Below is a video that will walk you through the teacher experience in the Buzz Learning Management System (LMS):
- Teacher Platform Experience (Buzz LMS) Video
- Note: Please remember that, unless notified otherwise, you should not move/hide the Participation assignment at the end of every course. This assignment should also not be graded until the student is ready to be removed from the course.
This video will walk the audience through the teacher view of the Agilix Buzz Learning Management system.
Let’s take a look at the teacher experience in the platform.
Within the teacher account, you will notice many of the same features from the student app, but with more bells and whistles.
Along the top you can, manage courses, access your Clipboard (where you are able to select students, or a group of students, to assign a specific document, video, or assignments for remediation or enrichment. As well as assigning badges.). You can also go to Communication to add announcements for your students or search for help from the Agilix Buzz Help Center on platform functionality. You can also adjust your settings, change your theme, or change your password.
Below your name, you will be able to update the settings for your account, including email address and notification preferences, or adding a picture. To change these, you will be changing the colors of your platform.
You have the ability to view your course cards from either the Grid View or List View.
You will likely head to the Needs Grading section each day when you login. While many quizzes and exams are computer-graded, here you will be alerted to any assignments needing your attention to be graded.
Rubrics tied to assignments can be found below the student’s submission and comments. Here you can leave specific grades and feedback based on the rubric items.
Additional feedback and grade items can be added on the right column and teachers can also return annotated work or leave private notes for themselves that are not displayed to the student in their feedback.
To view student data for all of your students, you can select People from your Main Menu. This is another place you will likely spend time to monitor student progress and grades.
The People section gives you an overview of your students’ progress from an academic, pacing, and even their self-perception in the course that they provided in their self-assessment.
You can filter for students, email a student or group of students and add them to your “Clipboard” from this page.
Display options for your people page can be adjusted to meet your needs. You can include items such as time spent, self-assessment change date, number of late assignments, and an indicator if students are currently online. Be sure to save any settings before leaving.
To dive deeper into the students, score, select their name from the list. This will take you to their gradebook as we viewed it from the student account.
To view your teacher course gradebook, go back to the full list in the main menu, then select gradebook from the desired course.
The course gradebook is set up in a similar fashion to others you may be used to.
You can click on a score to view the assignment as well as grade and give feedback. Providing timely and personalized feedback will help your students stay engaged and motivated. You can add pictures, video and voice feedback for each assignment!
You can find some interesting analytics inside the analytics tab. Choose the assignment and then Analytics. Here teachers can take full advantage of the analytical power of using an LMS by reviewing the assignment statics and question information. Teachers can also exempt specific questions from the grade calculation if desired.
Across the top of your gradebook, you have several options.
Enabling Quick edit grade will allow you to quickly and easily enter scores without reviewing the assignment specifics.
Under Tools, teachers can import scores, export their gradebook spreadsheet, or go to Final Grades where they can grade out students who move or at the end of the year when they have finished completing the course.
You may decide to change the display of your grade book to include other items such as student last login, time spent in the course, and current overall completion. “Showing inactive enrollments” will allow you to view any students that have been completed out of the course due to withdrawal or completion.
Once you have a preferred gradebook display, you can export the settings to other courses as well. Be sure to save any changes when finished.
You will have a number of reports you can pull to view or communicate course data, however, one of the most commonly pulled reports by teachers is the Export Scores report from your gradebook. Please view the resources on our training support website for additional information on teacher reports.
You can broadcast any course-wide messages via the Communication page. Adding mems and pictures will help grab the student’s attention. You can also email students and observers from this page.
You will notice that your course cards also give you the ability to edit the content and settings for the course. It is extremely important that you check with your program administrators prior to making any adjustments to the course content or settings.
This page is where teachers using Range type courses can make bulk changes to allowing late submissions under Activity List. They can also schedule due dates for lessons under scheduling. If you are using Range Type courses, the due dates scheduled here are hard due dates and students will not be able to submit late assignments unless you allow it at the individual activity level settings or updating bulk edit settings under Activity List. For additional guidance prior to making any other adjustments to curriculum or settings, please be sure to view our training resources on Modifications and Accommodations and confirm changes with your program administrator.
When navigating to the Activities list, you will notice that you also have access to the resources in the Resource Folder. This is also where you will find your teacher’s guide with the course syllabus and answer key information.
Just as every course begins with the Resources Module, every course ends with the Participation activity. This teacher-graded activity acts as a light switch for the student’s participation in the course. While the student is working sequentially through the course, they will have the ability to review what they have learned and submit activities to be graded. Once they have submitted the Participation activity, the light switch will be flipped, and the student will automatically be marked as completed in the system.
It is important that, prior to grading this activity, you review the student’s gradebook to ensure that they have indeed completed all assignments. If you make any modifications to the course such as hiding or moving lessons, it is imperative that this lesson is not moved, deleted, or hidden in any way – and neither should the module containing this activity.
Once again, before you make any adjustments to the course or its settings, please be sure to completely view the training items on course modification and accommodations.
Speaking of course completion. At the end of the course, you will be asked to submit a final grade for each student. This can be done in the gradebook. Be sure to check with your administrator on whether they would like any uncompleted activities to be marked as excused or as zeros. If your program plans on assigning zeros for assignments students do not complete, you may want to consider implementing this at the beginning of the year to give students a more realistic view of their grades. This should be a program-wide decision made by your program administrator for consistency in the student experience. Additional training will be provided as you reach the end of the semester grading.
Thank you for taking the time to view this video on the teacher experience in the Buzz LMS. For additional support resources and live and on-demand webinars, please visit our training support site at trainingsupport.accelerate.education.