The ability to configure a course to provide the students with an end-of-course certificate has been added to Edstep.
Currently, there are two modes to provide the student with a course certificate:
Automatically, when the course is passed, based on requirements set by the instructor
Manually, by the instructor on a student-by-student basis
Over time, we’ll add more functionality to the course certificate feature. For example, in the future it will be possible to provide your own certificate design and customise the certificate text.
The end-of-course experience, including the obtaining of a certificate, is a hugely important part of the overall learning experience. Consequently, with the majority of the current “Summer 2020” features in place for Edstep, we will be focusing on improving and polishing the overall learner journey all the way from the learner seeing a course in their social media feed, signing up for the course, taking the course and getting feedback with regards to how they are doing, finishing the course and getting a certificate to show that they have passed the course to finally recommending the course to their peers and friends.
If you have any questions with regards to Edstep in general or Edstep’s new course certificate feature in particular, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
Learning should also be fun. The Millionaire Game, based on the well-known show “Who wants to be a millionaire?” can provide learners with a well-earned break and a bit of fun in between the other, more serious, activities in their courses.
Both Edstep and our gamification-based learning tool Gamilab have had the ability to include the Millionaire Game as part of their courses and games for quite some time now. However, in Edstep there were some problems with how the game ended inside of the Edstep course player together with a bug affecting how points obtained in the Millionaire Game were reported back to Edstep. These issues have now been fixed and we are looking forward to seeing how our community of course creators and designers incorporate the Millionaire Game into their courses and games, respectively.
If you have any questions with regards to the Millionaire Game in Edstep or Gamilab, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
A bug that caused the filtering of resources by keyword in the Content Explorer to not work has been fixed.
A bug causing the incorrect display of the chosen Dewey Decimal Classification topics to not be correctly displayed in the Review tab (of the course editor) has been fixed.
A bug causing the list of resources to not correctly refresh in the course editor after adding, deleting, and/or editing resources has been fixed.
A bug causing a vertical scrollbar to be displayed in the authentication dialog on Safari has been fixed.
Manually unlocking sections and activities was already possible after the initial release of the new course editor. It’s worth mentioning again, however, because several customers have specifically requested this feature since then 🙂
It is now possible to re-order both sections and resources (within sections). This feature was already available in the legacy course editor and was dropped from the initial release of the new course editor.
It is not necessary to un-publish a course to allow for changes to be made to the course. Before, to make changes to an already published course (with course results), the un-publishing of the course was mandatory.
Moving resources between sections is not supported (yet).
A bug that caused the an infinite loop when uploading an image in Microsoft Edge has been fixed.
A bug that caused an error when clicking on the Cancel button in the Content Author has been fixed.
The bug causing the date range picker component in the new course editor to intermittently initialise incorrectly resulting in “NaN” being displayed, has been fixed.
Miscellaneous translation-related and language-handling bugs have been fixed, all of which affected the new course editor.
Miscellaneous minor UI issues in the new course editor have been fixed.
The menu on the landing page has been fixed for mobile devices.
It is now possible to upload images for sections in the new course editor.
Activity weighting has been added to the new course editor. That is, it is now possible to distribute 100% among all of the available resources in a section to specify how much each resource contributes to the scoring of the overall section.
The authentication dialog is now fully responsive making it easier to sign in or sign up on mobile devices.
When selecting a resource with a Creative Commons license to include in your course is it now possible to choose between using the resource (without making a copy) and editing a resource (which will make a copy of the original resource). The new behaviour mitigates the issue of having numerous identical copies of the same resource.
Minimum pass requirements for resources has found its way back into the new course editor.
If a course in un-published and edited without reloading EdStep, the application will make a copy of the section that is being edited which will disappear when reloading the page. This issue will be fixed in an upcoming release.
A bug that caused a module to not be visible to the students of a course if collaboration on the module had been disabled, has been fixed.
A bug (related to the bug mentioned above) making it impossible to remove a module from a course by collaborators (with edit access on the course) if the collaboration on the module had been disabled, has been fixed.
The bug that caused saving profile information to fail if the Twitter account the user used to log in did not have a verified email, has been fixed.
A bug causing a warning (“Warning! Some users have already used this resource, editing it will reset their progress!”) to be displayed when creating new content or copying content has been fixed.
A bug related to the configuration of course access has been fixed. That is, it is now possible to correctly configure a course for 1) authentication-based access, 2) invitation-based access, and 3) a combination of both authentication- and invitation-based access.
A bug causing the application to crash if the title of an article was more than 256 characters has been fixed.
A bug related to how the system deals with pending invitations to groups (for example, organisations) on user login has been fixed.
A bug related to the display of course settings (that is, “Authentication required” vs. “Invitation required”) on the course front page has been fixed.
A bug causing an error to be displayed (“An error occurred”) when saving the user profile has been fixed.
A minor visual bug related to the “Score to pass” block on the front page of a course has been fixed.
The “Organisation” feature that was released in the previous release has been extended with new functionality to allow connecting of courses to an organisation. The user connecting a course to an organisation has to have an Admin role in the organisation. What’s more, the user has to have the appropriate role (for example, Owner or Instructor) in the course which is being added. Finally, members of an organisation can see and subsequently enroll into courses connected to their organisation(s) as learners.
Flash messages (that is, user facing warnings) will be displayed on top of the dropdown Teach and Learn menus.
If the user selects Norwegian from the language dropdown, they will be able to sign in or sign up in Norwegian, as well.
The EdLib platform (which EdStep uses to create and reuse educational resources) has been updated with the latest version (1.12) of H5P (making all of the new H5P content types available).
More descriptive page titles are now available throughout EdStep.
Logging into EdStep using a social media account would on occasion break the user profile page. This bug has now been fixed. Again 🙂
A user feedback form has been added to EdStep (in the top menu bar).
The first part of the “Organization” feature has been released. In this first release, functionality is limited to creating an organization, providing organization details (logo, contact email address, website, and so forth), and managing the members of an organization.
Logging in with a social media account (for example, with Facebook or Twitter) caused the user’s profile page to break. This bug has now been fixed.
Several H5P-specific translation-related issues have been fixed.
Missing translations have been provided for the EdStep course editor.
A Safari bug making it almost impossible to sign-up using the iPad has been fixed – thanks Tom 🙂
A new visual license selector has been implemented. Before, to choose a license for a resource, a single drop-down menu was provided from which the user could select either a private or a Creative Commons license. The new license selector provides a more helpful and intuitive wizard-like approach to choosing a license including No rights reserved (that is, public domain), all of the Creative Commons licenses, and All rights reserved (that is, full copyright).
Activity titles are now displayed in the “Learner’s View” (above the resource).
The H5P content types have been updated to the latest available version (1.11).
The “Shared Content” tab copying feature has been improved to ensure a better user experience. For example, a “Working” message is displayed to provide visual feedback to the user when a resource is being copied. In addition, to prevent (unintended) multiple copies, the Copy button is disabled appropriately. Finally, an appropriate error message is displayed if the copying operation fails.
More consistent filtering by tags in the Content Explorer.
There are no known issues specific to this release.