While many Acrobatiq users are working hard on fall term courses, we are kicking off October with several improvements to the platform.
Among other changes, students can now find all their quiz and human-graded assignments on their table of contents, and authors can see at a glance which elements are shared across courses.
Other fixes eliminate decimal points in grading and improve the rubric and hand-in assignment interfaces.
Let’s start with the most exciting improvement, which improves the user experience for students.
An easy way for students to view grades
Good news for students eager to get see their grade on a project: learners can now view instructor responses to human-graded assignments directly from the Table of Contents.
Previously, students were able to see their grades on computer-scored assessments like quizzes from the Table of Contents, but not human-scored work.
This update will display the grade given to learners by their instructors, and, if the student clicks on that assessment, the Table of Contents will also display the instructor’s feedback. Students no longer need to go looking for that grade; it’s all in one place now.
(By the way, an earlier article gives a more detailed explanation of how machine-graded and human-graded rubric-based assignments work together in an adaptive learning platform.)
Several improvements to human-graded assignments
On the administrative side, human-graded assignments can no longer be released to students without an attached rubric because the grading rubric is an integral part of these assignments.
A second improvement is that Instructors who use our human-graded assignment feature can now save their progress while scoring an assignment, and return to grading later.
Conversely, students who attach work to hand-in assignments and navigate away from the page before it’s submitted can now correctly submit their work when they return. A few students who’d inadvertently navigated away from the page before work was submitted, found themselves unable to submit work after returning to the page. This bug has been resolved.
Instructors may also notice they can no longer use decimals when scoring or creating rubrics. The rubric works more effectively with whole numbers, and so the ability to use decimal points has been removed.
One last rubric improvement: rubrics now automatically update percentages for point distribution when pieces were added and removed. For example, if a rubric has four elements, each counting for 25 percent of a student’s grade, when one element is removed, the other three will automatically count for 33 percent of the grade.
For Course Authors: Pages now list every course in which they appear
Course authors who are editing pages or assessments can now see, at a glance, which courses include those pages. This will be a big help for course designers who use the same quizzes across different courses and who may want to change assessments for one course while leaving the other alone.
For example, one statistics quiz might be in two courses: one for majors and one for non-majors.
If the author wants to tailor the one for non-majors — for example by removing calculus questions the students don’t have the prerequisite learning for — the author has to copy the quiz and make a new version while leaving the the old version the same for majors.
Previously, designers had to check each course blueprint manually to see if an assessment was shared. If a designer forgot to check, occasionally they would run into problems — the quiz would be changed for non-majors, and calculus would disappear from the quiz in both courses.
Now those two course blueprints — major and nonmajor — are listed at the top of the page, to remind the author that the exact same assessment is used in both.
Course authors can no longer create hints in questions for quizzes. The platform doesn’t display hints during summative assessments, which had created some confusion among course creators, since Smart Author allowed authors to create hints. This ability has been removed.
Lastly, for clients who charge students through Acrobatiq, our drop-down menu of credit card expiration dates has been extended from 2020 to 2030.
That’s it for v.2.0.19. Check back in a few weeks for more features and improvements to our platform.
For more information on Acrobatiq’s platform or Smart Author, feel free to contact us. We’re eager to hear more about how you are using adaptive learning.