UITS has discontinued the old roster-distribution system in lieu of peoplesoft-based options. While there are two options for getting rosters --- via OneStart and via Oncourse --- only the Oncourse system has the usernames necessary to use PostEm or QuizSite.
To get a PostEm-compatible roster out of Oncourse requires a few steps. Basically, in Oncourse, you need to (a) create a gradebook, and then (b) export it to Excel, and finally (c) get your students' userID's in the first column.
(taken from the Oncourse gradebook instructions)
Your browser will then either download or open an excel (.csv) file -- choose to open it in Excel if you're given that option. Either way, get this file open in Excel, and then proceed.
Basically, you need to move the usernames to the first column.
This Excel file is now your gradebook, and you can upload it to PostEm.Also see
Username, Midterm 1, Team Project hwells, 89, 84 bknight, 94, 82 mbrand, 94, 86The first line of the file should contain the following "labels," or in spreadsheet parlance, the "column titles:" username, and a name for each score. If you are using a spreadsheet, the first column should have the label "username", with the following columns having the appropriate labels to indicate if the score is for a test, quiz, homework, project, term paper, presentation, or other instructional activity. Here is a sample of what the labels, the first line, of one file might look like:
Username, Midterm 1, Team Project, Midterm 2, Final ExamIt is essential that the first label (column A in your spreadsheet) is username, and that comments, if any, appear as the final label. The last label must have a hard return following it, in order to separate the labels from data. If you are saving your work as a text file from a spreadsheet, the hard return is automatically placed at the end of each row for you. Whether labels are upper or lower case or whether spaces are within them does not matter. Your labels will be used exactly as they appear in your file, including spelling, spaces, and capitalization. Post'Em will take all of the labels and use them as variables to hold the data for each student. If you are using a spreadsheet and save it as a comma-delimited text file, the spreadsheet takes care of many of these details automatically.
It is critical that if you do not yet have a score for a particular label, (i.e., a missing score), a space followed by a comma must be included in your file. The following example shows both comments and a missing score. A file with a student's data might look like this:
Username, Exam 1, Team Project, Exam 2, Final Exam, Comments hwells, 89, 84, 92, , Keep up the good work!Notice the blank where a score for the final exam will appear. This blank tells Post'Em to leave the score for the final exam empty, and put the comment in its correct place. This format allows your score reports to remain flexible, so you can easily make updates as the semester progresses. You also have the freedom to report the scores in a variety of ways, including percentages, letter grades, and so forth.
Here are some more sample files that will be processed correctly in the Post'Em system:
Username, Midterm 1, Team Project, Comments hwells, 89%, 84%, Keep working hard! bknight, 94%, , mbrand, 94%, 86%, Nice job on a tough project.You have control over the way the scores are displayed:
Username, Quiz 1, Quiz 2, Midterm, Quiz 3 hwells, A-, A, 91, A- bknight, B+, B, 86, B- mbrand, A-, B+, 88, A-Tab-delimited scores might look like this: (note that columns might not line up)
Username Quiz 1 Quiz 2 Midterm Quiz 3 hwells A- A 91 A- bknight B+ B 86 B- mbrand A- B+ 88 A-
myscores.csv,following the preceding requirements for layout and naming. He then opens the URL:
He types in his username and password and clicks OK. He types in the course and section number and clicks OK. From the Main Menu, he selects "Upload Scores" and clicks OK.
Following the directions, Greg clicks the Browse button, and locates his file,
myscores.csv, where he had saved it. He selects the file and its name appears in the box to the left of the Browse button. Then Greg clicks the OK button, and the file of scores is sent to the Post'Em system. Another screen appears, which confirms a file was received, and the first student record is displayed to allow confirmation of the data. Greg is satisfied with the match between his labels and the data. If he were not satisfied, he would open his file,
myscores.csv, and edit it to make the desired changes. Then he would re-upload this file and check the results, until he is pleased with them.
Each time a file is uploaded, it overwrites the file that was previously in the Post'Em system for that class. It is not possible to append scores to an existing file in the Post'Em system; instead you must send a file which contains all of the scores you wish to have displayed.
To delete old scores from courses taught in past semesters, upload a file containing only a single blank space. Students will no longer see this section listed when they log in to Post'Em.
From the Main Menu, select "Display Scores" and click OK. On the following screen, you will have the option of specifying a search for a particular username, or seeing the data for all students in that course.
If you are searching for a particular student, select the appropriate radio button, and type the student's username in the text box, then click OK. The record for that student will be returned, and displayed using the layout specified for your class. For details about specifying layouts, see the section Customizing the Layout.
https://www.indiana.edu/~best/cgi-bin/postem/students.pland they login with their Network ID and password. Post'Em then searches for that student in all of its class accounts. The next screen returns the list of classes in which Post'Em has a record of that student. The student then selects from the list the class for which they want a report, and clicks the Display Scores button. If the student is in only one class using Post'Em, the scores report is automatically returned.
To remove a student who has dropped the course, remove the row of the scores file containing the student's scores and upload the scores file to Post'Em again.
To delete old scores from courses taught in past semesters, upload a text file containing only a single blank space. Students will no longer see this section listed when they log in to Post'Em.
Scores are critical and the importance of hard copies cannot be over-stressed. Printing the on-screen results after showing all the scores for your class in Post'Em is one easy way to maintain a hard copy of the scores you have uploaded.
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