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About TITANium

 
Question: What is TITANium?
A:  TITANium based on Moodle, an open source Learning Management System.  It is a customizable "dashboard" page that provides users with links to their courses and activities within them, such as unread forum posts and upcoming assignments. TITANium is also a place to manage profile settings and private files.  
Question: How do I customize TITANium?
A:  To customize TITANium page, click Customise this page in the top right corner. You can then choose blocks to add from the Add a block drop-down menu.  When you are finished, click Stop customising this page.  
Question: How can I change the order of courses on TITANium?
A:   At this time, it is not possible to change the order of courses on TITANium.  Courses that are available to students are listed first, followed by courses not available to students.  Within each of those categories, courses are organized chronologically or/and alphabetically.  
Question: How can I prevent changes to the order of my courses on TITANium courses?
A:  Please see question above.

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Accessing TITANium

Question: How do I access my TITANium courses?
A: Faculty, staff, and students all access their TITANium courses by logging into their Fullerton portal and clicking on the TITANium tab. The new window will include two links.  Click on the link to TITANium Courses.  The new window, TITANium, includes access to your most recent courses, your profile, and private files.
Question: When will my new courses show up on TITANium?
A: The IT staff will loads new courses into TITANium approximately two months before the spring, intersession, and summer semesters and approximately three months before the fall semester.
Question: Why is a course I am teaching not listed on TITANium?
A: If a course is not listed on TITANium, either your department chair has not entered you in CMS as the course instructor, or it is within the 24-hour period following the entry in CMS.  
Question: How long does it take between being assigned a course by my department and having it show up on TITANium?
A:  After your department chair has assigned you in the CMS system as the instructor, it takes about 24-48 hours for your course to show up on TITANium.  
Question: What is the difference between TITANium Courses and TITANium Communities
A: TITANium Courses are university courses.  Courses are housed on a separate server from TITANium Communities, which include all of the university communities and also FDC training materials. Communities can include faculty, staff, and students.
Question:  How do I make my course available?
A:  To make your course available, go to the Settings block and click on Edit Settings. Scroll down to Availability and select "This course is available to students." from the drop-down menu. Click on Save changes.  


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Customizing Your Profile

 
Question: What is a TITANium user profile?
A: Every user in TITANium has their own unique user account and this account has a profile associated with it. The TITANium user profile shows you all of the TITANium areas you have access to and also allows you to display certain information to other students and staff within TITANium.  Some of the information in your profile (your name and email address) is added automatically from other Fullerton systems and you cannot change this.  Other information, such as your interests and personal contact information like a web page can be edited yourself. The TITANium profile also allows you to create blog entries which are visible to other users.  
Question: How do I add an image to my profile?
A: Find an image which is square, for example, 100 px x 100 px.  If the image is not square TITANium will automatically crop it and the top of your head may be cut off. Once you have decided on the image you wish to add to your profile:
  1. Go to the Settings block.
  2. Click My profile settings.
  3. Click Edit profile.
  4. Locate the User picture section.
  5. Click Choose a file.  The File picker will display.
  6. Click Upload a File.
  7. Browse to your picture file and select it.
  8. Enter your name in the Save As box.
  9. Click Upload this file.
Question: Do I have to edit my profile for each course I teach?
A:   No, you do not need to edit your profile for each course.  Your TITANium Courses profile is visible in all of your courses.  You will also need to set up your profile on TITANium Communities.  
Question: How do I edit my messaging settings in my profile?
A: In the Settings block, click My Profile > Messaging.  A page displays allowing users to select their preferred method of receiving messages within TITANium for eight categories, e .g. Subscribed forum posts and Personal Messages between users.  Choices are by Email (current default) or by Popup notification.  When Popup notification is chosen, messages popup on the screen (lower-right corner) when a user is logged in to TITANium.  Check/uncheck boxes to select/deselect the choice.  Users can opt to receive messages by both methods concurrently.   

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Moving Contents Between Courses

 
Question: How do I import materials from another TITANium course?
A:  Information on importing materials from one course to another is provided at How to Import Content from a TITANium Course.  See also How to Make a Complete Copy of a Course Using Backup and Restore in TITANium Course.  
Question: How do I request a course merge?
A:   All course merge requests should be sent to lmsadmin@fullerton.edu.  In your email list all the courses that you would like merged into a single course site. Please provide the following information for each course: Course Name, Number, & Section, 5-digit Schedule Number & Semester. For security purposes, all requests must be sent from your CSUF email account. A course merge combines the course rosters from two or more courses into one course.
Course Copy/Backup  
Question: How do I backup or restore course?
Question: When I imported my course, all the items were moved into one section or I have orphaned activities.  How do I prevent or fix that?
A: Change the setting in the Destination course to match the number of topics/weeks in the Source course.

