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Release Notes v2.96 November 2023
Release Notes v2.96 November 2023

Turnitin, grading improvements, and toolpicker redesign pre-announcement

Updated over a week ago

(03-11-23) The new release update is scheduled for 3-4 pm CET and contains the following:

Improvements for teachers and LMS admins

  • Turnitin improvements

  • Improvements in grading modules: headers


  • Toolpicker redesign

  • Phasing out Automated Feedback Coach 1.0

Improvements for teachers and LMS admins

Turnitin improvements

Since September 1st 2023, FeedbackFruits integrates with Turnitin, the well-known plagiarism checker. We aim to detect and prevent plagiarism in student work, ensuring more honest and original student submissions.

The new Turnitin UX improvements will allow teachers to see at a glance which percentage of plagiarism each student submission has. Now, in the ‘Submissions step’ we have added a ‘Plagiarism check’ column, indicating the percentage of plagiarism found on each submission. When the teacher clicks on a percentage, more information about the submission can be found:

  • % Overall Match: The average percentage of text in the submission that was found to match other sources.

  • % of Matched internet text in the submission: The percentage of matched internet content in the submission.

  • % of Matched publications text in the submission: The percentage of matched text between the submission and other publications, such as academic articles or books. 

  • % of Matched submitted works text in the submission: The percentage of matched text also found in Turnitin’s submitted works database. Thus, identifying if the submission matched the submission of another student.

As well, this window will allow teachers to access the full Turnitin plagiarism report by just clicking on ‘View report’.

(Fig.1: Submissions module displaying the different percentages. The intermittent orange dot represents the loading plagiarism check.)

(Fig.2: When clicking on a submission, displaying the different percentages.)

NOTE: FeedbackFruits DOES NOT do the plagiarism check nor has any plagiarism settings —this is carried by Turnitin. FeedbackFruits only displays the plagiarism percentage detected by Turnitin, which is based on the settings that the teacher or the institutions have set up themselves. For more information, please see the related articles:

Why we made this: We want to enhance the teacher user experience, making it quicker and easier to understand the plagiarism data, and help promote more original and copy-free submissions.

Availability: To use this feature, your institution must have a Turnitin license or partnership. For now, this feature is only available upon request. If you or your institution are interested, please contact your FeedbackFruits Pilot and Partner Success Manager or your main FeedbackFruits contact person.

Improvements in grading modules: headers

We are continuing the redesign and refinement of our grading module (see our previous release here). In this release, we are adding learning step (or module) headers, categorizing the different grading facets per step. Now both teachers and students can easily understand from which part of the assignment each grade comes from. 

(Fig. 3: Grading module from the student view.)

(Fig. 4: Grading module from the teacher edit mode.)

Why we made this: We have made this modification to enhance the user experience, providing a detailed, comprehensible and accurate grading module. We aim to help students better understand their grades, and save time from teachers answering student questions.

Availability: These improvements will be available to everyone upon release, without the need for additional requests. It applies to Peer Review, Group Member Evaluation, Assignment Review and Skill Review.


Toolpicker redesign

We are very excited to announce that by the end of the year, our toolpicker will have a new, fresh look! Don’t fret: all the current functionalities will be there, just more organized.

In the past months we have focused on enhancing our user experience by making our tools easier to use and understand. That’s why we have decided to streamline the toolpicker design.

(Fig. 5: Transformation from the old toolpicker to the new and improved version.)

How will it look like?

  • A new homepage: showing a list of highlighted relevant pages and Help Center articles. Including a search bar to find tools, templates and recent activities. This will provide an easy and comprehensible place where new and experienced teachers can get started.

    (Fig. 6: New toolpicker homepage, highlighting institutional templates and Help Center guides.)

  • A new navigation sidebar, separating functionalities in categories:

    • Shared libraries: showing all shared libraries that a teacher has access to.

    • Templates by institution: displaying all templates and learning journeys from the institutional template course.

    • My library: including learning journeys and templates created by the teacher, plus those sent to them.

    • Past activities: all activities created in the past that the teacher has access to.

  • FeedbackFruits tools: all original tools available to the teacher.

    (Fig. 7: My Library page open, displaying the templates that were created by the teacher, as well as those send to them. It includes quick access to My Library in FeedbackFruits’ Platform.)

Why we made this: In the past years, we have added more and more features to our tool suite. Consequently, pages like our once simple toolpicker, ended up being more complex than desired. Before, it displayed the 15 FeedbackFruits tools. Now, it has other functionalities such as: Copy from existing, Recent activities, My library, and Learning activities from the institution. This can get crowded and slow-down user navigation. A newer, cleaner version will aim to provide a better user experience, faster navigation, and easy-to-find and understand layout.

(Fig. 8: Current toolpicker version. Displaying Institutional templates, My Library, Recent Activities and the toolsuite in one page.)

Availability: We aim to release a first iteration of the new toolpicker on December 1st 2023. It will be available for LTI environments (Canvas, D2L, Moodle and Blackboard). Thus, for now Microsoft Teams and will not be updated. Please read the roll-out plan carefully:

  • During December, users can individually opt-in if they want to use the new toolpicker. They will be able to go back to the old layout, and provide feedback.

  • On December 29th 2023 the new version of the toolpicker will substitute the old version for everyone.

  • During January, all users will automatically see the new toolpicker. However, they will be able to opt-out: they can still go back to the old layout and provide feedback.

  • After a month, the older version of the toolpicker will be phased out and users won’t be able to access it again.

If you have any doubts or concerns on how would this affect your user experience, please let your FeedbackFruits contact person know.

Phasing out Automated Feedback Coach 1.0

With our Automated Feedback Coach 2.0 available in more regions, we are happy to communicate that on the 29th of December 2023, Automated Feedback Coach 2.0 will replace its first version, Automated Feedback Coach 1.0.

Why are we phasing this out: Since its release in 2019, the usage and possibilities of AI have changed drastically. This is why we developed a more powerful version of the Automated Feedback Coach. The new version is not only faster, more reliable and accurate in responses —it can analyze topic-specific feedback (for instance, based on Peer Review criteria), and it is overall much more useful for students.

Availability: Until the 29th of December 2023, the Automated Feedback Coach 1.0 will remain available for all users and institutions who have this feature turned on. After that date, nobody will be able to access it again. If you have any doubts or concerns on how would this affect your user experience, please let your FeedbackFruits contact person know.

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