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Aug 27 2018

Proper Extra Credit Support in the Gradebook

Individual items in the Gradebook, as well as entire categories, can now be marked as being for extra credit. Previously, a Gradebook item or category would need to be set up so that a score could exceed 100% (in the case of percentage-based items) or the maximum possible points for an item (for points-based items) in order for extra credit to be factored in to a student's grade. Faculty can now simply mark an item, or category, as being for extra credit, and the calculations are done automatically for you.

Extra credit items and categories do not count toward the student's current grade in a course while the base calculation for the grade is being made. They are only added in after a grade for an item, category, or overall grade is calculated.

Extra credit items are labeled as such on both the faculty and student views of the Gradebook.

If you have questions about how extra credit works in the CoursePlus Gradebook, please contact CTL Help!

Posted by Brian Klaas at 11:09 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

Aug 21 2018

Drop Box Updates for the Summer

The team that builds CoursePlus is continually looking for ways to improve your experience using CoursePlus. We receive detailed feedback from faculty, staff, and students, and we try to incorporate that feedback into ongoing updates to CoursePlus.

Based on your feedback, we have made a number of small (but hopefully useful) changes to the Drop Box tool:

  • An "Instructions" field is now available in the setup of all Drop Boxes. Previously, this field was only available to timed Drop Boxes. Faculty and staff no longer need to use the "Assignment Description" field in Schedule Builder for the display of Drop Box-specific instructions.
  • If the honor pledge is required in the Drop Box setup, the Honor Pledge now has a larger header when students access the Drop Box to submit a file.
  • When you create a new Drop Box linked to the course schedule, a warning appears stating that the Open and Due dates for the Drop Box will be inherited from and edited in the Course Schedule for the Drop Box.

If you have any questions about these changes, please contact CTL Help!

Posted by Brian Klaas at 1:24 PM - Categories: CoursePlus

Aug 9 2018

Use of the Preferred Student Name from SIS in CoursePlus

CoursePlus has long synchronized the first and last name of a student as displayed in SIS, the official University system of student records, with how the first and last name of a student is displayed in CoursePlus. After discussions with the CTL Faculty Advisory Board, and after a number of related requests from transgender students at the University, CoursePlus now displays the "Preferred Name" value for a student's first name instead of the student's legal first name as shown in SIS. This brings CoursePlus in line with other systems at the University which display the preferred name rather than the legal first name, and helps to make CoursePlus a more inclusive place to students who prefer to use a name other than their legal first name.

Posted by Brian Klaas at 1:34 PM - Categories: CoursePlus

Aug 5 2018

Planned CoursePlus Outage on Saturday, August 25

CoursePlus will be completely offline on Saturday August 25, from 6am-6pm EDT, due to planned work by JHSPH IT. JHSPH IT is moving the database systems behind CoursePlus to new hardware, and CoursePlus cannot be available during this time. Once the work is complete, CoursePlus will run atop a newer, faster database system.

Please plan accordingly for this outage.

Posted by Brian Klaas at 1:56 PM - Categories: CoursePlus

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