Here is a preview of some of the big changes you can expect to Carmen’s Content and User Progress tools after the update on May 3-5. I’m providing some zoomed out screen shots to give you (literally) the big picture. To see more detail and play with these tools yourself, sign up for a preview session or explore the sandbox on your own.
The first screenshot just shows a sample course homepage. This is still pretty draft-y, but I want to point out the Content Browser widget, which pulls a click-able overview of your instructional material right onto your course home page. Like it? Leave a comment below.
Next is the redesigned Content area itself. Wow! Different! There are still Modules and Topics, but the look is definitely new. There are also new features that enable instructors to track whether students have engaged with their content. These particular screenshots are from the student perspective. I’ll do some screenshots of the instructor perspective in a later post.
First up is the Table of Contents. Like I said, “Wow! Different!”
This is a PDF in the new File Viewer (this is the new technical trick that makes all kinds of content accessible from both regular computers and tablet devices). Note the module navigation at the bottom, with the “passively” completed task. Instructors can also set up topics so that students have to check a box to signal they have completed the reading task.
Class Progress and User Progress
Class Progress is new. It allows an instructor to see an overview of how well students are doing. Content, Learning Objectives, Logins, and Grades can be shown or hidden in this dashboard view.
Instructors can also drill down to see how individual students are doing in each tool. This is similar to the current User Progress, but the data is often richer and definitely more visually appealing.
I’m still playing with this, but the reporting on Content seems to draw both from passively completed tasks and ones that students have to check off as they complete them.
Feel free to leave questions or feedback on these high-level shots here in the blog. Or sign up for a preview session. We are very interested in your reactions to this update!
The February and early March preview sessions are filling up fast. I have some time available to do preview sessions for colleges and departments. We would need to find a mutually work-able day and time and other conditions would apply, but if you are interested in organizing a custom preview for faculty and staff in your area, send me a note at email@example.com.