Grasple enables you to collaboratively create and share openly licensed exercises for math and statistics. Do note that Grasple is normally meant for formative testing only, summative testing needs to be done in Maple TA.
Basics of Grasple
To know how you can use Grasple, you need to know the basics. In Grasple there are Courses, Modules, Subjects, Tests and Exercises.
A Course in Grasple is used to organize Exercises. One Brightspace-course can only link to one Grasple-Course. Within a Course you can have one or more Modules that can contain one or more Subjects. A module can have only one Test. The subjects are filled with Slides for explanations and Exercises for practising.
In Brightspace, you can either link students to the entire Grasple course or to specific modules.
The Subjects, Exercises and Tests are stored in Repositories. You look at Repositories as folders. There are 3 levels of Repositories:
- Personal Repositories (Your own Repositories)
- Organization Repositories (TU Delft broad Repositories)
The TU Delft repositories contain Exercises developed and checked by our own Math department. They are created under creative commons and can be used by everyone.
- Community Repositories (Grasple repositories)
The community repositories contain Exercises that are not verified by the TUDelft. Make sure to check these exercises before you use them.
Per repository-level you can have multiple repositories. On the top right you can see whether you have View or Edit rights.
Within the Repositories you can create Subjects, Exercises and Tests. Read more about this here.
While creating your Course, you can use content from the various Repositories. You don’t need a specific course-repository, but it can be useful to create different Repositories to organize your materials and share them with your colleagues.
How to add Grasple to your Brigthspace Course
Grasple is made active in your Brightspace course upon request. (Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org in case you need further information.) Once Grasple has been made active in your course; go to the Content tab, click on Existing Activities, select External Learning Tools and select Grasple.
After clicking on Grasple you have to add an activity. This can be either a complete Course or a specific Module of a Course.
Setting up your Grasple Course
- To start adding content to your course make sure you are on the Lessons-tab and click Edit (at the top right).
- Once you click Edit you can start creating Modules, this can be done by clicking on ‘Add Module’ and giving it a title.
- After you have created a Module, you can add Subjects and a Test to your Module by dragging them from the Repository (on the sidebar on the left) to the Module.
Make sure to click the button Preview on the top right of your screen when you are done to save your changes.
If you have accidentally added the wrong Subject or Test, you can easily remove it by hovering over the Subject or Test and clicking the garbage bin icon.
If you don’t find the Subject (or Test) of your choice, you can create a new Subject and Test or change existing ones in the Repository-tab:
If there is no appropriate repository, you first have to create a new repository:
If you click on add repository, you can then add Subjects and create Exercises within those Subjects.
To create Exercises click the Exercises-tab, and start with step 3 of the page below:
You can use multiple answer types. On the link below you can find which answer types you can use:
Link Exercises to Subjects or Tests
Once you have made an Exercise you have to link it to a Subject or Test to be able to add it to your Course. The article below will tell you how to do this:
Now you can add the Subjects or Exercises to your Course.
Creating/editing a Subject
A Subject can be seen as a lesson. It contains the information to do the Exercises as well as the Exercises themselves. First fill the Title and the Description. Then add Slides for explanation, questions about the Subject and math Exercises for practice.
It is also possible to add exercises from other repositories to your own subject. While browsing through other (shared) repositories, you can use the ‘more’ option to link an exercise to your own subject (no edit rights) or to copy an exercise to your own subject (complete edit rights).
How do I know whether I have editing rights on an exercise?
What is the difference between a Copy and a Reference?
Creating a Test
Create an Automatic or Manual Test:
Randomly select questions from specific collection:
Giving student extra time:
Monitor your student activity:
Learning Analytics in Grasple
Grasple is only meant for practicing, for formative testing. For summative testing you need a secured environment. For that we have Maple TA. If you want to do formative testing during the semester and a summative test in the end, it is wise to do the formative testing with Maple TA as well as you will only need to invest time in learning one tool.
No, you cannot import your Maple TA questions to Grasple. If you have a large question bank in Maple TA and want to use Grasple, please contact Brightspace Support, so we can see what the options are.