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eRacer training manual for Faculty

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eRacer Training Manual

 

 

Finding your course in eRacer

 

1.      Logon to my.carthage.edu and select the eRacer tab

2.      The default view will show your current courses

3.      To see past and future terms, click on Show: Current Courses

4.      Click on your course and you should see this on the left hand side

5.      Don’t worry if you are not using all the links, you can remove them later

 

Adding an announcement

 

  1. Logon to my.carthage.edu and select the eRacer tab
  2. Select your course
  3. The first page is the Main Page where you can add an announcement
  4. Click on Manage and choose New Announcement
  5. Give your announcement a Title and add your message in Details
  6. Check the first box called All Users in (your course)
  7. Note: this is NOT email. To email, click on the Interaction link.
  8. Note that you can apply a date range to the announcement if desired
  9. Click on Save

Viewing eRacer pages as a student (Do they see what I see?)

 

Sometimes it is useful to see how your students can view a page.  Your view may differ slightly because you are the administrator of the course.

  1. To change a page to student view, look for the drop-down menu at the top of the page.

 

  1. Use the drop-down menu to change your view from Current view: Faculty to View as: Students and click on Change View.  Remember you need to switch it back to make page changes!


Adding a syllabus

 

  1. Logon to my.carthage.edu and select the eRacer tab
  2. Select your course and choose Syllabus on the left sidebar
  3. There are multiple ways to add a syllabus
    1. To add a downloadable file of your syllabus, click on Add a Handout and attach your syllabus
    2. To add a viewable syllabus on the page, click on Edit Content under Course Syllabus and cut and paste your syllabus in the content area
    3. You can also import a syllabus from your file cabinet. To do this, click on Downloadable Syllabus in the left hand side bar (or click on Go to Main Screen from the Syllabus page)

 

  1.  
    1. Click on Import Handouts from the File Cabinet. (Note: you must have content in the file cabinet to see this!)



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adding a course document (Handout)

  1. Logon to my.carthage.edu and select the eRacer tab
  2. Select your course and choose Course Documents on the left sidebar
  3. You have two ways to add a document:
    1. Click on Add a Handout (this is basically a file attachment)
    2. Or click on Go to Main Screen on the left and import it from your File Cabinet

 

  1. Make sure to select a Display on date, otherwise students will NOT BE ABLE TO SEE THE HANDOUT. Set it for yesterday’s date and click Save.  (This is an anomaly that will be fixed.)

Adding a bookmark (External Link)

 

  1. Logon to my.carthage.edu and select the eRacer tab
  2. Select your course and choose Course Documents on the left sidebar
  3. Under External Links, click on Add a Bookmark
  4. Give a name (Label) to the bookmark and type in the URL address. Give a description if desired. Click Save.

 

Sending email through eRacer

  1. Logon to my.carthage.edu and select the eRacer tab
  2. Select your course and click on Interaction in the left sidebar
  3. Click on Coursemates
  4. Select individuals you want to email or scroll all the way to the bottom to Select All

  1. Clicking on Open E-mail emails all students. Otherwise, click on E-mail Selected Members
  2. Write your message and click Send

 

Deleting Documents and Items from eRacer

  1. Logon to my.carthage.edu and select the eRacer tab
  2. Select your course that you want to edit
  3. From the left hand side bar, navigate to the page you want to edit.  Click on Go to the Main Screen for the portlet (i.e. Assignments, Course Documents, Syllabus, etc.) You should see something like this:

 

  1. You can delete an item by clicking on the trash can icon
  2. Multiple items can be check marked and then deleted by selecting Delete from the drop-down menu and clicking on Submit.




 

Context Manager

 

The context manager allows you to change the name of the course, rearrange and add pages, create subsections, and set permissions for users.

