PACE makes use of Nexus as our learning management system. It provides the ideal way to share information with and communicate with students. Nexus is in use in all our full time programs, and can easily be set up on request for part time courses.
Beyond the basics of posting course materials and receiving assignments, Nexus offers some other features that can benefit instructors:
Help Files: Nexus has been updated to include a series of tutorials for instructors. They can be accessed from any page in Nexus by looking for “Help” on the right side of the ribbon bar. Clicking on Help opens a list of resources, with specific files for instructors under the heading “Instructor – Nexus Tutorials”
Mass communication: Nexus has the ability to create a mass email to your course using the Nexus built in email feature. When in the pages for any course or program, click on “Classlist” along the ribbon bar. That will bring you to a list of all students, instructors, and administration staff assigned to the course /program. To filter to the students, click on the tab marked “Students” just below the heading Classlist, then select all of the students by checking the button that selects all, just above all the first student’s name. Then click on the word “email”, a new window will open with an email addressed to all the students. Change the subject line from the default program name to your message title. Remember that the Nexus email system is self-contained and sends / receives only within the Nexus system.
Audio recording for feedback: Besides tracking student submissions and being able to post files as feedback, Nexus allows instructors to record and add an audio file as feedback (provided your computer is equipped with a microphone). When in the assignment submission folder, click on the student submission, and when the file opens, scroll down along the right side, under “Evaluation”, to find a button that reads “Record Audio”. A window will open allowing you to record and add an audio file as feedback.
Calendar to add events: besides automatically filling in a course or program calendar from the assignment folders, events can be added to the calendar for student information. When inside a course or program, click on “Communication” on the ribbon bar. Then select “Calendar”, this will open the calendar view and by selecting “Create Event” (in blue, a little down from the ribbon bar), an item can be added to the calendar, which then shows on the course / program main page.
Discussion boards: Nexus has the ability to have an online discussion forum within any course /program. Once inside any course /program, select “Communication” along the ribbon bar, then “Discussion”. Like the assignments folder, instructors can then create a discussion by clicking “New”. Besides giving the board a title, properties can be set to have the discussion board allow anonymous posts, or to have all posts approved before being visible.
Using Nexus is a great benefit to instructors, making use of additional features can enhance instructor / student interactions, improving course delivery.