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Did They Do It? Instructor Directions

 

Did They Do It?  

Instructor Directions

 

 


Overview of Did They Do It?


Did They Do It? (DTDI) was created in order for you (the instructor) to be able to track whether or not your students have completed an assigned interactive library tutorial. In essence, this allows you to assign an online assignment, then find out if they actually did the tutorial.

In order to us DTDI you must first become a registered user. Upon registering, you will be automatically sent directions by email. Please retain the directions once you receive them as they will have your username and password for logging in to the system.

Once you are registered, you must log in to DTDI and assign one or more specific tutorials to each class. You MUST complete the step of selecting a tutorial, and entering a class name before your students can get credit for doing a tutorial. DTDI cannot determine who did what unless you complete this crucial step.

You can log in at any time after you've registered in order to add new tutorials and new classes, as well as check the current status of students completing any of the tutorials you may have assigned.

Usually you will direct students to start at the DTDI student directions page. That page will show them what to expect, then point them directly to a page of all DTDI tutorial(s) from which they can select those you require them to complete. When students enter a tutorial they will not be immediately prompted to type in their name and select their class - that happens when they start doing an individual tutorial module. If you have properly used DTDI to assign a tutorial for a class, the name of the class and your name will appear in a pull-down menu on the student login screen.

The student directions page is located here

The list of tutorials currently available which use DTDI is located here

Most of the interactive tutorials have been created by Reference Librarian Chris Niemeyer (niemyer@umsl.edu). DTDI was created by Reference Librarian Raleigh Muns (muns@umsl.edu).


Tutorials Which Can Be Tracked


Tutorials must be enabled by Reference Library staff in order to work specifically with DTDI. The current list of tutorials which have already been set up to function with DTDI is linked from the main DTDI page and is located here.

These tutorials include introducing students to the Library web pages, online catalogs, and various databases. They are hosted locally on UM-St. Louis web servers and utilize javascript to simulate interactivity. What this means is that they tend to be isolated from internet outages and database license bottlenecks (many databases allow only a fixed number of users to search at any one time).

If you register as an instructor with DTDI, then subsequently log in, you can assign to your students any or all of the tutorials listed at the above location. If you select a tutorial and indicate the class which is to complete it, DTDI will begin tracking as students proceed through the instruction modules.


About Instructor Registration and Setting Up an Account


In order to use DTDI you must first register. When you register, you will be emailed directions including your user name and password. Please print out or save this information for future use. You will need to log in to DTDI with your user name and password every time you wish add a tutorial or a class, and in order to look at the student completion reports.

To register, go to the main DTDI page here.

and click on this link:

You will then be presented with the following form which you must fill out in its entirety:

Institutional Affiliation:
First Name:
Last Name:
Telephone Number:
Email Address:
Enter a Password:
Password Hint:


You should almost immediately receive an email message that looks something like this:

Congratulations, you have registered with "Did They Do It" (DTDI) at the University of Missouri-St. Louis Libraries. Please keep a copy of this message for your records.

Your Login First Name: Barney
Your Login Last Name : Rubble
Your password        : library

You will need your login name and password to edit and delete your preferences.

To assign a tutorial for your class and have it tracked go to:

http://www.umsl.edu/library/Research_Tools/didtheydoit/did-they-do-it.htm

To have your students access the tutorials, refer them to:

The main Tutorial Page

Your students can also access the tutorials by going to the Libraries Homepage:

http://www.umsl.edu/library

They will then choose the options on the menu at left for:

Research Tools --> Tutorials

Questions or comments? Email Chris Niemeyer (niemeyer@umsl.edu) or call (314) 516-7008.

 


Logging On After an Account Has Been Created


Once you are registered, log in to DTDI by going to the main DTDI web page Here

and click on this link:

You will then be presented with the following form which you must fill out in its entirety:

First Name:
Last Name:
Password:


Just enter your first name, last name, and password as you originally registered. You will then enter DTDI where you can set up specific tutorials to be completed by specific classes, and track the student completions of tutorials you have previously set up.

 


Adding a Tutorial to be Tracked


In order to add a tutorial to track for a specific class, you must first log in to DTDI. When you log in for the first time, you will see the following display:

Barney Rubble Courses Taught Items Being Tracked Automatic Deletion After
edit delete Who did it? No Courses Entered (yet) Nothing Being Tracked (yet) No Delete Date (yet)
For Which Course?
Ex: English 110
You must specify unique pairs of Courses Taught with Items Being Tracked (tutorials). That is, if you want a class to complete multiple tutorials, you must add a record for each tutorial for each class. Also, the name you enter in the box following For Which Course? is what the students will see when they are prompted to identify which class is requiring a tutorial. Whatever you enter in that field is what the students will see, followed by your last name as you registered it. For example, the current list of courses and instructors for the Merlin Library Catalog tutorial from which the students can choose is:
In order to add a tutorial for a class, you must first "select an item to track" (a tutorial) and enter the name of the class that you will be requiring to complete the tutorial. Once you enter this information and click on the button you will immediately see an updated screen. For example, if you wish to add the "Merlin Library Catalog" and "Expanded Academic ASAP" tutorials for the class "Theology 666" you would enter the first tutorial and class, click on the button, then enter the second tutorial, click on the button, and immediately see the following:
Barney Rubble Courses Taught Items Being Tracked Automatic Deletion After
edit delete Who did it? Theology 666 Expanded Academic ASAP Tutorial
10-16-2003
edit delete Who did it? Theology 666 Merlin Library Catalog
10-16-2003
For Which Course?
Ex: English 110

You are teaching a single class, and requiring them to complete two different tutorials. Thus, you have added two records in DTDI.

