2021 is off to a great start and we have improvements to Achieve to note already!
Students with multi-term access will be able to transfer their enrollment to a second semester deep integrated course
Deleted iClicker sessions will no longer be included in the Achieve gradebook
From within the Achieve e-book, students and instructors can access "read aloud" text to speech features from within course readings. (Note, available on iOS outside of the Macmillan app)
From within the Achieve e-book, students and instructors can access content formatting options like font size, font type, line height and background color from within course readings.
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We just added a number of new features to Achieve in order to make your experience (and that of your students) even better in 2021. Here’s a quick recap of the changes.
Instructors can set an assignment to be worth 0 points or ungraded , which means it has a due date, but doesn't report to the gradebook
Instructors can make an assignment extra credit
Updates to completion status indicators in the item for instructor and students
Instructors migrating from Sapling can surface their assessments in Achieve (if they have a course in Achieve)
I f you integrate your Achieve course with your LMS, nongraded content can now be integrated in addition to any graded assignments you have integrated.
Reporting and Insights
Instructors can view time-on-task data for assignments
Students are now able to meet MLA and APA style guide requirements (e.g. page numbers, headers, and works cited) and access in-tool support to ensure proper documentation; instructors are able to view properly MLA/APA formatted documents as well.
Students can take practice and final tests past the due date without instructors having to set a late penalty. Students submitting past the due date will receive 0 in the gradebook but they will no longer be blocked from moving on to the study plan. Instructors can still customize the late penalty in diagnostic settings.
New gradebook categories added to a section manager will be reflected in restricted access sections
The help has been improved and expanded (and moved to the bottom left of your screen) to make it easier to get point of service help when you need it.
(And if you want to know what else has happened this fall, check out this earlier article.)
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Keep track of all the updates to Achieve throughout the semester! I will update this as releases occur--and there will be a different blog post for Spring 2021 releases.
The session timeout duration has being extended to 8 hours from 4 hours
Instructors can view students' individual results for a diagnostic pre-test, study plan, or post-test
Instructors can download LearningCurve student data to a CSV file
"Master section" is now renamed to be "Section Manager"
The confirmation banner that displays when admins and customer support copy a template for an instructor course so that the banner will include a link to the course.
New insight cards available for student login activity and assignment score snapshots
Instructors will be able to preview and view results for diagnostic study plan items
Added a message that tells students when they reach the target completion threshold in a diagnostic study plan
Updated LearningCurve challenge question feature so users can identify the issue type and add an email if they want to be contacted
Updates to assessments made in the section manager will flow down to section courses
Students will no longer be able to access hidden assignments from the gradebook
Copying a course will retain the weighted gradebook categories of the source course
Empty gradebook categories won't be considered in the total course calculation
Draft due dates will push from the manager section to restricted access sections (right now only the final due date is reflected) - (Writing Tools Only)
Instructors will be able to edit a writing assignment up until the moment a student starts drafting a paper - (Writing Tools Only)
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We had another release today and there are two things in there that you should know about:
Timed assignment accommodations
Insights widget library
Timed Assignments: To start, the original assessment needs to have a policy with a time limit on it. Then, once that’s set, you will go to the Student Exceptions. Put in the student(s) name and select “Time accommodation” and adjust the amount of time that that student or group of students gets on the assignment. It’s that easy!
Insights Widget Library: Using this new functionality, you can pick the insight cards that make the most sense for you.
From the Insights tab, instructors will be able to “Add a Widget”
You will be able to view the available cards and pick the ones that make sense. Then, once the card is on your dashboard, you can always remove card and, even cooler, edit the card so that it works for you--for instance, adding a time range:
You can add a card more than once to have one version showing data for the last 7 days and one version showing data from ‘all time.’ You can also move the cards around to put the most important one first.
We will be adding more ‘cards’ throughout the year and we’ll be monitoring their usage so we know which insights are, well, the most insightful for our customers.
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Throughout the spring and summer, we’ve been listening to you and working on ways we can keep improving Achieve to make your experience and your students’ experience with the product better. As a result, here’s a long list of what you’ll see changed for Fall 2020 classes (and all of this is live as of today, save one noted item).
Start of Classes:
Students who attempt to register into an LMS deep linked course via the Achieve “ enroll in a new course ” option will see a message directing them to use their LMS. Instructors who attempt to use the “ invite students ” functionality will see a message alerting them that this invite functionality is not available to deep linked courses.
Under My Course, we have combined the Assignments and Course Plan tabs into one place, but with a filter that will allow you to select your View by Assignment or Course Content or Resource type.
The Browse tab has been retitled as Resources and the content reorganized and renamed to make it easier to find materials. In addition, we altered the view a bit so you can see more of the item name when you are selecting materials. In addition, we added a ‘select all’ option so you can find a series of content items, select and assign them at once.
We added navigation to make it easier to get back ‘home’ when you are in another part of Achieve.
If you are using Section Management, instructors will now always see “View Sections” that will take them to a list of their sections. Sections are now listed on a single page (or more than one page, if you have over 100 sections).
Section Coordinators can now add and remove questions from their assessments after students have started working and then push those updates down to restricted access sections. Once students have started the assessment in any of the sections, coordinators will see a new option that allows them to add and remove questions (but not to edit questions).
Each course will have an Orientation Quiz for you to assign to students (within the Welcome folder) to help students quickly understand how to work in Achieve.
As part of the assignment settings, instructors will have the option to add a time accommodation for students who get additional time on particular (or all) assignments. (This will be live before Fall 2020 classes start, but is not available yet.)
We have added the option to batch update gradebook category & assignment visibility, as well as the option to batch update assessment grading policies. (The latter is not in Read & Practice.) There is a new “add select all option” to the content library.
You will be able to name files and links while uploading your materials to the course. We have also added the option to rename files, assessments, writing assignments and links after those materials have already been added to the course.
In certain types of Assignments, we added tags to show if the answer is correct or has been revealed, and we added a new visual to show when the assignment is complete.
Instructors now have the ability to add weights to Gradebook categories. And for LearningCurve Adaptive Quizzing assignments, instructors and students can view the date and time when a student reaches the target score.
Diagnostics / Study Plan (only in English and Chemistry):
The study plan completion selector has more options (25%, 50%, 75%, and 100%) for the instructor to assign to students. In addition, for instructors, we combined pre- and final tests into a single reporting page for easier viewing.
Side by Side View of Writing Tools (English Only)
Instructors can turn on a side-by-side view to see any draft alongside the current draft including peer reviews, view comments from previous feedback, and highlight and comment in this side by side view.
Students can also turn on a side-by-side view to review instructor feedback and access content support just as they would in full screen mode. Students will also be able to draft in side-by-side mode, use simple format commands and access their revision plan and mark tasks complete.
Updates to Peer Review with Comment Tool (English Only)
Instructors are able to quickly scan all peer review comments made by a single peer reviewer and leave a comment. Instructors can come back any time and revise the comment to the student as new peer review activity happens. In addition, instructors can click on selected text and be taken to that spot in the draft for comment context.
Improved Peer Review Submission Tool (English Only)
With this new view, instructors can now efficiently monitor peer review activity from a single view. Instructors can click in to view peer writer submission and leave a comment, as needed.
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