Frequently Asked Question

Starting with PalTuition

What Is PalTuition?

PalTuition is a learning platform designed to provide educators, administrators and learners with a single robust, secure and integrated system to create personalized learning environments.

What age of learners and educational settings is PalTuition most appropriate for?

PalTuition can be and is successfully used from early years of Primary schools through to the Secondary sector and universities worldwide. PalTuition can be adapted to suit learners of all ages in any learning environment, including commercial training.

Is PalTuition just for online learning?

It can be. However, in most cases PalTuition is used to support and combine face-to-face interaction with e-learning, m-learning and other forms of learning.

Are there any provisions in PalTuition for people with disabilities?

Certainly. PalTuition supports many assistive technologies such as screen-readers, screen-magnifiers, alternative mouse and key use, disabling of AJAX and Javascript, and more.

Navigation & Settings

How do I login to PalTuition?

Go to the right URL (address) of the PalTuition site, login with your username and password, or enter as a Guest (if allowed). Most PalTuition sites will have a link to set up a new account or request forgotten details of your existing one.

How do I get around PalTuition?

Use the Navigation block on the side of your page. From there you can go directly to any part of PalTuition you have access to.

How do I edit things?

You can only edit things you have permission to edit. A regular user such as a student can only edit their My home page and possibly their profile page. A user with editing rights such as a teacher can use the 'Turn editing on'; button or the link in the Settings block to edit items. A guest can't edit anything and an Admin you can whatever they like.

Who can create and edit activities and other things in courses?

Whoever has the editing capability. Usually, it is the Teacher who creates and edits courses and activities within courses, but this role can be changed, re-named (eg. Facilitator) and given to other people too.

Learning with PalTuition

What is the best way to use PalTuition?

There is no one best way to use PalTuition. Use of PalTuition depends a lot on one's own educational philosophy, the context where PalTuition is used and willingness to experiment and create a little (or a lot!). PalTuition can be used by a strict controller using trusted material of 30 years or a free-loving e-hippie exploring new ways of teaching and learning alike.

Can PalTuition be used in different subjects (say maths, languages, art, media, science...)?

Yes. PalTuition is used in a variety of fields. Users in some subject areas may benefit further from standard or compatible third-party modules and plugins.

How can I communicate with students by using PalTuition?

Many ways are available. Some examples include: Forums are great for extended conversations over time, Messages for private channels, Chat for synchronous conversations, and Comments for quick notices and remarks. You can also exchange online feedback with Assignment, comments to Blog posts... and more!

How can we share resources with PalTuition?

PalTuition offers a number of ways to share content: making files and folders available to course participants, collecting resources of any kind with a Database, attaching files to Forum posts, importing and linking resources to and from external repositories/portfolios... and more!

How can PalTuition help people collaborate?

Use different activities like Wikis to create content together, Forums and Comments to exchange ideas, Database to collectively gather resources, Glossary to create shared understanding of concepts ... and more! You can group students in any of these activities to promote collaboration.

How do I grade in PalTuition?

Grades can be created for each activity in a course which are then added to the Gradebook. For example, grades in Assignment (all types), Quiz and Workshop activities are automatically added to Gradebook. In some activities you will have to turn grading on, such as ratings 'on' in Forum, Glossary and Database to send them to the Gradebook. You can also use the gradebook to adjust, assign or automatically scale an activity grade in your course. For some activities which don't automatically link to the gradebook, such as Chat or Feedback, you have to create a new grade item manually. There are many ways you can give feedback to students on their progress in activities

Can students do self and peer assessment type tasks with PalTuition?

Yes. Probably the best activity to do that is Workshop module. Informally, students can evaluate (and even rate) each others' Forum posts, Glossary entries, and Database entries.

Is a 'social constructionist' approach necessary when using PalTuition?

PalTuition has continuously been built with a particular, social constructionist philosophy in mind. This of course does not prevent people from using PalTuition in line with their own preferred view of learning and the purpose they use it for.

Students

How long does it take students to learn to use PalTuition?

It really does not take a great deal of skill or computer knowledge to use PalTuition. With basic web browsing and editing skills, students (and teachers) can use PalTuition - instantly!

What do my students need to know before using PalTuition?

They need to know how login into the site and course, and have some basic web browsing and computer skills. For example, they need to how a mouse and keyboard works, what a link is, maybe how to attach, upload or download a file.

Do students have to be online all the time to use PalTuition?

PalTuition is an online learning management system and at some point you and your students will have to spend some time in front of a computer. How much time depends on what you use PalTuition for. Most PalTuition sites are used to mix offline and online learning activities.