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    3 comments  ·  Instructor Side » Grades  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Matthew Sheets commented  · 

    This honestly would be awesome. It creates a lot of logistical issues when it simply stops accepting entries (email an assignment to a professor only to later find out that it needed to be sent to a TA. Gets lost in TAs email, etc.). It would be great to see better defaults and methods in place for enabling the submission of late work.

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    6 comments  ·  Student Side » Schedule  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Matthew Sheets commented  · 

    Currently, if a course is unpublished, you just have to add items to another class. It would be huge if, even before it is published, a class had a row on the combined schedule.

    Matthew Sheets commented  · 

    Just wanting to wake this thread up from its two-year slumber. Was this a part of the original design, at least having a blank row for classes that were not published for this explicit purpose? Still an issue that definitely exists.

    If a course is then published, any user-generated 'assignments' should just be added to whatever is published for the course.

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    Matthew Sheets commented  · 

    Love it. ;) Probably:
    (1) classes that aren't using LS should still have a row, but just with an indication that there is nothing published in LS (so that students don't think something is wrong or not realize that information is being posted elsewhere).
    (2) Wouldn't it be great if other organizations could have a feed here for one easy stop..... :)
    (3) I think that one 'Personal' row, with the possiblealternative of adding multiple rows (for doing the extracurricular things discussed above) could be great.

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    1 comment  ·  Instructor Side » Grades  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Matthew Sheets commented  · 

    Definitely a needed feature, especially with FERPA concerns.

    On a TA or Instructor's page of student grades, there's a big need to enable the viewing of a single student's grades so that a student can look with the admin at the screen at the same time to verify things. As it stands, a student cannot look at the grading screen with the instructor without violating FERPA--Most TAs and instructors are likely good about this, but I'd be surprised if it's not happening at all. A little surprised that this has not come up, especially as it represents an area relatively rich in potential legal issues as far as functionality goes in Learning Suite.

    I think the simplest way to get a quick fix out for this would be to enable a filter or drop-down on the grades page to show just a single student's information in the existing grade table. This would eliminate the much more costly (long-term solution--maybe) of developing a separate page for viewing a single student's grades. Alternatively/additionally, an icon could be added next to each student to toggle viewing only that student's information in the table.

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    0 comments  ·  Student Side » Exams  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    35 comments  ·  Student Side » Assignments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Matthew Sheets commented  · 

    Interesting thought, actually, and I don't think it would be terribly difficult to implement.

    Matthew Sheets commented  · 

    I'm glad to see the red coloration added in for zeros! :) It's already been helpful to see things that aren't submitted.

    Matthew Sheets commented  · 

    This would need to be done in such a way that it doesn't become spammy or else it loses its value in warning people about changes that could potentially be devastating if missed.

    Matthew Sheets commented  · 

    I think there is still some value here. Another possible or additional implementation would be to have small colored bubbles show up next to new/changed items on the master schedule.

    Matthew Sheets commented  · 

    Just reviewing this and realizing how helpful this would be to make sure that we don't miss obvious discrepancies, etc.

    Matthew Sheets commented  · 

    I agree with this. I think it would be good for the TAs/professors to just have an "email students about these grading updates" option. It would just be some sort of check box with a text box to enter an optional description about what was done. It would make it easier for professors/TAs to quickly inform students without needing to put in a lot of effort. There also could possibly be a way to post it as an announcement instead of sending it as an email (perhaps an and/or option).

    Matthew Sheets commented  · 

    Just to tighten down functionality, I think that the idea of having an email sent to you IS a good one, but this is something that you need to be able to opt out of somewhere.

    Matthew Sheets commented  · 

    Check out the attached file, but the basic idea is that zero grades (After grading and/or due date--this would take a little work to figure out) and abnormally low grades (say 70% and lower) will be marked as shown with dismissable comments. This is just to help students make sure that they don't overlook a missed, ungraded, lost, or late assignment. as soon as they review their grades (or perhaps this could be added to alerts on the dashboard), they'll quickly see the floating alerts and be able to dismiss them if they are aware of the grade.

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    under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Student Side » Schedule  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Student Side » Schedule  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Student Side » Schedule  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Matthew Sheets commented  · 

    Though these things are mostly small (and they are), once the Schedule becomes the main landing page, I think that having these small things worked out will help to increase overall satisfaction to at least some degree and avoid a little unnecessary flak for 2-8 manhours of labor. These things (save the self-made notes being somehow differently marked--this really has caused heartburn before) are mostly polish, but I think it's worth the small amount of extra effort to have things ready when this goes more mainstream. I still very rarely meet people that know about the aggregated schedule. (You may or may not have an evangelist in the field ;)

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    under review  ·  3 comments  ·  Student Side » Content  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Matthew Sheets commented  · 

    This also would help to cutdown on rumors about assignments and perhaps even inappropriate discussion of quizzes or exams that professors do not want students talking about. It changes the source of questions from being other students to being the ones who originally assigned it. I really think it would cut down on redundant discussion and would help restore the professors and TAs as the authorities on assignments. The UI definitely will take some thinking, but I think it could have at least:
    - general updates/posts
    - asked questsons with answers from prof/TAs
    - questions purposefully posed by prof/TAs

    Matthew Sheets commented  · 

    There are always a million questions for large assignments (Especially finals) and it would be great if instead of needing to go back and forth over email, students could post and group questions associated with a given test or assignment that professors could then answer. That QA spot would become the authority on updated information for assignments and tests and make it so that professors only have to answer questions once--something that I think they'd love.

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    4 comments  ·  Student Side » Grades  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Matthew Sheets commented  · 

    I recently ran into this issue--though we may know be able to do all of the weighting correctly, this could be a helpful feature to have.

    Also, I like Sean Fisher's idea here--it is very true. One very common use case may be late or make up assignments where you may have received a '0' on several assignments but that you know you can make up.

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    under review  ·  3 comments  ·  Student Side » Content  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Matthew Sheets commented  · 

    @Trent Despain: (Very unrelated to the idea at hand) I'd be sure to call OIT with that issue. If that is a consistent issue, help them to become more aware of it so that they can help fix it. I believe that's a priority for them.

    There are, unfortunately, a *lot* of logistical issues to this in current web technologies. It's getting there, but this is (I would assume) probably a few years out from really being terribly feasible, especially with issues of accessing old content, taking exams, etc. Eventually there could be some very cool things here though! We'll just have to see which way the wind blows with technology and its standards these next few years!

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    under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Instructor Side » Exams  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    7 comments  ·  Instructor Side » Home  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Matthew Sheets commented  · 

    TAs hours could perhaps be included on the general calendar discussed on the student side? Might be difficult or not worth it, but just a thought. They can just post their hours there.

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