A teacher has responsibility for the materials in his/her own course. This quick start guide introduces Radix LMS's course management features to those with the Editing Teacher Role in a course.
Login & Navigation
Your Radix LMS site URL is different than your school website URL. Please ask your school to provide you with the URL you should be using to log in to your account on Radix LMS. This URL is also used to access your account via Radix LMS mobile app. Although Radix LMS works on all browsers, we highly recommended using Firefox and Chrome.
Once you are on the site, there are a couple of ways to login to Radix LMS. The first option is to use your username and password provided by your school. If your school allows you to use your email address as your username, you can do so as well. In this case, the username input box would have "Username / email" as a placeholder.
The other way to log in to the site is by using your email account. If this feature is turned on, you would see the corresponding buttons under "Log in using your account on." Login in with email account will only work if you have an official email from the school. Personal emails may not work with this feature.
An advantage of login in using your email account is to have easy access to your drives such as Google Drive or One Drive from within the Radix LMS. For example, you would have the ability to attach files from your drive to your assignments without leaving the Radix LMS site.
A course is a space on a Radix LMS site where teachers can add learning materials for their students. A teacher may have more than one course and a course may include more than one teacher and more than one group of students usually called "periods". By default, a regular teacher can't add a new course. See Scheduling for information on how courses may be created and students may be scheduled/enrolled in courses.
A course can display its materials in a number of ways or 'formats'. By default, courses in Radix LMS are in weekly sections format. You can show all the sections at once or just reveal one at a time. See Course settings for more information.
Course sections are named by the first and last date of each week and maybe renamed by turning on the editing and clicking the configuration icon next to the section name. Sections may also be moved by drag and drop and sections added or removed by clicking the + or - underneath the bottom section.
Parts of a course homepage
A default Radix LMS course page looks similar to the one below with standard weekly format.
- Navigation drawer: Normally visible on all pages, this drawer helps you find your way around the course and site. It will have the current page's navigation always on top. Course sections are visible once you are in an activity page. The navigation drawer can be hidden by clicking on the hamburger icon on the top banner.
- Quick menus: Dropdown menus where you can navigate through the site from any page. Related page menu added to the left once you landed on the page.
- Notification, messaging icons, and user menu.: Users can change their notification and other preferences via the user menu.
- Side blocks: Which blocks you see depend on what the administrator has selected and what you as teacher choose to add.
- Gear menu: Course administration settings. This is where you find the "turn editing on" link to edit anything on a course page. It is the same as the "Course" quick menu on the top banner.
- Welcome area: This is the section-0 of the course. The common practice is to use this area for announcements, syllabus, attendance, or similar resources needed throughout the course length. Background image of the welcome banner can be changed by going to "Edit settings" under "Course" drop-down menu and adding an image to "Course summary files"
- Course sections: Course sections are named by the first and last date of each week and maybe renamed by turning on the editing and clicking the configuration icon next to the section name.
Turn editing on
To add, edit or delete anything on the course page, you must turn the editing on. It is located under the course quick menu or the gear icon. Once the editing is turned on, it will always stay "on" unless it is turned off which can be done by clicking on the same link.
Edit a course section
To edit any course section, 1-Turn editing on, 2- Click the Edit menu next to the section/week you are editing. You can edit its description, change the title, or other settings. You can also hide the entire section/week from your students.
The welcome section, which is also the section "0" of the course, has a background image by default. This image is the course's image and accessible to anyone from outside of the course just like the course name and/or summary. This image can be changed by going into the course settings. Upload the image of your choice in jpg, gif, or png format into the "course summary files" box in the course settings page.
This will also change the course's thumbnail image on the teacher or student dashboards as seen below.
Activities and resources
To add an activity (assignment, SBA, forum, chat, blog, etc.) or a resource (documents, links, videos, etc) to your page, turn on the editing either from the gear menu or the course quick menu on top. Decide which week/section you want to add your activity and click "Add an activity or resource" button of that week to open the new activity chooser. Select an activity or resource then click the Add button, or simply double-click on the activity or resource name.
More information about types of activities and what they are used for can be found here: Activities & Resources
If desired, the activity chooser pop-up window may be disabled via "Course preferences" located on the User account-preferences page that can be accessed by clicking on your picture and then preferences. This will then display two separate resource and activity dropdown menus.
Drag&Drop files, folders or videos
Alternatively, certain resources and activities may be added using drag and drop with the editing turned on:
- To add a file, simply drag and drop it onto the course section where you'd like it to appear
- To add a folder of files, simply zip the folder then drag and drop it onto the course section where you'd like it to appear, answer 'Unzip files and create folder' to the popup dialogue, then click the upload button
- To add a video on your course page, simply drag and drop it onto the course section where you'd like it to appear, answer 'Add media to course page' on the popup dialogue, then click the upload button.
File or folder:
Using the text editor
The text editor (sometimes referred to as the 'HTML editor') has many icons to assist the user in entering content. Many of these icons and functions should be familiar to anyone who uses a word processor.
Some examples of where you will see the text editor include: Editing Section headings, description of an activity, writing an answer to a quiz question or editing the content of many blocks.
Text editor with expended rows shown above.
You can click on the top left icon to collapse and expand the icon rows. Move your mouse over each icon to see its name in the tooltip.
Editing elements on your course homepage
the pencil icon allows you to edit inline the title of the resource/activity
This icon groups the actions together for easier editing on smaller screens.
The move icon allows you to move items or sections by dragging and dropping.
The move here icon appears when moving a course element without Ajax. Click into the box to re-locate your item.
|The eye and arrow icon to hide past weeks and jump to the current week respectively.|
|By default, the past weeks are hidden with the exception of current and the week prior.|
The Sharing Cart is a block for duplicating course items into a personal library and an easy way to move those resources and activities between multiple courses you teach or administer. With just three clicks, the Sharing Cart copies and moves a single course item from one course to another. It copies without user data—similar to the “Import” function in Course Administration. In addition, items can be collected and saved on the Sharing Cart indefinitely, serving as a library of frequently used course items available for duplication. The Sharing Cart is viewable only by teachers, course creators, and administrators.
To see the items in your sharing cart, open up the block area of your course with the editing turned on. If the sharing cart is missing in your block area, contact your site admin.
- Turning On and Off: With editing on, the Sharing Cart block will always be available inside blocks in all the courses. If not, please contact your site admin.
- Copying to the Sharing Cart: You will notice a small "Copy to Sharing Cart" icon which appears for each resource or activity in the quick "edit" menu. Click on that icon to send a copy of that resource/activity into the Sharing Cart. User data will be removed, only the activity itself will be cloned.
- Copying from the Sharing Cart: Click the "Copy to course" icon in Sharing Cart, then you will see many dotted boxes appear in the center column. Choose the location you wish to place your item, and it will be copied there directly.
- Making folders inside the Sharing Cart: Click the "move" icon on a course content item and an input box will appear. Input the name of the target folder there. To move an item into a folder, click the "Move to folder" icon in the Sharing Cart, then a drop-down list appears, and select the target folder. If you click the “Edit” button, you will replace the drop-down list with an input box.
Student access report
Teachers can see their students' complete log history to the course. To access this course, go to your course, click on participants on the left side menu, and click on any student's name. This page is the student's profile page where you see his course details, last login activity, and reports.
Click on "All logs" link under "Reports" to access the student's daily activity chart and detailed activity report.
Teachers can also access the full course access logs via course reports: