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May 18 2016

Reminder: Access to AY14-15 Course Websites Ends May 31

Access to academic year 2014-2015 courses ends on May 31, 2016. This is in line with the policy for access to CoursePlus websites. The policy states that access to a CoursePlus site is enabled for the academic year in which the course is offered and following academic year. For example, if a course occurred in the third term of the 2014-2015 academic year, a student enrolled in the course has access to the CoursePlus site until the end of the 2015-2016 academic year. After that point, access to that CoursePlus site is terminated.

If you need materials from a CoursePlus site in the 2014-2015 academic year, please download them before May 31, 2016, as you will not be able to access the sites from the 2014-2015 academic year after that time.

Posted by Brian Klaas at 8:33 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

May 11 2016

Access to the Schedule Builder Tool in Online Courses

Some faculty in online courses have long asked for the ability to edit the course schedule (or main "Content" page), as it's the only page in their online course site which they cannot edit. Prior to now, the faculty had to work with their course instructional designer to make any changes — even the modification of one due date — to their course schedule.

Faculty now have access to the Schedule Builder tool in online courses! Faculty cannot do everything that a course instructional designer can do, but they can:

  • Access the Schedule Builder tool
  • Reorder the items in the schedule
  • Add new items that are not lectures or LiveTalks. Those must still be added by the course instructional designer.
  • Add and edit group headers for items on the schedule.
  • Change available and due dates on any item except for lectures or LiveTalks.
  • Change the Assignment Description for lectures or LiveTalks.

Edits that are made by faculty are compiled into a daily digest email and sent to the course instructional designer. This helps facilitate communication between the two parties.

The limitations on complete faculty access to the Schedule Builder tool are the result of the extensive, detailed production process for creating online lectures. While it would certainly be convenient for faculty to be able to change the opening date of a lecture as they see fit, that lecture might not actually be fully produced by the date that the faculty selects. As such, coordination with the course instructional designer is still important.

We know that some faculty will continue to rely on their course instructional designer to do all edits to the course schedule. For those fauclty who prefer a more hands-on approach, we hope that these changes will provide you with additional flexibility you've been looking for!

Posted by Brian Klaas at 2:16 PM - Categories: CoursePlus

May 4 2016

Portfolio Updates for the Fourth Term

We're always getting great feedback from the program coordinators and faculty working with students in the CoursePlus portfolio tool. Based on recent feedback, we've added the following features to the portfolio tool:

  • Custom touchpoint due dates can now be assigned on a per-student basis. If a custom touchpoint due date is not used, the default due date for that student will be used. If a student is assigned a custom due date for a portfolio touchpoint, that custom due date now appears in the "My Calendar" view when a student signs in to CoursePlus as well as the Daily Course Notifications email from CoursePlus.
  • An online library for documents specific to a given program and cohort is now available. These documents appear to all students in a cohort in a "Program Library" tab inside of their portfolio.
  • The main touchpoint interface for students has been revamped, providing clear, step-by-step instructions on what to do in a single touchpoint.
  • A program coordinator can now be set as the "advisor" to all students for any touchpoint. That person can then review and check off that touchpoint for any student in the cohort. That person will also get email notifications, just as faculty advisors would, when students mark a touchpoint as ready for review.
  • All reflections for a touchpoint can be downloaded by a program administrator into a single web page, Word, or Excel file.
  • Program administrators can now download all evidence associated with a single touchpoint in a single ZIP file.
  • Students can now send survey results to their portfolio.
  • Students now get an email notification when advisors comment or leave feedback on a touchpoint.
  • The reports which show students waiting faculty review and students who have completed a touchpoint now shows the date on which a student sent a touchpoint to a faculty advisor for review, and flags in red those who did so after the due date for that touchpoint.
  • The words "Student Portfolio" have been removed from the top of published views in the portfolio.
  • Print output of all pages within the portfolio has been cleaned up, eliminating the display of many URLs that were previously only visible in the print view. 
  • Numerous changes to the user interface have been made to make the display of selected competency levels clearer across all views (student, advisor, and administrator). 

0 comments - Posted by Brian Klaas at 8:55 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

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