Using Illinois Compass 2g

About Illinois Compass 2g

Illinois Compass 2g is the official learning management system of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Compass 2g supports the following features, among others:

  • Assessments
  • Blogs and journals
  • Discussion boards
  • Inline grading
  • Integration with Blackboard Collaborate (upon request)

For the full list of supported features, see http://www.cites.illinois.edu/services/illinois-compass-2g, and scroll down to the Features section.

Using Illinois Compass 2g – Quick Intro

  1. Log in to Compass 2g with your NetID and AD/email password.
  2. Under My Courses on the top right, select the course to develop.
  3. Under Content Collection on the top right, turn Edit Mode is to On.
  4. Customize Your Site: Customize your site by changing the Course Menu and Menu Style.
    1. The Course Menu is an easy way for students to access important content. Select the plus icon (+) near the top left of the Course Menu:
      Content Menu customization
      Content Menu customization

      From the drop down menu, choose which elements to add. CITES created the table below for a quick overview of what each element means:

      Content Menu options
      Content Menu options. Courtesy of CITES, available at http://www.cites.illinois.edu/illinoiscompass/coursemenu.html
    2. The Menu Style is the look and feel of your site, including banner images, colors, and text. On the Content Menu, select Customization and then Teaching Style:
      Menu Style
      Menu Style options

      Scroll down the page to change what page students see when entering the course (SELECT COURSE ENTRY POINT), the visual theme of the site, including colors (SELECT COURSE THEME), whether the menu style is textual or button (SELECT MENU STYLE), whether to use text and icons together or separately (DEFAULT CONTENT VIEW), and upload a banner image (SELECT BANNER). When finished, select Submit in lower right corner.

  5. Create Content Areas: Content areas organize course content into separate pages, essentially. For example, your course could have a Readings content area and an Assignmens content area. Compass 2g comes with one content area already added. Add more content areas by selecting the plus icon (+) on the Course Menu and then Content Area from the drop down menu. Check Available to Users to make it immediately visible. To hide, rename, or delete any content area, hover over the content area in the Course Menu and select the chevron that appears on the right:

    Content area menu
    Content area menu
  6. Add Content: Add content to the content area by selecting the content area from the Course Menu. Then select what kinds of content to add from the four drop down menus running along the top of the content area:
    Four drop down menus running along top of content area
    Four drop down menus running along top of content area
    1. Build Content = add folders, files, and documents. It is easiest to add folders first (for example, a folder for each week), selecting the folder by clicking on it, and then, once inside the folder, adding content to it by selecting Build Content -> File (for example) from the drop down menu running along the top of the folder’s content area. For more information, see CITES’ guide to creating content.
    2. Assessments = add tests and other assignments. For more information, see CITES’ guide to creating tests and surveys.
    3. Tools = add collaboration spaces like Collaborate synchronous class sessions and blogs. For more information, see CITES’ guide to creating blogs.
    4. Partner Content = link your course with partners like Pearson.
  7. Assess Student Work: Assess student work by selecting the Grade Center from the Course Menu:
    Grade Center
    Grade Center

    All tests will be automatically populated in the Grade Center by doing the following to create a new test:

    1. From with the content area, select Assessment -> Test -> Create a New Test (Create) -> Fill out the test information and select Submit -> select OK from the bottom of the successful test creation page -> select the test from Add an Existing Test -> Submit -> Fill out the test requirements, including due dates -> Under SELF-ASSESSMENT OPTIONS, ensure Include this Test in Grade Center score calculations box is checked -> Submit. 
    2. To add a new column, select Create Column from the drop down menu running along the top of the Grade Center and fill out the column details. For more information, see CITES’ guide to creating and managing columns.
    3. To enter a grade, select the cell in which you would like to add a grade, and type the grade into the cell. Select Enter to save the grade.
    4. To add a comment along with a grade, enter the grade into the cell. Save the grade, and then select the chevron that appears on the right side of the cell. Select Quick Comment from the drop down menu. Feedback to Learner messages are visible to the student, while Grading Notes are viewable only by the instructor. Select Submit.

Illinois Compass 2g allows instructors maximum customizability of their online learning environments. For questions about or problems with your Illinois Compass 2g site, please contact CITES Help Desk at 244-7000 or consult@illinois.edu.