Instructor Technology Resources

Welcome, FYE Instructors! The following tutorials and FAQs were created to provide you with quick answers and basic fundamental knowledge about HuskyCT and PeopleSoft (Student Administration System). Please review the below information and if you have remaining questions, feel free to contact Sarah (sarah.renn@uconn.edu).

HuskyCT FAQs

For additional HuskyCT assistance, please visit CETL's HuskyCT Support website.

Introduction to HuskyCT

HuskyCT is used as a course management resource for all UNIV 1800 courses, in addition to many 1810, 1820, 1840, and 3820 sections. As an FYE instructor, you will only have 50 minutes each week to meet with your students. HuskyCT enables you to extend class meetings, allowing you to stay in contact with your students, cover more material over the course of the semester, clarify or collect assignments, allow for additional means of participations through the discussion tool, or notify students of time sensitive opportunities on campus utilizing the Calendar feature.

 

Key Points

There are several tools within HuskyCT that can help ease the burden of course management.  The Office of FYP&LC suggests investigating Announcements, Course Calendar, Discussions, Assignments, and Grade Book/My Grades, but we strongly encourage you to explore your UNIV site to learn the different features you feel best serve your students and your teaching methods.

Please use this section as a mini pedagogical guide to HuskyCT. We do not ask that you incorporate all these features into your course, only the ones you see appropriate.

Specialized HuskyCT training in strongly encouraged. CETL (http://cetl.uconn.edu/teaching-talks/) offers various HuskyCT trainings throughout the fall semester.

If you have any questions about HuskyCT, please review our online FAQs (http://fye.uconn.edu/instructor-technology-resources/) or contact  CETL (http://cetl.uconn.edu/huskyct-blackboard-2/)

 

What is HuskyCT?

UConn’s Learning Management System is known as HuskyCT; it is designed and supported by Blackboard. In addition to acting as a virtual classroom allowing learning to go beyond the traditional classroom setting, HuskyCT allows you to host your syllabus, course schedule, PowerPoint slides, handouts, links to Prezis, web sites, or videos, and electronic course reserve materials from the library. HuskyCT sites can be archived and used for future semesters.  It can also be a “green” solution. HuskyCT assembles in one place all the “stuff” that in the past would be distributed as handouts to students.

Please note, HuskyCT is designed as an asynchronous platform and should not be used to host synchronous course meetings. HuskyCT requires Internet access.

Note: If you are an 1800 or 1810 instructor, please DO NOT request a template HuskyCT site in PeopleSoft, as this task is done for you. You contact the HuskyCT Office only if you wish to reimage a site you have used in the past.

 

Pedagogical Overview

HuskyCT (Blackboard) has been selected by the Office of FYP&LC as one of the literacy skills with which we desire all UNIV students to gain familiarity. Specifically, the fundamental understanding of how the system is leveraged here at UCONN along with the requisite technical skills that future courses will require them to possess. The following information will detail the tools and information recommended for inclusion in your UNIV HuskyCT Course Section.

 

Basics

Because all HuskyCT sections are able to be customized and utilized in very different ways, we recommend taking time during your first class meeting of the semester to provide them with a guided tour of your course. Make sure to explain the essentials such as set-up (organization of content and how they are to access it), the tools you will be using and how you’ll be using them, when online posts are due by, etc.

Set-up online “office hours”. HuskyCT is available 24/7/365 and because of this, research has shown that students assume that will carry over to your accessing and managing your section. To avoid confusion, make it known to your students what days and times you will be checking HuskyCT and your minimum expected turnaround time for feedback/responses (we suggest a 2-day response for messages, 3-4 days for message board posts, and a week for grading assignments).

Content areas are a specific methodology for content storage and student access; because of this, all UNIV 1800 sections host four distinct areas for class organization: Welcome & Home Page, Assignments, Media, and Mentor Information. These content areas break down as follows:

  • Welcome & Home Page is the suggested access point for your course syllabus, FYP&LC student assessments, etc.
  • Assignments is the suggested access point for all coursework you wish to collect digitally.
  • Media is the suggested access point for any videos, web links, games, or similar content you wish for students to engage with during your course.
  • Mentor Information is the required access point hosting the mentor bio page & contact information required in their EPSY 3020 course.

It is important that this structure be leveraged, as it will ease confusion and allow students to more readily access your course content in a timely manner.

