What is the OpenLearning Course Feed?
The Course Feed contains all the activity happening across all pages in the course, including posts, comments, and replies made by students or teachers — in one easy-to-find location.
Inside the Course Feed, teachers and course admins are able to view all posts and comments. Students, however, can only see the posts that are set to public to everyone.
If the “Cannot view until completed activity” setting is turned on in a Share Widget, the Course Feed will not display those posts until after the student has posted.
The sharing icons located on top of the page allows students to share directly to the Course Feed.
Besides aggregating the content within the course, the feed works as a space for students to share their thoughts, ask questions, and communicate with their peers.
Setting up your Course Feed
For all new courses, the Course Feed should appear in the side navigation by default.
For older courses, it’s not complicated to set up a Course Feed in your course.
Simply go to your Course Setup > Appearance, and drag the Course Feed from Additional Pages to Links in your course navigation.
How to Facilitate Activities with Course Feed
Monitor your students in real-time
When you have countless of pages and materials within your course, it will be difficult to monitor the interactions happening amongst all of your students.
The course feed will give you an easier access to view all activities within a page.
As a facilitator, you do not have to flick through pages to see where new activity has occurred.
As the content is compiled within a page and are updated in real-time, you will not miss out on any activities posted by your students.
Quickly cater to students enquiries
As you are monitoring your students, you can easily see if there are any questions or problems students might be having.
This could be a question related to the course, or if the student is having a difficulty navigating your content.
Simply reply to their queries from inside the Course Feed and guide them back to success.
Discover discussion patterns among students
Now that you can view students interactions in one place, you can see and compare which discussions works best and which ones are not gaining enough traction.
You can analyse the pattern of the discussion and use the information to decide which types of activities are best to engage students.
This will help you to effectively brainstorm an idea before designing the next activities for your course, as you’ll know which kind of interaction is more favoured by students.
OpenLearning’s course feed has an easy-to-use interface and can be utilised for various purposes. Besides checking where the course buzz is happening, the course feed can also be used to help facilitate your students.
Have you ever used the course feed for other activities? Share your thoughts in the comment sections below!