Updates to the new Northwest Online – 8-6-2016 Release Notes

New Features:

Final Grade Exclusion

As part of creating or editing an assignment, instructors can choose whether or not assignments count toward the final grade. This feature allows instructors to provide feedback without an assignment counting toward Gradebook calculations. The option to remove assignments from the final grade can be changed at any time on a per-assignment basis.

Upgrades:

Remote Version of Rich Content Editor and Sidebar

The Rich Content Editor sidebar has been updated with backend improvements, resulting in small interface changes. The sidebar includes a visual style update, and each content section supports pagination. Currently, the Rich Content Editor sidebar update only affects Pages and the Syllabus. Additional feature area updates will be available in a future release.

SpeedGrader UI Updates

In SpeedGrader, the primary navigation buttons have been moved to the right side of the menu bar to be more closely associated with the most frequently used features in SpeedGrader. Navigating from student to student is now located directly above the sidebar.

The less frequently used navigation buttons have been moved to the left side of the menu bar: return to the Gradebook, mute the assignment, view keyboard shortcuts, view the help menu, and change Gradebook settings.

Assignment details (assignment name, due date, and course name) and grading statistics are in the middle of the menu bar.

SpeedGrader Icon/Link Updates:

  • The keyboard shortcut icon has been updated to a keyboard icon. This icon also appears in the Gradebook.
  • The help menu icon matches the help icon set by a Canvas admin, so icons may vary across accounts.
  • To return to the course home page, click the name of the course. The course name is located below the name of the assignment next to the due date.

SpeedGrader Comment Drafts

If an instructor creates a comment in SpeedGrader and navigates to another submission without submitting the comment, or refreshes the page, SpeedGrader autosaves the comment and notifies the instructor it has been saved as a draft. The instructor can go back to the student’s submission and submit the comment at a later time. Comments cannot be viewed by students when in draft.
Note: Currently, draft comments cannot be edited, but they can be deleted or submitted at any time.