MYMATHLAB - BEGINNING - LESSON 1 - CREATE YOUR MYMATHLAB COURSE
MYMATHLAB - BEGINNING - LESSON 1 - CREATE YOUR MYMATHLAB COURSE
© Pearson Education, 2007 (7/8/2007) Page 4 MYMATHLAB – BEGINNING LESSON 1 – CREATE YOUR MYMATHLAB COURSE MyMathLab provides complete online courses for Pearson Education textbooks in Mathematics and Statistics. Once you have registered in CourseCompass, you can create MyMathLab courses for as many textbooks as you like, and you can choose whether or not to make each course available to your students. 1. Obtain an instructor access code. Before you can create an instructor account for MyMathLab, you need to obtain a 6-word instructor access code. This code is located inside the MyMathLab Instructor Access Kit that you can request from your textbook representative.
2. Register your instructor access code. Go to the CourseCompass site at http://www.coursecompass.com/. Click the Register button located under Instructors, and follow the instructions provided on-screen to register your 6-word instructor access code and create your instructor user name and password. Tip: To edit your account information in the future, log in to MyMathLab, then click the Account Summary link at the top right of the MyCourseCompass page. 3. Log in to MyMathLab. At the CourseCompass site, http://www.coursecompass.com/, click the Log In button located under Instructors. Enter the instructor user name and password that you created in the previous step, and click the Log In button.
4. Create your MyMathLab course. On the MyCourseCompass page, click the Create Course button. In the Create or Copy a Course page, type the author or title of your textbook in the Search Course Materials box, and click the Go button. Search through the list of textbooks, and click the Select Course Materials button for the desired text. Alternatively, you can copy a course that you or another instructor has already customized. In the Create or Copy a Course page, select Copy a Course. Then select Copy One of Your Existing Courses, and choose the course from the dropdown list, or select Copy Another Instructor's Course and enter the Course ID for the course you want to copy in the Enter Course ID box.
Click the Go button. On the Select Course Components page, deselect any Course Components you do not wish to copy, then click the Continue button. On the Enter Course Information page, you will see the textbook cover, title, and author(s) for the text you selected. Type the Course Name and enter the Enrollment start and end dates, as well as the Course start and end dates. Click the Create Course Now button. CourseCompass creates your course using the set of course materials you selected. Depending on the number of other course creation requests and the size of the course materials you selected, this process can take up to one business day.
Note: You should enter a descriptive name for your course so that your students can easily recognize the name of the course. For example, the name “MATH 100 Section A Fall 2006” clearly describes the course. 5. Preview your MyMathLab course. After you have received an email confirmation that your course has been created, log back in to MyMathLab. Your course will be listed in the Courses box on the MyCourseCompass page.
© Pearson Education, 2007 (7/8/2007) Page 5 Click the course name to open the course. Preview the course from a student viewpoint by navigating to each of the pages represented by the buttons on the left side of the page.
6. Give students information to enroll in your MyMathLab course. In the Courses box on the MyCourseCompass page, click the How Students Enroll link to the right of your course name. Students will need a student access code as well as your course ID to enroll in your course. You can find your course ID below the course name in the MyCourseCompass page, and you should distribute this information to your students. LESSON 2 – LEARN ABOUT THE CONTROL PANEL The control panel is your headquarters for creating and customizing content in your courses, and is organized into 7 sections according to the function of the links in the section.
To open the Control Panel, log in to MyMathLab, then click the name of your course. In the navigation bar on the left of the course homepage, click the Control Panel button.
The left side of the Control Panel contains the sections where you customize the CourseCompass parts of the course, such as Chapter Contents, Announcements, and the Course Menu. On the right side, the Assessment section is where you go to create CourseCompass assessments. Note: When you first start using MyMathLab, it is best not to use any of the links in the Assessment section. All the preloaded math content in the program is included in the MyMathLab section, and any assessments created in the Assessment section will not have any preloaded math exercises. Also note that there are two Gradebook links in the Control Panel.
