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Get Organized with the Class Calendar

Class Calendar

The class calendar automatically tracks important dates for the Turnitin assignments created in a class. It also allows an instructor to add class notes, announcements, and holidays. If an instructor has prepared a syllabus document for the class, the instructor can also upload the class syllabus to the calendar area.

Students access information posted to the class calendar from the student class calendar option that is available to students on the class homepage.

Accessing the Class Calendar

To access the class calendar, the instructor must log into Turnitin and click on the class name to enter the class. Once the class is open, click on the "calendar" tab to open the class calendar.

When the calendar opens it will display the current month and year. The instructor can move between months of the year by clicking on the month tabs along the top of the calendar.

To change the year view, use the "year" pull down menu to select a year to view.

Assignment Dates

Assignments and peer reviews created by an instructor automatically become part of the class calendar. A link appears for each assignment’s date. The link displays the assignment or peer review title. To view a summary of an assignment or review, click on the assignment or review title on the class calendar.

Calendar Entries

Class Notes- class notes uploaded to the calendar are accessible to students enrolled in a class. The instructor can add a single set of notes to a calendar date.

To add a single class note document:

  1. Click on the "date" on the calendar for the day the note pertains to
  2. From the calendar entry page, click "Browse" to select a note document to upload. Accepted file types are Microsoft Word, Corel WordPerfect, RTF, PDF, plain text, and HTML
  3. Click "submit" to upload the note to the class calendar

A notes icon will appear on the appropriate date on the class calendar for each set of notes that were submitted. To display a note, click on the note pad icon for a date.

Announcements

Announcements can be added to the class calendar by the instructor. Students will see an announcement icon and be able to view the announcement by clicking on the icon after the student accesses the class calendar page for the class.

Adding an announcement to the calendar:

  1. Click on the "date" on the calendar for the day the announcement pertains to
  2. On the calendar entry page, enter a title and additional information for the announcement
  3. Click "submit" to add the announcement to the class calendar

An announcement icon will appear on the class calendar along with a linked announcement title. Students or the instructor can view the full announcement detail by clicking on the link.

To delete an existing announcement, click on the date of the announcement. The screen will display all announcements that have been added to the selected date.

To delete an announcement click on the red "x" icon to the right of the announcement.

Holidays

From the entry page, holidays can be added to the class calendar. If the class does not meet on a specified holiday, it can be designated as a day off.

To add a holiday to the calendar:

  1. Click on the "date" on the calendar for the day the holiday pertains to
  2. On the calendar entry page, enter a name for the holiday in the holiday field
  3. Click "submit" to save the holiday onto the calendar

The name for the holiday will appear on the class calendar and the day will be given a light blue highlight for emphasis.

Uploading a Syllabus

If a class syllabus has been written, an instructor can upload it to the class calendar. Students can view and download the syllabus from the student view of the class calendar.

To upload a syllabus:

  1. Click the "syllabus" button on the class calendar page
  2. From the syllabus page click the "Browse" button and locate the file to upload. Accepted file types are Microsoft Word, Corel WordPerfect, RTF, PDF, plain text, and HTML
  3. Click "submit" to add the document as the class syllabus

The syllabus will be posted to the syllabus page. If another syllabus is posted it will replace and overwrite the current syllabus. Only a single document at a time will be available on the class syllabus page.

Calendar List

The calendar can also be viewed in list mode. The list mode displays all assignments and entries for the current calendar year. Dates that do not have assignments or entries are excluded from the list.

To switch to the calendar list, click the "list" button on the calendar.

The calendar list mode works similarly to the calendar mode. Any item can be viewed by clicking on it. To update an item, click the "update" icon to the right of the item.

To switch back to the calendar view, click the "calendar mode" button.

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