  1. Logon to my.carthage.edu and select the eRacer tab
  2. Choose your course
  3. Click on Context Manager on the left sidebar

 

 

  1. Properties – Allows you to change the course name. For example, if you need to identify your class as 12345 Heritage Night Class. (Please, do not change the number.)
  2. Pages – Allows you to reorder the navigation scheme (left sidebar) and add eRacer pages
  3. Permissions
    1. Helps you add/hide what can be seen by users on the left side navigation bar. For example, you can hide attendance if you do not want your students to see it.
    2. You can add a role for a user.  For example, when you are co-teaching and want to add permissions for another person.
    3. You can also add students to your eRacer course. Click on the Add additional student link. Students will still need to register if they are to be “officially” registered for the course.
    4. The, click the Add non-roster student link and choose the correct student.

 

 

File Cabinet

 

The File Cabinet is your personal storage area where you can store coursework, bookmarks (external links), handouts, and readings. You can import material into an eRacer course, as well as export material from an eRacer course into the File Cabinet.

 

1.      Click on My Pages on the left hand side bar

2.      Click on File Cabinet and you should see the following areas:

 

3.      You may want to consider creating a folder for each content area corresponding to your class.  For example, under Handouts, creating a folder for Heritage and a folder for Religion allows you to identify the class in which it belongs. You may wish to do the same for Coursework or Bookmarks. At this point, we are not using the Readings tab.

4.      Coursework – please note that this is where you can store quiz, exam, or other graded material that you exported from Assignments.

 

Adding material to the File Cabinet

 

When you are in the File Cabinet you can add content two different ways:

1.      Adding outside content from your computer or other source

a.      You use the attachment feature to add content to Handouts and Bookmarks.

b.      Click on Handouts or Bookmarks, and you will see the Upload Files button. Click on that button and browse out to the file you want to attach.

c.       Note that you cannot attach content to be stored in the Course Documents portion of the File Cabinet

 

2.      Exporting content from an eRacer course into the File Cabinet

a.      From a course in eRacer, click on Go to Main Screen of the portlet area

b.      You will see a list of documents that have been added

c.       Check the documents that you want and click on the down arrow and change Move to Save to File Cabinet. Click on Submit.

 

eRacer Discussion Forums

eRacer allows you to create discussion forums that are either public and for the whole class or private and for a select group within a class.

Open discussion forum

Every class, by default, has an open discussion topic in the General Forum that anybody in the class can post and read. Unless you change the rights, this forum is not moderated. To access this forum in order to post, read, or reply to messages, do the following:

  1. Logon to my.carthage.edu and select the eRacer tab
  2. Select your course
  3. Select Interaction then Forums on the left hand side, or click on Forum Home
  4. To add a new post, click on the Open Discussion link
  5. Click on Add a Post
  6. Write your post, and click on Submit

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creating a New Forum and New Topics

 

The ability to create new forums and additional topics under each forum allows the organization of the discussion to be structured in a manner that can follow the syllabus, assignments, readings, etc.   Additionally, you could separate parts of a class into different discussion groups within a forum.

 

  1. Logon to my.carthage.edu and select the eRacer tab
  2. Select your course
  3. Select Interaction then Forums on the left hand side or click on Forum Home

 

  1. Click on Edit Forum. This will give you the ability to add new forums (called categories) and new topics.

 

  1. To add a category (new forum) or a topic to a category click on either Add a Category or Add a Topic (Note: A category needs a topic in it in order for people to post messages.­)

 

  1. Forum and topic attributes:
    1. Give the topic or category a Name
    2. Give the topic or category a Description
    3. Assign an Activation date if desired
    4. Access should be left as open unless you want to restrict it to a subset of students
  2. Click on Save at the bottom of the screen
  3. Assigning permissions - You can assign permissions or edit permissions at any point for a category or topic. Remember that the DEFAULT for all forums and topics as that it is open to all users of a course and guests.
    1. Restrict access for only users in a course, click on Restricted access and put a checkmark in the box labeled All Users “Whatever your course name”
    2. Restrict to individual users – Click on Restricted access and then the Add Individual Users link and add users as needed.

