Comparative View of myFranklin 3 vs. myFranklin 4

The AIS department is working in conjunction with faculty to ease the transition into myFranklin 4.  Part of this plan involves migrating a limited number of programs.  The following programs will be migrated first:

  1. Public Safety Management
  2. Safety, Security & Emergency Management
  3. Public Relations
  4. Interactive Media Design
  5. Master of Science, Accounting
  6. Human Resource Management
  7. eMarketing

The other important factor is that many of the students enrolled in courses in the above programs may also being enrolled in courses not listed above as well.  What will those students see?  The following are comparative views of myFranklin 3 and myFranklin 4.  This comparative view is not intended to instruct on procedures. The intention is to allow you to become familiar with the concept of the change.


Learning Object Icons

Each learning object will have a designated icon. Let’s take a look:

You will see these icons in your class

Providing Additional Information to Instructors

Instructor Notes are an important way for lead faculty and designers to provide contextual information to support instructors.  Here are a couple of ways that this additional information may be included in a course.

Instructor Notes

The instructor Notes section is visible only to the instructor while the class is running and is a part of the learning object.

Located directly below the student content, the instructor notes may be included to provide additional information to assist the instructor in teaching the class.  This additional information could be information like activity instructions, quiz/exam instructions and quiz/exam answers.  The information can be direct typed into the instructor notes section, or a URL link to the content might be included.  The URL could point to Community (ClearSpace) or another secured location for which the instructor could have access.

Instructor Objects

Faculty may choose to include Instructor Objects that only the instructor can see.  An advantage to using an Instructor Object is that the object can have instructor only attachments. This may afford more flexibility to the faculty designing the course by not forcing the faculty link to content.

LOR Inferface Terminology/Glossary

Top Bar

The Top Bar which is persistent across all views, contains a link to return to the home page (respective to your role), Shortcuts (respective to your role), Logout, Account Settings, and Help.

Object Settings

As you work on the object, the setting section will display information such as who the owner of the object is and what format the object is in.

Object Title

The Object has two titles the Full Name (long) and the Object Title (short)

Icon Selector

The icon selector allows you to choose an icon that best suits the content contained in the object.

Object Tags

The Object Tags section is where you will put tags for the object.Tag will assist you in locating objects that you need, especially as the repository grows.

Student Content

The Student Text section, contains the actually course content for that object. Instructors and Students alike can see this content.

Instructor Content

The Instructor Note section contains information for the instructor only.  Students will not see this content in their view.  This content may include, but is not limited to instructions for conducting an activity, test/exam instructions, and/or test/exam answers.

Design Content

The Designer Notes section contains information that will be used as part of the design process.  Instructors and Students will not see this content in their view.


The notifications section displays notification to  faculty working in the design environment.  i.e. object saved.

Bottom Bar

The contains links to Connections, Announcements, Email and Contacts.

Role Preview Drop down Menu

The Roll Preview Drop down menu allows faculty working in the design environment to preview the object as students and faculty will see it.


The actions panel allows you to save and delete, as well as send the object to the repository and close the editor.

Object Toolbox

The Object Toolbox contains all of the tools that may be applied to a learning object.  These tools include: Score (Points), Date (Due Date), Submit (previously Dropbox), Discuss (previously Bulletin Board), Collaborate (Student Union), Meet (Franklin Live!)

myFranklin 4 Help for Students

This Help File is currently under construction!

Creating a New Course

Creating a new course in the Learning Object Repository has a number of steps that allow you to choose the import attributes of that new course.

After accessing the LOR:

1. To create a new course click the Create a New Course button

2. Enter the Course Department Name.  This is the course acronym (i.e. PBRL for Public Relations)

3. Enter the Course Number (i.e. 425)

4. Enter the Title of the course (i.e. Media and Crisis Communication)

3. Select the course format from the dropdown menu

4. Choose the Course Length from the dropdown menu

5.Course the location in which the course will be taught from the Course Location dropdown menu

6.Choose the Course Instruction from the dropdown menu

7.Choose the course frequency from the dropdown menu

8.  Finally click the Create New Course button


At the time of the initial pilot courses, the course syllabus will need to be built manually.  AIS will work with the faculty, course designer and content editor to build the syllabi.

In  future iterations, the course syllabus will be auto populated by the system into separated objects for each heading/content group.  The system will “pull-in” the correct objects in a way similar to the  boiler plate work flow today.

Today, faculty are developing courses in what is referred to internally as XML.  Using a variety of tools, instruction is written, tagged, and built (compiled) through the Server Side Build.  Using the tagging structure the build process “automates” the creation of much of the course based on those tags. This automated process builds the syllabus as well. For the first release of myFranklin 4, the creation of the syllabus will be not be automatically built.  Whereas it will be more manual, it’s actually a wonderful opportunity to chunk/section content and add additional value and structure to the syllabus.

Each section of the syllabus will be created as a discrete learning object.  One of advantages of these discrete objects  is the ability to link to these objects throughout the course for emphasis, create and reuse the object in many courses.

myFranklin 4 Syllabus

Student will click on and open each object to view the content.

myFranklin 3 Syllabus

The syllabus is accessible from the overview menu:

The user either clicks on the individual links, or the Syllabus link where they can scroll through the content: