New Policies & Procedures
New Module Schedule
Beginning in Spring 2013, online class modules during the Fall and Spring semesters will run Monday to Sunday. That is, modules will open on Monday and close on Sunday. View/download the Online Module Calendar for the current term.
Online quizzes will close at the end of each module (instead of closing at the end of the semester) – meaning that students will need to take their quizzes during the module to which they pertain. As before, instructors may contact the Online Help Desk to request that quiz deadlines be extended for individual students or for the entire class.
Please Note: This change does not apply to Intersessions. In these compressed semesters, students will be able to take their quizzes until the end of the term.
No Spring Break
The AAU will observe no spring break during the Spring 2013 semester, and classes will begin one week later than usual (Monday, February 4).
The most recent changes to the online interface affect all classes:
- more robust listing of content for each module (Outline)
- enhanced navigation from the Outline into the relevant topics in the Discussion, into the module content, and through the pages in a module
- videos and slideshows embedded directly into module pages, so they may be viewed without downloading
- automatic creation of topics for discussions and assignments (new and newly rebuilt classes only)
- continued option to create additional user-specific (global) topics
- display of user-created topics in the course Outline
- new tools for tracking student progress (Outline/Roster)
The LMS provides several ways to record and post video in your online class. You can add video to a discussion post, an Instructor Update, a global topic, or a Note on an image. Learn more: Using Video in Online Classes.
Send a Message to All Students
A new link on the Roster pages allows instructors to send a message to all the students in a class with a single click. The distribution list is editable.
HTML Code Access
Instructors and students will no longer have direct access to the HTML source code for their global topics or their discussion posts.
- You will need to format your posts using the .
If you want to include a video in a global topic or a discussion post, you can use the link tool's "pop-up" option.
- In classes where HTML is an integral part of the coursework, the HTML source code tool can be re-activated. Please contact your academic director, if this tool is essential to your course (and it has not already been activated).
NEW! Video Whiteboard
Like the whiteboardtool for marking up static images, the new video whiteboard lets you place markers on certain frames of a student's video and add mark-up and other commentary at those points.