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Aug 20 2014

A Slew of Summertime Updates to CoursePlus

In addition to the new features in the Gradebook, Quiz Generator, and Peer Assessment tool blogged about previously, there have been a slew of smaller changes to CoursePlus this summer. These changes include:

  • When you create a survey from a template, you can now specify the number of copies you want to make. This allows you to make 5 or 8 or 16 copies of a custom class session evaluation, for example.
  • You can now manually enter email addresses in the CC: field in the class email tool.
  • If there are graded categories in the discussion forum, and there are posts in that graded category that haven't been graded, an icon is shown to faculty/TAs on the discussion forum home page indicating that the category has posts which need grading.
  • Auditors who have not submitted a file to a Drop Box are now grouped and listed at the bottom of the list of students who have not submitted a file and they are automatically deselected from receiving the reminder email.
  • The course number of a course is displayed next to the course name on the Course Quick Jump drop-down tool.
  • It is now possible for developers to un-delete a Drop Box that has been deleted through the CoursePlus interface by faculty or TAs. 

All of these changes are documented in the CoursePlus guide for faculty and students. If you have any questions about how any of these features work, please contact CTL Help!

Posted by Brian Klaas at 7:54 AM - Categories: Course Tools | CoursePlus

Aug 12 2014

Assign Grades by Group in the Gradebook

The Course Groups tool in CoursePlus enables you to set up groups of students that can then be utilized in many ways throughout your CoursePlus site: private discussion forum categories for each group, having a single student submit a file to a Drop Box on behalf of a whole group, and more. Now there's a new Course Groups-enabled feature in CoursePlus: the ability to assign a single grade to a group of students.

When you go to the "Enter Grades" page in the Gradebook for a given activity, a separate box appears on screen that lists all the Course Groups in the CoursePlus site for that course. Clicking on a group brings you to a screen where you can enter a single grade for every member of that group. You can even return a file for each member of the group.

You can override the grade of an individual group member if you want, but now you have a tool for quick and easy assignation of grades to all members of a group in the class!

If you have feedback about this new feature, we're always interested in hearing what you have to say.  

0 comments - Posted by Brian Klaas at 9:05 AM - Categories: Course Tools | CoursePlus

Aug 5 2014

Copy Quizzes from Other Sections of the Same Course

Many faculty who use the Quiz Generator in CoursePlus teach multiple sections of the same course. These faculty frequently use the same quizzes in each section of the course. In the past, you had to manually re-create quizzes in the Quiz Generator across different sections of the same course as there was no way to copy quizzes from one section of a course to another.

You can now copy quizzes from one section (offering) of a course to another in the Quiz Generator. To do this, go to the Quiz Generator in your CoursePlus site and click the "Copy Quizzes from Other Offerings" link.

Copy from Other Offerings Link

You will then see a list of all quizzes in all other offerings of that course from the past two years. You can select one or more quizzes to copy into the current CoursePlus site. When you copy a quiz, the title of that quiz is appended with ""Copy of Quiz from [ course number, course term, course academic year ]" so that it's easy to identify the copies. You can, of course, change the titles of the quizzes at any point.

There's one limitation to this feature: you can't copy the same quiz from the same offering of a course into the current CoursePlus site twice. Once a quiz is copied from a given offering of a course, it cannot be copied into the current CoursePlus site again.

If you have feedback about this new feature, we'd be happy to hear it!

0 comments - Posted by Brian Klaas at 9:26 AM - Categories: Course Tools | CoursePlus

Aug 4 2014

CoursePlus Will Be Offline Starting at 5pm on Tuesday, August 12 Until 5am Wednesday, August 13

Due to electrical inspections which must occur every five years, the JHSPH data center must be shut down and be offline from 5pm on Tuesday, August 12 Until 5am Wednesday, August 13, 2014. The JHSPH data center houses most School servers including the servers for CoursePlus. This means that CoursePlus will not be available during this time. If you try to reach CoursePlus during this time, you will receive a "This website cannot be found." message in your Web browser.

We know that any outage of CoursePlus is a big interruption in your daily academic life. We simply have no choice in the matter, nor does JHSPH IT, who operates the JHSPH data center.

We ask that you please plan for this outage acccordingly.

Posted by Brian Klaas at 1:13 PM - Categories: General | CoursePlus

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