ReggieNet – Integrating Assignments, Discussions, and Grading

ReggieNet is more than simply a way to collect assignments from your students – it’s a complete Learning Management System (LMS) which integrates your assignments, discussions, grading, and more.  So no more digging through piles of paper or searching through an overstuffed e-mail inbox – with ReggieNet, you can organize your course, and then students can upload their materials in the right place at the right time.

To get started, visit CTLT’s ReggieNet Support Materials website, or read on for more specific links to resources.

ReggieNet Considerations

Aside from being Illinois State’s official LMS, ReggieNet offers some real advantages to classroom organization, especially when it comes to distributing your syllabus and readings, receiving assignments, and grading.  Additionally, classrooms across the country are integrating more and more technology, and most universities are adopting LMS systems similar to ReggieNet and Blackboard.  By learning ReggieNet, you’ll pick up the basic functions of LMS systems, and this will make it easier to learn new systems down the road.

However, there is a learning curve.  If you are not familiar with ReggieNet, I recommend spending some time before the semester practicing.  By uploading assignments, creating a few discussion forums, and balancing your gradebook, you can develop a good idea of which tools go where.  And don’t feel that you have to use all of Reggienet right now.  Simply adding on one or two tools each semester will allow you to effectively master each tool while building a better personal familiarity with the system.

Submitting Assignments

This is perhaps the most basic and most important functions of ReggieNet.  When students upload to ReggieNet, they’re creating an automatic backup copy.  You can organize your comments while never having to worry about losing or misplacing your papers.  To get a better idea of how to do this, follow this video from CTLT’s ReggieNet Support Materials:

Discussions vs. Discussion Forums

As you use ReggieNet, you’ll need to choose whether or not you’d like to host online discussions.  I myself highly recommend them, and ReggieNet has two tools available for this.  Your default setting includes the Discussions tool – it offers an effective way to organize online discussions while also creating announcements with links to each discussion, but the grading options are rather limited.  The other tool is the Discussion Forums tool, which you’ll access from the Site Editor.  This also allows effective organization with the option of grading at multiple levels of discussion, but you can’t link to specific discussions within the tool itself.

To decide which you prefer, take a look at this helpful videos from  CTLT’s ReggieNet Support Materials:

Video 1: Discussions tool

Video 2: Discussion Forums tool