Summer 2013 e-Learning Upgrade-Staging

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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.

Learning Module release settings
In Learning Module, you control how students unlock content on your site.

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 adding multimedia content
Adding a YouTube video to a Learning Module page is as simple as just pasting in the link. No need to copy any HTML code!

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.

Test and Quizzes integration with Learning Module
Learning Module integrates with the e-Learning tools you're already using in your course.

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.

New Tests and Quizzes tabs
Tests and Quizzes now divides your assessments into two separate tabs, based on whether the assessment has been published or not.

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.

Survey matrix question type
With the survey matrix question type, you can collect survey data in Tests and Quizzes that shows a range of possible values.

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 in action
With calculated questions, you can allow the system to generate unique questions for your students to solve.

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.

Audio Recorder screenshot
Instructors can require students to record audio answers in the new version of Tests and Quizzes.

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.

Easy publish link
When your course is unpublished, this notice appears at the top corner of every page. Just click "Publish Now" to publish your course.

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 control who participants in your course site are allowed to send messages to.

New Mail tool permissions
With the new Mail tool permission settings, you can control who participants 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.

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