EdReady release notes - 31 Dec 2017

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The following bug fixes, new features, and improvements are now part of the EdReady platform, as of 31 Dec 2017. These notes cover the previous two major releases as well as some minor releases in between:

  • There is new tab on the Admin Dashboard called “Study Path Options”. We showcased some of the features within this tab on this webinar. Some of the features are still in the final stages of development, but available features have been grouped into two sub-tabs: Test Settings and Messaging.
    • The Test Settings sub-tab consolidates a number of features that were previously scattered about other areas of the admin dashboard. There are also some new test settings available.
      • You can activate or de-activate a study path here. Note that this option is also available in the Scopes table for a goal. De-activating the study path will only affect this specific study path. If the scope is used in another goal (which would constitute a different study path), the other study path will not be affected.
      • You can enable or disable expedited testing. This option used to be on the General Info tab for a goal. Disabling expedited testing will force EdReady to only administer questions aligned to single learning objectives for all tests taken within a study path.
      • You can enable or disable unit tests. If disabled, students will not have the option to test their knowledge for an entire unit at once. All progress will have to made on a topic by topic basis.
      • You can skip the initial diagnostic entirely. This option makes sense in cases where you want students to immediately begin working on their study paths. If enabled, students will start their study path with a score of zero.
      • You can choose to fully randomize questions for the initial diagnostic test. Specific questions are always drawn at random from the EdReady item pool; however, the questions are pulled according to their alignment to the learning objectives as ordered within the scope. By choosing this option, learning objectives will be assessed without reference to their specified order. In other words, the student will see questions pulled from any part of the customized scope of expectations. That process will continue until every objective has been assessed, as usual.
    • The Messaging sub-tab dramatically expands the options for on-screen and emailed communications with students as they pursue any given study path.
      • You can now customize the message within most of the text boxes that appear to help students navigate the EdReady experience. For example, you can change the text of the message shown when a student first launches the initial diagnostic, or the study path, etc. There are default versions for all of these messages. You can also now turn some of these messaging boxes completely off. Note that some of the messages may not apply for your students depending on what other options you have set.
      • The Congratulations message – shown to students upon hitting the target score – has been relocated here from the Goals tab. This change means that you can now have distinct Congratulations messages for each study path within a goal, which makes a lot more sense to us.
      • There are three additional types of messages now available, none of which are present by default.
        • “In-diagnostic” messaging allows you to show a student messages at pre-determined progress points as the student works to complete the initial diagnostic test. If desired, you can show different messages at each progress point depending on how well the student has performed to that point of the test. For students who are performing poorly, you can also give them the option to abort the initial diagnostic and skip straight to the study path.
        • “Post-diagnostic” messaging allows you to show students a message immediately upon completing the diagnostic test. This feature already existed but was located on the Scopes tab – it has now been moved here so that different study paths can display different messages, as needed. We also improved this feature by allowing you to set up to two “threshold scores” which can be used to define up to three distinct “outcome zones”, each of which can get a specific message. The purpose of this functionality is to provide students with post-diagnostic insights and/or advice about how to continue based on their diagnostic results.
        • “Study path progress” messaging allows you to show a student messages at pre-determined “milestones” within the study path. For example, the stated target score might be 90, but a score of 70 might qualify the student to take certain classes that were previously out of reach due to apparent lack of readiness. This new messaging feature makes it possible to specify a continuum of “readiness benchmarks”, or milestones, within a single study path. Each time a student reaches a milestone, the date/time stamp for that milestone will be stored in the Milestones table available to people with access to student data reports.
      • As usual, these new and enhanced features were built in response to substantial feedback and request from the NROC community. Each feature is intended to improve EdReady’s ability to support particular use-cases, but we are confident that these features will improve student experiences and outcomes in many different implementations. If desired, please contact us for more information and ideas on how to use these features. We are looking forward to hearing more feedback from our community.
      • Note that we automatically granted access to this new tab for any administrator who already had access to BOTH the Goals tab and the Scopes tab. If someone else needs access to this tab, that permission will need to be granted manually.
    • In addition to these new options, we finally resolved some persistent bugs which had forced us to remove matching and graphing questions from the EdReady item pool for some time. With those bugs resolved, we merged the graphing and matching questions back into the general pool, so all students will once again benefit from those item types.
    • We also added a large number of new questions to the item pool, mostly within the “Becky Moening Collection”. We now have several distinct collections of math assessment items: default “NROC Developmental Math”, “SIA Tech”, “Becky Moening”, “Christianne Nieuwsma”, and “Aaron Wong”. Each of these collections was created by experts and subject to certain levels of editorial review, and each collection offers potentially distinctive ways of assessing student competency against the aligned learning objectives. We are planning to provide a lot more information about each collection as part of the customization enhancements in 2018.
    • We have added a new table which summarizes all of the sessions for every student in an EdReady version, subject to access permissions. This table can be found on the Students tab, where there is a button to toggle the view between listing existing student data or listing summary session data (again, separated by student). We will be adding access to this table from the Reporting Dashboard in a future release.
    • It is now possible to navigate to a student report directly from the Goals tab. If someone has appropriate permissions, that admin can click on “Details” for any goal to see a list of the study paths with student activity in that goal. Clicking a study path will take the admin directly to the student data for that study path, already filtered by that goal.
    • We resolved a number of additional bugs and improved certain processes throughout, as usual.
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