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Buzz changes to watch for this week (2016-10-03)

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Ryan Richins
  • Agilix team member

A preview of changes coming in this week's release.

In this week's release, you will see the following changes:

  • Resubmission allowance: As of October 6, 2016, students using Buzz will be allowed to resubmit activities as needed, and teachers will have access to every submission. Students will be able to resubmit as long as:
    • The activity's submission deadline has not passed.
    • The original submission has not been graded. Once graded, the student must ask the teacher to Allow Retry with the Grade Editor to resubmit. If a teacher happens to be grading an activity while the student is in the process of completing a resubmission, the grade is applied the original activity and the teacher is notified of the resubmission once it's entered.
  • Rich Text Editor links: As of October 6, 2016, Buzz's rich text editor will allow users to link to course resources.
    1. This function will be included as an option within the Hyperlink button.
    2. The Insert course link functionality will also be included as an option within the Hyperlink button, and you will no longer see this button on the toolbar.

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Kelly Fuhrmann

I have students for whom I have selected to "Allow Retry" and they're saying that it's only allowing them to retry one question per retry. Is there a setting I should adjust?

Brad Marshall
  • Agilix team member

Hey Kelly, this is a current limitation of the Homework activity type.

Since each question is treated as a single submission, the Allow Retry allows them to make only one more submission. Homework was built to be more for practice–that is, keep on taking the questions over again until you master each one, allowing you to only focus on the ones that you have not mastered. It is often recommended to allow multiple attempts. You can do this under the Homework Settings tab for the activity in the Editor.

I hope this helps!

Shane Foglesong

Does this change the effect of the Allow Late Submissions setting? We use the course gradebook setting "Automatically assign zero scores to past-due activities" and each assignment has the setting "Always Allow Late Submissions". This was giving students a 0 after the due date passed, but they were still able to submit the assignment.

Now on these assignments, students get the message "You have received a score for this assignment. Resubmitting is not allowed."

I am just curious if it is related to this. Or if something else changed to effect it.

Brad Marshall
  • Agilix team member

Yes, it does appear to be related to this...and unintentionally. I will work with our team to allow for resubmission until the grace period has expired for this situation.

Denny Hammond

I appreciate that you are looking into this.  Do you have an idea of when they hope to have this fixed?  Based on how our gradebooks are set up, this is really backing our teachers up.  Appreciate any information you can provide.

Brad Marshall
  • Agilix team member

This will be fixed in this week's release on Thursday (10/13). Thank you for your patience!

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