March 2019 Release

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Activity Feed, Assignments, New Content Experience (Lessons), Rubrics

Activity Feed – Daylight changes to attachment icons | Updated

The icons used to attach content to Activity Feed posts have been updated.

Assignments – Annotate learner submissions | New

Instructors can now use the built-in annotation toolbar in Assignments to provide contextual feedback with highlighting, free hand drawing, shapes, and associated commenting. This allows instructors to complete all their evaluation and feedback work directly in Assignments, without the need to use any external tools or applications. Annotations remain editable until the feedback is published by the instructor. If instructors want to add additional feedback after publishing, they can update the annotations and re-publish them.

Assignments – Improvements in Assignments | Updated

This feature includes the following improvements:

  • Learners can now submit .cs file types as assignment submissions.
  • The Publish All Feedback on Anonymized Assignment Submission permission has been renamed to Publish All Feedback on Assignments. When the permission is turned on for the instructor role, instructors can publish draft assignment feedback in bulk by clicking Publish All Feedback.

Lessons – Enhanced Content experience for learners | New

To offer a more streamlined and intuitive interface, the new Content experience (Lessons) has been significantly updated for learners. It includes the following:

  • Enhanced table of contents
    The new table of contents allows the learner to explore all available content within the course. At any time, the learner can choose an available module to view, and isn’t forced to view modules in a specific sequence. The table of contents also provides details on the learner’s progress in course modules, helping them see the completion status of topics in each module and easily identify which modules they haven’t started. The table of contents page also includes a Continue tile, allowing the learner to quickly resume from where they last finished viewing content.
  • Full screen viewer for content
    When a learner decides what they want to view, clicking a module or topic displays the item in a full screen viewer, allowing them to focus exclusively on the content, free from distractions in the interface. At any time, the learner can easily return to the table of contents view or display a panel to navigate within the module.
  • Completion tracking
    New to the Content experience for learners, completion tracking allows a learner to see their overall completion of each module in the course, as well as completion of individual topics. Completion tracking information is visible from the table of contents view and navigation panel in the full screen view.
  • End of module experience
    When a learner reaches the end of each module, a dynamic page congratulates them on their achievement or reminds them about incomplete content topics, providing the option to return to the table of contents.

Rubrics – Rubric icon criteria changed | Updated

The checked rubric icon now displays only when a rubric has been fully scored by the instructor. Previously, the checked rubric icon displayed for partially or fully scored rubrics. The unchecked rubric icon displays when a rubric is unscored, or partially scored to provide instructors and learners with more visual information about the status of the rubric.

Rubrics – Override criteria scores before selecting a level | Updated

Instructors can now enter a score for a criterion on a points-based rubric before clicking on a level within the rubric. Previously, an instructor could only manually enter a score after selecting a level.