What's New

Release Notes (2017-04-13; v2.0.97)

Ryan Richins
  • Agilix team member

A round-up of all improvements and changes to the Buzz platform in version 2.0.97, available on April 13, 2017.


As previously announced, we updated the way activity ordering is managed in the Teacher Editor > Weights tab.

Previously, teachers could reorder individual activities by using up and down arrows or dragging them to the desired location; this could cause confusion at times because the order differed from what teachers would see in the Editor > Syllabus tab and from what students would see.  

To simplify the user experience, these arrows have been removed, and moving forward:

  1. Teachers can still filter the activities by category.
  2. Teachers can still change activity categories by dragging them to the desired category.
  3. Activities on this screen reflect, by default, the order set up in the Editor > Syllabus tab within each category. Changes made to ordering on this screen do not impact the ordering in the Editor > Syllabus tab.

This change impacts ordering in the following tools:

  • Teacher Performance > Gradebook > Category view: The activities listed in this screen now reflect their order in the Editor > Syllabus within their assigned categories.
  • Student Performance > Grades > Periods and Categories view: The activities in this screen now reflect their order in the teacher's Editor > Syllabus within their assigned categories or periods.

Additional updates in the release include the following:

  • Custom Questions are automatically graded as zero if no student response is provided and the question does not provide a score.
  • MathJax, the provider of the mathematics notation in Buzz, has announced that they will be shutting down their content delivery network (CDN). Buzz is now using an alternative CDN to continue to offer MathJax content. No changes are required for an end-user; however, if your campus's firewall requires whitelisting websites (e.g., MathJax) for being accessed, then the new CDN will need to be added to continue to use MathJax content: https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/mathjax/ .

Fixed issues

In this release, we:

  • Made many updates to the Teacher and Admin apps to improve accessibility for users with a visual impairment. While many of the updates were under-the-hood, users may notice improved keyboard navigation throughout multiple tools and slight style changes to selected and focused buttons and menu options.
  • Fixed an issue that would hide expander icons when linking questions in assessments and practices question activities.
  • Fixed an issue that kept the Default value provided for boolean Question Metadata from being preserved in Domain Settings.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented a admin proxying as a teacher to view a student's accommodations.
  • [Firefox] Improved assessment rendering in Firefox.
  • [Chrome] Fixed an issue that would cause the Choose File button to disappear at times when using the Attach evidence file feature in Clipboard > Badges.
  • Updated the Attach File activity, so that users are required to attach a file before they can save the activity.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the partial score field in questions to default to 1 instead of 0.
  • Updated the Activity Grader footer to use recognize group filters when showing grade summaries.
  • Fixed an issue that was keeping users from copying and/or linking rubrics from the Digital Library.
  • Fixed an issue that caused rubrics on assessment essay questions to always appear with non-actionable rubrics. Now, if you define a new-style rubric for an essay question, it correctly renders in the Grade Editor with clickable cells to assign points and with the appropriate rubric headers.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause Clever SSO to be removed when saving Domain Settings.

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