Classroom Technologies

How much technology is the “right” amount?  How do we reconcile our traditional teaching practices with a digital world?  Here’s a list of common technologies available for the writing classroom and some links to help use them more effectively.

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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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Grading with ReggieNet: Your Gradebook

The Gradebook easily draws the most questions (and serious concerns) of all the ReggieNet tools.  This is because the Gradebook is designed to interact with many of the other available tools – hence, it’s a complicated tool which is easily mishandled.  But it’s also an extremely useful tool – keeping our students up-to-date on their academic progress is crucial for maintaining communication and maintaining transparency in assessment.  Fortunately, CTLT has put together the following series of videos to help us use the Gradebook more effectively. Continue reading

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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ReggieNet Collaboration Tools

One of the best parts of using an online platform like ReggieNet is the ability to foster student collaboration.  With ReggieNet, students don’t have to worry about finding times to meet outside of class – instead, they can work together from the comfort of their individual dorm rooms, and you can read their work from the comfort of home.  (Unless, of course, you’re still at the office grading papers…)

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