Most online learning platforms, or learning management systems, allow you to customize your account including your privacy and notification settings. Taking time to determine who will be able to access certain resources as well as when you will be notified of activity on your account is an important step in creating an online course.
- [Voiceover] In this video, I wanna quickly go over another factor that you should consider when setting up your online course and that is to customize your settings. I'm going to use Schoology LMS as an example, but within almost every Learning Management System you'll have the ability to customize your privacy settings and notification settings. And it should look pretty similar. Here, I'm going to go over to my name, and click on Notifications. So the first thing I want to do is customize my notification settings. In other words, what will I be notified of? And it's telling me that I'll receive an email when course updates are posted and this is turned on.
The next one is course comments on updates, assignments, or discussions. That is currently off. I'm going to turn that one on. And after that, you can scroll down and see whether or not a test or quiz is submitted. Do you want that on or off? A user joins your course. Course content created. There are notifications for groups, for school updates, and personal ones such as if you receive a private message, a new subscriber, or things like that. And you do have the ability to turn these on or off. Now obviously you're going to want to go through these and look because you're going to want to receive notifications for important things within your course.
I do recommend, though, that you don't receive notifications on everything or you may be overwhelmed. Up here at the top, I also have the ability to receive notifications via text message to my smartphone. So if I wanted to do this, I can click here and enter in my Cell number, Country, and Carrier, and then set up my mobile. What will happen is that a column will appear here and I can choose to turn on or off these notifications for that as well. So in other words, I might want course updates posted to have a notification sent to my smartphone via a text message.
So you can do that as well. I'm going to navigate back to my Animal Behavior course, and in here under Course Options, I want to edit the Privacy and Course Settings. So in here, this is where I'm going to edit my privacy settings. In other words, my Course Profile. Do I want everybody in the school to be able to see that or just from this course? And in this case, I just want these to be for my course. That includes Updates, Materials, the Roster and the Calendar. Now other settings are who can post course updates.
So these are very important, you know. Do you want all members to be able to post updates or just the Course Administrator? Now in an online course, I do like to empower students to be able to have some of this functionality, but I make sure that I educate them on it early on. So here, I'm going to keep it as All Members for posting course updates, comment on course updates, and editing discussion responses. So, right now, I'll keep that at All Members. However, if I wanted to, I could click on only Course Administrators.
You also have Parental Settings, and I can set what I want in my Default landing page to be. When I'm done, I'll click on Save Changes, and those changes will now be saved. So, no matter what Learning Management System or platform you're using, I do recommend that you take some time to customize the settings within it.
Staff author Oliver Schinkten draws the connections between high-quality instruction and online education. He provides a framework for creating a digital classroom—with or without a learning management system—and guidance to get students interacting with the course material, the instructor, and each other. Collaboration is the key to making the learning experience more dynamic. Oliver also shows how to incorporate digital resources and the latest ed tech into your classroom, and make sure the lessons are accessible to students of all ability levels.
- What is online education?
- Why does online education succeed?
- Understanding learning management systems
- Incorporating technology in the classroom
- Setting guidelines and expectations about online courses
- Writing learning outcomes and learning objectives
- Sharing and curating files and resources
- Tracking student progress
- Engaging students
- Fostering communication
- Providing feedback
- Making learning accessible to students with disabilities