Summer Classes Available Now
Summer 2013 class sites are now available in TalonNet and
rosters have been added. Any newly added classes will become available within 24
hours of being added to PeopleSoft.
Students will be able to login about a week before the term begins so feel
free to publish your sites early if ready. If you choose not to publish a site
it will be automatically published the morning its session begins.
Please be aware that not only lecture sites, but lab sites as well, will be published.
To alleviate confusion you may want to
unpublish any unused sites.
Fall 2013 course sites will begin to be added to TalonNet 50
days before the Fall term begins. Fall 2013 course sites
will be available to your students the first day of their session.
To login to TalonNet, all users (students, faculty and staff) use their
college network login and password. For students to be able to login to TalonNet, they must be current active students.
Once a student has successfully enrolled in ONE class (not simply on the waitlist) the student’s network login and password can be used to login to TalonNet, but not until the first day of the session for that class.
There are many tools for contacting your students in TalonNet
including Messages and Announcements. To be certain your
students receive your communications it is a good idea to
remind them to be sure they have their latest email address
All faculty members teaching an online
or hybrid course have been added to the TalonNet Users Group site. The site is
joinable and all other TalonNet users may add themselves, if they wish, by going
to their MyWorkspace, choosing the Membership tool, finding the TUG site in the
list and clicking the join link.
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New!!! TurnItIn Integration with Assignments
Instructors now have the option to use TurnItIn with their assignments. Students are not required to login to TurnItIn and instructors do not have to create a course. To use this feature simply create an assignment in TalonNet
and under the Student Submissions section choose “Attachments Only” and select the “Use Turnitin” checkbox. When students submit their work it will be automatically submitted to TurnItIn.com and an originality report will be available within 15 minutes of their submission. To view the report simply click Grade then click on the report
We have received many encouraging responses to this new feature including a very favorable comment from Nishi Shah-Williams. Nishi states, “In the past when Turnitin.com was not linked to TalonNet, I would require students to submit to both websites. Some students would forget the required Turnitin.com submission and would ultimately lose points. By having Turnitin.com linked to TalonNet, it eliminates these problems. This feature is going to improve student grades, and since students now only have to log on to one website, it will reduce confusion for them. If I could have chosen anything to improve TalonNet, this is what I would have chosen.”
TalonNet 2.9 Coming Soon
2.9 is primarily focused on improving performance and
stability. Almost 1,000 issues have been resolved in this
release, and because the release is based on community Sakai
2.9.1, it includes additional fixes for issues discovered
after institutions began running version 2.9 in production. Click
here to view the rSmart Sakai CLE 2.9.0 Release Notes.
Improved Interface (neoportal)
Collapsible toolbar with descriptive
Direct navigation to a specific tool in
a site (each site link includes a dropdown menu of tools)
In unpublished sites, a "Publish Now"
button displays above the tools menu for easy single-click publishing
Rich text editor
Improved interface for settings/permissions
Integration with Profile2 (to display profile info for
"Require users to post before reading" setting for
Ability to grade forums and topics
An expanded Statistics page is now "Statistics & Grading"
for centralized management of grades/comments
Ability to duplicate forums/topics
For gradebooks set up with categories, option to drop
highest/lowest score or keep highest score items
Ability to hide columns in "All Grades" view
Gradebook can be exported in pdf format for printing
Selectable export formats for matching an institution's
Drag and Drop uploads
Ability to expand uploaded zip files
Export of files in zip format
URL shortening for easier resource access
Tests & Quizzes
Improved user interface on home page
Integration with Calendar (assessment due dates displayed)
New question type added--matrix survey
Ability to set score for students with no submission
Statistics displayed for random-draw assessments