GauchoSpace has many features and activities that are available to instructors and students. The sites on this page are open to all UCSB users to explore and learn about the activities and resources that you can add to GauchoSpace to support student learning.
A course format defines the look and layout of your course. In this article, we have provided you links for you to view course formats available in Gauchospace as a guest to sample sites. The guest permissions have been adjusted to allow users to view items, including the User Reports (the student's view of the gradebook) for the test students, view Peachmail and all of the activities. Note: please do not send Peachmail messages from within the showcase sites.
For your own course-site, you can select the course format by going to the Administration block -> Course Administration -> Edit Settings.
Scroll down to the “Course format” section.
Each course site also demonstrates an available aggregation method for the gradebook. To learn more about setting up the Gradebook, visit our Gradebook Help Section.
The default option is the Weekly format. Each week is displayed vertically and you add materials to the section under the week heading.
Weekly format highlights the current week of your course.
Gradebook Example: This format also features an example of the Natural Aggregation method.
Enter the Weekly Format course site as a Guest.
The Topics format displays your course by topic, where you can provide titles for each topic.
In the Topics format, you can add content such as forums, quizzes, and assignments to each topic section. You do not have to specify start dates. You can rename a given Topic by clicking on the edit menu inside that Topic and clicking edit section.
Enter the Topics Format course site as a Guest.
The Oneweek format shows each week as a tab. This format highlights the current week with a green dot.
Enter the Oneweek Format course site as a Guest.
The Onetopic format shows each topic as a tab. You can select which topic is in focus. You can rename a given Topic by clicking on that Topic's edit menu and clicking edit section.
Enter the Onetopic Format course site as a Guest.
Add or Remove Tabs for your Oneweek or Onetopic Format
To add or remove tabs from your coursepage:
- Turn editing on
- Go to your tabs and click the "+" symbol to add tabs
- To delete a tab, Turn editing on
- Go to the specific tab you would like to delete
- Click Edit, then Delete
NEW Course Formats
GauchoSpace now has 3 new course formats available for instructors.
Instructors can try these formats out on their own course page by going to the Administration block -> Course Administration -> Edit Settings. Scroll down to the “Course format” section.
This is a great format to use if you have many course materials. The sections are organized by week or topic and can display dates, week, and/or topic in the collapsed form. You can expand or collapse an individual week or topic, as well as expand or collapse all weeks or topics in an instant. As the course goes on, it saves you and your students time scrolling down to the desired week or topic!
The General section will be displayed at all times and is not collapsible. This is where you may want to put content that you would like the students to be able to access at all times. The remaining sections can be collapsed and expanded when needed:
This is what it looks like when the section is expanded:
Reverse Weekly by default hides all future weeks from the student view so that only the current week is expanded. As an instructor you can see future weeks and can leave them unhidden so that they become visible when that week arrives.
The format will display content starting with the first week at the bottom of the coursepage and each week proceeding above the first. This is the same as the weekly course format except the weeks are listed in reverse order.
Tiles Format is similar to the Collapsed Topics Format except that the collapsed sections are available as individual tiles as shown below. It is aesthetically pleasing and helpful in reducing clutter if your page will contain a lot of material and activities.
The sections contents will drop down upon clicking on a particular tile as shown. Here, Week 2 tile is selected and its contents are now visible.
You also have the option to change icons and colors for the tiles that will display. By clicking on the "Edit Settings" under the "Course Administration" block, navigate to the "Course Format" tab. Here you would have already selected "Tiles format" as the designated format. Additionally, here you have options to choose the tile color and icon as shown below.
If you wish to change an icon or add a picture only for a particular week, click "Turn Editing On" on your Course-site and click on the display icon for that week.
A new popup window will provide you a list of icons to choose from or select an image from your computer.