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Best Practices

Online Exams: Strategies to Minimize Cheating (PDF)
This list provides a variety of ways to make your tests more secure.

Course Syllabus Templates
Whether you teach a face-to-face course or fully online, the syllabus is an essential tool for guiding students through the structure and requirements of your course.

How-To Guides

SacCT: Add a Profile Photo (pdf)
Add your photo to your SacCT User Profile page. Your photo will display across different areas in SacCT where you and peers will interact.

Adding a Test Student (PDF)
Learn how to add a test student to each of your courses in SacCT 9.1.

Assigning Letter Grades (PDF)
Set your final letter grade column in SacCT and enable the grades to be imported into My Sac State (Faculty Center).

Assignments - Instructors (pdf)
Learn how to create online Assignments in SacCT for students to complete and turn in through your course.

Creating Extended-Time Tests (PDF)
Create copies of your tests that have a longer duration for students who require more time due to special needs (learning or physical disability).

Export or Archive Your Course (PDF)
This process creates a backup of your course, in a zip file format, that you can save to your computer. The exported course or archive can later be imported to SacCT.

Export/Import Tests Between SacCT Courses (PDF)
Copy tests, surveys or question pools between courses using the Export/Import option in SacCT 9.1. You can also use the Export/Import option to share assessments with other course instructors. NOTE: Tests with Question Sets are currently not imported properly - please use Respondus instead.

Global Navigation Menu (pdf)
Short descriptions about each feature icon in the Global Navigation menu.

Grade Center - Categories (PDF)
Categories are helpful with consolidating the grading columns, especially when you want to weigh the students' grades.

Grade Center - Drop Grades (PDF)
Dropping the lowest grade is a four-step process in the Full Grade Center. View step-by-step direction how to drop grades.

Grade Center - Enter Grades (PDF)
Enter grades fast. View more about how to enter grades, the total column, and the Grade Information Bar.

Grade Center - Histories (PDF)
The Grade Center keeps a consecutively history of every grade and every change. The history shows who did the change and when.

Grade Center - Grading Periods (PDF)
Grading Periods are a way to organize your columns into manageable periods if you have numerous grading columns.

Grade Center - Manage Columns (PDF)
Organize the columns in the Full Grade Center of your course in a sequential order of how the scores are entered.

Grade Center - Text Columns (PDF)
Create a column that contains non-grade information.

Grade Center - Upload/Download Grades (PDF)
Upload or download grades to/from the Grade Center.

Import an Archived Course (PDF)
An alternative course copy process. Copy a course from a previous semester to a current course, using the export and import feature in SacCT.

Import a Course Package (PDF)
Use this process to import a course that you have exported or archived.

Learning Modules in Migrated SacCT/Blackboard Courses (PDF)
Follow the steps in this short guide to ensure students can view learning modules in a migrated course.

Notifications Dashboard - For Instructors (PDF)
See all the "Needs Grading" items (tests, homework, etc.) from all your courses in one convenient list without always having to check each course.

Retention Center (pdf)
Identify and notify students who may be falling behind in class.

Rubrics (PDF)
Instructors may use rubrics to explain the evaluation process to students. Associate rubrics with blogs, wikis, discussion boards, assignments, short answers, essay questions in tests or pools, and even file responses.

Training Manuals

Respondus: Creating Tests for SacCT 9.1 (PDF)
Use Respondus to convert a single quiz or exam from WebCT to Blackboard, and then upload that new test to SacCT 9.1.

  • NOTE: If you use Repondus to connect to SacCT from off-campus, you need to first use SacVPN to connect to the campus network. See instructions at the SacVPN site.

Respondus LockDown Browser for SacCT 9.1
Start here to use Respondus LockDown Browser to secure online tests.

SacCT Quick Start (PDF)
Learn how to get started creating a SacCT course. Become familiar with the SacCT interface, learn how to add and manage content and how to use key tools in a course.

SacCT Communication Tools (PDF)
Learn how to use several SacCT 9.1 communication tools which include: Messages, Send Email, Announcements, Calendar, Discussion Board and Blogs.

SacCT 9.1: Online Tests (PDF)
Learn the basics for creating a test and survey.

SacCT 9.1 Groups and Collaboration
Students now are living in a sharing culture, where involvement with others is not a foreign concept. Social Media is an integrated part of many students' life. Which bring the groups tool in SacCT 9.1 to a means where students who grapple with difficult or interesting questions, can collaborate, and have peer-to-peer interaction, this may very well offer an inclusive learning experience.

Last updated: April 11, 2014