The Joule Mobile application is the core component of Moodlerooms' Joule Mobile product. The application is supported on a number of mobile devices using the Apple, Android or BlackBerry operating systems. The Joule Mobile application allows these mobile devices to access the user's course grades, course rosters, upcoming events, campus directory, campus news and campus locations on a map. The Joule Mobile application is a powerful tool for users on the go who need to access their learning management platform.
The first time a user accesses the the Joule Mobile application on their device, they will need to select the institution they would like to log in to. The user can enter search terms which match on the Site Name and Keywords fields from the Dubmenow configuration settings.
Upon selecting an institution, the user will be asked to verify that they want to select this institution.
Once the institution is accepted, then the application uses this institution every time the application is run. If a user needs to switch to a different institution, they will need to reset the university.
After opening the Joule Mobile application, the user first sees the main menu. If this is the first time the user has accessed the application, they are not logged in.
To log in, the user clicks on the Login button for Apple and Android devices. BlackBerry devices must click the BlackBerry logo button and then select Login.
Logging in allows Joule Mobile to retrieve data about the user from the institution's Joule site. Logging in is required before the user is able to use many of the Joule Mobile features.
At any time, you are able to navigate backwards in Joule Mobile by clicking the appropriate navigational icon in the top left corner of the screen. For example, to navigate back to the Main Menu, you would click on the icon in the upper left-hand corner of the application, or the device's back button.
The Directory module allows the user to see information about all users in the courses the user is enrolled in. The interface for the Directory module allows the user to search by first and last name or e-mail address for specific users. For example, you may enter "M" to search for all users with the letter M in their first name, last name, or e-mail address. The Directory module can also show only students or only teachers that are in the user's courses. This is done by selecting the appropriate option beneath the search bar (options are All, student or Teacher).
How to Search
Once the list of students and teachers has been filtered, a user can select a specific student or teacher to view detailed information about them based on the user's settings in the Joule Mobile block. For more information about setting view permissions, see the Joule Mobile Block Manual. The directory can show the following detailed information about a user:
From the contact details screen, you may add the contact to your device's address book or send a friend request through the Dubmenow network. Clicking on a contact's phone number will initiate a call to that individual. Clicking on the contact's address will display the address on the device's map. Clicking on the contact's e-mail address will begin the composition of an e-mail to that user.
The News module provides the institution with the capabilities to display a predefined set of RSS feeds. These RSS feeds can be internal or external to Joule. RSS feeds expand and contract to show and hide the entries in the feed. The RSS feed with the most recent entry appears first on the list. Selecting a new entry causes the user to navigate to the RSS entry via the device's Web browser.
The Courses module displays a list of all the courses in which the user is enrolled, organized by course category based on the institution's global settings for the Joule Mobile block. When a user selects a course, they are provided with more information about the course. The Joule Mobile app separates the course information into five areas through the use of buttons or tabs:
Each of the screens are discussed in greater detail below.
Selecting a course from the course list presents the user with the Course info screen. The course info screen lists out information about the course, the faculty members, course summary, and any meetings created for the course. For more information on creating meetings for a course, see the Locations Block Manual.
The Recent Activity screen (accessed through the Recent tab or button on the device in the Course module) displays the same information displayed by the Recent Activity block for the selected course in Joule. This includes all logged actions performed by users enrolled in the selected course. For a student, this is useful to view what updates a teacher has made. For a teacher, this allows them to see when students have completed or viewed activities. A user can click on an activity and they will be logged in (via single sign-on) to the institution's Joule site and sent to the activity via the device's Web browser.
The Upcoming Events screen (accessed through the Upcoming tab or button on the device in the Course module) displays events in the course calendar over the next two weeks. These events can be user, group or course events. Clicking on an event provides the event details listing the date, time, duration and summary of the event.
Similar to the Directory screen, the Roster screen lists out all other users enrolled in the course. Users can view a participant's contact details by clicking on the participant's name. The contact detail displayed from the Roster screen is the same contact detail displayed in the Directory module.
The Maps module synchronizes with the Locations block in the institution's Joule site to get a list of all of the locations an institution has created for their campus. The Maps module displays the locations as pins using the device's native mapping application (typically Google Maps) inline the Joule Mobile application. Users are able to view the details for a particular location by clicking on the pin. Details include the address of the location and the ability to view directions to the location.
From the Maps main screen, a user can change to a list view of buildings or campuses that have been created for the institution. The method for viewing this list depends on the device's operating system:
The Events module displays all calendar events (site, user, group and course events) from the institution's Joule site for the user for the next two weeks. Selecting an event provides the user with greater detail, including the date, time, duration and summary of the event. This behaves the same as an upcoming event in the Course module.
The Info module displays information about the Joule Mobile application as well as support contact information for the institution. The following information is displayed to the user:
The institution configures the help desk e-mail, Web site and phone number when purchasing Joule Mobile.
