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July 2011 Release

Posted On: 7/30/2011

Summary of Updates

  • Content Update - Change all "My Pyramid" references to "My Plate" in order to follow USDA recommendations.
  • New Business&ITCenter21 modules - The new modules are Word Processing: Intermediate and Spreadsheets:Basic.
  • Feature update - Capability to export all student grades for a module to an Excel spreadsheet
  • Feature update - Implemented SSL Security on the web site.

 

Changed "My Pyramid" references to "My Plate"

We change all "My Pyramid" references to "My Plate" in order to follow USDA recommendations. this included editing graphics, lesson content, teacher manuals and teacher presentations where necessary.

Modules affected:

  • Human Growth and Development
  • Wellness and Nutrition*
  • Nutrition and Elimination**

 

Course templates affected:

  • Nursing Assistant
  • Health Care Foundations
  • Medical Assistant
  • Multi-Skilled Nursing Assistant

 

*Wellness and Nutrition module, Nutrition unit – Note that the MyPyramid lesson is now titled , and this lesson is now completed AFTER the Food Groups lesson.

**Nutrition and Elimination, Optimal Nutrition unit – Note that the My Pyramid and Food Groups lesson is now titled simply Food Groups.

New Business&ITCenter21 modules

Word Processing Intermediate includes the following units:

  • Tables
  • Working with Illustrations
  • Working with Graphical Text
  • Reference Tools

 

Spreadsheets Basic includes the following units:

  • Introduction to Spreadsheets
  • Entering & Editing Data
  • Managing Worksheets & Workbooks
  • Basic Formulas & Functions

 

Export to Excel Spreadsheet

You asked and we heard. Now, not only can you easily view module grades, but you can also easily export them to an Excel spreadsheet!

To access this feature use the following steps:

  1. As an instructor, click on the Grades tab
  2. Choose the desired course from the drop-down menu
  3. Click View Grades by Module
  4. When viewing the grades by module, click Export to Excel
  5. You’ll be prompted to either Open or Save the file. Choose the desired option.

 

Better Quiz Status Information:

We were seeing errors in the online system when quizzes were reset while students were still taking them. Now, student quiz status is clearer for the instructor. The following is now true:

  • "Lessons In Progress" status is displayed when lessons are started but the quiz is not.
  • "Quiz Started XXXX ago" status is displayed when the quiz is in-progress. The XXXX time will help you determine if the student is still taking the quiz (a short time) or there was an error (a long time)
  • A Completion Date is displayed when the quiz is properly submitted.
  • "Quiz Abandoned” status is displayed if students navigate away from the quiz (back button, new tab, logon page).

 

SSL Security

In the next few weeks, when accessing  http://healthcenter21.com, you may notice you’re being re-directed to a different website. The new website should have the URL of https://learn.aeseducation.com. Why the change?

You may notice the original website, http://healthcenter21.com, does not contain an “s” at the end of “http.” When an “s” is present, it indicates you are viewing the website over a secure connection. If you’re like me, you know secured is always better than not secured, but what does it really mean?

According to ssl.com, “Anytime you view a web site information is sent from your computer to the web server and from the web server to your computer. The transmission of this information is normally sent in ‘plain text’, meaning anyone would be able to read it should they see it.” That doesn’t seem like such a big deal right? Unless I’m making a purchase, or giving out pertinent personal information, I expected that my information would go between my computer and the server. The bigger problem is that this information doesn’t just go between my computer and one server; it travels amongst many computers/servers. This allows a greater chance of information being stolen.

Does seeing the “s” in “https” guarantee your information is secure? Unfortunately not. So how can you be sure your information is protected?

The website, ssl.com, continued to explain that when viewing websites that are secure, there should be a “lock” icon in the window of the browser (however, not in the actual content area of the page). Again, I recognized this icon, but did not realize the information this “lock” contains. By clicking or double-clicking on the lock you will see details of the site’s security. You want to make sure you click on this icon, especially when you will be giving out personal information. Several fraudulent sites have fooled users by displaying a picture of the icon leading the user to think the site was secure. However, by clicking on the lock you should see information about the security certificate, your connection, and possibly if you’ve ever visited the site before. Each browser (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, etc.) has a slightly different format, but each will show something similar, thus letting you know the site you are viewing is truly secure.

So why are we making the switch? Although we do not gather much personal information from you, we still want to make sure your privacy (along with your students’ privacy) is protected. Our secure site now allows us to give you that added reassurance.