UNM Learn Quick Start Guide

This page has been designed to help instructors get up and running with UNM Learn as a way to provide instructional continuity during the COVID-19 emergency.  Also, be sure to consult these related resources:

Contents

Web-Enhance your course
Request Section Group
Add a Teaching Assistant or Grader

Communicate with students
   Email
      Create tool link to make the Email tool available to students
   Announcements
      Create an Announcement 
      Create the link to the Announcements tool
   For live (synchronous) meetings, see Web Meetings - Zoom and Live Lecturing - Blackboard Collaborate below

Post course materials
   Upload course materials (files--PDFs, Word documents, etc.)
   Add a Web Link
   Create, upload and link recorded lectures using the Kaltura Media Tools and Kaltura Capture
       Add (Kaltura) My Media to your Course Menu.
       Download and install the Kaltura Capture desktop recording application
       Record and upload a lecture using Kaltura Capture
       Make media visible to students
       Convert, load and link existing PPT with voice-over lectures.  

Generate Activities
   Create an Assignment
   Create Tests and Exams
   Create Discussions
      Create a Tool Link for the Discussion Board
      Create a Discussion Forum

Grade 

Live Lecturing inside Learn – Blackboard Collaborate
   Enable Blackboard Collaborate in your course
   ​Create a session
   Make a recording

Web Meetings/ Live Lecturing with Zoom
   About Zoom accounts - Forms and Resources
   Schedule a session
   Share the session link in your Learn course
   Zoom Student Participant Guide - (Add as a Web Link)


Note:  Internet Explorer iex-logo.jpg  is no longer a supported browser for use with UNM Learn.  If you are on a Windows computer you (and your students) need to use Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Edge.

 


Web-Enhance your course

  1.  Log in to your myUNM account at https://my.unm.edu using your UNM NetID and password.
  2. Click the Faculty Life tab.
  3. Click Enter LoboWeb.
  4. You should be on the Faculty & Advisors tab. Scroll down the menu of options. Under Class Section Functions, click
  5. Add Web Component to Class.
  6. Select the term and click Submit.
  7. Review the information on the page. At the bottom, you'll see your courses listed. Select the section(s) you'd like to web-enhance (i.e., have a UNM Learn web component for) and click Submit.
  8. Once submitted, the check box for the selected section(s) will disappear, and the words "Web Enhanced" will be included in the Instructional Method column.

 
Section Grouping
In UNM Learn, two or more sections can be merged under a parent course to facilitate managing course content. When you group courses, the content as well as the students are placed in a single area called the “parent” course. This new parent course allows you to build and post content and monitor student activity for all your grouped sections. To have your sections grouped, fill out the section group request form https://learninfo.unm.edu/section-group-request/index/.


Add a Teaching Assistant or Grader (Manage Course Assistants)

Note:  Only the Instructor can grant access to Course Assistants. To do so,
  1. Under the left Course Management menu, click to expand Course Tools.
  2. Click Manage Course Assistants.
  3. Select Add Course Assistants and follow the instructions to add Course Builders, Graders, or Teaching Assistants. Search for a user, or enter their username (i.e., UNM NetID) directly.
To remove a Course Assistant or request that their role be changed, use the "Create A Support Ticket" link in your course menu. Please include which course  (e.g., subject, course number, section number, and term), the name and NetID of the assistant you'd like to remove.

 

Communicate with students via Send Mail tool

The external Email tool in UNM Learn makes it easy to email some or all of your students. Messages are initiated inside Learn but are sent to UNM-preferred email addresses outside Learn.  All replies occur through your email program. If you want a copy of your initial email, be sure to select that option.

To create the link to the Email tool:
  1. Hover over the "+" button on the top left of the course menu and select Tool Link.
  2. Name the link and select Email from the drop-down list.
  3. Check the checkbox labeled Available to Users.
  4. Click Submit.

 

Create an Announcement

  1. Go to Course Tools/ Announcements.
  2. Click Create Announcement.
  3. Fill out Subject, Message, and Options.
  4. Click Submit.


Create a link to the Announcement tool in the Course Menu

  1. Hover over the "+" button on the top left of the Course Menu and select Tool Link.
  2. Name the link (e.g., Email or External Email).
  3. Select Announcements from the drop-down list.
  4. Check the checkbox labeled Available to Users.
  5. Click Submit.

