Bluepulse Activity

Bluepulse is a feedback tool which allows students to engage in a two-way confidential conversation with their instructors and answer questions posted by the instructor. Students can give feedback anonymously about the course and any areas that they think need improvement.

 

Accessing a Bluepulse Activity

To access a Bluepulse activity that has been added by your instructor in Moodle:

  1. Click the Bluepulse link from your course home page. This should take you to the Bluepulse hub page. 


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  1. On the Bluepulse hub page, click Go to Bluepulse to go to your Bluepulse home page.

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  1. This is the general home page for all your courses. To view a specific course, you can search for it using the Search bar at the top or by clicking on Central Pulse.

  1. In the Central pulse page, click on Subjects and click View on the course you wish to view. 

  1. The home page for that course will appear. 

Home Page

Your Home Page contains information about the latest activities in your courses that use Bluepulse. Descriptions of the different areas on the Home page are given below:

Activity Feed

The Activity Feed shows a summary of all your course activities from newest to oldest. You can view shared thoughts from your instructors, questions, question results and follow up with your instructor. 

 My To-do List

This list contains all the tasks and reminder items that have been assigned to you. By clicking on an item in the To-do list, you can:

  • Add notes
  • Mark as complete
  • Set a due date
  • Remove the task from your to-do list

Notifications

You can view notifications about all the latest activity by clicking on the notifications icon in the top-right hand corner

To view all your notifications, click Show All. 

Profile Settings

You can change settings such as email and notification settings by clicking on the settings icon. settings icon

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Activity Feed

The Activity Feed shows your course activities from newest to oldest. Each activity feed item, also known as a pulse, gives you detailed information about each activity. Each pulse has the following information:

 

  • Type - Each pulse is labelled with an icon which describes its type - fbthoughtq
  • To-do list - You can add the pulse to your to-do list by clicking on add to list.
  • Useful - Click the Useful icon useful to let others know that you found the activity useful for your learning. You can see how many others have found the activity useful through the number displayed.
  • Follow-ups - By clicking on the Follow-up follow up icon, you can communicate with your instructor about any questions about the course or activity. 
  • Results - You can view how other users have responded to the question by clicking on the Question results icon results.

Central Pulse

Central Pulse is an area in Bluepulse where you can view a general summary of activities and statistics of your courses. The instructions below explain how to view a summary of courses on Central Pulse. 

  1. On the home page, click on Central Pulse to access it. 

  1. To view a general summary of a specific course, search for it using the search bar. 

  1. Each course block has information about that subject. It includes:
    • Engagement level - This tells you how much activity has been happening in the course, both from students and instructors. Cold means that there is little activity. Warm means that there is some regular activity. Hot means there is plenty of regular activity on the course. 
      As a student, you can give feedback often, answer questions and reply to follow-ups to help increase engagement levels in a course. 
    • Latest activity summary - Displays the number of questions and shared thoughts in the course. 
    • To-dos summary - Displays the number of to-do list items in the course. 
    • Link to View the course. 

 

Answering Questions

Questions are asked by instructors to gauge your understanding of the course content. Questions have a time limit given at the bottom. You can only answer the question when it is active. There are a few different types of questions. The question types are described below. 

  • Choice question - Lets you select one or more answers to a question. A description of how many choices you can select will be given before the question. 
  • Scale question - Gives a range of possible answers to choose from. 
  • Rate and comment question - Requires you to select a value from 1 to 5 that best describes your view on the question. You can also add an optional comment. 
  • Open-ended question - Lets you enter a free-form answer to the question. 

You can mark a question as useful if you think it is important.

When the instructor has shared question results, you can view the question results. Anonymity is always maintained in question results. 

Giving Feedback

The Give Feedback option allows you to share your experiences, suggestions and challenges with your instructors. Instructions for giving feedback to your instructors are provided below. 

  1. Click on the Give feedback icon in the top right hand corner of your Bluepulse home page.

  1. Enter your feedback in the feedback text box.
  2. Select the course to which you wish to send feedback. 
  1. Click Send

The feedback will automatically be sent anonymously. 

Follow-ups

Follow ups allow you to have a conversation with your instructor about a question or difficulty you have about the course. Follow-ups are always started by instructors and are always one-on-one, so no-one except for you and the instructor can view the conversation. 

Follow-ups are confidential by default, but you can reveal you identity to the instructor if you wish to do so. 

The instructions below describe how to send follow-ups. 

Send follow-ups confidentially

  1. Go to a feedback item which has a follow-up started by an instructor that you want to respond to and click on Follow-ups

  1. Write a reply in the text field.
  2. Click Send

Send follow-ups non-confidentiality

  1. Go to a feedback item which has a follow-up started by an instructor that you want to respond to and click on Follow-ups.
  2. Write a reply in the text field. 
  3. Click on the Confidential status. 
  4. Select Share my identity and confirm Yes.

  1. Click Send

Bluepulse Mobile App

Install and configure the Bluepulse App

  1. Open Moodle on your mobile device and click on the link of the Bluepulse activity in your course. 

  2. Click the link to open the Bluepulse app. 

Bluepulse app

  1. Install the app through Google play or the App store. 
  2. On the Bluepulse website, navigate to Profile Settings and click on Show my code

Bluepulse app

  1. On the Bluepulse app, enter this code. 
  2. The Bluepulse app is now configured. 

Overview

The menu at the bottom of the app can be used to access several features of Bluepulse. 

Bluepulse app

Activity Feed

The activity feed is displayed when you open the Mobile app. Here you can view the latest activity in all your courses.

To do

The To Do tab displays all the new activities that are in your To-do list and the To-do activities that you have recently completed. 

Bluepulse app

Subjects

In the Subjects tab, you can search for and view general information about your Bluepulse courses. 

Notifications

The Notifications tab displays notifications for all the latest activity in your courses. 

Settings

In the Settings tab, you can change settings such as email and notification settings. 

Further assistance

If you have any queries or need further assistance, contact contact.pvce@unsw.edu.au