The following information is to assist you with Biology Course Instructional Support. If you do not find the information, resource, or service you need, please email EMN Admin and one of the staff members will reply.
Important Dates and Deadlines (First Day of Classes, Finals, Grades) can be found on the UCR Academic Calendar.
Important Information to Plan for Your Final Exams.
Faculty can visit its.ucr.edu/faculty for IT resources, including getting started with tech at UCR, connecting to campus services, instructional technology services and resources, staying secure while working on and off campus, and how to request IT support.
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Canvas Guide & Resources
Canvas is a learning management system (just like iLearn which was powered by Blackboard). Courses that are provided through Canvas make it possible to access assignments, discussions, quizzes, and grades via your laptop, desktop, phone, and/or tablet.
The Academic Engagement Instructional Design team assists faculty with the integration of technology into the learning environment, in addition to applying sound pedagogical strategies to engage students and meet course outcomes. Whether it’s a tech-enhanced activity, a hybrid classroom or fully online courses, the Instructional Design team is available for consultation to scope your course design needs. The team also offers UCR instructors a variety of instructional technology and course design learning opportunities throughout the year.
Welcome to the New Version of iGrade
For courses with an Academic Coordinator such as in the BIOL 5 series, grading of laboratory assessments may be managed by the Academic Coordinator, who will coordinate the Teaching Assistants and compute final grades for the laboratory component.
The new version of iGrade is ready for use:
iGrade is UCR’s online grade submission portal. Instructors can view course rosters, submit grades (via the web interface or by uploading a spreadsheet), and process grade changes. Grades submitted through iGrade are transmitted to Banner, the campus’ student information system.
- iGrade opens to submit grades the Monday of 10th week.
- Deadline to submit grades is the Tuesday after finals week for Fall, Winter and Spring quarters.
- Go to iGrade
- Registrar's Office website with new iGrade content and resources.
- Video walkthroughs and written guides for using iGrade
- Highlights of the New System
- Self-Service Grade Changes: Submit grade changes directly from your course roster in iGrade that will reflect on the student records in real time. No more paper forms.
- Enhanced Look and Feel: Sort, filter, and view your courses and students with improved controls on a modern interface. No more hunting for extension students on different tabs!
- Up-to-Date Resources: Instructions and guides will be available directly within iGrade where you need them the most.
- Who to Contact if additional assistance is needed.
Final grades for BIOL 05LA are submitted by the Academic Coordinator.
For all other courses, it is the instructor(s) of record that submit the final letter grades.
Can now be processed in iGrade, submit grade changes directly from your course roster in iGrade that will reflect on the student records in real time. No more emailing grade change forms and waiting for a reply!
Gradescope is a platform built to facilitate grading online and in-class assessments, reducing time spent evaluating student work. It allows instructors to more easily provide constructive feedback and improve student learning outcomes.
Using Gradescope through Canvas will allow you to create and grade student assignments quickly and easily.
Create live rubrics that allow for increased consistency and efficiency when grading large courses.
Rubrics are dynamic tools that can easily be changed even after work has been graded, allowing instructors to change point values and award extra credit. Reusing comments and scores creates a consistent and effective method for improving both the speed and efficiency of your grading efforts.
Zoom is a communications software that combines video conferencing, online meetings, chat and mobile collaboration.
Use Yuja to store videos, record lectures, proctor exams, and more – all within an integrated video platform.
Piazza is an online Q&A forum which is integrated with Canvas LMS platforms. It is useful for holding instructor office hours, as well as permitting students to discuss concepts and address each other's questions among themselves with instructor-supervision.
Apporto Information & Guide
Apporto is a "cloud virtual desktop" that gives faculty and students access to virtual applications stored in the Cloud, regardless of the type of device they are using.
Intro Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_F4pJtwD_Yg
It can be used by anyone affiliated with UCR regardless of whether they're using PC, Mac or tablets. Once you login to the UCR apporto system, you then "launch" the RDS Apps Full Desktop, which looks like this:
iEval - Course Evaluations
iEval is the system for students to submit evaluations of classes at UCR. Student feedback should address what works well and what areas of the course need enhancements to improve the learning experience for students. All evaluations are anonymous and the log in process confirms students can only submit evaluations for courses they are enrolled in.
