Helping Students Navigate Notebowl Courses

by Kelli Van Wasshenova

Congrats on finishing the first week of Spring 2021 in the midst of a global pandemic.  Hopefully, your beginning of the semester to-do list is progressing nicely for you. In this blog post, we are going to take a look at some resources on how you can help students have better success navigating their courses in Notebowl.

In a recent article, “What Students Want: A Simple, Navigable LMS Course Design,” Eric Loepp, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, reflects on how essential Learning Management Systems (LMS) have become for student success, especially over the past year. I’m planning to take a deeper look into applying some of Loepp’s strategies with Notebowl in an upcoming tech tip, but for this post, I’m including some existing resources to help Denison faculty members think about how they can keep Notebowl simple and navigable for their students.

Show students around the “classroom” in Notebowl

ETS (low) Tech Tip: Make a course overview video for students – This video provides a demo of how you can make a low-tech video walking your students through your Notebowl course. I used Loom to make this video, which is a very user-friendly screen recording application. Learn more about Loom for Education on their website or by watching this video demo on Loom.

Create Schedules with Links

You can use Google Docs to add links for your course to create an easy to access and follow a schedule for your students. Check out this video on creating Class Schedules with Hyperlinks to Weekly Materials.  Here is an example of a Google Doc schedule that we used during a demo last semester. 

Need additional help with Notebowl? Check out our recently updated tutorials and read about new features for Spring 2021 on this post from last week. If you have questions or need support with Notebowl, contact the ITS Service Desk at