 


 

eRacer Assignments

eRacer allows you to create assignments that are either online, basic, or file upload assignments.  Assignments can be organized by either Unit or Type, depending on your preference. Note that all assignments need to have a point value assigned to them during their creation.

Adding an online test

Online – An assignment that is generally in the form of a quiz or exam in which you can include multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions.

  1. Logon to my.carthage.edu and select the eRacer tab
  2. Select your course
  3. Select Assignments on the left hand side
  4. Click on Add an Assignment
  5. Click on The Online Test format
  6. Give the assignment a name
  7. Required  - Select either Required, Extra Credit, or Optional
  8. Choose the type of assignment (add more types by clicking the green +)
  9. Assign a due date
  10. Assign a date to Open the assignment (this is when students can begin to take the quiz)
  11. You must assign a point value to  every assignment unless you select Not Graded

 

  1. You can add Assignment Options, Instructions and attach Relevant Files by clicking on the green arrows (not required).

 

 

 

  1. Assignment Options allows you to add a Test Review, Extra Credit, Time Limit and Retakes.
  2. Click Save button
  3. Start adding questions, you can choose from:
    1. Equation
    2. Essay (requires you to assign the grade for this question format)
    3. Matching
    4. Multiple Choice/Answer
    5. Short Answer (requires you to assign the grade for this question format)
    6. True/False
  4. Assign a Point Value for each question and click on Save.
  5. Do you want to set time limits or allow multiple attempts? In the Test Builder, click on Edit


 

  1. In the Test Builder, click on Activate Now to launch the online test. Click More to preview a test, add bonus points for the whole class, and edit the test. 

 

Viewing results of your online test

 

  1. Logon to my.carthage.edu and select the eRacer tab
  2. Select your course
  3. Select Assignments on the left hand side
  4. Click on the name (link) of the assignment, i.e. Quiz 1
  5. You should see a list of your students who have completed the assignment
  6. To see how the individual students answered questions, to change a point value, or enter a point value for a short answer/essay question, click on the student’s name.
  7. Click on Change this grade to adjust an individual grade for a student and Add a feedback comment to leave feedback.
  8. Click on Reopen the quiz to have the student retake the quiz or exam.




 


Adding a basic assignment

 

Basic – An assignment that students do and turn in outside of eRacer. Instructor still assigns a point value so that the assignment can be counted in the Gradebook.

  1. Logon to my.carthage.edu and select the eRacer tab
  2. Select your course
  3. Select Assignments on the left hand side
  4. Click on Add an Assignment
  5. Click on The Basic format
  6. Give the assignment a name
  7. Required  - Select either Required, Extra Credit, or Optional
  8. Choose the type of assignment (add more types by clicking the green +)
  9. Assign a due date
  10. Assign a date to Open the assignment (this is when students can begin to take the quiz)
  11. You must assign a point value to  every assignment unless you select Not Graded

 

  1. You can add Basic Assignment Options, Instructions and attach Files by clicking on the green arrows (not required).

  1. Click Save

 

Viewing results and assigning a grade for a basic assignment

 

  1. Logon to my.carthage.edu and select the eRacer tab
  2. Select your course
  3. Select Assignments on the left hand side
  4. Click on the name (link) of the assignment, i.e. Paper One
  5. You should see a list of your students
  6. Because this is an offline assignment, enter the Grade by clicking on one of the green checkmarks or the red cross.
  7. To give feedback or bonus points to an individual student, click on the student’s name.
  8. If you want to give bonus points to all students in the class for this assignment, click More and then click Give class-wide bonus.

 



 

 

 

 

 

Adding a file upload assignment

 

File Upload – An assignment where students send you a document (paper) on eRacer by a selected due date.

