III.. Component Description
Below descriptions of component pages for each of the three interfaces (administrator, instructor, and student) of ILE are provided

1. Administrative Components
a. Manage Users - Administrators can add instructors, or additional administrators to the database. Once added to the database, instructor access can be granted or restricted to specific classes and sections using the edit courses button.
b.Manage Class - Here, classes are created and edited. Administrators have the option to set the number of sections in a class, and can add a class title, subtitle, and overview. Classes can also be deleted using the edit class button. Content for standards is entered in Manage Class Standards.
c. Manage Class Standards - In this space, content for each of the standards is entered and can be edited. Each standard can be enabled or disabled to meet the needs of the assignment, an introduction to the standard can be added, and learning objects can be assigned to the course. Each standard also contains an assessment area, which links to the Manage Assignments page where quizzes, and essays can be created and assigned. Editing options for single or multi-section settings are also available.
d.Manage Learning objects (LO) - LOs provide the instructional content in ILE. Quiz questions can be written for each LO and are used to assess student learning through multiple-choice quizzes. LOs can be available from the open web, your institution, or built directly in ILE. LOs receive titles, often include a URL to the outside resource, are connected to information literacy standards, provide an estimated time to complete, and include instructions. In addition to providing contextual information, instructional pages serve as a mechanism indicating which LOs a student has continued to.
-When linking to an outside resource, the instructional page is typically used to inform the user that they are leaving the ILE environment, indicates the institution that the user will be taken to, and provides instructions on which components of the LO to complete when applicable. For multi-component LOs, where only a portion is required to complete, a screenshot can be included to indicate which screen the user can stop after completing.
-This is also an appropriate place to preview for users what will be covered in the LO.
e. Manage Assignments - Upcoming and past assignments for all enabled classes are listed here for easy reference. Assignments can also be created and edited from here.
i. Quiz - In ILE, quizzes are used to assess student learning of the content in assigned LOs for a particular standard. Each standard may have multiple quizzes assigned. Quizzes are generated based on the LOs assigned to the standard of a specific course. Custom questions can be added to any quiz during the creation or editing of a quiz. This is useful in instances when no quiz questions have been added to the LOs assigned to the standard. Administrators may desire to create questions that aren’t directly related to particular LOs, but rather to a concept covered in multiple LOs, the custom question feature enables administrators to accommodate this need
ii.Essays - Essays serve as an assessment of a students’ ability to transfer what they have learned in the LOs. Administrators have the ability to create and assign essays. Essays are assigned to a particular standard, and each standard can have multiple essays.
f. Manage Database - Here administrators can add users to the database manually, and quickly search for user information.
g. Manage Maintenance - This area has been created to deliver messages in two ways. The first is designed to get a message to all students using the environment, and the second designed to force users to acknowledge a message before they can continue.
i. Application Wide Maintenance Message (AWMM) - The AWMM delivers a message across all pages within the ILE environment. This messaging mechanism is useful when notifying users of emergency maintenance or other issues relevant to all current users of the system.
ii. Class Pop-up Message (CPUM) - The CPUM delivers a message to the MY Classes page, which must be acknowledged by the user before advancing to a class page.
h.View Statistics - The statistics component of ILE, currently contains login statistics. Here, administrators have the option of reviewing login activity by date at an aggregate or individual level, or by user type. After running the query a list of users, their login and out times, and browser are displayed.
i. Manage Evaluations - Here, administrators can create, edit and review evaluations for each course. Options for questions include, short answer and 10 point Leichardt scale questions.
j. View Error Logs - Here, administrators can view errors. Included in the error log are listings for each error (username, error type, severity level, and a time stamp). After selecting a particular error, the following information is provided, user name, account type, name (First Last), student id#, email address, error type, error message, operating system, browser, severity, and time stamp.
The error log records errors for users that are logged into the application at the time the error is thrown. If users encounter an error during the login process, or their userid is lost during the session an error message will not be recorded.
2. Instructor components
a. Overview - As learning management systems have become increasingly integrated into a student’s education, instructors have expressed dissatisfaction with bulky back ends that are challenging to learn. ILE has been designed to be mediated by an administrator (librarian) and provides access to only those components of a class relevant to an instructor. Free from the need to learn how to operate a complex administrative interface and workflow, instructors need to learn only the grading and optional login statistics components of the environment.
b. My Classes - This page functions in a similar manner for instructors and students providing access to class spaces. For instructors however, access to the instructor components of ILE is accessible by clicking the instructor link next to any course-section for which they have been granted access.
c. Instructor's Page - This page provides instructors with the options of view assignments & grades, and view login statistics. The simple design of the Instructor's Page provides access to student submissions via the View Assignments & Grades button and user login activity using the View Login Statistics button.
i.View Assignments & Grades - Instructors have access to student submissions, and grading features to course-sections for which they have been granted access. Here instructors can view aggregate information about quizzes, and individual questions, send emails to students with quiz results individually or to an entire class, provide feedback on essays, and export aggregate grades to excel.
ii. View Login Statistics - Here, instructors have the option of reviewing login activity by date at an aggregate or individual level, or by user type. After running the query a list of users’, login and out times, and browser are displayed.

3. User Components
a. Class List Setup Wizard (CSW) - The CSW allows users "enroll" in courses adding them to their class list. The wizard can be returned to, at any point from the My Classes screen using the "Edit my Classes List" link. Courses and sections can also be modified or deleted from a user's account.
b. My Classes - This area displays courses and sections of which the user is enrolled. Upcoming assignments are displayed accompanied by a color coated system indicating the number of days before the assignment is due.
c. Class Page - Two components comprise the class page, an overview and links to the class standards. The overview is designed to provide users with an introduction of what to expect as one works her way through the standards. The links to the standards provide access to the content for each standard.
d. Standard Page - Standards provide instruction and assessment opportunities focused on a particular area of information literacy. Up to four standards can be assigned for any course. The default standards are Getting Started, Finding Sources, Evaluating Sources, and Writing with Sources. See below for a description of each optional component of a standard (Introduction, LOs, and Assignments).
i. Learning Objects (LO) - LOs provide the instruction in ILE. As students work through the assigned LOs they "learn" the content that they will later be assessed on. As LOs are often linked to from the open web, a transitional page provides the cognitive connection to the user indicating that they are moving from one environment to another. Typically, the transitional page indicates the LO name, name of the institution, as well as the main concepts which will be covered. It also serves as the mechanism that allows for maintaining statistics on which LOs have been visited by individual users.
ii. Assignments Area - The assignments area is comprised of two types of assignments, multiple-choice quizzes, and short answer essays.
1. Quizzes - Acting as an assessment of student learning of the concepts included in the LOs, multiple-choice quizzes can be assigned. Quizzes are comprised of questions related to the LOs assigned to a standard. Questions and answers are randomized so that no two quizzes are the same. An introductory page is included providing students with basic quiz information including instructions, start and end times for the quiz, time remaining before the quiz closes, the number of questions on the quiz, number of attempts taken, as well as the highest grade a student has received (after completing at least once).
2. Essays - Where quizzes act as the mechanism to assess student learning, essays serve the function of assessing the students' ability to transfer what they have learned in the LOs by answering short answer questions. Students are provided with a text editor (or WYSIWYG), to respond to the question(s). Students can save their work to return later and can submit the work once completed. Once submitted, the essay cannot be modified further. To avoid potential loss of data due to unforeseen circumstances, an auto-save feature is included. By default, the student’s work is saved every three minutes and can be adjusted or turned off by the user.
e. Evaluations - Evaluations of the learning experience can be assigned to each course. Users respond to the questions that are provided in Leichardt scale style or short answer form.

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