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Viewing/Enrolling Users

Question: How do I enroll a user in my course?
A:  
  1. From the Settings block, click on Course Administration, Users, and then Enrolled users.
  2. In the new window, click on Enroll users (at the top right corner).
  3.  In the new pop-up window, select the user role form the Assign Roles dropdown menu, e.g. Student.
  4. Use the Search box at the bottom of the Enroll users box.  Type the individual's name (first, last, or combination) or email. 
  5. Press Enter. A list of names will appear. Identify the correct student.
  6. Be sure to select the user role before clicking Enroll. 
  7. Repeat steps d-f to add additional students.
  8. Finally click on Finish enrolling users, the system will update and you will see your new users in the list. Be sure that they have an identified role.  You will note that there are over 100,000 users, so be sure to provide specific information (i.e., combination of first and last name) to improve your chances of finding the user you want.
Question: How do I add a role for a specific user?
A: There are two ways to add a role for a specific user.  The drop-down menu at the top of the Enroll users box allows you to assign roles prior to enrolling users. Alternatively, you may add a role to any user from the Enrolled users menu by clicking the plus sign located in the Roles column to the right of the user’s name.  
Question: How do I delete a user from my course?
A:   We do not recommend that you delete users from your courses, as this also deletes all of their data, including grades and activity logs.  Instead, we recommend that you remove the “student role” from the user which removes their access to all assignments while preserving their records.  To delete a user, click Users > Enrolled Users.  Locate the user, then click the X adjacent to the role Student.   For further information on how to delete a user, see How Do I Unenroll a User? (OASIS Tutorial)  
Question: : How do I view student activity logs?
A: To view a student's activity log, do the following:    Under the Navigation block, click on:  My Courses > SPECIFIC COURSE Name > Reports > Logs.  You will then see a new window where you can choose the student's name and the dates you want to see the log for. Click Get these logs.   The log will reveal the student’s actions (view, post, etc.) along with the date and time.  

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Setting Up Your Course

Question: What do the icons mean?
A: There are seven editing tools, including move, indent, edit (also referred to as update or configuration), duplicate, delete, hide, and roles. 
  • Move – To move an item, click and drag the crossbar to the new location. Look for a thin gray line to show you where the item will be positioned.
  • Indent – To move an item to the left or right, click on the left and right arrows.
  • Edit/Update/Configuration – To edit an item, click on the icon.  A new window will open that allows you to edit the text and add multimedia.
  • Duplicate  - To duplicate an item of any kind, click on the x2 icon.  After duplicating the item, you will be invited to edit the newly duplicated item. 
  • Delete – To delete an item, click X. 
  • Hide – To hide an item from your students, click the eye so that it is closed.  You will still be able to see and edit the item.
  • Roles – To change the default role settings for an assignment or activity, click on this icon.
 
Question: How do I make my course available?
A:  To make your course available, go to the Settings block and click on Edit Settings. Scroll down to Availability and select "This course is available to students." from the drop-down menu. Click on Save changes.  
Question: Is it better to use weeks or topics to organize my course?
A:  It is a personal preference whether to use weeks or topics to organize a course.  Whether you choose weeks or topics, you will need to decide on the number of weeks/topics.  If you find you need more or less sections, you can always go back and change any of these decisions.
adjust this setting, click on edit settings in the Settings Block and choose Weekly Format or Topics Format from the format drop-down menu.
  • WEEKS:   If you choose weeks, section headings will be automatically generated in a seven-day format:   30 January - 5 February.   However, you may always uncheck the “default” box to put in your own heading.  If you choose weeks, be sure to put in the correct course start date.
  • TOPICS: If you choose topics, you will need to add your own section headings.
Question: How do I change the background theme of my course?
A: To adjust the background theme, click on edit settings in the Settings Block and select a theme from the Force Theme drop-down menu. NOTE: DONOT use the "Mymobile" theme.  
Question: How do I create a course banner?
A:  Creating a course banner must be done outside of TITANium.  We recommend Flaming Text, a free banner and logo online tool.  Once you have created a banner, you will upload and edit your banner just like an image.  For directions on how to use images, see Q66. How do I add a picture to the main TITANium page?  
Question: How do I change the view in a TITANium course to show all topics or just one?
A:   In the top right corner of any topic is a small white box.  Hover your mouse over the box and you will see pop-up text that reads "Show only topic X."  If you click on this box, you will truly see only topic x, and the small white box becomes two small rectangular boxes.  In addition, down at the bottom of the topic, you will see a new drop-down menu that allows you to "Jump to" other topics.  You might prefer this view because it will reduce scrolling when we are in later slices.  If not, click on the rectangular boxes icon and it will again show all topics.  
Question: How do I duplicate a resource in my course?
A:  To duplicate a resource on the main page of your course, look for the x2 icon in the set of editing options.  Click on this icon to make a duplicate of the item. Once saved, you will have the option of editing and relocating your duplicated item.

