Archive for April, 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 the ability to change dates for the news in the manage dates area.

No longer will you have to go into each individual news item to change its date settings, you can now change them all en masse quickly and easily in the manage dates tool. What’s in it for my students and me?

  • Quickly change release and closing dates for one or more news items.
  • Save time by offsetting all news item dates at the same time after copying course content from a previous course.

Select the picture below to view a quick video demonstration of the ability to change dates for the news in the manage dates area.


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

Faculty asked questions during a recent Springboard survey. We have compiled these and answered them in this attached document.

The document can be found here: Springboard FAQ

What other questions can we answer for you about Springboard?

Jacob Bane
Graduate Assistant Design and Development Services

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 the ability to post to discussions from your mobile device.

The mobile edition of Springboard, called D2L2Go, can be accessed on these supported mobile devices: iPhone, iTouch, Android devices, and Blackberry devices. The mobile edition of Springboard already allowed you to check things such as content and grades, yet you are now able to post and reply to discussions on the go. What’s in it for my students and me?

  • The ability to respond to questions and comments from your phone.
  • Waiting time at doctors offices or other venues can now become productive.
  • Urgent questions from students can be answered more quickly.

Select the picture below to view a quick video demonstration of the discussions tool.

To access the Springboard test system, visit: https://springboardtest.uakron.edu/ on your mobile device.
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

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 new functionality available with the rubric tool.
The updated rubric tool now allows direct reporting to the gradebook, rubric scores will no longer have to be manually moved.  What’s in it for my students and me?

  • Rubrics clarify expectations for student assignments and make standards explicit.
  • Rubrics show students how to improve and allow for realistic self-appraisal.
  • Rubrics simplify assessment of performance and speed up scoring.
  • Automation saves time and reduces error—grades go directly into gradebook.

Select the picture below to view a quick video demonstration of the rubric tool.

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

 

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 pager tool.

The updated pager tool has a new look and has new features. A red mark will appear in the pager window when a message is received. An “Inbox” tab where you can filter your messages has been added. Also, a “Friends” tab and a “Classlist” tab have been added to make finding students or colleagues easier.

Select the picture below to view a quick video demonstration of the pager tool.

Here are a few examples of ways you might use this functionality in your own courses:

  • Easily send out messages to an individual or an entire class.
  • Urgent announcements that may require student attention, such as a canceled class, can be sent out with ease.

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

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 additional maintenance on Springboard at 5:00 AM on Sunday, April 3.  We will be continuing work 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.