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May 2012 Release

Posted On: 5/5/2012

Content Updates

  • New Unit – We've released the second unit in the Marketing module. The unit is called Principles of Marketing.
  • Minor changes – We’ve made some minor spelling corrections and navigation updates in the IT Fundamentals and Web Research modules.

Feature Updates

  • Quiz/Test continuation (Beta Release) – In the past we've received feedback about students getting "kicked out" of quizzes and module tests due to user or network errors.

We've decided to improve this situation by allowing students who get "kicked out" of a quiz/test to re-enter and properly complete it. This feature is a Beta release and must be enabled on the Setup tab to be available. See details below.

  • Session inactivity timeout –  Instead of properly signing out of the system, many students simply close the browser when they are done. This includes not properly submitting quizzes/test by clicking Hand In. The result is "phantom" open sessions in the system.

To resolve this issue, we've implemented an inactivity timeout. If no session activity is detected within an hour, the session is automatically closed. If the session includes an open quiz/test, then the quiz/test is handed in and graded as is.

NOTE: The session timeout includes instructors as well as students. This means that if you are signed in to the Management area and don't do anything for an hour, you will be signed out.

  • Prevent duplication of modules in HealthCenter21 courses – We've noticed that sometimes instructors add the same HealthCenter21 module from different templates into a single course. Duplicate modules in a course can cause some confusion when viewing unit grades.

We've updated the Add Module feature on the Course tab to prevent users from adding the same module twice to a single course. This update does not modify current courses; it only prevents the issue from occurring on future occasions.


Details of Quiz/Test Continuation (Beta Release)

The test system has been updated to better handle students who get "kicked out" of quizzes/tests due to user or network errors. This feature is a Beta release and must be enabled on the Setup tab to be available.

Before explaining the update, let’s review the current system:

  • A student must click Hand In to properly submit a quiz/test.
  • If a student exits the browser without properly handing in a quiz/test, then it is automatically handed in and the student is given a 0%.
  • If a student attempts to view the curriculum from another browser while in a quiz/test, then it is automatically handed in and the student is given a 0%.

Now, let's look at the new Beta feature:

  • A student still must click Hand-In to properly submit a quiz/test.
  • If a student exits the browser without properly handing in a quiz/test, the student is allowed to sign back in and continue with the quiz/test.

When the student signs back in, (s)he is automatically redirected back into the same quiz/test where it can be finished.

If the student does not sign back in within an hour, the quiz/test is considered inactive and it is automatically handed in, and graded "as is". In this case, the quiz/test can be reset, per existing procedures.

  • If a student attempts to view the curriculum from another browser while in a quiz/test, then the student is redirected into the same quiz/test and cannot view the curriculum.

In short... If a student is "kicked out" of a quiz/test due to user or network errors, simply have the student sign back into the system. The student is redirected back into the same quiz/test where it can be finished and properly handed in.

As noted, this is a Beta feature that has to be enabled. Use the following procedure to enable this feature:

  1. Sign in as a Site Administrator
  2. Go to the Setup tab
  3. Click the Beta Features link on the left
  4. Set (Check) the Enable Quiz/Test Continuation option
  5. Click Update to make the Beta feature available

To disable the Beta feature, simple clear the Enable Quiz/Test Continuation option and click Update.

NOTE: the final version of this Beta feature will be released this summer. As always please provide us with your feedback on these updates