Add RSS Feed, Wiki, Survey, Blog, or Journal
RSS Feeds

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. An RSS feed is a document that contains either a summary of content from a web site or the full text of a website. RSS feeds make it possible for people to keep up with their favorite web sites automatically rather than checking them manually.

To add an RSS feed to the syllabus, click Add underneath the respective module, hover over More, and click RSS Feed. You will be brought to the content editor, where you will specify the RSS feed address or URL, as well as edit gradebook and visibility settings.


A Wiki is a document that can be collaboratively created and edited by those with access to it. To add a Wiki to the syllabus, click Add underneath the respective module, hover over More, and click Wiki. Like other course content you can specify gradebook, group, visibility, and objective mastery settings.

To add Initial Content to the Wiki, open the Content Editor by clicking Edit from the Content Viewer within the course. When you click the Edit link from within the Content Editor you enter a Split Screen, which allows you to edit the Wiki on the right side of the screen and view the result on the left. BrainHoney wikis support the WikiPlex Syntax. You can also view the History of changes which have been made to the Initial Content of the Wiki by clicking the History link next to the Edit link. This history shows who made the changes and when, as well as a side-by-side comparison showing the Wiki before and after the related change.

When you exit the Content Editor and return to the Content Viewer within the course, you will see the Wiki as it will be displayed to students. Note that you can still edit the Wiki from within the Content Viewer; this is what gives students the ability to collaboratively create and edit the content you have just set up in the Initial Content. Again, when you click the Edit link you enter the Split Sreen editor. Unique to the Content Viewer portion of Wikis is the Refresh button above the content panel with the History and Edit links. The Refresh button displys the latest changes to the Wiki. This is useful when more than one student is editing a Wiki at once. The History link in the Content Viewer of the Wiki displays edits made here and also to the Initial Content.


Surveys can be used to conduct polls in the class on a range of topics. Those topics can range from feedback on how the class is structured to the performance of the teacher. The survey will display in the student's todo list.

Blogs and Journals

Blogs and journals are free response assignments where the student has an opportunity to express their thoughts on a particular topic or event. Blogs can be given a title, extract, and body. You also can add tag words for easy grouping. Classmates will see the blog entry and be able to comment on it. Journals are identical to blogs, except that they are private between the teacher and the student. To add a blog or journal, click Add, hover over More, and select Blog or Journal.

Creating The Content

Below are the steps necessary to create either an RSS feed, wiki, survey, blog, or journal. Following this section is a short description of settings that are specific to each course item.


To add a new course content item, click on the Add button, hover over the More arrow, and select the appropriate content item.


Enter a Title for the assignment. The Title will display in the student's course outline.


Enter a Description to display in the Course viewer

In the case of an RSS feed or a wiki, instead of a description you'll enter the RSS feed address or the initial wiki content.


Add an attachment, if desired.


To specify a due date date, check the Due date and time box and then click a date to select a due date for the assignment. You may also specify a time. The due date will prompt the student on the student's home page as the date approaches. By default, the value in the Due date and time calendar determines when the assignment will be submitted. Once the Due date and time have passed, the Submit button will no longer be active on the student's assignment page. If you want to assign a due date, which will remind students about the assignment, but still allow students to submit the assignment after that date (and time), click the Allow late submissions button.

Course authors can specify a grace period for activities that have due dates so that students can submit after the due date but not after the grace period has expired. You can select a grace period of days, hours, or minutes, depending on the assignment.


Click to place a check in the Add to Gradebook checkbox.


From the Category list, select the grade category for this assignment. Grade categories are set up for the section and course in the syllabus. They either determine how the assignment will be weighted as it is calculated into the student's grade, or they serve as a grouping for your gradeable activities if the weighting feature is not used. For more information categories, including how to configure categories for a course or section, please refer to the Additional Information at the bottom of this page.

You can also specify the number of points possible for this assignment. This number displays on the Grading page for the assignment when you enter the student's grade. For example, if you specify 120 in this field, the Grading page will display ______ / 120 points.

You may also designate this assignment as extra credit.


