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Release notes January 2021

Improved date picker, voice recorder, Peer Review student UX update, ISM progress dialog update, reflect grading task in Discussion and more

Updated over a week ago

(15-12-2020) The next release is scheduled in approximately four days. The release will contain the following:

  • Improved date picker for deadlines

  • Voice Recorder for attachments

  • Assignments UX iteration 2: Peer Review student UX

  • Separate progress dialog for student contributions in Interactive Study Materials

  • Reflect task grading in Discussion Assignments

  • Replying to Comprehension summaries

  • User preferences available in LMSes

Improved date picker for deadlines

The date picker for deadlines has been given a more user-friendly design. The date and time are now displayed in separate fields.

When selecting a date, all deadlines are highlighted and accompanied by a tooltip. Additionally, all opening and closing dates of Time Windows, Release feedback date and Schedule publish grades date are displayed in the date picker too.

Voice Recorder for attachments

It is now possible to record audio anywhere you can add an attachment. Additionally to being able to record audio, audio files can now be played inline.

This added feature allows teachers and student to directly provide spoken feedback, and the student to play the audio clip in the assignment without having to download it first.

Assignments UX iteration 2: Peer Review student UX

This feature is available as a feature flag, please reach out to your contact person or our support team if you are interested in trying it.

In the improved Peer Review Student UX the following changes have been made:

The review subject has been made more clear. In the old flow, the focus in Peer Review was on the submissions, so in the assignment overview you saw the submissions that you needed to review. This could lead to unclear expectations. Now submissions are more clearly 'attached' to the person or group that you're reviewing, allowing people to also give feedback on the submissions as a whole and not on a specific submission if wanted.

Moreover, ratings count for an entire review instead of per submission. Before, you had to give a rating for every submission, which would not always be desired. In the new flow, you give a rating for the whole review instead. In multi-submission assignments, this makes it easier to compare ratings across reviews and adapt them where necessary. Also, when a submission is added after reviewing, this won't affect the grade unexpectedly.

The sidebar next to a submission shows the feedback comments of the entire review (so, on all submissions) by default, with the option to filter on the comments of the submission that you're viewing.

To distinguish comments with a reference in the submission, comments without a reference but on a submission, and comments for the entire review, the comments have clearer labels

Please watch the video below to see the new Peer Review Student UX flow.

Separate progress dialog for student contributions in Interactive Study Materials

Previously, the progress dialog for student contributions was shown in the "Join discussion" section. Now, we will show the progress for creating a new discussion thread or question card in a separate section with its own progress icon and dialog.


Reflect task grading in Discussion Assignments

Previously, it was not possible to attribute grading to the reflection step in Discussion Assignment. This means that it was also not possible to make the reflection a required step of the assignment. This has now been changed and added to the Configurable Grading module.

Replying to Comprehension summaries

Both the teacher and the students can now reply to Comprehension summaries. Teachers are able to reply to student summaries both for individual Comprehension assignments and collaborative assignments. Students can only reply to other student summaries in collaborative assignments.

User preferences available in LMSes

On the standalone platform we already had settings and preferences. However, this was not reachable from within an LMS. User preferences are now accessible from the LMS, which will allow us to add more settings future.

This concludes the Release notes January 2021.
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