Most instructors at West Valley College use the ANGEL learning management system (LMS) for their online and hybrid courses, and to enhance their face-to-face courses. ANGEL helps you to organize course content and to offer teaching and learning anytime anywhere. It also either eliminates or reduces the need to print, thereby allowing you to be "green" in your teaching.
In order for you to get the most out of using ANGEL, it is imperative that you familiarize yourself with all of the tools before the class begins. There is a "How to" instruction manual for ANGEL, and tips, in the ANGEL Faculty Handbook. You can get a copy of the handbook by login into ANGEL and clicking on the "help" icon (on the left side of your course page).
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There are two Instructor Reference Manuals for ANGEL 7.4. One is quite lengthy (over 500 pages); the other is a Quickstart Guide.
You can find them both by login into ANGEL and clicking on the "help" icon on the left of your ANGEL course page.
Download the ANGEL Student Quickstart Guide at: ANGEL Student Quickstart Guide
ANGEL provides a variety of components that you can add to the first screen that students see when they enter your course.
Editing/customizing the tabs in that first page allows you to give your students the most important information upfront (for instance, your syllabus, grades, calendar, forums, email, and class announcements).
ANGEL class "shells" are generally open to students a few days before the class begins.
You can keep your class closed until the official first day of the semester by going to:
Manage tab-->Tab Settings-->Viewable by Course/Group Editors
Clearly identify files, folders, and drop boxes to help both you and your student navigate through ther course. For example, don't name it just "Drop Box." Name it "Essay #1 due by 5:00 PM on Thursday May 4."
Help organize you and your students by posting due dates for assignments both in the assignments and in the calendar.
It is also useful to post announcements and to send email reminders.
BUT, don't bury lessons and other items in subfolders; the fewer clicks, the better.
Use the announcements tool and add/change announcements often to keep students' attention.
You can add this feature from the "edit page" link on the top left of your course page and then selecting "add components."
Let ANGEL help you build a community!
Encourage students to interact with one another.
In larger classes, set up teams, group discussions and study groups.
ANGEL has a feature that allows you to chat or hold office hours.
To add and configure these features, click on "edit page" at the top left of your course home page, then click on "Add Components".
Instructions are also available in the ANGEL Faculty Handbooks.
If possible, convert documents to PDFs before uploading to ensure that others with varying versions of word processing software can access your documents.
Most current versions of Microsoft Office (for the Mac and PC) have this ability.
The full versions of Adobe Acrobat allows you to create and edit PDFs.
Using the grade book will help both you and the students keep track of their progress.
Check West Valley's ANGEL login page announcements to make sure that you are using a supported browser and browser version.
Review the video tutorials about ANGEL in this website.
Max Gault, Instructional Technologist
Lisa Kaaz, Distance Learning Coordinator