Category: CoursePlus

Apr 6 2020

One-Click Import of Class-Wide Email Messages from the Previous Term

Faculty who teach the same course year over year (or even term over term) often find themselves sending the same email messages each time a course is offered. Previously, you could use the "Class Email Archive" page in a CoursePlus site to see the messages sent to a previous class, and copy and paste the content of those messages into a new email to the current class.

We're pleased to announce that we've added a one-click importer of class-wide email messages from the previous offering of a course to the Class Email tool in every CoursePlus site. When you compose a message for the entire class, you'll see an option to "Import Message from Last Offering:"

Screenshot of the Import Message from Last Offering Tool

Selecting a message immediately pulls it into the rich text editor in the class email tool, and even updates any links in the message to the old class website to point to the current course website! The handy spellcheck-as-you-type and grammar checker in the rich text editor will even flag dates that are incorrect for the current calendar year.

Messages sent to individual students or groups of students aren't available in this tool, but you always have the Class Email Archive with the "Include All Educational Team Communications" option enabled to see those messages.

We hope that this small addition saves you a lot of time when creating class-wide emails each time you teach a class! If you have any questions about how this feature works, please contact CTL Help.

Posted by Brian Klaas at 9:53 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

Mar 30 2020

Report a Content Problem or Transcript Error While You Watch Online Lectures

Video lectures form the heart of much of the content in online — and some on-campus — courses. While a lot of work goes in to making these lectures as great as they can be, sometimes small mistakes in content or transcription errors get through the thorough quality control process employed by the Center for Teaching and Learning. 

The CoursePlus team has added a button to the lecture video playback screen to let you quickly report content or transcription errors in an online lecture:

Screenshot of the Report a Video or Transcript Problem tool

Clicking the button brings up a simple, one-question form that asks you to detail the problem and the time at which it occurred. Reporting these kinds of problems will help make the quality of online lectures better for everyone. 

Regular technical issues with CoursePlus should, as always, be reported to CTL Help via the "Help" link on every page in CoursePlus.

Posted by Brian Klaas at 9:30 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

Mar 24 2020

Hear How Students Pronounce Their Names in CoursePlus

For the past two years, the University has used a service called NameCoach to allow students to record a brief pronunciation of their name so that faculty (and those speaking at commencement) can properly pronounce a student's name. The roster page in CoursePlus now shows a button to pronounce a student's name when a student has made a recording of their name in NameCoach.

Screenshot of new "Pronounce" name button

We hope that faculty and TAs will take advantage of this new feature to help create a safer and more positive learning environment for their students by ensuring a student name is always correctly spoken. Please note that many students are not yet aware of this feature, so current availability is sparse. Faculty and TA encouragement to have students record their name in NameCoach will help spur adoption.

Posted by Brian Klaas at 9:37 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

Mar 20 2020

CoursePlus Now Pulls Enrollments for Multiple Terms in the Future

For a very long time, CoursePlus has only been able to pull course registration data from SIS for a single term at a time. This largely stemmed from the fact that there are many courses with the same course and section numbers in multiple, back-to-back terms.

We're pleased to announce that as of the fourth term, AY2019-2020, CoursePlus now pulls registration data for all future terms in which students are currently registered. This means that course rosters will populate far in advance in the start of the term, instead of the previous practice of two weeks before the start of the term. Additionally, students who register for courses far in advance of the course start date will begin to see those courses listed in CoursePlus shortly after they register in SIS.

Please note that for courses newly approved in the JHSPH course system, it may take a few hours for registration data to appear in CoursePlus. For all other courses, registration data is updated in CoursePlus every 30 minutes.

Posted by Brian Klaas at 10:05 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

Mar 18 2020

CTL Services During the “Remote” Fourth Term

As telework and online classes become the new normal for all of us in the fourth term, the team in CTL wanted to remind you that most of the services we normally provide around lecture production, video recordings, and LiveTalks continue to be offered as normal, though with a “remote” twist.

  • Recordings for lectures produced by CTL will continue to occur, in a “remote studio” with CTL staff.
  • Video recordings continue to be available via our Media Bridge technology.
  • LiveTalks in fully online (.81 or .86 section) classes will continue, even though they will be run and supported remotely.

