Buzz: Product Feedback

The new format is not better than the last one

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FISHY CHIPS
Recently, AgilixBuzz has changed their format, saying that the new format is better, more efficient, etc. when it really is not. They have changed the format in such a way that the student has to manually load the pages of folders and assignments in two directions, completely removing the efficient method of directly opening an exact assignment without having to load several other assignments. This may not be too big of a difference for subjects such as English, however, it has immensely slowed down my progress for subjects containing several small assignments. For instance, if there was a Spanish assignment in which the student had to review the literature, the student would have to go 1-9 pages back, or completely reload the page where all the parts of the lesson are shown. There is absolutely no possible way this is an improvement, as increasing the time to go to a specific assignment by 100-300% completely slanders the reputation of AgilixBuzz as a website that increases productivity of the students. Students who have poor internet connection due to a lousy router or a government filter, such as myself, find the new format completely pointless, and the Laurel Springs Learning Systems should drop support for such a low-performing and time-wasting website. I have followed the guidelines for my post, so it would be deemed as unnecessary censorship if deleted.

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Brad Marshall
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Hello FISHY CHIPS, I am sorry for the frustration that your learners have been experiencing.

In our research and analysis, most students progress linearly through most of their online coursework. However, we do understand and know that there are some instances where a student needs to jump to activities that are not linear in the course structure. Course authors and curriculum designers often know about these learning paths and when they occur. To help with these instances, Buzz has two primary features to help the course author build their course in a streamlined manner for their learners.

Course Links

Think of Course Links as a bookmark. Course authors can create course links to a website or course activity that is available to the student whenever they are viewing any activity in the course.

For example, if the APA style of formatting was an integral and important part of the course, a course author could create a course link to an APA website or activity. When the student is viewing an essay activity, they can click on the APA course link to quickly review the APA content without losing their place while viewing the essay activity. In this case, the student does not need to browse or attempt to find the APA content, but just click on a link provided by the course author.

Course Activity Link

A Course Activity Link is a link that can be placed in an activity’s content and instructions, as well as in a folder’s landing content.

In your example, “if there was a Spanish assignment in which the student had to review the literature...9 pages back,” you could link to the literature in the instructions, making it one-click away for the student. Then, once they are done reviewing the literature, it is just one more click to return to the Spanish assignment. Under the previous model, your students would have to remember the name of the activity, scroll and browse to find it, and click to either expand the activity’s folder or to select the activity. In the new model, it is one click, no scrolling, and no trying to remember the name of the activity to get to it.

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In the cases where the student needs to jump several activities and the course author is not aware of this learning path, the student can jump to the course home in one click (instead of using the previous/next buttons) and browse in a folder-style navigation or use the new search option to find their activity.

Do you think that either of these models would not work for your students? Thank you for your feedback!

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