The Template tab is found on an instructor's landing page. The Template tab is used to create, edit, and view templates available to an instructor. Also in this list are templates that have been shared with an instructor by a Student Learning and Licensure administrator.
A template is a customizable, interactive document that defines the requirements of a submission. A template acts as a container, providing a single document in which a student can enter text and images, respond to questions and tasks, attach files, and create links to their Timeline or portfolio. It also includes any rubrics that will be used for assessment or grading.
Every template has a specific type of workflow. The workflow type defines how and by whom the templates will be submitted and assessed.
Workflow types include:
Standard Workflow – Students complete and submit a template and the template is assessed by a supervisor.
Peer Review Workflow – Students complete and submit a template. The template is then randomly assigned for assessment to another student or peer. After peer assessment, the template is assessed by a supervisor.
Assisted Assessment Workflow – Students complete and submit a template. The template is then assessed by a third party assessor or coordinator. After coordinator assessment, the template is assessed by a supervisor.
Form Submission Workflow – Students complete and submit a template. The assessment step is skipped, and the data from the student submission is available for reporting. (forms, surveys, etc.)
Observational Assessment Workflow – The submission step is skipped, and the template is assessed by a supervisor. (oral presentations, dispositions, etc.)
Internship Workflow – Interns complete and submit a template and the template is assessed by a supervisor or mentor.
Internship Observational Workflow – The submission step is skipped, and the template is assessed by a supervisor or mentor.
Internship Form Workflow – Interns complete and submit a template. The assessment step is skipped, and the data from the student submission is available for reporting.
To Create a Template:
1. Click the Hierarchy button located at the top of the page.
2. On the right side of the page, click the Template tab.
3. Highlight the tier in which the template will be added. To highlight the tier, click on it.
4. Click the Create Template button.
5. Choose the type of template you want to create.
6. In the Title text field, type in a title for the template.
7. Choose a template workflow or add a description if applicable.
8. Click the Create button.
The Template Page
The process of building a template takes place on the template page. The template page is divided into four main sections: the banner menu area, the component area, the page layout area, and the assessment panel.
The Banner Menu
The banner menu has four tabs, each of which effects the template as a whole.
• The Content tab: This tab provides tools for the construction of a template.
• The Choose Theme tab: This tab allows the template’s look to be changed.
• The Settings tab: This tab provides settings for changing visibility to students, and converting the template to an ePortfolio.
• The Preview tab: This tab displays the template as it will appear to students.
The Component Area
The component area provides several different tools, or components, that can be added to the content area of a template. Each component has different capabilities.
Resource components are tools for giving or displaying resources to students of the template. Students cannot edit or delete these components.
• Title: Text box with large type
• Text: Text box with small type
• Multimedia: Include an image or embedded YouTube video
• Attachment: Include external files for download
Input components are tools provided to students for putting their own content into the template.
• Text Area: Text box in which students can type
• File Upload: Provides the ability to attach external files
• Rich: Text box in which students can type, insert images or web links, and use formatting tools such as text alignment and color
• YouTube: URL (web address) text field for students to include a video from YouTube into an embedded player
Question components allow the template to ask questions of the student, and provide various
methods for selecting answers.
• Radio Button: Students answer a multiple choice question by selecting a circular button next to the answer. Students must choose only one answer.
• Checkbox: Students answer a multiple choice question by selecting a checkbox next to an answer. Students can choose more than one answer.
• Dropdown: Students answer a multiple choice question by selecting the answer from a dropdown menu. Students must choose only one answer.
Reference components allow students to include information contained within their SL&L accounts.
• Portfolio Reference: Inserts an event from from the student’s portfolio
• Gallery: Inserts an entry from the student’s Timeline, and presents the entry as a “card.”
• Timeline: Inserts an entry from the student’s Timeline, and presents the entry with a date stamp.
• My Info: Inserts a pre-made widget containing the student’s information, such as name, gender, and email address, as well as the student’s avatar picture.
Assessment components provide tools for completing an assessment. Although assessment is typically performed ON a student or BY an instructor, these components can optionally be assigned to any role in a section.
• Scoring: Provides a scoring box, with a max number of points assigned.
• Rubric: Adds a rubric from the rubric list (rubrics are listed on the Rubrics tab of the instructor’s landing page)
The Content Area
The content area of the template page consists of page sections, which can be added and deleted to control the look of the template. Then, components are added to the sections. Sections can be added in several pre-made layouts.
To add template sections:
1. Click on a section below which new sections will be added. A selected section will have a purple outline around it.
2. Click on the purple add sections button.
3. Click on a new section layout to add sections.
To delete template sections:
1. Click on a section to be deleted.
2. Click the delete section button (trash can icon).
To add components to a template section:
1. Click a section to which a component will be added.
2. Click on the component to be added.
3. If necessary, complete the component details popup, such as giving the component a label or whether or not it is optional, and click the popup’s Save button.
To delete a component from a template section:
1. Hover over the component to be deleted.
2. Click the delete button (trash can icon).
3. In the Are you sure? popup, click Delete.
To move a component to a different location:
1. Hover over the component to be moved.
2. Click and hold on the move button (crosshair icon).
3. While holding, drag the component to the new location.
The Assessment Panel
The assessment panel area of the template page provides space for adding a rubric, scoring box, and feedback text box to a template. Like the Scoring and Rubric components, placing these items in the assessment panel area establishes a visual separation between submitted work and assessment tools during the assessment process.
To add rubrics, a scoring box, or feedback box to the assessment panel:
1. In the assessment panel area, click the add assessment component button (3 vertical dots).
2. Click Rubric, Scoring, or Feedback from the menu.
3. Complete the item details popup, and click the popup’s Save button.
Saving a Completed Template
While building a template, SL&L automatically saves progress once every minute. However, the template can be saved at any time by clicking the SAVE button on the template page.