As always, the CTL instructional design team is here to help you with this transition from on-campus to fully online instruction. CTL Help is ready to answer your questions about CoursePlus. The JHSPH Multimedia team is here to provide one-on-one assistance with Zoom and Panopto. 

Just let us know how we can help!

Posted by Brian Klaas at 8:35 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

Feb 26 2020

Peer Assessment Tool Updates for the Third Term

Peer assessments are a powerful tool for student engagement and learning in any course. Each course runs their peer assessments a little differently from any other course. Building a single tool that accommodates the ways in which everyone runs their peer assessments requires the CoursePlus team to continually refine the Peer Assessment tool.

To that end, a number of changes were made to the Peer Assessment tool in the past few months, including:

  • If you create a Faculty/TA Peer Assessment, the dates for the assessment are set so that it opens immediately and you can get to work right away. Previously, you had to wait at least an hour for assessments to be created.
  • If a rubric has a single performance level, it is now automatically selected when filling out the rubric. 
  • If there is only one assessment per student in a Peer Assessment, clicking on the student name now takes you directly to the results report for that student, instead of having to click on a second link to see the results report for that student.
  • The "Include an additional field for faculty comments" is now included by default on all assessments.
  • In a faculty/TA peer assessment, the name of the student who is currently being assessed is displayed at the top of the page.
  • When faculty or TAs add a comment to a student peer assessment, an entry is also added in the grading history indicating that person added a comment.
  • Group peer assessments no longer show students who were in a group but dropped the class. 
  • Peer assessments that are not currently open are now displayed in a collapsed list to students. A peer assessment that is currently open is displayed in an open list when a student accesses the Peer Assessment main page. This helps students more quickly find assessments that they need to do at that time.
  • When students submit a peer assessment, a spinner now displays indicating that the assessment is being processed.
  • The instructions on how to send student feedback from the Peer Assessment tool have been updated in response to faculty feedback.

If you have any questions about these changes to the Peer Assessment tool, or how to use the tool itself, please contact CTL Help!

Posted by Brian Klaas at 10:09 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

Feb 5 2020

New CoursePlus Features Available in the Third Term

The team behind CoursePlus works continually to improve the features and functionality of the website. The team gets a lot of requests for enhancements and changes. Some of these are big, and others small but still important. Listed below are some of the changes made to CoursePlus in the last few months which you may not have seen:

  • The grading system under which a student is taking a class is now shown in the Gradebook and other tools.
  • The rich text editor now has a spellcheck as you type tool, and a grammar checker.
  • There is a new Methods of Assessment editing tool in the syllabus.
  • There is now a log that shows who added or removed students to/from course groups. 
  • The CoursePlus team made a lot of accessibility improvements to the "front pages" of CoursePlus.
  • You can now email all students in a class who do not have a proctor selected for that class. 
  • The peer assesment tool received a number of updates, including streamlined workflow for faculty or TAs grading peer assessments by themselves.
  • All messages sent from the class email tool now include the course title and sender's full name in the body of the message.
  • Clicking on the link to Panopto recordings in a course site now takes you to a simplified JHED sign in for Panopto.
  • You can now see who switched from the Class Sessions tool to the Schedule Builder tool (or back again) in non-fully online classes.
  • You can now download all results for a specific kind of survey (Lecture, LiveTalk, Custom) in a single click.
  • You can now associate Signup Sheets with specific class sessions in the on-campus class session tool.
  • New boilerplate sections for officially designated Service Learning, MPH Practicum courses, and LiveTalk requirements have been added to the Syllabus Builder tool.
  • A new Student Health and Well-Being section has been added to all course syllabi.
  • Students can now be assigned to more than one portfolio at a time.

If you'd like to stay up-to-date on all the changes to CoursePlus, you can follow @courseplus on Twitter, or occassionally peruse the CoursePlus monthly updates page. As always, if you have questions about any of these changes, please feel free to contact CTL Help!

Posted by Brian Klaas at 7:49 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

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