Q: How can I ask questions about Classroom?
A: OnCourse University is a great resource with videos and step-by-step written instructions. You'll also find a link to our online Community once you are there. You'll be able to post questions and read responses that others have received
Q: Do we have access to last year’s classes and assignments?
A: If you were using OnCourse Classroom last year, your assignments will be archived. All assignments are automatically archived at end of the school year under the Assignment Bank tab.
Q: While making assignments why can't we sent to multiple classes? But when I duplicate an assignment, I'm able to send it to multiple classes.
A: Assignments can only be distributed to multiple classes after the assignment is created and saved. To distribute to multiple classes or small groups, create the assignment and save to the Assignment Bank. Then, right-click on the assignment to copy to multiple classes or small groups.
Q: Can assignments be posted in different formats so that students have choices (for example, PDF worksheets and Flipgrid videos) and will they then be able to submit links to their work if done in Flipgrid?
A: Yes, assignments can be posted in different formats and students can attach a link to it too.
Q: What is Kami that many teachers are talking about?
A: It's a program that allows users to markup documents.
Q: If I have a page in a physical workbook that I want to put on OnCourse for my students, what is an easy way to upload it (scanning it, taking a picture on my phone, etc.)? Can students write on a photo of the workbook page that was uploaded?
A: The best quality document would be scanned and uploaded. Students could then work on it through Kami.
Q: Are assignments always sent in Kami or do we have to make that happen somehow?
A: Assignments can be attached in many different ways. The option to use Kami automatically appears when you attach a PDF or Word document. OnCourse partners with Kami, and you do not need the Kami browser extension to use it.
Q: Can we change Word documents to Kami documents (if we choose) in OnCourse?
A: Yes, when uploading a Word document you will have the choice of attaching it as a Kami or a Resource Only by clicking on the little carrot in the upper left corner. You could also attach a Word document, students could download, complete, and reupload it and then turn it in.
Q: Where is the audio feedback tool on the Kami editor for teachers?
A: It is found on the left side tool bar in Kami.
Q: Can you do a live session via OnCourse?
Q: Is there an acknowledgement when a student turns in an assignment other than checking on the assignment bar?
A: Yes, in the Notification Center you can see notifications. You also are able to receive emails. Please see the following resource for more information, including customizing how you are notified https://ocu.oncoursesystems.com/hc/en-us/articles/360042904474-Notification-Center.
Q: If you are in the middle of creating an assignment, do you have to click ""save"" or will it automatically save?
A: You have to save, it will not autosave.
Q: Is there a limit to the number of assignments for OnCourse?
Q: Can you edit an assignment after it is published?
Q: Can students access the OnCourse Kami integration when working in Google Docs or do they have to be provided an extension from the teacher?
A: The Kami workflow will automatically launch for students when a teacher attaches a document as a Kami workflow. When working in a Google document, a student may need the browser extension.
Q: What are the options for linking a Google document?
A: After you attach a document from Google, there will be a small carrot next to the Google icon. Click on that to view the options: Google Drive Workflow or Resource Only. Google Drive Workflow includes collaborative functionality, while Resource Only means that the document is only an attached resource.
Q: On the Google Slides do you have to make a copy for each student or will OnCourse do that for you?
A: OnCourse will do it for you. Each student will see their own document.
Q: If you attach a Google document in the assignment, will a student have to open it with Google and log in to complete it?
A: When a student clicks on the Google document it opens for them in Google and they shouldn't need to sign in again. It will also create folders for them for the class, etc.
Q: What Google documents can be attached to OnCourse assignments?
A: Most Google document types can be linked including Google Docs, Google Forms, and Google Slides.
Q: If a student presses "turn in" on the Google document, will it turn it in on OnCourse? Or do they need to press Turn In on the OnCourse assignment?
A: Clicking the Turn In button on OnCourse submits in the assignment in OnCourse.
Q: When a student uploads a document through Google Drive, do they have to hit “share” with the teacher before they click the Turn in button?
A: Yes, they should or otherwise the teacher will have to request access to the document.
Q: Can you make an assignment where students need to watch a video? Or go to Flipgrid and post a video?
A: The teacher can attach a video and the student can click on it to view it. You will not be able to tell if the student watched the video from the OnCourse platform. For Flipgrid, the teacher would post a link to Flipgrid in the assignment to make it easy for them to navigate to the correct place.
Q: Can students submit videos for assignments?
A: Yes, students can submit links or files, and if you select the video response template on an Assessment, students will be able to record their responses there.
Q: Can the Google Classroom be linked as a resource in OnCourse?
A: If there is a URL, yes.
Q: Does OnCourse have its own assessment creation tool?
Q: Can teachers record videos for their students to watch?
A: Yes, teachers can record videos and send them to students and students can do the same. There are some videos in OnCourse University that can show you how to do this.
Q: You said with quizzes you may choose to put the due date in the name. Why would you do that?
A: You might want to see the due date in the Grade book.
Q: Is there a way to lock the tabs on the assessment so students can't look up answers online?
