A round-up of all improvements and changes to the Buzz platform in version v3.0.125 available on July 25, 2019.
Introducing the new Buzz Activity Player!
- Brand, personalize, and delight students with more Course Home page options
- Give students easier, more engaging, and organic navigation
- Provide a clean, useful activity workspace with autosave!
- Let students search for any activity in the course by name
- Give greater visibility into badges, mastery, and performance
We're excited for you to try it out!
Between now and June of 2020, Admins can disable the new player with a feature switch.
As previously announced, here are some other exciting updates we've made this month!
User Notes is now a standard feature
Buzz's User Notes experimental feature that allows teachers and students create notes and attach them to courses, folders, and activities is now a standard feature.
- Teachers: How do I add User Notes to courses, folders, and activities?
- Students: How do I add User Notes to courses, folders, and activities?
A big thanks to everyone that provided such positive and valuable feedback!
Introducing the App Chooser
We are introducing a better way to navigate between the apps within Buzz!
A new App Chooser now appears next to Help in your toolbar. Use it to navigate between student, teacher, admin, and parent/observer apps, as well as to open any resource libraries you create.
Expanding Resource Libraries
We are also expanding access to our new Resource library feature!
Resource libraries are collections of categorized content pages that are built at the domain level and can be searched, bookmarked, shared, and rated by users in all subdomains.
Admins can create and manage multiple libraries and the pages found in them. For example, they might create one Resource library for teachers and admins called School Community Resources and another focused on science teachers called K-12 Science Resources.
Select partners have been using the libraries, and we now want to give broader access to the feature.
In this release, we:
- Standardized activity icons throughout the app.
- Updated the rich text editor to use DIV tags for multi-line content.
- Updated the Blog activity details screen and Wiki history to match the new Buzz material design UI.
- Updated the Multi-Outcome Scoring Activity Objectives and Student Objectives screens to match the new Buzz material design UI.
After receiving lots of good feedback around our updates to the Gradebook last week, we have made the following updates and are considering others:
- Updated the screen to save changes made to column sizes and placements.
- Returned column grid lines.
- Updated column headers to show underline style to linked activities on rollover.
- Updated column headers titles to wrap text.
In this release, we:
- Fixed some styling issues with folder titles in the new activity player.
- Fixed an issue with translating the text on the "How do you want to use Buzz?" screen.
- Fixed an issue where refreshing the Activity Editor disabled the close and save function in the editor.
- Fixed an issue with horizontal scrolling in the Gradebook for some browsers.
- Fixed an issue where the Gradebook screen in a course with no enrollments would not load.
- Fixed an issue where selected a cell in the Gradebook would override the scrolling function on the screen.
- Fixed an issue where running "Period and category summary" reports would return an "Unable to export report" error.
- Fixed an issue of displaying an empty rubric for a question score.
Updates in version 2019.07.23.3943.
Course Data: Updated various course APIs (e.g.,
GetCourse2) to return
passingscoreeven if it is the default value of 0.7.