Learner: Join existing activity group When entering a group assignment, a learner has the option to join an existing assignment group. Existing members of the group are notified of new members via the internal messaging system. This allows a teacher with, for example, 60 participants in a course to hand out an assignment and tell the learners to organise themselves in groups of, for example, four.
Teacher: Manage groups
A course teacher now has the option to manage assignment group memberships by removing or adding participants.
Send messages when group members perform an action
Whenever a group member or a course teacher performs a group action – such as participants leaving or joining a group or teachers editing or deleting answers – other group members are informed via the internal messaging system.
Mini pop-up in assignment participant list
When a single name is selected in the assignment participant list, a mini pop-up window with user information is shown. The purpose of this is to make it easier to distinguish the participants from each other – for example participants with similar names. Tip: In long lists, use the keyboard and enter the first letters of the name. This automatically scrolls the list.
It is now possible to define completion criteria for a Test 2.0. A completion criterion is a percentage that must be reached in order obtain a 'Completed' on the progress report.
Status and follow-up
Logging of assessment status changes
All changes to the assessment or status of an activity are now logged. This provides administrators and teachers with a transparent view of changes to an activity. By logging this, it will not be possible to tamper with these statuses, and teachers and learners will have a higher degree of security.
A new feature allow developers to specify the URL of the placeholder image to show more correct information in the rich text editor when editing.
Editing plug-in content
In the editor it is now possible to right-click and modify content previously inserted with a plug-in.
Plug-ins as content blocks
Users are now allowed to add plug-ins as content blocks on dashboards.
Permanently deletion of courses with behaviour remarks
It is now possible to permanently delete a course with behaviour remarks. The behaviour remarks are not permanently deleted, and are still available in the behaviour reports.
Terminology change: eSafety
To avoid misunderstandings, eSafety is now called ‘Privacy’.
Restrictions are added to the administration user rights when creating and editing policies. This is to prevent users from giving themselves unlimited access and override their own profile.
Address for organisations
It is now possible to add an address for organisations when adding and editing hierarchies. The address is used in the notification and warning letters in attendance/behaviour, and it will also be included in future functionality, so make sure you enter your organisation’s address in Administration >> Hierarchy >> Edit hierarchy.
Session length tracking
It is now possible to track the session length. This enables us to see how long the users are logged on, and detect when a user is no longer active. In Administration >> Users and access rights the column entitled 'Last online' is now changed to 'Last log in'.
This change is especially important for customers in the American market who need to document the length of the students' logged in sessions. Our consultants can create reports on this if needed.
We have created an automated organisation of Google's e-mail filtering service Postini.
New font in rich-text editor
In order to support polytonic Ancient Greek letters, Palatino Linotype is added as a new font in the rich-text editor. Computers without Palatino Linotype installed will see the text as Arial when Palatino is selected.
The world moves on …
Discontinuation of old editors
The ActiveX and Java Applet editors are discontinued. This is because the rich-text editor works on all supported platforms and browsers, and is generally considered a better editor.
Discontinuation of the old attendance system
The old attendance system is discontinued. A new attendance system has been developed and replaces the previous version. If you want to retrieve data from the old system, please contact our helpdesk.
Discontinuation of Test 1.0
Compared to Test 1.0, the newer Test 2.0 is a more powerful tool and thus renders the old test tool superfluous. As a consequence it will no longer be possible to create new tests with the old test tool. Existing tests made with the old test tool will still work.
Posted on August 26, 2010
by Øyvind Flatnes