Users receive Joule Notifications in the Main Menu of the Joule Mobile application. The notification details include the date and time of the notification and the same message that is delivered to the user's e-mail.
The Friends module displays contacts you have added to the Dub network and allows you to contact them.
The My Card module displays the user's Dub contact card.
Users that are enrolled as a Teacher in the course will have access to additional screens within the Grade screen than students. Instructors can view individual grades for all students, and the average grades for all students for all activities. Selecting a user or an activity will display a detailed view of the overall grades for that user or activity.
The default view of the Grades screen displays the overall grade for each student currently enrolled in the course. This screen is also accessible by clicking the Student tab or button. The screen shows a list of participants by last name in alphabetical order with the associated course grade and average course grade in parentheses. Clicking on a student will take the user to the Student Grade Details screen.
The Student Grade Details screen displays each activity grade for the student in the order that they appear in the course. The average grade for the activity is listed in parentheses to the right of the activity name. Each activity has an icon to the left of the activity name that indicates whether a grading action is required for the activity. A checkmark indicates that there are no submissions, or all submissions have been graded. An empty circle indicates that there is a submission for the activity that requires grading. Clicking on an activity will take the user to the grade book for the course in the institution's Joule site via the phone's Web browser.
The Activity Grades screen displays a list of all activities with the average student grade for each activity in parentheses. Each activity has an icon to the left of the activity name that indicates whether a grading action is required for the activity. A checkmark indicates that there are no submissions, or all submissions have been graded. An empty circle indicates that there is a submission for the activity that requires grading. The activities are listed by the order they appear in the course. Clicking on an activity will take the user to the Activity Grade Details screen.
The Activity Grade Details screen displays a list of students in alphabetical order by last name with their course grade and average course grade in parentheses for the activity selected. Clicking on a student will take the user to the grade book for the course in the institution's Joule site via their phone's Web browser.
Joule Mobile allows for contact information to be shared between users in the Joule site via the Joule Mobile phone application. In the Joule Mobile block, users have the ability to specify which information they would like to share with other users. Administrators can determine what information should be shared with other users by default. This allows the administrator to create an opt-in policy (all contact data is hidden by default and individual users must enable the sharing of contact data), an opt-out policy (all contact data is on by default and the individual user must disable the sharing of contact data), or some contact data is shared by default and other data must be enabled. If users do not share their e-mail address, then they cannot take advantage of the Dubmenow card exchange platform.
The block is accessible by all users at all levels (site and course) and allows the user to set their own preferences for what contact data is shared with other users within the Joule Mobile phone application. When you view the block, you are provided with a single link called Update preferences:
Once have entered the preferences, you will be presented with the following options that you can set:
The administrative user interface is different from the instructor or student interface only by adding a link to the block's global settings. An administrator will see the following view of the block:
Joule Mobile's global block settings are used to set the default view permissions for the Joule Mobile phone application for all users on the site as well as the level of course displayed. The global settings are as follows:
A location signifies a building, meeting place, or point of interest to the institution's users. Administrators are able to use the Locations block to create site-wide locations for an institution. Instructors can then associate meeting times with these locations in a course to set up course study groups, office hours and events for an institution. Users can use the Joule Mobile application to view a location's information in the Maps module as well as find directions to that location. Meeting times are presented to the user in Joule Mobile's Course module's information screen, and from here the user can get directions to the location or view it in the Maps module.
Adding the Locations block to a course provides an instructor with access to the meetings interface to create, update and delete meeting times.
Clicking on the Meeting link provides the user with access to a list of currently existing meetings for the course as well as the Add a meeting time tab.
Meeting times are unique to the course and must be associated with a location. An administrator must create a location before a meeting time can be created within a course. Meeting times are displayed to students within the Joule Mobile application's Course module's information screen. Students will be able to get directions to the location from within the Joule Mobile application.
Adding a meeting time to a course consists of completing the form below. A meeting time cannot be created without a location first existing at the site level.
In order to update a meeting time, the instructor must click on the name of an existing meeting time in the Meeting Times tab. This will bring the instructor to the Add a meeting time screen with all of the fields pre-filled with the meeting time's previously set information.
To delete a meeting time, the instructor clicks on the delete link to the right of the Room column. There will be no verifications before deleting the meeting time — this action is permanent and instantaneous. As soon as the meeting time is removed from the Locations block, the meeting time will no longer be displayed in the Joule Mobile course information screen.
Adding the Locations block to the site level provides users with the Administrator role with access to view and create locations. The block looks like the image below when added to the site level:
Clicking the Locations link provides the user with a list of all previously created locations. This list will be blank to begin with and a second New Location tab can be used to create a location.
Click on the New Location tab to bring up the location creation screen below:
To update an existing location click on the name of the location in the Location column. Modify the fields that need to change and click on the Save changes button.
To delete a location click on the delete link to the right of the location name in the blank column. The location will be deleted without a confirmation page, clicking on the delete link accidentally will cause the location to be deleted.
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