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  • The dates for Course Evaluations vary by department; they are selected by Course Evaluations administrators in each department.  Instructors may want to verify these dates.  Additionally, to encourage students to submit evaluations, some instructors provide incentives (e.g. extra credit points) for students who complete them.  If enough students submit evaluations, a list of respondents is generated for this purpose.

    Instructors can access the following information about Course Evaluations that have been created for the current semester:

    • How many evaluations have been submitted
    • How many students are enrolled in the course
    • The status of the evaluations
    • Dates when instructors can add questions to a course's evaluations (two weeks before the evaluations open for students to submit them)
    • Dates when students can submit evaluations for the course
    • If at least 5 students have submitted evaluations, a respondent list indicating which students have submitted them

    IMPORTANT: The Course Evaluations link is available in the Tool Menu of My Workspace, NOT the sites for individual classes.

    Note: Course Evaluations are completely anonymous; no information identifying which student submitted a particular evaluation is tied to their submission.  The respondent list only records which students submitted evaluations, not what they submitted.

  • An Instructor can upload copies of the same file to multiple students' drop boxes simultaneously.  Similarly, a collaboration site's Owner or Administrator can upload copies of the same file to multiple site members' drop boxes.

    Manual Site Tools
  • Updated on: Apr 23, 2018

    What is the File Drop tool?

    The Drop Box tool creates a folder for each student in a course site or member in a collaboration site.  Each student or member is only able to access their own folder.

    Students or members and instructors/site administrators can place files and create folders within their Drop Box folders.  Each student or member and their instructors/site administrators can also delete files and folders within their own student or member Drop Box.

    The Drop Box mirrors the file management features and functionality of the Resources tool. See What is the Resources tool? for more information on how to add, upload, edit, and delete files and folders within Drop Box.  As with Resources, multiple files can also be uploaded using Drag and Drop.  You can also establish a WebDAV connection to a site's Drop Box to manipulate files and folders within it.

    Note that an individual student's or site member's Drop Box folder does not have permissions options to allow the folder's contents to be shared with anyone other than instructors, site administrators, and the individual to whom the folder is assigned.  You can store items in Resources to share them with the entire site or specific groups, or to make them publicly viewable.  By default, members of collaboration sites can upload items to folders in Resources.  If you would like to allow students to upload and share materials with other students in a class, please see How do I allow students to upload and modify content in a Resources folder?

    Note: For instructions on how to add this or any other tool to your site, see How do I add tools to my site?

    Manual Site Tools
  • A paragraph break (hit Enter or Return on the keyboard) is always more meaningful than a line break (hit Shift + Enter or Return on the keyboard).  A paragraph break inserts what looks like a double-space in between one line of text and another, and allows screen reader users to parse the information on the page more readily.

    Although programs like Microsoft Word have options to create single-spaced documents with paragraph breaks, web pages do not.  You may find using a line break more esthetically pleasing than a paragraph break, but line breaks can create problems for screen reader users.

    While a screen reader can interpret a paragraph break as "blank," a line break may not be indicated to the user.  The text on the new line may sound like a new sentence, instead of the start of a new paragraph.

  • Manual For Students
  • Everybody experiences the world, including content they access on the internet, in their own way.  How someone experiences content on the internet can be vastly different depending on the computer or device and size of the screen on which they view it, and how they interact with it.

    For example, while some people read text and interpret images they view, others use assistive technology to listen to content using a screen reader.  Meanwhile, some people click on links using a mouse or similar device, while others navigate using a keyboard or by tapping on touch screens.

    Improving the accessibility of content is about reducing basic barriers to comprehension, such as providing alternative text for images, so that those who cannot see the images can grasp their meaning.  Similarly, making captions or transcript text available for a video file can make it accessible to someone who cannot hear audio.

    For more technical information about making content accessible, see What are some guidelines for making content accessible?

  • Manual For Students
  • UVaCollab uses a single consistent Rich-Text Editor across all areas where text can be added that is more than a few lines. This editor is based on the most recent stable version of the CKEditor.

    When creating content using the Rich-Text Editor, it is important that the author follow the simple guidelines below to ensure that the content can be read and understood by all. Creating well-structured and accessible content is a best practice which ensures that content is compatible with assistive devices, such as screen readers, and robust enough to be copied and pasted to other contexts or presented in unanticipated contexts.  Making content accessible is also a legal requirement.

    The Rich-Text Editor's Accessibility Checker feature can help you check your content for accessibility issues and edit it to fix them.

    The technical measure of accessibility for a web-based resource is the WCAG 2.0 standard from the W3C. The requirements of the WCAG 2.0 are summarized in the four-letter acronym POUR:

    • Perceivable - Information must be presentable to users in ways they can perceive.
    • Operable - User interface components, navigation and structure must be operable.
    • Understandable - Information and the operation of user interface must be understandable, and structural elements should be used in a meaningful way.
    • Robust - Content must be robust enough so that it can be interpreted reliably by a wide variety of technologies, including assistive technologies.

    These relatively simple considerations make a big difference if applied when content is created. The W3C provides more information in their Introduction to Understanding WCAG 2.0.

  • Manual For Students
  • Grade information that has been entered into the Gradebook tool of your site can be exported into different file formats (PDF, CSV or Excel).  By using one of the export options available on the All Grades page, you can produce a file which can be saved to your computer.  

    Note - Another export option available in Gradebook is the ability to export final letter grades directly to SIS (Student Information System)  For the steps on how this is done, see Export Final Grades from UVaCollab and Import & Approve in SIS .