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Aug 9 2017

Pulling the Peer Assessment Tool for a While

Peer Assessments have been available in CoursePlus for the past couple of years. To be honest, though, the tool has never been particularly stable. In half the courses that used the Peer Assessment tool, the peer assessment would go off without a hitch (provided, of course, that the peer assessment was set up properly). In the other half, though, some kind of manual intervention by the team in Center for Teaching and Learning was required. That's not the kind of experience that we want faculty, TAs, and students to have.

After long discussions within the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), we've decided to pull the Peer Assessment tool from CoursePlus for the next few months for a lot of under-the-hood retooling. We're focusing on making the tool completely reliable, requiring no manual intervention by CTL team members — the kind of experience you've rightfully come to expect from all the tools in CoursePlus. There are also performance optimizations around reporting in the Peer Assessment tool that we plan to make because no one gets upset when an application runs faster.

This change most directly affects first and second term courses in the 2017-2018 academic year. CTL instructional desigers have reached out to affected fauclty. If you have not been contacted by a CTL instructional designer and are using the Peer Assessment tool in the first or second academic term, please contact CTL Help right away. We'll connect you with an instructional designer who can work with you on equally effective alternatives.

Posted by Brian Klaas at 2:52 PM - Categories: CoursePlus

Aug 7 2017

Drop Boxes for Specific Course Groups

Over the past academic year, we received a number of requests to allow course Drop Boxes to be visible to and submittable by specific groups of students. This lets administrators set up a Drop Box only for those students in the "DrPH Program" group in a site, or faculty to only allow the groups "Presentation - Sustainable Cities" and "Presentation - Built Environment" to submit to a specific course Drop Box. 

To create a Drop Box that can only be seen by specific groups of students, you first have to set up a group (or groups) in the Course Groups tool. Once you do that, the list of course groups appears when you create or edit a Drop Box:

The option to limit a Drop Box to select course groups.

You can select one or more course groups to have access to the Drop Box. Only the students in the selected groups will see the Drop Box on the Drop Boxes page in the class website, and only the students in the selected groups can to submit files to that Drop Box.

We hope that this new feature makes Drop Boxes and CoursePlus even more flexible! If you have questions about this new feature, please contact CTL Help.

Posted by Brian Klaas at 9:02 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

Jul 10 2017

An "Exam Dates" Section in Your Syllabus

The School of Public Health frequently surveys students about their experiences during their graduate degree programs. One piece of feedback that has come up repeatedly in these surveys is a desire by students to know the dates of the midterm and, especially, final exams before the term begins. This gives students the opportunity to plan ahead for the coming term and hopefully avoid taking a course load that puts multiple final exams on the same day.

To help facilitate this process, the JHSPH Committee on Academic Standards asked the CoursePlus team to add a recommended "Exam Dates" section to the Syllabus Builder tool. We've done that:

The exam dates section highlighted in the "New Section" drop-down.

When you click on the "+ New Section" button in the Syllabus Builder, you'll see a pre-made section for "Exam Dates." You can enter your exam dates and students can see this information before they register for courses, enabling them to better plan their academic schedules.

Posted by Brian Klaas at 12:12 PM - Categories: CoursePlus

Previous Posts

Jun 6

Logging of Quiz Setup Changes

Posted by Brian Klaas at 8:23 AM - Categories: CoursePlus |

May 12

Reminder: Access to AY15-16 Courses Ends May 31, 2017

Posted by Brian Klaas at 9:06 AM - Categories: CoursePlus |

May 10

Display and Open Discussion Forum Categories on a Specific Date

Posted by Brian Klaas at 9:04 AM - Categories: CoursePlus |

May 1

CoursePlus Outage on May 1, 2017

Posted by Brian Klaas at 9:20 AM - Categories:

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