Our team has been busy helping our clients successfully launch their courses for the start of a new term.
Our primary focus has been supporting last minute content edits and making small adjustments to our processes and tools. We’re making the semester as smooth an experience for students and instructors as possible, particularly for those who use their LMS as a grade book.
Despite the fact that we’ve spent the last few weeks tweaking our system to support faster course deployments, we have found the time for a few new improvements to our View Student Work feature and to our billing system.
Before we go into those improvements, however, let’s focus on some of the work we’ve been doing with grade books.
Grade book fixes
The Acrobatiq grade books have been getting a workout since classes launched at the start of the month. As a part of our back-to-school effort, we’ve tweaked our grade book integration tools to better support students and instructors.
Last month, we introduced a grade book integration for users of the D2L LMS. That integration allows instructors to easily combine grades from D2L with Acrobatiq’s grade book. Previously, if an instructor used D2L’s grade book for work done outside Acrobatiq’s courseware, that instructor ended up with two grade books: D2L’s and Acrobatiq’s, and had to combine those two grade books manually. Last month’s feature allows the two grade books to integrate automatically.
Much of our work this month has supported that new feature, along with integrations with other learning management systems. For example, grade book syncing can now be disabled, and scored assessments now appear in both the table of contents and in the grade book. The grade book also now aligns with the skills graph.
View student work
Earlier this month we fixed a bug in our View Student Work mode, which allows instructors to see all the work a student has done in a course. Our platform does this by allowing instructors to “impersonate” the student.
The problem? The impersonation was too good. The platform was treating the instructors in View Student Work mode as actual students, barring them from certain areas off-limits to students — for example, recently turned-in student assignments or modules not yet scheduled to be available to students.
This was a problem for instructors who were in View Student Work mode to view recently-turned-in assignments. This problem has been resolved. Instructors can now both impersonate a student to see the course as they do, and also view an entire course and all assignments.
Improved email receipts
After students pay for enrollment in a course, they now receive an email with more detailed information about their payment.
Students who pay for enrollment in our courses have always received an email to confirm their enrollment and share their transaction ID. This improvement, however, makes that email more like a receipt, including the amount that was paid.
This improvement makes it easier for students who use email to keep a record of their expenses.
That’s it for September’s fixes and improvements to our platform. Expect to see more this fall.
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