July 2012 Release

Posted On: 7/13/2012

Content Updates

  • New Unit – We've released the third and final unit in the Marketing module -- the "Pricing, Promotion and Distribution" unit.
  • Catalog updates – We cleaned up the catalog by removing redundant module listings when viewing all the modules.
  • Teacher Resource updates - Many of the Teacher Resource PPTs and PDFs were optimized for web browsing. The Teacher Resources can be used to supplement the on-line content with classroom activities and teacher PPT presentations covering the content and classroom activities.
  • Changes to the My Profile layout - The My Profile information was previously in a pop-up windows. Now, it is displayed as a page in the Setup tab.
  • Ability to add Instructor photos - You now have the capability to add a photo to your Profile. If you are a Site Administrator, you can also add photos to other instructors.
  • Changes to how new instructors are added - E-mail invitations are now sent to new instructors.

Feature Updates

  • New "Getting Started" on-screen prompts - The "Getting Started" tutorial page has been replaced with easy to follow on-screen prompts for creating your first course. The "Getting Started" tutorial page is no longer available. So, when you sign in you are only shown the Dashboard as the Home page.
  • Show Quiz/Test points -  In the Grades tab area, points for the quiz and module test are now shown along with the percentage grade.
  • Default setting for Quiz Attempts has changed - When creating a Course, the default setting for the number quiz attempts a student gets has been set to THREE.  This only affects new courses; existing courses keep their current setting.
  • Quiz/Test continuation is no longer a Beta feature – The continuation feature allows students who get "kicked-out" of a quiz/test to sign back in (within a certain time period) and finish it without penalty. This feature was initially released as a Beta version that had to be manually activated by each site. Based on the positive feedback we've received, we've decided to end the Beta release and enable this feature on all sites.

 


Changes to the My Profile Layout

The My Profile information was previously in a pop-up windows.

Now, the My Profile information is displayed as a page in the Setup tab. You can open this page by clicking the My Profile link in the upper right, or by clicking the My Profile link in the Setup tab.

Ability to Add Instructor Photos

You now have the capability to add your photo to your Profile. If you are a Site Administrator you can also add other instructor photos.

To add a photo to your profile:

  1. Click the Setup tab or click My Profile.
  2. Click Edit Profile.
  3. Under My Photo, click the Browse button. 
  4. Browse to the desired photo and click Open. The photo is then uploaded and displayed.
  5. Click Save Changes.

If you are a Site Administrator you can add photos to other instructors:

  1. Click the Setup tab
  2. Click All Instructors on the left
  3. Click Edit next to the desired instructor. This opens the Edit Faculty profile page.
  4. Under Photo, click the Browse button
  5. Browse to the desired photo and click Open.  The photo is then uploaded and displayed.
  6. Click Save Changes.

 

Changes to How New Instructors are Added

The old process required you to enter the instructor information, enter a password, and then let the instructor know their password so they could sign-in.

The new process requires you to enter the instructor information only. After entering the information an  e-mail invitation is automatically sent to the new instructor. When the new instructor accepts the invitation, they are asked to enter their own password. Bottonline, is that you no longer have to worry about managing passwords.

To add (invite) a new instructor:

  1. Click the Setup tab
  2. Click All Instructors on the left
  3. Click Invite Instructor
  4. Enter the instructor's e-mail address and click Continue
  5. Enter additional instructor information and click Create.  The instructor is created and an e-mail invitation is sent to the person

 

New instructors will be listed as “Pending” until they "accept" the e-mail invitation.

After the new instructor is created, you can always create a password for the person:

  1. Click the Setup tab
  2. Click All Instructors on the left
  3. Click Edit next to the desired new instructor. This opens the Edit Faculty profile page.
  4. Click the Change My Password.
  5. Enter the password and confirmation.
  6. Click Save Changes

 

New "Getting Started" on-screen prompts

The "Getting Started" tutorial page has been replaced with easy to follow on-screen prompts for creating your first course. The "Getting Started" tutorial page is no longer available. So, when you sign in you are only shown the Dashboard as the Home page.

Below is an example of one of the screen prompts.

Show Quiz/Test points

In the Grades tab area, points for the quiz and module test are now shown along with the percentage grade.

Use the following steps to view the points for a student's quiz/test:

  1. After signing in, go to the Grades tab
  2. Click Grades next to a student who has completed some quizzes or tests.
  3. Notice the points next to the percentage quiz.

 

Each quiz/test question is now worth 1 point. So, "8/12" means the student answered 8 questions correctly and earned 8 out of a total of 12 points. Note: each quiz and module test will have a different number of total points possible depending on the content.

Default setting for Quiz Attempts has changed

When creating a Course, the default setting for the number of quiz attempts a student gets has been set to THREE.  This only affects new courses; existing courses keep their current setting.

To view this setting, create a course using the following steps:

  1. After signing in, go to the Courses tab
  2. Click New Course
  3. Under "Advanced Settings" find the "How many attempts do students get for each quiz" option. Notice, the default setting for this option is "3."

 

Quiz/Test continuation

Prior to this update, when a student was "kicked out" of a quiz or test due to user or network errors, the quiz/test was automatically handed in and the student was given a 0%.

Now, with the continuation update, if a student is "kicked-out," the student is allowed to sign back in (within a certain time period) and continue with the quiz/test. 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 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.

This feature is now active for all sites.