Welcome to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's PRISM Project. PRISM is a free website that provides collections of online resources for Indiana educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The primary collection of digital teaching materials is indexed according to the Indiana Academic Standards and Common Core Standards for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade and secondary education courses. 

Schools and educators are provided full access to the learning management system hosted by PRISM to create and facilitate an unlimited number of academic courses. The PRISM Team provides FREE online training to PRISM members on digital pedagogy and learning management system applications.

Resources and Membership: Feel free to make an account, browse the site resources, search for instructional materials, and set up your own online courses.

Membership is FREE.

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    Promoting of Highly Effective Online Teaching Strategies on PRISM

    by Bob Jackson -

    The PRISM Project promotes highly effective online teaching strategies that engage students and have a positive impact on student performance.  We have a goal of creating a collaborative network of PRISM master teachers sharing highly effective online teaching strategies.  In the spirit of trying to create an environment of collaboration, we invite all PRISM member teachers to share their best online teaching strategies with the rest of the membership.  At the present time, we have two master PRISM teachers that have shared some of their expertise: 

    • Nora Walsh, Chemistry teacher at F.J. Reitz High School in Evansville, IN 
    • Erica Case, Spanish teacher at Greensburg Community High School in Greensburg, IN.  
    Nora and Erica are two excellent teachers that have created video lessons, uploaded them to YouTube and shared links to the videos.  Links to these videos are on the PRISM main webpage in the Help and Extras block on the right side of the page under Tutorials and Videos.  We would like to see some more videos shared and ideas exchanged.  

    We also encourage PRISM teachers to consider submitting a proposal to Keep Indiana Learning (KInL) to present about their most highly effective online teaching strategies that work well with students.  At KInL, teachers can choose between OnDemand Events, workshops or other in-person events.   

    Let's support each other and promote highly effective teaching strategies that are enabled by the LMS provided by PRISM!

    Welcome back!

    by Ryan Smith -

    PRISM would like to welcome all of our users back for the 2021-2022 school year. For those of you with existing courses on PRISM, here are some helpful tips to get started for the new year:

    • You can re-use your existing courses. The first step to cleaning them is to perform a Reset. Look for the 'Reset' link in your course administration block. On that page, you will see several options that allow you to clear the grade book, groups, chat history, quiz data, assignment data, and more. Be sure to click the 'Expand all' link to see all of the options. Note: Do not Unenroll your users using the Reset feature. The student administration block in your course will be used to perform this function.

    • Clear your student roster using the student administration block. You can delete all students by clicking the 'Advanced' button in the student administration block. Now click the 'Delete' button. You will see a list of your students. You can either check the ones you want removed or remove all of them by clicking 'Select All'. Don't worry if you accidentally delete a student. You can recover the deleted student by clicking the 'Recover' button in the student administration block. Notes: Be sure to perform the 'Reset' options in your course before deleting students. Also, if you have a 'Master Student Roster' course for your school, please contact us before performing any enrollment changes. Also, if your students have email addresses but cannot receive incoming email from an external source, do not add them to student accounts.

    • Update the course start date for your course. Look for the 'Edit settings' link in your course administration block. On that page, find the setting for 'Course start date' and update it for the new school year. Updating this date will properly date your course's weekly sections.

    • Import your new student rosters. You can import your student rosters using the CSV Import feature in the student administration block. Please see our tutorial for help with using this feature. If you are enrolling more than 50 students in a course, please contact usNote: Email addresses for student accounts on PRISM are OPTIONAL. Please do not add fake email addresses for student accounts.

    • Remember that you have full control over your student accounts. Teachers on PRISM have full control over student accounts using the student administration block. This means that if a student has forgotten their password, you can reset it using the student administration block. Note: Please do not have students use the 'Lost password? link on the PRISM home page to reset their passwords. That reset option is only for teacher accounts.

    • Contact the PRISM Team to remove old courses. Courses on PRISM are removed after a year of inactivity. If you have several old courses that you no longer need, contact us and we will remove them.

    • Visit our tutorial section. We offer many tutorials that cover how to use all of the Moodle resources and activities.

    • Update your web browsers. For the best experience, the PRISM Team recommends the latest version of Chrome, Firefox 91, or Microsoft Edge. For iPad users, we recommend using Safari. For Mac users, we recommend the latest version of Chrome or Safari.

    • Explore new features. PRISM is integrated with Moodle 3.11 and you can explore the new features here. The Boost theme is now available to use in your courses. To switch, visit your course Administration block and click 'Edit settings'. Under the Appearance branch, change 'Force theme' from 'Do not force' to 'Boost'. Now scroll down and click 'Save and display'. The Collapsed Topics course format is available, allowing you to use a very versatile course format that expands and minimizes individual course sections.

    Indiana University High School Turnkey Courses

    by Bob Jackson -

    Attention:  Indiana High School Teachers:

    The Indiana Department of Education has partnered with Indiana University High School to make available high school turnkey courses for Indiana teachers to implement. These are full courses, aligned to Indiana standards, that can be adopted, adapted, or adjusted by Hoosier teachers to meet the needs of students in their own courses. The courses can be implemented both synchronously and asynchronously, in a variety of models. Teachers can edit courses and add their own resources to supplement them as necessary in providing resources to their students.  These are very basic frameworks for a course and are not comprehensive curricula for each unit of study.  However, basic frameworks are provided for all units in a given course.  

    The PRISM staff has put each of each of these courses into Moodle courses. The Moodle courses are available to all teachers. Teachers can request to be added as a participant to each course to preview resources and activities. Teachers can download Moodle backup versions of a course and restore on another Moodle server if needed. The PRISM team can also provide a teacher with his/her own version of each of the courses on PRISM's Moodle server.  If a teacher chooses to get his/her own version of an IU turnkey high school course, this teacher can add, redevelop, edit the new version of the course as needed and customize to his/her own course needs.  The new version will only be accessible by the teacher and students that are enrolled by that teacher.  

    These courses can be found here.  If you have further interest in using one or more of these courses and need assistance please contact Bob Jackson at: jackson2@rose-hulman.edu.

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