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Keep Re-Do's off the To-do list

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Leigh Sisneros
Buzz just released an update that puts assignments that are allowed a retry onto the student to do list. We are literally 4 days from the end of the semester and suddenly students are having DOZENS of old assignments repopulate on their to-do list. Is there a quick way to make take those retries away or to at least keep them off the to-do list? I like the new feature, but because it's different than how we'd be assigning a retry all year, it's wreaking havoc on our students right now. Thanks in advance!

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Brian Williams
  • Agilix team member

Hello Leigh:

Students will need to complete the activities or be graded with a score by the teacher if the due date or grace period has not expired to have them roll off their to-do list. See below:

“To-do List” to display activities with retries

The student’s To-do List (see How do I use the Home page? To-do List Screen) has traditionally displayed only activities with due dates (future or past) that have not been completed and have not received a score. In our latest update, the To-do List has been enhanced to display activities with due dates in several additional scenarios. These include:

  • Activities that have been allowed a retry and the due date or grace period has not expired.
  • Activities that have been automatically assigned a zero for being past due, but the student can still complete the activity because the grace period has not expired.
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Anna Westaby

It would be wonderful if a future update could add a batch update option to remove retries! This would save a lot of headache having to go into each individual assignment. Just an idea.

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Joy Vincent

This update is problematic for any institution that is mastery-focused and automatically allows more than one retry.  The main To-Do list is now a cluttered mess.

As an example, all of my son's lessons allow 2 retries.  This allows my son to immediately retake the lesson if he only missed one or two without having to wait for the teacher to allow the retry.  This strategy streamlines this process.  But, because of this change, my son has several assignments where he scored 100% that are now at the top of his To-Do List.  He has to scroll through at least 20 items at this point to get to the next thing on his list.

This was such a powerful feature prior to this update, and very simple for children to use.  It's unfortunate that there wasn't an "opt-in" option for this.

Can you share what problem this update was intended to solve?  I just can't see it. 

Thanks!

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Brian Williams
  • Agilix team member

Hey Joy!

Do you mean the student is allowed 2 attempts, not retries? If the student is still seeing the activity in their to-do list and it has been scored with no retry I recommend reaching out to your school to address this and if needed escalate the reported behavior to Agilix Support. 

 

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Joy Vincent

Hi Brian,

Thanks for the response.

I'm not clear on the difference between attempt and retry.  It sounds like this update requires a change to how the teachers are grading the lesson to prevent the To-Do list clutter.  

That said, this change does represent a fairly significant change in the UI.  I guess I'm interested in understanding how or why this is considered an improvement, per your release notes.  It's been quite a headache here and for a number of other students where my children attend.

Thanks!

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Joy Vincent

Apologies, what I meant is that yes, they allow 2 attempts.  What I'm not clear on is how this impacts retries that show up in the To-Do List.

Thanks!

Joy

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Brian Williams
  • Agilix team member

Activities that are graded "that have been allowed a retry and the due date or grace period has not expired" will now be displayed in the student to-do list. If a retry on their attempt has not been issued to the student and it's still displaying in the student's to-do list please reach out to your school organization. I am unable to replicate if a student has completed an activity and has additional attempts but no retry is issued that it would continue to display in the student's to-do list. 

If your school organization is automatically issuing retries to students after submissions then the school organization would need to make changes under that scenario if needed. I recommend reaching out to your school organization letting them know of this behavior and they will escalate it as needed. 

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Joy Vincent

Hi Brian,

I think you are describing a scenario where automatic attempts aren't what's causing the lessons to re-appear in the To-Do List after this change.  Rather, it is the "retries" which is set when a lesson is graded?

If the teacher disables automatic retries, but allow for multiple attempts -- will that (a) prevent passing lessons from showing up on the To-Do List; and (b) still allow students to re-do the lesson should the grade not be passing?

I have attempted to communicate with the school, but they are as perplexed as I with this issue. I'm hoping if I can get clarity, I can explain better.

Thanks!

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