To fully utilise the content and topics part of subject specifications, then you must have course resources available for Teachers and students. if you need help with this then please contact our support team. Check out this article outlining the module and it's uses.
What are Content & Topics
The tool allows for schools and institutions to be able to create a centralised learning plan for the subjects they are offering. This ensures that educators have a teaching pack available and are able to follow a set curriculum. The educators start of with pre created content which they can apply and activate according to their students rhythm, without having to create each item, they simply choose from a pre created list. Once this has been created in subject specifications, this can be rolled over on a yearly basis, which makes the start of the new year a little less stressful.
Each subject within your institution can have a Educator pack created, where premade content can be activated and applied to the course or module. Similar to creating the content individually, you create content within topic folders or for subject general content .
What do the icons mean?
The first icon 'Folder' is a topic, these are used to group content together to make it easier for all users to access information. You can even use them as Month guides, where different areas are covered during a specific period. Each item within the topic folder will need to be activated with a current date.
This icon is to apply a lesson and it's content. it's a great way to show students and parents what is being planned for the next sessions. it may help them prepare material or even research the topic before hand. It can also be used as a guide to show external auditors that a specific content has been delivered during the year.
The forum tag can be used to pen a forum within a topic or unit, or have a general forum outside of the topics. This tool can be used to promote cross communication outside of the classroom environment, but also for virtual learning.
Top tip: if you have set a group project then you can create a separate forum where students can discuss between themselves on the project. Teachers of course will be able to access and intervene when needed.
Adding assignments to the content lets educators plan their year ahead, this way they can use all the aspects of the assignments such as a full description with links to websites or videos or attaching documents. It is a great tool as well to make sure that core assessments are delivered with the same material across all courses linked to the subject.
How to activate and apply to your course?
Course Teachers should have access to Course resources within their administer menu. Open the appropriate course and a sub folder appears with the resource templates created in subject specifications. To view the resource, click on the eye icon, it can be activated by adding the resource from the slide over info panel. Equally clicking the arrow icon will activate and add the resource to your resource topic folder. You just need to confirm the various items to make this become available for your students to view, using their My Courses dashlet.
Open the pen icon and check the active status and apply a date, this is for forums and lesson content. Assignments would need to be fully configured (dates, scales, weights and options).
What about next year?
The great advantage of using content and topics for your course resources is that it can simply be copied from year to year. This avoids teachers have to copy and paste or copy individual course assignments from one year to the next. Go back to subject specifications, click on the copy link. A lside over gives you option to rollover your resources from one year to the next.