Clickable Grading Rubric

Welcome! In this tutorial you will learn how to use the clickable grading rubric that is included in the English 150/250 template. The rubric is a shortened version of the standard rubric provided by ISUComm Foundation courses. All of the scores are included and automatically calculates grades and enters them into the gradebook, saving you an enormous amount of time. This rubric has been approved by the ISUComm directors as the standard for grading assignments and does not need to be altered in any way.

Step 1

Click on the assignment dropbox that you want to grade.

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Step 2

Select the “View/grade all submissions” link below the grading summary.

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Step 3

Click the small icon under the “Grade” column for the student’s paper you wish to grade.

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Step 4

The rubric is located at the bottom of the “Submission Status” screen. The rubric already includes scores for each section of the assignment’s rubric, calculated using weighted means. Click the cell you feel is appropriate for each type of assessment. The rubric will remain highlighted and calculate the score automatically. If you choose, you can write comments in the far right column for each category. It may not be visible on the screen, so you will have to scroll to the right to find the comment column.

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Step 5

Once you have completed the rubric, scroll down the screen. Here you can provide summative feedback comments in the text editor. If you graded a Word or PDF file with inline comments, upload the document you have written comments on now. Click the “Save Changes” button in the red box. You will then be taken to a confirmation screen. Click the “Continue” button to return to the assignment submission page.

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Step 6

Once you have completed the student’s grade, you can move to the next student’s assignment and repeat Steps 1–5. However, you have some options for the grade you just submitted.

The rubric calculates the weighted mean for you automatically, but there is not much flexibility in making minor adjustments to the score. If you chose the appropriate cells for each section of the rubric but are unhappy with the score that was calculated, click the “Edit” link next to the “Grade” column for the student and select “Update grade” from the dropdown menu.

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Step 7

You will be taken back to the completed rubric, but there will be a new link found at the bottom of the rubric: “Current grade in gradebook.” Here you will see the current score. Click the score (80.00 shown in this example screenshot) to go to the gradebook. From there you edit the score in the gradebook (click here for more information on setting up gradebook) to your liking. Select the score you wish to change, and then enter the new score (original score shown here is 80.00 being replaced with 83.00).

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Creating an Advanced Forum


In this tutorial you will learn how to create and use advanced forums (i.e., discussion boards) on your Moodle course site.

Before you begin, you might want to consider the differences between forums and advanced forums.

Basically, advanced forums can do everything that forums can do plus more. Here are some of the enhanced features available in advanced forums:

  • See posting statistics: View the number of posts/replies.
  • Grade forums easily: Grade student posts from within the forum.
  • Allow anonymous forums: Users can post/reply anonymously and still receive credit.
  • Subscribe more directly: Subscribe to specific topics within a forum rather than the entire forum.
  • Highlight posts: Make certain posts stand out from others.
  • Send a private reply: Send a private reply to a forum post so that only the original poster can view it.

If you feel that Advanced Forums is for you, then please continue reading. If you’d like a simpler version of discussion boards, please refer to the article about creating standard forums.

Step 1

Click “Turn editing on” on the upper right-hand side of your screen.

Click on the "Turn editing on" in the top right corner of the screen.

Step 2

Choose the block in your course where you want to create the forum and click “Add an activity or resource” at the bottom of that block.

Click "+Add an activity or resource"

Step 3

Select “Advanced Forum” from the menu that pops up and click “Add” at the bottom of the screen.

First click "Advanced Forum" and then click "Add."

Step 4

Add a “Forum name” and enter a short description. Choose a “Forum type.” A description of each of the forum types can be seen by clicking on the question mark next to “Forum type.”

First add a name; second, add a description or directions; last, choose the type of forum.

Step 5

Other features of potential interest to teachers provide various options for posting, attachment, subscription, blocking, grading, ratings, and restrictions. You can learn more about all of these options by clicking on the question mark icon next to each category. When you have the settings tuned to your desired parameters click on “Save changes”.

To explore these options, click to open the collapsible topics and choose your desired parameters.

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Why Moodle?

Why the English department uses Moodle: 

A Guide for Instructors and Students

Many people, instructors and students alike, wonder why ISUComm foundation courses (i.e., Engl 150 and 250) utilize Moodle instead of Blackboard. Below is a rationale to help all stakeholders understand the decision.

