Upcoming Changes to Class Sessions Tool for Students
In case you hadn't seen the earlier blog posts on the subject, the class sessions tool in CoursePlus is getting a major update at the end of the second academic term. Previous posts have focused on changes to the faculty/editor side of things, where most of the changes will occur. In this post, I want to briefly cover the changes on the student side of the class sessions tool.
There are two major changes for students:
- Download all sessions to your calendar: Since we launched CoursePlus, you have been asking for the ability to easily import class session information into desktop or online calendars. The student view of the class sessions tool now allows students to download basic information about each session in the .ics format, which can be dragged and dropped into Outlook, Entourage, Apple Mail, and Thunderbird, or imported in to Google Calendar. If there are changes to class sessions after your do the initial download, you are notified on the main class sessions page that there are updates to download.
- Download all files for a session: Students have told us that they would like to be able to download all the files for a given session in one click, rather than having to click on the link to each file to download the files. The updated class sessions tool allows you to do this. You can still download files one at a time if you want.
We hope that you find these changes useful. If you have additional suggestions on how to make the class sessions page in your CoursePlus sites more useful, please let us know!