Teamie 101 is your place to know about the nitty-gritty of Teamie. Here you will learn about all the stuff that you need to know about Teamie. So let's begin:
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The Newsfeed module includes the following:
Newsfeed is a space for discussion, to share interesting stuff, to ask questions and to answer questions others might have. It's also the space for instructors to post homework for learners. In short, it's Teamie's discussion forum!
In Teamie, newsfeed can be viewed at two levels. The first level is the main newsfeed that you see on your homepage everytime you login. It has posts that are collated from all classrooms that you are a part of. The second level is the classroom newsfeed, in which you see only the posts added to that classroom. An analogy is the Facebook main newsfeed versus the newsfeed of a group that you are a part of.
Sometimes people need to initiate discussions anonymously in their classrooms or they feel comfortable commenting anonymously. This would prove really helpful as some learners hesitate to post their real thoughts or won't post at all due to the fear of getting criticised or if they think their ideas will not have much impact. Anonymous posting /commenting /replying would encourage more learners to come forward and share their ideas. When an anonymous post is shared, learners can remain anonymous to one another but the instructor will still know their identity. This would encourage learners to speak their mind, and at the same time maintain the decorum of their classrooms.
Announcements are important posts that are brought to the attention of learners and instructors immediately. Any critical piece of information that must be immediately brought to the notice of classroom members becomes an announcement. In real world scenarios, an announcement could be about a holiday declared due to heavy rains or it could be about an important upcoming deadline for which learners must do something immediately.
They are the same yet they are different. They both appear in the newsfeed. But, a question is meant to elicit an answer. It's something that needs an immediate response. Whereas thoughts are good-to-know stuff that you can afford to look at during your free time. For example, if you wish to share an interesting Youtube video on a space science experiment, you could share it as a thought. But, if you have a doubt on how gravity works in outer space, then you could post that as a question. The instructor could also post a question to initiate a discussion in the classroom. For example, before beginning a class on Newton’s Laws, the instructor could post a question asking learners to share what they know about Newton’s Laws.
Questions have the additional functionality that comments can be upvoted. The person who asked the question or the instructor can also mark a specific comment as the right answer to a question. This functionality is not available for comments made on thoughts because thoughts are meant to share interesting stuff only.
Keeping thoughts and questions separate makes it easy to filter the discussions, especially during crunch times, like before an exam or assignment deadline.
A homework post is used by instructors in a classroom to inform learners of some work that they need to do. It could be a simple homework like reading a lesson on Teamie or to prepare for a graded offline test.
Sometimes you start creating a post and decide to leave it in between (maybe due to some urgent work or it might just be that you don't have your thoughts organized yet). For such scenarios Dash provides a wonderful way out, that is, "Draft Posts". Create a post and save it as a draft post and publish it later by accessing it from the locker.
Schedule post gives you the ability to schedule your posts for a future date and time. You can create any post and decide a suitable future date and time for the post to be shared to the required classroom(s) (as a learner, you can only share a post with one classroom at a time). The scheduled post will be shared automatically at that time. For instance, you find some free time on your weekends and decide to create a post that you need to share with your class on Monday, 8 AM. All you need to do is create a post and schedule it to be shared at 8 AM on Monday. This way you get to utilize your free weekend time and have one thing less to worry about on the usually hectic Mondays.
Messages allow users to communicate with each other privately. As a user you will be able to send messages to other users who are in the classrooms that you are part of. Such users are also known as your connections and they appear in the People block of the classroom.
The Classrooms module will include the following:
A classroom (also known as unit or module) is a place where all the learning activities take place. A classroom may have learners, Instructors and administrators. It has a newsfeed where discussions take place. Lessons and assessments are shared within a classroom and members with the required permissions can access them.
Generally, learners and instructors are mapped in a classroom. However, roles of the users are not global, that means a user can be granted instructor role in one classroom and learner role in another. The role “Learner or Instructor” represents a set of permissions for a particular user in a particular classroom and they’ll be able to perform activities according to the rolein that classroom.
