Feb 29 2016

Video Thumbnails During Lecture Playback

Video thumbnails are now displayed when you scrub across the video player timeline during playback of video in any CoursePlus site. This makes it easier to quickly scan through videos to look for individual sides or segements which may be of interest.

Screenshot of what video thumbnails look like during playback.

To bring up the video thumbnails, simply move your mouse over the video player timeline. As you move your mouse right or left, the thumbnail will change to show what is on the screen at that point in the video. Please note that if the video has not yet fully loaded, you may not be able to see thumbnails in the segments which have not yet fully loaded.

We hope that this small change makes for a more useful video watching experience in CoursePlus!

Posted by Brian Klaas at 10:43 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

Feb 15 2016

Report on Non-Participating Students in Online Courses

It's important for faculty, TAs and course coordinators in fully online courses to make sure that students are participating in the course on a regular basis. A lack of engagement in an online course is often an indicator of a struggling student, or a student who simply isn't interested in the course and may want to drop the course.

While CoursePlus has reports which show when a student last signed in to a course site, when a student watched or downloaded online course lectures, and when a student last posted to a course discussion forum, these reports are separate. There has been no single report which says "Show me students who haven't been active in the course site in the past week."

We just added that report to CoursePlus:

A report showing students who haven't participated in various course activities.

This report shows students who have not:

  • Logged into the course website in the past week
  • Posted to the discussion forum in the past week
  • Watched/downloaded any lectures in the past week
  • Attended any LiveTalks or watched any LiveTalk archives in the course

We hope that by more easily surfacing this data, and by limiting it to only the past seven days, faculty, TAs, and course coordinators will have an easy-to-read dashboard where they can look for students who may need individual attention or a simple reminder to remain active participants in the course.

0 comments - Posted by Brian Klaas at 7:30 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

Feb 2 2016

Portfolio Updates for the Third Term

Program administrators who are currently using the portfolio tool in CoursePlus have been an invaluable partner in helping to make that tool better. Based on their feedback, we've added the following features to the portfolio tool in CoursePlus:

  • Touchpoints can be configured to send an automated reminder to those students who have not completed the touchpoint up to 7 days before the touchpoint is due. 
  • A new report has been added which shows a grid view of all touchpoints, all students in a cohort, and an indicator of the status of student work on each touchpoint. 
  • "Students who have completed this touchpoint" is now shown on touchpoints where no advisor check-in is required on the the main administration page for a program. 
  • A "Past Touchpoints" tab has been added to the main administration page for a program. Past touchpoints are displayed in reverse chronological order. 
  • A "Program Coordinator" role has been added to the type of advisor roles someone can be assigned.
  • Advisors can now attach files to a reflection review.

Posted by Brian Klaas at 2:27 PM - Categories: CoursePlus

Jan 21 2016

Adding Online Lectures to On-Campus Class Sessions

Faculty who teach online courses have had the ability to add online lectures to on-campus class session listings for over a year. However, only one lecture from the same course with the same course number could be added to any given on-campus class session. We had a number of faculty ask us if they could add more than one lecture to one on-campus class session.

This is now possible in CoursePlus. Additionally, faculty who teach online can pull lectures from any of their online courses into any of their on-campus class sessions, even if the course numbers are not the same.

Adding online lectures to on-campus courses is done from the class sessions tool in your on-campus CoursePlus site. When you add or edit a class session, there's an option at the bottom of the page to pick the course and lecture(s) you want to include in a given class session.

Location of adding online lectures to on-campus sessions

We hope this provides additional flexibility to faculty who want to re-use their online lectures in their on-campus courses!

Posted by Brian Klaas at 11:13 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

Jan 19 2016

Update Bookmarks That Point to courseplus.jhsph.edu

In August, 2015, CoursePlus switched to its new domain name of courseplus.jhu.edu. Previously, it had been courseplus.jhsph.edu. Links inside of CoursePlus were all updated to reflect this change at that time, along with links in the School of Public Health main website and the my.jhsph.edu portal.

The introduction of JHED sign in for CoursePlus has shown us that many people are still using bookmarks and links which point to courseplus.jhsph.edu. If you are using a bookmark or link that contains courseplus.jhsph.edu, JHED sign in will not work. JHED sign in only works for the courseplus.jhu.edu domain. If you are using a bookmark or link that points to courseplus.jhsph.edu and try to sign in via JHED, it will appear that your JHED sign in is successful (because you used the correct JHED username and password), but you will not actually be signed in to CoursePlus and will be required to sign in yet again.

As such, it's important that you update any bookmarks or personal links to point to courseplus.jhu.edu. On May 22, 2016, the courseplus.jhsph.edu domain will cease to exist. This means that any bookmarks or personal links that point to courseplus.jhsph.edu will result in a "Server not found" message.

Posted by Brian Klaas at 12:36 PM - Categories: CoursePlus

Jan 6 2016

Change to the Display of Upcoming Schedule Dates on the Online Course Home Page

The "From the Course Schedule" box on an online course home page is designed to help you get a quick glance at items that are coming up on the course schedule, or items that are soon to be due. The problem with the current design of the "From the Course Schedule" box is that it mixes these two very different sets of information together, and it's not so easy to see what's coming up that is due.

We've revised the "From the Course Schedule" box on online course home pages so that "Upcoming Due Dates" are separated from (and displayed before) items that are "Opening Soon."

Course schedule box with due dates and opening soon items in separate categories.

This will hopefully provide greater clarity of this information and make it clearer when you have upcoming due dates!

Posted by Brian Klaas at 9:19 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

Dec 14 2015

Discussion Forum Grading Improvements

Faculty and TAs have long been able to set up a category in the discussion forum that's designated as a graded category, where individual student posts can be graded and those grades are automatically sent to the Gradebook. We've recently made a few changes to the grading process to make it easier for faculty and TAs to grade student posts.

Image of new discussion forum grading tools added in December 2015.

First, you can click on a link at the top of any topic in a graded category and the browser will scroll to the very first post that needs grading. This is a lot faster than hunting through a list of 30 or 50 posts to find a handful that still require grading.

Second, a list of all students who have not posted in that category is available and you can assign a zero/fail value to all students who have not posted in that category at once. This significantly speeds up grading when you have students who do not complete a graded discussion forum assignment.

Third, there's now a link at the top of any topic in a graded category that takes you to the Gradebook item for that graded discussion forum category. It's not a big deal, but it does save you a couple of clicks!

We hope these changes will make grading discussion forum categories even easier for you. If you have questions, please contact CTL Help!

Posted by Brian Klaas at 9:08 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

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