Customizable Home Page

The Course Home Page is the first page that students see when they click on the Home link in their Course Navigation. As course administrator, you can define and customize what students are required to see on the Course Home Page

IrisTutor lets you customize the home page with several options like:

  • Show your students the Course Activity Stream
  • Show your students your Modules for the course
  • Show your students the Assignments list
  • Show your students the Assignments list with the Syllabus
  • Direct your students to the most important resources they will need to be successful in your course.
  • Remind students of their upcoming Assignments.
  • Outline on a weekly basis what you will be covering in class and how they can prepare.
  • View the Course Activity Stream so that you and your students can see the most recent Announcements and Discussions in your course.


The Syllabus in IrisTutor makes it easy to communicate to your students what exactly will be required of them throughout the course in chronological order.

Course Import Tool

This Course Import Tool makes it easy to extract course content, assignments, and quizzes from previous semesters and quickly import them into existing / new courses. This can also be used to import course materials from different Learning Management System.

  • Copy an entire course from semester to semester, including Announcements and Discussions.
  • “Cherry picks” Assignments, Pages, Files, and anything else from previous courses


Assignments can be used to challenge students’ understanding and help assess competency. Assignments page list down all of the assignments students are expected to be completed and how much weight / points each of those assignment carry.

  • Assess how well students are achieving course Outcomes
  • Set up online submissions that can be quickly graded in the SpeedGraderâ„¢
  • Grade online as well as student work submitted “on-paper”
  • Set up peer review
  • Grade Discussions, either by the whole class or student groups
  • Open Quizzes for a limited amount of time
  • Record attendance
  • Create ungraded activities that align with course Outcomes


Course administrator has the flexibility of setting up different quiz types in IrisTutor, which are:

  • Graded Quiz
  • Practice Quiz
  • Ungraded Survey
  • Graded Survey

Quizzes provide questions to students with certain limitations (e.g. time, date availability, password protection, etc).

Quizzes may contain a number of individual questions selected from a Question Bank, or can be set up to use Question Groups, which select a number of questions randomly from a pool of questions selected from the Question Bank.

A wide range of optional parameters helps course administrators to setup quizzes; some of the key options are:

  • Assignment of time limits, and extra time for select students
  • Access Codes (Proctoring)
  • Date Limiters
  • Answer shuffling (randomize)
  • Allows for multiple attempts
  • Add comments for each answer selection
  • Option to show correct answers
  • Extra credit and Auto-grading
  • Use of Rich Media
  • Comment box for student self-assessment
  • Multiple question types
  • Report on effectiveness of questions
  • Quiz preview before publishing
  • Set a time limit for quiz
  • Let students see their quiz results with or without showing the correct answers.
  • Allow multiple attempts and limit the number of attempts.
  • Keep the highest or the latest score out of the attempts.
  • Set an access code (given by a proctor) in order to start the quiz.
  • Set up to take a quiz from computer lab with a specified IP address range.
  • Lock the quiz before and after the due date.

Question Types

There are a number of question types that suits to every organization for setting up Quizzes.  In addition, it is flexible to develop custom quiz modules with a new question types

Question Banks

The Question Bank in IrisTutor is a place where individual quiz questions reside. Quiz questions can be further organized into Question Banks to group questions that are similar in content or subject matter

Question Groups are created within a quiz, and allow you to select a number of questions randomly from a larger subset of questions.