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Mar 14 2018

Better Handling of Add/Drop Combinations in the Same Course

A long-standing problem in the processing of enrollment data from SIS has been the ordering of data based on the exact date and time a student added or dropped a course in SIS. This normally does not affect the vast majority of students. However, for courses where multiple sections of a course use the same CoursePlus site, a student who dropped one section of the course but then added the other section of the course could end up having the DROP processed after the ADD in CoursePlus. If a student added and dropped the same section of the same course, this could sometimes result in a similar problem. This problem would result in the student constantly being dropped from the course in CoursePlus, even though the student was registered for the course in SIS. This is because the data from SIS lacked an original transaction date that could be used for sorting and ensuring that ADDs were processed after DROPs.

We have worked these past few months with the SIS team to get the information we need to prevent the issue where a student drops one section of a class and adds the other section (or re-adds the same section), but then has the DROP processed after the ADD in CoursePlus. The SIS team now provides us with the exact date and time on which an add or drop is created in SIS. This gives us the ability to ensure that records for courses that have multiple sections using a single CoursePlus site are always processed in the correct order.

We know that this will avoid problems we see at the start of every term with students switching between .01 and .02 sections of a course. Anything that reduces problems with accessing CoursePlus sites is always a win for the CoursePlus team!

Posted by Brian Klaas at 8:29 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

Feb 28 2018

Gradebook Updates in February

The team behind CoursePlus has been busy since the launch of the new version of the Gradebook. In addition to sqashing a small number of bugs that came up since releasing the new version of the tool, the team has also added a couple of features which couldn't make it in for the initial release:

  • If categories are used in the Gradebook setup, the weight of each category and the weight of each item in each category are now shown both on the student view of the Gradebook and the export of all Gradebook information to Excel. This makes it much easier to see how an individual grade weighs in the overall grade for a course.
  • Changes made to the final grade scale on the "Final Grades" page are now saved between visits to the page. Prior to this change, the actual final grades for each student were always saved, but the grading scale of what grade range equals an A, what grade range equals a B, and so on, was not. 
  • Every time you moved an item in the Gradebook setup, a modal (screen-blocking) dialog would appear at the top of the page indicating that the change was saved. This became fairly annoying fairly quickly. We've changed that modal dialog to an inline confirmation displayed in the item which was just moved.
  • Deleting items throughout the Gradebook previously caused a modal (screen-blocking) popup to appear to confirm the deletion. Delete confirmations now appear immediately next to the delete icon or button.
  • The "Enter Grades" page for an item in the Gradebook is now paginated in classes with more than 75 students.

The CoursePlus continues to work on the Gradebook, making changes based on feedback we've received thus far. We'll have more changes to share in the coming months. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the new version of the Gradebook, please contact CTL Help!

Posted by Brian Klaas at 9:25 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

Feb 20 2018

Change Scores When Grading All Responses to a Single Question

Faculty and TAs find the "Grade All Responses to a Single Question" tool in the CoursePlus Quiz Generator to be immensely useful. It allows for quick grading of all student answers to a question at once, and provides better context for evaluating different student responses in a consistent way.

One limitation of this tool was that once you scored an individual student, there was no way to change that score from the "Grade All Responses to a Single Question" page. You had to drill down to the page showing all questions and answers from an individual student. This was tedious to do if you wanted to change more than one student score for the question. Additionally, the "Grade All Responses to a Single Question" page does not show individual student names by default, so forcing you to drill down on to an individual student response set page revealed the student name, eliminating any pretense of anonymity during scoring.

Fortunately, we've removed this problematic limitation. You can now change scores for individual students while on the "Grade All Responses to a Single Question" page:

Example of changing student scores on "Grade All Responses to a Single Question" page.

Changing scores on this page works exactly the same as it does when entering a score for the first time.

We hope that this change will make the scoring of all responses to a single question a little easier and more useful for you. If you have questions about how this feature works, please contact CTL Help!

Posted by Brian Klaas at 8:41 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

Previous Posts

Jan 18

What's New In the New Gradebook?

Posted by Brian Klaas at 8:07 AM - Categories: CoursePlus |

Jan 3

New Gradebook Tool Coming in the Third Term

Posted by Brian Klaas at 2:55 PM - Categories: CoursePlus |

Dec 13

Blocking Sign in to CoursePlus Using Internet Explorer 11

Posted by Brian Klaas at 3:03 PM - Categories: CoursePlus |

Dec 6

Lots of Tweaks to the Printed Syllabus

Posted by Brian Klaas at 9:22 AM - Categories: CoursePlus |

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