July Release and Enhancements

We are excited to announce that Connect had a successful platform upgrade, and we truly thank you for your patience and flexibility during that time. Here are just a few of the release highlights:

Course Creation – It’s now easier to add courses, download section info and share with colleagues.

Free Trial Improvement – Your Connect roster will stay organized with a new status column that tells you whether a student is licensed or using Free Trial.

Ask Instructor – You can keep only the messages you need and delete the rest, without your students losing them.

Ask Publisher – Report content and technical issues more efficiently.

LearnSmart – Greater access to modules means more opportunities for your students to understand the material.

Question Editor – A clean look and navigation make it simple to customize assignments with your own questions.

ADA Compliance – Changes to formatting, labeling and navigation make Connect more accessible to all students.

Also keep an eye out for improvements in assigning, like the ability to incorporate fractions of a point and allowing students to start and submit after the due date using the “allow for late submittal” policy. Grading, grouping assignments and the student homepage were also tweaked to make using Connect that much easier.

Certain disciplines have new features of their own. English now has Peer Review, and World Languages has an enhanced Gradebook and new Blackboard Voice tools.

Course Creation – Save time and effort by copying and sharing with as many as 10 colleagues at once; navigate the book finder faster with a new scroll bar; and download your registration to PDF for easy printing and sharing.

Free Trial – Students get email reminders and clearer instructions on how to upgrade from their free trial. You’ll be able to check each student’s status in your roster.

Ask Instructor – Students’ messages with you are automatically saved for them, so you’re free to delete messages without affecting your students.

Ask Publisher – Pre-populated forms for content and technical issues save you time when you need to get in touch with the
McGraw-Hill Customer Experience Group.

LearnSmart – You can now assign different topics from a LearnSmart module to emphasize the right concepts at the right time.

Students can also access modules after the due date, allowing them to continue using LearnSmart for review and practice whenever they want.

Question Editor – Creating and editing questions in the question bank is much easier with a fresh look and simplified design. Customize questions with ease to create the perfect assignment for your students.

ADA Compliance – An important part of the release is increased ADA Compliance, with enhanced formatting for disabled and handicapped learners.

These changes include alternate text for selections, labels for text fields and improved keyboard navigation.

Keep an eye out in future releases for the ability to give students with disabilities standard extensions on timed assignments.


By kevin  |  July 29 2012
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The Connect Team

The Connect Team