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Apr 27 2020

Changes to the Quiz Generator in the Fourth Term

The Quiz Generator is one of the most important tools in CoursePlus, as faculty rely on it to deliver assessments of all kinds to students. While the tool cannot meet the needs of every single faculty member and all the ways in which they may want to deliver assessments, the CoursePlus team works to update the tool with features that are commonly requested. 

We're pleased to announce that the following changes have been made to CoursePlus in the fourth term:

  • You now have the option of not penalizing students for incorrect answers they choose on multiple choice, multiple answer and match-from-two-lists questions. The current, long-time behavior of CoursePlus has been to penalize students for each incorrect answer they select on these types of questions.
  • A warning is shown on the main quiz overview page, the quiz setup page, and question editing page when a quiz is set up to track students leaving the quiz page and files (which open in new windows) are attached to questions in the quiz. This is important because opening any file attached to a quiz will result in the file opening in a new window, thus immediately flagging every student as having left the quiz page while taking the quiz.
  • A list of unanswered questions is now displayed in a floating box when students take a quiz or exam. 
  • When you grade or change student scores or provide feedback on an individual student's responses page in the Quiz Generator, the change is now autosaved in the background.
  • The code which tracks students leaving an exam page has been improved to detect more instances when students may be off the page.
  • A bug that prevented students from seeing the "you have submitted answers to this quiz" message on screen after submitting answers to a quiz where no results are displayed on screen but faculty are sent a copy of the student's entire response set has been fixed.

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

Posted by Brian Klaas at 9:37 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

Apr 20 2020

See a History of Changes to the Syllabus and Course Schedule

Many classes have multiple people working on them, and it's not uncommon for more than one person to make changes in a class CoursePlus site. The problem with multiple people working on the same site is that sometimes you don't know who changed what, or why.

Some tools in CoursePlus, such as the Quiz Generator and Page Builder, have tools that show you a history of who changed what, and when the change was made. We're pleased to announce that two more tools in CoursePlus now show this same history: the Syllabus Builder and Schedule Builder tools.

The Syllabus Builder tool shows a history of who edited which section of a course syllabus, and when. It shows if sections were added or removed from the syllabus, if changes to contact information were made, who reordered the display of sections in the syllabus, who changed the class location, and when changes were submitted to the JHSPH course system for review and approval.

The Schedule Builder tool (used for creating the main content page/schedule in fully online courses and some on-campus course websites) shows a history of each individual item on the schedule, who made a change, when the change was made, and what, specifically, was changed including old and new values.

The history of changes in both tools is available by clicking "History" at the top of the page in each tool. It's important to note that the history only goes back to March 1, 2020 in the Schedule Builder tool, and April 1, 2020 in the Syllabus Builder tool. 

If you have questions about how this new feature works, please contact CTL Help!

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

Apr 13 2020

Limit the Word Count in Essay Questions

As faculty have become more dependent on CoursePlus to deliver quizzes and exams in the past few years, the CoursePlus team has been asked a number of times if it's possible to limit the length, or word count, of a student response in an essay question in an exam. We're pleased to announce support for limiting the word count in an essay question is now available in CoursePlus.

When you edit an essay question, you'll see the option to limit the number of words a student can enter as their answer:

Screenshot of new word count limit option

If a student is typing in the rich text editor and reaches the word count, they cannot type any further and are shown an alert that they have reached the word count limit. If a student tries to copy and paste text that goes over the word count limit, they are unable to do so and are shown an alert to that effect.

We hope that this makes it easier for some of you to administer online quizzes and exams. If you have any questions about how this feature works, please contact CTL Help!

Posted by Brian Klaas at 9:41 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

Apr 6 2020

One-Click Import of Class-Wide Email Messages from the Previous Term

Faculty who teach the same course year over year (or even term over term) often find themselves sending the same email messages each time a course is offered. Previously, you could use the "Class Email Archive" page in a CoursePlus site to see the messages sent to a previous class, and copy and paste the content of those messages into a new email to the current class.

We're pleased to announce that we've added a one-click importer of class-wide email messages from the previous offering of a course to the Class Email tool in every CoursePlus site. When you compose a message for the entire class, you'll see an option to "Import Message from Last Offering:"

Screenshot of the Import Message from Last Offering Tool

Selecting a message immediately pulls it into the rich text editor in the class email tool, and even updates any links in the message to the old class website to point to the current course website! The handy spellcheck-as-you-type and grammar checker in the rich text editor will even flag dates that are incorrect for the current calendar year.

Messages sent to individual students or groups of students aren't available in this tool, but you always have the Class Email Archive with the "Include All Educational Team Communications" option enabled to see those messages.

We hope that this small addition saves you a lot of time when creating class-wide emails each time you teach a class! If you have any questions about how this feature works, please contact CTL Help.

Posted by Brian Klaas at 9:53 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

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