Frequently Asked Questions
- How are assignments graded in these new courses?
While Powerspeak used a point-based grading system, Edgenuity uses weighted averages of various activity types to determine student grades. In these new courses, each activity is linked to a weighted category that is calculated as a percentage of the student’s grade. You can customize the weighted percentages as you see fit. Learn more about how to do that here.
- What will happen to my students currently enrolled in a Powerspeak World Language course?
Students currently enrolled can continue in their coursework without any interruptions. You can continue to monitor their progress by navigating to their gradebook, then selecting the Manage Powerspeak option.
- Can I still monitor my students who are still working in the Powerspeak World Language courses?
Absolutely you can! To monitor student progress, you can:
- use the Dashboard and filter the data to see your course and/or user group
- use the Gradebook (found on the Courses tab) and filter by your course and/or user group
- navigate to the student’s gradebook, then in the Selected Activity box, click the link to Manage Powerspeak
- How will I know which version of the course to enroll my students for next semester?
You can easily find these new versions using the series filter titled World Language LMS.
- Are there any Powerspeak courses that cannot be customized or managed from the Edgenuity LMS moving forward?
Yes, the AP versions of the World Language courses are the only versions that you will continue to manage through Powerspeak. This means that the Edgenuity customization tool will not work with the AP courses.
All other World Language courses are managed, and customized, through the Edgenuity LMS.
- Are there any issues with customizing these new Edgenuity World Language courses?
Unlike the Powerspeak courses that were limited in the customization features, these new courses are highly customizable. Please be aware of the following as you consider customizing these courses:
- Removing content from a course does not affect the quizzes, tests, or exams. That removed content may still appear on the assessments.
- Rearranging content also does not affect the assessments. We recommend that you do not rearrange content in these courses in such a way that students would be assessed on content they have not yet seen.
- Assessment items or the lesson assessment banks cannot be customized.
- Each lesson should take about an hour for students to complete. While the number of activities may vary from lesson to lesson, they will still average out to about 60-70 minutes each.
- You now have the option of customizing these courses at the course level for all students, or you can personalize a course for an individual student. As an example, if you have a student transfer into your school who has already completed part of a World Language course, you can customize the student’s course to remove any content already completed.
- The Edgenuity customization tool allow additional functionality to add your own assignments in the format of a writing assignment, or a project that students upload. Keep in mind that adding content into the course will require teachers to manually grade those assignments.
- What options are not available on these World Language courses?
- Pretesting, prescriptive testing, and creating an exam-only course are not available options in World Language courses.
- Can the AP World Language courses be split into semesters?
No, the AP courses are currently only available in full-year options.
- Approximately how much grading is expected in a World Language course?
Districts should expect that each student will need about one activity per week graded by a teacher who speaks the language. These could be writing or speaking activities.
- Why are some activities that were counted in Powerspeak, not counted in the World Language LMS courses?
This is because the Powerspeak LMS had a points-based grading system and the Edgenuity LMS has a category-based grading system. We changed activities with a small number of graded questions to be unscored. Otherwise, students would be unfairly penalized for a single wrong answer and the 0% score on the activity would weigh down their course grade.
- How are the exams populated?
Each exam- the midterm and the end-of-year exam- has a bank of questions that are pulled at random. The midterm exam will cover the content taught in the first semester while the end-of-year exam covers all the content from the course. The question banks are pre-populated and are not dynamic, which is why customization in World Language courses is not encouraged.
Welcome World Language Educators
Beginning in the Fall of 2019, the Powerspeak World Language courses are now available natively within the Edgenuity system.
While it may seem daunting to learn a new system, the following quick-start guide is designed to help you easily transition into the Edgenuity platform, understand the changes to the grading logic, and learn more about the best practices in managing your World Language students.