This completely depends on the role assigned to a user in that classroom. Usually, users having Instructor role are the ones who can create resources (Posts, Lessons and Assessments) in a classroom whereas learners are the ones who can view such resources and participate in posts, read the lessons and attempt the assessments created by the instructor(s) in that classroom.
Usually, only administrators have the required permission to add a new classroom. Although, in some cases instructors can also add new classrooms. Contact your site administrator in case you wish to start a new classroom but do not have the required permissions.
Again, only administrators are allowed to add or remove users from classrooms. Although, in some cases instructors can also add / remove new users. Contact your site administrator in case you wish to add / remove users from classrooms but do not have the required permissions.
Please read this article for more information on how to add a user to multiple classrooms
Teamie helps you build a seamless experience by integrating with various services & applications that you use to create a seamless, easy & rich learning experience. We fit right into your ecosystem. This section will include:
Zapier gives you the flexibility to automate tasks between online apps, such as, Twitter, Gmail, Facebook etc and helps save your time. Teamie - Zapier integration helps trigger a post (draft/scheduled) to be created automatically on Teamie whenever something happens on an external service (like a new post in a blog / social sites). All you need to do is automate your tasks on Zapier and the rest will be taken care "automagically"! So, just automate, sit back and relax!
Teamie-Google Drive integration gives you the flexibility to attach documents (such as word document, sheets, pdf's and more) from your Google Drive directly into Teamie posts, lessons and assessments very quickly. It also provide instructors a way to add certain access privileges to the files and determine who can view, edit or comment on the shared documents. Instructors also have the ability to not only view the document, but also comments along the way and share feedback in real time.
Turnitin is an Internet-based plagiarism-prevention service that check the submissions made by learners for unoriginal content.
Teamie’s integration with Turnitin allows instructors to enable turnitin in an assignment. After the assignment is published in Teamie, learners can make file submissions and these submissions are checked for matches against the Turnitin repositories. The results can be used in formative assessment to help learners avoid plagiarism and improve their writing.
We keep on searching for innovative ways to empower instructors to impart knowledge to learners in the best way possible. Therefore, we are taking a step forward towards integrating Teamie with another very useful app, OneNote.
As an instructor, you will now be able to create OneNote notebooks for your Teamie classrooms and automatically add the learners to them. We will also provide an entry point within the classroom to jump into OneNote. Fantastic, isn’t it!
Is it compulsory, you might wonder?
No, it isn’t! We don’t impose what we think is good for you; we just make it as an optional feature :) So, a site admin can navigate to the “Manage Optional Features” page from the Dash sidebar and enable the “OneNote LTI Integration”.
The Materials module will include the following:
Materials view serves as a single dedicated menu item for accessing your Lessons, Assessments and Sessions together instead of separate menu items. This dedicated menu item is called “Materials” and you can access it from the Dash landing page or from the Materials tab in the classroom sidebar in Dash.
Sections, as the name suggests deals with categorizing stuff according to one’s requirement. We have done exactly that! Note the keyword being ‘requirement’. As an instructor you might have the requirement to club certain lessons and assessments together and put them in a folder primarily and create a learning sequence. 'Sections' does exactly this job and helps you impart a learning sequence to your content in Teamie. You can also reorder resources within the sections as per your wish. In fact, instead of having two separate tabs to view lessons and assessments, now we’re making it a single tab called “All Materials”. You can find all the lessons and assessments of your classroom here.
Section contains an interspersed list of lessons and assessments created by instructors in their classrooms. As an instructor, you can put lessons and assessment into a section (or folder) and define their order. The main purpose behind a “Section” is to club certain lessons and assessments together and put them in a folder primarily for the purpose of categorizing them to impart better learning.
The Lesson module will include the following:
A lesson is a single unit of online learning material. A lesson can consist of multiple lesson pages. Each lesson page can have rich text content with attachments of different types such as videos, documents, links and inline quizzes. A lesson can also act as a container for a SCORM package. It is usually created by instructors and shared with learners in a classroom. A single classroom can have multiple lessons, arranged in a sequence, each of which covers a required topic.
