Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College

onCourse Help Documentation


This site provides some documentation for the most commonly used onCourse tools and features.  The most essential onCourse features needed to start teaching with the system are concisely summarized in this printable document.  Highlights of the newest features available in onCourse are summarized here.  The navigation menu to the right lists several useful features in onCourse, and the onCourse FAQ covers many issues commonly encountered by users.  If you are interested in exploring more detailed documentation for instructors created by the Moodle open source community, it is available here.

Getting Started

Does your browser selection matter?

We recommend Firefox, and Chrome and Safari also work well.  Keeping your browser up to date, is one of the easiest ways of insuring that you'll have the ability to use some of the new features in onCourse, such as drag and drop.

Logging in to onCourse

There are several ways to get to onCourse -

  • If you log into inside Wheaton (our portal) you'll find a link to onCourse under "Services".  This method is a single sign-in, meaning you log in once for all the various services (e.g. onCourse, email, WINDOW, etc)
  • You can also get to the log in screen from the Wheaton homepage quicklinks or http://oncourse.wheatoncollege.edu  Log in with your Wheaton ID# and email password.  You should see a list of "My courses" once you're logged in.

Course Enrollments

  • Enrollments are fed by our Student Information System, Banner.  When students select classes in April or November, they are enrolled in those courses unless wait-listed.
  • If students enroll in a class during drop/add week, they need to present a gray card to the Registrar's Office or make the change online in WINDOW before they are officially enrolled.
  • The only time a student may need to be manually enrolled is if s/he is auditing a course.  Those students enrollments are done manually, 2-3 times during drop/add week, or can be done by the faculty member.

Course Settings

You'll find Course settings in the Settings block under Course Administration.  Course settings are where you can choose-

  • how you format your front page (topic or weekly) and how many topics or weeks
  • if you display grades to students (off by default)
  • whether groups are enabled in your course (no groups by default)
  • whether your course is available for students to view (unavailable by default)
  • whether student completion tracking is enabled - NEW in onCourse 2 (off by default)

Anytime you make a change to one of these settings you must save those changes at the bottom of the page.

onCourse Support Contact Information

If you have any questions about onCourse, please contact Peter Kirlew x3927 kirlew_peter@wheatoncollege.edu

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