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Running a Class Unit as Seminar

How to plan and run a more traditional unit of learning in Headrush

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Written by Mike Hourahine
Updated over a week ago

There is a plenty of room to run a more traditional unit or seminar with direct instruction in Headrush. In fact, sometimes it's a great warm-up to learn how to tune modules and task boards to suit different kinds of learning scenarios.

In this article, we'll run through some ideas for how to set up a traditional unit of instructions inside Headrush. Let's get rolling!

Here's a quick overview on the process:

Starting a New Seminar

Go your Dashboard page and click Start New, then choose Seminar

Give your new Seminar a relevant title, add some details on the "Overview" page to give your students an idea of what the seminar will cover and then add a Start / End Date in the Logistics section.

Laying out the Task Board

Learning about some different ways you can organize your seminar using task board layouts.

To summarize, you can try different layouts depending on context for you seminar:

  • To Do, In-Progress, Complete - great for smaller seminars with < 10 tasks total

  • Week by Week - dedicate one column per week so students can clearly see what is being done each week

  • Phases - each column would be a different "phase" of the seminar, e.g. Research, Prototyping,  Conclusions & Presentation

Add Your Students and make your Seminar active

With your rough seminar module organized, you can now add students. 

If you're just learning and want to testing everything out try adding a test user (ask your Headrush administrator if you don't know if you have one.  We use an "Incognito" window in Chrome to log in as two different account at once.

One more step before you get rolling, right now your seminar is in Draft.  In order for you students to see, you need it make it Active. 

Once you make a module active, then all Learners will receive an email to say the seminar is active and they will be able to view it.

Collect Evidence and Provide Feedback

With the basic layout and plan in place, student's invited in.  Here's how the the typical evidence submission/feedback scenario works:

Now give it a try with your students!  Or if you're just learning try acting as the student, using a test student account.

QUICK TIP:  When doing this for the first time, try getting a student volunteer and walk through the process together while sitting side-by-side with your computer/tablets. This way you can move forward with 100% confidence.  The student also may give you some insight into some of the challenges students might come across and make your instructions to them better.

Complete the Final Assessment

With this seminar starting to wind down, it's time to complete the final assessment.

Here's how that works:

QUICK NOTE:  Depending on how your site is set up, your assessment page might have different options for learning targets, credits and grades.  You will always have a spot for Final Evidence, Student Reflection and your own Advisor Reflection.

So that's the grand tour, running a seminar start to finish!  Hopefully this helps you see how you can run traditional learning scenarios alongside your student- and teacher-led projects.

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