MyCourses is the starting point for courses. MyCourses workspace can be used to send out announcements, share materials, receive student submissions, grade and give feedback. After the course is finished grades can be published there.
MyCourses is Moodle-based learning management system (uses Moodle version 3.2 since June 2017).
MyCourses imports information (course names and dates) and users (students and teachers) from Oodi.
If you can't access your course workspace after logging in, check with your local Oodi administrator that you are marked as a teacher in Oodi for that teaching event (course).
We kindly advice you to keep your browser up to date. We regularly test MyCourses with Safari, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Current MyCourses version (Moodle 3.2) has known compatibility issues with:
These links point to external pages:
Making new course workspaces - how and when
In the beginning of the academic year each public and confirmed course (opintokohde in Finnish) in Oodi with teaching events, except for exams, will have an automatically generated course workspace in MyCourses. Language Centre courses with enrollment to several groups will have automatically generated workspaces for each group. Manual production of course workspaces can be requested.
Teachers can request a personal readymade workspace for thesis supervision.
Instructions on how to import contents from one workspace to another
Please note that the new course workspaces are generated each year, in the beginning of a new academic year. Reusing the current workspace the following year is not possible. Instead the previous year's workspace can be imported to the current year's workspace. This way you do not have to rebuild the whole workspace every year, just an update is needed.
We have some additional tips about how to use and restructure MyCourses Workspaces.
Log in to MyCourses
mycourses.aalto.fi - official course spaces for new courses for the whole academic year.
How to log in
Use Aalto login or Haka login.
Please note: External (not HAKA or Aalto users) workspace members are not allowed to log in to MyCourses. Faculty members, who wish to invite for example their foreign colleagues to the workspace, can request a Visitor Account for the visitor. More information (requires aalto-login).
Finding your course workspaces
You will see your courses after logging in at Dashboard. You can hide courses on your list and filter by term or by teacher. Your courses are also listed under the My own courses -link in the top navigation bar.
Please note that course workspaces, which are set hidden from students can still be seen by the workspace teachers. A whole workspace can be hidden by teachers' request and by administrators only.
Automatic enrollment to course workspace
In general, enrollments should be administered in Oodi. Every session (login) in MyCourses starts with an automated Oodi check of the user's access rights to workspaces. In addition, the member lists of all MyCourses workspaces are hourly synced from Oodi. This integration means that if a user is added to a course in Oodi, he/she will be added to MyCourses workspace during next login to MyCourses or automatically after one hour the latest.
After students have enrolled to the course in Oodi, they can access the course workspace in a Student role when they next time login to MyCourses. If the students´ enrolment status in Oodi is either planned, rejected or canceled, it means that his/her status in MyCourses turns to “inactive”. After that, the teacher can remove him/her from the user´s list in MyCourses.
If you have been marked as a Teacher in WebOodi (vastuuopettaja, luennoitsija or harjoitustöiden pitäjä) you will automatically get Teacher rights to your course workspaces. Your own courses are shown in the upper navigation listing in MyCourses.
Please note that persons who are marked as a Virkailija for a course level teaching event in Oodi, will get automatically teacher access to the corresponding course workspace - their role is called Workspace Assistant. The role is intended for personnel who may be responsible for supporting course activities.
There is generally no need for enrollment keys. In some cases the teacher may wish to manually add persons with differing roles to the course site. See instructions in the next section.
Students have possibility to toggle their activity status in MyCourses workspace. This means that teacher sees student´s name in grey in assignment list and student´s status is "inactive". Teacher can still see student´s submissions, but student get no email from the course space. It it important that student can set his/her status as needed.
How to manually add members to your workspace
Turn editing on → open quick link Enrolled users → Enrol users. OR: Choose Participants on the left side → open the gear → Enrolled users → Enrol users.
Choose the appropriate role - Student role for students and Teacher role for teaching personnel - for the person you are adding, and use the Enrolment options search. Click Enrol on the person you wish to add and when you're done Finish enrolling users.
Users, including HAKA-users, can be enrolled to course workspaces manually only if they have at least once logged in to MyCourses.
You may also change participant's roles from the Roles -column and pressing the plus -icon.
External (not HAKA or Aalto users) workspace members are nor allowed in MyCourses. Faculty members, who wish to invite for example their foreign colleagues to the workspace, can request a Visitor Account for the visitor. More information (requires aalto-login).
