May 27 2014

One Last Reminder Before the CoursePlus Merge: Supported Web Browsers

Tomorrow — Wednesday, May 28, 2014 — the new CoursePlus goes live. We've covered many of the changes in detail in other blog posts, but the fastest way to learn about what is new and different is this five minute video.

We also wanted to remind everyone that there are technical requirements for using CoursePlus, all of which are listed on the CTL Computing Requirements page. If you are still running Windows XP as your opertating system, you must use either Chrome or Firefox as your Web browser. Internet Explorer 8 (which many Windows XP systems still run) is not supported by CoursePlus. We stopped supporting Internet Explorer 8 back in January, 2012. While you could still access CoursePlus using IE8 with occasional problems, you will not be able to sign into the new CoursePlus with Internet Explorer 8. You will have to use an alternative (and more up-to-date and secure) browser.

0 comments - Posted by Brian Klaas at 8:50 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

May 22 2014

Change to the "Preview Quiz" Page in the Quiz Generator

When a faculty, TA or staff member previews a quiz in the online course system, they have two options to choose from: "Test the Quiz as a Faculty/TA/Staff member" and "Test the Quiz as a Student.” These two options are nearly identical, and the separate links were only added after we received feedback years ago from a handful of people who weren't sure what things would look like to students vs. faculty who were taking or testing a quiz.

The only functional difference between "Test the Quiz as a Faculty/TA/Staff member" and "Test the Quiz as a Student” on that page is that clicking the "Test the Quiz as a Faculty/TA/Staff member" link resets your attempt on the quiz every time, whereas the "Test the Quiz as a Student" link lets you pick up where you left off on a multi-access quiz. Even so, if you access a multi-access quiz on the "test as student" link, you're presented with the option to start over with a new copy anyway. There's no real difference between the two links.

As such, we have combined the "Test the Quiz as a Faculty/TA/Staff member" and "Test the Quiz as a Student” links on this page into a single link titled “Test the Quiz."

The single “Test the Quiz” link will act the same as the current "Test the Quiz as a Student” link in that if you access a multi-access quiz on the "Test as student" link, you're presented with the option to start over with a new copy anyway.

Posted by Brian Klaas at 8:10 AM - Categories: Course Tools | Online Courses

May 20 2014

If You Need Access to Your Old CoursePlus BBS After the Merge

The BBS tool in the current CoursePlus system is being replaced during the CoursePlus merge by a new Discussion Forum tool that has been in use in the online course system for two academic years. The data that exists in current CoursePlus BBS's will not be copied into the merged CoursePlus. The data will continue to exist in the old system, and will not be altered in any way.

There isn't a link to the old BBS system in the merged CoursePlus system. If you need this link for any reason, please contact CTL Help with the appropriate course number and they will get the correct link to you. Once you have this link, you will be able to access your old CoursePlus BBS just as you could before.

The old BBS system will be retired on September 1, 2014, and access to that system will be cut off after that time.

Posted by Brian Klaas at 9:17 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

May 9 2014

Reminder: Access to AY2012-2013 Course Sites Ends on May 23, 2014

The current CTL course access policy states that faculty, staff, and students have access to course websites for the current and previous academic years. The 2013-2014 academic year ends on Friday, May 23, 2014 — the day after convocation.

This means that access to courses in the 2012-2013 academic year will end on Friday, May 23, 2014. Students are strongly encouraged to download files and other information that they need from 2012-2013 academic year course sites before Friday, May 23, 2014. It will not be possible to access 2012-2013 academic year course sites after that time.

Posted by Brian Klaas at 2:04 PM - Categories: CoursePlus | Online Courses

May 7 2014

New Poll Everywhere Features

Attention Poll Everywhere users. Some new features have been introduced this past year that you may want to incorporate into your upcoming classes. Here are some highlights, along with instructions on how to implement.

  • Clickable image polls.  Clickable image polls allow you to ask your audience to respond by clicking or tapping the area of an image you upload.  You can use it for photographs, illustrations, charts etc. Test it out!
  • Graphical instructions for open-response polls. Sometimes your audience doesn’t quite get which code to put in front of their message. Or perhaps you want a dramatic unveiling of the responses. You want to show the poll question, but not the results until they’re all in.  Instructions.
  • HTML5 charts.  Improves PowerPoint reliability, better navigation between polls, customizable fonts, improved appearance on tablets and phones.  Instructions.
  • Scheduling polls to automatically start and stop. You can start and stop your polls at a time you schedule in advance. Instructions.

To see more new Poll Everywhere features, visit the website.

0 comments - Posted by Kathy Gresh at 11:22 AM - Categories: Tech Tools

May 6 2014

5-Minute Look at What's New and Different in CoursePlus for Faculty

The 5-minute video below provides an overview of what is new and different in the merged CoursePlus, and is targeted to faculty who have used CoursePlus in the past. Even if you only have two minutes to spare, just watch that long to see the new interface and get a sense of the major differences between the old and new systems.

Remember also that we previously posted a video on signing in and setting up a site in the new CoursePlus, so if you haven't watched that video yet, it's worth the two minutes and thirty-eight seconds of your time to watch that!


0 comments - Posted by Brian Klaas at 8:53 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

May 2 2014

The "Ongoing Feedback" Tool Will Not Be in the New CoursePlus

The current CoursePlus has an infrequently used tool called "Ongoing Feedback." This tool, used by a handful of courses, allows students in the class to give completely anonymous feedback at any time about the course. The student is asked to provide general, open-ended feedback about the course and the questions themselves cannot be changed by the faculty. This tool has not been particularly popular, and has been the source of occasional abusive comments by students.

The survey tool in CoursePlus is much more powerful and provides greater flexibility in getting feedback from students about the course. As such, the "Ongoing Feedback" is being dropped from the new CoursePlus and those interested in getting ongoing feedback from students are encouraged to use the survey tool to create custom, focused surveys instead.

0 comments - Posted by Brian Klaas at 8:37 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

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