We’ve been rolling out a lot of new features lately, including ways to integrate human-graded assignments into your data and a pre-assessment function.
This week’s biggest new feature is the Readiness Report, a function that will allow reviewers to more easily check a course for errors before you publish the course for students. We’ve also improved Getting Ready by incorporating a personalized assessment, creating a way for certain users to upload courses in bulk, and allowing instructors to reset passwords for students.
Introducing the Readiness Report
Until now, courses could only be checked by human eyes: an author creates a course, adds all the media, writes all the content and the assignments, and tags all the assessments to skills. Then a reviewer, or team of reviewers, goes through that course page by page to make sure it’s ready to be rolled out to the students. It’s tedious work, and mistakes can slip through.
To cut down on those human errors, we’ve created the Readiness Report. Smart Author users can now perform checks on their course content to make sure it’s complete, accurately tagged, and ready for students. Think of it as Spellcheck for your courses: you run a course through the Readiness feature, and it lists all the possible mistakes in a project.
Possible mistakes include placeholders left on pages within a course, misalignment between the learning objectives tagged on a page and the questions asked on that page, missing media, questions with no correct answer or more than one correct answer, and pages without any tags to learning objectives at all.
This feature will save users of our platform grief. No longer will they have to call support to make changes to a running course because students have discovered an error that reviewers missed.
While these fixes are helpful, the primary goal of this update is to make sure all of a course’s questions are tagged. Courses created using the Acrobatiq platform are designed to collect data about student learning. If questions aren’t tagged appropriately to learning objectives, instructors won’t get the appropriate data. If skills aren’t tied to learning objectives, the instructor’s dashboard will appear to be blank. The job of the Readiness Report is to ensure any untagged questions will be caught before the a course goes live.
Currently, the Readiness Report has been given a limited release. Once this feature is refined, we will make it available to all our clients, likely in the fall.
“Getting Ready” is getting better
In our last update, we talked about the Getting Ready feature, which tests the abilities and competencies of students before they begin a unit in a course.
This week’s release improves on that feature.
To review, Getting Ready allows content authors to create prerequisite tests for learners. A student starting a new unit or course designed using this feature will be offered a brief battery of questions, one at a time, to assess their readiness for the unit.
If the student answers those questions correctly and demonstrates they’ve mastered the prerequisites, they will be allowed to move directly into the unit. If not, the platform will create a new module for them, containing content that will help students brush up on the subject matter they need to know before starting the unit.
This week’s update adds to that feature, offering a quiz at the end of the Getting Ready module that tests learners on only the material for which they received remediation before they are allowed to move on to the main unit.
Previously, if a course author chose to offer a summative quiz, students were quizzed on all the remedial material available — even questions they tested out of on the initial test. This update will offer a quiz that, like the remedial material itself, is tailored to the learner’s needs.
Password reset, bulk upload and more
We now have a password-reset option for students: instructors can help learners reset passwords. This update allows students who do not have email addresses to obtain temporary passwords from their instructors. Those temporary passwords enable students to log in once and reset their passwords.
For institutions that don’t have partners with an LMS but also want control over course creation and registration, we’ve added a new feature. Partners now have the ability to bulk-upload and manage courses and accounts. This feature, like the Readiness Report, is also in limited release.
In our previous update, we introduced a searchable Smart Author home page. Now we’ve added an improvement to that feature so the search function is no longer case-sensitive.
For more information on Acrobatiq’s platform or Smart Author, feel free to contact us. We’d love to hear from you.