 

Course Tools: Announcements

Announcements are an important communication tool that enables you to post timely information critical to course success. Announcements have several delivery methods that may be layered on as additions enabling you to trigger pop-up delivery and/or generating an e-mail to their UCONN accounts (this ensures that students receive the announcement even if they do not log in to your course). The Announcement tool in the current version of HuskyCT adds additional control and functionality by enabling instructors to include direct links to course content you want to highlight for student review.

This is an ideal place to post time-sensitive material including:

  • Assignment due dates
  • Changes to the syllabus
  • Corrections/clarifications of materials
  • Exam schedules

IMPORTANT TIP: Research shows that student anxiety with technology can be greatly reduced if changes and/or updates to materials are clearly communicated to them via the Announcement tool. When adding new content to your HuskyCT section, make sure you create a companion course announcement that fully explains what you would like them to do AND where they can find it via HuskyCT.

 

Course Tools: Discussions

Building a sense of community among students is crucial for a successful online experience. With the discussion board tool, course members can replicate the robust discussions that take place in the traditional classroom. Discussions can serve a range of purposes, such as:

  • An online meeting place for social interaction among peers.
  • An additional medium for collaboration and the exchange of ideas.
  • A medium to pose questions about homework assignments, readings, and course content.
  • A way to demonstrate the understanding or application of course material.
  • A record of discussion that members can review at a later point.
  • A graded activity that demonstrates understanding or application of course material.

These asynchronous interactions occur over an extended period of time and allow for more flexibility, as well as reflective communication.

Participation and interaction in the discussion board does not occur naturally, but must be intentionally designed into your courses. To encourage engaging, quality discussion, craft discussion questions carefully and create inquiry.

If you want to encourage participation, consider allowing students to post anonymously. Also, allow students to create new threads. This flexibility may encourage members to post their ideas and questions. You can also provide incentive by grading the discussion or adding exam questions based on discussion content.

 

Forums vs. Threads: What’s the difference?

Forums allow you to group related discussions and help your students stay on task. Before anyone can start message threads, you need to create one or more forums.

A forum is an area where participants discuss a topic or a group of related topics. Within each forum, participants can create multiple threads.

A thread includes the initial post and all replies to it.

 

Examples:

Forum Threads in the Forum
Weekly Discussions Scavenger Hunt, Career Services Presentation
Community Forums Alt-Spring Break, Best Study Spots on Campus

 

IMPORTANT TIP: Consider using the Discussion tool in your FYE classroom to prep students for in-class presentations or to gather post presentation feedback.

 

How can I work with the content on my site?

Use the drop down arrow at the right of the item that you want to edit/delete/add to. This arrow allows you to edit the material, delete it, or move it.

Drop down icon

 

 

 

 

How do I add my mentor to my site?

Log into HuskyCT. Click on the Users and Groups – Users tab, then click on the gray “Find Users to Enroll” button under the title “Users”. If you don’t know your mentor’s Net ID, you can browse using their first/name. Their “role” is the “Teaching Assistant” option. Once you have hit the submit button, your mentor will show up on your list of users and will have the necessary access.

How do I see what my students are seeing in HuskyCT?

Log into HuskyCT and enter your class. Click on the "Enter Student Review" icon near the top right hand corner of your screen.  Student Preview button

How do I get rid of a sample assignment pre-loaded into my HuskyCT site?

Log into HuskyCT and enter your class. Click on the Assignments tab on the left hand side. Choose the assignment that you want deleted by clicking on the drop-down menu icon (right side of assignment name), then select Delete from the drop-down.

Assignments snapshot

Delete Assignment

How do I add an assignment to my HuskyCT class page?

Click on the Assignment tab on the left tool bar, then choose the blue Assessments button drop down, then Assignment. Here you can add the assignment details and due date, plus any associated rubric. After you save the information, a column for this new assignment will be created under Grade Center - Full Grade Center and the due date will show up as a Calendar item.

How can I change the tabs on the left side bar of my page?

Click on the + button at the top of the column, select Tool Link, then create a Name and Type from the pop-up box.

Adding link

Where do I enter my grades?

Click on the Grade Center, then the Full Grade Center on the left side bar. From here, a spreadsheet with your students' names and assignments will appear. You are able to create new columns for grades (Create Column button above the student names) or work with the columns already there. To move, edit, or delete one of the pre-existing columns, use the drop-down arrow to the right of the assignment name.

