With only a couple of weeks to go before the end of the school year, we thought it would be good to have a quick guide for archiving and getting Stile ready for 2016.
Please note that we won't be auto-archiving your subjects this year!
Here's a list of things to check before you hit that 'Archive' button.
- Get your students to complete a quick end-of-year survey
- Release all lessons that you want your students to be able to see in their archive
- Duplicate your subjects
- Rename the old subjects logically – (e.g. 'Year 4 English – T: Guido Gautsch')
Great, you're ready to archive your old subjects!
Not sure how or why you would do those things above? Read below to find out or watch our webinar instead.
If you'd like a refresher on what the Stile archive is, why you would want to use it and how it works, please read our blog post on end-of-year archiving.
1. End-of-year survey
Would you like to know what your students thought of your lessons this year? Why not poll them on it?
Set up a quick survey in Stile – this will give you a better understanding of what they actually liked and didn't like and guide your practice towards your students' needs and expectations.
STILE TIP #1
To ensure you actually get some feedback, make your students do this during one of your classes! To get more info from them on their choices, add written answer questions after polls to add improvement suggestions.
STILE TIP #2
Never delete your subjects (or remove your students from classes!) as this also deletes all the student data as well! Instead, archive your old subjects to preserve all interactions and duplicate your subjects. This copies the content, but not the student enrolments.
2. Release all the lessons you want your students to see
Sometimes you create content that you don’t end up releasing to your students for some reason (such as teaching resources). Decide which lessons you would like your students to be able to see and release them by dragging them above the grey bar before you archive them.
Unlike teachers, who see everything in the archive, students only see what's been released to them.
3. Duplicate your subjects
As mentioned above, duplicated subjects are carbon copies of your subject that contain the same content but no results or enrolled students.
Until the end of 2015, you you'll be able to 'turbo-archive' – the hands-down fastest way to duplicate and archive your subjects!
Hitting the ‘Create 2016 copy’ button will duplicate your subject and add ‘2016’ in front of its name to make it clear which is the new version.
4. Rename your old subjects
Logical and consistent subject names help both you and your students find archived content more easily.
For example, you could add the year level and subject name ('YR10 Physics') and the teacher's name in the subject code. Any combination would work, as long as it's logical for both you and your students!
Once you've renamed your 2015 subjects, you can delete the 'copy' or '2015' part of your new subject's name and you're ready to go for next year!
Got a question about any of the above? Pop it in the comments below or get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Stile Team