A lesson page is a sub-component of a lesson. If lesson is a book, then a lesson page is like a chapter. You can include rich text content, embedded videos and different types of attachments like presentation slides, PDF or Google documents etc in a lesson page.
There is no restriction and you can have any number of pages in a lesson.
SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Mode) is a set of technical standards for e-learning software. SCORM tells content creators how to write their code so that it can “play well” with other e-learning software, such as Teamie. It is the de facto industry standard for e-learning interoperability. You can easily create a SCORM lesson on Teamie.
When a lesson is published, it is available for learners to read, whereas a draft lesson is not visible to learners. However if a classroom is managed by multiple instructors, then all of them will have access to the draft lessons created in that classrooms irrespective of whether they are author of that lesson or not.
The Assignment module will include the following:
An assessment in Teamie is a test created by the instructor to measure learners performance. This assessment can be an exercise for the learners to practice, a tutorial, an assignment or an online quiz that carries some points for the learners grades. Usually, Online quiz, Assignment and Offline tests are referred to as assessments in Teamie.
The Assessment Bank is one place to find all assessments that are made public. Within a given institution, it is an easy way for instructors to share assessments among themselves. For instance, a Physics instructor can go to the assessment bank to copy a public physics assessment created by some other instructor in his/her institution. Teamie creates a copy of that assessment and the instructor can make modifications to it, without affecting the original public assessment. The aim is to motivate content sharing and prevent users from reinventing the wheel.
A Question Bank is similar to the Assessment Bank. The only difference being it is a collection of questions instead of assessments. These questions are pulled out from Assessments that are shared in the Assessment Bank.
The idea behind a Question Bank is to empower an instructor to create an assessment by picking and choosing questions from different assessments.
Teamie supports the following three types of assessments:
- Online quiz
- Offline test
An online quiz is a quiz created by instructors, which learners would take online on Teamie. It allows instructors to create and set quizzes consisting of a variety of Question types very easily. Online quizzes can be designed to allow multiple attempts for learners. Also, instructors can choose whether to give feedback and/or show the correct answers for the questions.
Usually, a quiz consists of a large variety of question types, such as, Open ended or subjective, Multiple Choice Question, One Word, True/False, Match the Following and Fill in the Blank. All questions types, except open-ended questions are auto evaluated by the system after learners make submissions. Open-ended questions need to graded manually by instructors.
The assignment module allows instructors to collect submissions from learners, review them and provide feedback and grades. Learner submissions are visible only to the instructor and not to other learners. Any instructions and file attachments that learners need to complete the assignment are provided at the time of creation. Assignments can be for learners to take individually or as collaborative work for groups of learners.
Assignment is always created with in the form of an open-ended question and has only one question. While working on assignments, instructors will have an additional benefit of making a submission on the student's behalf in case they failed to do so for any given reason and continue the grading process.
An offline test is a quiz that learner takes offline and whose scores are recorded on Teamie.
As an instructor, you can import SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model) lessons/assignments to any classroom that you are part of. Like any other Teamie assessment, you will be able to make the SCORM content available to the students, set a deadline, view their progress, scores, number of attempts made and time spent on the content. In addition, you can also share a SCORM assessment with multiple classrooms.
SCORM assignments are primarily used on Teamie for capturing the scores achieved in the SCORM package, by the learner, in the classroom's gradebook. Furthermore, SCORM assignments can be given a weightage to be considered for the final score/grade in the classroom.
Whereas when SCORM packages are used to create Teamie lessons then they cannot be given a weightage and the scores obtained in any associated quiz are not captured in the gradebook.
The Rubric module will include the following:
A rubric is a great tool for Instructors. It is a simple way to set up a grading criterion for assignments. Not only is this tool useful for instructors, it is helpful for learners as well. A rubric defines in writing what is expected of the learners to get a particular grade on an assignment.
Scoring rubric is descriptive scoring scheme employed by instructors for the analysis of students efforts. It is used when you need to produce data that shares facts and figures, i.e. learners performance will be evaluated by grading their submission with scores. This is more of a quantitative approach.
