What's New

Release Notes (2015-08-06; v2.0.9)

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Brad Marshall
  • Agilix team member
A round-up of all improvements and changes to the Buzz platform in version 2.0.9, available on August 6, 2015.

In this version of Buzz:

Table of Contents

Enhancements

Activities

Assessment [Student]

In assessments, the text input fields and dropdown menus were previously displayed as blank lines. They now inherit the default browser's styling for those features to better indicate how the user should complete them. This improves usability greatly as users are familiar with these styles and how to interact with them.

Course Home [Student/Teacher]

Students are now provided a message for the selected course on the Course Home page. Teachers can change this message at any time to suit course and student needs.

Wiki: Edit [Teacher]

Teachers can now participate in wiki creation and editing with students.

Wiki: New Page [Student/Teacher]

Students and teachers can now add pages to wikis using the newly added New Page button. This gives user the opportunity to build more robust wikis easily.

Curriculum Map [Teacher/Administrator]

Landing Page Content

From the Curriculum Map course settings panel, teachers can now add a message to each course. This message is displayed to students on the Course Home page. Teachers can revise this message at any time to suit course needs; for example, teachers might use the space to summarize the entire course or they might use the space to provide weekly updates. Similarly, teachers can also edit the message from the Course Home.

General [All]

Modal Window

We have improved modal windows to allow a user to close the modal without the need to scroll to the bottom of the window. The user can simply click the close button at the top of the modal or click off of it. This change makes it easier for a user to interact with all modals.

Additionally, for most content types, modals will grow the size of the content. The user will simply scroll to view all of the content. This improves cross-device and -browser compatibility.

Rich Text Editor

We have changed the Insert Equation button from a calculator icon to an equation icon. This eliminates icon repetition, as the calculator icon is used elsewhere.

People [Teacher]

Group Management

Teachers can now delete a newly generated group set instead of only selecting save.

Performance

Gradebook Reports [Teacher]

Introducing Gradebook Reports for teachers! Gradebook Reports allow teachers 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.

Gradebook [Teacher]

When using the Grade Editor within a modal, the width of the modal adjusts to the device's screen size. This lets users take advantage of their full screen when working with the editor.

Grades [Student]

When viewing Grade Details for a specific activity, students can now review their Submission History for that activity and Analytics, which indicates how they performed on that activity in relationship to their peers.

Mastery Reports [Teacher]

Introducing Mastery Reports for teachers! Mastery Reports allow teachers 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.

Student Reports [Teacher]

Introducing Student Reports for teachers! Student Reports allow teachers to export performance data about students. 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 course or student selectors. If Current Course is selected, it will return all student enrollments from the course that is being viewed. If All Courses is selected, it will return all student enrollments from of the teacher's courses. If Student (Current Course) is selected, it will return only the searched for student's enrollment data. If Student (All Courses) is selected, then the teacher can search for a student from all courses and each of those students' enrollments data will be retrieved, as long as the teacher has permission.

The user can add dates to compare historical data for the enrollments. For example, for each date specified, the user will see what the data was on that date. This allows for a user to identify student trends.

The user can choose filters to limit the data returned. Additionally, the user could select Get All Data to return the mentioned data and much more.

Fixed Issues

General [All]

Confirmation Dialog

Links within a confirmation dialog will inherit the color of the theme.

Previously, these links had no distinction and could easily be overlooked.

Course Chooser

The Course Chooser now has a dropdown arrow to match other dropdowns in the Buzz app.

Login

Any extra spaces added before or after a username or password will be removed.

Rich Text Editor

Each time a user inserts a link, the URL value will be reset.

Previously, it would memorize the previously used URL which could cause some confusion.

Home

Course Cards [Student]

Student grades now display 0% unless a weighted activity is graded.

Previously, if only extra credit had been applied, the score would display as "infinity%."

Mastery Reports [Administrator]

Previously, the Mastery Reports exported CSV displayed "coverage" as "cove1616rage." This issue is resolved.

People [Teacher]

Select All

If you check the "select all" box for a course and navigate to another course using the Course Chooser, the checkbox is now unchecked.

Performance [Teacher]

Final Grades

The Mark Enrollments Complete button is now hidden if a teacher does not have permission to use it.

Gradebook: Grade Refresh

The Gradebook now updates a student's overall grade immediately when an individual activity's score is changed for that student.

Previously, one had to manually refresh the page or navigate to another to update the student's overall score.

Gradebook: Import Scores (Max Points)

Importing scores will still work properly even if no max points for some activities has not been set.

Gradebook: Import Scores (Refresh)

Once importing scores is complete, the Gradebook will refresh to indicate the new changes.

Gradebook: Quick Edit (Mozilla Firefox)

[Mozilla Firefox] When entering numbers into a Quick Edit cell, the first number entered would be moved to the end of the string. This issue is resolved.

Gradebook: Quick Edit (Zero)

When using a number pad in Quick Edit, typing "0" failed to open the editable cell. This issue is resolved.

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