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.

 

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Infographics

Hi everyone:

Recently, some of us have really been getting into the idea of infographics, which are texts that a specifically designed to visualize more complex activities or systems, and present them in ways that simply and organize information visually.

I saw this post on Facebook, and thought — hey, this might be a really useful excercise for our classes — getting students to think about the visual representation of information (and the complicatedness of trajectory — or who can “read” these texts effectively).

So — for those interested…

Famous Movie Quotes as Charts: http://flowingdata.com/famous-movie-quotes-as-charts/

ReggieNet – Submitting Assignments

The submitting and grading of assignments is one of the most important aspects of any course, particularly a writing- and activity-intensive course for the Writing Program.  ReggieNet offers several options for assignment uploads – here’s a quick look at your options:

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

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Dropbox: File Sharing Made Easy

Looking for a dependable way to share files with your students?  Need a place where your students can upload their portfolios?  Or maybe you’d like something to replace the STV 250 folders that will also work with your home computer?  I recommend Dropbox.  (Click on for a quick how-to video about installing it.)

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Video Podcasting: A Student Project

Like to add a video project to your syllabus?  Not sure about having students edit their videos?  Not even sure where to get a camera?  No worries!  With our sport cameras which you can check out from STV 133 and the Windows Live Movie Maker software already installed on the computers in the STV 250 suite, you are ready to lead your students into quick and easy video projects.  The video below offers a quick guide to getting started:

Below I’ve included the basic outline for the video above – feel free to share this with you students so they can see one approach to organizing a video.  Or for the printer-friendly version, see Video Podcasting for Students: Your Quick How-To Guide!

Yes, these are just the notes I used for making the video podcast.  But they offer a quick reminder of what you’ve seen.  Plus, you can let your students see that video-making doesn’t need to take forever.

Part 1: Equipment Check-Out – STV 133

  1. Considering a video project for your Fall Syllabus?  We have the tools for you!

  2. Video of one of the cameras.

  3. Show how to turn on, turn off, and open USB.

  4. Show an example of shooting a video and then plugging in USB.

Part 2: Downloading Your Video

  1. Using Camstudio to record this.

  2. Recommend that students save all their work to a thumb drive.  Video files tend to be large, so students should use thumb drives with at least a gigabyte.  The Student Temp Drive may also work, but only as a temporary solution.

  3. Create a single folder on the drive for your Windows Live Movie Maker file.  This folder should also contain your video files.  If you move these files to different folders, your Movie Maker file will lose access to the video files, so keep them all together.

  4. Reminder: All movie files MUST be on the thumb drive BEFORE you start using Movie Maker.

Part 3: Editing Your Video

  1. Open Movie Maker

  2. Simply drag-and-drop video clips into Movie Maker

  3. Hit “Save Project” to save your Movie Maker file (you should still do this often…)

  4. Hit “Save Movie” to export your edited film.  (“Recommended for this project” works well, but watch your file size).