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Communication Tools

Question: What are the different ways to communicate with students?
A:  There are many ways to communicate with students. The News forum functions as an announcement tool.  When you post a new item, it is emailed to all students in 30 minutes. You may communicate with individual students through the Messages resource OR through a new tool recently added called "Quick Mail"  Finally, using Calendar/Upcoming Events will also allow you to communicate with all students indirectly.  
Question: How do I send announcements through TITANium?
A: Click News Forum > Add a new topic.  Complete Subject and Message boxes.  Click Post to Forum button.  Announcements are automatically emailed to all students 30 minutes after posting to course.  To send the announcement immediately, check Mail Now. Additional options:   (1) Add Attachment.  This creates a link in the email to the “attached document.”  This option is NOT recommended as the link will not work if the student is NOT logged in to TITANium at the time they click it. (2) Display period. The Announcement will post at 12: 01 (1 minute after Midnight) on the selected date. An email will be sent. The date displayed will be the date the post was created NOT the Display start date.  
Question: How do I email individual/groups of students through TITANium?
A: Follow these steps to send an email:
  • Click the Participants link located in the Navigation block under the course name.  The course roster will display.
  • If the course is larger than 20 students, click the View all students link at the bottom of the page to display the entire roster on one screen.
  • To alphabetize the list by last name for easier student selection, click Surname (located at the top of the page).
  • For each student you wish to email, check the Select box on the right side of the page.  Alternatively, to select all students, click Select all (located at the bottom of the page.)
  • At the bottom of the page, click the Choose dropdown menu and select Send a message.
  • Complete the Message body box.  The subject line is automatic and not displayed.  It will read New message from (your name).
  • Double-check the Currently selected users list at the bottom of the page.
  • Click Preview.
  • Click Update to edit OR Send message.
Question: When I want to email a student, I have to search for the Participants link because it is so tiny.
A:  To make the Participants link easy to locate, add the People block. 
  • Click Turn editing on
  • From the Add a block dropdown menu (located in the lower right side), choose People. The block will be added to the lower right side of the screen.
  • To relocate the block to a more visible location, e.g. upper left or right, click the move icon (located to the right of the delete (X) icon). Dashed boxes will appear throughout the course page, indicating all the possible locations for the block.  Click the area where you wish to relocate the block.
Question: How do I send attachments to students? 
A: Sending attachments to students through TITANium is not recommended.  News Forum/Announcements permit attachments but this is NOT recommended because students will need to log into TITANium to access the attachment.  We recommend that within your announcement/message, you refer students to the location within your TITANium course where the file is positioned.  This also serves to encourage your students to access your course, where they may find additional learning resources.   
Question: When I email the entire class, it is tedious because I have a large class.
A: Click View all # students link (located at the bottom of the page) to display all students before selecting. To alphabetize the list by last name for easier student selection, click Surname (located at the top of the page).  If emailing the entire class consider using the Announcements tool instead.  
Question: Where do I write a subject line for an email?
A: This option in not currently available.  The subject line will automatically read New message from (your name).  
Question: When I include an attachment in news item/announcements, students complain that clicking the link takes them to a Moodle login page that doesn’t let them login.
A:  The attachment link will not work if the student is NOT logged in to TITANium at the time they click it.  The link directs students to the Moodle login page. This page does NOT work because CSUF uses the portal as the point of entry to Moodle.  
Question: How does a student hide her email address from classmates?
A: This option is available in My profile settings.  In the Settings block, click My profile settings > Edit Profile. In the Email display dropdown menu, choose Hide my email address from everyone.  
Question: How do students communicate with each other?
A: Students may communicate with each other by sending messages.  Adding a People Block to your course will facilitate student-to-student communication through this method.

