Messages in Ans are used to ask questions about the grades or grading by learners to instructors or reviewers.
Who can send a message
The ability to send a message is controlled by the instructor when the results are published, as seen in the screenshot below. After all results are gathered, click 'Results' in the assignment menu. Then click 'get started' in the 'Publish results'-block. The following window appears.
- The instructor can select 'Allow students to ask questions' if the students should have the possibility to message the instructor or reviewer about their grades or grading.
- Availability of asking questions: this function gives the students a time window in which they can ask questions. 'Directly' allows the students to ask questions directly after the grades are published. 'Specific time window' allows students to ask questions from a specific date and time. When this option is selected, an extra bar appears in which the date and time can be selected. 'Conversation ends' always has to be selected and is the date until students can ask questions.
Where can I see messages?
Messages can be found in a number of places.
- Inbox: As can be seen in the image below, a red dot is shown at the inbox icon in the top right corner of the screen. Click on it to go to your inbox, here the messages can be found. After clicking the message in the inbox, you will be redirected to the review window of the assignment the message is about (see point 3).
- List of results: When in the results window of an assignment, open messages will be shown by a blue envelope icon, as can be seen in the image below. After clicking the name or student number of the person that has send the message, it can be seen which question it is about and after clicking this question, the message of the student is shown. Also, the status of the message is shown here.
- Review window: As can be seen in the image below, it will be shown in the review window when a message is there. Click the blue button that says the number of messages to go to these messages.
- Feed: At last, in the feed, the starting window of the Ans Delft platform, it is also shown when a message is in an assignment.