Academic Technology Updates for December 2022

We have new updates for MyCourses, Turnitin, and more! See below for details, and please contact if you encounter any problems or have questions.


Assignments – Consolidate availability dates

This feature updates the assignment availability dates to be consistent with the new availability date model, which was previously added to Discussions. Instructors can now include availability dates in the Calendar and have greater control over the behavior of availability dates for their learners. As a result, instructors can:

  • Stop late submissions.
  • Let learners view assignment information and submissions after it ends.
  • Schedule the visibility of an assignment.
  • Allow learners to view an assignment while preventing them from attempting it.
  • Post the start and end of an assignment to the Calendar.

The Assignment list page for both instructors and learners now contain all activity dates and date settings, including:

  • Access restricted
  • Submission restricted
  • Hidden

Instructors can choose the default settings for availability dates for any new assignment. The settings are available on the Availability Date Defaults page, which can be found under Course Admin.

The Availability Date Defaults page, the Assignment page with activity dates and date settings
Figure: The Availability Date Defaults page, the Assignment page with activity dates and date settings.

Instructors can choose the default settings for availability dates for any new assignment. The settings are available on the Availability Date Defaults page, which can be found under Course Admin.

Previously, most MyCourses tools restricted access to assignments outside of availability dates with a manually managed visibility toggle (except the New Content Experiences, which will continue to hide both access-restricted and hidden assignments).

Intelligent Agents – Improved consistency with the removal of legacy scheduling options

This feature cleans up the Intelligent Agent scheduling interface by removing the unused Scheduled Agents Run Time area from the Intelligent Agents Settings page.

If a user has a course export package containing Intelligent Agents that was created prior to the April 2022 update, those agents are now imported without a schedule.

Quizzes – New create and edit experience is set to On (Opt-in)

To encourage the adoption of the new quiz creation experience introduced in the June 2022 Update, the new quiz creation experience is set to ON (opt-in) for all users who currently have the experience set to OFF.

Note: The display in calendar functionality for availability dates remains temporarily absent from the new quiz creation experience. Availability (Start/End) Dates does not appear in the calendar by default but can be added to the calendar by using the Manage Dates tool.

Rubrics – Removal of legacy Rubric assessment type for learning objectives associated with quizzes

When you create a new quiz that has an associated learning objective, the Assessment Type drop-down menu no longer includes the Rubrics assessment type. Using the quiz assessment in this manner previously caused an error because it is not a supported workflow. This change ensures that users creating quiz assessments with learning objectives can no longer mistakenly use that workflow. The Numeric assessment type continues to function normally.

The previous Assessment Type menu, with Numeric and Rubric options.
Figure: The previous Assessment Type menu, with Numeric and Rubric options.
The new Manage Quizzes page, without the Rubric Assessment Type
Figure: The new Manage Quizzes page, without the Rubric assessment type option.

Turnitin: Draft Coach

Draft Coach is Turnitin’s new writing tool that provides instant feedback as you write. Users can run checks for similarity, grammar, and citations with the tool to become more confident writers. IT will be promoting Draft Coach as a student-centered tool, but it will be available to all users across the organization. Draft Coach is only available in the web version of Microsoft Word.

Preparing for Spring 2023

Are you hard at work building your Spring 2023 courses?

Be sure to check out Five Steps For Preparing Your MyCourses Classes For Spring 2023 for some helpful tips!


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IT has provided a detailed overview of our available proctoring solutions, as well as implementation recommendations. Please read, What Is The Right Choice For Online Proctoring for more information.