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Groups

Question: How do I create and use groups in TITANium?
A: Groups are created centrally (Course Admin > Users > Groups) and can be used for a variety of activities, e.g. Forum, Wiki.  To use groups, when adding/editing an activity choose Separate groups or Visible groups from the Group Mode dropdown menu.  Separate groups are private groups – only the students who are assigned to the group and the instructor can view the content.  Visible groups are visible to everyone in the course. A dropdown menu is used to switch between groups within the activity.
Question: How do I create groups?
A: Groups can be created manually or automatically. In the Settings block, click Course administration > Users > Groups. To manually create groups:
  • Click Create Group
  • Enter a Group name. Optionally, add a description and identifying picture.
  • Click Save changes.
  • Repeat for additional groups. 
To populate the groups:
  • Select a group. 
  • Click Add/remove Users
  • The roster will display.  Select the students you wish to add to the group. 
  • Click the Add (left arrow) button to move the students into the group. 
  • Click Back to groups.  Repeat to add students to all the groups.
To auto-create  groups,
  • Click Auto-create groups
  • Use the Specify dropdown menu to choose the Number of groups or alternatively the number of Members per group
  • Enter the number of groups or members in the Group/Member count box.
  • Enter the symbol for the desired group naming scheme: @ for groups named A, B, C or # for groups numbered 1, 2, 3.
  • Click Preview.
  • Click Submit.
TIP:   Do NOT delete populated groups as this may cause problems.
Question: How do I or my students email groups?
A: This option is not available at the current time.

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Assignment Tool

Question: Students submitted assignments, I downloaded and marked up the paper, how can I return it to the students?
A: Click the assignment > Click View submitted assignments link > Click the Grade link for a student.   The Feedback screen displays.  In the feedback section adjacent to Response files, click Add, browse and attach the feedback file.  Complete the rest of the form. Click Save Changes.  Repeat the process for additional students. Tip:   If the Add button isn’t visible, go to Grades, click Turn editing on, click the Edit grade icon for the student’s assignment grade, uncheck the Overridden box, click Save changes.   
Question: What is the difference between Available dates and Restrict Access dates?
A: Use the Available dates section to set the due date. To prevent late papers, change the setting for Prevent late submissions to Yes.  Tip:   If Prevent late submissions is set to No (the default), students will be able to change out the file submitted UNTIL the instructor enters a grade. Use Restrict Access dates to completely hide an assignment from the students. This is rarely needed.  Tip:   If the assignment is hidden students will not be able to view their assignment grade or feedback.  
Question: What is an online assignment and why might I want to use this assignment format?
A: The TITANium Online text Assignment allows students to compose and submit QuickWrites, whether for personal reflection or instructor review.  To learn more about this assignment format, view the FDC TITANium Guide:   Using Online Text Assignment.  
Question: Students are able to submit assignments after the due date. How do I prevent this?
A:   For all assignments, the default setting is accept late.  To change this setting, set Prevent Late Assignment to Yes.  
Question: I want students to be able to resubmit an assignment. Where is the Clear button that we used in Blackboard?
A:   The Clear button is not needed in TITANium because students are able to resubmit until instructor grades or until due date IF late assignments are not accepted.  
Question: How can I see assignments from a student perspective?
A:   Add the user role of student to your roles.  For directions on how to do this, see question "How do I add a role for a specific user?" above.
Question: How can I access and grade an assignment?
A:
  • Click on the assignment link.
  • As soon as there is at least 1 submission you will see a link at the top right corner which say "View # submitted assignments". Click on that link.
  • You will see a table which list student's name, Grade, comments, etc... Scroll down to the Optional settings section. Check the 'Allow quick grading box' and Save preferences. Now you should see a dropdown box for you to select a grade, a comment box, their submission file(s), and some status fields. Select a grade from the dropdown list and enter some comments in the comment box. Remember to uncheck the Send notifications box and click Save all my feedback.
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  • You can also download all submission files at once by clicking the link at the top right corner of the table that say "Download all assignments as a zip". Of course it would involve unzip the file once you download it.

Turnitin

Question: How do I use Turnitin in TITANium?
A: From the Add an activity menu select Turnitin Assignment. For more information on how to use Turnitin please click here to download the instructor manual.
Question: How can I return a Turnitin Assignment to students?
A: You can use the Grade link within the Turnitin Inbox, use the build-in Grademark feature to mark up student's paper or just enter in grade through the Gradebook.  
Question: I created a Turnitin Assignment, how do I set a due date?
A: To set a due date, click the Turnitin assignment and then click the edit icon (pencil icon).  Change the date and save. (dd/mm/yy).
Question: How do I batch download the Turnitin assignment?
A: To Batch download the Turnitin assignments, click the assignment itself on the main TITANium page Next click the PDF icon in the Export section (see picture below with red arrow) In the popup that appears, click “here” to begin the download and save it to the desired location. Click, if necessary, to unzip the papers.
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Important Notice: If you are copying/reusing your course from another semester BE SURE to delete all Turnitin Assignments and create new ones.

