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Major eClass Upgrade June 2018 - Upcoming Changes
Posted by Dave Laurie on 13 March 2018 03:27 PM

Attention eClass Users,

Please be aware that in June 2018, we will be performing a major version upgrade to eClass. This upgrade will introduce a large number of feature improvements across the site and will include an overhaul to the theme and user interface.

The upgrade will require a full system outage, which has been scheduled for Saturday, June 23rd 2018 from 12:00AM until Sunday June 24th at 11:59PM (48 hours).

Please note that while we have booked a full 48 hour maintenance window, eClass will be available as soon as the required infrastructure and application changes are complete. We will be sending an additional announcement once access to eClass has been restored.

The main system features that will change in the new version of eClass are displayed in this series of videos. The full changes are listed below with links to relevant knowledge articles where available:

Highlights

Quiz Improvements

  • Bulk question deletion from the question bank is now possible.
  • CLOZE quiz questions can now have multiple correct answers.
  • The creation interface for quiz drag-and-drop questions has been improved.

Assignment Improvements

Forum Improvements

Other Activity improvements

  • Activity completion summaries are now available at the course level and allow for bulk changes and easier management. This includes the option to mark items complete for students if required.
  • Users can now duplicate pages in the Lesson activity.
  • The Book resource has had numerous improvements to the user interface and editing workflows.
  • The Choice activity has been improved to include new functionality.  Instructors can now set a choice for students, open and close dates can be set separately, deadlines now feed into the calendar, and horizontal & vertical display now affects both choices and displayed results.

Miscellaneous Changes

  • Navigation in the Gradebook has changed from a dropdown menu to a tab navigation menu.
  • Configuration options for gradebook single view have been improved.
  • Multimedia embedding routines have been improved.
  • Content tagging options have been expanded.
  • The OneTopic course format has been updated to include subtopics and a variety of style & formatting options.
  • The Library Resources block will now be automatically be added to new courses by default.

Please also note that the following features will no longer be available in the new version of eClass:

  • Journal activity
  • Jmol Chemistry filter
  • Gradebook Outcomes

This list of features may be subject to change before the upgrade takes place. We will be providing training and support materials to prepare users for major changes as the upgrade date draws closer.

If you have any questions about this upgrade, please contact us at eclass@ualberta.ca.

Regards,
IST eClass Support