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Managing Chalk Titles

Chalk Titles are course cartridges that are integrated with external applications and content from publishers. Chalk Titles include both content and tools. Tools included in a Chalk Title connect to an outside source to run each tool.

Important features in Chalk Titles include:

  • Integration with the Course: Chalk Titles link courses to applications running on the publisher's servers. These applications are often popular tools that are familiar to instructors. Please contact the publisher to learn more about the applications included with a Chalk Title.
  • Single Sign-on: Users that are logged into the course are logged into the publisher applications linked to the course. Users pass between the course and the publisher application seamlessly.
  • Roster synchronization: Users enrolled in the course are automatically enrolled in the publisher application.
  • Grade passing: Grades from the publisher application are passed to the course.

Prerequisites for Using Chalk Titles

The Chalk Titles tool must be made available by your institution. By default, you can use Chalk Title tools in courses.

Chalk Title tools appear in the Course Tools section of the Control Panel after a Chalk Title is added to a course. You can restrict availability to Chalk Title tools in the same way that you can restrict availability to other tools.

Installing Chalk Titles

Chalk Titles are installed in the same way as other Course Cartridges. Like other course cartridges, Chalk Titles require a download key and student access keys.

Using Chalk Titles with the Grade Center

Chalk Title tools can synch with the Grade Center in a course to report student performance. Note that student attempts are stored on the server that runs the tool, not within the course. Therefore, student attempts are not included when the course is archived. The reported grade is the only recorded information about a student attempt.

Troubleshooting Chalk Titles

When reporting problems with a Chalk Title, remember that its tools and content are linked to outside servers hosted by publishers. In many cases, the problem may be with the publisher server. Make sure to let your institution know that a problem is related to Chalk Title tool.

Chalk Title tools will not work if a course that contains Chalk Title tools is exported or archived and later added to system that does not support Chalk Titles.

Configuring Browser Privacy Settings

To fully use links added to a course by a Chalk Title, browser settings must be set to Accept All Cookies or at least to be set to accept cookies from the Chalk provider’s server.

If the browser privacy settings are set on medium or high, cookies from third party content, including Chalk Title applications, are silently blocked. Users will receive an error message when attempting to access some of the links for a Chalk Title.

If the user specifically sets the browser to accept cookies from the Chalk provider’s server, the browser privacy settings can be maintained at medium or high. Contact the Chalk Title publisher for additional information.

Maintaining User Privacy

You need to consider user privacy when making a Chalk Title available to students. Outside servers use personal information, such as name and email address to provide the tool and link the tool with the Grade Center.

You will receive a privacy notice when first accessing a Chalk Title. This message is set to display each time you access a Chalk Title. It is a good idea to display this message each time if more than one user is responsible for teaching a course.

You can require students to fill out an authorization form before accessing a Chalk Title.

How to Manage Chalk Titles

  1. On the Control Panel, expand the Packages and Utilities section and select Manage Chalk Title.
  2. Complete the following fields.
    Chalk Title Fields
    Field Description
    Student Authorization
    Does each Student need to provide online authorization before that Student's personal information can be displayed to the Publisher? Select Yes to require authorization from students to release their personal information to the publisher's server.
    Instructor Notice
    Show privacy notice to Instructors each time they request a Publisher Resource? Select Yes to display the privacy notice each time an instructor accesses a Chalk Title tool.