Note that if you click on the name of the tutorials under the column labeled Items Being Tracked, the specific tutorial assigned will open up in a new browser window.

Finally, the column headed Automatic Deletion After will usually indicate an automatic deletion date of one year subsequent to the date which the record was originally established. That is, one year after an instructor creates an item to track with DTDI it will be automatically deleted for administrative purposes.

 


Getting a Report Which Tracks Students Who Have Actually Completed a Tutorial


In order to get a report for a specific tutorial assigned to a specific class, you must first log in to DTDI. If you have set up one or more tutorials to track, you will likely see a display that looks like this:

Barney Rubble Courses Taught Items Being Tracked Automatic Deletion After
edit delete Who did it? Theology 666 Expanded Academic ASAP Tutorial
10-16-2003
edit delete Who did it? Theology 666 Merlin Library Catalog
10-16-2003

To get a report for a specific tutorial and a specific class, just click on the words "Who did it" for the tutorial and class in which you are interested. For example, if you want to see which students in Theology 666 have completed which modules for the Merlin Library Catalog, click on "Who did it" for that class. If no students have done anything you will see the following:

Barney Rubble
Theology 666
Merlin Library Catalog

Nobody has done anything ... yet.

Once students have started doing the assigned tutorial, when you click on Who Did It? you will see a report that looks something like this:

Barney Rubble
Theology 666
Merlin Library Catalog
Name Modules
Completed
Date
Finished
lewis, jana 1,2,4,5,6 2002-10-29
Altman, Robert 1,2,3,4,5,6 2002-10-30
Drew, J.D. 1,2,3,4,5,6 2002-10-28
Leno, Jay 1,2,3,4,5,6 2002-10-28
Flintstone, Fred 1,3,5,6 2002-11-03
Baiiley, Bill 1,2,3,4,5,6 2002-11-04
Flintstone, Wilma 1,2,3,4,5,6 2002-10-27
Berry, Clinton 1,2,3,4,5,6 2002-11-06
Ryan, Nolan 1,3,4,5,6 2002-10-29

You will see the name of the student as they entered it, the specific modules of a tutorial that the student has completed, and the date they last did a module. This information is updated in the DTDI database in real time. Note that if a student skips a module (e.g., Fred Flintstone above skipped modules 2 and 4) it will not be logged by DTDI. Students can re-enter a tutorial from the beginning, and when presented with the list of modules for the tutorial they can choose to complete the individual module that they missed. Also, as an instructor you may wish to assign only certain modules of a tutorial, rather than the entire exercise.

 


Editing and Deleting a Tutorial for Students to Complete


In order to edit or delete a specific tutorial assigned to a specific class, you must first log in to DTDI. If you have set up one or more tutorials to track, you will likely see a display that looks like this:

Barney Rubble Courses Taught Items Being Tracked Automatic Deletion After
edit delete Who did it? Teology 666 Expanded Academic ASAP Tutorial
10-16-2003
edit delete Who did it? Theology 666 Merlin Library Catalog
10-16-2003

You should only edit one of your Course - Tutorial pairs BEFORE students actually start doing the tutorial. Editing allows you to correct misspellings in the Courses Taught field, or change the tutorial you want students to complete (Items Being Tracked) in case of an error.

Example of editing:

You misspelled "Theology" when you entered the information for the Expanded Academic ASAP Tutorial above. Just click on the word edit for that record and you will be presented with the following form:

Barney Rubble is editing.

Change Teology to:

Change Expanded Academic ASAP Tutorial to:

When you click on the button you will see the correction immediately.

Example of deleting:

The deadline for completing the tutorial for Expanded Academic ASAP has passed. You have pulled up the reports for the class and printed them out, and you want to delete the record for Expanded Academic ASAP (so you can assign it again to next year's class). Just click on the word delete for that record and you will be asked to confirm the deletion thus:

Barney Rubble

is deleting tracking for

Expanded Academic ASAP Tutorial

for course

Theology 666


If you click on the record will be removed. If you changed your mind, just use your browser's BACK button to return to the previous page where you will find the original record (and all student tracking information) still available.  

Directions for Students


The student instructions page is located here:

 

These directions can be printed and handed out to students. They should fit on a single page for most default browser and printer settings.


Did They Do It? Student Directions

Did They Do It? is a tool used by instructors to make sure that students complete an assigned online tutorial. By correctly using Did They Do It? your instructor will be notified of your progress. When doing a tutorial set up with Did They Do It? the following pop-up box will be presented to you (the pop-up box is usually presented AFTER all introductory screens):

Enter name and class or Cancel

If your instructor told you that you are supposed to do the tutorial, click on the OK button. On the next screen you will be asked to enter your name, and select the class for which you are required to complete the tutorial. Make sure you select the appropriate class or you won't get credit for completion. Classes are listed by the name registered by the instructor followed by their last name in parentheses like this:

English 10 (Smith)

If you do not see your class listed select the option Do Not Know or Class Not Listed.
If you are unsure whether or not your instructor is requiring you to complete a tutorial, go ahead and click on the OK button. On the following screen if you see your class listed, just go ahead and select it. If you do not see your class listed just select the option Do Not Know or Class Not Listed.
If you know that you are not required to do the tutorial, you can click on the Cancel button and continue.



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