Homework is quite similar to the layout of the Virtual Classroom in that it has a whiteboard and a chatbox. In addition, you can pre-load content for students to work on as well as send email notifications.
If you are an Online School customer and would like to give the homework feature a try, follow these steps:
From the main dashboard, click on 'teachers' in the left-hand menu
Find the teacher you'd like to enable the homework feature for and click 'Edit'
Add 'LearnCube Labs' to their 'Account Type'
How the Homework feature works
1. No video
Homework is designed to be done without direct student and teacher interaction. There is a chat box so the student can ask questions asynchronously (or synchronously if both are online at the same time).
2. Independent Whiteboard
The whiteboard works almost the same as the Virtual Classroom except for one difference. Each student has their own individual version to edit and submit their homework. You can see each version of homework for the current class listed on the panel to the left of the whiteboard.
How to access the Homework feature
From the dashboard, click on 'Class Admin'.
Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on 'Class Reports'
Find the class you'd like to set homework for and press 'Homework'
Here's the flow:
A window will open which has a whiteboard and the participants listed on the left. The teacher can upload the homework from their computer or add it from the library, like they would when loading any content in a class. Also available is a space to add instructions (under "i") and a chatbox to add messages.
To notify a student that homework is ready, click on their name on the left and then on mail icon:
Write the message you'd like to send to the student and an email will be sent with a link to click on, to access the homework.
Your student receives the email, clicks on the link and opens a page that looks like this (missing from the screenshot is any instructions that would've been added under the "i" tab):
The student clicks on the dropdown to change the status and start the homework (back on the teacher's screen and if they're online, it'll update to show the homework is being worked on):
Once the student has completed the homework, they can mark it as complete on the same dropdown (top-right) and get the chance to notify the teacher that it's done:
The teacher will get an email and when logging in, will see that it's complete:
Then can then annotate the whiteboard with any comments and corrections as well as notify the student that they can view the results by clicking on the mail icon again:
Can homework be added only during a lesson? Or can you go back and add it to a previous lesson?
> By going to the list of past classes from your Class Admin page, you'll be able to add it to a previous lesson by clicking on the "Homework" button in the last column of the related class.
Can you look at the previous lesson’s homework together in the next lesson? Or can it only be marked outside of lesson time?
> You can do both but if you want to look at the previous lesson's homework in the next lesson, you'll need to be in the class with the student. Click on the homework tab on the right and pick which homework you'd like to load. Either view it in another tab or load it on the whiteboard in the current class:
Can homework be available to a student who didn't attend the class? For example, a no-show.
> Yes, share the URL or address of the homework page and it will be created for them.
Can a student access homework from their dashboard?
> Yes, they can go to their list of past-classes and if a teacher has marked the homework as "Ready to start", then the homework button will be visible.
This feature is currently at an early stage of development and we'd love to get your feedback on how you feel about this. If you have feedback on what works, what doesn't work and areas for improvement, please complete this form.