Tool Overview

Communication Tools

Tool Default Description

Announcements

* Use the Announcements tool to inform your students or project colleagues about current items of interest, such as changes in assignment deadlines or meeting times and locations. You can email announcements or simply post them on your site's home page. As an instructor, this tool can help you reduce the amount of classroom time you spend on administrative announcements.

Blogs

  The Blogs tool lets site members create both public and private journals online. Blog authors can choose to let other site members add comments to blog entries.

Chat Room

  The Chat Room tool allows you to carry on real-time conversations with site participants who are signed in to bSpace. All chat messages are saved, and any site participant can read them. You can use Chat Room to set up online office hours in which to answer student questions, and then make those answers available to all students. For project sites, Chat Room allows dispersed colleagues to communicate and keep on conversations they may have missed.

Email, Messages

  The Email tool allows email to be sent to site members' email addresses. Email can be sent to all site members or to any subset of members. The Messages tool functions as an email client within WISE; messages are sent, received and archived as part of individual sites.  Messages can be sent to all site members or to any subset of members and can optionally be directed to outside email addresses

Forums

  The Forums tool, a discussion board, allows you to create and participate in structured conversations organized by category or topic. You have the option to allow students and other site participants to post their own discussion topics. You can use this tool to create discussion categories such as "Homework Questions" and "Weekly Reading Discussion" for a course site, or discussion categories for a research project.

Schedule

* The Schedule tool allows you to post items in a calendar format. All your course and project site schedule events appear in your personal schedule, called My Workspace Schedule. A synoptic view of the Schedule is also displayed on the Home page of your site.

Sign-up

  You can use the Sign-up tool to create blocks of time slots. Site members can sign themselves up for individual slots.

Wiki

  A "wiki" is a website which allows anyone to easily add and edit content, and thus is particularly geared toward collaboration. The Wiki tool allows you to contribute to a wiki, as well as view the history of changes for the wiki.

Information Sharing Tools

Tool Default Description

Home

* The Home tool provides a synopsis of site information, including the calendar of site events, recent announcement, message and chat activity and site description.

Announcements

* Use the Announcements tool to inform your students or project colleagues about current items of interest, such as changes in assignment deadlines or meeting times and locations. You can email announcements or simply post them on your site's home page. As an instructor, this tool can help you reduce the amount of classroom time you spend on administrative announcements.

Blogs

 
The Blogs tool lets site members create both public and private journals online. Blog authors can choose to let other site members add comments to blog entries.

News, News Feeds

 
The News tool allows you to add RSS feeds to your site. RSS is a data format that enables users to view continuously updated content from another website. You can customize your News area with any RSS feed. For example, a language course site might link to RSS feeds for newspapers from countries where that language is spoken, or an astronomy course site might link to an RSS feed from a space news site. News Feeds lets you aggregate multiple RSS feeds onto a single page.

Resources

* The Resources tool allows you to publish material within your site, such as documents, links to websites, and HTML pages. You can create folders to organize resources and set permissions to control who sees the material (all members of your site or only certain groups/sections). You can post weekly readings in your course's Resources section, as well as supplemental reading materials, presentations, and slides used in lectures.

Syllabus

 
You can use the Syllabus tool to upload a syllabus or create an HTML version of your syllabus.
Tegrity Provides a link to the Tegrity server and authenticates site members to create or view recordings of class lectures, student presentations or other course materials.

Web Content

 
The Web Content tool allows you to display other websites inside the bSpace frame. Web Content links are displayed in the bSpace toolbar. If you provide links to many websites in your course Resources section, you might choose to put the most important or most commonly used links in Web Content, such as a link to the library catalog online or another research tool.

Wiki

 
A "wiki" is a website which allows anyone to easily add and edit content, and thus is particularly geared toward collaboration. The Wiki tool allows you to contribute to a wiki, as well as view the history of changes for the wiki.

Assessment Tools

Tool Default Description

Assignments

 
In course sites, the Assignments tool lets you to create, distribute, and collect assignments online. You can evaluate drafts of final projects or papers, and allow students to correct and re-submit assignments. The Assignments tool has an optional link to the Gradebook tool . This tool can help you eliminate paper assignments and reduce class time spent collecting and returning student work.

Drop Box

 
The Drop Box tool allows instructors and students to share documents in a private folder for each participant. Performance in this tool can be slow (for instructors) in courses of more than 30 students. You can use the Drop Box to comment on students' ungraded incremental work, such as drafts of a large research project or a weekly journal entry.

Gradebook

 
The Gradebook tool allows you to record and compute cumulative student grades. Students can refer to the Gradebook to check their own progress in a course. This tool allows instructors to compute course grades and download a simply formatted spreadsheet in preparation for submitting grades to the Registrar at the end of the semester. GSI s can download a spreadsheet to manage their own section off-line.

Polls

 
The Polls tool enables instructors to get quick, anonymous feedback from students via a single question poll. NOTE: This is an experimental tool which may have some bugs.Quick and easy polls can be very useful in classes of any size. For instance, ask students if they heard about a relevant news event, to what degree they agreed with the point-of-view of a guest presenter, or if they completed the readings for a current topic.

Post'Em

 
The Post'Em tool lets you to display Excel spreadsheets to site members. Spreadsheets must be saved in .csv format.

Sign-up

 
You can use the Sign-up tool to create blocks of time slots. Site members can sign themselves up for individual slots.

Tests & Quizzes, Tasks, Tests and Surveys

 
You can use the Tests & Quizzes tool to develop question pools and to create and deploy assessment and survey tasks online. Items can be automatically connected to the Gradebook.

Site Administration Tools

Tool Default Description

Home

* The Home tool provides a synopsis of site information, including the calendar of site events, recent announcement, message and chat activity and site description.

Roster

* The Roster tool pulls displays student information from the Registrar’s office. Instructors can see enrollment status (enrolled, waitlisted, concurrent). The Roster tool also displays student photos to the instructor of record. Other site members can see photos posted by site members to their My Workspace profiles.

Site Info

* The Site Info tool allows you to edit your course and project sites after you set them up. You can add or delete participants, change permissions, determine the order of tools in your site, publish the site, duplicate the site, and import material from any other sites you own. You cannot remove this tool from any site.

SiteStats

  You can use the Site Stats tool to monitor activity on your site. Gathering statistics is resource-intensive and WITS may restrict use of the Site Stats tool.

My Workspace Tools

Tool Default Description

Home

* Provides a synopsis of information for all your sites on WISE, including a calendar of all your events and a list of recent announcements.

Announcements

* Aggregates announcements from all sites to which you belong.

Profile

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Allows you to edit your personal information and picture.

Preferences

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Allows you to customize your site tabs and specify how WISE handles email notifications.

Membership

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Shows a list of the sites you belong to and all publicly joinable sites that you can choose to participate in.

Resources

* A private repository that you can use to store files.

Schedule

* Allows you to post items in a calendar format. All your course and project site schedule events appear along with your personal schedule.

Worksite Setup

* Allows you to add additional tools to your My Workspace site and to modify the order of the Workspace Tools list.