The Score entry list allows you to specify the default entry method for entering a score in the gradebook for this assignment. The options for scoring include:

  • Points. Allows you to enter the score for the assignment in points.
  • Rubric. Allows you to enter the score the assignment through a rubric. For more information about rubrics and adding a rubric, please refer to the Additional Information at the bottom of the page.
  • Percentage. Allows you to enter the score for the assignment as a percentage.
  • Letter Grade. Allows you enter the score for the assingment as a Letter grade. If you select this option, specify the Grade scale to be used.


dropbox type

Choose the type of online student submission from the Student dropbox list:

  • Single document. Students can submit free-form notes and a single attached document.
  • Multiple document. Students can submit multiple documents to a single assignment.
  • Web address or URL. Students can submit free-form notes and a web-site address (URL).
  • Document template. You specify a document template, which students must edit and re-submit. They can also submit free-form notes with the document.
  • Notes only. Students can submit free-form notes only.


To restrict score visibility by date (For example, if you want all grades to be available to the students at the same time-rather than as you grade them), click to place a check in the Restrict access by datecheckbox and specify the date and time when you would like the score to become visibile.


BrainHoney allows you to configure Grading categories that enhance group learning. One of the options that you may assign to a category is to automatically drop the lowest grade (or a specified number of grades). The Score can be dropped option controls whether the score for this assignment to be dropped if this assignment has been assigned to a category that has been configured to drop the lowest grade.

If the Include in final grade option is not selected, the grade will display in the Gradebook and on the Student's grading page, but will not be calculated into the student's final grade average.

To make a passing score on the assignment a requirement to pass the course, check the Passing score required for course credit box.

To treat all unscored assignments as zero, check the Treat unscored as zero checkbox. This will ensure that any students who fail to submit anything for this assignment will receive a zero for the grade.

The Passing score percentage is the minimum passing score for this activity. The default value in this field is determined in the Course/Section settings window. This setting also controls the color display of grades in the Gradebook; grades below the number specified here will display in red, while grades equal to or above this score will display in green. To override the default Course passing score percentage for this assignment, enter the new Passing score.

The number specified in the Minimum points possible controls the minimum number of points that should be given to a student on the assignment. If the grader assigns a value below that number, he/she will be warned that the grade falls below the minimum points possible on the assignment.


To enable or disable the item from visibility in the table of contents, check or uncheck Visible in the table of contents.

To enable or disable the item from visibility to the student, check or uncheck Visible to students. Then specify the criteria by which you would like to restrict visibility by (either by date or by mastery).

Check the Restrict visibility by date or Restrict visibility by mastery checkboxes to restrict students from seeing the assignment until certain criteria have been met. One or both of the boxes can be checked simultaneously.

All assignments may be password protected in BrainHoney. To password protect an assignment, enter a password in the Password field.


Completion of an assignment may be determined by a returned score on an assignment, or by a passing returned score on an assignment. To set completion criteria specify the desire setting in the Mark as completed when the student box.

Check the Student must complete before continuing checkbox to ensure that students complete this assignment before being allowed to move on to the following assignment.


All the objectives for this section of the syllabus are selected for this activity by default. Review the objectives to ensure that they apply to the assignment. If any do not apply, click to place a check in the Refine Objectives box, and then remove the check from any objectives that do not apply.


In addition to setting an assignment's location in the syllabus, Authors may want to move an assignment to a new module from the item settings page. To move the assignment to a different module, select the appropriate module from the Module drop-down box.

The item ID of the assignment (automatically generated by BrainHoney) may be viewed and edited by selecting Change Item ID.

Item-Specific Settings

Below are a few item-specific settings not covered in the "Creating the Content" section above.

Blog and Wiki Settings

Expanding the Blog or Wiki pane will show the Blog or Wiki-specific settings. In this pane, you can select the student grouping that will have access to this blog or wiki. You also have the option of adding, cloning, or deleting groups from this settings pane.

Survey Settings

Expanding the Survey pane will show the Survey-specific settings. First, you can select the Survey Provider from a pre-populated list. The providers in the list are: Custom, polldaddy, qualtrics, surveygizmo, Survey Methods, SurveyMonkey, and Zoomerang.

In the URL box, you can enter the URL for the location of the Survey.

You can also select the User Identifier, which will give you the option of how you want to view the names associated with the responses.

Finally, you can enter diffferent Parameters for use in the Survey. You can select paramters from a pre-defined list by clicking the boxes with the three dots.