Cafeteria Content Map Settings

The Cafeteria Content Map visually displays the entire course at a glance in a visually appealing way. This makes it easier for students to understand their progress, celebrate success, and make goals because it clearly shows them where they are, where they are going, and where they have been.

The Cafeteria Content Map is designed specifically to support cafeteria-style or competency-based course designs. It offers students autonomy for which assignment they do next which can improve motivation and engagement. Students are free to choose which assignments to complete, at their own pace and sequence, but assignments are periodically closed for grading and no longer available. The goal is to give students freedom to chose which assignments to complete when, but create some urgency about getting tasks done before they become unavailable

Rather than focus on completing specific assignments or covering specific topics, cafeteria-style courses emphasize gaining mastery in specific course objectives or competencies. Typically, cafeteria-style courses offer more assignments than are required to get an A in the class and students are free to choose those assignments which interest them most.

Cafeteria Content Map uses bonus points to encourage students to choose assignments from multiple categories of assignments and thus gain experience across each of the column categories you create. When a student reaches the threshold in one category, the will be awarded bonus points. After the earning the bonus points in one column, doing assignments in other columns becomes more attractive in order to earn the bonus in those columns too. For example, you could encourage students to complete assignments from a variety of course outcomes, different assignment types (like writing, quizzes, etc.), or different learning styles.

Bonus points are also displayed in other delphinium components like the delphinium gradebook, current grades, and grade tracker. If you are using a delphinium component to display grades, bonus points are calculated directly into improving the grade.

Note: The Cafeteria Content Map uses 0-based grading.

Open the Component Settings

On the Delphinium page, in Teacher or Periscope View, click the Settings icon in the top right corner of the page.

The "Settings" dialog will open.

Click the Delphinium Settings tab in the tab bar at the top of the Settings dialog.

The “Delphinium Settings” tab will be displayed.

The Delphinium Settings tab has two sub tabs, "Course Settings" and "Component Settings." If necessary, click Component Settings.

The "Component Settings" sub tab will be displayed.

If your course has more than one tab, you will see those tabs mirrored in the "secondary tab bar". You may need to click the correct tab in the secondary tab bar to display the icon for the component you wish to edit.

Click the Cafeteria Content Map icon.

The “Box Content Map Settings” dialog will display.

Configure Enabled Tag List, Order, Threshold, and Bonus

Note: The "Cafeteria Content Map" uses tags to define column categories. Categories typically define course objectives, course competencies, assignment types, or some other assignment category. For details on how to create tags and assign them to assignments, see the following tutorials:

The “Cafeteria Content Map Settings” lists all possible tags. Each tag can either be enabled or disabled by selecting the checkbox to the left of the tag under the “Enabled” column. Only "Enabled" tags will be displayed as columns in the "Cafeteria Content Map".

The order in which the tags will be displayed as columns can be changed by clicking and dragging the six-dot icon of the specific tag you desire to move up or down.

When a student earns enough points in a column of assignments to pass the threshold value, the bonus value will be added to their grade points. The Delphinium Configuration AI will automatically create "Thresholds" and "Bonus" values for you using an algorithm that encourages students to earn at least 70% of the points in each column to maximize course bonus.

If you prefer, you can manually configure the thresholds and bonus.

Click Save to save your changes.

Note: Unpublished Canvas modules and module items will not be displayed in the Cafeteria Content Map.

Note: Changes made in modules and module items will not be displayed in Delphinium until you refresh the LMS data.

Module Due Dates

The Cafeteria-style Modules component uses "module due dates" to create urgency for students completing assignments. The "live count-down timer" displays the time remaining until the next "module due date". When a "module due date" passes, that "module row" is covered by the "locked shade" and students will no longer be able to access those assignments.

"Module due dates" are automatically created by the "Delphinium Configuration AI" based on the due dates of assignments in the module. The "module due date" is equal to the latest assignment due date in the module. That way the module will not lock until all assignments are locked.

Note: Best practice for the Cafeteria-style Content component is to make all assignments in a module due the same date and time.

Canvas Grades Link

The Cafeteria-style Content component uses "0-based grading". 0-based grading computes grades starting at 0 points and works upwards (as apposed to %-based grading that starts at 100% and works downwards).

The Canvas gradebook is only able to display %-based grades. For this reason, when using the Cafeteria-style Content component, your students should rely on the Delphinium gradebook for an accurate grade report. To avoid confusion, Delphinium will disable the link to the Canvas gradebook in the left-hand Canvas menu. It will still be available to teachers, but hidden from students. Teachers can still use the Canvas gradebook to see and update assignment scores, but should use the Delphinium gradebook to view accurate current grades for students.