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Major eClass Upgrade June 2019 - Upcoming Changes
Posted by Dave Laurie on 03 April 2019 03:40 PM

Attention eClass Users,

Please be aware that in June 2019, we will be performing a major version upgrade to eClass. This upgrade will introduce a variety of bug fixes and feature improvements across the site.

The upgrade will require a full system outage, which has been scheduled for Saturday, June 22nd 2019 from 12:00AM until Sunday June 23rd at 11:59PM (48 hours).

The main system features that will change in the new version of eClass are listed below:

Highlights

  • New audio and video recording options are now available directly within the HTML editor to record and embed brief media snippets. (This is an experimental feature still under evaluation for any potential performance impacts.)
  • Quiz question banks now have tagging functionality enabled. Instructors can create tags when editing questions, filter by tags when working in the question bank, and add random question sets to quizzes based on tags.
  • All dates/times in eClass can now be set to the nearest minute.

Quiz Improvements

  • Instructors can now add file type restrictions to Essay questions.
  • Instructors can now embed files as feedback when manually grading quiz questions.

Assignment Improvements

  • A link to ‘View all submissions’ has been added as a return path within the PDF grading screen.
  • Clicking ‘Next page’ within the assignment grading interface will now reset scrolling to the top of the next page.

Miscellaneous Changes

  • Badges can now be used as criteria for achieving other badges. Cohort membership and uploading of a profile picture are now valid badge criteria.
  • Choice activity: Students are now informed of how their selected choice will be displayed within the course.
  • SCORM activity: Instructors can now enable a setting to force users to begin a new attempt when entering the SCORM activity.
  • Instructors in non-credit courses can now bulk-delete self-enrollments.
  • Glossary activity: Users can now link directly to individual glossary entries.

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

  • Kaltura Media

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. Also, if you are interested in testing the latest features coming to eClass and have not yet signed up to be involved in User Acceptance Testing (UAT), please contact us for more information.

Regards,
IST eClass Support