MyLearningSpace. When you hear this name what do you think? Dreaded discussion posts? Online quizzes? Posted lecture material? What you should be thinking is YAY! If your professor sets up their course to include MyLearningSpace (MLS) they must really want you to succeed. What some of us, like my 5th year self know, is that MLS is an amazing tool for students to use to be prepared for success in university.
Who’s going to benefit from reading about all the tools and benefits of MLS?? First years. You! Anyone who may not have taken the time yet to fully explore all the possibilities that MLS has to offer. So for those of you who don’t feel like you know the ins-and-outs of MLS, read on to discover all the tools that are there to set you up for success.
MLS was implemented at Laurier in 2010. Its features include:
- Live Classroom – time for some Centre for Student Success promotion here!
- Course Content
- Progress Summary
- Tools for Self-Reflection
- Discussion Boards
- Link to wlu.ca homepage
How to Access the LIVE CLASSROOM:
A Peer Mentor from the Centre for Student Success will be on the Live Classroom on Tuesdays this term from 6-8pm.
Step 1: Pick “No Semester” on homepage
Step 2: Choose “Laurier Brantford Writing & Study Skills”
Step 3: Click on “Writing & Study Skills Support and Course Modules”
Step 4: On the left hand navigation panel, select “Live Classroom”
Step 5: Once you click to enter the Live Classroom, enter as a guest (remember to give yourself a name!)
While the Live Classroom is not designed for full consultations, this is a great spot to answers to general questions you have about an assignment or to get a second opinion on things like your thesis statement, citations, or grammatical rules.
As can be seen in this mind map, the content section of MLS is for much more than lecture slides. Not all professors may post all of these resources; however, if they are posted, it is in your best interest as a student to know where to find them!
This is a new section that I personally just found in my time researching for this post. This summary is a tool for self-reflection on how well you, as a student, are utilizing MLS. For each of your courses, you can see a summary that includes:
- Grades received
- Content – number of visits and percentage completed
- Discussion posts – number of posts read, threads created, and replies posted
- Dropbox submissions
- Quiz statistics
- Login history
Additional Tools for Self-Reflection
In addition to the Progress Summary feature of MLS, there are many other built-in tools that allow you to track your progress in each class.
Using the dropdown arrow, titled “Assessments,” you will find several tools to track your progress.
The “Grades” option keeps track of all your submitted marks and shows you a breakdown of what each assignment is worth.
The “Dropbox” is a place to submit your assignments electronically. Sometimes professors will upload feedback and comments for assignments submitted to the dropbox. These comments can be used to try and improve your mark on the next assignment due.
The “Quizzes” feature is not simply where you find the quiz you have to take. When you click on the dropdown arrow beside the quiz name (see screenshot below) you will see the option for “Submissions” and “Reports.” Through this you can sometimes see the answers that you submitted and what the correct answers actually are to learn from your mistakes.
There are sometimes different types of discussion boards offered for each course. This is especially true for online courses. Some types include General Course Questions, Administrative Course Questions, Current Events, and specific boards for the designated discussion group you have been assigned to. Take advantage of all types of boards, not just the one that you get a participation mark for. By posting your general questions to the discussion board, rather than through email, you are giving the rest of the students taking the course an opportunity to benefit from the answers of questions that they may have had as well. One of the goals of online learning is to facilitate a sense of community. The discussion board is the best way to feel part of a community of learners.
The calendar feature is useful to help plan out your term. If you’ve had a Term Schedule created for you at a Personalized Study Schedule appointment then you will understand the benefits of this. You can view your calendar from several different perspectives. You can view by agenda, day, week, month, or list. You can also organize by seeing only one course at a time or all of the courses combined onto one calendar.
While these are just a few features of MLS, I encourage everyone to take a minute to explore MLS and to reflect on how effectively you are using this site to enhance your success.
Happy studying and good luck with the last few weeks of the term!