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  • polls are a fun way to communicate on your class or group pages
  • Make it about the topic or
  • Use it to check in with your students "How are you going with online learning today?"
  • You and the students can't see who voted for what, but it gives a nice overview of the class view on something.
  • You can set it as a once only vote or a hourly or daily reset.


  1. Click plus sign
  2. Under Collaboration find Polls and drag it onto your page
  3. Add the question
  4. Add options for answers
  5. Set the close date and set the voting frequency. Hit save.
  6. Vote and let your students vote.

Reuse Content using "Source"

Do you wish you could copy and paste your components from a course page onto your class page or between class groups? Well, you can. It uses the source feature. Video attached.



  1. Insert the same type of component that you want to copy into the destination. Note, it only works for some components. I haven't tried them all. I know quiz and images DON'T work. Textbooks do. 
  2. Once the new component is added to the page, click on the setting cog and find where it says source. Follow the breadcrumbs to where your original component is that you want to copy. You won't find the component itself, so just choose the location and click use this folder. 
  3. Then, in the drop-down box, you can choose the component. This is helpful if you have multiple versions of that type of component in one area. Choose the one you want. The heading will cross over with the copy or you can use a new one.

Note, if you make changes to the original content the copy will automatically update. 



  • Great for adding a banner at the top (or anywhere) on your page
  • Easy to use for text with colour background or upload an image (or both).
  • Can link to URL
  • Can be used to direct to a course or unit
  • Makes things pretty.
  • Gives a visual element to directing students through the courses and pages.

In this video, I add a tile with just 1 row and upload an image. I am using it as a banner for my page.

Step by step

  • Click the plus sign
  • Under information click on tiles and drag to location
  • Click add tile
  • I skip down to the upload an image section. You can use the top sections to add text or a colour background or add a URL. This will be in my next video.
  • I click and drag to upload my image. You can also click to upload and browse your computer's files. You can choose to centre, stretch, fit. Have a play and see what works for you.
  • Hit save.
  • This next view edits the layout of the tiles. 
  • I changed my column to just 1 row, letting my tile take the whole width of the page. I also changed my shape to panorama, just so it doesn't take up too much of the page. There are lots of options, though, so play around with it.
  • Hit save again and you are done.



  • Great for nested chatting between students and teacher
  • Could be used daily for a morning roll call
  • Create threads by day, topic or project or anything you want.
  • Get student feedback
  • Students can reply to your messages, to each others' messages and even their own.
  • Can add colour and other elements to the text.
  • Could even be used for uploading a paragraph of text (we are going to use it for people to share book reviews)
  • Remember, all students can see each others' comments.


  • Plus sign
  • Collaboration
  • Forum - add to page
  • Add a thread. This is where you can create topics, day-by-day threads, subject threads, anything threads.
  • Once a thread is posted you or students hit the reply arrow to respond. 
  • Back on your page, you can see the threads and you click on the thread titles to reply, edit or view all the replies.



  • Great for adding updates to your page.
  • I like to use them at the top of the page, under a banner 
  • Can be used to remind students of a group meeting, a daily plan, a to-do list.
  • Can be scheduled, so easy for planning ahead. Just set the time for publishing. 
  • Can be targeted. Either publish to the whole class group or choose by group, subject or even just type individual student names in. Want just Joe Smith to get a message, write one just for him.
  • Will also give those students a notification in the right bar on Nav. 
  • Use it for updates, not information that needs to be retained long-term.


  1. Add News from under Information
  2. Create a news item.
  3. Add a title and the copy of your news item.
  4. Change the audience. If you have added the news item to a group page, the group members will automatically be added. You can remove these, you can add a group through the browse tab or type in individual student names.
  5. Set a scheduled publish date and a date when the news item will be archived, great for daily or weekly updates, planning ahead and removing information from the page when it is no longer needed.


You can add a quiz two ways.

  1.  As a course component (great for reuse in future years or assigning to multiple classes or groups)
  2. As a part of a group or class page (one year’s use only, for that class only).

The library quizzes were added in our courses. So find your course (or add a new one) and then under the unit (or add a new unit) click the left down arrow to either add a project, task, due work or quiz. Add a quiz. 

From there, you pretty much just work through setting questions. It has a lot of layers, so you have to create a section before you can add a question. Just keep using those three dots on the right side if you need to go back r add new sections. Descriptions help the kids know what to do. You can choose multiple choice, multiple answer, short, long answer, etc. lots of different responses. 


Once you are done, you just need to import the quiz into your class page by using the course outline component under learning in the plus sign. Choose the course, unit and then the quiz and set a open and due date. It will then assign the work to the kids. You get to see who has completed it and you get to mark it (yay!). There is also a rubric layout view.


If you want to create a quiz in your class page (option 2) just add quiz from the plus sign and follow the same procedure to add the sections and questions. Again, the quiz is automatically assigned to students and you need to mark and view results. Results aren’t shared with kids automatically.