Courses allow students to enroll and complete tasks. Creating and managing courses do not require a subscription, but participating in course as a student (assignments, reviews, etc) does. Any Eli Review user can create and manage a course.
Instructors can create a new course from the Instructors tab on the Eli Review Dashboard.
The Create a Course form will ask you for the following basic information:
- Course Title – this is the name of your course (e.g. “Intro to Composition” or “AP English 12”)
- Course Number – this is the number or section of the course (e.g. “WRA 110-002” or “4th Hour”). This field is particularly important for instructors who teach multiple sections of the same course since it helps differentiate one course from another.
- Start Date – the day on which you want your course to begin. This will be the first day that your students will be able to participate in your course.
- End Date – the day on which you want your course to end. After this date, students will no longer be able to submit new work in your course, though they will be able to view all of their past work.
You’ll also be asked to identify your role in Eli – if you’re an instructor creating a course for your students, or a student creating a course for your classmates. If you’re an instructor, you’ll be asked the following questions:
- Has your institution purchased Eli subscriptions? – Some institutions purchase Eli subscriptions so that students don’t have to. Answer yes if you know for sure that your institution subscribes, otherwise answer no (you can always change this setting later). Learn more about how institutional purchases relate to your course.
- Institution Code – if you answered yes to the question, you’ll be prompted to enter your institution’s code. If you don’t have a code from your institution, contact [email protected] for assistance.
- Institution Information – if you answered no to the question, you’ll be prompted to enter information about your institution. The fields will autocomplete as you type, which should save you some time.
Once you have completed the form, click on Create Course. This will take you to your Course Page for the course you just created.
Courses and Institutional Purchases
When an institution makes a bulk purchase of Eli subscriptions on behalf of their students, students are issued a subscription as they enroll in the course where the institution code has been applied. Each institution will have a code they can share with instructors that will give them access to the institution’s pool of subscriptions.
The basic operation looks like this:
- Instructors affiliate their courses – when creating your course, use the code provided to you by your institution. No further work will be required on your part. If your campus also has LMS integration, this step is accomplished once the integration for your course is complete.
- Students enroll in affiliated courses – when students enroll in your course, they will automatically be assigned a subscription from your institution’s pool.
- Instructors manage their rosters – if students drop a course or are removed for any reason, instructors can remove them from their roster, at which time that student’s subscription will be returned to the institution’s pool.
Getting your institution’s code: each institution will operate differently, but there will be at least one person at each institution designated as a “manager” who is responsible for distributing codes to instructors. If you’re not sure who the manager is at your institution, consider contacting your administrative assistants, department chairs, of you can contact Eli’s customer support at [email protected] for assistance.
If you don’t have a code: if you know your institution has a code, but you don’t have it when creating your course, simply select “no” for the “does your institution have an Eli site license” question. You will be prompted to enter information about your institution manually, and your students will not be granted Eli subscriptions when they enroll. However, you can enter the code later in your Course Settings.
The Course Homepage can be thought of as “Mission Control” for a course – it ties all of the instructor’s tools together into a single display. It is the “landing page” instructors see once they’ve selected a course from their Eli Review homepage.
There are give navigation options in a course that are accessible from anywhere in the course:
- Home – returns you to the Course Homepage.
- Roster – quickly see who has joined the course, generate an access code students can use to join the course, or suspend students who drop
- Analytics – data that aggregates over the duration of the course to give insights into student learning and engagement.
- Settings – options for managing your course settings, including course title, co-instructors, and institution affiliation.
- Support – links to resources to help you teach with Eli Review and learn how to use its functions.
Functions specific to the Course Homepage allow you to manage your tasks:
- Create New Tasks – quickly create new writing, review, and revision tasks.
- Coordinate Active Tasks – see at a glance work on which students are currently engaged and drill down for further details.
- Access Archived Tasks – once tasks have been completed they are “archived” but are still easily accessible.
You’ll also be able to control the status of different tasks – you can choose to “Archive” a task that you don’t wan to be visible anymore. It’s never gone, though, just move to the “Archived Tasks” list.
What does it cost to create an Eli Review course?
Nada, nothing, zero – teachers use Eli Review for free. Instructors can sign up, enroll students, and manage tasks at no cost. Students purchase an Eli subscription to enroll in courses and participate in assignments and reviews.
How many courses can I create?
You can create as many courses as you need.
Some instructors combine sections of the same course into the same Eli Review space. Eli does not have a way to separate the rosters of the different sections: (1) all students in all sections will appear alphabetical order, and (2) all will be randomized in groups. Instructors can manually create groups per section, if they want to drag and drop names.