New task tool
The tool previously known as ‘Custom activity’ has been simplified and renamed ‘Task’. It’s now a quick way of adding tasks that are not meant to be handed in. For hand-ins we recommend the assignment tool. Tasks consist of a title, description and a deadline and are available from the add page. In the new itslearning they are also available from the new add menu (see ‘New quick add menu in courses’ below).
We know many teachers have been missing a homework feature in itslearning. When you add a task or assignment with the new task tool or the new assignment tool, you can now tag the activities as homework. When the tasks and assignments appear in the students’ home page and in the planner, they will have an easily recognizable ‘Homework’ label.
New quick add menu in courses
Users that have the new itslearning will now see a new quick add menu in courses, making it easy to add tasks, assignments, tests, files and plans. The quick add menu is available from all pages in the course, and reduces the number of clicks needed to add resources to courses.
New plan view for students
Previously the different plan activities and resources could appear confusing for students. Our new plan view makes it easier for students to focus on the plan content. The activities and resources now open as a sequence, and students can navigate easily from one resource to the next.
Searching in instant messages
To make it easier to find specific messages, we’ve introduced a search function in instant messages. You can search for text or find messages from specific people. Filters provide easy access to unread messages, sent messages, or messages with attachments. You can also search in a specific conversation. The search is available from ‘All messages’.
Enhancements to the new assignment tool
Those of you who are using the new assignment tool will see that the side panel has been updated to make it easier to set deadlines and visibility time spans. Students that haven’t submitted are now included in the ‘Answers’ overview.
Add content from the Library to a course or a course plan
Teachers can now search for resources in the Library and then add selected resources to a course or a plan in a course. The current ‘Add to Your collection’ button has been expanded with a drop-down menu with three choices: ‘Add to course’, ‘Add to a course plan’ and ‘Add to your collection’.
Copying of extensions
Previously when you copied an extension it would automatically be moved to the library as an unpublished resource. Extensions are no longer moved to the library when they are copied.
Changes to the library search
We’ve made several changes to the library search engine to provide even more relevant search results.
New file uploader
Those of you who are using the new File and folder tool will notice a new file uploader with improved interface and better flow.
New report: Trends and progress
A new trends and progress report is available from the assessment record. This visual representation of student grades shows:
- Trend in grades over time: Is this student improving, struggling?
- Distribution of grades: Is this student performing consistently or erratically?
- Progress on tasks: What progress towards completing the course do these grades represent?
Go directly from the library to a course or plan
After adding a resource to a course or a plan, you can now click a link to go directly to that plan or course.