What do I need to know about the Edgenuity LMS to manage my world language courses successfully?
|Understanding the Homepage||Learn about all the buttons on the homepage after logging into the system.||Homepage|
|User Groups||User groups allow educators to organize student accounts, making it easier to manage the student roster in various places. All educators can create and manage their own user groups in ways that make sense for them. User groups are only seen by the educator that created them, and therefore, cannot be shared with other educators.||Creating a User Group
Adding Students to a User Group
Adding a Course to a Group
|Exploring the Course Structure||Become familiar with the structure of an Edgenuity course. Each hyperlink allows the educator to view the content the student will see.||Accessing the Course Structure|
|Exploring the Course Documents||Find teacher documents related to the selected course.||Accessing the Course Documents
Speaking and Writing Rubrics
The Powerspeak LMS uses a points-based grading system, while Edgenuity has a weight-based grading system based on activity categories. Now that the Powerspeak content is inside the Edgenuity LMS, World Language activities have been categorized, allowing us to move over to the weight-based grading system used by all other Edgenuity courses. There are two major changes to how activities are graded based on this shift:
- Any Powerspeak activities that used to be worth a very small number of points are not counted in the weight-based grading system within the Edgenuity LMS. This prevents students from being unfairly penalized for a wrong answer, providing them with the permission to fail that we value in our Courseware instructional model. For future reference, this page shows the Powerspeak activities that fall into each grading category.
- The grading around quiz writings has another notable difference caused by moving from point-based grading to weight-based grading. In the Powerspeak LMS, any quiz writings that were worth less than five points have been converted to Practice activities in the Edgenuity LMS. This also prevents any extreme penalties from disproportionately impacting the average quiz score.
What do the new grades mean and how can I use them with my world language courses?
|Overall Grade||Actual Grade||Relative Grade|
Where can I access, view, and grade work completed by a student?
|Accessing a Student's Gradebook||How do I get to a student's gradebook?||Accessing the Gradebook|
|Resetting an Activity||Can I reset a student's activity?||Resetting an Activity|
Where can I find more information on how my students are scoring as a group?
|Accessing Classroom Data- Test||Can I see how my students fared on the tests in the course?||Gradebook- Tests|
|Accessing Classroom Data- Quiz||Is there a way to find how all of my students scored on the quizzes?||Gradebook- Quizzes|
|Accessing Classroom Data- Activities||Where can I find how the students did on specific activities in the course?||Gradebook- Activities|
Edgenuity has a variety of ways to monitor students as a whole. Some key reports are outlined below, but feel free to check out some additional reports in our Report Library.
Multiple Student Reports
Is there a place to find real-time data on my students' progress?
|Alerts||There are three different icons shown under the 'Alert' column, what do they mean?||The orange alert means the student is waiting a review of his/her work before s/he can access the assessment. The yellow alert means the student has submitted work that needs grading. The red alert means the student is out of retakes on an assessment.|
|Progress tab vs Course tab||What is the difference between the Progress tab and the Course tab?||The Progress tab displays each student's basic information for each course- their grade, start date, target date, date of first grade, date of last grade, days since last action, target completion, and progress.
The Course tab provides details specific to individual student courses. This page is useful when comparing students assigned to the same course, as it provides a graphical representation of student progress.
|Interpreting Dates and Progress on the Dashboard||There looks like a lot of information on this page. What are the key data metrics to monitor?||Some of the key data to monitor to are: Start Date, Target Date, First Grade, Last Grade, Days Since Last Action, Target Completion, and Progress.|
Is there a page where I can keep an eye on student's overall performance in a course? I'd like to track their progress, pacing, grade, and even the last time they had a gradebook entry.
|Active Tab||Is there a list of all my student enrollments?||Accessing the Active Enrollments|
|Action Buttons||What are all the actions that can be taken with an enrollment?||Action Buttons|
|Other Tabs||What do the other tabs, other than Active, do?||Manage Enrollments tabs|
Looking for ways to pair filters together? Check out our best practice suggestions on this page.
Individual Student Reports
Is there a report where I can see a summary of a student's progress in a course?
This report is accessible to an educator and a student. It outlines a student's grades, progress, due dates, attempts, and scores.
|Accessing the Course Report||Where can I locate this report?||Accessing the Course Report Via the Student's Grades|
|Understanding the Course Report||There seems to be a lot of information on the report, what does it all mean?||Understanding the Course Report|
This is a familiar resource, but now that the courses are in Edgenuity's LMS, will the completed number of activities now populate?
Yes, an educator will be able to fully track active and idle times as well as the number of completed activities.
|Accessing the Session Log||Where is this report located?||Accessing the Session Log|
|Understanding the Session Log||What does all this information mean?||Understanding the Session Log