Instructors will see evaluations only after they have submitted grades. Instructors will receive an automated email reminder about the availability of iEval access towards the end of the quarter. Note that students who do not complete a course evaluation online for a particular course will not be able to see their final grade for that course until the start of the next quarter.
Login to iEval
Students, instructors and staff may find useful information on the iEval FAQ page
Instructors might find useful resources here for adjusting their courses based on the feedback they receive from iEval.
Sherice Underwood in the EMN Unit is the primary contact for this process. You can reach Sherice at x25902 or email@example.com if you have questions regarding your course being evaluated.
Teaching Assistant evaluations are handled by the Graduate Division for courses during the academic year.
Need a laptop or hotspot to conduct your duties?
Should you need a laptop or hotspot to conduct your duties, loaners are being provided by ITS:
Tech Support https://keeplearning.ucr.edu/
Free Software for Students
Online tech support ticket system
Browse the ITS Knowledge Base for self-help articles
Apply for a loaner laptop or WiFi hotspot
Phone: (951) 827-IT4U (4848)
Request extra face coverings
Instructors and TA's, if you want to have extra face coverings on hand for students who request one you can request in bulk from The Well by filling out this online form
If a student would like to get one on their own, they can stop by The Well to pick up a mask (operating hours can be found here).
Request a face shield with a drape from EH&S
A face shield with a drape is an approved alternative to a face covering, and may be preferable in some situations. EH&S currently has a limited supply of face shields with drapes but has ordered more. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or if you would like to request one.
Instructors also may purchase a face shield at their own expense but it must include a drape at the bottom. A recent study on sound attenuation from the University of Illinois may be helpful for deciding which kind of approved face covering you want to use.
Admin Support Information
Enrollment & Waitlists
Enrollment is handled via Banner, Instructors do not add or drop students.
- Enrollment issues for Biology courses are handled by the CNAS Enrollment Management Center, contact Monica Dorame for assistance.
If students are repeating a course or need permission to enroll, they must submit an ENROLLMENT REQUEST FORM
To verify if a student is enrolled in your course CHECK YOUR CLASS ROSTEr on iGrade
Waitlists are handled via Banner, Instructors do not add or remove students from the waitlist.
If space becomes available in a class, the first student on its waitlist will receive an email via R’Mail stating there is a seat currently reserved for them. They will have 24 hours to respond from the time the email was generated.
- Contact Monica Dorame for assistance.
Students on the waitlist will not appear on your class roster.
It is the responsibility of each instructor to order textbooks for their courses. An email is sent out from the Bookstore prior to the start of each quarter explaining details for ordering books (see info below for Barnes & Noble Adoption & Insights Portal (AIP)).
If additional copies of textbooks are needed for TA(s):
- Contact the EMN Front Office staff at email@example.com to see if the dept. has additional copies in their textbook library. IF NOT, then:
- Contact your book’s publisher to determine whether or not they will provide additional desk copies at no charge for you and your TA. IF NOT, then:
- Contact the EMN Purchasing Office staff (Tara & Silvana) at firstname.lastname@example.org . We will contact the Department Chair to request approval to order/purchase using department funds.
For BIOL 005A/B/C, in the past, Campbell Biology (by Reece et al.; most recent edition is the 11th) has been used throughout the BIOL 5 series so students need purchase only one textbook. For other courses, textbooks have been chosen at the prerogative of the instructor(s).
All textbook submissions should go through the online Barnes & Noble Adoption & Insights Portal platform.
See QUICK GUIDE (PDF) or Video Demo that will assist any Faculty members that might be unfamiliar with using Barnes & Noble Adoption & Insights Portal (AIP)
**If you do not require a textbook please let the Textbook Manager, Loretto Evans, know so your class information can be updated.
Contact EMN Admin will any other questions.
Proctoring of exams requires at least one Faculty member to be present and are typically proctored with assistance from the Discussion or Laboratory TAs.
