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What's new in our December 2019 Release?

A big upgrade to close off the year. Improvements to the Google integration, mass messaging and 360° reports, plus better usability and more time-savers.


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Save Time/Usability

Doing More with Google resources

  • Larger, clearer preview to better view documents added from Google Drive
  • Full-screen edit with one click in Courses and the All-In-One Grader
  • Plagiarism report for individual student answers submitted from Google Drive even if plagiarism control has not been enabled for the assignment (for customers using a plagiarism add-on)
  • Add Google docs to Learning Paths. Just select recently updated documents on Google Drive.
  • Similarly, add Google resources to a calendar event.

Doing More with Google in itslearning

Reports

New 360° Summary

New Resource Summary report (in the 360° tab) shows how students use course content – how many have accessed each resource and how much time they’ve spent on each resource. Useful for refining course resources.

Improvements for large courses

  • More than 600 students – instead of the student list view, search for any student by name to view their 360° reports
  • Summary of large courses is hidden in the Mentor 360° report view, so that the page loads up faster
  • More than 1300 students – “time spent on task” in the new Resources Summary is hidden to improve load speed

New Resource Summary 360 Report

Note: The Resource Summary only appears if your school/organisation has activated 360° reports.

Collaboration

Better Workflow on projects

  • Students can now access and collaborate using built-in Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • The new ‘File or Folder’ tool supports resources from cloud services (such as Google or O365)
  • Copying/moving files between projects/groups and courses is supported
  • The project/groups management page for administrators now matches the course management page
  • The language, search box and layout has been optimised to help administrators better set-up and manage projects/groups

Better workflow for students working on projects in itslearning

Communicate

School as sender

Set ‘school’ as the sender in Mass messaging, so recipients know that the message is coming from their organisation.

  • If the message is only sent to members of one school, then the school will be the sender of the message
  • If the message is sent to members from multiple schools, you can choose which school to identify as the ‘sender’
  • You can now see the percentage of recipients who have read the message

identify the school as sender in mass messaging in itslearning

Stay Organised

Course Cards

Easier for teachers to customise course cards.

  • Hide teachers on the card
  • Display multiple teachers on course cards
  • Redefined color palette
  • Teachers will see ‘New announcements’ on their course cards when students/colleagues share an update in their courses. This will only appear in ‘starred courses’

course cards updates in itslearning

Home page updates

If you are using the new purple background home page (determined by your System Administrator) you can now choose which tab to see first – ‘Updates’ or ‘Courses’. You can always change the view later in ‘personal settings’.

Stay Organised

Friendly Name

Friendly names make it easier for students to identify their courses.
Friendly names will now be displayed in:

  • the calendar
  • Course participant page
  • follow-up tasks
  • assessment record/grade book
  • parent dashboard (behavior, tasks, events and course list)
  • teachers and admins will also see the friendly name when adding an announcement in multiple courses

Course Friendly Name

For clarity both the official course name and the friendly name are shown in the course card settings page.

Save Time/Stay Organised

Attendance

  • Instructors can now disable attendance tracking directly in the Attendance tool (Course Overview >> Status and follow-up >> Attendance)
  • Instructors can also remove all attendance for an event from the same view

Attendance tracking in December 2019 release

Even More

  • Students will be notified if they cannot send messages to staff who have messages disabled. This was previously only available to staff. Note: Students will not be informed if other students have messages disabled.
  • Students with access to a SharePoint/MS Teams site will now see “Office 365” instead of “OneDrive” when adding an assignment answer from Office 365.
  • Administrators have the option to turn on/off all 360° reports (Admin >> Edit global settings >> Features and security).
  • A larger editing box in Pages.
  • Teachers can now choose whether to clear or keep dates in Plans when making a copy of the course template. Previously, dates were always cleared.
  • New, more accessible tree link selector when adding information to the planner, calendar events and Tests.
  • Recurring events in the Calendar – choose to edit one specific event, or all future events in the series.
  • We have extended the data warehouse with ‘Workload’ and “Mid-term” results.