The Gradebook you want to use is in the MyMathLab section. When you first start using MyMathLab, you will do most of the customization using the links in the MyMathLab section of the Control Panel. The table below gives you a convenient map for the rest of the lessons in this tutorial.
© Pearson Education, 2007 (7/8/2007) Page 6 Section Lesson reference Content Areas Add content (such as syllabi) or modify existing content (such as Chapter Contents) Lesson 8 – Modify Chapter Contents Lesson 9 – View Instructor Resources Lesson 23 – Add/Manage Course Content Course Tools Provide access to tools, such as Announcements, Email, or Discussion Boards Lesson 7 – Add Announcements Lesson 24 – Use the Discussion Board Lesson 25 – Use the Chat Room and Virtual Classroom Lesson 26 – Send Email and Messages Course Options (Some options are on the MyCourseCompass page) Customize the navigation panel, or modify course dates Lesson 21 – Modify the Design of the Navigation Panel Lesson 22 – Add or Remove Buttons in the Navigation Panel Lesson 30 – Change CourseCompass Settings User Management Manage users in your course.
Lesson 27 – Manage the Class Roster Assessment (SEE NOTE ABOVE) Set up assessments in CourseCompass Lesson 28 – Add CourseCompass Assessments Lesson 29 – Use the CourseCompass Gradebook MyMathLab Manage the math content in your MyMathLab course Get help on the MyMathLab part of the program Lesson 3 – Edit Your Course Settings Lesson 4 – Create Homework Assignments Lesson 5 – Create Quizzes and Tests Lesson 6 – View the Gradebook Lesson 11 – Add/Manage Offline Assignments Lesson 12 – Manage Multiple Assignments Lesson 13 – Share Assignments Lesson 14 – Upload TestGen Quizzes and Tests Lesson 15 – Set Gradebook Options Lesson 16 – Manage Results Lesson 17 – Change Gradebook Weights Lesson 18 – Import and Export Grades Lesson 19 – Manage Multiple Sections Help Get help on the CourseCompass part of the program LESSON 3 – EDIT YOUR COURSE SETTINGS The first step in customizing your course should be to edit the course settings.
1. Open the Edit Course window.
In the Control Panel, click on Settings and Group Admin in the MyMathLab section. 2. Edit the course settings. The Course Settings Summary page shows you the current settings for your course. Click the Edit link to the right of the General Settings section. The Edit Course window has several steps to help you edit your course settings. 3. Select the Course Type. In the Start window, select the Type of course to create. For this lesson, you will select the Standard course type. For more information about the Coordinator course type, see Lesson
© Pearson Education, 2007 (7/8/2007) Page 7 19 – Manage Multiple Sections.
You can also click the Learn about course types link to learn more about coordinator courses. Note: To edit the course name, see Lesson 30 – Change CourseCompass Settings. 4. Click Next to go to the Availability window. 5. Set the time zone for the course. Choose your time zone from the drop-down list. It is important to use the correct time zone, as all deadlines for MyMathLab homework, quizzes, and tests will be synchronized to the time zone you select. If you live in an area that follows Daylight Savings Time, check the box to Adjust Automatically for Daylight Savings Time.
Note: To change the Availability dates for your course, see Lesson 30 – Change CourseCompass Settings. 6. Click Next to go to the Group Admin window. For this lesson, you have selected the Standard course type, and the course is not part of a course group. To learn more about Coordinator courses, see Lesson 19 – Manage Multiple Sections 7. Click Next to go to the Coverage window. 8. Customize the content in your course. When you first create a course, all the chapters, sections, and objectives in the textbook are automatically included in your course. For this lesson, uncheck the box for Chapter 2.