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Activities

Question: What are the different kinds of activities in TITANium?
A:   An interactive activity is a general name for a group of features in TITANium where students do something to interact with other students and or the teacher.  These activities are found on the Add an activity drop-down menu.
  • Assignments - Enable teachers to grade and give comments on uploaded files and assignments created on and offline.
  • Chat - Allows participants to have a real-time synchronous discussion.
  • Choice - A teacher asks a question and specifies a choice of multiple responses.
  • Database - Enables participants to create, maintain and search a bank of record entries.
  • Feedback - For creating and conducting surveys to collect feedback.
  • Forum - Allows participants to have asynchronous discussions.
  • Glossary - Enables participants to create and maintain a list of definitions, like a dictionary.
  • Lesson - For delivering content in flexible ways.
  • Quiz - Allows the teacher to design and set quiz tests, which may be automatically marked and feedback and/or to correct answers shown.
  • Survey - For gathering data from students to help teachers learn about their class and reflect on their own teaching.
  • Wiki - A collection of web pages that anyone can add to or edit.
  • Workshop - Enables peer assessment.
Question: Which interactive activities may be graded?
A: Points may be assigned to any interactive activity.  However, some activities have built-in grading mechanisms; others do not.  Assignments, databases, forums, glossaries, lessons, quizzes, and workshops include grading mechanisms.  Chats, choices, surveys, and wikis do not.  If grading mechanism is not available, you will need to manually create a grading column to assign points.  
Question: What is the “chat” activity and how do I create one?
A: Chat allows participants to have a real-time synchronous discussion. See the FDC TITANium GUIDE: USING CHAT (available fall 2012) for directions on creating and grading a Chat activity.  
Question: What is the “lesson” activity and how do I create one?
A: A Lesson presents a series of pages to the student who is usually asked to make a series of choices.  Each choice sends them to a specific page in the Lesson. In a Lesson page's simplest form, the student can select a continue button at the bottom of the page, which will send them to the next page in the Lesson. See the FDC TITANium GUIDE: Creating a Lesson (available fall 2012)  for directions on creating and grading a Lesson activity.  
Question: What is the “choice” activity and how do I create one?
A:   Choice allows the instructor to ask a multiple choice question. Students will click on the choice and select their answer.  Depending on the settings you provide, you can choose if students see the results or resubmit their answer. Choice can be used for entry-level or progress-monitoring assessment, to raise awareness of an issue, engage students, as an introduction to a module or discussion, to inform teaching/reteaching, monitor change over time, or to identify group member preferences. See the FDC TITANium GUIDE: Using Choice for directions on creating and grading a Choice activity.  
Question: What is the “quiz” activity and how do I create one?
A:   A Quiz allows the teacher to design and set quiz tests, which may be automatically marked and feedback and/or to correct answers shown.  See Q137-138 for additional information on how to create a quiz.  
Question: What is the “database” activity and how do I create one?
A:   A Database allows the teacher and/or students to build, display and search a bank of record entries about any topic. The format and structure of these entries can be almost unlimited, including images, files, URLs, numbers and text. Example uses include having students collaboratively build a collection of web links/books/journal references related to a particular subject; display student created photos/websites/poems for peer comment and review; or gather comments and votes on a shortlist.  See the FDC TITANium GUIDE: Using Database for directions on creating and grading a Database activity.  
Question: What is the “forum” activity and how do I create one?
A:  A Forum allows participants to have asynchronous discussions. See Q128-134 for additional information on how to create, manage, and grade discussion forums.  
Question: What is the “wiki” activity and how do I create one?
A: A wiki allows students to create a collaborative document online.  Popular uses include collaborating on a paper (rough draft), a project, developing a list of resources (webliography), and websites. All wiki members can work on this same document online.  Wikis may include text, hyperlinks, photos, and videos. Students can add content and comment.  Individual wikis are also an option in TITANium.  Wikis can be a single web page or a multi-page website.  To create a Wiki, click Add an activity > Wiki. Enter a Name and Description (e.g. instructions).  Enter a First page name (e.g. Home), choose a Wiki mode and Group mode. Click Save and return to course.  
Once the wiki has been created, click the Wiki link.  Next click Create page. All members of the wiki can add content in the text editor on the Home page.  To add additional pages, type a page name in the text editor and add double brackets on either side, e.g. [[Page 2]]  To learn more about TITANium Wikis, attend an FDC workshop.    

