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Software update February 2013

Starting on February 26, 2013, itslearning will be updated with a number of new and enhanced features. All sites will be upgraded within a week – so don’t

worry if you can’t see the changes right away.

In the first update this year, we are happy to offer the possibility of integrating third-party software in itslearning as well as a new data analyst tool that

takes associative analytics to a whole new level. We are also introducing two new free games to the App Library.

In addition, we have improved and expanded some of our most popular features. We have updated the grade book, parent

dashboard, resource booking, individual learning plans, lesson planner and much more. Read all about the updates below.


New free educational word quiz games

Free Educational Word Quiz GamesIn September 2012, we let all our developers loose for a couple of days and allowed them to make whatever they wanted. The best contributions – two free and

educational word quiz games – are now available in our App Library:

 See how the Hangman and Crossword puzzle work:

 

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Gain new insight with the new data analyst

Data Analyst is Powered by QlikViewPowered by QlikView, itslearning’s data analyst tool takes associative analytics to a whole new level, giving you a better view of what’s going on in

your organization. itslearning's data analyst enables administrators and school leaders to explore data, make discoveries and decisions, and solve business problems. The data

will help you gain new insight, and spot similarities, differences, overlaps and outliers. Data analyst gathers all

the information you need, and presents it in itslearning, so you can analyze, understand and solve the challenges.

There are two standard reports available for all sites, as well as one that requires a license. You can also order custom reports if you need specific information:

 

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Seamless third-party integrations

We're pleased to introduce modules. Modules enable third-parties to integrate external systems, such as student administrative systems, time-scheduling software or even wiki software, directly into itslearning. You can then decide where the system is visible in itslearning and who can access it - and users can access it without needing a separate log on. Modules are about more than just accessability. The third-party vendor can modify their system to fit with itslearning's look and feel, so a user experiences a seamless transition between the systems. Read more about modules in the help section.

 

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Grade book refresh

LMS Grade Book with User-friendly Interface The grade book has been refreshed to include a brand new and easy-to-use user interface, as well as other enhancements to improve performance and

user experience. This includes:

  • Score-based grading
  • The participants list is now easier to read and search.
  • The grade book settings have been moved to the course settings page, and are also available from a tab in the grade book.
  • A new ‘Average and count’ tab (if average is enabled).
  • Enhanced student view.
  • Improved custom assessments (previously called ‘manual assessments’).
  • Improved ‘Export to Excel’ function.

Read more about the new grade book in the help or watch the video to see how it works:

 

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Book resources from the calendar

Book Resources from Learning Platform Calendaritslearning's resource booking allows you to create resources – such as meeting rooms, cameras, computers, smartboards, and projectors – and let other

users book them in the calendar. Since we launched the resource booking feature as an open beta in 2012, we have collected feedback from users, made some

improvements and are now officially releasing it.

In this update we have:

  • Made a better overview of resource availability when booking resources.
  • Made it possible to view the status of bookings on the add/edit event page.

 

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More information on the parent dashboard

LMS Parent DashboardIn order to provide parents with a quick overview of information about their children, we have expanded the parent dashboard with a new ‘About my child’ content block that

shows a picture of the child as well as basic personal data.

We are also making it possible for you to give parents detailed information about their children's assessments, attendance and behaviour data. In

addition, site administrators can now enable detailed reports of this data.

Read more about the parent dashboard.

 

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Teachers can now read individual learning plans

Teachers can Access Individual Learning PlansPreviously, it was only possible for mentors to access individual learning plans (ILPs). Now teachers can, too. However, teachers can only view the ILP columns that have been made visible for teachers in the ILP settings, and they cannot edit this information. The same applies to parents, who have access only to ILP columns that have been made available for them on the parent dashboard.

In addition, the ILP table will no longer reload and reset to the top when you change the content of the table. Additionally, the ‘Add’ links

have been replaced by buttons.

Read more about individual learning plans.

 

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Improvements to the test tool

Test Tool Improvements in LMS

The test tool has been improved with the following changes:

Improved ‘order questions’

It is now easier to drag and drop elements in order questions without having

to scroll.

When the mouse hovers over an element, a new grab handle makes it easier to drag and drop the element – especially if it contains video or other interactive

elements.

Improved categories page

The test category page has been updated to make the layout more consistent with the overall itslearning user experience.

New test result page

To give you a better overview of results, we have introduced a ‘Summary’ tab. The new tab gives you an overview of all the questions along with the score, and a red, green

or yellow color to show the status of the answer.

Read more about tests.

 

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Early learner tests more practice-oriented

Early Learner Tests more Practice-orientedTo make the early learner test tool more like practice than a test, the default settings for early learner tests are now:

  • Without penalty
  • Forward navigation only
  • Unlimited attempts
  • Show feedback on alternatives

In addition, students can now access the results of their previous attempts on the test start page.

 

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Copy lessons from the planner to other courses

Copy Lesson Plans to Other Courses in LMSIn our previous update, we made it possible to activate and deactivate lessons. We have now made it easier to reuse your lessons from the planner by making it possible for you to copy all, or a selection of, to another course. We’ve also made it possible to clear the dates connected to a lesson so that you can reuse an existing plan in a new school year if desired. 

Please note that learning objectives connected to lessons in the planner are included when copying lessons, but any resources and activities connected to the elements will not

be copied.

It is also now possible to disable default columns, such as Date, Class hours or Learning objectives, from the planner settings.

 

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New version of the test-mode browser

The test-mode browser has been updated, and all users should install the new version. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to automatically update the

browsers, so users need to do this manually. A new version of the MSI-package will be made available after the update.

Please note:  itslearning does not check the for the most current test-mode browser version installed.  

 

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Minor changes

  • The attendance system has been updated with several usability improvements. The content blocks for courses and projects are now limited to the 25 first (favorite) projects and courses so that the Dashboard will load faster for

    users with a lot of favorites. Images exceeding the space available will now be automatically resized in bulletins and rich-text content blocks. Supervisors (mentors and head teachers) and administrators of a student can now see who else is supervising the student. This information is displayed at

    the bottom of the student’s personal profile pop-up.

 

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Corrections

A number of issues have been corrected. Read more about the most important corrections (pdf file).

 

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