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TritonEd: Communication Tools

Learn how to setup interactive tools to promote faculty and student communication and collaboration.

TritonEd provides students and instructors with a space to collaborate and discuss outside of the classroom. Instructors can also send announcements and emails to students through TritonEd to communicate important messages. See the steps below to learn how to use TritonEd's communication tools.

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Announcement

Create an Announcement to notify students of due dates, time-sensitive information, changes, or updates through TritonEd. Announcements can also be sent via email to all students. In TritonEd, Announcements appear in the Tools page or on the course home page.

Create an Announcement

  1. Locate the Control Panel, under Course Management, in the left side toolbar.
  2. Click Course Tools to expand the list.
  3. Click Announcements.
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  4. On the Announcements page, click Create Announcement.
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  5. In the Subject line, enter the title of the Announcement.
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  6. In the text box, enter the announcement Message.
  7. In the Announcement Options, select the corresponding display dates or select Not Date Restricted.
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  8. To send a copy of the announcement via email to all students, click the checkbox for Email Announcement.
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  9. Click Submit.
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  10. The most recent Announcement will appear at the top of the Announcements page. Students will also receive an email immediately if the option has been selected.
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  11. To edit an Announcement, click the drop-down menu next to the Announcement title to access the options. Select Edit to make changes or Delete to remove the announcement.
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TritonEd email

Instructors can send email to all or selected users, students, groups, teaching assistants, or instructors in the TritonEd site.

Send an email through TritonEd

  1. Locate the Control Panel, under Course Management, on the left-side toolbar.
  2. Click Course Tools to expand the options.
  3. Click Send Email.
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  4. Select the recipients of the email:
    • All Users.
    • All Groups.
    • All Student Users.
    • All TAs.
    • All Instructors.
    • Select Users.
    • Select Groups.
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  5. To select Users, click the name in the Available to Select column on the left.
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  6. Click the Right arrow to move the name into the Selected column.
  7. Enter a title for the email in the Subject line.
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  8. Enter the email message in the text box.
  9. A copy of the email is automatically sent to the sender.
  10. Click Submit to send.
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Discussion forum

Create discussion forums to organize discussions and provide an area for students to ask questions, discuss class topics, and reply to each other’s posts. Use discussion forums for introductions and general class questions. discussion forums can also be graded.

Create a Discussion Forum

  1. Locate the Course Menu in the left side toolbar.
  2. Click Discussions.
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  3. On the Discussion Board page, click Create Forum.
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  4. Enter a Name for the forum. The Name becomes the link that students click to access the discussion.
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  5. Enter a Description for the forum in the text box.
  6. To make the Discussion forum available to students, click Yes next to Available. Click No to hide the forum.
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  7. To set the specific date and time for the forum availability, select the Display After and Display Until dates and times.
  8. Forums can be graded by clicking Grade Discussion Forum: Points Possible. Enter the possible points in the text box. This will create a column in the Grade Center for grading.
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  9. Adjust the additional settings to manage how students interact with the discussion forum.
  10. Click Submit.

Create a Thread

  1. The newest Discussion Forum will appear at the top of the Discussion Board page.
  2. To create a thread within a Discussion Forum, click on the Discussion Forum name.
  3. Click Create Thread.
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  4. Enter name for the thread in the Subject line and add text in the message box.
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  5. Click Submit.
  6. Students can respond to the thread(s) by clicking Reply.
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Course blog

A blog is a collaborative tool for students to post a series of blog entries, make comments, and share ideas across the class.

Create a Blog

  1. Locate the Control Panel, under Course Management, in the left side toolbar.
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  2. Click Course Tools to expand the list.
  3. Select Blogs.
  4. On the Blogs page, click Create Blog.
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  5. Enter a Name for the Blog.
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  6. Enter instructions for the Blog in the text box, if desired.
  7. In Blog Availability, click Yes to make the blog available to students. To hide the blog, click No.
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  8. Select the appropriate options for Date and Time Restrictions, Participation, and Settings.
  9. Under Grade Settings, add a point value for the blog by selecting the Grade option along with the possible points. This will automatically add a column in the Grade Center.
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  10. Click Submit.
  11. The new blog will be added to the Blogs page, which sorts the blogs by name alphabetically. Click on any of the column headers to sort accordingly.

