Summer 2013 e-Learning Upgrade

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And as always, you can call us at 392-4357, option 3. We're here to help take care of the technology so that you can get back to teaching and conducting research.
And as always, you can call us at 392-4357, option 3. We're here to help take care of the technology so that you can get back to teaching and conducting research.
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== Making Things Smoother, Faster, and More Intuitive ==
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=== New Look and Feel ===
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The first thing you'll notice when you first login to the upgraded e-Learning system will be the new look and feel. The skin has been updated to include some new features and to make some older features easier to access.
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[[Image:Sum2013-new look.JPG|border|center|frame|alt=Summer 2013 Look and Feel|The new Summer 2013 e-Learning look and feel.]]
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See that down arrow beside each of the courses up at the top of the page? Now you don't have to navigate to your course page and then select the tool you actually want. When you click that down arrow, you get instant access to the tools you need most.
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[[Image:Sum2013-course context menu.JPG|border|center|frame|alt=Course Drop-Down Menu|Select the tool you're interested in without navigating to the course page.]]
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You can also access your newly updated profile page and prefereces from the person icon up at the top right. That icon will always be up there in the top toolbar no matter where you are in the e-Learning system.
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[[Image:Sum2013-user menu.jpg|border|center|frame|alt=User Icon Drop-Down Menu|You now have easy access to your Profile and Preferences from the top-right of every page in e-Learning.]]
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Last but not least, you should now have icons next to your tools in the left menu bar, which should make it easier to pick the tool you're looking for with just a glance.
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=== Automatic Randomized Groups ===
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Have you ever wished that you could randomly assign your students to groups that you could use in Discussions or Assignments? Well, in the new e-Learning upgrade, you can.
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[[Image:Sum2013-random groups.JPG|border|center|frame|alt=Random Group Options|Put your students into randomized groups in a matter of seconds.]]
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Once you specify either the number of groups you want or the number of students you'd like in each group, the system will automatically split everyone up in just a matter of seconds.
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=== Improved Roles and Permissions in Discussions ===
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We've heard from many of you that you find the current interface for managing permissions in the Discussions tool to be somewhat confusing. In the new e-Learning upgrade, things just got a whole lot easier.
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[[Image:Sum2013-disc perm.JPG|border|center|frame|alt=New Discussions Permissions|Now you can see permissions for all user roles at once.]]
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You can now see all the different site roles all at once and customize everything all in one convenient place.
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Would you like to have separate discussion topics for each of the groups you've set up in your course? We've automated this process to make things much smoother and faster.
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[[Image:Sum2013-auto topics.JPG|border|center|frame|alt=Creating New Topics for Groups|In Summer 2013, e-Learning can set up duplicate discussion topics for each group you specify...and it will handle the permissions for you!]]
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When you use this option, each group will get their own copy of the topic that only they can see and post in with no additional effort on your part. The days of manually creating a topic for each group are gone.
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=== Submit As Student in the Assignment tool ===
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Sometimes students have trouble submitting an assignment and they send their assignment to you either through the Mail tool, via email, or even with a thumb drive. Previously, you had no way to submit those assignments on behalf of the student. Now, at your discretion, you can choose to submit the assignment on behalf of the student.
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[[Image:Sum2013-submit as student.JPG|border|center|frame|alt=Submit As Student|Instructors will not have the option to submit a paper as a particular student to get it into the system for grading.]]
== Coming Soon! ==
== Coming Soon! ==
Over the next few weeks we'll be updating this page with new features and information. Check back with us for more information as we get closer to launch!
Over the next few weeks we'll be updating this page with new features and information. Check back with us for more information as we get closer to launch!

Revision as of 12:36, 15 April 2013

With the start of the Summer 2013 semester, the e-Learning Support Team will be launching a new version of the e-Learning system. We've been listening to your feedback, and we think you're going to be as excited as we are to use the new and improved features that the community and our developers have created.

Summer 2013 e-Learning Upgrade Teaser

Over the next few weeks, we're going to be highlighting some of the features that really stand out in the Summer 2013 e-Learning Upgrade. Keep an eye on this page for the latest information. Alternately, just follow us on Twitter, so you can know about the latest updates as they happen.

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But I was just getting used to the old system!

The great news about the Summer 2013 e-Learning Upgrade is that most of your favorite tools will work just as you've come to expect. They'll just look a little better and help you get things done faster. We've done our best to streamline the entire process of teaching courses online — from course request to finalizing your grades. In addition, you can look forward to exciting new tools that give you even more options for teaching and managing your students. The new improvements will automatically flow into your courses that you've already requested for Summer 2013.

And as always, you can call us at 392-4357, option 3. We're here to help take care of the technology so that you can get back to teaching and conducting research.


Making Things Smoother, Faster, and More Intuitive

New Look and Feel

The first thing you'll notice when you first login to the upgraded e-Learning system will be the new look and feel. The skin has been updated to include some new features and to make some older features easier to access.

Summer 2013 Look and Feel
The new Summer 2013 e-Learning look and feel.

See that down arrow beside each of the courses up at the top of the page? Now you don't have to navigate to your course page and then select the tool you actually want. When you click that down arrow, you get instant access to the tools you need most.

Course Drop-Down Menu
Select the tool you're interested in without navigating to the course page.

You can also access your newly updated profile page and prefereces from the person icon up at the top right. That icon will always be up there in the top toolbar no matter where you are in the e-Learning system.

User Icon Drop-Down Menu
You now have easy access to your Profile and Preferences from the top-right of every page in e-Learning.

Last but not least, you should now have icons next to your tools in the left menu bar, which should make it easier to pick the tool you're looking for with just a glance.

Automatic Randomized Groups

Have you ever wished that you could randomly assign your students to groups that you could use in Discussions or Assignments? Well, in the new e-Learning upgrade, you can.

Random Group Options
Put your students into randomized groups in a matter of seconds.

Once you specify either the number of groups you want or the number of students you'd like in each group, the system will automatically split everyone up in just a matter of seconds.

Improved Roles and Permissions in Discussions

We've heard from many of you that you find the current interface for managing permissions in the Discussions tool to be somewhat confusing. In the new e-Learning upgrade, things just got a whole lot easier.

New Discussions Permissions
Now you can see permissions for all user roles at once.

You can now see all the different site roles all at once and customize everything all in one convenient place.

Would you like to have separate discussion topics for each of the groups you've set up in your course? We've automated this process to make things much smoother and faster.

Creating New Topics for Groups
In Summer 2013, e-Learning can set up duplicate discussion topics for each group you specify...and it will handle the permissions for you!

When you use this option, each group will get their own copy of the topic that only they can see and post in with no additional effort on your part. The days of manually creating a topic for each group are gone.

Submit As Student in the Assignment tool

Sometimes students have trouble submitting an assignment and they send their assignment to you either through the Mail tool, via email, or even with a thumb drive. Previously, you had no way to submit those assignments on behalf of the student. Now, at your discretion, you can choose to submit the assignment on behalf of the student.

Submit As Student
Instructors will not have the option to submit a paper as a particular student to get it into the system for grading.

Coming Soon!

Over the next few weeks we'll be updating this page with new features and information. Check back with us for more information as we get closer to launch!

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