Please note that persons who act as a Category Assistant for all courses of a specific category (school or department level) have similar rights than a Teacher in all respective workspaces. Category Assistants role is granted by request on behalf of the school or department (more information). The role is intended for service personnel who may be responsible for supporting course activities.
Course workspace layout
Changing the interface language
Users can by default change the interface language. A dropdown list in the top navigation bar contains all available languages. If you find issues in translations let us know.
Forcing a specific language within a course workspace
A teacher can force the course workspace interface language by changing the following setting:
Course home page → Open the gear in upper right corner → Edit settings → Appeareance → Force language
Editing the course workspace
You need to have teacher-rights to edit the course site. In your workspace, click Turn editing on on the upper right corner of your course home page.
This will open you the tools necessary to edit the course site.
After the update (12.6.2017) editing options in all the activities and resources are found behind a gear:
Clicking the gear opens all the editing options.
In course home page, gear in the header opens course settings.
Important functions while in editing mode:
Importing contents from your previous course space
You can import (copy) all or some contents (activities, resurces) from your previous course workspace using Import. To do that, you must have a teacher role in both workspaces. Do not import users. You probably need to add and rename sections on your new workspace after importing.
Adding and removing sections
You can add, remove, rename and rearrange sections in your workspace.
When editing mode is on you can find three buttons "Show all sections","Add new sections" and "Remove last section" in left column.
Click "Add section" and you will get a new section to the left navigation. Added section will be given a default name, such as Section 5.
When you click "Remove last section" the last section shown in left column is removed. This action does not delete the section nor its contents, but it hides it from the users. To restore the hidden section, just click "Add new section" and hidden section is shown again.
Although the sections can never be deleted, their content can be deleted (Activities/Resources).
To reorder sections, first click "Show all sections" -button and then drag and drop sections from cross-symbol in front of the sections name. Clicking on the "list view" -button on the top collapses the sections so moving becomes easier.
Section reordering is usable also when you want to remove section which is the middle of sections. Reorder sections as the removable sectios comes last and then remove last section.
With cross-symbol, you can also reorder activities and resources.
Please take a look at some tips how to use and restructure MyCourses Workspaces.
Activities and Resources
MyCourses contains many Activities and Resources. Their listing and descriptions are found, with editing turned on, in the end of any section by clicking open Add an activity or resource.
In Teacher role users can during a session upgrade themselves to Advanced teacher role in order to use all available activities and resources. (On your profile: Switch role to → Advanced teacher)
Open access is the default
The default setting in each course workspace is that they are openly visible to guest users, i.e. all internet users. On the course homepage and any other section openly accessible things include unrestricted material, activity names and descriptions and forthcoming calendar events. The Course info is a special case, whose visibility cannot be restricted.
Interaction (assignments, discussions, feedback, guiding etc.) during the course is between course members only. Especially the students' activity is not openly visible.
Note that many publishers do not allow their material to be saved and shared through course web pages or different portals (detailed user terms of single services can be found from here). You can, however, link electronic materials for the use of students by using Bib.fi-links and Libproxy-links. More information at Aalto Library's guide to linking to licensed materials.
Although open guest access is the default, access can be restricted, and the teachers can control it. Below are short tips on limiting visibility in MyCourses, more about workspace and material visibility is found on a separate page: MyCourses workspace and material visibility.
When you turn to editing mode, you see info box of your course enrolment methods and course visibility.
Open guest access increases the visibility of Aalto University's education. Current, future and past students of Aalto University can see and browse course contents and perhaps get interested in various studies. For teachers, open guest access supports the idea of developing teaching collaboratively. It also enables teachers to showcase their work.
Course workspaces, which are set hidden from students can still be seen by the workspace teachers. A whole workspace can be hidden by teachers' request and by administrators only.
How to limit workspace guest access
A guest is a user who doesn't have an Aalto- or a Haka- account (a non logged in user). To disable guest access from your workspace:
Turn editing on → click Enrolment methods in the Quick links list → Guest access → Hide (eye icon)
How to restrict access to a section, resource or an activity
On every section, resource (e.g. Folder) or activity administration, you can restrict access to that object.
Open the section → Editing mode on → Edit → Edit section name and summary → Restrict access → Add restriction → Choose to restrict either by:
How to limit resource visibility to course members only
Accessibility in course space
Add screen reader to your course space.
Add video library to you course space (Panopto integration) works on 28.12.2017
Teacher can add an integration block between Panopto video service and course space. Creating connection means that course has course folder in Panopto service and students has view to this folder from MyCourses. So when ever teacher upload video to course folder students can see it in MyCourses or it course has live session students can participate session from MyCourses without special emails.
