We’ve updated the student notebook to be a full featured portfolio view of everything the student did for the session.
Starting at the top, students can now see their grade and any notes. Teachers can update this grade here as well. Both can download the entire report as excel or as an image.
Moving down, the table shows cumulative stats to help you gauge interaction and contributions.
New Ideas and Replies are separated out. If a post is part of a thread you can see the entire thread by clicking “Show Thread”
The “Feedback” link now allows you to send emails directly to the student(s) who posted the idea. Clicking the feedback link shows the following popup, where you can leave feedback either as a response in the thread or in an email.
The final section lists any Multiple Choice questions (along with right answer if they are allowed to see the answer). The Concept Map table also has a link that will take you directly to their map.
For use cases like interrupted case studies and structured discussions, you can now make sure that groups don’t work ahead. We’ve made it easier to control when students can and can’t see prompts.
The image below shows the session overview page, where the edit prompt button has been moved down a little, and there is a new On / Off switch that controls whether students can see the prompt.
Small Team Names
When you create a new session and have students work as “Small Teams In Class” their team name would default to the students first name and last initial, so “Samantha P, Albert D, Ryu K.”
For larger classes, we understand that you may not actually know who any of those students are and it can be beneficial to allow students to designate their team name, like “Team Blue” or “Way Back on the Right.”
The updated screen where students declare their group members is below with an option for them to Set Team Name. They can also just leave the default name as is.
Welcome back for another great semester with Visual Classrooms. We’ve got a couple updates we’d like to share.
1) Improved Text Analysis – We’ve moved the word cloud to inside each individual prompt and added a vocabulary list. Click a word in the vocab list and it will filter in the discussion space. Identify what words students are using and in what context.
2) Name Hiding – We introduced “anonymous” posts last semester (students can’t see names on posts) but now it’s easier than ever for instructors to hide/show names.
Welcome back for another exciting school year, we can’t wait to be a part of your classrooms again.
We have added another visibility option for discussion and sketch prompts, the option for “Anonymous After Post.”
It follows the same rules as “After Post” so students can’t see peer ideas until they submit, but now student names are hidden (obviously instructors can see names). The green still shows up so the student/group logged in knows which one was theirs.
Points Based Grading
Instructors wanted to be able to easily hand out points to students as they read posts. Using the dropdown (three horizontal bars) on the top right of every post, there is a new option for assigning points. These “points” are integrated into our rubric based analytics page for quick and easy auto-grading.
If you choose to set points on discussion/sketch prompts, students can see this on the session overview page. Watch the short 1 minute video to see how it works.
We are piloting LMS gradebook integration with several institutions this semester but are not ready to roll it out to everyone. We apologize for this delay and if you require gradebook integration let us know and we will prioritize your request.
Thanks again, looking forward to another great school year.
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Welcome back from the holiday break, I hope everyone is refreshed and excited for a new semester. While you were away we made some great new changes to support formative assessment and generate in-class discussion.
As we’ve working with instructors, they felt that our traditional discussion forum/whiteboard was a great collaboration tool but there were times they just wanted to get a quick read on student understanding. Virtual sections work great to support collaboration in large classes, but auto-graded elements were also necessary.
We’ve introduced two new prompt types to join the existing discussion whiteboard: Multiple Choice and Concept Maps. You can now build activities that have elements of true collaboration and clicker-like voting.
Multiple Choice Questions
Ditch your clickers! We know you have them, we know you aren’t crazy about them. Get all of their functionality with our research validated collaboration tools as well. Options that allow students to see the correct after they submit, and/or cumulative results from the entire class.
Auto-grade student responses from the Session Analytics page:
The concept map is still somewhat experimental, but we felt like the only way to get great feedback was to turn it on and see how teachers used them and what information we could give to them. So please send me your thoughts and ideas for improvement – firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is how it works – as the instructor, you define the values of the nodes and links, and the students connect them. Cumulative totals of the linkages across the entire class are displayed. The ability to bring up individual maps for in-class discussion will be there soon.
Here is the video of the Concept Map in action:
As always, thank you for allowing us to be a part of your classroom, don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.