Upload course materials

  1. Click Course Information from the left-hand Course Menu.
  2. Click Build Content.
  3. From the drop-down menu, select Item.
  4. Enter a Name.
  5. Under Attachments, click Browse My Computer, or drag and drop the file.
  6. Click Submit.

*Note: Items are very versatile. They can be used to post text, instructions, images, etc. (they do not require Attachments).


Add a Web Link
Web Links can be added to the Course Menu if they are a tool (like a Zoom link) or core resource. Or to Course Information (a Content Area) if it they are course materials.

Create a Web Link in the Course Menu:

  1. Hover-over the "+" button on the top left of the course menu and select Web Link.
  2. Enter a Name.
  3. Enter the URL.
  4. Check the checkbox labeled Available to Users.
  5. Click Submit.

Add a Web Link to Course Information (or other Content Area)

  1. Click Course Information (or other link to a Content Area) from the left-hand Course Menu.
  2. Click the Build Content menu.
  3. Select Web Link.
  4. Enter a Name.
  5. Enter the URL.
  6. Click Submit.


Create, upload and link recorded lectures using the Kaltura Media Tools and Kaltura Capture

Add the (Kaltura) My Media link to your course:

  1. Hover over the plus sign ( + ) at the top left corner of your Course Menu.
  2. Click Module Page.
  3. Give it a Name (e.g.,. My Media).
  4. Check  Available to Users. (If it is just a short-cut for you, skip this step. Remember, you can use the drop-down menu to the right of the item to see the drop-down menu for it and toggle its visibility on and off at any time.)
  5. Click Submit.
  6. Click your new link to open it.
  7. Click Add Course Module.
  8. From the Add Module page, scroll down until you see My Media. Click Add.
  9. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click OK.

 

Download and install the Kaltura Capture desktop recording application

  1. Click the My Media link (you may need to click My Media a second time to open the tool).
  2. Click Add New/ Kaltura Capture.
  3. Select and download the installation file for your computer.
  4. Click Run to activate the installation file and install Kaltura Capture.
  5. Navigate back to UNM Learn/ Your course/ My Media/ Add New menu and select Kaltura Capture again. NOTE: Your browser may prompt you to open Kaltura Capture. From that screen, select “Always open these types of links in the associated app” and click Open Kaltura Capture.


Create An Assignment

  1. Navigate to the Content Area in your course where you would like the Assignment to reside (e.g., Course Information).
  2. Hover over the Assessments button along the top of the content area window.  From the drop-down menu click Assignment.
  3. Fill out all of the details of the assignment; Name, Grading, Availability, Due Date, etc..
  4. Click Submit.

    *Note: A corresponding grade center column will automatically be created in your instructor tools under Grade Center/ Full Grade Center.


Create Tests and Exams

 To create and deploy a test:

  1. Navigate to the Content Area in your course where you would like the Test to reside (e.g., Course Information).
  2. Hover over the Assessments button along the top of the content area window.  From the drop-down menu click Test.
  3. On the Create Test screen, click Create.
  4. Enter NameDescription and Instructions are optional.  When ready, click Submit.
  5. The Test Canvas screen will open.  From the Create Question menu, select a question type.
  6. Provide the necessary information to create a question. If you are new to online teaching, we recommend you start with straight-forward question types such as True-False and Multiple-Choice.
  7. Repeat until finished. Click Submit.
  8. To edit the point value for each, click and change the value in the Points field in the top right corner of each question.
  9. Once the test is ready, scroll down and click OK.
  10. The Create Test screen will open.  Under Add Test/ Add an Existing Test -- your new test will be added at the bottom of the list and should already be selected.
  11. Click Submit.
  12. The Test Options screen will open.  Under Test Availability, be sure Make available to students is set to Yes.  If you want to control when students see it, use Display After and Display Until fields.  We do not recommend Force Completion.  Instead use Set Timer.  Set the rest of the options as desired.
  13. Click Submit.

 

Create Discussions
In UNM Learn, the Discussion Board refers to the entire tool.  Creating a link to it makes it easy for students to find any and all "conversations" you generate.  Individual conversation areas for particular questions or topics are called Forums.

