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Feb 26 2020

Peer Assessment Tool Updates for the Third Term

Peer assessments are a powerful tool for student engagement and learning in any course. Each course runs their peer assessments a little differently from any other course. Building a single tool that accommodates the ways in which everyone runs their peer assessments requires the CoursePlus team to continually refine the Peer Assessment tool.

To that end, a number of changes were made to the Peer Assessment tool in the past few months, including:

  • If you create a Faculty/TA Peer Assessment, the dates for the assessment are set so that it opens immediately and you can get to work right away. Previously, you had to wait at least an hour for assessments to be created.
  • If a rubric has a single performance level, it is now automatically selected when filling out the rubric. 
  • If there is only one assessment per student in a Peer Assessment, clicking on the student name now takes you directly to the results report for that student, instead of having to click on a second link to see the results report for that student.
  • The "Include an additional field for faculty comments" is now included by default on all assessments.
  • In a faculty/TA peer assessment, the name of the student who is currently being assessed is displayed at the top of the page.
  • When faculty or TAs add a comment to a student peer assessment, an entry is also added in the grading history indicating that person added a comment.
  • Group peer assessments no longer show students who were in a group but dropped the class. 
  • Peer assessments that are not currently open are now displayed in a collapsed list to students. A peer assessment that is currently open is displayed in an open list when a student accesses the Peer Assessment main page. This helps students more quickly find assessments that they need to do at that time.
  • When students submit a peer assessment, a spinner now displays indicating that the assessment is being processed.
  • The instructions on how to send student feedback from the Peer Assessment tool have been updated in response to faculty feedback.

If you have any questions about these changes to the Peer Assessment tool, or how to use the tool itself, please contact CTL Help!

Posted by Brian Klaas at 10:09 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

Feb 5 2020

New CoursePlus Features Available in the Third Term

The team behind CoursePlus works continually to improve the features and functionality of the website. The team gets a lot of requests for enhancements and changes. Some of these are big, and others small but still important. Listed below are some of the changes made to CoursePlus in the last few months which you may not have seen:

  • The grading system under which a student is taking a class is now shown in the Gradebook and other tools.
  • The rich text editor now has a spellcheck as you type tool, and a grammar checker.
  • There is a new Methods of Assessment editing tool in the syllabus.
  • There is now a log that shows who added or removed students to/from course groups. 
  • The CoursePlus team made a lot of accessibility improvements to the "front pages" of CoursePlus.
  • You can now email all students in a class who do not have a proctor selected for that class. 
  • The peer assesment tool received a number of updates, including streamlined workflow for faculty or TAs grading peer assessments by themselves.
  • All messages sent from the class email tool now include the course title and sender's full name in the body of the message.
  • Clicking on the link to Panopto recordings in a course site now takes you to a simplified JHED sign in for Panopto.
  • You can now see who switched from the Class Sessions tool to the Schedule Builder tool (or back again) in non-fully online classes.
  • You can now download all results for a specific kind of survey (Lecture, LiveTalk, Custom) in a single click.
  • You can now associate Signup Sheets with specific class sessions in the on-campus class session tool.
  • New boilerplate sections for officially designated Service Learning, MPH Practicum courses, and LiveTalk requirements have been added to the Syllabus Builder tool.
  • A new Student Health and Well-Being section has been added to all course syllabi.
  • Students can now be assigned to more than one portfolio at a time.

If you'd like to stay up-to-date on all the changes to CoursePlus, you can follow @courseplus on Twitter, or occassionally peruse the CoursePlus monthly updates page. As always, if you have questions about any of these changes, please feel free to contact CTL Help!

Posted by Brian Klaas at 7:49 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

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