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Introduction for Faculty and Staff

My.Seneca websites are either created as a course and/or organization shell for faculty or staff to facilitate content to students or users.  The creation of the course and/or organization is similar except for who is responsible to manage the website.  Courses are managed by "Instructors" and enrollment/removal of users are affiliated with the PeopleSoft Campus Solutions.  Organizations are managed by the "Organization Leader" who enrolls and removes users from the organization.

Course/Organization Access

To access a course and/or organization, you must be logged in to My.Seneca. There are two modules available for access on the My.Seneca Home page.  Courses are displayed under the "My.Seneca - Subjects" module and organizations are displayed under the "My Organizations Plus" module.

My.Seneca - Subjects Module

The "My.Seneca - Subjects" module allows you to access course sites that you are enrolled in PeopleSoft Campus Solutions as the assigned instructor for the course. Selecting the full course code will launch the course site so that you may access, navigate and manage your course.

My Organizations Plus Module

The "My Organizations Plus" module allows you to access organization sites that you are enrolled in as the "Organization Leader".  Selecting the organization name will launch the organization site so that you may access, navigate and manage your organization.

Course/Organization Availability

NOTE:  Making a course available under "Control Panel > Customization > Properties > Set Availability" to "Yes" does NOT enable students to view the course before the "Start Date" set in PeopleSoft Campus Solutions determined by the Registrar Office.

By default, all new courses and/or organizations are set to "Not Available". For students or users to access a course and/or organization, you are required to follow the steps below to make the course and/or organization available:

  • Select the course name under "My.Seneca - Subjects" module or organization name under "My Organizations Plus" module
  • Locate the "Control Panel" menu, expand the "Customization" section and click on "Properties"
  • On the "Properties" page, locate the "Set Availability" section - set the option "Make Course and/or Organization Available" to "Yes" (Note:  "Yes" will make the course and/or organization available for students or users to view and "No" will NOT allow them to view the course and/or organization

  • Click "Submit"

My.Seneca Course Planning

My.Seneca course and/or organization planning is an important part of building and managing your course and/or organization.  The following tips are recommended and suggested as a guideline:

Name
Description
Possible Resources
Announcements
Announcements post timely information critical to course success. Announcements occupy the Main Frame upon entry to a course website and can also appear on the My.Seneca Homepage in the My.Seneca Announcements module.
  • Welcome Message
  • Weekly Announcements
  • Due Date Reminders
  • Class Cancellations
  • Notification of information added to the course site
  • Links to specific areas of the course
  • Homework Reminders
Course Information
Course Information may display descriptive materials about the course. This is a good place to post documents related to administrative functions of the course.
  • Link to the official College course outline
  • Weekly schedule/timeline
  • Due Dates
  • Course Introduction / Overview
  • Seneca’s Acceptable Use Policy
  • FAQ’s or general Help files
  • General Instructions e.g. guidelines for group
Course Documents
Course Documents include learning materials and lesson aids.
  • Course Notes
  • Reading List
  • Articles to supplement topics
  • Reference Documents
  • Case studies
  • Access to textbook resources
  • Course cartridge information
  • Review Questions
  • Provide information on learning skills such as report writing, time management skills etc
Assignments
List of the due dates, descriptions of assignments and criteria for submission may be posted here. This is also a place to place links to tests/quizzes created in blackboard.
  • Assignments criteria, descriptions
  • Submission criteria
  • Post examples of excellence for student reference
  • Marking schemes
  • Due dates
  • Quizzes and Surveys
Discussion Board
The Discussion Board is a communication medium for posting and responding to messages. Conversations are logged, organized and grouped in threads that contain a main posting and all related replies.
  • Place to share information and ideas online
  • Students can post and describe web resources that they have found which support a course topic
  • Debate a topic
  • Explore an issue
  • Evaluation of web resources
  • Extend the class discussion
Faculty Information
Faculty Information provides background and contact information on the person teaching the course. It may also contain key contact information.
  • Faculty information including name, email, office location, extension, office hours
  • Name and contact information for the coordinator or Chair
  • Link to school or program website
Tools
Tools that can be used in the course website. Tools include: Journals, Team site, Edit Home Page, Personal Information, Course Calendar, View Grades, Student Manual, Tasks.
  • Set up the online grade book and post grades
  • Invite students to post a personal web page
  • Send email to individual students, groups of students or the whole class
  • Meet with students online in the Virtual Classroom or Lightweight Chat areas
  • Post all important dates in the course calendar
  • Student access to the Blackboard Manual
Control Panel Menu
Accesses the Course Control Panel. This area is used to set up and administer a course website.