  1. Logon to my.carthage.edu and select the eRacer tab
  2. Select your course
  3. Select Assignments on the left hand side
  4. Click on Add an Assignment
  5. Click on The File Upload format
  6. Give the assignment a name
  7. Required  - Select either Required, Extra Credit, or Optional
  8. Choose the type of assignment (add more types by clicking the green +)
  9. Assign a due date
  10. Assign a date to Open the assignment
  11. You must assign a point value to  every assignment unless you select Not Graded

 

  1. Change Assignment Options, add Instructions and attach Relevant Files by clicking on the green arrows (not required).

  1. Click Save button

Viewing results and assigning a grade to a File Exchange assignment

 

  1. Logon to my.carthage.edu and select the eRacer tab
  2. Select your course
  3. Select Assignments on the left hand side
  4. Click on the name (link) of the assignment, i.e. Paper One
  5. You should see a list of your students who have completed the assignment
  6. To download all submitted papers by all students, click on the Download all files link under More:


 

  1. From the above screen, you can also Edit the assignment, Edit all grades for the assignment, and Give a class-wide bonus for the assignment.
  2. By clicking on an individual student’s name in an assignment, you can download files, leave feedback, send the file back with corrections, give a grade and bonus, and change the assignment due date for that specific student.


 

 

eRacer Gradebook

The Gradebook consists of the assignments you creation on the Assignments page and any information you added to the Attendance page. Therefore, it is crucial to add your Assignments before attempting to use the Gradebook. There are several different Final Grade Weighting methods from which to choose.

The Points Method


When you choose the Points Method, the weight for each assignment is taken directly from its original point value, which you did when you added the assignment to the Assignments page. Since most assignments already have point values, very little additional set-up work is required when using this option.

  1. Click on Final Grade Weighting  and click on The Points Method (you may need to click on the Change weighting method link too.)

 

  1. Click on Gradebook icon (a book) to see an overview of the Gradebook that shows every student’s overall grade.  

 

Gradebook Overview



  1. If you are using attendance as part of a grade, you will need to set this up.
    1. Click on the Evaluation icon (looks like a medal)

                                                              i.      Click on Attendance and you will see the option to add or delete attendance from the final grade.

                                                            ii.      If you choose to count attendance, click on the Attendance Page link to set up class dates on the attendance page.

 

  1. To view how the individual student has done in your course click the Home icon.  Then, click on the student’s name. You will see:
    1. Overall grade result with percentage, points, and grade letter.
    2. Grade score for both attendance and coursework
    3. Coursework detail in regards to how the student did on each assignment
    4. Click on the Give (student’s name) extra credit to adjust the final grade. You can use the sign to lower a grade.

 

  1. To configure attendance, view coursework breakdown, set letter grade values, or change the grade weighting and organization method, do the following:
    1. Click on the Home icon
    2. Choose appropriate link to make changes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Unit Method


In this grading method, each Unit is weighted equally and assignments are weighted by point value. You should use this method if you set up your Assignments page by Units (as opposed to Types.)

 

  1. Click on Final Grade Weighting  and click on The Unit Method (you may need to click on the Change weighting method link too.)
  2. Click on Gradebook icon (a book) to see an overview of the Gradebook that shows every student’s overall grade.  

 

Gradebook Overview



  1. If you are using attendance as part of a grade, you will need to set this up.
    1. Click on the Evaluation icon (looks like a medal)

                                                              i.      Click on Attendance and you will see the option to add or delete attendance from the final grade.

                                                            ii.      If you choose to count attendance, click on the Attendance Page link to set up class dates on the attendance page.

 

  1. To view how the individual student has done in your course click the Home icon.  Then, click on the student’s name. You will see:
    1. Overall grade result with percentage, points, and grade letter.
    2. Grade score for both attendance and coursework
    3. Coursework detail in regards to how the student did on each assignment
    4. Click on the Give (student’s name) extra credit to adjust the final grade. You can use the sign to lower a grade.

 

  1. To configure attendance, view coursework breakdown, set letter grade values, or change the grade weighting and organization method, do the following:
    1. Click on the Home icon
    2. Choose appropriate link to make changes

 

 

 

The Type Method


In this grading method, assignments are grouped by Type and equally weighted. You chose the type for each assignment when you created the assignment on the Assignments page. The weight of each type is entered manually.

