Learning Navigator Release Notes 4.5

Learning Navigator 4.5 Release Notes

This release has updates to Class Activities, a new Locate Me page, the introduction of offline classes with supporting features and usability improvements in several areas. The details of these features are listed below. If you have any questions, please email us at support@gooru.org.

Updates to Class Activities

The Class Activities page displays planned and completed activities by month. By default the activities of the current month are displayed. The teacher can switch to a different month by clicking on the dropdown arrow (highlight 1 in the screenshot below) next to the month.

The list updates to display the activities for the selected month.

Activities that were planned to be completed in a particular month without any specific dates assigned are listed under Unscheduled Items section to the right (highlight 2)

Add to CA

The teacher can add collections or assessments by clicking on the collection or assessment  in the screenshot below in the Class Activities page

Clicking on either of them will launch the search results page as below.

 

If the collection icon was clicked, it opens to the collections tab.

  • The teacher can add the collection (or assessment) to today’s list by clicking on the + icon (highlight 1 in the screenshot above)

  • The teacher can schedule the activity to be taught on a different day by clicking on the schedule icon (highlight 2 in the screenshot above). A calendar pops up allowing the teacher to pick a specific date or to add to a monthly unscheduled bucket list
     

  • Items added to today will show up under Today section in the list for the current month

  • Items scheduled for a specific date show up under that date

  • Items to be completed in the month without a specific date show up under the unscheduled list
     

Sources for Class Activity

By default the search is from the Gooru Catalog. The teacher can also select items from My Content or from the course map by clicking on the Gooru Catalog. Adding from My Content is similar to adding content from the Gooru Catalog

Add from Course map

The teacher can add collections and assessments to the Class Activity from the course map. The teacher has to select Course Map from the dropdown (highlight 1 in the screenshot above). The course map is displayed in the pull-up. Clicking on a Unit expands to show all the Lessons in that Unit. Clicking on a Lesson will display the collections and assessments in that lesson. The teacher can add them to today’s list by clicking on + or schedule it for later by clicking on the schedule icon

 

Schedule, Reschedule, Repeat Activity

  • Items in the unscheduled list can be scheduled for a specific date by clicking the Schedule button

  • Items that have been scheduled for a specific date can be rescheduled to a different date by clicking on the Reschedule button


 

  • The teacher can repeat an activity that has been completed, by clicking on the Repeat Activity button

 

Assign Class Activity to All students or to a Cohort

By default, an activity that is added to the class is assigned to all the students in the class. And is indicated by Everyone in the activity card.

Teacher can change that and assign the activity to only a cohort of students. She needs to click on Everyone to pull up the page that lists the students in the class as shown below. All the students in the class are shown selected (double tick in white on the orange background instead of the profile pic) .

She can remove students from the list by clicking on their profile pic. Clicking on the profile pic again selects the student. She can also remove all selected students by clicking on Deselect All. Once all the students are removed from the selection, the button changes to Select All to allow selecting all the students.

Once the selections for the cohort have been made, she can click on Save to assign the activity to the selected cohort.  The Everyone button now changes to display the number of students in the cohort assigned that activity.

Visibility

The assigned activity will be visible to the students under their logins in the Class Activity page only when the teacher turns the visibility on in her Class Activity page. Clicking on the Off/On switch (highlighted below) for the activity will toggle visibility of the activity for the student

Go Live

The teacher can conduct an assessment in class and view the performance in real time by clicking on the Go Live button for that activity. The teacher can Go Live on an activity scheduled for today. She cannot Go Live on either past or future activities.

Remove an activity

The teacher can remove an activity that has been added to the Class Activity by clicking on the remove button (highlighted in the screenshot below). She can remove it only if the activity has not been studied by the students. If there is any data about the students associated with the activity the teacher will not be able to remove it.

Offline classes

Navigator supports cases where the students study offline in a class and the teachers input data about students’ learning into Gooru.  When the teacher creates a class, she identifies the class as offline in the class settings

In the current release, once a class has been marked offline, it cannot be made online again.

In an offline class, the teacher assigns a course to the course map as usual. However, the students learn offline based on what the teacher assigns to them. The teacher tracks what she teaches and the students’ learning in Class Activity. She can plan the learning activities she will teach the students and add them to Class Activity. She can plan for specific dates or bucket the activities to be completed in a month. The teacher can schedule both collections and assessments.

Teacher Data input in CA for offline classes

Once the planned activities are completed, the teacher can enter data for these activities on behalf of the students. The teacher can enter data for both collections and assessments that has been done by her in class

Input data for collection

The teacher will have to click Add Data (see the red rectangle in the image above) to begin the data entry on behalf of the students for a collection that was completed offline. The data entry page for the collection pops up and she can start entering the time spent on each resource in the collection.

