Archive for March, 2011

The new version of Springboard (D2L 9.2) is coming and is set to become active on May 11th, but it is already active on our test system! That means that you can try out the new features now and help us ensure that they are fully functional before the upgrade to our production environment. One of the many new features that will be available—which is available right now in the test environment—is an updated grading system.
The updated grading system for quizzes now allows you to grade one quiz question at a time. The new features also allow you to “blind grade” essay questions, questions can be weighted by points and these weight adjustments will be automatically calculated. Here are a few examples of ways you might use this functionality in your own courses:

  • Regrade a single question that a student or class has an issue or question about.
  • Grade essay responses without seeing the name of the writer.
  • True and false questions can be weighted by points differently then an essay response.

This can all be accomplished with the updates to the grading system. The new feature allowing you to grade by individual questions is pictured below.

Select the picture below to view a quick video demonstration of the updated grading system.

To access the Springboard test system, visit: https://springboardtest.uakron.edu/

For more information on the 9.2 D2L upgrade, please visit: http://thejournal.com/articles/2011/03/07/desire2learn-learning-suite-expands-mobile-support.aspx

Jacob Bane
Graduate Assistant Design and Development Services

 

Courses for Summer 2011 have been brought in to Springboard. Instructors – now would be a great time to request that your Summer courses be combined! You can request course merges by sending an email to springboardhelp@uakron.edu. Please be sure to include the course number (1234:567-890, for example) for each course that you would like to have combined.

The new version of Springboard (D2L 9.2) is coming and is set to become active on May 11th, but it is already active on our test system! That means that you can try out the new features now and help us ensure that they are fully functional before the upgrade to our production environment. One of the many new features that will be available—which is available right now in the test environment—is Voice Recording.
Voice Recording will be available within the Discussions, News, Dropbox, and ePortfolio tools. Here are a few examples of ways you might use this functionality in your own courses:

  • Participate in a threaded discussion using an audio message rather than a typed response.
  • Provide verbal feedback on individual student assignments.
  • Record a podcast-style news item for the course homepage.
  • Suggest that students provide contextual introductions to ePortolio items.

This can all be accomplished with the new Voice Recording tool. Audio recordings get stored in place as attachments that students can access.

Select the picture below to view a quick video demonstration of Voice Recording.

Note about the video:
You may receive a prompt on your screen (like the one below) when you select to play the auto file on your desktop after downloading the file. Select the program you wish to use to open the file and to ensure that the file opens automatically in the future, check the “always do this action” option at the bottom on the prompt.

Things to consider about the new tool:

  • Students have access to the new tool as well.
  • What guidelines and expectations will you provide about audio versus written discussion postings?
  • You may want to inform your students early in the semester that they will need to have access to devices that allow them to record and play audio.
  • Some students may not have the ability to record or play audio, so it may be necessary to provide text in conjunction with any recorded audio.

To access the Springboard test system, visit: https://springboardtest.uakron.edu/
For more information on the 9.2 D2L upgrade, please visit: THE Journal

Jacob Bane
Graduate Assistant Design and Development Services

The maintenance on the Springboard servers has been completed successfully. If you experience any technical issues with Springboard following this maintenance, please report them to the ZipSupport Center at 330.972.6888 or by email at support@uakron.edu. We apologize for any inconvenience, and thank you for your patience!

We will be performing maintenance on Springboard at 4:00 PM this afternoon.  We will be working to move some of the supporting servers to new hardware to provide us with scalability for performance and capacity.  We expect this maintenance to take approximately one hour.

Do you have a desire to view some of the new features that will be coming soon to Springboard (D2L)? We are installing version 9.2 on our TEST system today. You will be able to try out the new features beginning tomorrow. Beginning tomorrow, login at springboardtest.uakron.edu from a campus network or VPN client.

To read more about the new features in version 9.2, check out this article in THE Journal.

We will install the new features on our PRODUCTION environment on May 11th, 2011. We are looking forward to the following enhancements:

  • The ability to post to discussions from a mobile device
  • Dramatic improvements to Rubrics
  • Integrated audio recording from within multiple areas of the Learning Environment and ePortfolio
  • Enhancements to the Pager
  • New release conditions, including user enrollment dates and rubric scores;

We will test heavily to verify all is ready for the May 11th upgrade and we hope you will take a peek and let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

A number of Web-based services will be unavailable from 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday as UA expands its storage system to allow for more online course content and new Web services.

The following services will be unavailable:

  • Exchange,
  • Springboard,
  • Zipspace,
  • Videomedia,
  • departmental files, such as your H: drive, and
  • printing.

If you have questions about this upgrade, please e-mail storageupgrade@uakron.edu.