Feb 5 2020

New CoursePlus Features Available in the Third Term

Posted by Brian Klaas at 7:49 AM CoursePlus

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!

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