Winter 10 - Release 1 (November 19, 2010)

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What's New?

Category: Global

Feature: Improved site display in Site Membership tool

Description: The Site Membership tool in the My Workspace Home page now allows for filtering site lists by site type, plus academic term and subject for course sites. Both the My Sites list and the Joinable Sites list display course sites for the current academic term by default, in order to help users find the most relevant sites easily.

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Category: Global

Feature: Improved styling of Login button and system messages

Description: The visual style of the Login button, as well as some key system warning/informational messages, has been changed to improve visibility/readability.

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Category: Global

Feature: Improved Spell Check feature in rich-text editor

Description: A new Mac-compatible spell check feature has been added to the rich-text editor (available in multiple tools). The previous spell check feature was only available for Windows users.

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Category: Assignments

Feature: Enhancements to the Assignments tool

Description:

  1. The Multiple Choice, Single Correct question type now has a partial credit grading option, allowing the instructor to assign a percentage of the point value to incorrect answers.
  2. The Export feature found under Assignments > Scores will now include all text entered into the Comments for Student fields, along with the students' scores and responses.
  3. The default selection for feedback delivery in assignment settings has been changed from 'Immediate Feedback' (available while taking assignment) to 'Feedback on Submission' (available after assignment is submitted for grading).

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Category: Drop Box

Feature: Enhancements to the Drop Box tool

Description:

  1. Drop Box folders for students who are no longer site members (i.e., students who dropped the course) will be removed automatically, unless there is already content added.
  2. If there are sections defined in the Section Info tool, the Drop Box tool can be filtered to show only the folders for members of a particular section.

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Category: Materials

Feature: Enhancements to the Materials tool

Description:

  1. Item descriptions in Materials will now be displayed by hovering over an information icon next to the item's title. This is easier to see than the View Details link under the Actions menu.
  2. The upload limit for adding files within the Materials tool has been increased from 40 MB to 100 MB. (The upload limit does not apply to uploading files through WebDAV.)
  3. A warning will appear in the Materials page if an upload fails due to the file upload limit being exceeded.

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Category: Section Info

Feature: Enhancements to the Section Info tool

Description:

  1. Instructors will be assigned to their sections, according to official course data, when sections are managed automatically.
  2. The 'Teaching Assistant' label in Section Info (and the section table of Homepage) has been changed to 'Teaching Staff' to accommodate the addition of instructors to their sections.
  3. A Dates column has been added to handle multiple meeting patterns.

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Category: Wiki

Feature: Wiki tool now available in default list of tools

Description: The Wiki tool is now available in the default list of tools found in both Worksite Setup and Site Info > Edit Tools. Users no longer have to send in a request to add this tool to their sites.

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Resolved Issues:

The following issues have been fixed in this release. Please refer to the Known Issues page to find out more about other issues in production with suggested workarounds and resolution status updates.

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Category: Assignments

Problem: The labels of 'Active (testing in progress)' vs. 'Inactive (no student access)' in the Published Assignments area are inaccurate for some scenarios. Assignments that are past the due date are listed as Inactive, even though they may still be available to some students if late submissions are allowed.

Resolution: The listing of assignments as Active or Inactive is now accurate. If an assignment is available to any student (e.g., late submission allowed after due date), it will appear in the Active list. Assignments will only appear in the Inactive list if no student can access it.

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Category: Assignments

Problem: The behavior of a linear access assignment is inconsistent. When a student saves answers and exits the assignment, the student will be taken to the next question after the last question visited when returning to the assignment. When a student closes the browser or navigates away from the assignment without saving, the student will be taken to the last question visited when returning to the assignment.

Resolution: When a student returns to a linear access assignment, the last question visited will be displayed no matter how the student leaves the assignment. Additionally, linear access assignments will be set as one submission only, since the intention of linear access is to prevent students from reviewing previously answered questions.

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Category: Assignments

Problem: The print-friendly version of an assignment does not display correct numbering when the numbering is restarted for each part.

Resolution: The print-friendly version of an assignment now displays correct numbering.

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Category: Assignments

Problem: Adding an attachment in the Edit Question page will erase any unsaved answer selection text.

Resolution: Adding an attachment in the Edit Question page will no longer erases unsaved answer selection text.

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Category: Assignments

Problem: Correct (green) check marks are displayed next to incorrect answers when the student has both correct and incorrect responses within one multiple-answer numeric response question.

Resolution: Correct check marks are no longer displayed next to incorrect answers for numeric response questions.

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Category: Assignments

Problem: When a student is taking an assignment, a message displays when the page redraws stating there are only 5 minutes left, even in untimed assignments. Most of the time, it flashes too quickly to be read.

Resolution: The 5 minute warning message no longer shows up inappropriately.

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Category: Assignments

Problem: Audio recordings in Scores pages play back automatically (all at the same time) when using the Safari browser.

Resolution: Audio recordings no longer play back automatically when using the Safari browser. The Quicktime player controls are now available to control playback.

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Category: Assignments

Problem: Accessing direct links to students' audio recordings does not require authentication, representing a security hole.

Resolution: Users will only be able to access audio recordings with direct links if they have authenticated (logged into CourseWork) and have the proper permission in the site to access student responses. Otherwise, these links will lead to an Access Denied message.

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Category: Homepage

Problem: Selecting 'Yes' to the Public Homepage option for the first time removes any new content added to Other Meetings and Custom Parts fields when the page redraws.

Resolution: Selecting 'Yes' to the Public Homepage option no longer removes any content.

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Category: Mobile Portal

Problem: The rich-text editor does not work in the mobile portal, so users can not enter text to create announcements and other types of content.

Resolution: Content creation pages in the mobile portal now load a simple text field instead of the rich-text editor, allowing for simple content creation. Please note that it is not possible to have any formatting, including line breaks, when entering text using the mobile portal. This fix only applies to iPhones.

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Category: Section Info

Problem: Using special characters in section names (' & #) disables the ability to edit the section or assign members.

Resolution: Special characters in section names (' & #) no longer cause a problem with editing or assigning members.

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Category: Section Info

Problem: The Availability column does not display accurate numbers (matching official course data) when sections are automatically managed.

Resolution: The Availability column now displays accurate numbers (the maximum enrollment number defined in the official course data minus number of registered students) when sections are automatically managed.

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Category: Section Info

Problem: Changes made to section type in official course data are not reflected in Section Info when sections are automatically managed.

Resolution: Changes made to section type in official course data now update the information in Section Info when sections are automatically managed.

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Category: Site Info

Problem: Site participants set to Inactive in Status column do not get removed from the site automatically when dropped from course enrollment data.

Resolution: Site participants who are dropped from course enrollment data now get removed from the site automatically, regardless of Status setting.

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Category: Syllabus

Problem: The information icon in administrative view no longer displays the File Name, Last Modified By and Last Modified On information when cursor hovers over it.

Resolution: The information icon now displays the expected information when cursor hovers over it.

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