Non-Scoring rubric is used when you need to produce data with more depth and description and it’s not based on facts and figures or numbers. This is more of a Qualitative approach.
Rubric bank is the place where instructors can find a list of rubrics which have been shared publicly on Teamie. The advantage of publicly shared rubrics is that they can be reused by instructors without having to create a new rubric of their own. Instructors can also clone a rubric and modify its content as per their requirement.
Please read the article that explains to you how to create a rubric.
At the moment, you can attach rubrics to an assignment and grade the learner’s submissions.
Yes, you can. But please note that rubrics attached to any assignments cannot be deleted.
The Stories module will include the following:
Stories are a way for learners to share their achievements, interests and learnings with their peers and the world. As a learner, you can create and manage your Stories easily on Teamie. In Teamie, a story could be a series of pictures, videos, audios, file attachments, etc in sequence that shows the flow of action. It gives learner a great opportunity to collaborate with other people. Learners can come up with ideas and transform into a story and share with others, multiple learners can work on a story together if needed. Learners can use this feature effectively on other occasions like:
- Information exchange on a specific topic or technology and transform the whole idea into a story
- Tell a story about an event or incident that had big impact.
- Expressing their thoughts to evoke stronger reactions or interest.
There is no restriction on the number of stories a learner can create in Teamie and share with others.
There is a vast variety of media which can be added inside a story. This includes:
- Google Docs via Google Drive
- Documents via OneDrive
- Embedding links from external sites like YouTube, Vimeo and etc.
Currently, story creation permission is granted to learners. Contact us at email@example.com in case you wish to change the role for this permission.
Learners can set the privacy settings for a story based on their choice. Keeping this in mind, teamie has provided four type of sharing settings as listed below:
- Private: story remains private and no one can view the story
- Within Teamie: any user who has the story link would be able to access and view story
- Public to the world: any user who has the story link would be able to access the story outside Teamie and does not need to be a Teamie user.
- Custom: Custom setting is further divided into two types:
- Share with classrooms: allows you to share your story with specific classrooms that you are member of.
- Share with people: allows you to share your story with specific people in your connection.
The To-Dos module will include the following:
As an instructor, you can now view pending assessment submissions that need to be graded right from your To-Dos section and navigate directly from there to the all-new assignment grading page. The new interface will make it easy for you to grade an assignment and hence save considerable amount of your time.
To-Dos lists are an excellent way to stay organized. Teamie provides you with a To-dos tool that will facilitate you to easily manage your “To-dos” list. You can keep track of your upcoming tasks such as homework/task posts, assessments and lessons that require your attention. We also categorize your tasks on the basis of their due time.
The Parent module will include the following:
The Parent module allows a parent to view their children's activities (such as last access report, grades & scores, upcoming events & deadlines, events that have passed, and recent submission made by the child for assessments) without being enrolled in their classrooms or having access to restricted information.
The Parent role in Teamie allows a parent to view certain information, such as activity reports and grades of their children without being enrolled in their classrooms.
As a parent, when you log into Teamie, you'll land on the parent home page. On this page, the name of your child who is associated with your account is shown. No other content of your child’s account will be shown here.
Teamie provides you a platform to find out how your child is doing in his/her classrooms. Tracking your child’s activity can prove quite useful for his future. As a parent, you can track your child’s activity through To-dos tool on Teamie. You can see the list of upcoming items/tasks your child has to do in various classrooms and advice your child to finish his/her task on time.
A session, simply defined, is similar to a period in a classroom. Instructors can create new sessions and link existing materials (only published materials) to them in their classrooms. A session can be conducted by multiple instructors. After the session is created, you can mark attendance of learners as Attended, Late or Not Attended. By default, learner’s attendance is marked as Attended. As an instructor, you can track the total time spent by each learner in your classroom.
Some use-case scenarios for which instructors can create sessions:
• Brainstorming sessions
• Hands-on lab sessions
• Learning sessions
• Collaborative learning and so on.
The Import Content feature gives you the flexibility to quickly import content from existing classrooms into a newly created/existing classroom. As an instructor, you can import lessons (including SCORM lessons) and assessments (Online quizzes, Assignments, SCORM assignments & Offline Tests).
