score if the Override calculated grade is checked.

Now if there is only one or two individuals who had their grades overridden you can manually go in, click on each student and unclick Override calculated grade. If there are quite a few students, it might be easier for you to go in, delete the assignment in gradebook (not the assignment in the lessons tab), and recreate the assignment in gradebook. Once the assignment is linked back up to the item in gradebook, it should auto-populate the assignment with the correct scores.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Angel Q&A - Sharing Objectives

Q: How can I copy and share course objectives between Angel sections?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Responding to Emails sent through Angel

Question / Issue: 
I received an email that a student sent through Angel and it was forwarded to my email. What is the correct way to ensure that the student gets the response?

The correct way to ensure that the student gets the response is to reply to the student in the same way that they sent you the initial message. If they send you the message from Angel you will need to log into Angel and send them the response back. Problems arise when click "reply" to reply to the question.  When Angel sends an email to you from the student, it inserts the student's Kirkwood email address as the sender. When you click reply it is sent to the student's Kirkwood email address which may or not may not be the student's primary email address (or one they check very frequently), and thus leading to the claims they have not been getting your responses to their questions.

Adding an internal / content link

How do I add a link to another page within my Angel course?

To do this you are going to need to add a content link.  Go to the page you want the link to be on, choose settings and select the text you want to make into a link. If you are editing a link, clicking anywhere on the link will be fine.  In the tools, select the content link button ( it looks like a folder with a link on it. See image below).

click on the folder with a link on it to add a content link.

In the window that appears you will want to click on the Map tab. This will allow you to browse through your course, much like you would see using the tabs. In this example I am going to link to another lesson, so opening / clicking on Lessons displays all the items I have on my Lessons tab. If the items were divided up into more folders, I could dive deeper into the course by opening up those folders. Find the item you want to link to and click on it.

 You should now have an internal / content link in your document.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Angel Q&A - KirkwoodLMS Blog

Highlighting some new additions to the blog and course requesting availability.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Syllabus not showing up after upload.

I uploaded my syllabus into Angel on the syllabus tab, but students are still unable to see it. What went wrong?

The solution here is fairly simple. Once you have uploaded the syllabus on the syllabus tab, you will still need to tell angel which syllabus you want to use. Go back to the syllabus page, and you will see the dropdown. If you have uploaded your syllabus correctly, it will be listed on the drop down. Select your syllabus. Then click the "Save Syllabus" button. Your syllabus should now show correctly for students.