Here's a summary of the changes in this new version.
All users, but particularly instructors, will notice some significant changes to the Content tool. These changes mean an entirely different look and feel within the tool.
New features include the ability to drag and drop to upload files from your desktop, drag and drop reordering of content and modules, bulk editing of all content in your course from one screen, and inline creation of modules and topics.
There are three new areas in Content:
Course Overview, Bookmarks, and Upcoming Events areas
This area provides a scrollable view of all modules and topics within the course. This means a full view of an entire course from one screen.
Table of Contents Area
This means when clicking into a module on the left-hand list, the details display on the right:
Clicking a module displays the contents on the right side of the screen.
Instructors and now drag and drop files from their desktop (including multiple files at once). They can also use drag and drop to reorder and move modules and topics.
Drag and drop to add files to Content
Drag and drop to reorder/rearrange Content topics and modules
Content topics can now include a brief description, as well as a "due date" that will appear in students' calendars.
When a student clicks a topic, the Topic Viewer opens and provides a full view of the content. This includes inline viewing of files such as Word documents, PDFs, Google Docs, PowerPoint files, and more. There's also full support for iPad (IOS 5+).
When uploading files to things like and Dropbox, Content, and Manage Files, it's now possible to drag and drop multiple files at a time.
Now students using the Binder IOS app can send Content they're viewing from Learn@UW to their Binder app so they can view the content offline. Binder is available for download from the Apple Store. Learn more about Binder.
The User Progress tool has been significantly redesigned and the result is a better user interface. Plus, it now includes a dashboard to view progress for the entire class, not just one user.
New User Progress dashboard
New Class Progress view
In addition, students can access their own course progress information from the name drop-down menu at the top of each screen. This new student progress dashboard shows important usage data such as system login history, course access history, grades received, dropbox submissions, and content topics visited.
It's now possible to set a Dropbox folder due date, which is independent from the folder's availability dates. This means that instructors can set folders to be available the day after material is covered and until the end date of the class, and they can set a due date to clearly communicate the date until which on-time submissions will be accepted. Alternatively, and instructor could create an acceptable late submission window by setting an availability end date at the appropriate time after the due date.
In addition, Dropbox screens clearly highlight the due dates for students (and late submissions for instructors).
Before, students would see different score formatting when looking at their grades in the Gradebook and from within assessment tools like Dropbox and Quizzes.
Now, instructors can control how scores are displayed in each tool. For instance, instead of showing 9/10 on the Dropbox feedback page and an A in the Gradebook, the grade item display settings could be used to show an A on the Dropbox feedback page, too.
If a grade item is accidentally deleted, instructors can now easily recover the deleted item (and all student grades) themselves. There's also much more data available in the Gradebook Event Log, making it easy for instructors to track who created, deleted, and restored Gradebook items.
The Discussions List page has been revamped with significant layout improvements. The list of topics in each discussion forum can be collapsed, making it easier to view a long list of forums and topics.
For each topic users can see the total number of posts, number of unread posts, number of views of posts. Details of last post including user and date are displayed next to each topic.
There are several changes to ePortfolio in this new version. These include: