(This list is not all-inclusive. It only shows those changes that will impact faculty the most. The date the updates will take place changes from month to month. You can expect the following updates to be in place by the end of the month.)
Announcements – Link directly to an announcement
This feature allows instructors to link directly to individual announcements by using the Insert Quicklink button from the HTML Editor. It simplifies the process of referencing announcements and bringing them to the attention of learners.
Assignments – Assignment submission email notifications
When instructors create or edit an assignment submission folder, they can now fill in a Notification Email field in the Properties tab. This allows instructors to receive email notification when a new submission is uploaded, and helps instructors manage folder submissions and perform grading on recently submitted assignments.
Grades – Grade book workflow and updated calculations for exemptions
Instructors can now use an exemption as a reason why a learner has not completed a grade item. Previously, a blank grade could mean the learner hasn’t submitted the item, and a zero (0) could mean either exempt, ungraded, or failure. Having a specific exemption setting supports the differentiation for learners. Instructors can now exempt numeric, selectbox, pass/fail, calculated, formula, and text item types; however, instructors cannot exempt a learner from a final calculated grade or a final adjusted grade.
When an instructor exempts a grade item for a learner, the following pages are affected:
- Instructor pages: Enter Grades, Grade User, Grade Category, Grade Item, Import Preview.
- Learner pages: My Grades.
- User Progress: Summary and Grades tabs.
- Grade Category and Grade User pages display exemptions, but do not support adding or removing exemptions.
Grades – Exempted grade item effects on release conditions
Instructors can set release conditions to provide new content to learners after a particular grade item is complete. Since Grade Exemptions do not count as completed grade items nor do they count as incomplete grade items, there are two release conditions that are affected by exemptions:
- Grade value on grade item
- No grade received
These release items now respect the exemption and do not trigger on the presence of a grade exemption.
Grades – Show exempted grade items in Class Progress
Exempted grades appear in the Grades tab on a learner’s User Progress page, but do not appear in the Grades section of the Summary Tab or the bar graph for received grades at the top of both Grades sections.