Here is how you can add course video block in MyCourses and create folder to Panopto service.
Add ReadSpeaker block
Remove ReadSpeaker block
Use Announcements forum (previously News forum) to send urgent announcements to course participants. The Announcements forum is for one-way messaging only - from teachers to students. All postings of this forum are shown to course members only. An e-mail alert containing the message is sent to members.
Students can choose in their profile to receive separate messages for each announcement, daily digest or no messages.
Please read MyCourses workspace and material visibility before altering the visibility settings:
How to send an announcement with email notification to students
A discussion forum for course participants. It can be used for internal discussion, posting questions about course content, forming groups etc. The teacher can create additional forums.
Please read MyCourses workspace and material visibility before altering forum's visibility settings.
How to subscribe General discussion
In General discussion, click the gear in the upper right corner → Click "Subscribe to this forum".
How to subscribe all Forums
Click Forums-link in the header image to see list of all forums in your workspace. Click Subscribe to all forums in upper right corner.
The default setting in each course workspace is that they are openly visible to guest users, i.e. all internet users. Above you'll find short tips on limiting visibility in MyCourses, more about workspace and material visibility is found on a separate page: MyCourses workspace and material visibility.
MyCourses supports individual file sizes up to 200 MB. Note that many publishers do not allow their material to be saved and shared through course web pages or different portals (detailed user terms of single services can be found from here). You can, however, link electronic materials for the use of students by using Bib.fi-links and Libproxy-links. More information at Aalto Library's guide to linking to licensed materials.
How to add files
Go to your Materials -section and go to Editing mode
How to link a single file to multiple workspaces
Add a file to your personal files → While adding a file to a workspace use the Private files -directory → Pick the file you wish to add, and choose Create an alias/shortcut to the file
This way the file updates to the workspaces its linked to when you overwrite the file within your Private files.
How to link within course workspace
Any activity or resource name is recognised by MyCourses and turned into a link.
E.g. Typing News forum in any description field will create a link automatically. The linking works within a single workspace.
How to link to external material
Add resource → URL
Alternatively Add an activity or resource → Choose Page → Copy and paste a list of links to the page content field
All users have their own personal calendars. Personal calendar shows only the events from course workspaces the user is a member of.
The calendar may contain events created by Oodi, due dates created by activity, and events created by teacher him/herself. If Oodi has events that has registration and has timetable information these timetable events are shown only for those students who has registered in this events (for example lecture group 1). If course has event in Oodi that has no registration but has timetable information the timetable information is shown to all course students.
Please note that it is not recommended to add attachments to calendar events, since they cannot be imported to the next year's course calendar. If you follow the the instructions on Material delivery, next year you can import your current workspace materials and other Sections into the empty workspace.
The course calendar contains room and time information on lectures and exercises automatically driven from Oodi. Oodi-based information (event title, date and time) will be overwritten nightly, but you may add information on the description field. This field is not overwritten.
If you need to delete a calendar event that was created automatically from Oodi, you need to delete it only from Oodi. Event will be removed from MyCourses next night.
The course workspace activities' deadlines (due date) will be added to the course calendar automatically.
Events created by teacher
Teachers can create new calendar events.
The calendar can be synced with Aalto University Exchange calendar (Outlook Web Access) or other calendar systems which support iCal-format, such as Google Calendar.
Different calendar views
Exporting the calendar to mail.aalto.fi -calendar
If your calendar is "too full" you might reconsider exporting the calendar.
Assignments and other activities
Activities are created by teachers to activate students on a workspace. Activities are open for course students only, and submissions are visible to teachers and assistants only.
In a workspace, Turn editing on -> click "Add an activity or resource" to see the list of activities. When you switch your role to an "advanced teacher", you see the full list of activities.
Giving assignments and receiving student submissions in MyCourses
In Assingment activity, students submit a file or text for the teacher to grade.
Go to Assignments -section, enable editing mode and click Add an activity or resource → Assignment
Give the assignment a name, description (instructions for students) and deadlines. You can also attach files to the assignment if needed.
Due date shows up in the calendar. After Cut off date, submission is no longer possible for students.
When choosing grade type, we recommend using of Points/Value instead of Scales. You can change the maximum 100 -> 5 (or anything else)
Grading student assignment submissions in MyCourses
After 12.6.2017 update, MyCourses has a new assignment grading view. All elements are on one screen and the teacher can annotate over student submissions of different file types, not just pdf´s.
