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Jun 24 2014

New Quiz Generator Features for Those Coming from the Old CoursePlus

With the launch of the merged CoursePlus, faculty who had never taught an online course before now have access to a wide variety of new features and improvements to the tools that they had used in the old CoursePlus. The Quiz Generator has some significant new features which were not available in the old CoursePlus, but had been available in the online course system since the 2012 academic year. These include:

Multi-Access Graded Quizzes

  • Faculty are able to set up a quiz as graded, but then specify only allowing students access to the quiz once, or as many times as needed.
  • As students work on a multi-access quiz, their answers are automatically saved while they work. If the student leaves the quiz and comes back to the quiz, their answers appear exactly as they left them.
  • Students can submit their answers only once, regardless of the number of times they can access a graded quiz.
  • Faculty can set up a quiz so that students can access it as many times as needed, but have a countdown timer just as they could previously, so the student only has a total of [n] minutes to be on the quiz page.
  • Faculty can set up a quiz so that students can access it as many times as needed, but only have a set period of time (ie; 90 minutes) to work on the quiz. That time starts counting down the moment the student first access the quiz and continues to count down even if the student leaves the quiz page. At the end of the set period of time, the quiz is automatically submitted, even if the student isn't on the quiz page.

Allow Students to Continue Work on Single-Access Graded Quizzes

  • If a student can't complete a quiz that can only be accessed once (technical difficulty, etc.), faculty have an option on the special permissions page to let the student continue working on the quiz.
  • If a student is given special permission to continue working on the quiz, faculty have the option of "locking down" the existing student answers so the student can't change them.
  • If a student is given special permission to continue working on the quiz, the countdown timer (if one is used) will continue from the time the student last communicated with the server (so if they had 25 minutes left when they had a problem, they will have 25 minutes when they get special access again).
  • Note that if a student already submitted their answers to a quiz/exam, there is no option to let the student back into the quiz to change their work. (This is a feature that we will add in the coming months.)

Log of Student Activity in a Quiz

  • You can now see a log of all activity by a student when taking a quiz. This includes:
    • Starting and leaving a quiz
    • Selecting or changing answers
    • Snapshots of answers to essay questions as they are written
    • Warnings given to students about leaving a single-access graded quiz
    • Submission of answers Email messages sent by the system to the student

If you have questions about how to use any of these new features, please contact your course instructional designer or CTL Help!

Posted by Brian Klaas at 10:34 AM - Categories: Course Tools | CoursePlus

Jun 10 2014

Copying Your Syllabus or Online Library From One CoursePlus Site to Another

As you probably know, when you set up a CoursePlus site, you are given the option to copy content from another section or offering of the same course. What you may not know is that there are a growing number of tools in CoursePlus that let you copy content for the same tool from another section or offering of the same course even after you've done the initial site setup.

Both the Syllabus Builder and Online Library tools allow you to copy the entire syllabus or Online Library from another section or offering of the same course at any time. It's important to note that when you perform this copy, it replaces everything currently in the syllabus or Online Library of your CoursePlus site. There's no option to only pick and choose what you want from the other CoursePlus site.

In the Syllabus Builder tool, the link to do this is in a box at the bottom of the column of suggested syllabus sections on the right side of the page. The box is titled "Copy catalog information from another section of this course." Once you click this link, you will be shown a list of other sites to pick from before confirming the copy.

In the Online Library, click on the "Options" tab. Scroll down until you see "Online Library Migration":

Online Library Migration Tool

Click "Preview" to ensure it's the one you want to copy. Once you're sure, click the "Copy" button to erase your current Online Library and copy everything from the other CoursePlus site's Online Library.

Remember: when you perform this copy in either tool, it replaces everything currently in the syllabus or Online Library of your CoursePlus site.

We'll be adding more copying tools to CoursePlus in the coming months. Our first target will be the Quiz Generator, where you will be able to pick and choose the quizzes you want to copy instead of having to copy all quizzes at once. If there are other tools where the copy feature would be useful, please let us know!

0 comments - Posted by Brian Klaas at 8:45 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

Jun 2 2014

Two Things all JHSPH Faculty and Students Should Do...

With all of the recent migrations and changes to @JHU email and CoursePlus, there are a couple key things that we should all do:

1. Update your Email address (to on the CoursePlus eLearning Account page. Once you have been migrated on email, this important step will help ensure that your emails come from and go to the correct address.

2. Change all bookmarks and/or reference links from to This will help ensure that students or others attempting to reach a particular class or destination will be able to. Keep in mind that your saved passwords will also be tied to the old address, so you will likely want to re-save any passwords in your preferred browsers.

Also, if you experience oddities or abnormalities while using CoursePlus, here are some tips to try before contacting CTLHelp:

  1. Clear your browser cache:
  2. If that does not work, please ensure that you don’t have any kind of “on startup, pick up exactly where I left off” settings turned on. Google Chrome has this in the Chome Preferences, under “Settings” -> “On Startup.”

Of course, if trouble persists, please use the CTL Help resources or open a help call

0 comments - Posted by Clark Shah-Nelson at 2:02 PM - Categories: General | Online Courses | Distance Learning | Tech Tools | Course Tools | CoursePlus

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