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Discussion Forum

Question: What are the different types of discussion forums and how are they best used?
A: TITANium offers four useful Forum types:   Standard forum for general use allows all students to add multiple discussion topics (aka threads), e.g. in a Support forum students may wish to post multiple questions.  Standard forum for general use is the default setting for forums in TITANium. If you wish to limit each student to posting one main discussion topic (e.g. reply to the instructor’s prompt), consider using Each person posts one discussion topic.  Prefer a single thread e.g. in brainstorming or seeking a quick opinion, choose A single simple discussion. Looking for a more informal look, consider Standard forum displayed in a blog-like format. All options allow unlimited replies.  
Question: What are the different types of subscriptions and how are they best used?
A: When an individual is subscribed to a forum, they receive email copies of each post made to the forum.  TITANium offers several subscription types.  Optional subscription is the default forum subscription setting.  This provides the student with the option of subscribing (or not) when they post. Other options include Forced Subscriptions (everyone receives email copies), Subscription disabled (students cannot subscribe), and Auto-subscription (currently not working as designed). 
104. Why am I receiving email copies of many posts even though the forum is set to Optional Subscription?  How can I stop receiving these?
When you post to a forum, TITANium automatically subscribes you to that forum.  To prevent this, edit your personal preferences.  In the Settings block, click My Profile Settings > Edit Profile.  Locate the Forum Auto-subscribe setting and change it to No: don’t automatically subscribe me to forums.  Once you’ve made this change the only posts you should receive in your email are those from forums set to Forced Subscription. 
That being said, some faculty find receiving email copies of posts a handy way to keep up with the forum conversation on a regular basis, others find it annoying.  
Question: When setting up a Forum, there are two sets of similar options -  restrict ratings to items in a selected date range AND Restrict access settings? What is the difference?
A: Restrict access is available throughout TITANium.  It prevents students from accessing files, activities, and other items outside the selected dates.  The link is visible but not clickable. If restrict access is set, students will NOT be able to post or view posts outside the selected dates.   On the other hand,  Restrict ratings has the benefit of allowing students to continue to view (and post) regardless of dates but instead prevents the instructor from inadvertently grading late posts.  When Restrict ratings is selected, a rating dropdown menu will NOT appear for grading posts made outside the selected dates.  
Question: How do I set up a discussion so students are in private small groups?
A: When creating the forum, select Separate Groups from the Group Mode drop-down menu.  
Question: What is the difference between visible and separate groups?
A: Separate groups are private.  Only students who are members of the group can view the posts. Visible groups enables students to view the discussion posts of all groups.  
Question: How do I grade the forum?
A: TITANium allows instructors to grade posts while reading the discussion by selecting a score from a ratings dropdown.  This has the benefit of allowing instructors to see the posts in context while grading.  To turn Forum grading on, select an Aggregate type in the Ratings section of the Adding a New Forum page (most often instructors choose Sum of ratings for the aggregate type).   Next choose the point value from the Scale dropdown menu.  A column will be automatically created in the gradebook.  The score will display in the gradebook as well as in the forum.  Instructors who prefer to grade while viewing all the posts from a single student, can use the Forum’s Advanced Search feature to search forum and author simultaneously.
Question: I use a grading rubric, where can I enter the rubric score?
Answer: Create a grade item directly in the gradebook and manually enter the score.

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Quizzes

Quiz Settings Recommendations (PDF)

