October 2012 Release

Posted On: 10/20/2012

This month's release includes many content and feature updates; here is a summary.

Feature Updates

  • Instructor Area
    • Renamed Tabs - The "Courses" page tab was renamed "Course Setup", and the "Grades" page tab was renamed "Student Grades."
    • Home Page Quick Links - For every course on the Home page, links to the Course Setup and Student Grades pages were added. This provides quick access to the areas you use most.
    • Grade Monitoring - Features were added to the Home and Student Grades pages that make it easier for you to monitor how well the students are doing. The additional features include grade distribution bar charts, display filters and student grade averages for the course.
    • Grade Editing - We added a  feature to the Detail Quiz or Test Question page that allows you to manually override the quiz or test grade.
    • Quit/Test Answer Key Heading -  The unit/module name was added to the header of the answer key display. This heading helps when printing out the answer keys.
    • Duplicate Enrollment Warning Message - One of the biggest issues, when starting a new class with new students, is getting the students to properly sign in. Students often forget their sign-in information, such as their password. To get around this problem, many students simply decide to enroll in the course again using a different e-mail address. This creates duplicate accounts for the same student, which causes issues the instructor. We’ve added an Duplicate Enrollment Warning Message to try and prevent the student from creating duplicate accounts.
    • Assignments Completed - On the Student Grades page, several instructors requested information that would show how much work a student has completed. So, we added a new column indicating the number of completed assignments out of the total number of assignments. The assignments include both quizzes and module tests.     
  • Student Area
    • Alerts - each time you reset or override a quiz/test, an alert is displayed on the specific student's Home page. The students can then read and clear these alerts.

Content Updates

  • New Units - We've released two new units:
    • "Personal Management" unit in the "Professionalism" module
    • "Business Ethics" unit in the "Business Law" module
  • New Lessons
    • Review Challenges have been added to the "CPR Methods" and "Marketing" modules. The Challenges contain one game each. The games are based on the Jeopardy TV show. They can be used to review the module content. Check them out in the catalog.
    • Communication Exercises have been added to the "EMT Preparatory" and "The Health Assistant" modules.
  • Updates to "Shock and Resuscitation" module (EMT)
    • The module was updated to bring the CPR  and airway obstruction sections more in-line with the AHA guidelines.
  • Module Updates 
    • Many small updates were done in the following modules: "Medical Mathematics",  "Wellness and Nutrition", "Special Populations", "Airway", "Nutrition and Elimination" and "Web Research."

More detailed information and screen captures are provided below.


Feature Updates (Details)

  •  Instructor Updates
    • Renamed Tabs - The "Courses" page tab was renamed "Course Setup", and the "Grades" page tab was renamed "Student  Grades."
    • Home Page Quick Links - On the Home page, links to the Course Setup and Student Grades pages were added for every course. Clicking a link opens the associated Courseor Grades page for the course.
    • Grade Monitoring - Several features were added to the Home and Student Grades pages that make it easier for you to monitor how well students are doing. The additional features include grade distribution bar charts, display filters and student grade averages. Below is a description of the features for the two pages:
      • Home Page
        • When you sign in you are at the Home page. On the Home page you'll see new bar charts showing the grade distribution for each course. These bar charts can give you an idea of how the students, as a whole, are doing.
        • In the bar charts, the grades are distributed into three "buckets" represented by the colors redyellow and green. Red are the "worst" grades and green are the "best." Numbers within the bar charts indicate the percent distribution of grades within each bucket. So, more red might indicate the class is struggling and may warrant further investigation.
        • Rolling your mouse over the bar chart displays the exact number of grades within each bucket.
        • The bar charts are updated every 15 minutes.
      • Student Grades Page
        • Clicking the Student Grades tab displays the Student Grade page. Additions to this page include: bar charts, grade averages and a display filter.
        • The bar charts show the grade distribution for individual students.  The bar charts act the same as the bar charts on the Home page.
        • Similar to the Home page, a chart with more red may indicate a struggling student that might need some assistance.
        • As mentioned before the bar charts are updated every 15 minutes, except when you change a grade (e.g. resetting a quiz.) In this case, the bar charts are updated immediately.
        • Student grade averages are also show. This provides additional information to determine how well students are doing. The average includes both quizzes and tests.
        • Finally, a display filter allows you to sort the students: by last name, by highest to lowest grade average, or lowest to highest grade average
      • Student Grades Page > Detail Grades Page
        • Clicking View associated with a student, displays the student's detail grades page. Additions to this page include: the bar chart, grade average and display filters with quick links.
        • The bar chart and grade average from the main page are repeated on this page.  
        • Display filters allow you to show student grades based on grade type (quiz or test), module or time frame. You can also show student activity for a given time frame.
          • (A) Quick display links, allow you to display the student's grades or activity for a given time frame.
          • (B) A drop-down menu allows you show all modules, or a specific module.
          • (C) Check boxes allow you to display either quizzes, tests or both when all the module grades are shown.
          • Click Go after choosing a module or quiz/test check boxes.
    • Grade Editing - We added a  feature to the Detail Questions page that allows you to manually override quiz and test grades. To access this feature:
      1. After signing in, go to the Student Grades page
      2. If needed, select the desired class
      3. Click View associated with the desired student.
      4. Click View associated with the desired quiz/test to display the Detail Questionspage.
      5. Click Edit Grade in the Summary area for the Detail Questions page. This displays the Grade Override area.
      6. Use the drop-down menu to select the number of points you want to assign to the quiz/test. Click Save.
      7. To remove the override grade, choose "No Override" from the drop-down menu and then click Save.
    • Quit/Test Answer Key Heading -  The unit/module name was added to the header of the answer key display. This heading helps when printing out the answer keys. 
  • Student Updates
    • Alerts - An alert is displayed on the student's Home page each time you reset or override the student’s grade. Once the student reads the message they can clear it from the Alerts & Message area.

