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  1. Getting Started with Acadly as a professor - Part 1/2 (The Basics)
  2. Professor Guide: Auto-attendance on Acadly
  3. Student Guide: Auto-attendance on Acadly

Hi there! πŸ‘‹

Thanks for dropping by. If you understand the basics of how Acadly works (or even if you don't), this guide will explain a few things that you may consider... we want to say "advanced"?

If you're familiar with how we roll, you might expect some GIF mini-demos here... and you'd be absolutely right!

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1. The Attendance Secret βœ‹

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In case a student does not receive a push notification when the attendance process begins - to be marked present, all they need to do isΒ 

  • Open the Acadly app while the attendance process is ongoing
  • Go to the course timeline
  • Tap on the lecture for which attendance is being marked

The app would automatically recognise that attendance is in progress and begin the attendance recording process for the student.

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2. Copying and Moving Activities πŸ“„πŸ“„

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Copying Activities: You can copy-paste activities. This can be super useful in multiple cases:

  • If you are teaching the same course to multiple sections
  • If you want to reassign an activity previously attempted by students as a revision exercise
  • If you are re-teaching a course that you've previously taught

Moving Activities: To facilitate dynamic lecture planning, Acadly also has a provision to move unpublished activities from one lecture to another.

To Copy or Move an activity, look for an action toolbar on top of the activity page. Please note that while both published and unpublished activities can be copied, only unpublished can be moved from one lecture to another.

GIF 1: Copying activities to other courses on Acadly

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3. Archiving Old Courses πŸ’Ό

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To keep your course list clutter-free, once your course is over (that is, it is past the course end date), the Course Admin can choose to Archive the course. Archiving the course would mean that students and course TAs would no longer be able to access it and it will be removed from their Course Home page. Course Instructors meanwhile will be able to find the course in their "Archived Courses" section and also copy activities from those courses to any of their current courses.

Help Center article on Archiving old courses.

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4. Subscribing to Comment Push Notifications πŸ””

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If you want to follow a discussion thread on the go, be it about a lecture or an activity, you can quickly subscribe to the thread by tapping on the "Subscribe" icon on the top right of the discussion posts panel.
When you are done and want to stop receiving push notifications every time a thread gets a new post, you can unsubscribe by tapping the same icon again.

Figure 1: Subscribe to push notifications by tapping this icon on any chat screen

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5. Co-Teaching with Other Professors and TAs 🀝

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In courses with more than one instructors, the Course Admin can add co-instructors using their institutional email addresses. In case a course has more than one instructor (including the Course Admin), the Course Admin will have to assign a lecture in-charge for each lecture of the course. By default the Course Admin is also the lecture in-charge for every lecture. A Lecture In-charge can control all the activities that are attached to a lecture, start and end the lecture, and take attendance during the lecture.

The Course Admin can also add TAs to the course by adding their institutional email addresses to the Course Team. TAs, as of now, can observe everything that goes on in the course and also grade student assignments.

GIF 2: Distributing workload by setting an "in-charge" for a lecture

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6. Tagging Lecture Agenda with Syllabus Topics βœ”οΈ

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To give the students a better idea of which Syllabus Topics shall be covered during a lecture, the Lecture In-Charge can tag a lecture with the relevant syllabus topics using the Agenda Tab on the lecture page.

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7. Type in TeX βž—

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Acadly has a provision for inserting Mathematics expressions in text descriptions, comments, questions using TeX. Here is a an unofficial guide to TeX commands available in Acadly.

GIF 3: A TeX editor is built into Acadly

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8. Shuffle Question Order πŸ”€

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While publishing a quiz, the publisher (Lecture In-Charge) can choose to shuffle the order of questions if the questions can be attempted in any order. Simply toggle-on the switch labeled "Randomize Questions' Order"

Figure 2: At the time of publishing a quiz, you can choose to shuffle the order in which questions and options show up

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9. Contribute to Consume 🎁

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To enhance the quality of student participation in Discussions, the publisher (Lecture In-Charge) can choose to toggle the "Contribute to Consume" option, which will ensure that students only see others' contribution to the discussion after making a submission of their own.

GIF 4: At the time of publishing a discussion, you can turn on "Contribute to Consume" to incentivise participation

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10. Filter Activities πŸ”

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To locate the activities across lectures, you can choose the "Filter Activities" option available on the course timeline. This allows you to see all the published and unpublished activities of the selected type in a single view, sorted in the order in which they were published and created. Students will be able to see only the published activities.

Figure 3: The Filter Activities option is on top of the timeline

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11. Extra Credit for Meaningful Discussion Comments πŸ’―

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Course Team members (Course Admin, Instructors, TAs) have the ability to reward students' meaningful participation in Discussions and Backchannels by rating any student post on a scale of 10.Β 

GIF 5: Tap on a comment to go to the comment reactions menu

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12. Moderating Discussions and Queries πŸ’¬

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Even though Acadly strongly believes in unmoderated expression, there may be instances where the Course Team will have a good reason to censor student contributions in the course. To make moderation easier, Course Instructors have the ability to remove any inappropriate comment a student may post. Similarly, student queries can be hidden or deleted if they do not meet the course's community standards.

Learn how you can moderate anonymous questions in Acadly (Help Center article)

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13. Understanding Colours on Acadly 🌈

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If you haven't quite figure out the how and why of the colors of lecture/assignment widgets and activity icons, please read on.

  1. Blue - Means an activity or a lecture that is due in the future and requires your attention
  2. Green - Means that the lecture is in session
  3. Pink - The due date for activities is within the next 24 hours
  4. Red - When a student encounters a red activity icon, it means that the student has not submitted the activity and it is beyond the due date time. A red activity icon for a Course Team member means that that particular is unpublished.
  5. Grey - A grey activity icon or widget means that a user can choose to not pay attention to it

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14. Have a Question? Use Feedback πŸ‘πŸ‘Ž

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To encourage Acadly users to share their questions, doubts, ideas about Acadly, or general feedback, there is a Feedback section that is a direct channel between our users and the Acadly. Please feel free to write. We love talking to our users.

Figure 4: The in-built Feedback option in Acadly


Need any other help? Talk to us - we're available at support@acadly.com, contact@acadly.com and the chat facility on the website. Happy to help!

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