GraspLink - Getting Started

We go trough the most basic tasks you will be performing while using GraspLink, how to create courses, how to add learners and trainers, add content to your course and the creation of tests for your students.

1. Creating a new course

2. Create and Add Students

3. Adding Content To Your Course

4. Creating Assignments and Tests.

1. Creating a new course

This first task will cover how to create a new course. In just a few steps and in a matter of seconds you will have created a new GraspLink course ready to be worked on by you and your students.

First go to your account’s dashboard and click on the “New Course” button.

This will take you to a page with a ver simple form to fill out, you just need to provide a name for this course and click ok and the course will be created in just a couple of seconds.

Once the course is created you will be automatically redirect to its homepage, the course is now ready for you to work with it, you can add new students, trainers and all the content you may need.

2. Create and Add Students

Adding new or existing students to a course is quite an easy task, in this section we’ll see what you need to do to populate your courses with students.

Create a New User

Starting from your course’s main page head to the “Students and Progress” section.

On a new course you would find this page pretty much empty, locate and click on the “Create and Add a Student” button to start creating students.

To create a new student you will need to provide some details about the student, like a full name, email address and set up an initial password.

You will now see the new user listed on the “Students and Progress” initial page.

Adding an Existing Student

Adding a user that is already a member of other of your courses is even easier. From the “Students and Progress” main page use the search form to locate the student you wish to add, you may do your search by an email or part of the student’s name.

After clicking search you will be presented with all the possible matches, simply click on the name of the student you wish to add and he will added to your course.

After clicking the name of the student you will be returned to the “Students and Progress” section, the new student will be listed now as part of this course.

3. Adding Content To Your Course

Uploading Files

The easiest way to add content to your course is by uploading material you have already prepared, to do this first go to your course’s main page by clicking on the “Learn” link at the top of the page and look for the “Add File” button.

Once you have clicked that button you will be prompted to fill out a form, click on “Choose File” to start a file dialog and select the file you want to upload.

You may add a more friendly title to your file or leave blank, if no title is provided a title will be generated from the name of the file uploaded. A description may also be added and it will be displayed along with some other file details.

The file will now be available for all the members of the course from the course’s main page.

4. Creating Assignments and Tests.

To grade your students you have two main kinds of activities, assignments and tests. The creation of both kind of objects is simple and straight forward, you can find them on the “Evaluate” section. To create an assignment simply click on the “New Assignment” button.

A form will appear where you can specify a title for the assignment, how many points (if any) this assignment is worth, a description or instructions for the assignment and if this assignment will be answered/completed by uploading a file. Simply click OK and the assignment will be created.

Adding tests is also a pretty simple task, from the same page on the “Evaluate” section of the course locate and click on the “New Test” button.

To begin the creation of the test will need to only provide a title for it.

Now you are ready to start configuring the test or assesment. Remember to mark this test as having a grade by clicking “Yes” on the “This test has a grade” option. To begin adding questions to the test simply click on the “Add a new question” button.

To add a new question you must first fill out the question’s body, this is the actual instructions, question or problem to be solved and then assign how many points is this question worth.

The final step is choosing what kind of question will this be, GraspLink offers you a whole array of question types including:

  1. Match Elements, This question type asks the student to match elements on two columns and is usually used to match a concept and a definition.
  2. Multiple Selection, represented by a group of “checkboxes” it allows the student to mark more than one correct answer.
  3. Multiple Chocie, represented by a group of “radio button” elements it allows the student to select just 1 correct answer.
  4. Cloze Test, the student is asked to fill in the blanks of a paragraph or sentence.
  5. Mix Sentence, the student is asked to rearrange a sentence.
  6. File Upload, the student will answer the question by uploading a file.
  7. Open Question, the student is presented with a large text area to develop and in depth answer.
  8. Short Answer, the student is presentend with a small text box to give a concise answer for the question asked.

For this guide we will choose the “Multiple Choice” question type. After selecting multiple chocie from the question type options you will need to define some answer and mark one of them as being the correct answer. Click “Save and Finish” to stop adding questions.

One important step to remember is to mark the test as being “Published”, only published tests will be available for the students to take.

This is how the students will see their “Evaluate” page for the course

To start a test they just need to click on the name of the test. The next page they see is just a confirmation that they indeed want to start the test, once the user clicks Start the test will begin.

Our only question for this test is presented as a group of “radio buttons” where the student needs to select one and click submit to finish the test.

After submit the student will be presented with his test results, as you may notice this question was automatically graded by GraspLink this happens with most question types but for a few kind of questions the trainer will need to step in and do the grading manually.

As a course Trainer you will be able to see the students results, first as a list of answer submitted by the members of the course and by clicking “view” on that list you will be taken to the details page for that answer.

On the details page you will get more information about each answer, how much time did the user took to complete the test and the final grade, some other options as commenting on the results are available for you.

This are just the basic tasks you can perform with GraspLink, please make sure to checkout other more specialized guides and our videos   that cover each topic in greater details.