Kjell Rune Fjellheim, "I hope this article helps make your teaching day easier!”
Kjell Rune teaches music and religion/ethics at Kannik secondary school in Stavanger, Norway. He says that itslearning is used at Kannik to upload lesson plans and submit exam related texts, but insists that “itslearning is so much more than that!”
Below, Kjell Rune describes five of the itslearning functions that he uses most. Three of them appear in content blocks on his course dashboards:
1. The Planner (the blue block in the Norwegian screenshot above)
This is the feature that Kjell Rune finds most useful. He says, “The itslearning tutorial video about the Planner opened many doors for me. You’ve got to activate the planner in each subject, but once things are up and running, it’s genius!”
According to Kjell Rune, the Planner allows the following:
- • a more deliberate use of learning objectives
- • a single place where students can access information (resources, learning objectives and activities)
- • the use of teaching notes, which makes it easier to develop quality teaching plans with other teachers
- • the ability to export and import entire courses
2. Bulletin Board (the yellow block in the Norwegian screenshot above)
Kjell Rune uses the bulletin board to post messages to students regarding homework, what they’ll be working on in class, what they’ll need to bring, etc. He says, "What’s nice about the bulletin board is that people can receive alerts by email and SMS when it’s updated."
3. Follow up tasks (the red block in the Norwegian screenshot above)
Kjell Rune wanted to make this content block stand out, so he made it red. This is where students can view and access their unfinished assignments, surveys, etc. with deadlines.
4. Assessment record
Above is a screenshot of the Assessment record, which allows teachers to add comments to each assessment. Kjell Rune performs all assessments in itslearning, and only in itslearning. He says that the advantages of the Assessment record are that:
- • students can view all the feedback that they receive (formative assessment)
- • all evaluations are related to a learning objective
- • all exercises and tests are automatically registered in the Assessment record
- • students can get feedback even if Kjell Rune doesn’t manage to deliver written feedback
With a few clicks of the keyboard Kjell Rune can send a message to all members of a class or group (10A, 10B, etc.) Students can reach him and he can reach them.
Kjell Rune suggests, “Enter your email address in ‘My Settings’ and activate message forwarding to that address in ‘Message settings’. Ask your students to do the same. That way you can communicate by email (which I always have in my pocket on my iPhone) without having to log in to itslearning to read and answer mail."
A big thanks to Kjell Rune for sharing his itslearning tips!
Posted on Wed, March 5, 2014
by Leslie Ahern