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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 26 2018

Lots of Little Wiki Improvements

The wiki tool in CoursePlus has been around for many years. From group work to research projects to topic signup sheets, it's used for a wide variety of purposes. It's not a tool that gets a lot of attention — until recently. In the past few months, the CoursePlus team has made a number of small changes to the wiki that, we believe, makes the tool better. These improvements include:

  • The "View History by Author" tool now shows all versions for an individual author, instead of the most recent version by that author.
  • The "Embed Media" plugin to the rich text editor in the wiki has been streamlined so that you only have to provide the URL of the media you are trying to embed. 
  • When faculty unmark a wiki as finished, the student who marked the wiki as finished is now notified via email. 
  • A link to the main page for a wiki was added so that you can get to the main page of a wiki when you are on a sub-page of a wiki without having to go back to the main listing of all wikis in a course.
  • The "Do not send an email to the instructional team...finished/unfinished" option now has its own header to better distinguish options when creating/editing a wiki setup.
  • The comments field has been changed to a simple rich text editor, as the full rich text editor was overkill for such work.
  • Administrative icons on the main listing of course wikis have been changed to match those used elsewhere in CoursePlus.
  • The text of numerous alerts in the wiki tool have been rewritten for clarity.

If you have any questions about how the wiki tool works, or about these changes in particular, please contact CTL Help!

Posted by Brian Klaas at 7:37 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

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