Features & Improvements
Lots of good stuff under the tree after our recent release. Which present to rip open first?
Okay, the big one: courses now have a student view! Faculty (and other appropriate roles) can view any course as a student by clicking at the top of the course page and viewing the course as a student. Also comes with a wooden stock and a compass and a thing that tells time!
We also added an attendance kiosk option. Set up a kiosk so students can scan their IDs as they enter class. (You'll need to attach some kind of barcode-scanner to your computer—maybe use that Best Buy gift card your uncle sent you and pick one up on December 26?)
Login approvals now use passcodes generated by an authenticator app on your smartphone. This is far more reliable than relying on using text messages to send you a code. This article describes how it works, and the Populi Blog describes our thinking behind the change.
Need custom exit reasons? Now you can set those up in Academics > Settings > Exit Reasons.
The Chart of Accounts now displays , which you can click to find out what financial items and settings are associated with a particular account.
You can now direct students to the eminently-handy
https://yourschool.populiweb.com/register—this page will redirect a student to her Profile > Registration view once she logs in.
Fee rules have a new option to let you trigger a fee if a student's custom field entry is blank.
Financial Aid Offered emails will now be visible in the Activity Feed to Financial Aid users.
If you're in a Group, you can now opt-out of getting notified when there's a new discussion topic posted.
Added columns for Call Number and Barcode to the Library's Active Loans export.
We use something called an Exchange Rate API to calculate stuff for different currencies. This week, we upgraded it (mostly because the old version was gonna stop working on New Year's Day)! We also have the South African Rand (ZAR) in the list of currencies.
Added a mini-calendar date-picker to the course evaluation availability dialog. Basically like getting a mini Snickers in your stocking. Or maybe a clementine.
Added a display for the number of meeting times in a term that a given course has.
Fixed an issue with library resource images using
http: urls from Amazon instead of
Course evaluations were auto-capitalizing the first letter of each word in multiple-choice questions. Embarrassing.
Grade reports now use the term display name, which they weren't doing before.