To grade, open the Assignment activity. Click View all submissions to see list of students with their submissions. Click Grade to see and grade one student´s submission. It opens student´s file automatically. You can annotate it, grade and give feedback. Save changes and see the next submission, or pick up the next one on the upper menu.
Grading is visible to student (or a small group) only.
In 3.2. version, also assignment overrides are available: teacher can change assignment deadlines for individuals or group, and download selected assignments to work offline. (Update 12.6.2017)
Grading course total (gradebook setup)
All activities with grading gather automatically in Grading report. Click Grades on the left side bar. In a grading table, you see list of all students and all activites (grading items) in your workspace. The last column, Course total, calculates and shows automatically the course grade, based on your settings.
As a default, the aggregation method is Simple weighted means of grades, and the maximum grade is 100.
You can change the aggregation method: Grades -> Gradebook setup -> click Edit on the first row -> Edit settings -> Choose one in the Aggregation menu (eg. weighted means of grades or natural, meaning sum of grades).
You can also change the course Maximum grade.
Also, a new grading item can be set in Gradebook setup.
List of activities
Activities are tools to activate students. With grading on, all the activities show in Grader report table.
Grading and publishing grades
Methods to publish grades and feedback. We recommend using the first method.
Transferring results to Oodi
The assessments are not sent to Oodi automatically. The grades given within MyCourses can be downloaded in Excel or CSV format, among others.
Course administration → Grades → Grader report -dropdown → Export
Course info and header image
The Course info -page contains automatically generated information from Oodi, course name and schedule, which are always openly available to the Internet.
The page contains separate links to enrollment, course description, timetables and exams in Oodi and also teacher names based on Oodi information.
A Teacher can add two files to the Course info (a picture and a pdf-file) The files will be visible in the Info Section as well as in search results. How to add files:
If you add a text file in Course summary, it shows in Course list.
If you want to customise your course workspace, you can attach an image file ((jpeg, jpg, png) in Course summary files -box. The image shows in the course header.
Groups in Oodi are copied to MyCourses workspace. This makes the use of calendar easier for students. Teacher can inform group of students in News forum or Forum (in Forum settings; set Group mode on and inform a group).
Error in a group assignment
In a group assignment, you can get an error info:
The setting 'Require group to make submission' is enabled and some users are either not a member of any group, or are a member of more than one group, so are unable to make submission.
In most cases, this error is because you have Oodi based groups and groups created by you, not separated in your workspace. You should separate (or “bundle up”) your groups with a grouping, and then in an assignment use your own set of groups only. Also, check that all the students are member of some group.
What to do:
2. Open assignment settings. Choose Group submission settings -> Grouping for student groups → choose a grouping.
Groups can be used to enable group submissions in activities. They can also be used to restrict visibility of certain sections, activities or resources.
First create groups either manually or automatically. Then choose how to add the group members: manually, automatically or by student choice.
Course administration → Users → Groups
Create a single group manually
Click Create group and give the group a name → Save changes
Auto-create several groups
Can be used to create several groups at once. Give a group name and either an @- or a #-sign.
Populate groups automatically with auto-create several groups
You can let MyCourses to automatically assign students to the groups with the selection of either Number of groups or Members per group.
Populate groups manually
Select the group you want to add members to, in this case Group A and click Add/remove users
Select users from the list on the right and click Add. You can select several users at once by holding CTRL while clicking the users. → Back to groups.
Let students choose their own groups
Group choice -activity allows students to choose their own groups from the pool of groups teacher provides.
Editing mode → Add activity/resource → Group choice
You must have at least 2 groups for this activity to work.
Name the activity, give a description and select the groups the students can choose from → Save and display
Course space report tools
As a Teacher you can follow students behaviour in course space from logs and reports. For example you can use this data to see who has accessed course materials and on what pages students has viewed. By default log information is just list of events but if needed teacher can activate use GISMO plugin to see this information in visual format.
Go to course main page and click Gear symbol -> More -> Under heading Reports you can see course logs and reports.
Visual course logs GISMO
Activate GISMO on your course space by adding GISMO block.
Course workspaces are not archived
The system does not archive course workspaces. Every workspace will be removed after it has been for 3 years in use.
A Teacher can download a backup copy of the site. The backup contains files and activities without student generated content. A teacher can download student content of individual activities.
Usually an activity is something that a student will do that interacts with other students and or the teacher.