The Anar (Pomegranate) Reward System is a unique gamification feature on CN to keep learners engaged and help instructors track participation. If you have not read this introduction article, A Few Things about Anar Seeds Every CN Member Should Know, please read through and feel free to share it with your students.
Inside a CN Classic LMS course, we encourage instructors to leverage Anar Seeds to give students incentives. This means setting up a course Anar Seeds goal and counting it towards course grade. In order to do this, you will need to modify Course Anar Seed Settings.
Set up A Course Anar Seeds Goal
In a Classic LMS course, there are two ways to access Course Anar Seed Settings:
Approach1: Click the course settings gear next to the course name. From the dropdown, select Course Anar Seed Settings.
Approach1: Click the Anar (Pomegranate) icon from the top of the course, you will see the course Anar Seeds table. On the very top, click Edit Course Anar Seed Settings.
Now, you will land on the Anar Seed Settings page. There are a couple of boxes to check:
First, check "Set up Anar goal in this course" (see 1 in the screenshot below). The Anar goal should be calculated based on the course Anar Seeds table (see section below) and expectation for learner participation. For example: if you are teaching a 16 week class with the expectation of each learner creating 1 post and 2 reflections each week, according to the default Anar Seeds table, the total number of expected Anar seeds will be 320 seeds: (10 seeds * 1 post + 5 seeds * 2 reflections) * 16 weeks = 320 seeds. We would recommend using 350-400 seeds as the goal because learners will also earn seeds from other small activities, such as logging into the course, rating posts, answering polls, etc. The time frame to achieve goal must be wide enough to cover the entire time period of Anar Seeds collection. Outside the time frame, learners will not earn any seeds from their participation.
Second, check "Use 'Anar Seeds' for Grading" (see 2 in the screenshot below). Please note that if you are not going to use the CN GradeBook (See section below), you do not need to check this box. CN allows you to configure Anar Seeds as either a bonus item or a regular assignment. You will set up these grading details based on the grade configuration of your course.
Modify Course Anar Table
The second half of the Anar Seed Settings page has the Course Anar table. You can modify each cell of the table. However, we recommend using the default values unless you have a specific reason to make any adjustments. Instructors who expect learners to have thorough discussions may increase the minimum word counts for posts and reflections.
Note: 1. Students can still post if they do not meet the minimum word counts, however, they will not earn any seeds. 2. We recommend instructors take a screenshot of the finalized Anar table and include it in syllabus and other instructions.
Track Student Anar Seeds
You can easily track Anar Seeds students have earned in your course in the following two places.
The course Roster or Leaderboard can be accessed from the left course menu. Course members are sorted based on their course Anar Seeds--the most active on the top and least at the bottom. In the Anar Seeds column, you can view each member's course Anar Seeds and details. You may also modify Anar Seeds Privacy Settings (see 1 in the screenshot below) and export the entire roster into a CSV file.
If you do not plan to use the CN GradeBook, you may manually enter student Anar Seed scores into your LMS based on this Roster or the exported CSV file.
The CN GradeBook can be accessed from the left course menu. If you have chosen to add Anar Seeds to CN GradeBook when you set up Anar Seed settings , either as a bonus or regular assignment, you will find an "Anar Seeds" column on the CN GradeBook table accordingly. The Seeds to point/ percentage score calculation will be done automatically.