Teaching & Learning Tips

A collection of tips and tools designed to aid in transitioning instruction online.

Illinois Compass 2G

Jun 19, 2020


With Compass, you can distribute your course materials, manage your grade book, communicate with your students, post-course announcements, and create auto-graded, self-assessment quizzes. Any faculty member or graduate student can request a Compass 2G shell for their course.

Content Delivery - Students can access readings, lecture notes, videos, and so much more via Illinois Compass 2g.  All course content can be access through one system, simplifying delivery for the instructor.  Integration with McGraw-Hill, Kaltura, Pearson’s and other commercial content providers streamlines delivery and access for students and instructors.


Student Assessment - Illinois Compass 2g possesses built-in tools for the delivery of assignments, tests, and surveys, as well as self and peer assessment. Tests have 17 different question formats and instructors can benefit using statistical analysis of results. Assignments can be assessed anonymously and allow for individual or group submission of assignments.

Grading - Grading of tests is effortless with automatic grading of single-answer choices.  A number of tools permit dynamic feedback for papers and other assignments while delivery of grades to students is immediate. The Grade Center possesses powerful management tools and calculated columns that enhance the options for grading assignments.

Outside the Classroom - Discussion boards, blogs, group collaboration, and many more tools allow the learning experience to be expanded beyond the walls of the traditional classroom.  Students can respond to other students’ posts in the forums of a discussion board or easily collaborate with group members on a project using tools within Compass 2g. Grading is seamless for the instructor, and tools such as Announcements enable simplified communication outside of the classroom.