Guide to ReggieNet

ReggieNet is the Course Management System (CMS) used by Illinois State University.  You may already be familiar with other CMS’s such as Blackboard – ReggieNet, however, is built on the Sakai framework.

This overview is meant to provide a basic grounding in the tools and options available to you in ReggieNet.  Many of the materials here (all the video tutorials, in particular) are from the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTLT).  To access these material directly, go to the ReggieNet Instructructor Support Materials on the CTLT website.

Please note: ReggieNet will only work after you publish your course via the Site Editor.  To do this, please see #3 – The Site Editor.

In a hurry?  Here’s our Quick ReggieNet Page.  It only covers Assignments, Discussions, and Discussion Forums, but that’s usually enough to get a good start.

 

0 – ULID Activation

If you have not yet activated your ULID (basically, your ISU e-mail name), then follow our Quick Slideshow Guide.

1 – Overview

This is the page you have open now.  Here, we’re briefly addressing what ReggieNet is, what it does, and how it can help your teaching.  Simply follow the links to documents for each of the major components of ReggieNet.

2 – Uploading Your Syllabus and Course Materials

Your Syllabus will be the first introduction your students have to your course.  On ReggieNet, you have the option to either upload a document (e.g. a PDF or Word Document) or display an external website inside ReggieNet.

In addition to your syllabus, you can organize your course materials (such as readings) into your Resources and Materials folders for your students to access.  You can also set up an external drive on your computer so that you can simply drag and drop materials from your hard drive and have them immediately shared with your students.

3 – The Site Editor

This is your main admin tab – use it to publish your course (i.e. make it visible to students), add co-instructors, and customize your tools.  Contrary to popular belief, this is not one of those “advanced user” functions – every instructor will, at some point, need to access and use the Site Editor.

3.1 – E-mail via ReggieNet: Should I Use the Course Mail?

4 – Assignments

Here, you have many options for the structure and grading of your assignments.  Most importantly, ReggieNet can track all your assignments for you – no more thick piles of papers, no more lost e-mails from students with forgotten attachments.  Plus, you have a lot of flexibility – you can grade assignments by points or letter grades, have ungraded assignments, even have separate “due dates” and “accept until” deadlines.  But note that you’re limited to only the Assignments tool – in ReggieNet, there are four major approaches you can use to collect assignments:

  1. Assignments
  2. File Drop
  3. Discussions and Discussion Forums
  4. Tests and Quizzes

Additionally, the Assignments tool allows easy file download and upload.  You can download student assignments directly to your computer in batches, write up your feedback (directly editing the student documents, if you wish), and then upload the batches of files again – ReggieNet automatically maintains separate folders for each student, and it provides a spreadsheet for you to quickly enter grades.

5 – Discussions and Discussion Forums

Discussions are a great way to maintain interaction outside the physical classroom.  ReggieNet offers two individual tools, and there are pros and cons to each.  With the Discussions tool, you can provide URL links directly to individual discussion topics – which is great for e-mails or announcements.  The Discussion Forums tool, on the other hand, allows direct access to the Gradebook – simply enter the number of points a topic is worth, assign it to a folder in your gradebook, and then grade your student comments.

6 – The Gradebook

Yes, ReggieNet can handle all your grading needs – it can even export your final grades directly to the Registrar at the end of the semester.  You’ll have to decide your grading categories, whether you want to go with points (recommended) or letter grading, and then whether or not to use weighted or unweighted categories.

7 – Student Collaboration

Fostering student collaboration is one of the most important uses of online tools like ReggieNet.  This is a complex area of pedagogy, and so the blog post only introduces the tools available – for more information, please Contact Ryan.

Prepared by Ryan Edel

ISU Writing Program

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