Blocks – add a Clock block
The Clock block displays the time in both Adelaide and the student's location elsewhere in the world. It helps students determine how times referred to in FLO relate to their local time.
The Clock block is a handy resource for enrolled students from different time zones (overseas or interstate). This feature is particularly relevant if the topic is fully online, if students will be interstate or overseas, and can be helpful for time-dependent
activities such as Collaborate, quizzes and
How it works: when a student accesses your FLO site from a computer or device in another time zone, in the Clock block they will see the time according to the FLO server in Adelaide and their local time, according to the device/computer used to access FLO.
Whilst the Clock block provides a useful visual help for students to understand time zone differences in their topics, it is important to provide clear guidance to students on why you have added the Clock block to your topic site and how you expect
students to use it.
Important Clock block tips
The Clock block displays the time as 12-hour by default. We do not recommend changing this setting to 24-hour because students see the time displayed in 12-hour format in FLO. If you are using the Clock block for international students, you may want to edit the Clock block setting Show day name to Yes.
To add the Clock block in your FLO site:
The newly created Clock block will display two clocks; Server time and your time
Blocks - main entry
Blocks are a navigational tool in your topic and can provide quick links/access points for students.
1. Plan | 2. Build || Support
Blocks appear in the Topic Blocks menu in the top right corner of each FLO site. 'Topic Links' is a standard block, with links to topic information, grades, SETs etc. Different kinds of blocks can be added (eg Activities, Teaching team, Upcoming events), or you can add an HTML block and use it to feature the textbook/s or for some other topic-related purpose.
Good practice guides and tip sheets
Good practice guides and tip sheets have been developed to support quality in both curriculum design and teaching practice. Good practice guides provide a pedagogical overview and tip sheets provide you with practical strategies and ideas for implementation. Links to teaching-related resources are provided below.
Some blocks are standard in topics, as part of the college template or starter site. Others you will need to add yourself. You can also move blocks up/down to emphasise important
The Activities block is particularly useful if you have lots of activities and resources in your topic, as it is a navigational tool for students.
Types of blocks
Add blocks to your topic
Add a teaching team block
The teaching team block lists the names, photos and optionally contact details of the teaching team. Your block is included in the FLO sites so you will not have to create it yourself unless it has been deleted.
Note: To add/alter your profile picture displayed in the Welcome block, see how do I upload a profile photo.
Change your user image (via the Topic welcome block)
Blocks - timeline block
The Timeline block on the My FLO homepage shows students the upcoming due dates of the most common FLO activities for the topics they are enrolled in. Students can also use the timeline to jump into activities in FLO sites.
Staff will see activities that have specific dates for them, for example, when a 'remind me to grade by' date is set for an assignment.
The timeline can be sorted in either date or topic order and can show dates between 7 days and 6 months ahead.
For the most common activities in your topics (e.g. assignments, quizzes,
etc) the block will show students the due date you have set in the activity's settings. Some activities (e.g. self and peer assessment,
chat) also have additional options and settings for displaying dates in the timeline.
When using topic completion, any Expect completed on dates will also show in a student's timeline:
Blog - main entry
Blogs are a specific type of social networking tool which is presented as a website with regular entries including commentary, descriptions and links to digital resources such as videos and images. Using the blog activity in a topic ideally consists of 5 stages.
1. Plan | 2. Build | 3. Administer | 4. Review || Support
The blog tool in FLO (OU blog) is intuitive for users (there is a 'New blog post' prompt and the user can use the HTML editor to add/edit their post entry). Blogs are usually organised as a chronological series of postings created by the author/s of the blog (the student/s).
You may want to prompt students what to blog about (this might be assessment information), either in the introduction or somewhere else in the FLO site depending on the blog's purpose. A blog can be used for formative assessment (eg reflections) or summative assessment (eg a final account of their learning).
Good practice guides and tip sheets
Good practice guides and tip sheets have been developed to support quality in both curriculum design and teaching practice. Good practice guides provide a pedagogical overview and tip sheets provide you with practical strategies and ideas for implementation. Links to blog-related resources are provided below.
Inspirational and engaged teaching | Providing constructive feedback in FLO | Communication, interaction and collaboration tools in FLO |
Providing students with comprehensive assessment information and support in FLO
What is the purpose of the blog – what do you want students to do using this tool?
Once you have determined your blog's purpose, you can set it up.
3. AdministerTo administer the blog you can view how users are participating, as well as set up a grade for the blog.
View the participation of a user
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