Content Updates (Details)

  • New Units
    • "Personal Management" unit - This is the third unit and final unit in the "Professionalism" module. In this unit, students learn about the importance of time management and how to apply a general problem solving method to workplace situations. The unit includes the following:
      1. Time Management
      2. Problem Solving
      3. Quiz
    • "Business Ethics" unit - This is the first unit in the "Business Law" module. Students learn to distinguish between ethical, unethical and illegal behaviors. They will also learn about consequences of those behaviors. The unit includes the following:
      1. Choices and Consequences
      2. Illegal and Unethical Actions
      3. Business Ethics
      4. Quiz
  • New Lessons
    • Review Challenges have been added to the "CPR Methods" and "Marketing" modules. The Challenges contain one game each. The games are based on the Jeopardy TV show. The question groups for the games are selected randomly from a pool. So, each time a student plays they are generally asked different questions. The Challenges are ideal for reviewing content.
    • Communication Exercises have been added to the "EMT Preparatory" and "The Health Assistant" modules. These exercises have students observe a scenario involving communication between health care workers/patients. After view two possible scenario endings, students answer questions to check their understanding of the interactions.
  • Updates to "Shock and Resuscitation" module (EMT) 
    • The module was updated to bring the CPR and airway obstruction information more in-line with the AHA guidelines. Student work/grades are not affected by the updates. The units affected are:
      1. Resuscitation unit
      2. Basic Adult CPR unit
      3. Pediatric CPR unit
      4. Airway Obstruction Unit
  • Module Updates
    • "Medical Mathematics" module
      • Module Test - In a question the term “capsules” was replaced with “tablets.”
      • "Charts and Graphs" unit - corrected misuse of an abbreviation "PO"
    • "Wellness and Nutrition" module
      • Complementary Therapy definition - The definition image was updated to include the "food plate" instead of the "food pyramid".
      • "Wellness" unit - Updated spelling mistakes.
    • "Special Populations" module
      • "Dealing with Death" unit - Updated content to use the correct term "postmortem"
    • Nutrition and Elimination” module
      • Urinary Catheters” unit - spelling update on the "Indwelling Catheter Care" form.
    • Airway” module
      • Respiration Management” unit - updated procedure for transporting supplemental oxygen with a patient on a stretcher.
    • "Web Research" module
      • "Evaluate It" quiz - A quiz question concerning Marie Antoinette was update to make it clearer.
    • "Bloodborne Pathogens" module
      • We had some feedback about running the Bloodborne Pathogens module on iPADs. So we made some technical adjustments in the lessons; no content changes. These updates should resolve most of the issues.
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