So I've been writing about my escape from Blackboard to Wordpress for my online course management system. Some people were wondering what this looks like. I can't just give you the link because the classes are live and are in locked down mode (private), so I create a screencast so you can see an what an online course in Wordpress might look like. I also talk about the feature I like best in comparison to Bb.
Friday, October 29, 2010
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Engrade is a free set of web-based tools for educators allowing them to manage their classes online while providing students with 24/7 real-time online access. It's private, secure, truly free, and unbelievably easy to use.FirstName LastName IDNumber (MEIDs for Maricopa) and Engrade creates an access code for each student. I just emailed this access code with instructions to all students along with instructions on how to access their grades.
Engrade just recently added a feature that allows you to create quizzes, although it is a bit limiting at the moment. You can only create multiple choice quizzes. That doesn't work for me, so I'm using Classmarker.com for my quizzing needs.
The ClassMarker online testing website is a professional, easy to use, online quiz maker that marks your tests and quizzes for you.ClassMarker has educational pricing at $24 for the year and I'm able to create quizzes with different types of questions, including fill in the blank and essay - my favorites. It keeps track of all the scores and I can provide feedback on the quizzes. Initially I wanted to use ClassMarker because they have an external quiz feature that allows you to embed quizzes into your site. I couldn't figure out how to make that work, but that is ultimately what I want to see on my Wordpress site, quizzes embedded directly into the site.
So those are the three essentials that I had to replace when I made the move from Blackboard to Wordpress. I'll discuss more about the social aspect of Wordpress over Blackboard in my next post.