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Software update 9 February 2012

itslearning was updated on 9 February 2012. This time we have focused on improvements that will make life easier for teachers. We have improved the calendar and grade book, enhanced some of the content blocks, released a new version of the editor and much more.


  • Video summary
  • Improvements to the new design
  • New space-saving news content block
  • Improved course list content block
  • Embed external content in pages
  • Better overview in the grade book
  • New version of the rich-text editor
  • Get more out of the calendar with resource booking and iCal support
  • More information for teachers in the personal profile
  • Send notifications when you update an element
  • Corrections

    Watch the video below to see what's new in the release.



    Improvements to the new design

    In the previous release we did a major update to the look and feel, and now we've improved it even more. The Intermediate, Animal misfits and Space themes are now available in two versions: one with text in the top menu and one with icons only. This makes it easier for teachers to tailor the themes to different age groups.

    We've also introduced a brand new Summersky theme, which in essence is a different version of the standard itslearning skin.

    Change LMS Theme to a Different Skin 

    • Read more about the different interfaces and themes in the itslearning help!


      New space-saving news content block

      We're happy to introduce a new version of the news content block. The new block is more compact and has a smaller font.

      New Version of LMS News Content Block 


      Improved course list content block

      It's now easier to keep up to date with what's happening in your courses thanks to several new features in the course list content block. You can now see how many changes have been made since you last visited the course (the orange droplet) – and you can also see which courses have had new bulletins added to them (the grey icon).

      itslearning Improves Course List Content Block 

      • Read more about the course content blocks in the itslearning help!

        Embed external content in pages

        Now to a feature we know many page creators have been waiting for: you can now embed external content from services such as YouTube and Slideshare directly from the rich content block into pages. Look for the new 'Source' button in the editor when adding or editing rich content.

        Page Creators can Embed External Content 


        Better overview in the grade book

        The grade book has been updated with four sought-after features:


        You might have different types of assessments in a single course, such as for homework assignments, group assignments, classroom assignments and tests. These assignments can now be grouped together to form a category (you can, of course, create your own categories). This means you can filter your grade books by category to get a better overview and also weight assessments differently within individual categories.

        LMS Gives Better Overview and Weighs Assessments Differently 

        Add terms and categories directly into new elements

        It's now possible to select a term and category when adding tests and assignments.

        Column headers always show

        The column headers in the grade book are now always visible at the top of the grid, even when you scroll down a long list of participants.

        Improved input field for marking

        A new autocomplete feature enables you to give a mark or assessment quicker when marking assignments. When you enter the assessment, itslearning will suggest an assessment as soon as you type the first letter or number. This is especially useful if you use an assessment scale with many options.

        Improved Input Field for Marking in itslearning 

        • Read more about the grade book in the itslearning help!

          New version of the rich-text editor

          You can now use a brand new version of the rich-text editor. The new icons and colours give it a more modern look, but the editor works exactly as it did before.

          New Version of Rich-text Editor 

          • Read more about the rich-text editor in the itslearning help!

            Get more out of the calendar with resource booking and iCal support

            These two new features will improve the calendar for all our users.

            Resource booking

            Administrators can now create a list of resources – such as rooms, cameras, computers, and smartboards – and let other users book them directly through their calendar.

            Note: we've decided to launch this feature as a limited beta, and only selected sites will have access to it. Interested? Read about the beta program and how to join it at

             Admins now Create list of Resources

            • Read more about setting up and using resource booking in the itslearning help!
            • iCal support

              Do you use a Mac, an iPhone, Microsoft Outlook or any other device that supports iCal? If so, you can now subscribe to calendar activities through an iCal feed. Simply click the Subscribe link in the Activities content block. Read more about iCal on Wikipedia.

              iCal Support in itslearning Platform 


              More information for teachers in the personal profile

              Course teachers now have access to aggregated information in the person profile. In plain English, this means they can now see a full list of assessments, attendance reports and behaviour reports for each student – including assessments and reports from other subject teachers – when they click a student's personal profile. You have to be registered as teacher of that student in at least one course to see this information.

              Course Teachers can Access Aggregated Student Information in LMS 

              • What information can other users see in your profile? Find out in the person profile topic in the itslearning help.

                Send notifications when you update an element

                Have you ever found a mistake in a page, note, assignment or test and had to notify everyone that you've made a change? Now you can send notifications automatically when you make a change. This isn't a default setting (as people don't want to be bombarded with notifications about every little change), so you need to untick the 'Minor edit' box before saving the change. itslearning will then take care of the rest.

                Updating Element in LMS can Trigger Notification 

                In elements with autosave, such as Pages, you'll find a Notify about changes button:

                Notify About Changes, add Content Block or Change Layout  



                In this release we have corrected more than 100 issues. Read this document to find out more about the most important (English only).


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