An administrator has full access to the majority of modules on Teamie and can perform various tasks pertaining to user accounts in Teamie as listed below:
- Add a new user - to create one individual user account.
- Upload users - to create new user accounts in bulk through bulk import template
- Updating users role - to update/change the user’s role
- Blocking / unblocking a user account
- Deleting a user account
- Adding a user to other classrooms
- Searching users - to search and edit user accounts.
- Bulk user operations - to perform specific actions on a large group of users.
Teamie allow administrator to add custom Meta fields to a classroom via administrator interface, apart from the default set of Meta fields which a user normally see while setting up new classrooms. Being the latest addition to our product, our clients can use this feature to define new Meta fields for their classrooms and track additional information in them, which was not possible earlier with default set of Meta fields.
A competency-based assessment is an assessment that does not lay emphasis on numerical scores. For a Competency-based assessment, an instructor marks a learner as either "Competent" or "Not Competent" after learner makes a submission. The labels could be different depending on your requirements. There could be more than two labels as well, for example "Moderately Competent", "Non Competent" and "Competent".
For a particular classroom, a learner would be considered as "Competent" if he/she manages to obtain a "Competent" label in all the competency-based assessments from the instructor in that classroom. Usually, in real-life scenarios, the learner will keep on taking assessments repeatedly, until he/she manages to obtain a "Competent" label for all assessments.
The purpose of splash images is to enhance the look and feel of your Teamie site. The splash images can be used to notify the users if they are not able to access certain pages or not taking correct steps to perform certain tasks on the site. As a site administrator you can add splash images to Login Page, Page Not Found, Access Denied and Maintenance Page. Let's see how you can work your way with splash images.
Teamie now allows users to register directly onto any Teamie site with the help of the User Registration feature. Once this feature is enabled on your Teamie site, users will be able to register on the site and will be assigned a site level role of “Interim Learner”. Interim learner will have the same permission as that of the learner level role. User registration is an optional feature and can be enabled by the site administrator. Let's see how you can enable it on your Teamie site.
As an administrator, you will be able to create custom sidebar links in Teamie. This is especially required if learners need additional information while they visit Teamie (this information could be about how to perform certain tasks within a classroom, announcement about an upcoming activity in the classroom and so on). You can nest menu links up to one level.
Tagging allow instructors and learners to map Teamie resources (lessons, lesson pages and assessments in a post on the site. While migrating this functionality to Dash, we thought of enhancing it. Unlike the old interface, users will be able to tag a specific page within a lesson too.
Sometimes teachers go on leave or vacation, and other teachers need to cover up for them. For this, the cover teacher would need a quick access to the classrooms of the teacher who is absent. This will help the cover teacher gets up to speed with whatever the teachings that have been happening in the classroom and then can guide the learners accordingly.
Although administrator could temporarily add the cover teacher to the classroom he/she is covering, this would put a significant workload on the administrator. So, we decided to come up with the concept of cover teacher. This would be an optional feature, which would allow any teacher to view any other teacher’s classroom! Yup, we broke down the walls separating the classrooms!
Teachers can now search for any users on the site and click on the suggestions that appear and navigate to that teacher's profile. And on the teacher's profile, you can navigate to any classroom of that teacher and get view-only access to it.
The Gradebook is a tool for instructors to calculate and store grade information and distribute it to learners. Using the Gradebook, instructors can:
- Auto-calculate assessments grades
- Define assessments grades based on a 100% scale
- Choose between point- or percentage-based grading
- Enter, view, edit, and assign learner scores, grades, and comments
- Publish scores to the Gradebook from assessments such as Quiz, Assignments and Offline Test
- Export scores and grades to Microsoft Excel sheets (in .csv format)
- View learner’s scores and grades, once they are published
The User Profile module includes the following:
Every user in Teamie has a profile page which can be reached from the sliding navigation bar at the top-left corner. Usually, profile page contains the basic information about the user like user name, country, role, classroom participation and so on. Further, administrators have full control on the information that will be shown on the user’s profile page.
