1. Discussions – sharing ideas, and files
By creating a discussion the students can share content and ideas. You can either use the discussion only for content sharing or you begin the discussion by asking a question related to the assignment and you can ask the students to incorporate comments, ideas or feedback in their reply to the discussion as well.
By using a discussion for content sharing you are also able to include a deadline you just enter a date in the “Available from” and “Until” date fields.
In this way of sharing content the system does not keep track of students and you have to keep track of the replies yourself.
Once you have created a discussion you should allow the students to attach files to the discussions.
2. Sharing and collaborating with groups
By creating a group the students can make announcements, create pages, discussions and share files within the group. If you want the whole class to share content with each other simply create a group consisting of all students in the class and have them upload their material in the Files area to share the content with the other students. Before you ask them to upload their files make a folder to show where the material should be uploaded which ensures a structure in the material.
Unless you make folders for all students this way of sharing content does not keep track of students and you have to keep track of the uploads yourself.
3. Pages – open for students to edit
Another way to share content is to make a wiki-page in Absalon which is open for student changes and input. Start by creating a page and choose “Students and teachers” can edit this page. This will enable students to insert text in the page in the same way as the teacher can. The students are not able to upload files using this method and is thus more suitable for shorter text passages.
This way of sharing content creates a page in an open environment and the system does not provide you with a list of handed in assignments and it does not support you establishing a deadline.
4. Downloading assignments and sharing content in Files
A fourth way to share content in Absalon is to download the assignments once they have been turned in by the students. You do that by choosing Assignment and then “Download submissions”. This will provide you with all assignments which you can upload in the File area for the students to view.
By using this way you are able to set a deadline and the system keeps track of who has handed in their assignment.