Create and edit experience

The create and edit Assignments page has an updated look and feel. The classic tabbed view has been updated to a single-page layout.

Copy assignment option

Instructors now have the ability to copy existing assignments within a course to quickly create new similar assignments. This will copy all settings of an existing assignment except the associated grade item and Turnitin settings.

New Submissions column added

A new column name was added on the Assignments list page to show when there are new submissions.

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Total number of users field and floating buttons

The total number of users (whole class, section, group) now appear at the bottom of the Classlist page. On the Print Classlist and Email Classlist pages, the  Print and Email buttons now float consistently on screen, to ensure easy access to these actions.

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Word count for discussion posts

A word count is now visible in the HTML Editor for discussion posts. All words in a discussion post are counted and include filler words such as “the,” “if,” and “to.” The word count is displayed to students while they type in the HTML Editor, and it also appears next to posts they have created in the Discussions Reading View and Grid View. Students can view the word count for their posts only. For instructors, the word count appears on the Assessment page and in line with the post details in the Discussions Reading View and Grid View.

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Display total points in Manage Grades

To improve usability of the Grades tool and reduce calculation errors, Manage Grades now includes total points for Grade Categories and the Final Calculated Grade.

For weighted grade books, the total weight is displayed in addition to the total points. Totals do not include bonus grade items and do support grade item dropping.

Unrelease all final grades

Grades features a new workflow to quickly undo the release of final grades for a course. Instructors can easily select Unrelease All from the Final Grades drop-down menu.

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Group descriptions

Group members can now see the description of their group. For self-enrolled groups, group members will now see the group description at all times, including before and after enrollment. For other group types, instructors can now choose to display the description to members of the group. This visible group description setting is off by default for non-self-enrollment groups.

Self-enrollment capacity

An instructor can now increase or decrease the capacity for self-enrollment groups after they have been created, and prior to the group sign-up expiry date. Decreasing a group size to an amount smaller than has already signed up for a group will not re-allocate users to other groups.

Self-enrollment start and expiry date and time

Instructors can set Start dates for self-enrollment groups. This feature allows them to schedule self-enrollment availability, ensuring students are prepared and have equal opportunity to self-enroll in groups. Additionally, instructors can now add an exact time when self-enrollment opens, and an exact time when self-enrollment expires.

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My Courses Widget

Pinned tab in My Courses widget

A Pinned tab now appears in the My Courses widget. The Pinned tab allows students and instructors to create a curated view of their pinned courses. The Pinned tab appears in the widget only after a user pins a course. The tab remains in view until all courses are unpinned. The My Courses widget remembers the last viewed tab and shows that same tab the next time the homepage is viewed. This makes it easy for instructors and students who only wish to view pinned courses to see those courses upon login.

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Quizzes & Question Library

Attach files in written response, arithmetic, and significant figures questions

When creating a written response, arithmetic, or significant figures question, instructors can now allow learners to upload files in their answers and include embedded images. Students can also record audio or video responses when answering these question types.

When grading a quiz, instructors can download and open these attachments in another tab. When students are reviewing their quiz submissions, if they are allowed to view their quiz responses, they can view their uploaded attachments.

The maximum file size for a single file or embedded image attached to a quiz response is set to 102400 KB (100MB). The maximum file size for all files attached or embedded in a single quiz question response is set to 102400 KB (100MB).

Search for and select questions in Question Library sections

This feature enables instructors to search for sections in the Question Library by section title, as well as the ability to select and import the section in its entirety from the search results list.

Enhanced question reordering and question improvements in Quiz Builder

To simplify the movement and reordering of questions in the Quiz Builder, a new Move To option is visible when a question is selected. The Move To option allows questions to be moved to the top of the quiz, bottom of the quiz, or to a specific section within the quiz. Instructors can select multiple questions and move them all at once using the Move To menu. The drag and drop reordering of questions has not been affected by this feature and remains available.

This feature also updates question importing options in Quiz Builder. When importing questions from the Question Library, instructors can now use the default end of quiz location for the questions, or choose to import the questions into a specific section.

Quiz preview in Quiz Builder

Instructors can now preview their quiz from the Quiz Builder. Clicking the new Preview button on the Add/Edit Questions view of the quiz opens a quiz preview attempt in a new tab for a complete view of how the quiz appears to students.

Retake only incorrect questions in subsequent attempts

This feature introduces a new option for Attempt settings that allows students to only retake their incorrectly answered questions from previous quiz attempts. Instructors can select this new option in the Assessment tab of a quiz. When the Retake Incorrect Questions Only check box is selected for subsequent quiz attempts, each student only sees the questions they had previously answered incorrectly in the same order as the initial attempt (including quizzes with random sections and random questions).

When grading a Retake Incorrect Questions Only quiz attempt, the instructor can only provide a score for the questions answered on this attempt. A learner’s score for a Retake attempt remains, at minimum, the score they had on the previous attempt. Correctly answered questions on the Retake attempt add to the student’s attempts score. The Quiz Overall Score is calculated using the existing Highest/Lowest/First/Last/Average aggregation functions. The “Average” aggregation function can be used to give the student partial marks for questions that were not answered correctly on the first attempt.

Instructors can now identify retaken attempts in the Attempt log. Instructors can also identify a Retake attempt while grading a quiz in the Quizzes tool on the User tab and the Attempts tab.

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Quick Eval

Dismiss activities from list or until next submission

To improve the ability to manage items on their Quick Eval list, instructors can now select items that appear in their Quick Eval list and remove them permanently, or temporarily until a new submission is received for the activity. Once a new submission arrives to the Quick Eval list, the previously dismissed activity reappears there. Instructors can view their dismissed items in the Dismissed Activities List and restore them to the Quick Eval list at any time.

Support for anonymous marking

Assignments created with the option to Hide Student Names During Assessment now display in Quick Eval’s Submission view with learner names and profile images hidden. Instructors using anonymous marking can access Quick Eval with confidence that it supports their anonymous marking needs.

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Video Note

Automatic closed captioning

To improve accessibility, video notes now provide automatic closed captioning for newly created videos and the ability to manually add or update closed captioning for all previously recorded videos. After video processing, users can view closed captions using video player controls. In addition, users can now download a transcript and the closed caption file associated with a video independent of Video Notes.

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