  1. Click on Final Grade Weighting  and click on The Type Method (you may need to click on the Change weighting method link too.)

 

  1. Click on the icon. You should then see an Overall Grade Breakdown. You must in the desired Weight for each type.

 

  1. Click on Gradebook icon (a book) to see an overview of the Gradebook that shows every student’s overall grade.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gradebook Overview



  1. If you are using attendance as part of a grade, you will need to set this up.
    1. Click on the Evaluation icon (looks like a medal)

                                                              i.      Click on Attendance and you will see the option to add or delete attendance from the final grade.

                                                            ii.      If you choose to count attendance, click on the Attendance Page link to set up class dates on the attendance page.

 

  1. To view how the individual student has done in your course click the Home icon.  Then, click on the student’s name. You will see:
    1. Overall grade result with percentage, points, and grade letter.
    2. Grade score for both attendance and coursework
    3. Coursework detail in regards to how the student did on each assignment
    4. Click on the Give (student’s name) extra credit to adjust the final grade. You can use the sign to lower a grade.

 

  1. To configure attendance, view coursework breakdown, set letter grade values, or change the grade weighting and organization method, do the following:
    1. Click on the Home icon
    2. Choose appropriate link to make changes

 

 

 

The Manual Method


In this grading method, you enter the final grades manually. This means that you calculate final grades somewhere else and then insert the final grades in eRacer.

 

  1. Click on Final Grade Weighting  and click on The Manual Method (you may need to click on the Change weighting method link too.)
  2. Next, click on the home icon
  3. You should then see boxes in which to enter final grades.

 

 

 

 

The Custom Method


In this grading method, you can configure the grouping and weighting settings however you want them. It is the option with the most flexibility, but is also the most complex.

 

  1. Click on Final Grade Weighting  and click on The Custom Method (you may need to click on the Change weighting method link too.)
  2. Next, click on Configure your custom method

 

  1. Under Assignment Grouping, chose how you would like your assignments grouped – By Unit, Type, or All Together.
  2. If you chose Unit or Type, you will be asked about Group Weighting. Your options are to weight Evenly, Manually, or by Point Value.
  3. Assignment Weighting will ask whether you would like assignments weighted Evenly, Manually, or by Point Value.  
  4. Click on the icon. You should then see an Overall Grade Breakdown. If you have chosen to manually weight groups, you will want to fill in the desired percentages for each type or unit.

  1. If you have chosen to weigh assignments manually, click on a unit or type (i.e. Quizzes) and then enter the weight for each assignment.

 

  1. If you want to weight assignments equally for most groups, but have one group that needs to be graded manually, you can make exceptions. Go in to a type, click on here.

 

 

  1.  You will then see this pop-up which will allow you to weight assignments for one type differently.

 

  1. Click on Gradebook icon (a book) to see an overview of the Gradebook that shows every student’s overall grade.  

 

Gradebook Overview



  1. If you are using attendance as part of a grade, you will need to set this up.
    1. Click on the Evaluation icon (looks like a medal)

                                                              i.      Click on Attendance and you will see the option to add or delete attendance from the final grade.

                                                            ii.      If you choose to count attendance, click on the Attendance Page link to set up class dates on the attendance page.

 

  1. To view how the individual student has done in your course click the Home icon.  Then, click on the student’s name. You will see:
    1. Overall grade result with percentage, points, and grade letter.
    2. Grade score for both attendance and coursework
    3. Coursework detail in regards to how the student did on each assignment
    4. Click on the Give (student’s name) extra credit to adjust the final grade. You can use the sign to lower a grade.

 

  1. To configure attendance, view coursework breakdown, set letter grade values, or change the grade weighting and organization method, do the following:
    1. Click on the Home icon
    2. Choose appropriate link to make changes

 

 

 

 

For further assistance, please call the MyCarthage Resource Center

at 262-551-5950 or stop by their desk in the Hedberg Library.

 



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