The entered time will then be saved as the time spent by each student on that resource. The total time spent on the collection is then displayed for that collection in the CA

If the teacher repeats the activity on the same day and needs to capture data again, she can click on Add Data below the time spent metric to add data for that activity again

Input data for assessment

The teacher will have to click on Add Data to add data for an assessment that she gives the students offline. She evaluates the students assessment offline, and then enters the score for each question in the assessment for every student who has taken the assessment.

1. Clicking on Add Data for an assessment (highlight in the screenshot above) brings up the following screen to first enter the average time spent in hours and minutes (h and m below) on the assessment by the class. The Confirm button will be enabled only after the time has been entered

2. On clicking Confirm, the screen to enter scores for the assessment comes up. It starts with the ability to enter the data for the first student in the list. The current student’s name (highlight 2) is displayed above the question list. The teacher will have to enter the score for each question for the student. The maximum score (highlight 1 in the screenshot) for the selected question is displayed below the assessment thumbnail. The teacher can only enter a score between 0 and the maximum score for the question in the input box (highlight 4). Once the score for the question has been entered, the question icon turns green (highlight 3). By default, only the question title is displayed. Clicking on the question title, will display the question stem below the title (highlight 5). Any question that has no score entered will default to 0.

3. Once the scores for all the questions have been entered, the teacher can click on the next student’s name below (highlight 6 in the above image) to enter the scores for that student.  The teacher can go back to the previous student’s data by clicking on the student’s name on the left (highlight 1 in the screenshot below).

4. Once the data for all the students have been entered, Done button appears in the place of the next student’s name. The teacher clicks on Done to save the assessment data for all the students.

5. Once the data has been saved, the performance metric for the class is computed and displayed in place of Add Data for the assessment. The average score for the class and the time spent is displayed

Locate Me - student’s current location

The Locate Me page enables the student to locate themselves in their learning journey in terms of progress, performance and a chronological view of all the learning activities that they have engaged within their course.

When the student logs in and enters his/her class, a progress bar can be seen running horizontally across the top. This bar indicates the progress of the student within the course. The progress bar is also visible in the study player.  

Clicking on the Navigate icon (shown marked in oval above) placed on the blue progression line pulls down the Locate Me page for the student.

 

The Student can scroll back and forth by clicking on the any of the previous collections or assessments/CFU’s that he/she has undertaken in the course. (Indicated as 1 in the image above).

The horizontal bar above, (highlight 2) also enables the scrolling back and forth.

The performance of the student in the course so far is displayed to the right of the horizontal bar as a percentage. The student can click on the score to access the course map report. The student can drill down to get the unit level, lesson level and collection and assessment reports.

The vertical bar graph at the left hand side of the screen (indicated as 3) shows progress that the student has made in terms of mastery in the competencies. the number of competencies completed and to be completed as indicated by the progression of blue in the line. Dark blue identifies mastered competencies, light blue identifies the competencies in progress and the gray ones those that have not yet been studied by the student. Hovering over each section shows the count of competencies and their status. Clicking on the circular icon above the bar displays the student’s proficiency map.

On clicking the arrow icon, on the blue line below (indicated as 4), the view returns to the course map view again.

Images in Answer

Images in answer option now appear only one in each row to present better clarity and alignment and not side by side anymore (in case of multiple images)

 

Ability to set Language in class settings

In the class settings, it is possible to set the language of instruction as shown in the image below, shown marked in the circle.

Irrespective of the student’s language preference, the suggestions made will be displayed in the language of instruction

Title view in Course Map

The Title view in the course map of the lesson, collection or assessment is seen completely where possible. In case of longer titles that get clipped, it is shown as a tooltip on hovering the cursor on the title (marked in the oval).

Framework Category selection

Category selection was limited to few predefined categories during content creation. Similarly, the category of frameworks was limited to K12 in the rest of the application. With this release, the category selection has been expanded to include published framework categories in multiple areas in the application. The following are the places where the category selection is available

  • During content creation, the user can now select available published categories when tagging content to standards. For example, during question creation, the user can select the category by clicking on the category name shown (see highlighted section in the screenshot below)

 
  • Viewing proficiency maps in User profile. The user can select the category by clicking on the dropdown above the subject list on the right (see highlighted section below)

 
  • Category filters in search results for collections, assessments, resources and questions. The user can select the category to filter by clicking on the category dropdown (highlighted section in the screenshot below)

Once the category is selected, the user will be able to choose from available subjects and associated frameworks for the selected category.

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