Academic Technology Updates for September 2022

We have new updates for MyCourses, Respondus, and more! See below for details, and please contact helpdesk@ggc.edu if you encounter any problems or have questions.

MyCourses

Classlist – Easily access and view sections for specific users

Instructors can now use the Classlist tool to view groups and sections. Previously, instructors could only view section enrollments using various filtering and sorting workflows or by searching within the Sections tool.

A new Classlist tool permission View Section Enrollments can be used alongside the existing View Group Enrollments permission to allow for both sections and groups to be displayed in the Classlist context menu. If a role has only one of the two permissions enabled, then users may only see either View group enrollments or View section enrollments in the Classlist context menu.


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Figure: View groups and sections using the Classlist tool.

Quizzes – Reduce test anxiety by creating quizzes without time limits

With this release, instructors have the option to create quizzes with no time limit. The No Time Limit option is now the default Timing setting for new quizzes.

Previously, instructors who wished to create quizzes with no time limit had to use the Recommended Time Limit option, which was selected by default and set to 120 minutes. This led to confusion for learners because the recommended time limit displayed on the quiz itself.

Instructors can create quizzes with no time limit using either the New Experience or the Classic Experience. In New Experience, under Timing & Display, click Manage Timing and select No Time Limit. In Classic Experience, in the Restrictions tab, under Timing, select No Time Limit.

Learners who take a quiz with no time limit now see No time limit under Time Allowed on the Quiz Summary page and Est. Length: No Time Limit on the quiz itself.

    Instructor view of the New Quiz page with the new default No Time Limit option selected.
    Figure: Instructor view of the New Quiz page with the new default No Time Limit option selected.
    Learner view of a quiz attempt in progress before this update, displaying the recommended time limit.
    Figure: Learner view of a quiz attempt in progress before this update, displaying the recommended time limit.
    Learner view of a quiz attempt in progress after this update, with no recommended time limit displayed.
    Figure: Learner view of a quiz attempt in progress after this update, with no recommended time limit displayed.
      Release Conditions – Choose the last date of enrollment in the current org unit

      To help users with more flexibility around course design, the release condition Date of enrollment in current org unit now includes the following options:

      • Use first enrollment date
      • Use last enrollment date
      The Release Conditions menu with the choice of enrollment date
      Figure: The Release Conditions menu with the choice of the date of enrollment in the current org unit highlighted.

      This feature can also be used to set an intelligent agent; e.g., for learners who have been enrolled more than once in the course, you can decide if the agent applies based on the first time or the last time they were enrolled.

      Intelligent Agent with enrollment date used
      Figure: Intelligent Agent with enrollment date used.

      Previously the release condition for Classlist Date of enrollment in current org unit was based on users’ first enrollment into the org unit.

      Brightspace Pulse App

      Brightspace Pulse – Retirement of the + button for manual dates in Work To Do

      The + button for adding manual dates in the work to do page is no longer available to learners. Previously, learners could use the + button to add personal due dates for activities. Now, only activities that come through Brightspace are viewable. All users who use this feature were notified a maximum of 90 days in advance each time they interacted with the manual dates or + button.

      Respondus

      New Feature: “Show Your Work”

      One of the top requests Respondus receives from math and science faculty is a way for students to “show their work” at the end of an online exam. This feature is now available in the Respondus Monitor proctoring system.

      To watch a video on how to enable the Show Your Work feature, please visit Respondus Monitor: Show Your Work Feature.

      Blackboard Collaborate Decommission

      Information Technology (IT) will transition the campus community from Blackboard Collaborate to other supported web conferencing tools including Zoom and Microsoft Teams by December 15, 2022. IT will provide workshops and consultations to faculty and staff that are impacted by the transition.

      Please visit the GGC IT Blog for more details about the transition and the IT Event Calendar to view upcoming workshops.