For larger service courses, additional administration (e.g. seating charts) may be arranged with the Academic Coordinator:
- BIOL 005A, BIOL 005B, and BIOL 003; Shana Welles or (951) 827-4985
- BIOL 05LA and BIOL 002; Katie Burnette or (951) 827-4960
- BIOL 005C and BIOL 161A; Mike Fugate or (951) 827-2647
There are teaching supplies in stock, such as dry erase markers, batteries, chalk, Scantron forms, etc. in the EMN Front Office located in Life Sciences Rm 2710 (M-F 7:30am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:30pm).
There are also headsets and whiteboards available for check out to assist you with Remote Instruction. You can email Lab Prep at email@example.com (M-F 7:30am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:30pm) and set up a day and time to pick up.
For other items, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and the Purchasing Office staff will assist you with your order.
Please ensure that the TA's assigned to your course are aware that they can obtain these supplies from the EMN office.
Photocopying & Printing
PHOTOCOPYING AND PRINTING:
For jobs over 120 printed pages TOTAL, send your copy request to the EMN office at least two business days prior to the date the copies are needed. EMN Staff will then submit your request to the Printing and Reprographics office for processing. To submit your request:
- Complete the online request form click here
- Attach the file(s) to be copied in PDF format. If copies need to be hand married (e.g. sorted by exam version A-B-C-A-B-C), please note that an additional day for processing is required.
For smaller copying jobs (under 120 TOTAL pages printed), a photocopier in the EMN unit may be used. Please note that the Papercut copier program is no longer being utilized by campus, so your Papercut code will NO LONGER WORK. Moving forward, please see the EMN front desk for the course copy code each quarter.
For handouts, please consider posting electronically on iLearn (Blackboard). Enrolled students can then download and print their own handouts.
The smaller Scantron machine (narrow green forms, Form No. 882-E) is located in Spieth 1118. Check out the key from the EMN Front Office staff in Life Sciences Rm 2710.
Larger service courses (BIOL 2, 3, 5A/B/C, 102) will typically use multiple-choice exams and use the Scantron scanner (iNSIGHT 4) located in Spieth 1212. It uses the pink-colored Form No. F-1712-PAR-L.
Contact any of the Academic Coordinators (Katie Burnette or Mike Fugate) if you need assistance with this machine.
Please note: The scantron machine in Spieth 1212 is not compatible with eLearn (grade output cannot be directly uploaded into Canvas, you can still type in scores manually). We strongly encourage folks to switch to using Gradescope for their bubble-sheet format exams.
You can request Scantron forms at the start of each quarter, email EMN Admin.
Keys & Room Reservations
KEYS: If you need a key to one of the Biology laboratory classrooms, TA office hour rooms, and/or copier room, please complete this online form: TA Key Request Form Once submitted, you will be sent instructions via email re: how to schedule an appointment with the EMN front office staff to pick up your keys. If you need additional assistance with this process, please email email@example.com
ROOM RESERVATIONS FOR EMN CONTROLLED ROOMS:
|Room Name||Bldg/Room Number||How to Request a Reservation|
|The Darwin Room Biology Conference Room I||Spieth 1239||Facilities Reservation System|
|The Moore Room Biology Conference Room II||Spieth 3365||Facilities Reservation System|
|TA Offices||Life Sciences 1434 A, B, C||Facilities Reservation System|
How to Reserve a Room on FRS System:
- Go to https://frs.ucr.edu to request a room reservation.
- Enter the meeting Date.
- Select Biology from the “Facility Owner” drop down menu.
- From the “Facility” drop down menu, choose one of the following rooms:
- The Darwin Room (Spieth 1239)
- The Moore Room (Spieth 3365)
- EEOB TA Offices (LSP 1434 A, B, C)
- Choose a start date and time from the calendar screen, and complete the “new request” form.
- Hit submit to send the request form for approval.
- The system will provide you with a request confirmation number; you can log back in to https://frs.ucr.edu to check the status of your request by clicking on that number.
- You will receive a request confirmation e-mail from “CHASS Facility Reservations.” You can click on the link in the e-mail or log in directly at https://frs.ucr.edu to check status on your request. Alternatively, you will also receive an e-mail confirming or denying your reservation request.