Summer 2013 e-Learning Upgrade-Staging
From e-Learning Documentation
Giving You New Tools and Removing Old Frustrations
The New Learning Module Tool
Starting with the Summer 2013 e-Learning Upgrade, we'll be piloting a new tool that will hopefully make organizing course materials and directing student learning a lot easier. The new Learning Module tool gives you the ability to easily sequence content for your course. You can control access to pages in Learning Module by calendar date or even by requiring certain tasks.
Adding content to Learning Module is easy and intuitive. In addition to the Content Editor that you're already used to from other e-Learning tools, you can also embed YouTube videos just by copying the link into a text box, and you can upload documents, pictures, and videos just by selecting them from your local hard drive and uploading them.
Learning Module also integrates with the e-Learning tools you've already come to depend on. You can link to forum topics, quizzes, and assignments just by selecting them from the menus at the top of the tool.
New Question Types in Tests and Quizzes...And a Brand New Look!
The Tests and Quizzes tool has received a facelift that will hopefully make it easier to manage your assessments.
Your assessments are now divided into two separate tabs: Working Copies and Published Copies.
For those who use the Tests and Quizzes tool for survey data, the tool now has support for a survey matrix question type.
We're also really excited to be piloting calculated questions as a question type. Calculated questions will allow you to present students with questions that have the numbers randomized just for them so that each student can have a unique calculation.
Calculated questions aren't limited to just basic arithmetic. The system understands and supports trigonometry functions and even has built-in support for constants like pi.
Now you can add questions that require students to record audio answers, a feature that some of our language professors have been requesting. When the question comes up in an assessment, students are prompted to record their response in a popup window. Their response is saved with their quiz results for ease of grading.
Auto-Loading Rosters and Easy Publishing of Your Site
We're especially excited about this change because it's something that many of you have asked for. In Summer 2013, you will no longer have to associate a section roster with your course. Instead, your sections will be associated with your course when you request a new course site.
To ensure that students won't see your course before you're ready, your course will start out unpublished. However, we've also made it much easier to publish your course. In fact you can publish your course with just one mouse click.
When your course is unpublished, a notice will appear at the top left of every page. You can publish your course by clicking "Publish Now" from wherever you happen to be on your course site.
Greater Control over Mail Tool Permissions
The new Mail tool gives you the ability to set limits on who participants in your course site are allowed to send messages to.
This means that you can turn off the ability for students to send messages to all the participants in your course.