Key Developments
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Content & Software Integrations
Teaching & Learning

Teaching & Learning

We want itslearning to be a student’s one-stop-shop for grades — allowing them to quickly check grades on the device of their choosing.

This requires teachers to put those grades in first, so our gradebook works intuitively and relevant grades are exported to the SIS.

In addition, our assessment tools invite teachers to do these activities online.

Students can take a test or submit an assignment on the device of their choosing. Assignment answers can be submitted via their cloud service, such as Google Drive or One Drive.

To streamline the assessment process, teachers can view submitted documents without the need of downloading them first and can make annotations on the fly.

To lower the threshold to start with online assessment activities, we will make it possible to share them with each other via the Library.

 

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Last Updated: December 14, 2017

Content & Software Integrations

Content & Software Integrations

The itslearning library is our education focused learning object repository. Based on regional, national and international standard and tagging it creates a great space for finding, sharing and re-using content from teachers and the top educational publishers.

We want to have the best LMS ecosystem for sharing educational tools and resources – this can help share knowledge, resources and make the job of teaching easier. We want to make the itslearning library our teacher’s preferred tool for searching, creating, and sharing learning resources. Today we have some customers with over 2 million resources in their itslearning library and we are improving the search usability to make finding the right content as simple as possible.

We will include better searching across the different standard systems used by different districts to improve search results (standards cross-walking).

We want to build on the 20+ national and international publishers who have added their content to itslearning. We will extend the options for importing and managing publisher content. We will give publishers more viability of usage so they can target their content to better support key educational challenges.

Our key themes all interrelate to make the itslearning library the heart of our teaching ecosystem.

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Last Updated: December 14, 2017

Product Roadmap

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    Teaching & Learning

    Seamless Google Cloud Integration in Assignment Tool

    In Development 1 of 15

    Our current Google integration in our Assignment tool will be extended to allow teachers to not only select Google files as attachment, but also create a copy of a Google file for each student or group as basis for their submission. Students can “complete” this copy and submit their version of it.

    The assessment process will also be enhanced, making it possible to assess the answer at the same time you can see the submitted file.

     

     

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    Teaching & Learning

    Seamless Office 365 Cloud Integration in Assignment Tool

    In Planning 2 of 15

    As with Google, itslearning will include Office 365 tools such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint in the assignment flow. Teachers can choose a file from their OneDrive or create a new Office file and include it in their assignment. This can either provide additional instruction, or provide each student with a copy of the file to be completed and submitted.

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    Teaching & Learning

    Mobile App – New features & functionality

    In Planning 3 of 15

    Teaching and Learning is all about engagement with teachers and students, and we’re continuing to enhance our mobile capabilities.

    Crucial information at first glance: We aim to gather the really important stuff on the first page you see — find your lessons, tasks and plans in one place. The details are only a click away!

    Post important bulletins on the go: We are adding more options to be interactive in the app. Adding bulletins and calendar events is coming soon.

    Improved security: Forced itslearning password change and setting up pin code or touch ID to open the app are both in planning.

  • 4 of 15
    Teaching & Learning

    Peer Assessment

    In Planning 4 of 15

    itslearning will now include the ability to use peer assessment (or ‘review’) on an assignment.

    To make life easy for our teachers, itslearning will automatically distribute submitted work among students. The teacher only needs to let us know how many answers each student should assess.

    For each student, teachers will be able to see the peer assessments received as well as the peer assessments this student has given.

     

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    Teaching & Learning

    Learning Paths

    In Development 5 of 15

    A Learning Path can be defined in a myriad of ways, but here is how we plan to include Learning Paths within itslearning:

    Our Learning Paths will be a sequence of resources that a student can work through at their own pace. The path can be a linear sequence (moving on to the next resource) or a branched sequence where the next resource depends on the results of a student on a resource.

    Teachers can arrange the material in steps and set the rules for alternatives, free navigation and unlocking. In essence, the teacher or curriculum manager defines the release conditions upon which new resources and activities will be presented to the user. Example of release conditions can be completion of a task or achievement of a certain score.

    Learning Paths can be shared and re-used, and these shared paths can be further customised by teachers. Teachers can see where students are in the path and provide more support if required. Students can self-pace their learning path, review progress and see what they need to do to move on to the next step.