Post a Blog Entry

  1. Click on the name of the blog.
  2. Click Create Blog Entry.
  3. Enter a Title for the Blog Entry.
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  4. Enter the blog message in the text box.
  5. Click Post Entry.

Journal

Journals allow students to post ongoing journal entries for reflection and analysis. Journals can be made private between the instructor and the student, or public for class view. Only the instructor and the student can leave comments on each journal entry.

Create a Journal

  1. Locate the Control Panel, under Course Management, on the left-hand side toolbar.
  2. Click Course Tools to expand the list.
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  3. Select Journals.
  4. On the Journals page, click Create Journal.
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  5. Enter a Name for the Journal.
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  6. Enter instructions for the Journal in the text box.
  7. To make the Journal available to students, click Yes next to Journal Availability.  To hide the Journal, click No.
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  8. To display the Journal within a given time frame, select the Display After and Display Until dates.
  9. To allow students to edit and delete entries and/or comments, select the appropriate boxes.
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  10. To allow all enrolled students to view each other’s journal entries, select Permit Course Users to View Journal.
  11. To add a point value for the Journal, select the Grade option and enter possible points.  This will automatically add a column in the Grade Center.
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  12. Click Submit.
  13. The new Journal will be added to the Journals page, which sorts the Journals by name alphabetically. Click on any of the column headers to sort accordingly.
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Wiki

A wiki is a collaborative space where all students can view, contribute, and edit content. The instructor can adjust the settings to allow students to add pages, edit pages, and/or leave comments.

Create a Wiki

  1. In the Control Panel, click Course Tools to expand the list.
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  2. Select Wikis.
  3. On the Wikis page, click Create Wiki.
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  4. Enter a Name for the Wiki.
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  5. Enter instructions, if desired, for the Wiki in the text box.
  6. To make the Wiki available to students, click Yes next to Wiki Availability.  To hide the Wiki, click No.
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  7. To display the Wiki within a given time frame, select the Display After and Display Until dates.
  8. To allow students to edit the Wiki and/or make comments, select the appropriate option under Wiki Participation.
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  9. To add a point value for the Wiki, select the Grade option and enter possible points. This will automatically add a column in the Grade Center.
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  10. Click Submit.
  11. The new Wiki will be added to the Wikis page, which sorts the Wikis by name alphabetically. Click on any of the column headers to sort accordingly.
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Groups

Groups allow students to collaborate and share information with other group members. Groups can also make grading more manageable for large classes. Students can be manually enrolled, randomly enrolled, or self-enrolled into groups.

Create a Group

  1. Locate the Control Panel, under Course Management, in the left-side toolbar.
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  2. Click Users and Groups to expand the list.
  3. Select Groups.
  4. On the Groups page, point to the Create tab to access the options.
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  5. Select the group type under Single Group or Group Set. Single Group creates one group and Group Set creates multiple groups in a set.
    • Select Self-Enroll to allow students to add themselves using a sign-up sheet.
    • Select Manual Enroll to add students to the group.
    • Select Random Enroll to generate students automatically.
  6. Enter a Name for the Group and an optional description in the text box.
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  7. Below the textbox, select Yes to make the group visible to its group members or No to keep the group hidden.
  8. Under Tool Availability, select the collaboration tools to make available for the group.  Only the Instructor, TAs, and members of the group can utilize the tools and view each other’s entries.
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  9. Optionally, select Create smart view for this group under Group Options to create a quick view for the group in the Grade Center.
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  10. To manually add students to a group, select Add Users under Membership.
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  11. A new window will open with a list of student names.  Click the checkbox next to the student usernames, and click Submit.
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  12. Returning to the Create Group page, click Submit.
  13. Groups are listed in alphabetical order by Name.  Click on any of the column headers to sort accordingly.
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