I-Learn is the standard online learning application for BYU-Idaho. It allows students to communicate with instructors and other students over the internet. I-Learn is an important part of the BYU-Idaho experience as it provides resources for: file distribution, assignment completion, class participation, project collaboration, test taking, and much more.
The assessment application is used for distributing and grading online tests issued to students. Questions are first created using the “Pool Manager” and then imported into the “Test Manager.” Assessment questions can be created in a variety of formats including: multiple-choice, true\false, and essay. After the students take the assessments, the grade will be automatically entered into the gradebook. The test questions from the test pool can then be reused in later courses or exams.
The assignment application allows students to complete and submit assignments online through using I-Learn. It has the capabilities of allowing students to upload a file that they need to complete. When the assignment is completed, the student saves their changes and submits it to the instructor. The instructors can then review the assignment, grade it, and provide feedback to the student. The Assignments application promotes easy grading and reduces the trouble that often occurs with paper management.
A blog is a website where entries or posts are frequently written. They are commonly used to provide information on a subject or to share journal pages and other personal information. They are generally text-based, but some will include images, audio, video and other file types. Blogs can be both private, meaning only the student and instructor can see the posts, or they can be public, meaning anyone can read the posts.
The Content area can be best described as organizational tabs configured for better information management. Content areas can be renamed, created, deleted, or rearranged using the Manage Course Menu option in the Control Panel. Using content areas increases the organization of the class, allowing students to easily navigate within the I-Learn course. Content areas are generally set up in one of two ways: 1- categories are created to group similar information or 2- content areas are created to group information for a specific week.
The Content System is one of the greatest services I-Learn has to offer. It provides a near limitless storage space, protection for files, the ability to delegate work, and movement of information from one course to another or from one user to another easily. The files can be shared with other users or protected for future use. The content system is the new alternative for the H:\ drive and is accessible anywhere Internet access is available.
A discussion board is an application where ideas can be organized, submitted, reviewed, and responded to by students. The entire class can use a single discussion board or it can be divided into specific groups. Discussion boards are commonly used to carry on a conversation over the internet when not everyone is logged on at the same time. Discussion boards are divided into forums to help organize different conversations about a given topic. Forums are then divided into threads to help organize the conversations even further. A thread is the original post posted into a forum by either a student or instructor with additional comments or responses from others.
A wiki is a website with one or more pages that allows users to edit content collectively. A wiki begins with a home page with additional pages added as the collective information progresses. Wikis are generally used for collaborative websites such as Wikipedia. Wikis provide a class, business, or other organization the ability to collaborate work. Many companies are using wikis to build intranets and knowledge management systems.
Here at the university, group projects are often completed using a wiki. The home page of the wiki is used to define the project and create an outline. Then students create a new wiki page as they work on each outlined item.
A podcast is a video or audio file posted to a website so that others can watch or listen to it. They are different from regular audio/video files because you are able to “subscribe” to them. Subscribing to a podcast means that anytime a new file is posted to that particular podcast, it is automatically downloaded. For example if a teacher posts a podcast on his or her I-Learn course, each student that has subscribed to it will receive any new audio or video files that are posted by the instructor downloaded to their computer.