5-Minute New Semester Checklist

The easiest way to make sure you’re ready to go for the new semester.

If you’re setting up GoReact for a new semester, you’ve come to the right place. Follow this quick checklist to make sure you’re ready to go.
If you’re using GoReact inside your LMS, you’ll need to follow a slightly different process. See our guides for Canvas, Blackboard, and D2L. Never create the same course in your LMS AND on the GoReact website. This is the way of pain! Seriously, it really messes up the way your LMS syncs files and info. Pick your favorite place to create your courses and you’ll be good to go.
  • Log in to GoReact. You can reset your password if you have lost or forgotten it.
  • □ Add your course(s) by clicking the + New Course button. If you’ve taught this course before, you can copy all the Activities and Assignments from your previous course by using the Copy Activities From A Previous Course tool at the bottom of the dialog.  
  • Set start and end dates.
  • □ The payment method will default to Student Pays unless your organization has set up an agreement with GoReact.
  • □ Click Create Course.

Nicely done!

  • If you copied Activities from a previous course, take a minute to review them. Check the due dates, any instructions, and your settings.
  • Add new Activities/Assignments by clicking + New Activity. Give this Activity a name, enter total Points, add Available and Due Dates if you wish, and select an Activity Type. Here’s a look at more detailed info on Activity Types and Settings.
  • If this Activity is a test, you can check the Test box in the bottom left-hand corner of the dialog. This will limit students to one submission and enable an optional time limit.
  • □ Finally, click Create Activity.
  • □ You’ll see options to customize the Activity with Recording Instructions or Feedback Instructions (in text or video form) as well as some Settings like Peer CritiqueAll Comments Are Public, and Ratings. These options are covered in detail under Activity Setup.
  • □ The last two items, Rubrics and Markers, are resources you can create and customize for this Activity. Rubrics and Markers can be stored in your Library to be reused with other Activities or shared with others in your organization.
You can invite students to your course in three ways:

1. Direct students to GoReact where they can register themselves.

2. Send or post a private group join link. You can get this link by clicking Invite Users and selecting your course. Copy and paste the link to a place your students will see it (like a syllabus or course web page).

3. Send an invitation directly via email. Inside the group join link dialog box, there’s an area where you can enter student emails. This will email a unique invitation to the student’s email address.

Review how to give feedback and grades.
Still need help? You can contact support at goreact.com/support.
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