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Copy Course Components

A video tutorial on how to copy components from one course to another. (0:04:31)

Update your photo

A quick video on how to update your profile photo on the meet your faculty page. (0:01:49)


Embed G-Drive Content

Files in Google Drive can be directly embedded into content pages on the Nest.

Under Content > select the blue Add Existing button > select the Google Drive option.

In the pop-up window, log into your Google Drive account and select the file you want to embed

Add Existing menu

Set-Up Welcome Message Pop-Up on Course Homepage

Under Content > select “+ New Unit” on the left

For the Unit Title enter > First Day Information

  • Has to be exactly this phrase with F D I capitalized. 
  • No need to enter a description.

Select the unit and then go to “Create New”

  • Gray button on right.

Select “HTML Document”

Title the HTML Document > First Day Information

  • Has to be exactly this with F D I capitalized.

Taking Attendance

We use the Qwickly Attendance tool in the Nest. Select "Attendance" on your course navbar.

Include Pronouns In Nest Email Signature

Access your Nest "Email Settings" via the envelop icon.

You can include an email signature on all your outgoing communication through the Nest that includes your pronouns.

Common Terms

Unit - Refers to the organization of course content. Units hold various types of files and media. Units can be organized weekly and/or thematically.

Grade Item - Like a column in your grade book - creates a slot to enter a grade. You create grade items for the coursework you wish to grade.

Grades - A tool you can use to record, calculate, and track student/learner grades. Functions as a grade book.

Course Toolbox - Various tools faculty/instructors use in their course including creating student groups or copying content from another course.

Release Conditions - Criteria you set telling the system to automatically release information and/or activities to certain students.

Landing Page - What you see when you first log in to the Nest.

Course Homepage - First page when entering a course, provides a summary view, includes calendar, updates, and course announcements.

Navbar - Menus to help you navigate through the Nest.

Discussion Forum - Larger Category (For example: Project Discussions For Weeks 1 - 5)

Discussion Topic - Specific Prompt Students Respond To (For example: What did you learn today?)

Discussion Thread - Students Create a Thread to Respond to Your Topic (Prompt)

The Nest Advanced Tools Videos

Annotation Tool [0:08:48]

Provide feedback in the Assignments tool with grades, high-level feedback, rubrics, video, audio, contextual inline annotations, or any combination of these. Annotations are a great way to tie feedback to specific areas and provide meaningful suggestions.

Link to vendor video about Annotation Tools.



An overview of how to create assignments to collect coursework digitally and grade those assignments in the new assignment tool, upgraded August 2020. 

Video Demo of Assignment Tool, prior to August 2020 upgrade.


Discussions [0:13:37]

Follow along with this video to learn how to use discussions in the Nest for students to interact with each other. This tool is also useful for online critiques. 


Class Progress [0:12:00]

Follow along with this video to learn how to track student progress in your course. 


Copy Course [0:07:00]

Follow along to see how to copy course content from one class to another in the Nest.


Groups: Create [0:04:42]

It allows you to organize students into groups and share different content with those groups and assign different coursework. Helpful for collaborative projects.


Quizzes [0:26:00]

Follow along with this video to learn how to create quizzes in the Nest.

Google Slide Deck: Quiz Set-Up and Quizzes: Grading.


Rubrics [0:16:00]

Follow along to see how to create a grading rubric in the Nest. More information on using rubrics to assess coursework.


Video Notes [0:07:00]

Record video notes directly into the Nest. These notes are short and a great way to respond to an assignment, share feedback, or quickly record a message to your students. Auto-captioning is provided for video notes. 

Roster + Student Information

You can access your Class Roster in the Nest under "ROSTER" on the navbar.

  • Student profiles in the Nest can be accessed by selecting the image next to the student's name.

Student Major and Level can be found via the Dashboard.

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