  • CONTEXTUALIZED: Our Moodle is customized to the context of our curriculum. Much of its functionality is a product of dialogue between the Online Learning Team (OLT) and users, as well as consultations with Moodle’s online support community, which creates and modifies the platform with pedagogical needs in mind. Thus, the learning management system (LMS) not only provides a platform for undergraduate foundation courses, it also provides our department’s graduate students who teach the courses and maintain the learning management system valuable skills related to course and LMS management.
  • CONTROLLABLE: Having control over the software and its development means the technology is distinctively ISUComm; it does not surrender authority to proprietary systems’ branding or their vision for education. Moreover, it is a platform suited for collecting data for research purposes. We work with the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and maintain forms to obtain students’ consent. There is no need to coordinate with outside sources other than the IRB, so we have control over the student’s data. This control assists us in continuing development of the program and assures us that no one makes a profit from students’ work.
  • FLEXIBLE: Moodle can have a steeper learning curve than some proprietary systems, but that is because much of that learning is owed to the degree of control, functionality, and customization it offers teachers. The Moodle platform affords instructors the opportunity to exercise course design skills. Below are some examples of different course sites with various themes, layouts, and buttons:


  • This is an example of our standard template used for English 250.This is an example of a layout customized for a literature course.This is an example of an template for an English as a second language (ESL) course.

This is another example of an ESL course.

  • OPEN-SOURCE: According to the National Council for Teachers of English, open source platforms offer a number of benefits (links to outside source). Chief among them “Open-source software development is built within communities of committed users who are dedicated to maintaining and improving the software. Program code is shared and collectively reviewed by multiple parties, and collaboration drives related tasks such as promotion, documentation, usability testing, and support. This process resembles the ways in which knowledge is constantly made, refined, and re-thought in universities.”
  • The OLT is made up of teachers of ISUComm. We are not only tech consultants, we are consultants on how to effectively incorporate technology in the classroom. Besides the context-specific documentation in the ISUComm Support Site, we offer support by email and office hours in 306 Ross Hall. Come see us!

Sync CyBox to your Computer

Welcome! In this tutorial you will see how to sync CyBox to your computer so you can work on your computer and have folders and files automatically sync to CyBox for safe storage. CyBox Sync is a convenient and secure way to make sure all your files are backed up in the Cloud. You can also share folders with colleagues to facilitate collaborative work. Shared folders helps to reduce emails with attachments of recent versions of documents, and you can also circumvent the need to go the web version of CyBox to download the latest version of a shared document. Everything will automatically sync to your computer’s hard disk.

Step 1

Navigate to your CyBox account on the internet ( and log in using your Net-ID and password. This is the same Net-ID and password that you use for CyMail. Click on the little upside down triangle next to your name in the upper right-hand corner of the screen and click on “Get Box Sync” from the drop-down menu.

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Step 2

According to the type of operating system you are using (PC or Mac), the system will provide customized instructions. Also included on this screen will be the option to choose access for a computer or a mobile device. Below is a screenshot for installing Box Sync for Mac, but instructions for Windows look exactly the same. Simply click on the icon in the top left of the screen:

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 Step 3

For Mac Users:  A file called “Box Sync Installer.dmg” will download to the “Downloads” folder on your computer. Double click that file and follow the on-screen instructions. In the process, a window will pop up that warns that “Box Sync is an application downloaded from the Internet” and ask if you want to open it. Go ahead and open it and proceed with the installation.

For Windows Users: A downloaded executable file called “BoxSyncSetup.exe” should appear somewhere on your screen. Click on that file and follow the instructions. When the program has successfully installed, you’ll be prompted to click “launch.”

Step 4

For Mac Users: After following the on-screen instructions, Box Sync will appear under “Favorites” when you open up your directories.

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For Windows Users: You will now be prompted to sign in to your CyBox account through a series of several screens. Follow the on-screen instructions until you see the box with the prompt “Start Syncing.” After you click this button, Box Sync will appear in your Folders list:

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Step 5

Once you have Box Sync installed, you can always choose which folders you want and don’t want to sync to your computer. Log into your web-based CyBox account, click on the ellipsis next to “Share”, go to “Properties” and “Sync to Computer”. You can un-sync folders in the same way. Folders that are synced to your computer will feature a little blue icon with white arrows in it.

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Recording Screencasts in Panopto

Welcome! In this tutorial you will learn about creating screencasts in Panopto and how using the screencast function can be a workaround to uploading completed videos to Panopto.


Step 1

Once logged into Panopto and in the appropriate folder, click on “Create” and “Record a new session”.

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Once you click on “Record a new session” an automatic “External Protocol Request” will appear asking to launch the “Panopto Recorder”. Click “Launch Application”.

Step 2

Next, click on “Create New Recording”.

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Step 3

A dialogue box will appear. As marked in the image below, one can choose:
1) a folder to house the recording or “session” and name the session. If you choose not to name the session it will simply bear the date and timestamp of when the recording was made.

2) The type of presentation to record: a PowerPoint presentation; a screen capture; audio/video recording using a webcam and microphone; or an audio/video using a webcam to accompany a PowerPoint or screen capture.

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