MURAL brings a lot of benefits to students and lecturers. If you are a lecturer or a student, you are eligible for a FREE account to use in classroom education between teachers and students.
Here's a list of best practices for using MURAL for Education:
- Invite students as guests to the workspace via email. Keep your 10 permanent member seats for other teachers/staff, teaching assistants, etc. who may need regular/unlimited access. If you need more than the standard 25 guests, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll hook you up.
- If you want to collaborate with someone outside of your class, send them the anonymous link to a singular mural (rather than inviting them as members/guests to the workspace).
- If teaching/managing multiple classes, create private rooms for each class. You can then invite students to their class's room, to avoid "cross-contamination" of coursework, as well as protect any private content.
- Eventually, archive murals from previous years to keep the dashboard clean.
- Add the U's logo as the workspace avatar.
- Note that if someone is invited from outside the @SCHOOLNAME.edu domain, they won't automatically be able to see the workspace rooms (they will have to be invited to the rooms directly).
- Profs should reach out to MURAL to set up the workspace. Then, the professor should reach out to invite students once the workspace is set up.
- Get comfortable with how to manage permissions at each level (workspace, room, and mural). This will help you be able to immediately troubleshoot any student issue that arises.
- Check out this blog post from Northwestern professor, Michael Dain, on how he uses MURAL in the classroom.