Teacher Start up Guide – Fronter

This guide provides a quick introduction to the basic skill set you need to teach a class using Fronter. Whilst general help files are available here, this guide will take you through your specific needs at NMBU.

This guide is provided by NMBU Study Administration. Please email Fronter Help (fronterhjelp@nmbu.no) for queries and trouble shooting.

The Fronter “building”

Fronter uses the analogy of a building. You have a Today page (reception). You have a corridor (institute). You have a Room (course). Each person is designated access to different parts of the building based on their role.

The Today page

The today page is individual to the user and displays the content from his/hers rooms.

today page

  1. 10 latest news items from your rooms
  2. Emails (Setup guide)
  3. Latest discussions
  4. 10 latest documents published in your rooms
  5. Alerts about tests and hand-ins available for you
  6. Quick access to your rooms (may not show all rooms you have access to)
  7. Full room list
  8. Personal tools (email, contact search etc)
  9. Clicking on your name gives you acces to your profile and log out-button. You may upload a picture of yourself.

New room? Archived room?

At any given time the NMBU Fronter building holds approximately 1500 rooms (+ archived rooms). We therefore need some routines to keep it tidy:

  1. New rooms are created 1 May for Autumn courses and 1 November for Spring courses. Every time there is a new exam in a course, that course gets a new room.
  2. Rooms are archived when the grade is set. (don’t worry, we don’t delete anything. Email to your Fronter Super User or fronterhjelp@nmbu.no to open it again.)

Opening a course room

In the Room Opening menu (see picture) always use option 2 (copy from room).

You should either copy from an earlier version of the room or copy a template (“Rommal Template NMBU 2015”). In the template room there is both a Norwegian and an English front page available. To switch, follow this guide: Attach a page to the Frontpage.

 

The course room

Each room may be different but we will try to explain the features of the NMBU template.

  1. Edit Front page. Click here to edit all the elements and placeholders in your room. When in editing mode just press a box to edit it using the editor.
  2. Placeholder for class/teacher name.
  3. Links to folders containing content. Just press the links and upload your content. If you feel a link does not apply to your course you may edit them as described under 1.
  4. Placeholder for News. News written in the room appears here and on the Fronter Today page.
  5. Placeholder for picture/video/RSS-feeds/custom content.
  6. Placeholder for your Institute name.
  7. List of members in your room and their access rights. You may use this to send e-mails.
  8. An archive intended for generic information such as links to course description, institute, Student Information Centre, etc.
  9. News archive. Needed when you got a lot of news.
  10. The actual archive where all your content is stored, as linked from the front page.
  11. The “Ground floor” of your room. Here you may edit properties, see statistics, activate student view, etc.
  12. “Pin”. This may attach the room permanently to your top bar so that it is easily accessible.

An archive

The archive/resources are where you put your content.

Mostly used for creating sub-folders and to upload files.

This video gives you an overview:

Hand-in

You may use a hand in folder in the archive or the new assignment tool.

Create news

Click “create news” on the front page of your room to create a news. Note the little arrow on the right upper side that gives you the full editor if needed.

Some tips for a good news:

  • Use the dates correctly.
    • If there is a message about cancellation of a class there is no need to show that message after the day of cancellation.
  • Use images (add an image under the typing window).
    • This makes the news stick in the readers mind by connecting a visual reference.
  • Use internal links to help the reader.
    • Instead of referring to a document in a folder, embed a link which takes your students directly to the document.  E.g. ‘Please see this document (enter name of document)’.

Create a test

A test may be used for multiple choice tests, surveys and much more. This complete guide might help you but our experience is that you should just go ahead and try it out to gain experience with the tool. There are a lot of options, but you might not have an opinion on how to use them before trying out the tool yourself.