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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

Mar 30 2020

Report a Content Problem or Transcript Error While You Watch Online Lectures

Video lectures form the heart of much of the content in online — and some on-campus — courses. While a lot of work goes in to making these lectures as great as they can be, sometimes small mistakes in content or transcription errors get through the thorough quality control process employed by the Center for Teaching and Learning. 

The CoursePlus team has added a button to the lecture video playback screen to let you quickly report content or transcription errors in an online lecture:

Screenshot of the Report a Video or Transcript Problem tool

Clicking the button brings up a simple, one-question form that asks you to detail the problem and the time at which it occurred. Reporting these kinds of problems will help make the quality of online lectures better for everyone. 

Regular technical issues with CoursePlus should, as always, be reported to CTL Help via the "Help" link on every page in CoursePlus.

Posted by Brian Klaas at 9:30 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

Mar 24 2020

Hear How Students Pronounce Their Names in CoursePlus

For the past two years, the University has used a service called NameCoach to allow students to record a brief pronunciation of their name so that faculty (and those speaking at commencement) can properly pronounce a student's name. The roster page in CoursePlus now shows a button to pronounce a student's name when a student has made a recording of their name in NameCoach.

Screenshot of new "Pronounce" name button

We hope that faculty and TAs will take advantage of this new feature to help create a safer and more positive learning environment for their students by ensuring a student name is always correctly spoken. Please note that many students are not yet aware of this feature, so current availability is sparse. Faculty and TA encouragement to have students record their name in NameCoach will help spur adoption.

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

Previous Posts

Mar 20

CoursePlus Now Pulls Enrollments for Multiple Terms in the Future

Posted by Brian Klaas at 10:05 AM - Categories: CoursePlus |

Mar 18

CTL Services During the “Remote” Fourth Term

Posted by Brian Klaas at 8:35 AM - Categories: CoursePlus |

Feb 26

Peer Assessment Tool Updates for the Third Term

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

Feb 5

New CoursePlus Features Available in the Third Term

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

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