Then, click the plus sign next to Chapter 3 to see the list of sections in that chapter. Uncheck the box for Section 3.1. Notice that all the objectives in section 3.1 are automatically unchecked. You should also see the parenthetical comment “(partially included)” next to the Chapter 3 title. Note: Exercises from unchecked items will automatically be excluded from homework, quizzes, tests, and the Study Plan. However, assignments created earlier that include unchecked items will not be affected.
9. Click Next to go to the Learning Aids window. A warning box will pop up to verify that you wanted to exclude the items you unchecked in the previous step. Click OK to close the pop-up box and move to the Learning Aids window. 10. Choose the multimedia learning aids. Depending on the textbook you are using for the course, your course may contain some or all of the following learning aids: Video, Animation, Textbook Pages, and Ask My Instructor. These learning aids appear in the homework and Study Plan windows. Click the View Sample link to view a sample of the learning aid. For this lesson, leave all the boxes checked.
11. Click Save to save your settings.
The same warning box will pop-up to verify your coverage choices from the Coverage step. Click OK to close the pop-up box and go to the Course Settings Summary window. Note: From the Course Settings Summary page, you can return to any of the settings windows by clicking the Edit link for that window.
© Pearson Education, 2007 (7/8/2007) Page 8 LESSON 4 – CREATE HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS In this lesson, you will learn how to create homework assignments using two approaches. First, you will copy a preloaded sample homework assignment, and then you will learn how to create a homework assignment from scratch.
In both cases, assignments are created by choosing algorithmic exercises that are correlated to the exercises in your textbook. For more advanced options for creating and customizing homework assignments, refer to the lessons in the MyMathLab – Intermediate section of this tutorial.
1. Open the Homework/Test Manager. In the Control Panel, click on Homework/Test Manager in the MyMathLab section. 2. Filter the list of assignments. In the Homework/Test Manager page, click the Homework button to show only homework assignments. You will see a list of Sample Homework assignments at the bottom of the page. There is one sample homework assignment per section, and each assignment includes all the exercises available for that section. Create a homework assignment by copying a sample homework 3. Preview a sample homework assignment Select a chapter from the drop-down list above the list of sample homework.
Choose one of the sample homework assignments in the chapter, and select Preview from the Actions drop-down list to the right of the assignment name. Click Go to preview the assignment in the student view. Close the Homework window when you are done previewing the assignment. To
© Pearson Education, 2007 (7/8/2007) Page 9 view a list of exercises in the assignment, select List Exercises in the Actions drop-down list and click Go. Close the View Exercise Details window when you are done. 4. Copy a sample homework assignment. Select Copy from the Actions drop-down list, and click Go. The Copy Homework window has several steps to help you set up your homework assignment. 5. Enter the homework name. In Step 1, enter the name for the homework assignment in the Homework Name box. You should use a descriptive name, like “1.2 Homework”, so that your students can easily identify the assignment.
6. Click Next to go to the Add/Review Content window. 7. Change point values for each exercise. In the Add/Review Content window, the table on the bottom left shows you the list of Available Exercises for the section you selected. The table on the bottom right shows the list of exercises you selected for the assignment, as well as the point value for each exercise. By default, each exercise is worth 1 point, and you can change the point value to any whole number from 1 to 99. Change the point values for a few exercises and notice that the total number of points for the assignment is automatically updated.
Note: Since you are copying a sample homework assignment, all exercises from this section are included in your assignment. You can add or remove exercises as desired. See step 17 for more details. 8. Click Next to go to the Choose Settings window. 9. Set the available dates and times for the assignment. In the Availability Options area, leave the available date at today’s date. Enter a due date one week from today. You can type the date in the box, or click the calendar icon to open a pop-up calendar and select the date. Check the box to Allow students to continue to work and change score after due date.
Then, check the box to Require password after due date, and enter a password in the text box. This allows you to control which students can make up missed homework.
