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Oct 13 2016

Portfolio Updates for the First Term

The team at the Center for Teaching and Learning responsible for CoursePlus works closely with the faculty and adminsitrative staff using portfolios in their degree programs. We get a lot of requests for enhancements and improvements to the portfolio, and we work hard to make as many of those requests happen. To that end, here's a list of changes we've made to the portfolio tool in the first academic term:

  • There is now a "Return to Student as Incomplete" workflow for touchpoints which require advisor approval. If an advisor marks a touchpoint as "Incomplete - Send Back to Student," the student is notified and can see the faculty feedback on the relevant touchpoint page. The student can then make adjustments and return the touchpoint to the advisor for additional review. A history of student reflections and advisor comments is displayed to both students and advisors.
  • Touchpoint display on the main student view has been modified so that if there are more than five (5) touchpoints in a program, only touchpoints that are due in the next 16 weeks (two academic terms) are shown, rather than all touchpoints at once. There is a button to show all touchpoints, grouped by academic year, at once. Any touchpoints that have a status of "Waiting for Student" or "Returned as Incomplete" are always shown.
  • The text of each reflection prompt has been removed from the main listing of touchpoints in a student portfolio. This makes the page significantly more readable.
  • The "All Touchpoint Completion for a Cohort" report for program administrators can now be exported to Excel.
  • If a student has set up a bio-sketch publishing view, a link to that bio-sketch is now also available in the program administrator when you look at students in a cohort.
  • When a student selects a level for a competency, a checkmark briefly appears next to that competency, indicating that it has been saved. 
  • Program admins can now filter the overall competency report by date, so that they can see how all students in the program self-rated on competencies at a specific point in time. 
  • Program admins can now hide the display of entire cohorts of students from faculty advisors.
  • The list of student advisees in the faculty advisor view is now grouped by cohort and cohort start year so that the most recent cohorts display first.
  • Expand/collapse buttons are available on list of student advisees in the faculty advisor view so that entire cohorts can be hidden or shown at once.
  • A link has been added to faculty self-service in SIS on the advisor dashboard page.
  • An individual no longer needs to have the default role of "Faculty of Record" in CoursePlus in order to be added as an advisor to a cohort.
  • The touchpoint type (Reflection/Task) has been removed from the main touchpoint view for students.
  • The time stamp on personal journal entries now displays in 12-hour format, instead of 24-hour.
  • Custom due dates now appear in the timeline view of a student portfolio, instead of the default due date for that touchpoint.

Posted by Brian Klaas at 4:00 PM - Categories: CoursePlus

Sep 28 2016

New Table Tools in the Rich Text Editor in CoursePlus

There's a powerful rich text editor used in many tools in CoursePlus. It's not quite the same as editing a document in Microsoft Word or Google Docs, but it provides a lot of formatting and media insertion options when creating text in CoursePlus. While this tool has had table editing tools for a long time, we heard from some faculty that they didn't know that they could add tables to text fields in CoursePlus, and that editing table layout and properties was just too hard.

We're pleased to announce that the rich text editor found throughout CoursePlus has an all-new, easily discoverable set of tools for creating tables!  The new tools make setting up a table, adding or deleting rows and columns, and merging rows and cells much easier:

Icons representing the new table tools in CoursePlus.

The new table tools can be found at the top of almost every rich text editor in CoursePlus. We hope you find them easier to use than before!

Posted by Brian Klaas at 10:15 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

Sep 23 2016

Important Notice about Safari 10 and LiveTalk


Safari 10 was released on Tuesday, September 20, and includes a significant change which affects attending LiveTalks.

By default, the Flash Player is turned off in Safari 10. It will appear to websites that Flash is simply not installed, and you will always get a message saying that you need to install the Flash Player — even if you have already installed the latest version of the Flash Player.

To enable Flash Player in Safari 10, you must do the following:

  1. In Safari, go to Preferences > Security
  2. Make sure that “Enable Plug-ins” is checked.
  3. Click “Plug-in Settings”
  4. Select “Adobe Flash Player” from the list. If Flash is not installed, it will not appear in the list of available plug-ins. 
  5. Once enabled the plug-in is enabled by clicking the checkbox next to "Adobe Flash Player," set the “When visiting other websites” option at the bottom of the screen to either “Ask” or “On.”

You can add specific websites (i.e.; only) to this screen, so that Flash is only allowed to run on specific websites and not everywhere, but the website must be open in your web browser at the time.

If you need help making this change, please contact CTL Help!

Posted by Brian Klaas at 9:35 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

Previous Posts

Sep 6

Cleaning Up the Syllabus Builder Interface

Posted by Brian Klaas at 11:05 AM - Categories: CoursePlus |

Aug 29

Vastly Improved Printing of the Syllabus

Posted by Brian Klaas at 11:16 AM - Categories: CoursePlus |

Aug 24

Recording and Notes from "What's New in CoursePlus AY16-17"

Posted by Brian Klaas at 4:07 PM - Categories: CoursePlus |

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