Grade Center

How can students easily find their grades in HuskyCT?

Create a "MY GRADES" tab on the left side bar. Click on the + button at the top of the column, select Tool Link, then input Name: MY GRADES and Type: My Grades in the pop-up box. Make sure to check the "Available to Users" box.

How do I remove an assignment from the grade center?

You first must delete the specific assignment from under the Assignments tab on the left side bar (see procedure to do this previous FAQ). Then click on Grade Center on the left side bar, then Full Grade Center. Find the column with the assignment you want deleted, click on the drop down arrow on the right of the assignment name and choose Delete Column.

Grade Center

Delete Grade Column

 

 

 

How can I create a class announcement?

Click on the Announcements tab on the left side bar, then click on the gray Create Announcement button. You will input a subject, message, and duration (dates available). If you want this message to go out immediately, check the "Email Announcement" box. You can also add a course link, though a warning: links to materials in HuskyCT only work if the student is already logged in to HuskyCT.

Create Announcement

 

 

 

Student Admin/PeopleSoft FAQs

How can I confirm where/when my class will be held?

Log into PeopleSoft, then click on Main Menu - UC Student Records - UC Establish Course - US Establish Courses Reports - Dynamic Class Search. You may wish to ad this page to your Favorites by clicking on the upper left hand corner tab "Favorites" drop down, then selecting "Add to Favorites." Select the term, session (Regular Academic), Subject (UNIV), and Catalog Number (1800, 1810, 1820, 1840 or 3820). Uncheck the "open classes only" box, then choose your campus location. A list of sections for the catalog number will appear. You can hit CTRL F to search for your name.

How do I find my class list?

Log into PeopleSoft, then click on Main Menu - Self-Service - Faculty Center. Click on the PS Class Rooster image Class Roster icon to get a list of your students.

How do I email a student from PeopleSoft?

Log into PeopleSoft, then click on Main Menu - Self-Service - Faculty Center. Click on the PS Class Rooster image Class Roster icon to get a list of your students. Click on the student's name who you want to email, which will open an email message in a second window.

How do I create a class list with my students’ names and photos?

Log into PeopleSoft, then click on Main Menu - Self-Service - Faculty Center. Click on the PS Class Rooster image Class Roster icon to get a list of your students. Above the first student, you will see "Select display option," which allows you to choose the "Include photos in list" option. You can then copy/paste the photos and names into another document for use as a class roster.

How do I report my mid-term warning grades?

At the end of the sixth week of a semester, you must record mid-term grades for those students in 1000-level classes whose grade up to that point is a C-, D+, D, D-, F, U, or N. 

After logging in, navigate to the Mid-Term Grades by clicking:

  • Self Service in the Menu, then Faculty Center.
  • From the Faculty Center , click the Grade Roster icon corresponding to the class for which you wish to enter mid-term grades.

The Mid-Term grade roster for the selected class displays.

  • Access the grade drop-down list for each affected student, and select the appropriate mid-term grade. Options for mid-term grades include: C-, D+, D, D-, F, U, and N.

Reminder: When working with large class lists, click Save often. The system will time you out after 15 minutes of inactivity.

  • When all your mid-term grades are entered for your affected students, click Save. 

NOTE: Do NOT update the Approval Status field to Approved, as when entering Final Grades.

Once the mid-term grades are recorded, they will not appear on any transcript or advising report. The Registrar's Office will extract all students with mid-term grades and communicate with them as necessary.

NOTE: The Notify Selected Students or Notify All Students buttons DO NOT send students a mid-term grade notification. You can optionally elect to send students an email using these buttons, if desired.

How do I submit my final grades?

Student Admin has detailed instructions on how to submit final grades.

How do I change a student’s final grade?

After logging in to PeopleSoft, navigate to the Grades by clicking:

  • Self Service in the Menu, then Faculty Center.
  • From the Faculty Center , click the Grade Roster icon corresponding to the class for the student whose grade must be changed.
  • Click on the Request grade change hyperlink in the Grade Action Roster box.
  • Change the grade of the student needing a grade change, then list a reason for the change.
  • Hit the Submit button to save all changes. 

Other burning questions that we’ve missed?

Please contact CETL for HuskyCT questions or the Office of the Registrar for Student Administration/PeopleSoft questions.