A: There is a Lockdown Browser option. This is set up at the district level.
Q: What is the difference between an assignment and assessment?
A: Assignments are created and can include attachments, or an assessment, or both. In short, assessments are within an assignment.
Q: If you email the access codes, how to the students access the test with the hyperlink?
A: They go to the link provided and it will bring them directly into the assessment.
Q: I want the teachers to be able to record audio when typing the instructions in assessment and assignments. Can they do that?
A: Yes, this can be done. When creating an item, click on the Features button and choose a feature from within. Here you will find an audio and video player for the teacher to record.
Q: Is there a way to edit items from the bank? Point value, wording, etc?
A: Due to the item design process, the items are not able to be edited. This is to keep their rigor as designed. If you wanted to...you could recreate it though!
Q: Are there electronic manipulatives available for students to use in solving problems on your platform?
A: There are calculators, protractors, and rulers. There also may be some tools associated with individual items in the item bank.
Q: What is the difference between KDS-inspect and Fluence option?
A: The KDS-Inspect bank includes the Fluence items. If you see both options, the KDS bank should be your preferred bank.
Q: Do all the assignments just show up on the left in order of assigning? Or can you make folders for example, assignment, quizzes, homework etc.?
A: You can create folders in the Assignment Bank for assignments/quizzes/homework, etc.
Q: Can you add collaborators to the OnCourse Assessment that you create? Especially for a modified version?
A: Yes, you can share assignments (with assessments attached) in the Assignment Bank that other teachers can access if they are given permission to access.
Q: If you share access to your folder, can your colleague copy assignments to their own folders?
A: Yes, they can.
Q: Does “Write Not Delete” mean they can't change yours or create?
A: It means they can do everything but delete and give access to others.
Q: If you give permission to your main file it includes permission to everything under it automatically unless you choose to exclude?
A: No, you give permissions to folders within the top folder by copying to child folders and child files.
Q: Which access level do I want to choose if I want to allow a teacher to copy my assignment and use it in their classroom but not edit it in my file?
A: Read only.
Or allow them to copy and use my assignment and copy it ONLY on their end in their own classroom without it affecting my copy. Which sharing option is this?
Can more than one teacher receive students' work and provide feedback?only if they are linked to the section
Is there written instruction we can review with step by step instructions on how to copy a colleague's assignment and use it?
Feedback and Grading
Q: When can the student see your feedback?
A: When the assignment is returned.
Q: How do we determine which comments go to grade book or progress reports?
A: For comments to show on the progress report, they have to be added throughout the Grade Book.
Q: What does the arrow to the left of the comment mean?
A: It means that the assignment was returned to the selected student.
Q: If you give feedback and a grade and return to one student, are they able to resubmit for a new grade?
A: Yes, if a student resubmits their assignment, you are able to override an existing grade.
Q: Once you grade the assignment, do you need to save it before you close it or does it autosave
A: It auto saves.
Q: How do I pull the grade into the OnCourse Grade Book?
A: When creating an assignment, in the lower left corner there is an option to attach to Grade Book. Choose that option and indicate which marking period and category it belongs in.
Q: Can more than one teacher receive students' work and provide feedback?
A: Only if the teacher is also linked to the section.
Student Side (via OnCourse Connect)
Q: If you designate an assignment as no due date how/where does it show up for student?
A: The student will see the assignment in OnCourse Connect. It will not show a due date.
Q: How do you see the student's side?
A: Grade Book > My Grade Book > OnCourse Connect > Navigate to the student you want to see > Click on their name. This is available to teachers and administrators.
Q: Will students be able to see the Kami editing tools?
A: Yes, students will see the Kami editing tools if the assignment is attached as a Kami workflow.
Q: Are the students able to upload a PDF and use Kami?
A: Yes, if a student attaches a PDF to their assignment it will open in the Kami editor when the teacher opens the document.
Q: Parents have their own sign in? From there students can't do their work, they must be signed in as themselves. Is that correct?
A: Yes, parents have their own login. They see the assignments but aren’t able to complete them on behalf of the students. Students must sign in as themselves if they’d like to complete the assignement.
Q: Can parents see the returned assignments or is it just the student?
A: Students will see the assignment and grade. Parents ang guardians will only see the grade.
Q: Does OnCourse have videos for parents and students as an introduction on how to navigate Classroom?
A: Yes, there is a video in OnCourse Connect. They would log into OnCourse Connect, click on their name, and choose User Guide. It is only available in English at this time.
Set Up and Management
Q: is your class already set up in OncCourse or do you have to set it up like a class code in Google Classroom?
A: Your classes are set up for you through an integration with your Student Information System.
Q: I was told that the grading weights and categories should be set before I enter any assignments. How do I set up the weights or the points?
A: That is a feature in the Gradebook. Please see the videos in OnCourse University for more information
Q: Is there a mobile app?
A: Yes, a mobile app for students is coming soon!
Q: If I accidentally sent out an assignment and wanted to change the publishing date, how can I do so?
A: Reopen the assignment and change the date, but you can only change the due date, not the published-on date.