September 2019 Update
Activity Feed – Inline Rendering of Attachments, Embed Codes, Weblinks with Thumbnails and Descriptions
When an instructor attaches a remote plug-in via a Quicklink to a message or assignment post, the plug-in now renders inline as an embedded attachment, much like how Content and Assignments work. This allows users to view the material without navigating away from Activity Feed. Previously, a remote plug-in attachment rendered as a simple web link.
To allow instructors and learners to share more material in a course, users can now paste embed codes directly into the body of message posts. These embed codes automatically attach and display inline for all users to view and interact with.
Users can now attach web links to message and assignment posts by pasting them into the body of messages or the instructions of assignments. The display of link attachments has also been enhanced to show a thumbnail and description, if available. Previously, links could only be added to posts by the Click and Attach workflow and the display was limited to a simple link icon and title.
Assignments – Grades Entered in Assignments and Grades are Synchronized
When an instructor enters a grade for an assignment submission in the standard or spreadsheet view of Grades, the grade also appears with the submission in Assignments. Previously, grades entered in the Assignment tool were passed on to Grades; however, grades for assignment submissions entered in Grades were not passed to the Assignments tool. This change ensures data consistency between Assignments and Grades. Currently Assignment grades are not synchronized when Grades are exported and imported through CSV.
Note: Existing grade data for assignment submissions are not migrated. This synchronization only occurs for new grade entries.
Discussions – Grades Entered in Discussions and Grades are Synchronized
When an instructor enters a grade for a discussion in the standard or spreadsheet view of Grades, the grade also appears with the discussion post in Discussions. Previously, grades entered in the Discussion were passed on to Grades; however, grades for discussions entered in Grades were not passed to the Discussions tool. This change ensures data consistency between Discussions and Grade Book. Currently Discussion grades are not synchronized not synchronized when Grades are exported and imported through CSV.
Note: Existing grade data for discussions are not migrated. This synchronization only occurs for new grade entries.
Quick Eval – Activities View
In Quick Eval, select Activities to display a list of the assessable activities that have items awaiting evaluation in all your courses. An activity shows up in Quick Eval’s Activities view when there is an unevaluated learner submission, or when all students have not submitted to the activity. This view makes it easy to complete all assessments for one assignment, discussion, or quiz, before moving on to the next task. This feature helps evaluators who prefer to evaluate submissions in the context of an activity. Activities view displays indicators to show the progress on submissions, progress on evaluations, and progress on publishing feedback to learners. It also includes links to the evaluation page, submission page, and a publish all action.
Release Conditions – Release Condition for Topic Completion
The Completed content topic is a new release condition that is met when a user completes a content topic. The method of completing the topic depends on the type, such as viewing a file or submitting an assignment. Similar to the currently available Visited content topic release condition, optional topics can also trigger this release condition.
This release condition ignores exemptions, meaning that if the learner completes the activity, the release condition can be met, regardless of the activity being required, optional, or exempt.