Calling all teachers, professors and educators! We’ve made it easier than ever to quickly manage online classes and groups within Highlighter.
With just a click, you can see the entire class roster, including which students have accepted the class invite, the last time they highlighted and many more useful statistics.
Creating and Managing Groups within Classes
When a class has hundreds or even thousands of students, it can become quite cumbersome to manage highlights across document. That is why we let class administrators separate classes into groups. This makes it easier for students (and professors) to highlight a document without having to sort through an exorbitant number of highlights.
We generally recommend separating classes into groups of 5-10 students each. Of course, it is ultimately up to the professor to decide whether to separate the “discussions” for each course document.
Percentage of Active Students
Just like before, class administrators will be able to see the percentage of active students — in other words, which students have made at least one highlight on the course material. The percentage of active students can be tracked by choosing a set number of days, weeks, etc. — whatever measure is most relevant to a class. This valuable statistic can be used to gauge the overall engagement of a particular class.
With just a click, class administrators can also send a class-wide email reminding students to accept the class invite. In addition, class administrators can also remind students to make their first highlight. Of course, it is up to the professor to require students to make (x) number of highlights.
Individual Student Statuses
Of course, the class administrator will also be able to monitor which students have and have not made a highlight as well as how many highlights each student has made. In addition, class administrators can see which students have accepted the class invite, such as whether they are a class member.
Export All Class Information as an Excel Report
For professors who wish to manage all class information outside of Highlighter (i.e., for grading purposes), all class information can be exported as an Excel report.
What Are Professors Saying?
The feedback from professors about the new Class Admin Dashboard has been overwhelming positive. Michael Klymkowsky, Professor of Biofundamentals at the University of Colorado has said:
“Students are engaging with the course material in a way that is different than before. Since I implemented Highlighter Groups into my curriculum, students are coming to class knowing more than they knew previously.”
Melanie Cooper, Professor of Chemistry 101 at the Clemson University says:
“Highlighter has been a great addition to our teaching and learning materials. The ability to have students read and comment on the text, and answer each other’s questions is invaluable.”
If you are a teacher, professor and educator, sign up for Highlighter and let us know what you think of the new Class Administrator page. We look forward to hearing your feedback.
If you would like to “test out” Highlighter on a sample document within the new HTML5 Reader, check out our new sample document and try making a few highlights.