ICON in the College of Engineering


On August 8, ICON got several updates. One of the added features is the ability to recover deleted grade items.

Respondus LockDown Browser is a customized browser that prevents students from printing, copying, going to another URL, etc., while taking quizzes on-line in ICON. This service was introduced in October 2010. On the Respondus page you will find links to a video demo of the product, download and installation directions, and documentation on how to use it.

ICON's dropbox and Turnitin's Plagiarism Detection service: instructors can set the ICON dropbox to automatically submit student files to the Turnitin service. Read the ICON on-line help about the plagiarism connection with ICON.

ICON Course Management

ICON is the course-management system used across campus. All College of Engineering courses are automatically created in ICON. Until the instructor activates a course, the files and content are not visible, so just because an ICON course site has been created does not mean that you must use ICON.

The College encourages using ICON to help administer courses and for FERPA compliance in posting grades.

ICON quick linksView the rights and roles for Instructor-Designer, TA-Designer, TA Levels 1 and 2, and Course Builder. If the TA is known to MAUI, that person is assigned the roleof TA (High Level, L1).


Support Blog

ITS maintains a support blog for ICON. This blog contains information about changes in ICON, training webinars, changes to documentation, etc.


ITS offers hands-on ICON training about various tools available to course instructors.

Known Issues

Known Issues are available in the ICON quick links section on the ICON login page.

ICON Topics

Activate/Deactivate an ICON Course Site

By default, your ICON course created and populated from Registrar information is unavailable to students; that is, they cannot access it even though their names may appear in the Classlist.

To make your course available, follow the steps below or read the ICON on-line help:

  1. From the Course Home, click Edit Course in the NavBar.
  2. Click Course Offering Information.
  3. Check the IsActive textbox. 
  4. Click Save.

At the end of the semester, you must deactivate the course if you no longer want students to have access to the course site. Making your course unavailable at the end of the term allows you to keep student data without allowing them access. To make the course unavailable (students can no longer access it from their MyHome page), click to remove the check mark from the IsActive text box in step 3 above.

Access to Files

By students: Do not put answers and other files on your ICON course site until you are ready for students to have access to those files. You can store files containing sensitive information in an ICON development site or on a network drive, your hard drive, or an engineering class share drive.

By other instructors: Instructors can add other (co-) instructors to their class with the Add Participant link in the Self-Registration course admin tool; set the rights of the person added to Instructor-Designer. Note that an Instructor-Designer will be in your classlist and grades.

If you do not want other co-instructors to show up in the classlist or grades, ask Diana Harris, 319-335-5121, to add an individual as Support Staff, who can see course information but not change it.

Collaborate (Elluminate) Integration

You can create Collaborate sessions that only students enrolled in a course can view through ICON. The steps below add a link to Online Rooms in the site's NavBar. 

Select Edit Course, Navigation, and click on the navbar that is shown as (Active). Click Links and select the area in which you want to add, and click Add Links, and scroll to Online Rooms. Select it and click Add. You can move the position of this new link by clicking the down arrow to the right of the item; the link can be moved left or right or to a different part of the NavBars.

Click on Online Rooms, then New Room to create a Collaborate session that will be available only to students enrolled in the course. For help, talk to Diana Harris, 319-335-5121, t

Course Sections

The default action for course creation is to create one ICON course site per section. If you want courses merged into a single ICON course site, please tell Diana Harris, 319- 335-5121.

Copy Course Content

You can create a course as a development site and copy content to a live course at the appropriate time. You can also copy content from an existing ICON course to another ICON course.

File Types, File Size, Media Files

You cannot upload .exe files and other file types such as .shtml, .ini, .dll, to an ICON course. Make any such files a .zip file(s) and then upload. Use WinZIP or WinRAR (Windows) or GZip (Linux) for that task. See Acceptable File Types.

There is no limit to file size, but if the file is very large, you and your students may get a timeout error when up- or down-loading the file.

ICON is not optimized for streaming files and ITS does not recommend uploading video and audio files directly into ICON. Read the ITS page on Acceptable File Types and Digital Media. Contact the ITS Help Desk (its-helpdesk@uiowa.edu or 319-384-4357) to request that someone from the Digital Media Support Team will work with you.


During the semester, the running grade formula incorrectly calculates a student's grade when using weighted grading, but correctly calculates the final grade when all grade items are included. To correctly calculate grades in courses where weighted grading is used, divide the points accumulated by the points available.

Guest Student | Preview User

There are two roles possible for an individual who is not enrolled in a course but to whom you want to give access to an ICON course site: Guest Student and Preview User.

The Guest Student role is exactly the same as the student role, with one exception:  since guest IDs are not governed by the Hawk ID system, they have a  local password, and therefore need a way to change their passwords locally.  Therefore, Guest Student has the password change tool turned on, where as normal users
don't. The only time that role needs to be used is when you create a guest ID, used when the person does not have a Hawk ID. When you use the Create New User option, it automatically generates an ID in the guest format, which is g#_name.

The Preview role allows anyone with web access to enter your course and view your content-type materials, including content files, news, and announcements.
Preview users cannot, however, view quizzes, discussions, or other interactive areas.

For information on enrolling either type, read about adding participants.


The ICON homepage consists of widgets that you can customize or remove. Read the Homepage &  Widgets help for how to modify your course homepage.


The Navigation Bar (NavBar) is the top strip of the course pages, containing the course name and various links. It remains visible throughout the course site. To edit the NavBar, click Edit Course and select Navigation.

Role Switch

When you role switch to the .student view, what you see is mostly what a course student sees. You cannot take surveys or quizzes, but the course content view is accurate. See the on-line help for more information.

Start/End Dates

Changing the start and end date (from Edit Course | Course Offering Information ) has no effect on Registrar-related courses. The only thing that affects visibility to students is the IsActive box. 



There is an abundance of on-line help with ICON. From the ICON home page, there are links to an ICON FAQ, on-line help, help for students, and use statistics. On-line help covers how to get started using ICON, how to move files from another ICON course site, and each of the components of ICON, such as calendar, content, class list, discussion, gradebook, and quizzes. Within the college, you can get help from Diana Harris, 319-335-5121, or Sarah Williams, 319-335-5753.