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Welcome to EWA 101: Creating a course in 2 easy steps!
This PPT slideshow will walk you through the process of creating a course, which is the first step for any adopter to get up and running with EWA. As mentioned earlier, creating a course is the key to instructors starting out with EWA. Therefore, the people at WebAssign, who are instructors as well, wanted the entire course creation process to be as user-friendly as possible to complete and additionally after the course is created, the information to be easily accessible in one location in case an instructor would like to make any changes later down the line.
The first step is to log into EWA. This login page is the same log-in a student, instructor, etc would use to enter EWA. You enter a User Name, Institution and Password. If you do not have an EWA account please click on the Sign Me Up logo on the home page of WebAssign. Once you are logged into the account, the first step is to hit the Create button and three items will be shown Question, Assignment and Course. These three features are the most used features in EWA and therefore, have been given easy access for users. Please click on the Course link.Step 1 of the Course Creation is now available to for you to input the pertinent information needed to create a course.
First you will fill in the Course Information section, which includes the Course Name, description, discipline, term, section(s) and date visible to students and last visible to students.
In the Course Information area, it is important that you the instructor enter the exact date that a course starts in the Date Visible section.
Why is that? WebAssign allows students a 14-day grace period in which to enter an access code that starts on the date the course is visible to students. Why is this important for students? Typically, they do not buy their text and access code before classes start. Some students are waiting for their financial aid check to purchase books. And sometimes, students have not fully committed to this course and do not want to purchase anything just yet. Why is this important to instructors? Instructors can immediately start giving homework on Day 1 of their semester and they do not have to listen to students excuses as to why they do not have an access code.
So, what is the next area in which to complete in the course creation?Entering the Textbook Information lets check it out.
Next you will complete the Textbook Information: Click on appropriate Discipline which would be math for this exercise, Choose the appropriate text that was selected for adoption or targeted text via the Filter. You can filter via Author OR Publisher (not both) and then, select Text. For purposes of this walk-through, Kaufmann/Schwitters Algebra for College Students is the textbook that has been chosen.
Once the text is selected, a second window will pop open showing the book that has been chosen.
And then, you will be asked to make a check in a box certifying that this text has chosen for adoption or evaluation. Please make a check in the box.
Next, you will fill out the Communication Preferences.
The Communication Preferences are the preferences in how an instructor would like his/her students to communicate with them.
There are three types Private Messaging (allowing a student to email privately to the instructor)Ask Your Teacher (where you can ask your instructor a question within the homework assignment)Extension Requests (which allows a student to ask for an extension request on a homework assignment).
All three of these preferences are defaulted to Disabled and I would suggest enabling them to illustrate to the instructor how each preference works in the system.
Next is the billing preference you have a choice of either Bill Institution (where the institution gets billed for each student that accesses EWA) or Student Access Code (where a student enters a passcode through an access code they bought with their textbook or standalone). Please check Student Access Code that is by far the most popular form of payment. Once completed, click Next.Now, we are onto Step 2
Step 2 lists the Course name and the instructor of the course. Also, you may fill out additional course information such as Section, Meet Days and Meet Time. If filled out, this information will be shown to students on their course home page.
Once completed, click Save.The Course Creation Confirmation message is shown to you in green signifying that your course is good to go!
Your course has officially been created! Wasnt that easy? So now that you have mastered this feature, you are ready for the next step, rostering your students in the course you just created.
Thank you for joining me on the course creation and I look forward to sharing the Rostering process with you!