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Release Notes (2018-07-12; v2.0.162 & v3.0.61)

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A round-up of all improvements and changes to the Buzz platform in versions v2.0.162 and v3.0.61, available on July 12, 2018.

Try the new Buzz UI!

It's here!

The new Buzz UI provides:

  • A more intuitive user experience built with Google's Material Design.
  • Even more opportunities to customize the tool based on your users' needs and tech literacy.
  • Opportunities to introduce new powerful features as you train your users and their skills and interests develop.

We think the teachers, students, parents, and admins in your schools are going to love the updates.

Review the new features and highlights!

Learn more about what this change means for you.

Updates

In this release, we fixed an issue where xli-embedded-iframes were displaying in announcements.

Fixed issues

In this release, we:

  • Fixed an issue where logging out of a SAML SSO provider from the provider's logout screen incorrectly redirected to Buzz and failed to redirect back to the provider to complete the logout.
  • Added a confirmation prompt for students when they add a choice activity from their Grades page.
  • Fixed an issue where the self assign folder field extended outside of the window for folders with long titles.

New Buzz UI

During the summer of 2017, we released a new Buzz UI, giving you the same features and functionality with a cleaner, simpler user experience!

The release notes in this section pertain only to those using the new Buzz UI.

New Buzz UI updates

In this release, we fixed an issue where xli-embedded-iframes were displaying in announcements.

New Buzz UI fixed issues

In this release, we:

  • Fixed an issue where logging out of a SAML SSO provider from the provider's logout screen incorrectly redirected to Buzz and failed to redirect back to the provider to complete the logout.
  • Added a confirmation prompt for students when they add a choice activity from their Grades page.
  • Fixed an issue where the self assign folder field extended outside of the window for folders with long titles.
  • Fixed a style issue in the Activity Grader in Microsoft Edge browser when displaying saved scores.
  • Improved side menu animations for better compatibility with all the browsers we support.
  • Updated the grade dropdowns in the Activity Grader, so that the letter grade options are displayed in the standard font color.  

APIs

Updates in version 2018.07.11.3178. Learn more.

  • GetDomainSettings: Fixed an issue that prevented the settings from honoring remove-item=true.

New Buzz UI Features and Highlights

Here's an introduction to everything you get with the new Buzz UI!

Better user experience

Increased customization opportunities

New features!

Better user experience

The new Student navigation

From the Main Menu, you have access to:

  1. The course information from all of your courses, including:
    • Home, where you can review course status, your To-do List, recent activity, etc.
    • Grades, where you can review your progress in all courses.
    • Communication, where you can access messages from teachers.
    • Calendar, where you can review due dates.
  2. Your individual courses (more detail below).
  3. Help suggestions tailored to the screen you're currently on.

When a course is selected from the menu, the top section compresses, and a course-specific menu expands allowing teachers to:

  1. Still access global content from the compressed menu.
  2. Navigate back to the original Main Menu.
  3. Open the Activities and Grades information for the selected course.
The new Teacher navigation

Teachers have to manage a lot: students, activities, content, courses, sections, semesters, etc. Our new navigation will help.

Teacher Master/Derivative Course Cards

Buzz allows users to copy an existing course, and configure that new course to inherit changes made to course it was copied from. This allows teachers and content authors to create a content course without enrollments (known as a Master course in Buzz) and make copies (known as Derivative courses) to use when teaching. The Master is used to keep the content updated and the Derivatives are used for teaching, grading, tracking student progress, etc.

To learn more: How do Master and Derivative Courses work?

The new Buzz UI displays the relationship between Master and Derivative courses using the Course Cards by nesting Derivatives below the Master:

  1. Master course
  2. Derivative courses

You can also see this relationship clearly when using Manage courses > View/Delete in the Home toolbar.

Derivative courses are indented below their Master course.

Teacher Main Menu

From the Home screen, teachers can:

  1. Manage people, activities, content, etc., from all of their courses using the menu items in the top section.
  2. Open any of their courses to manage them.
  3. Access Help suggestions tailored to the screen their currently on.

When a course is selected from the menu, the top section compresses, and a course-specific menu expands allowing teachers to:

  1. Still access global content from the compressed menu.
  2. Navigate back to the original Main Menu.
  3. Open the Activities, Gradebook, Reports, People, or Editor tools for the selected course.
Teacher Home

Buzz's new Home screen and Course Cards offer a cleaner design and more powerful navigation options:

  1. Needs Grading: Click to get a list of activities all current courses that need grading and grade them right there using the Activity Grader.
  2. Announcements: Click for current announcements from all courses and create announcements right there.
  3. Activities: Click to quickly jump to the Activities tool for any course right from the Course Card.
  4. Gradebook: Click to quickly jump to the Gradebook tool for any course right from the Course Card.
  5. Reports: Click to quickly jump to the Reports tool for any course right from the Course Card.
  6. People: Click to quickly jump to the People tool for any course right from the Course Card.
  7. Editor: Click to quickly jump to the Editor tool for any course right from the Course Card.

Increased customization opportunities

Admins can enable/disable feature sets to accommodate users

Educational tools must deliver powerful features that accommodate differing skill levels while facilitating development and growth.

Education is increasingly moving to blended and virtual learning environments and will only continue to do so. Teachers, content authors, students, parents, and anyone else involved in education are required to engage these new models, but not everyone comes to it with the same level of experience with this technology.

Rather than watering down our features to accommodate users with beginner-level experience, Buzz now allows admins to disable features that their users don't need or aren't ready to implement. As users receive PD, gain experience with the tool, and develop new teaching practices, admins can enable features for individuals, groups, and/or domain-wide.

This provides a consistent experience with a tool that grows and develops with you!  

How do I enable/disable feature sets for teachers?

Admins enable and disable feature sets for all users with the Features tab in the Domain tool. Each feature set is listed on its own card that describes the its function.

Note: Refresh your browser to apply feature set changes immediately.

To re-enable feature sets for specific users:

  1. Open the Users tool.
  2. Select the User ID you want to make changes to.
  1. Open the side menu and select Edit feature settings.
  1. Check the box(es) for the feature set(s) you want to re-enable. Notice that only the currently disabled feature sets are listed.
  2. Save.
How does disabling feature sets impact the Teacher experience?

When an admin disables a feature set, all related features and functions are removed from the Teacher app without disrupting the teacher experience.

For example, when an admin disables the switch on the Enable the Calendar tool for teachers, the Calendar tool completely disappears from the Main Menu.

Editor side panels enabled
Editor side panels disabled
Calendar tool disabled

When the Enable side panels in the Editor is disabled, the side panels that allow teachers to manage Objectives, Badges, item Properties, Resources, and the items in My Library from the Editor > Syllabus screen are hidden.

New features!

Introducing the Needs Grading tool for teachers

The Needs Grading screen lists all of the activities that need grading from all of your courses. You can access it from the Main Menu.

On this screen, you can:

  1. Use the Filter field to search activities.
  2. Filter the activities according to course.
  3. Select an activity from the list to grade it right on this screen with the Grade Editor. Notice that the activities are color-coordinated by course.
Notifications

Users can now get SMS and email notifications about activity in Buzz!

To manage notifications:

  1. Open Settings from the User Menu.

 

  1. Check the boxes next to the notifications you want to get and the way(s) you want to get them (SMS or Email).
  2. Save.

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