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September 1, 2011 Release

This release is comprised primarily of a rewrite of course instances and some considerable enhancements to files in Populi.

Course Instances

  • We switched courses to the new tab-based navigation
  • Tabs include: Dashboard, Info, Assignments, Lessons, Discussions, Tests, Gradebook, Roster, Calendar, Reporting
  • Course actions (email, finalize, clone, etc.) subsumed under action gear
  • Dashboard includes Bulletin Board as well as new course Alerts and Discussion updates
  • Assignments now come in three flavors: Grade-only, Test, and File
  • Test assignments create a corresponding online test
  • File assignments feature a feed that lets instructor and student correspond and exchange files and comments
  • Discussions can now be course-wide or lesson-specific
  • Lessons now feature the Large File Uploader and permit embedded media (more below)
  • Tests have two new question types (True/False and Matching)
  • Embed media right in test questions (more below)
  • New course Calendar displays every course-related event, including meeting times, assignments, tests, etc.
  • Reporting features the course Performance Dashboard and Change Log
  • Files can be imported from other courses (in addition to standard cloning and syncing)

Files

Read more about our new files setup on the Populi Blog.

  • File size limits raised to 32MB for all users
  • The new Large File Uploader in courses (Info and Lessons tabs) lets you upload files up to 2GB in size
  • Video files automatically encoded into multiple formats for optimized playback on a multitude of devices
  • Audio and video files can be embedded into and streamed from Lesson content, Test questions, and News items

Other

Single sign-on (SSO) capability: let your Populi users log in and change their passwords via a web-based app of your own design

ISIR imports now based on Processed Date and not the order in which they were imported

Program data added to Data Slicer

Plus numerous bug fixes and minor tweaks, trickled out over the past several months

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