Each day for the next two weeks, we are posting a blog entry with some brief tips for lecturers, with links to further information including video guides or web-based resources.
Today we remind lecturers of the ‘Student Preview’ feature of Weblearn, which can be enabled by clicking on the icon at the top-right area of the Weblearn Page, and show how browser tools can also emulate the student view of Weblearn.
Weblearn appears differently to staff and students. You will appreciate this if you are a lecturer who has published some timely content or prompt feedback on Weblearn, only for students to report that they can’t find it.
However, there are a couple of ways in which you can verify that your Weblearn Module is appearing to students as desired, and that content can be accessed.
The first tool that allows you to step into students’ shoes is the ‘Student Preview’ feature.
When you enter Student Preview, Weblearn creates a temporary student persona for you. This persona can be used to check the visibility of items, but your student alter-ego can also submit Weblearn assignments; make journal entries; and take tests.
You can elect to retain all of this submission data when you exit Student Preview, allowing you to rehearse the grading process, and ultimately anticipate how feedback will appear to students. Student Preview can be used in class if you’d like to illustrate how to navigate to specific Weblearn content or to walk students through the online submission procedure.
There are one or two things that you cannot do in Student Preview: you cannot submit a Turnitin Assignment; and you cannot hop between modules. In addition, you cannot preview some of the selectively released materials which may be dependent on membership of groups. However, Student Preview goes a long way to providing lecturers with an insight into the view for a typical student.
Chrome Developer: Device Preview
Typically, Weblearn content is uploaded and managed via a browser on a desktop or laptop computer. However, students may frequently access Weblearn via a smartphone or tablet, in which case the experience is quite different.
It is possible to emulate the student experience from your computer by using the developer tools built in to the web browser. In Chrome, it is possible to present the Weblearn Module or Organisation as if it is being displayed on a mobile device.