(26-10-2022) The next release is scheduled for the 29th of October. The release will contain the following:
- My Library - A new template management system
- New interface for adding extra learning steps in activities
- A new way to track progress in a Discussion on Topic activity
- A new tool picker video
- Notes are now available for all teachers
- Some quality of life changes
- Some accessibility improvements
- Integration improvements for Brightspace and Canvas
This new feature adds a new section to the template courses called 'My library', which allows management for all activity and rubric that are available for you to use. Your Library will be visible when opening FeedbackFruits through your LMS in the overview where you would normally choose which tool to use. This as well as in your 'copy-from-existing' overview. When navigating from both places you will be shown all the templates that are available within your library.
For more information you can check this article!
(Fig. 1: The new "My library" button in the tool picker window)
(Fig. 2: The new "My Library" environment where you can see all your templates)
A new interface for adding extra modules to an activity
You can now easily click the purple 'plus' button at the bottom of your activity to pop out the extra learning steps available for your activity.
By clicking on the purple 'ADD' button you add them to your activity!
(Fig. 3: The purple 'plus' button from where you can select multiple extra learning activities)
(Fig. 4: All the different learning modules will be presented in an extra window)
A new way to track progress in a Discussion on Topic activity
It is now easier to track what actions students have to take in the discussion step to earn progress/points.
For students the discussions will now be better reflected per peer rather than per post.
(Fig. 5: You now have a quick overview of all the posts you need to contribute to, sorted per peer rather than per post!)
(Fig. 6: You can see a quick overview of your progress)
(Fig. 7: Here you can easily navigate from student to student to start discussing)
(Fig. 8: The new setup page for the Peer Discussion step)
Group Member Evaluation tool picker video
When creating an activity and navigating through the different tools you will now be able to see a video regarding the use and set-up of the tool! You can watch the video by clicking on the "Learn more about this tool" link below the Tool name.
At the moment this is only for the Group Member Evaluation tool.
(Fig. 9: The new link under the Group Member Evaluation tool)
Notes no longer feature flagged
Notes are now no longer feature flagged. They are now available for every teacher to use! You can find additional information on how to use notes in the pop-up window next to the purple 'ADD A NOTE' text (with a note to this article for further information).
(Fig. 10: A new pop-up with additional information regarding notes)
(Fig. 11: A note with an attached voice recording and document)
Edit button moved to the app-bar
The button to edit an activity used to be hidden behind the options menu, where also other options like preferences can be found. Not for all teachers this was discoverable enough, while it's an important action when working with our tools. For this reason, we've decided to move it to a more prominent place, directly in the app-bar, in the place of the "Create template" button. This latter button has been moved to the options menu. In order to allow teachers to find this option more easily, we've added a tap-target that highlights the options menu button the first time they see it, to encourage them to explore the other options available there.
(Fig. 12: The edit button is not in the app-bar)
(Fig. 13: The other options are still accessible by clicking the three dots in the corner)
Quality of life changes:
Feedback and comment drafts
When you navigate away from the text field, refresh the page or log out your feedback and comments will now be saved as a draft on your local device so you can continue your work later!
A new confirmation dialogue when deleting a note
When you delete a note you will now be prompted with a pop-up window confirming if you want to delete your note.
(Fig. 14: A new pop-up window confirming if you want to delete your note)
Three new popover warnings/tips when using the tools:
A new warning that informs teachers regarding the potential consequences of granting an extension and the effect it can have on other peers.
(Fig. 15: A new warning message regarding the potential consequences of giving a deadline extension)
Two extra tooltips when setting up an activity regarding groups-selection and allocation methods
(Fig. 16: An extra tooltip regarding group selection)
(Fig. 17: an extra information pop-over when selecting the allocation method)
We're working to making our PDF exports of assignments structured to be more accessible and work well with screenreaders. As this is not yet the case, we have placed a warning here (and in the meta data too!) so screenreader users will be made aware of this, with a link back to the web view of the assignment, which we're hard at work at to make fully accessible.
(Fig. 18: The new warning message regarding accessibility consideration)
If you often use the accessibility menu (Alt+Shift+A) then you'll notice some quality of life improvements here. The working has been clarified, as well as the indicators of keyboard shortcuts, and an item to view the keyboard shortcut overview).
(Fig. 19: The difference between the old menu and the new menu)
When reviewing a document, you can now also make annotations much more easily with keyboard only navigation. A new option in the accessibility menu allows you to make all text focusable, so you can tab from one text element to the next.
(Vid: 1: Annotating with keyboard only)
Integration improvements (Brightspace & Canvas)
No more "identifier" during API setup for Brightspace & Canvas
You no longer need to choose a complicated "identifier" when formatting the Redirect URl! Instead, the Redirect URl is always the same for everyone. You only need to use the right one for their region. Check the help center articles for more information.
Brightspace article, Canvas Article.
Simplified Canvas API setup (only for Canvas)
API can now be enabled in Canvas by just the switch of a toggle (just like LTI 1.3)! The manual has been updated with a section to use the "Inherited configuration".
(Fig. 20: The setup page for Canvas)