Question: How do I make a quiz?
A: Follow these steps to create a quiz and set its settings:
  1. Turn Editing on.
  2. In a content section you want to give the quiz, click on Add an activity dropdown menu.
  3. Select Quiz from the menu.
  4. The Adding a new quiz page open
  5. Provide a Name for quiz
  6. Provide instructions for your students in the Instruction box.  Be sure to list all the rules, requirements etc...
  7. Set timing:
    • Open the quiz—Select the date and time of when you wish your quiz to open.
    • Close the quiz—Select the date and time of when you wish your quiz to close.
    • Time limit (minutes)—Click on the Enable checkbox to enter the maximum number of minutes you will allow students to take the quiz.
    • Attempt allow—Recommend 1 attempt for exam/quiz (you won't need to reset attempts like in Blackboard)
    • Grading method—If you have multiple attempts then select a type of grading.
  8. Leave Grade and Layout option as default.
  9. Question behavior: Shuffle within questions: Yes.  How questions behave: Deferred feedback.
  10. Review options:  
    • During the attempt (grey out if you choose 'deferred feedback')
    • Immediately after the attempt (within 2 minutes after student submit the exam)—Uncheck all boxes except 'Marks' (so they can see their grades in the gradebook). 
    • Later, while the quiz is still openUncheck all boxes except 'Marks'
    • After the quiz is closed—You can freely check any/all boxes if you want your students to revisit the exam.
  11. You may leave the other options as default.  
  12. Click Save and Display.
Question: How do I add questions to the quiz?
A: Follow these steps to add questions to the quiz body.
  1. If you are not in the quiz click the quiz link.
  2. Click Edit quiz in the Settings block.
  3. In the Editing quiz page you will see page 1 of your quiz.
  4. Click on the 'Add a question' button on this page.
  5. Select your question type. Learn more about question types here.
  6. Complete the Building a question page and save the question.
  7. Repeat these steps to add more questions.
  8. Remember, we recommend 1-3 questions per page ONLY.
  9. Exit the quiz to save.
  • If you have questions in the question bank you may insert it to the quiz by clicking the "SHOW" link in the Question bank contents box
  • Select the appropriate category from the top menu.
  • Questions within the selected categories will be displayed (the first 20 questions, click 'Show all ##' to see all).
  • Simply click on the << next to the question to add it to the quiz.
  • Select multiple questions and click the 'Add to quiz' button at the bottom.
  • You can also add random questions from the selected category by choosing the number to be added from the menu and click the 'Add to quiz' button.
  • Exit the quiz to save.
Question: How do I manage questions in the Question bank?
A: The question bank allows teachers to creates, edits, stores, and import/export questions.  
  • Click to expand the 'Question bank' link in the Settings block under Course Administration.
  • Select Questions.
  • Check the box for 'Also show questions from sub-categories' and 'Show question text in the question list'.
  • Questions created directly in the quiz will be store in the question bank under the 'Default for Class XYZ'.
  • You can also create questions directly here by clicking on Create a new question button.
  • Preview, Edit, Delete, and Move:
  • The first column in the list of questions contains a number of icons and a selection box.
  • Clicking on the Preview icon will open a preview window in which you can test the question. The Edit icon allows you to edit the question via the same form that you used to create it. The Delete icon deletes the question, provided it is not already in use in some activity. The selection box allows you to select a subset of questions that you can then move to another category using the controls below the list of questions. The move icon allows you to move one question at a time.
  • ***When creating questions, it is useful to put the answer or key word into the question name so that you can see the answer quickly without previewing the question.
  • If you have any questions please contact Catherine Dinh at x4720 or by email at catdinh@fullerton.edu.
Question: How do I import a quiz bank from a course publisher?
A: Follow these steps to import questions to your question bank.
  1. Click to expand the Question bank.
  2. Select Import.
  3. Choose a format for your package. **
  4. Leave other settings as default.
  5. Click Choose a file.
  6. At the File picker browse to choose the package you want to import, choose to Upload this file, and Import it.
**Currently users can import Moodle XML package create for Moodle version 2.0 and higher and GIFT format quiz bank. If you download a Moodle XML package from your course publisher and cannot import it to the quiz bank please contact lmsadmin@fullerton.edu for assistance.
Question: How do I give a student extra time on a quiz in TITANium?
A: Follow these steps to provide a student with extra time on a quiz.
      Click the quiz link.
      In the Settings block, click User overrides
      Click Add user override
      Select the student’s name.
      Check the Enable box for Time limit
      Enter the number of minutes, e.g., 90 minutes for a 1.5 hour quiz. If the time allotted is in hours, use the dropdown menu to change minutes to hours, then enter the number, for example – 2 hours.
      Click Save.
Tip: User overrides can also be used to change the test-taking window for a given student.

Gradebook

Question: How do I add grade columns to my gradebook?
A: There are two ways to add columns to the gradebook. If you have added an assignment, a quiz, or a forum activity with grading option then a grade column will be added automatically in the gradebook. To create other manual grade items follow these steps:
  1. Select Simple view from the dropdown menu.
  2. At the bottom, click the Add grade item.
  3. Provide a name and maximum grade (pts. possible).
  4. Save changes.
Question: What are grade categories and how do I add it to my gradebook?
A: Grade categories are used to group similar grade items together. A grade category has its own aggregation for grade items within it. To add a category:
  1. Select Simple view from the dropdown menu.
  2. At the bottom, click the Add category.
  3. Provide a name but keep other default settings.
  4. Save changes.
Question: How do I move grade items into a category?
A:
  1. Select the items by checking the select box (last column on the right).
  2. Select the category at the Move selected items to menu.
Question: How do I move grade columns (or category) around (change the order) in the Gradebook?
A: You can organize grade order in Simple view.
  1. Select Simple view from the dropdown menu.
  2. Click the Move icone-looks like a two way arrow. icon for the item or category you want move.
  3. A position page will load with dotted box for move positionto indicate the position where you can move your item to. Click the box to select that position. The item you selected earlier is indicated with a (Move) string.
Question: What are different type of aggregation?
A: The aggregation method determines how grades in a category are calculated, such as:

  • Mean of grades - The sum of all grades divided by the total number of grades
  • Weighted mean of grades - Each grade (or category) is given a weight which sum up to 100%
  • Simple weighted mean of grades - Each item is calculated as max-min. 100 pts item weight 100, a 5 pts item weight 5 etc...
  • Median of grades - The middle grade when grades are arranged in order of size
  • Lowest grade
  • Highest grade
  • Mode of grades - The grade that occurs the most frequently
  • Sum of grades - The sum of all grade values, with scale grades being ignored
Question: How do I calculate course total for my class?
A: The default aggregation type for gradebook is Sum of grades which will add all scores together. Therefore you just have to add all necessary grade items and the system will automatically give students their total score. Note that this method does not give running course total.
Question: How do I assign weight to grades or categories?
A:
  • Select Simple view from the dropdown menu.
  • Changing aggregation type to Weighted mean of grades.
  • A column will be added to the page which a box for you to enter weight for each item or categories.
  • If you have uneven weight within the category remember to also change aggregation type for that category and set weight for each item. Lastly remember to change the course total number from whatever the sum was to 100 (percent).
Question: How do I give extra credit?
Extra credit is easily given by checking the Extra credit box for the item. If you weight grades you must decide about which grade(s) will be push by the extra credit and put those grades into a category with the extra credit. Please contact us if you are unsure about this.
Question: How do I calculate running course total?
  • Select Full view from the dropdown menu.
  • For Weighted mean of grades, set running course total by checking all boxes for Aggregate only non-empty grades for the course.
  • For Sum of course, you must set aggregation to Simple weighted mean of grades for the course and/or sub-categories. Check all boxes for Aggregate only non-empty grades for the course. This method will yield course running total in percentage (not score).
Question: How do I enter grades?
A:
  • You should be at the grader report view.
  • Turn Editing on.
  • Click the grade cell, type in a grade and click Enter. Click on the next grade cell to enter the next grade.
  • Alternatively you can type in a grade and click tab to advance to the next cell. Click the update button at the bottom of the page to save. (Remember to save often or you will lose the grades you have entered.)
Question: How do I see what my students see in their grade report?
A:
  • Select User report from the dropdown menu.
  • Default view shows Grades, Range, Percentage, and Feedback.
  • Choose a name from the top right dropdown menu to run an individual report. You can run all reports too.
Question: How do I show students their letter grade?
A:
  • Select Settings: Course from the dropdown menu. You have two options:
    • a. In Grade item settings, choose a Grade display type value of Real (letter).
    • b. In User report section change Show letter grades from Hide to Show.
Question: What is the scale for my grade letter?
A:
  • Select Letters: View to see the default scale. The breakdown is at xx.99% and cannot be customize.
  • To edit the scale click the Edit grade letters link at the bottom of the table.
  • Be sure to check the box for Override site defaults at the top of the page.
  • To add a new letter grade (A+) go to Letter grade boundary xx that says "Unused" and change it to a cut off percentage (97%). Type in the letter grade for that grade boundary (A+).
  • To remove a letter grade simply change the grading boundary for that letter grade to "Unused".
  • Save changes.
Question: How do I back up the gradebook?
A:
  1. Choose Export: into one of the preferred format (Excel spreadsheet).
  2. Choose what you want to download. Submit.
  3. Click the Download button and note the file saved location.
Question: How do I bring data into the gradebook?
A: We recommend you use the data file downloaded from GB.
  1. After you’ve finished enter in grades in Excel, click File, Save As, In the Save as type box, please change the type to CSV -Comma delimited. (remember the location you are saving this file to)
  2. Back to the course’s gradebook > Choose Import, CSV file > Drag the file you created in step 1 to the “File” area, click Upload grades
  3. You should now see the Import CSV Preview page, in “Identify user by” choose Map from: Email address Map to useremail; in “Grade item mappings” map whichever column(s) you’ve entered grades for by matching the column’s names.
  4. Click “Upload grades”. If you have done step 3 correctly, you should get “upload successfully” message.