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    Teaching & Learning

    Gradebook improvements

    In Planning 6 of 15

    The Gradebook is becoming faster, smarter and more efficient for teachers using itslearning.

    – Improved Gradebook performance allows for faster loading and responsiveness even for large classes

    – Enhanced accessibility improves usability for all types of Gradebook users

    – Modern UI updates will breathe new life into some dated-looking pages

    – Enhancements to keyboard navigation allows for quicker editing and fewer clicks

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    Teaching & Learning

    Flexible ePortfolio functionality

    In Planning 7 of 15
    A personal ePortfolio of student work and experiences is an important part of the lifelong learning process. Our revised portfolio will:
    – Allow all work to be recorded in a student’s own personal portfolio
    – Store outcomes from all our core tools
    – Provide secure external access under school/organisation control
    – Provide export capabilities for students to keep their portfolio into the future
    – Better support lifelong learning
  • 8 of 15
    Teaching & Learning

    Improved Creating/Editing/Submitting course content

    In Planning 8 of 15

    It will be easier for teachers to add and create content that will be displayed in several places. Teachers will now be able to embed existing course resources and create new course resources from a course event. The calendar and the course page will be closely connected. What the teacher adds in the calendar will automatically become a plan in the planner and vice versa.

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    Teaching & Learning

    All-in-One Grading Tool

    In Planning 9 of 15

    It will now be possible to assess a submitted assignment or answer while viewing said file.

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    Teaching & Learning

    Standards-based Gradebook

    In Planning 10 of 15

    The standards-based gradebook gives a wealth of information to help teachers assess students’ mastery of learning objectives and adjust instruction nimbly.

    – Configurable standards-based scales allow for flexibility for your organisation to determine mastery

    – Teachers can record standards-based scores for learning objectives used in gradebook items

    – Combine individual learning objective scores into overall mastery

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    Teaching & Learning

    New Student Homepage, "This Week"

    Piloting 11 of 15

    To give students better control of their learning, a new module called “This Week” will be introduced on their homepage. The module will be closely connected to the calendar and the course pages to display tasks, homework and plans from all courses.

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    Teaching & Learning

    Editable Planner

    Piloting 12 of 15

    Increased use of the planner will ensure that learning goals, activities and resources will reach the students in an efficient way through the student’s plan view. With the new editable planner, we want to lower the threshold of making plans in a course. The next step will be to connect events and plans.

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    Teaching & Learning

    Shareable Test Tool (including Item Banks)

    Piloting 13 of 15

    Our popular test tool was due for a facelift, so we are making it both shareable and mobile friendly. It is already available for new customers, and will be default for new customers as soon as we have important features like QTI import and TMB capabilities in place.

    The next goal is to replace the current tool for all our users with a full feature set and a few extras that we have added based on user input. We’ll keep your old tests functional, with an option to migrate them to the new tool.

    In 2018, you will also see item banks in itslearning for the first time, and we are excited to give this valuable addition to an already popular tool.

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    Teaching & Learning

    Unify files

    In Planning 14 of 15

    Teachers will be provided a completely consistent file experience across itslearning. In “Your Files”, all of a user’s files in itslearning will be accessible in one single place.

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    Teaching & Learning

    Quick-Create Workflows

    In Planning 15 of 15

    It’s all about those clicks, and we want to make it even easier for you to add course content.

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    Communication & Collaboration

    Parent App

    In Development 1 of 7

    Mobile Engagement with Parents & Students.

    All children – one app: Parents have used the itslearning app either logged in as themselves with very limited functionality, or logged on as their child, and thus only being able to see one at a time. In the parent app, they can get all their children in one place, also across sites.

    Overview of tasks: You’ll find your child’s tasks sorted by due date, with homework and completed work clearly tagged.

    Plans and events at a glance: We’ll start off with plans, but move on to combine information in one place to make it very easily accessible and also consistent with planned development in web and the itslearning app.

    Status and progress: How is my child doing? What were the latest results? We’re adding access to the assessment record with a quick glance at the latest assessments and an option to deep-dive into all the assessments in each course.