10. Choose the presentation options. In the Presentation Options area, leave the Save exercise values and student answers box checked. This means that exercise values in the homework assignment will be preserved unless the student completes the exercise and chooses to regenerate a similar exercise. You will also be able to review your student’s work and view the exact exercise that the student worked on. Leave the Allow students to print this homework assignment box checked to allow students to print the assignment.
12. Choose the scoring options. In the Scoring Options area, leave the Allow partial credit on questions with multiple parts box checked.
Note that the program will award fractional partial credit if the question point value is not divisible by the number of parts in the question. To avoid fractional scores, go back to the Add/Review Content page and change the point value of each multi-input question to a multiple of the number of parts in the question. You will need to preview the questions to determine the number of parts in each question.
13. Save the assignment. Click the Save & Assign button to save the assignment and make it available for students to work on. Your homework assignment is now listed in the Homework/Test Manager window.
© Pearson Education, 2007 (7/8/2007) Page 10 You can edit the assignment by choosing the appropriate action from the Actions drop-down list to the right of the assignment name. You can Assign/Unassign the assignment, Edit, Copy, or Delete the assignment. In addition, you can change the Settings for Class, or change the Settings per Student for the assignment.
You can also Preview the assignment, view the list of exercises in the assignment, or Print the assignment. Select the desired action, and click the Go button.
Create a homework assignment from scratch 14. Create a new homework assignment. In the Homework/Test Manager window, click Create Assignment and select Create Homework from the drop-down list. 15. Enter the homework name. In Step 1, type the name for the homework assignment in the Homework Name box. 16. Click Next to go to the Add/Review Content window. The available exercises are listed in the bottom left box in the Add/Review Content window. Exercises are labeled by chapter, section, and number. For example, 1.5.3 refers to exercise 3 in section 1.5 of the textbook. To preview an exercise, click the exercise label.
You can also click the Preview & Add button at the bottom of the list to view the exercises before adding to your homework assignment.
17. Choose the exercises to include in your homework assignment. Filter the list of available exercises to show only exercises from Chapter 1, Section 2. The total number of available exercises is given at the top of the Available Exercises box. Select 5 exercises from this section by checking the boxes to the left of the exercise labels. Click the Add button to include the exercises in your homework assignment. Alternatively, click the Preview & Add button to open a preview window where you can view the exercises one at a time and decide if you want to add the exercise to the assignment. Your exercise selections are listed in the box on the right.
To remove an exercise from your assignment, check the box to the left of the exercise number, and click the trash can below the list of exercises or click the Remove button.
Tip: You can select exercises from multiple sections or chapters. 18. Preview the homework assignment. Click the View Student Homework button to preview the homework assignment from a student viewpoint. Click the Preview & Remove button to open a preview window where you can view the exercises and decide whether you want to remove any of them from the list. 19. Click Next to go to the Choose Settings window. Follow the same steps as before to customize the Availability Options, Presentation Options, Scoring Options, and Other settings for your homework assignment. 20. Set a prerequisite for the assignment.
For this assignment, you will set a prerequisite in the Access Controls area. Select the previous homework assignment from the drop-down list. Enter 80 as the minimum score. This
© Pearson Education, 2007 (7/8/2007) Page 11 means that the program will not allow students to open the current assignment until they earn at least 80% on the prerequisite assignment. Tip: Use prerequisites to ensure mastery of prerequisite concepts. See Lesson 12 – Manage Multiple Assignments to learn how to change prerequisites for multiple assignments. 21. Save the assignment.
Click the Save & Assign button to save the assignment and make it available to students. The new assignment appears at the bottom of the list. To reorder the assignment, click the Show All button to view all assignments. Then click on the order number to the left of the assignment and select Move this assignment. A drop-down list will appear in place of the order number, and you can select the new location for the assignment. LESSON 5 – CREATE QUIZZES AND TESTS This lesson shows you how to create quizzes and tests that you can assign for students to work on, and count towards their grade, if desired.
