Using advanced features

Advanced components are features that aren't available by default in a Lagunita course.  Explanations of these features are given below, but if you are interested in using any of these, feel free to contact the CourseOps team so that we can help you set these up in your course, or answer any questions you might have about these advanced features.

To add them to your course, go to Settings > Advanced Settings from the navigation links at the top of the page in Studio.

The first setting on this page is the Advanced Module List.

These features can then be found in your course under a special Advanced button in the "Add New Component" section of a unit.

Features you can add to your course via this module are:

Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI)

LTI stands for Learning Tools Interoperability.  This can be added to your course by entering "lti" in the input field.  If you want to link to an external source, use a third-party discussion tool such as Piazza, or integrate an external grading tool with your course, the LTI component makes that possible.  For more information on this feature, please read the complete documentation here.

Word Cloud

The Word Cloud tool allows you to add a question prompt that students respond to in a text field. The responses given then appear as a word cloud, which takes shape as more people submit responses to the question. The more frequent a particular word response is given, the larger that word will display in the word cloud.  You can enable this in your course by adding "word_cloud" to the Advanced Module List in Studio.  For more information, feel free to read the complete documentation here.


Staff Graded Assignment (SGA)

Staff-graded assignments allow instructors to add a problem component which includes a question prompt and a file upload function.  You can enable this kind of problem in your course by adding "edx_sga" to the Advanced Module List in the Advanced Settings page in Studio.  This is not a built-in feature you will find in your course normally, as typically the large size of public courses makes this approach to handling content submissions unwieldy.  If you'd like to learn more about this kind of problem and also see more detailed instructions on building this in your course, please visit the Staff Graded Assignments section in the Stanford Online Feature Demo Course.

Here is what participants would see in this component before and after uploading their files:




Here is what the instructor-side of this looks like:


Content Experiments

Content experiments are A/B tests.  You can enable these in your course by entering "split_test" in the Advanced Module List from the Advanced Settings page in Studio.  Once this is enabled in the Advanced Settings, you can then utilize this advanced feature.  This can be a great way to go about testing variations of content or graded assignments, in order to see what gets the best results in your course from your participants. For steps on setting this up in your course, visit the Help Center article here



Completion Checkboxes

Participants can track their progress in a course by viewing their Progress page, which is updated automatically as they complete graded assignments in the course. Occasionally, it may be helpful to your participants to enable them with a way to track their progress manually in the course on all kinds of content.  To that end, you may find the Completion Checkboxes feature useful.  Add "done" to the Advanced Module List in the Advanced Settings page, and then click on the "Advanced" component in a unit and select "Completion" to add this to your course.  


Have more questions? Submit a request