Summer 2013 e-Learning Upgrade-Staging
From e-Learning Documentation
Providing You With Greater Flexibility and More Options
Greater Control of Turnitin Options in Assignments
If you use Turnitin in your e-Learning course, you will definitely benefit from some new options that enable you to specify exactly how you'd like use Turnitin's features.
You now have the option to specify that you don't wish for student papers to be stored in the Turnitin central repository, and you can also specify the types of sources you'd like Turnitin to compare student submissions against.
Grading and Setting Up Discussions
In the new version of e-Learning, grading discussions is much more flexible. When you select "Grade" from the "More" menu item next to every forum and topic, the system displays the new Statistics and Grading page.
[Screenshot of Statistics and Grading page]
If you haven't specified a default gradebook item when you created a forum topic, you'll see a red Grade icon on the right-hand side. When you click on that Grade icon, the system displays a pop-up menu where you can enter a grade for that particular student in the gradebook item of your choice. This enables you to have the option of grading students into different gradebook items from the same discussion topic.
The Discussions tool now includes a new setting to require your students to post something before reading any of the other posts in that forum.
[Screenshot of student post-before-read warning. Caption: When a student tries to read posts before they've posted their own submission, they'll see this alert.]
It's now easier than ever to copy a discussion forum or topic. Under the more, link, just select the Duplicate option, and you'll get a new copy of that forum or topic, saving you some mouse clicks and typing.
New Gradebook Options
The Gradebook tool has added some interesting features for excluding some grades from your course grade calculation. You can chose to drop the lowest grades, keep highest grades, or even drop the highest grades for a gradebook category. You specify the number of items you want to drop or keep, allowing you a great deal of flexibility in your gradebook calculations.
In Gradebook 2, UFID is now displayed as a column, and we've improved the import/export process to understand files with UFIDs and section numbers.
Connecting with Other Users via My Workspace
In the new e-Learning upgrade, you'll be able to write on other users' profile walls, just as you're used to on Facebook and other social media.
We've made some big improvements to the Profile search, making it easier to find other users by name, email, or even common interests. Once you find the person you're looking for, you can even send an email to their UF business email, right from the search results.