You should have already worked through Lesson 4 – Create Homework Assignments, since many of the steps for creating quizzes and tests are identical to the steps for creating homework. For more advanced options for creating and customizing quizzes and tests, refer to the lessons in the MyMathLab – Intermediate section of this tutorial. Note: You should create your quizzes and tests using the MyMathLab Homework/Test Manager rather than the CourseCompass Test Manager. Using this approach, your students’ results are recorded in the MyMathLab Gradebook, and students’ Study Plans are updated based on their performance on the quizzes and tests.
1. Open the Homework/Test Manager.
In the Control Panel, click on Homework/Test Manager in the MyMathLab section. 2. Filter the list of assignments. Click the Quizzes & Tests button to show only quizzes and tests. You will see a list of Sample Tests at the bottom of the page. There are two sample tests per chapter, and each test is designed to match the content in the chapter test from the textbook. Create a test by copying a sample test Note: The steps for creating quizzes are identical. 3. Copy a sample test. Choose one of the sample tests, and select Copy from the Actions drop-down list to the right of the test name. Click Go to copy the sample test.
4. Enter the test name. In Step 1, type the name of the test in the Test Name box. You should use a descriptive name, like “Chapter 1 Test”, so that students can easily identify the test. 5. Click Next to go to the Add/Review Content window. This window is similar to what you saw when you were creating the new homework assignment in Lesson 4 – Create Homework Assignments. With quizzes and tests, you have the option to group multiple exercises into a pool for a specific question. For that question, students see one of the exercises from your pool.
6. Create a pool of exercises. At the top of the My Selections table, click Pooling Options.
In the Pooling Options window, select Enable question pooling, then click OK. Now select several exercises in the My
© Pearson Education, 2007 (7/8/2007) Page 12 Selections list, and click Pool. You can also select exercises from the list of Available Exercises and click Pool. The exercises will be added to your assignment and pooled together. Notice that pooled exercises are numbered identically. The program will randomly select one of the pooled exercises for that question on the test. Note: Item analysis data and performance by chapter results will not be available for the test if you enable pooling. 7. Change point values for each exercise. Change the point values for a few exercises by entering the point values in the box to the right of the exercise name.
Notice that you can only change the point value for the first exercise listed in a pool.
8. Click Next to go to the Choose Settings window. 9. Set the available dates and times for the test. In the Availability Options area, leave the available date at today’s date. Enter a due date one week from today. Note: Unlike homework, you do not have the option to allow students to continue working on a test after the due date. If you want students to make up tests after the due date, you have to change the due date. 10. Set the number of attempts for the test. In the Access Controls area, check the box to Limit number of attempts to and enter the number 3 in the text box. This will allow students to take the test 3 times.
Note: Unlike homework, students do not receive feedback while they are taking the test. Answers can be changed for any exercise, and the test is not graded until the student submits the test. Submission of the test for grading counts as one attempt. 11. Set the option for incomplete tests.
If a student leaves the test window without submitting the test for grading, the test will be marked as “Incomplete”. For this lesson, choose the Student can access and continue on his or her own option, so that students can re-open the test on their own. For more information on incomplete tests, see Lesson 16 – Manage Results. 12. Set a prerequisite for the test. Choose one of the homework assignments you created in Lesson 4 – Create Homework Assignments as the prerequisite for this test. Enter a minimum score of 80%. 13. Choose the review options.
In the Review Options area, select Student can review after submitting from the Reviewing test drop-down list.
Check the box to Allow students to print the test with the correct answers and their answers while reviewing. 14. Choose the scoring options. In the Scoring Options area, leave the Allow partial credit on questions with multiple parts box checked. To avoid fractional scores, you may need to go back to the Add/Review Content page to change the point value for multi-input questions to a multiple of the number of parts in the question.
15. Save the test. Click the Save and Assign button to save the test and make it available to students. Your test is now listed in the Homework/Test Manager page. You can edit the test by choosing the appropriate action from the Actions drop-down list to the right of the test name.