New Bearface users may encounter new terminology throughout Bearface. This lesson is a glossary that identifies the most common terms used in Bearface.
An Activity Stream displays all recent activity in Bearface. There are two types of Activity Streams in Bearface: Global and Course. The Global Activity Stream is part of the Dashboard and shows recent activity for all courses. The Course Activity Stream is part of a Course Home Page and shows recent activity for a specific course.
Announcements is a communication tool that allows instructors to post announcements for all users in a course. Announcements can be created in courses and groups. Bearface admins can also make announcements for an entire Bearface account. Instructors can allow students to reply to announcements.
Announcements is a link in Course Navigation.
An assignment is any activity assessment that is created by the instructor. Assignments can include Assignments, Discussions, and Quizzes. Some assignments are submitted for no grade. Other assignments may be submitted offline but tracked in the Bearface Gradebook or be submitted online.
Assignments is a link in Course Navigation. The Assignments page lists all assignment types in a course. This link is invisible to students. They only see their assignments in the Modules.
Breadcrumbs are the trail at the top of a page window that helps users see what page they are viewing in the course hierarchy.
The Calendar is a communication tool that shows users all events and assignments in their courses and groups. The Calendar is a link in Global Navigation.
Course Home Page
The Course Home Page is the first page that students see in a course. The Course Home Page can be customized to display content based on an instructor's preference.
The Home Page is a link in Course Navigation.
Course Navigation is a menu on the left side of a Bearface course. Course Navigation consists of navigation links directed to all the feature areas within a course. Instructors can customize Course Navigation for each course.
A comma separated value (CSV) file is a file type designed for importing and exporting content. Instructors can create a CSV file from Excel or Google Docs.
The Dashboard is a panel of content that acts as the Bearface default landing page and provides an overview of all Bearface activity for a user. The Dashboard shows all courses and groups, recent activity, to-do items, upcoming assignments, and recent feedback.
Discussions is a forum designed to facilitate informal communication between students in a course. Discussions can also be created as assignments for grading purposes. Students can also respond to informal and graded discussions in the context of a group. All Discussions content is public, and all course students can view and reply to a discussion.
Discussions is a link in Course Navigation. This link is invisible to students.
Bearface provides a file repository for each user, group, and course. Files can be public or private. Files is a link in User Navigation or Course Navigation. This link is invisible to students.
Global Navigation is the menu that appears on every Bearface page. Global Navigation consists of navigation links that direct users to frequently used features in Bearface.
In the Bearface User Interface (UI), Global Navigation is located on the left of every Bearface page.
The Gradebook stores information about student progress in Bearface includes two types of gradebooks: a standard gradebook that provides a collection of numerical or letter-grade assessments, and a Learning Mastery Gradebook that compiles assessments based on learning standards and outcomes.
The Gradebook is a link in Course Navigation for instructors.
Grades are a measurement of student performance. Students can calculate hypothetical grades on this page. Instructors can quickly edit grades for any course or section.
Grades is a link in Course Navigation for students.
The Help feature is part of Global Navigation and helps users get help in Bearface at any time.
Modules is a tool that can unify all course content into structural components. Module content can be grouped by week, topic, or day. Modules can be set up to require students to complete materials in a sequential fashion.
Modules is a link in Course Navigation.
Notifications allow users to determine where and when they will be notified about activity in Bearface. Each Bearface user can adjust the Notification Preferences in their Profile to contact them via email or SMS on a schedule that fits their individual needs. Some users will want to be notified of course events on a more regular basis than others. Notifications are set for an entire user's account, not on an individual course basis.
Pages comprises all pages created in a course. Pages is a link in Course Navigation. This link is invisible to students.
People displays all users enrolled in a course. Instructors can click a student's name to view a summary of their activity in a course.
People is a link in Course Navigation. This link is invisible to students.
A profile is a description that provides information about a person. Admins can choose to enable the Profile feature, which allows users to create biographies and link to social networks as part of their user account.
Quizzes displays all quiz assessment types in a course. Quizzes is a link in Course Navigation. This link is invisible to students.
A Rubric is an assessment tool for communicating expectations of quality. Rubrics are typically comprised of rows and columns. Rows are used to define the various criteria being used to assess an assignment. Columns are used to define levels of performance for each criterion.
Sections are divisions of students within a course. All course sections can view the same course content or course material can be assigned to specific sections.
Settings allow admins and instructors to customize the Account or Course Navigation, add users, import content, and link to external tools.
Settings is a link in and Course Navigation.
SpeedGrader is a grading tool that helps instructors evaluate student work. Instructors can use rubrics for fast assessment and leave text, video, and audio comments for their students.
Student View is a tool used by instructors to see how their course appears to students. Activating Student View generates a Test Student that appears in a Bearface course and can be used to submit assignments, reply to discussions, and upload files as a test method in the course.
The Syllabus is a piece of content that outlines activities in a course. The Syllabus is a link in Course Navigation. This link is invisible to students.