What's New

Release Notes (2015-07-23; v2.0.7)

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Brad Marshall
  • Agilix team member
A round-up of all improvements and changes to the Buzz platform in version 2.0.7, available on July 23, 2015.

In this version of Buzz:

Table of Contents

Enhancements

Activities

Assessment (Student)

Assessment clock

Assessments have been improved to not display the time spent, by default, for non-timed assessments. To display the time spent, simply toggle the clock button. Similarly, users can hide the timer, which displays remaining time, for timed assessments by toggling the time or hour-glass button. This can help reduce student anxiety when taking assessments that do not have a time restriction.

Curriculum Map

Curriculum Map course search

When an administrator navigates to the Curriculum Map tool, they are now presented with an additional option to search for a course in their currently logged-in domain. This makes it quick and fast to find a course in the domain without knowing the course ID. If it is a course you regularly edit, then consider bookmarking the page once you open up the course you want in the Curriculum Map.

Insufficient Rights (Teacher)

Curriculum Map insufficient rights

The Curriculum Map has been improved to properly notify teachers if they do not have rights to edit a course. If a teacher attempts to navigate to a Curriculum Map for a course that they do not have any editing permissions, they will see a message indicating that they do not have the rights. Additionally, for teachers that have no editing rights for any of their courses will not see the Curriculum Map tool in the Main Menu.

Home (Administrator)

Gradebook Reports

Gradebook Reports

Introducing Gradebook Reports! Gradebook Reports allow administrators to export performance data about course items, periods, and categories. This information can easily be imported into your favorite data analysis tool (i.e., Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets) to determine action items.

For items, the user can choose to view time spent, scores, and/or failed & unsubmitted numbers per item. Additionally, the user could select Get All Data to return the mentioned data and much more.

For periods and categories, the user can choose to view time spent or scores per period and category. Additionally, the user could select Get All Data to return the mentioned data and much more.

Mastery Reports

Mastery Reports

Introducing Mastery Reports! Mastery Reports allow administrators to export performance data about course learning objectives. This information can easily be imported into your favorite data analysis tool (i.e., Excel, Google Sheets) to determine action items.

The user can choose which enrollments to be included in the report by using the Date Range or All Current date filters. If Date Range is selected, any enrollment that began or ended during the range will be aggregated into the report. If All Current is selected, then only enrollments that are active when the report is executed will be aggregated.

The user can choose to view how many times a learning objective is covered, student proficiency, and/or score per learning objective. Additionally, the user could select Get All Data to return the mentioned data and much more.

General (All)

Modal Window

Modal window

There are some times when a user views content in a pop-up window, called a modal. For example, clicking on an announcement in the To-Do List will display the announcement on the page without opening up a new window. We have improved the usability of these modals to maximize the size of the content. Now, when the modal contains a lot of content, the user will always have access to view the modal title on the top and the action buttons on the bottom. The content, still in the middle, is scrollable allowing everything to be quickly understood and accessible.

Performance (Teacher)

Gradebook

Grade Details for wiki

Grading wiki activities have been improved to display the edit history of every page within the wiki by the selected user in the Grade Detail. Since users can create multiple pages within each wiki, being able to view the revision history is helpful for evaluating user performance or to identify significant contributions.

Tool Navigation

Tool navigation

The Performance tool's navigation has been improved to increase teacher efficiency. Now, when a teacher is drilling down into any information, they can always select the tool button (i.e., Gradebook, Mastery, Unit Summary, For Me) to return to the top level of the selected tool.

Fixed Issues

Activities

Assessment: Autosave (Student)

When an assessment is submitted, the application will not attempt to autosave the questions.

Previously, even after submitting the assessment, assessments would still attempt to auto-save the questions when viewing the assessment results.

Assessment: Multiple Choice Questions (Student)

A user is able to select any of the options (radio buttons) in a multiple choice question.

Previously, under specific circumstances, a user was only able to select the first option in a multiple choice question.

Assignment (Student)

When opening a dropbox for an assignment, the dropbox opens large enough to display all available options.

Previously, the dropbox would not open enough to view all options, but rather the user had to scroll within the minified view.

Course Home (Student)

The line separating the course grade and title from the Last Visited, Continue Working, and Up Next items is now the same color as the course color.

Previously, the color of the line was the same as the color of the theme.

Discussion: Attachments (Student/Teacher)

When a user attaches multiple documents with the same file name, Buzz will store each attachment as a unique file allowing for individual file access.

Previously, files with the same attachment name would overwrite each other. This was particularly challenging for users on an iOS device (i.e., iPad) where file names could not be renamed and the system treated each upload as the same file name.

Discussion: Equations (Student/Teacher)

When a user attempts to insert an equation into a discussion thread, it now displays and saves properly.

Previously, inserting an equation would cause an error to display and the equation would not be saved.

When a user selects a course link in an item description that has been specified to open in a new window, it will display in a pop-up modal window.

Previously, when selecting one of these course links in an item description, the window would not open.

Clipboard (Teacher)

Activities

When using the Gradebook Settings in the Activities tab of the Clipboard tool, the dropdown boxes and other input methods are properly sized.

Previously, when editing Gradebook Settings on a smaller device (i.e., Chromebook), some of the options were too small.

General (All)

Connection Error

When a Chromebook (computer) wakes-up, Buzz will check to see if the authentication is still valid, and if not, will prompt for a password.

Previously, Chromebooks and some browsers would not properly alert Buzz that it is awake to check for authentication.

Google Drive

When attempting to view a Google Drive file that requires authentication, the user properly sees message that informs them that they must be logged in.

Previously, if a user was not authenticated the screen would be blank and would not inform the user to authenticate.

Home (Parent)

Activity Stream

When the parent or observer only has student enrollments to observe, the Activity Stream will be hidden. To view the Activity Stream for an enrollment, the user must observe the student's user account, not just their enrollments.

Previously, when a user only observed enrollments, an error would be displayed in place of the Activity Stream indicating the user was denied access.

People (Teacher)

Column Sorting

When a user sorts by a column where students do not have some data, all data that is present will be sorted properly.

Previously, if some students did not have some enrollment data for the particular column, they would be displayed in an incorrect order.

Performance

For Me (Teacher)

When using the Gradebook Settings in the For Me tool, the dropdown boxes and other input methods are properly sized.

Previously, when editing Gradebook Settings on a smaller device (i.e., Chromebook), some of the options were too small.

Gradebook: Grade Details (Teacher)

When viewing Grade Details in a modal, the content properly wraps so the user does not need to scroll horizontally.

Previously, under some circumstances the content would force the user to scroll to view the submission.

Gradebook: Label (Teacher)

When navigating through the Gradebook (i.e., Final Grades, student details, item details) the back button has the label "Gradebook."

Previously, the back button label was "Grades," which was not the correct title of the screen the user would return to.

Grades (Student)

When viewing Grade Details in a modal, the content properly wraps so the user does not need to scroll horizontally.

Previously, under some circumstances the content would force the user to scroll to view the submission.

Mastery (Teacher)

When selecting students from the Mastery screen, the user can now add the students to the Clipboard.

Previously, once students were selected the user was unable to add them to the Clipboard.

Unit Summary (Teacher)

The spacing of the table has been adjusted to better display graphs when little content is available in the folder. Specifically, each column's content is left-aligned, allowing for better usability.

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