Managing learning activities in a busy classroom is a combination of setting clear task outlines, as well as tracking individual student needs and progress. The integrated Tasks module in Ultranet’s virtual classrooms allows teachers to create and publish homework activities, including the ability to monitor class engagement and status.
Dynamic task handouts.
We all know about the challenges of “winning the paper war”, but it’s not something that has to be handed down to your students. With the Tasks module, teachers are provided with a way to author and publish their activity instructions, guidelines and rubrics using a digital medium.
The built-in Page Editor essentially allows you to create a dynamic web-page as your task handout—so you are no longer restricted to black & white photocopies that blow your stationery budget and fail to engage students. Enrich your tasks with related full-colour imagery, hyperlinks to supporting material or websites, or embed dynamic content such as DLOs.
They say timing is everything, and this is particularly true when it comes to completing learning activities. The Tasks module helps teachers and students stay on top of time-management by providing smart visual indicators.
When a task is published, both teachers and students will see the progress bar indicating the time elapsed and how long before it is due.
As a teacher, when you publish an activity using the Tasks module, you can also call up a class list that displays their task progress using a colour-coded status. So with a glance, you’ll be able to see which students are on track and which ones may require guidance or a gentle reminder.
We know that strong communication between teachers and learners contributes towards effective learning, so the Tasks module includes the Messaging feature in Ultranet right within the module.
Students can utilise this feature to ask the teacher questions in relation to the task or send in drafts to be checked. Teachers can also contact specific students who may require guidance, message the whole class to provide additional material or offer a task extension (if you’re feeling generous)!
If your task involves a digital product as the outcome (e.g. a document, spreadsheet, photo or similar), then why have it submitted in hard-copy when an electronic submission is a better solution?
In the Tasks module, students have access to an electronic submission function, so multiple files can be handed in to the teacher as part of the completed activity. Teachers will see an indication of the files submitted on the class list, and can download these in bulk.
We even rename the submitted packages to include the student’s User ID and time-stamp of submission, so you can easily differentiate files from different students and record when the work was completed.