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Release Notes v2.99 February 2024
Release Notes v2.99 February 2024

Ratings redesign, Autogenerated subtitles, Self-assessment grading, and Automated Feedback improvements

Updated over a week ago

(23- 02-2024) The new release update is scheduled for 2-3 pm CET and contains the following:

New releases

  • Ratings redesign in Assignment Review and Skill Review

  • Multimedia improvements and auto-generated subtitles

Improvements for all users

  • Improvements in grading modules: Average ratings received as self-assessment

  • Automated Feedback improvements

  • Group synchronization refinement

New releases

Ratings redesign in Assignment Review and Skill Review

After this release, when a reviewer provides a rating for a student, they will now use rating buttons instead of the slider scale. From the student side, these buttons provide a color-coded visual representation that indicates the number of ratings: the color intensity increases with the higher quantity of ratings on that specific level.

(Fig. 1: Teacher giving feedback to a student.) 

(Fig. 2: Teacher selecting both rubric and scale ratings with the new redesign.)

If you have any further questions about the new designs and navigation, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Support chat or connect with your FeedbackFruits contact person.

Why we made this:

  • Enhanced data comprehension: Both teachers and students will be able to quickly see the overall results at a glance. This intuitive representation also allows for easy differentiation between ratings given by individuals themselves or by teachers.

  • Consistency across our toolsuite: This redesign is consistent with our Platform designs, specially in Competency Based Assessment Portfolios, where skill development is displayed similarly.

  • Alignment with Assignment tools redesign: In line with the redesign of Assignment tools, the changes to the ratings' system will eventually extend to Peer Review and Group Member Evaluation. Stay tuned for more announcements in the coming months.

Availability: These improvements will be available to all assignments created after 29 Sept 2023 upon release, without the need for additional requests. It applies to Assignment Review and Skill Review.

Multimedia improvements and auto-generated subtitles

We have enhanced our video processing capability. Now we are compatible with many more video formats, faster loading times, and the possibility to auto-generate subtitles.

How do the autogenerated subtitles work? When adding a video to Interactive Video, it will be as easy as navigating down to the ‘Subtitles’ setting, clicking ‘Configure’ and then select ‘Auto-generate subtitles’. Thanks to speech-to-text technologies, the subtitles will immediately appear at the bottom of the video, available in any language. Please note that it is not possible to edit them.

(Fig. 3: Managing subtitles, both auto-generated and manually uploaded.)

(Fig. 4: View after auto-generating subtitles.)

Why we made this: We want to ensure our solutions can properly support the increasing trend and high volume of multimedia content in the current education landscape. Therefore, during the first months of 2024, we are focusing part of our development on providing better multimedia experiences, including accessibility, ease of use and video format compatibility, amongst other matters.

Availability: This feature will be released under beta and it will be available to all users upon release, without the need for additional requests.

Improvements for all users

Improvements in grading modules: Ratings received from self-assessment

This is the last update on the redesign and refinement of our grading module. In this release, we are adding a new grading facet: Ratings received from self-assessment. This facet indicates the ratings a student has given themselves per criterion.

It will now be very easy for students and teachers to quickly compare the grading points of self-assessment against the ratings received from the rest of the reviewers in the grading module.

For teachers, there will be two columns under each criterion, one displaying the self-assessment grading, and the other the rest of the reviewers ratings. See the picture below.

(Fig. 5: Grading module teacher view. A new self-assessment column will appear under each criterion.)

For students, there will be a new grading facet row, which will display the self-assessment ratings. Right underneath, they can see the reviewer's ratings. When clicking on each of these grading facets, the grading breakdown will appear. See the picture below.

(Fig. 6: Grading module student view. A new self-assessment row will appear. )

Note that the ‘Self-assessment’ setting must be enabled in the Give Reviews step in order for this grade to appear in the grading module.

(Fig. 7: Configuring self-assessment in the Grading module, findable through Edit mode from the teacher perspective.)

Why we made this: We have made this modification to enhance the user experience, providing a detailed, comprehensible and accurate grading module that leaves no room for doubt. We aim to help students better understand their grades, and save time from teachers answering student doubts.

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

Automated Feedback improvements

We have significantly improved our Automated Feedback tool capacity. Now, we are able to support larger student cohorts in a smoother fashion, especially for the APAC region. Teachers will be able to see students data way faster and reduce their loading times.

(Fig. 7: Automated Feedback displaying diverse results.)

Why we made this: In order to alleviate some of the data processing weight, we have made important changes from our front-end to our back-end. This way we can provide a faster and better user experience within our Automated Feedback tool, especially to those users who are part of larger cohorts.

Availability: These improvements will be available to all users upon release, without the need for additional requests.

Group synchronization refinement

We've upgraded our system to better handle group changes in the Learning Management System (LMS). Teachers can now easily identify and fix issues where students might end up in multiple groups unintentionally. 

If changing groups through the LMS causes students to be in more than one group, teachers will get a warning message in the group window. This will help them quickly fix any mistakes when adjusting groups in the system.

(Fig. 8: Warning message in Student collaboration settings. )

(Fig. 9: Warning messages indicating how to troubleshoot.)

Why we made this: Though this hasn't always been a regular problem, we've heard your feedback and addressed this concern. We want to maintain clarity and accuracy in managing student groups within the system. Now, teachers can easily find and solve these problems. 

Availability: This improvement will be available to all users upon release, without the need for additional requests.

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This concludes the Februrary Release Notes v2.99. If you have any questions or experience a technical issue, please contact our friendly support team by clicking on the blue chat button

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