Before you begin, check you can log into both SEAMS and the University Learning Management System (LMS) with your unikey and password. If you cannot access either system, contact us at Sydney eLearning Helpdesk on x18728
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Firstly decide what type of website you need. Most teaching staff use Unit of Study (UOS) websites. There are three types of sites you can request:
- UoS website - A curriculum resource for one or two UOS cohorts for a specific academic session with automatic enrolment for each nominated cohort.
- Generic site - A curriculum resource for three or more uos cohorts, a program cohort or a curriculum resource not associated with a particular academic session.
- eCommunity - A site to provide resources in contexts not related to specific units of study and containing no assessment.
Follow the workflow below to ensure your UOS website is prepared for the upcoming session:
Step 1: Request your site in SEAMS
- My Unit of Study Websites - a list of your previous UOS websites
- Faculty - a list of approved faculty templates
- Standard Unit of Study template - a default base website
Once the form is submitted, your UOS website will take 15 mins to be created.
Step 2: Develop your UOS website in the LMS
To develop the content you need to log into the University LMS.
Once inside your website you can add content, collaboration tools and assessment items. Adjust the layout and navigation in your website by adding content folders and interactive tools from the left-hand menu.
If you are not sure how to use the tools or add content you can attend a workshop by registering through CareerPath or call us on the elearning helpdesk for immediate help. There are several online Blackboard resources available that show you how to add and tweak content in your site.
Step 3: Complete your Application to Activate (A2A) in SEAMS
An 'Application to Activate' or A2A must be submitted for your website to ensure student access.
- Log in to SEAMS
- Complete your A2A form - only the UOS coordinators have access to the A2A link
- The A2A is approved automatically on the date you nominate.Default student access is one week before semester.
- You can choose to have an optional A2A check to ensure your UOS site is up to date. This option will be available early 2016
Students are added to your site once the A2A is approved. This means they can be added to groups, and as an instructor you can set up your test exemptions and adaptive release optionals in your UOS website.
Step 4: Ongoing site maintenance
Over a semester you will update and modify your UOS website. Typical tasks include posting announcements, adding new content, accessing the grade centre and moderating discussions.
If you choose to record your lectures, these will be automatically added to your website about 1-2 hours after the scheduled lecture.
Adaptive release can be set up in advance for schedules tests, surveys and assignments to make managing your site easier for instructors and tutors.
Step 5: SEAMS will archive your site
Every UOS website is active for a specified teaching period. You can check your website date settings in SEAMS. You will be automatically notified one week before your site reaches the access end date (when students will no longer see the site) and then again when the site reaches the archive date (when instructors will no longer see the website).
If you are a primary instructor in your website, you can manually unarchive your website again at any time after the archive date using the 'Archived websites' feature in SEAMS. This feature will be introduced early Feb 2015.