FAQs: Course Companion Shells for Classroom Courses
What is a “companion shell”?
It’s a copy of an online course made available to classroom-based faculty and learners. If no online version of a course exists, the shell contains no content. The companion shell is used as a resource for the classroom and a repository of documentation (email, assignments, grades) for the classroom course.
Why are we doing this?
Increasingly, our learners are taking their courses in a mix of formats within a program. There is no “on-ground program” or “online program”; there’s just “the MSOL program” (for example). The course outcomes for any given class, in any format, must be met, and providing identical course shells for all formats is a step toward getting us there.
How will it work?
All companion shells provide the WorldClass-on-D2L functions. If there is a corresponding online course, the companion shell includes all of that content as a resource, except for the syllabus (you will still provide that).
In addition, faculty teaching in any delivery mode – online, classroom, or blended – will also have some new permissions to build or reconfigure elements such as the Dropbox, the Grade Book, and TurnItIn. Training for these functions has been added to the WorldClass Tutorial for CPS Faculty.
In either event, classroom-based faculty are required by CPS policy to use at least these three elements of the shell:
- WorldClass Email for all written communication with students during the course
- Dropbox for all assignment submissions
- Grade Book to keep students up-to-date on their progress throughout the course
Use of online content by classroom-based facilitators is encouraged but not required. Classroom facilitators have the ability to delete the online discussions, adjust the Grade Book and Dropbox, and upload their syllabus.
Why are we using these elements?
Our ability to maintain classroom records via WorldClass helps us document our processes for accreditors and more easily resolve any disputes by learners.
Where do I get the WorldClass Tutorial for CPS Faculty?
We’ve built it as a standalone site. Go to: http://cpsdl2.regis.edu/WC_Faculty_Tutorial/
Where do I find my companion shell?
Companion shells, like online courses, reside in our Learning Management System (LMS), provided by our vendor-partner, Desire2Learn (D2L). We refer to this system as WorldClass-on-D2L. To access your course, go to https://worldclass.regis.edu; alternatively, you may go to www.regis.edu and then select WorldClass from the Quick Links on the upper right. Either one takes you to the same location.
You will normally have access to your course/s ten days before the start of a term.
Whom do I contact if I need technical support?
Or call: 303-458-4050 / 1-800-388-2366 ext. 4050