January 2012 Release

Posted On: 1/7/2012

Content Updates

  • New Module - We are happy to announce the release of a new online Business&ITCenter21 module called "Spreadsheets: Intermediate."

Feature Updates

  • Favorites Option in the Catalog - Choosing modules for your course can be difficult at times. To make this process easier, a "Favorite" option has been added to the catalog. You can now mark modules as favorites when browsing the catalog. Your favorites can then be easily recalled when creating a course.
  • Getting Started Tutorial - Using any software for the first time can be confusing. To help first time instructors, a "Getting Started" tutorial has been added to the Home page.
  • Home Page Updates - The Home page was updated to better handle the addition of the "Getting Started" tutorial. So, it may look a little different to you.
  • Student Activity Reports - For instructors who want to investigate how long students are spending on tasks within the system, a new Student Activity Report has been added. The Report shows a chronology of various student events such as sign-in, entering/exiting a lesson or quiz.

 


Content Updates

New Module

We are happy to announce the release of a new online Business & ITCenter21 module called "Spreadsheets: Intermediate." This module includes the following units:

  • Formatting
  • Controlling and Manipulating Data
  • Presenting Data Visually

Feature Updates

Favorites Option in the Catalog

Choosing modules for your course can be difficult at times because of the large number of modules and templates. To make this process easier, a "Favorite" option has been added to the catalog. You can now mark modules as favorites when browsing the catalog. Your favorites can then be easily recalled when creating a course.

Below is a generic process for using the Favorites option to create a new course.

  1. Before creating a course, go to the Catalog tab
  2. Browser the catalog. When you see a module that interests you and may fit into your course, click the star next to the module. This adds the module to your Favorites.
  3. When finished browsing the catalog, go to the Courses tab
  4. Create the new course.
  5. Click Add Modules to add modules to the new course.
  6. Click Show My Favorites to show the favorites you previously selected.
  7. Add the desire modules to the course

The specific process you use will vary depending on your preferences, and the number and type of courses you are teaching. The main idea behind the Favorites option is to narrow the modules when adding them to a course.

Getting Started Tutorial

Using any software for the first time can be confusing. To help first time instructors, a "Getting Started" tutorial has been added to the Home page.

The tutorial takes the instructor through a short step-by-step process on how to create a course and enroll students. Each step in the tutorial includes a 1-2 minute instructional video and set of tasks to be completed.

Home Page Updates

The Home page was updated to better handle the addition of the "Getting Started" tutorial. So, it may look a little different to you.

The "old" Home page has two views one was the “Featured Videos” view, and the other was the “Dashboard” view.

These views where combined into one “Dashboard” view to allow easier access to "Getting Started" Tutorial.

From the “Dashboard” view you can use the “Getting Started Tutorial” link to access the tutorial

To return to the “Dashboard” view from the Getting Started tutorial, use the “My Dashboard” link

Student Activity Reports

For instructors who want to investigate how long students are spending on tasks within the system, a new Student Activity Report has been added. The Report shows a chronology of various student events such as sign-in, entering/exiting a lesson or quiz.

To access an Activity Report:

  1. Go to the Grades tab
  2. Select a Course
  3. Click the Activity link associated with the desired student

The Activity Report shows actions from most recent to oldest for the student. The Report can be filtered by date.