Version 2.7.1 6/01/12
PostEm allows instructors to quickly post grades, attendance records, extra credit, test results complied from the University Testing Center, and seating assignments on TRACS using a CSV (formatted Excel file) file, without compromising student privacy.
In order to upload into PostEm, you must use the special file format known as CSV (or comma separated value). If you open the CSV file in Excel, the data will appear in a table view which makes it easier to understand.
Here's an example of a CSV file showing the header row, and the results in the next row:
|Student Id||# Correct||Grade||Student Response|
|A00123456||44||82||1(E)C 8(E)C 9(D)B 10(C)D 16(E)B 18(D)C|
NOTE: To ensure your CSV file works with PostEm, the first column of the file must contain the Texas State NetID or Texas State ID and the first row must contain a heading. See the example above.
Excel documents can be easily saved as a CSV file. When saving an Excel workbook as a CSV file, each individual worksheet must be saved separately.
NOTE: The TRACS Gradebook 2 tool provides an export file in the exact format needed for upload into PostEm.
Step 1: Select PostEm from the menubar of your site and click [Add].
Step 2: In the Title box, type a title for the file.
Step 3: Click [Browse] and find the CSV file you want to upload. Then, click [Open].
Step 4: Select the "Release feedback to participants" checkbox if you want to allow students to view their uploaded information.
Step 5: Click [Post] to upload the file, or [Cancel] to exit.
NOTE: If the CSV file you upload is not formatted properly, an alert dialog will be displayed. Please make corrections to the CSV file listed in PostEm using Microsoft Excel. Save and upload the file again. Typical errors are from students incorrectly entering their Texas State IDs.
Step 6: Verify screen and click [Save] to post.
After a file has been uploaded into PostEm, you have two ways to view the content.
Step 1: Click [view] next to the PostEm item.
Step 2: Click [Back] to return to the main PostEm screen.
NOTE: The spreadsheet view also indicates to the instructor the date and time students last entered PostEm to view their results.
Step 1: Click [view participant] next to the PostEm item.
Step 2: From the drop-down menu, select the student name you want to view.
Step 3: Click [Back] to return to the main PostEm screen.
Step 1: Click [delete] next to the PostEm item you want to delete.
Step 2: Click [delete] to remove the file, or click [Cancel] to exit.