You can see the basic information like your name, Email address, Gender, Date of Birth on the edit profile page. Users are allowed to change their account password, can update the time zone settings, upload new profile picture and so on. However, administrator can choose and disable edits to any of the above mentioned fields. In such cases, you can get in touch with your administrator in order to update your profile.
If you have the required permissions, then you can view the user profile of any user in Teamie. You can simply type in the user name in the Teamie global search bar and system will auto suggest a list of user(s). Select a user from the auto suggestion list and click on it and you’ll be taken to the user profile page where you can see the basic information about that user.
The Teamie Calendar module includes the following:
Teamie calendar keeps your events and due dates organized. It can be easily accessed from the top right corner of your dash home page. After accessing calendar, you can see the events and their due dates by Month, Week and Day. Each event is given a color which represents the classroom to which the event belongs to. By default, the calendar displays all classrooms events. However, you can filter the calendar events for more specific views.
By default, You will see the following events in your Teamie calendar. Although, you can apply filters to look for any particular event type:
- Others (displays the events that you create in your personal calendar from old interface)
Different users have different ways of using Teamie, and we certainly want them to try out new things with it. One small step is Teamie iCal (that’s what we call it fondly).
Most calendar applications support the iCal format. This provides a standard way to import your Teamie calendar events into other applications, such as, Microsoft Outlook, Calendar app on Mac and Google Calendar. This is more convenient than switching between apps. This way you won’t miss out on any of the activities and events on Teamie. All you need to do is copy Teamie calendar iCal link and paste this link into any other calendar app.
No, you cannot see the calendar events created by other users in Teamie.
Yes. By default, calendar shows a list of completed tasks (homework tasks) you have marked as done, with a green tick mark, from all the classrooms when you land on the calendar page.
For example, if you (learner) wanted to see a list of homeworks which have been marked as done in a specific classroom then you can select event type as Homework and select the classroom from the filter drop down as shown in the screen below and you will see a list of completed homeworks highlighted by a green tick mark from that particular classroom.
The Site-level reminder module includes the following:
This feature allows site administrator to configure site-level reminders for Teamie module, such as lessons, assessments, sessions etc. These reminders will be sent out to users (can choose a specific role also to which reminder should be triggered) before or after certain dates associated with selected Teamie modules. Please read the blog for more information on how a site administrator can configure site level reminders in Teamie.
Setting up site level reminder can be beneficial for instructors to remind their learners about an activity before its deadline so that they don’t miss it. Instructors can use these reminders in scenarios as mentioned below:
- All classroom members (instructors and learners) are notified (via any of the selected three notification modes [email, mobile or bulletin board]) three days before a lesson is available for learners for reading.
- Sending a notification to all the learners three days before the assessment expiry/deadline so that they can be reminded about the deadline.
- Similarly, instructors can send a notification to all the learners two days before the session deadline or expiry date so that learners can come to class and take that session and record their presence accordingly.
In most cases, a site administrator is given permission to configure site-level reminders on Teamie.
The Admin Dashboard module includes the following:
The Admin dashboard page is a place rich with information that will keep the site administrator apprised of overall platform activity. They can access any of the four primary tabs (Users, Lessons, Assessments, and Posts) to view stats in that category. An overall stat count will be visible just below the category name in the primary tab.
User with administrator role will be able to see the overall platform activity through the admin dashboard page on Teamie.
The Optional Features module includes the following:
“Manage Optional Features” page is a place where you can see all the optional features which remains disabled by default and you can enable any of them based on your requirement and start using that particular feature.
For example: 'User Registration', 'Stories', 'Splash Images' or 'User Expiry' are the optional features in Teamie and by default these features are kept disabled. So, administrator has full access to enable such features anytime by accessing Manage Optional features page.
Administrator has the required permissions to enable/disable any of the optional features, whenever required, by accessing Manage Optional Features page.
Most of the optional features are free of cost and can be enabled by your administrator when required. Although some optional features are paid such as the "Stories" feature. In case any optional feature does not work or you have any query regarding them, then you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’d be happy to assist you :)