    Messages: The messaging system used in the web platform will also be available in the app to make it easy to stay in touch with the school.

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    Communication & Collaboration

    Institution/School Branding

    Piloting 2 of 7

    Branding is very important for many of our customers — a company’s brand is their business identity and is one of a company’s most valuable assets. Customers using the new, Modern itslearning will be able to personalise their itslearning platform by adding a banner image, a logo and a title on the top of the home page (MyPage) and at the organisation level (hierarchy dashboard).

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    Communication & Collaboration

    Course banner

    Piloting 3 of 7

    Teachers can make their students feel welcome by personalising their course page with a top banner. The banner consists of an image, the profile pictures of the course teachers and a text. It will appear between the top menu and the content on the course overview page.

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    Communication & Collaboration

    Terminology

    In Planning 4 of 7

    itslearning should speak the language of all of its users. Now, tailored languages for our Higher Education & Further Education customers will be added to better suit their educational segment.

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    Communication & Collaboration

    Enhanced large course & group management

    In Development 5 of 7

    We now offer better support for larger courses. Customers with many participants can choose to automatically create course groups. The teacher can choose the number of groups he or she wants to auto-create or the number of students in each group.

    Participants and groups will be combined into one view.

  • 6 of 7
    Communication & Collaboration

    New participant page

    In Development 6 of 7

    Adding participants and setting up hierarchy synchronisation will now be easier. Group management will also be a part of the new participant page.

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    Communication & Collaboration

    Expanded Messaging Capabilities

    In Planning 7 of 7

    The messaging system will be expanded with broadcast options, such as sending announcements to many users.

    In addition, support will be added for better auditing of messages and more options for notifications on desktop and mobile devices.

  • 1 of 4
    Reporting & Analytics

    Advanced Reporting - show Time on Task in reports

    Piloting 1 of 4

    For our customers who utilise Advanced Reporting, itslearning is now recording and showing a student’s time on specific tasks. These reports can been seen in the Gradebook Advanced Report, along with grades, number of attempts, number of visits and other key data.

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    Reporting & Analytics

    Student 360° Reports

    In Development 2 of 4

    These 360 degree reports will give teachers up-to-date information across three key areas: student progress, student activity and student attainment. Teachers can quickly compare all students in a course and deep-dive into each students’ key data — displayed in straightforward infographics. These reports will help teachers understand how each student is engaging and progressing with the course content and whether they need to create other activities for students who may have spent little or no time in course or on task.

     

  • 3 of 4
    Reporting & Analytics

    Student 360° Reports - for mentors and school leaders

    In Planning 3 of 4

    The Student 360 Degree Reports will be accessible to mentors and school leaders, allowing them to see aggregated reports for students across courses.

  • 4 of 4
    Reporting & Analytics

    Student 360° Reports - extended with the new standards grade book

    In Planning 4 of 4

    A summary of the new standards gradebook will be added in to the Student 360 Degree Reports.

  • 1 of 5
    Content & Software Integrations

    Library Recommendations & Personalisations

    In Planning 1 of 5

    It will be even easier to use the Library with our Recommendation Engine, which suggests content that may be of interest to the user based on past searches.

  • 2 of 5
    Content & Software Integrations

    Library: even better visibility & usability

    In Planning 2 of 5

    We’ll continue tweaking our Library to ensure the best results are quickly available to users.

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    Content & Software Integrations

    3rd Party Content Support/Interoperability

    In Planning 3 of 5

    We’ll extend and expand our capacity to support additional content integrations and tools — such as the video repository tool, Kaltura — including more work on LTI, QTI and IMS certifications.

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    Content & Software Integrations

    3rd Party Tool Integrations - SSO LTI

    In Planning 4 of 5

    Our Extension program will be expanded so our Modules and Plugins also have support for Single-sign-on with LTI. Plugins in the rich-text editor will also be extended to support the LTI Deep Linking protocol, which will allow 3rd parties to securely embed content in itslearning with LTI single sign-on. In addition, the 3rd party tool Kaltura, a video repository, will be available within itslearning.

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    Content & Software Integrations

    Global Search

    In Planning 5 of 5

    The itslearning search is being improved by making it easier for you to quickly find and navigate to any content, course, user or information across itslearning.