Technology creates a mixture of convenience and inconvenience, depending on who is using it and in what way. For instance, in this course, it is very easy to self-report when you have complete a lesson. Additionally, your progress is displayed so you can easily pick up where you left off. This is a very convenient way for students and instructors to track progress, but there are a few conditions you must meet before you can mark any lesson complete.
Video lessons. You must watch the entire video, without skipping ahead, before the quiz, or the “Mark Complete” button is not made available. Video lessons are accompanied by a transcript if you prefer to read, or are hearing impaired, but the video still must play the entire time. DO NOT OPEN THE VIDEO IN A NEW WINDOW! DebateSensei will not be able recognize that you have watched the whole thing, and you will not be able to take the quiz. This is inconvenient at times, especially since many videos have credits at the end, but we feel it is important to verify that students are actually processing the material. Once a video lesson is completed, you can revisit the lesson and the video controls will be available for you to rewind or fast forward at your convenience.
Written lessons. In the event that a lesson has only written content, there is timer that starts as soon as you open it, and once the timer has elapsed, a quiz, or the “Mark Complete” button will become available. The length of the timer will correspond with the amount of written material. For instance, the lesson you are reading right now has a 2 minute timer. This may feel inconvenient if you are a fast reader. Still, take the extra time to properly attend to the details in the lesson until the quiz, or “Mark Complete” button emerges at the bottom of the page.
Forms and assignments. You will often use Google Forms to submit assignments. Some of these forms will be directly embedded in the lesson. The form will have its own submit button, separate from the “Mark Complete” button for the lesson. Make sure that you see confirmation that you have submitted the form before marking the lesson complete. If you mark a form complete, but fail to properly complete it, you will likely lose credit for that assignment as your instructor updates grades. Some of the forms will be emailed to you directly. Make sure you are regularly checking the email that you used to register the course.
Peer review. Watching and evaluating your peers is a valuable part of our courses. The videos that you need to watch will be made available through an email. There may be several video links in a single email, each with its own form to complete. This means you will need to return to the same email several times to complete all peer reviews.
Quizzes. The vast majority of lessons are accompanied by quizzes. We already explained that you must watch the entirety of a video, or wait for the timer to elapse before the corresponding quiz is revealed at the bottom of the page. Quizzes are counted as “participation points.” This means that you can retake the quizzes as many times as you want to increase your participation score. The only tests that you cannot retake are the midterm and final. Answers are found in the content that corresponds with the quiz.
Technology is not a cure-all. Each of these features exist because somebody created them, and is administering the settings. If you come across a lesson and believe that there is an error with the settings, please contact us and give a detailed explanation of the problem. We work very hard to provide a professional learning experience by balancing convenience with discipline. We hope that this course achieves that goal. Good luck!