Create a link to the Discussion Board page

  1. Hover over the "+" button on the top left corner of the course menu and select Tool Link.
  2. Enter a Name.
  3. Select Discussion Board from the drop-down list.
  4. Check the checkbox labeled Available to Users.
  5. Click Submit.

Create a Discussion Forum

  1. Click the tool link you created in the step above.
  2. Click Create Forum.
  3. Enter a Name.
  4. Enter your prompt and instructions in the Description field.
  5. Under Forum Availability, be sure that Available is set to Yes.
  6. Optional: Select the Display After and Display Until dates. Display restrictions affect when the forum appears.
  7. Select the Forum Settings based on your specific needs. 


Grade

  1. You can access the Grade Center from the instructor tools menu at the bottom left. If necessary, click to expand Control Panel.
  2. Click to expand Grade Center. There are links for the Needs Grading page, the Full Grade Center, and filtered views for Assignments and Tests.
  3. To grade assignments, graded discussions, etc., click Needs Grading.
  4. To begin grading, click a student's name in the User Attempt column.
  5. Grades and feedback can be entered on the right-hand side of the page; the specifics will vary depending on what kind of activity it is.
  6. Once the grade and feedback are entered, click Submit.
  7. Grades will be entered in the correct column and row in the Full Grade Center.

 

Live Lecturing inside Learn – Blackboard Collaborate

Enable Blackboard Collaborate in your course

  1. Hover over the "+" button on the top left corner of the course menu and select Tool Link.
  2. Enter a Name (e.g. Web Conferencing).
  3. Select Blackboard Collaborate Scheduling Manager from the drop-down list.
  4. Check the checkbox for Available to Users.
  5. Click Submit.
  6. Now students will use this link to access any sessions you have scheduled.


Create a session

  1. Click on the tool link you created for the Blackboard Collaborate Scheduling Manager ("Web Conferencing" or other name) in the step above.
  2. Click Schedule a Session
  3. Name your session and configure the session settings to your preference. Hover over the "i" symbol for more information about each setting.  Note: we recommend you create a session for students to use to practice and test their equipment (e.g., "Practice and equipment testing session").  Set it to open immediately and stay open for the duration of the course.  This will help students prepare in advance, and make it easier for the support team to solve particular issues.
  4. Click Save
  5. When the page refreshes, you will see the newly created session.
  6. When the session is active (based on the date and time settings you entered), there will be a purple circle icon to the left of the title, and the title link will be active.  Click to open it. 
  7. If this is your first time using Collaborate, you will need to download and install the Collaborate launcher. Follow the prompts. You will only need to download the launcher once.  
  8. When finished, click Join Room. This will initiate the download of a tiny file called "meeting.collab."
  9. Double-click it. Click OK> Click Run> Select your initial connection type.  Note: Collaborate will adjust this for you automatically if necessary.  Click OK
    Note: The program can take a moment or two to open.  Unfortunately, there is no progress bar. Be patient even though it looks like nothing is happening.
  10. The session window will open. 
    As instructor your role is that of Moderator by default. If you or another Moderator would like to record the session, click Start when the Recording Reminder appears. 
    Note: You can click Record in the upper right corner at any time.
  11. You can see who is currently in the session by referring to the Participants list located on the right-hand side of the session.
  12. To end the session, click the X to close the session window. Click OK to confirm in the dialog box. 

 

Make a recording

  1. Follow the instructions in the two sections above. 
  2. While in an active session window, click Record from the upper right.
  3. When finished, end the recording and exit the session.
  4. Once all participants have left the session, the recording will render and load.
  5. To view recordings, click the Blackboard Collaborate Scheduling Manager ("Web Conferencing") link you created in the course menu.
  6. By default, the screen opens to display Scheduled Sessions.  Click the link for Recordings immediately to the right of it.
  7. Click the link for the desired recording.
  8. "Play.collab will download. Double-click to activate it.
  9. Click Run. The recording of the Collaborate session will load. (Be patient even if it looks like nothing is happening.)
  10. Click the play icon at the bottom.
  11. When finished, click the X to close the recording window, and OK to confirm.