Documentation:Connect/Create an iPeer Course (How to)

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When you create a course in iPeer, you are transferring the course roster (including yourself and your designation as an instructor) from Connect into iPeer. You can access, create, edit, and create events for peer evaluation and survey templates uploaded by all instructors using iPeer.

This document will show you how to:

  • Create your course in iPeer
  • Identify instructor best practices facilitated by this function

Video

Watch the video below to go through the steps in video format:

Create a Course in iPeer

  1. From within your Connect course environment click on iPeer in the Course Tools menu of the Control Panel. (If you find that the tool is missing, see how to enable iPeer.)
    The iPeer and Course Tools links are boxed in red above.
  2. Now you are on the Creating iPeer Course Connection form. After you have created your iPeer course, this link will take you directly to your Managing iPeer Course Connection page. In regards to this page you should understand that:
    • The Course Name and Course Title are generated from Connect.
    • The checkbox next to Push Class is checked by default. To "Push Class" is to automatically sync your course roster in iPeer to match your course roster in Connect upon creation of the course connection.
    • For administrative and technical support reasons, it is important to mark the checkbox of the faculty or department your course belongs to.
    The iPeer Course Connection Form is shown above.
  3. When you are finished with the form, click the Create Course button at the bottom.
  4. Now that your iPeer course connection has been created you will be brought to the Managing iPeer Course Connection page for your iPeer course in Connect.

Effective Practices

The Connect Learning Management System significantly expands the toolsets of teachers and learners. This function directly:

  • Streamlines peer evaluation processes
  • Integrates survey technology to enable the grouping of students by survey responses
  • Immerses students in effective and innovative use of the LMS encouraging participation and exploration in these learning technologies

This function supports a number of Chickering and Gamson's Seven Principles, including:[1]

  1. Good practice encourages student-faculty contact
  2. Good practice encourages interaction and collaboration between students
  3. Good practice gives prompt feedback

We encourage both students and instructors to read more about the Seven Principles to see how they can inform your teaching and learning.

References

  1. Chickering, A. W.; Ehrmann, S. C. (1996). "Implementing the seven principles". AAHE Bulletin. 49 (2): 2–4.