Introduction to the 10.3 Upgrade for VU Collaborate
The introduction of the new 10.3 version of VU Collaborate brings some significant and exciting changes to the way VU Collaborate now functions. This guide illustrates the key changes and updates that staff should know in preparing and developing their courses. For a more comprehensive and detailed document which outlines all the changes and updates, please refer to the Official D2L document:
10.3 Upgrade - Role Switch
It is now possible to change a role from the top right under your login name, instead of going back to the home page to perform this action. This area is always visible and accessible in the navbar, regardless of which area you are working on. The Role Switch allows you to view content as a student and submit assessments. For greater functionality, please impersonate the ‘TestStudent’ in the Classlist.
10.3 Upgrade - Content
The Table of Contents (left menu) panel can now be expanded and allows you to quickly and easily navigate across content areas. You can access any topic or module via the panel when you are viewing items in the content area.
Students' progress summary in Content area
The Content area now displays the students' overall report. At the bottom of the content view page, you can see which students have (and have not) completed activities. This is especially useful for activities such as Assessment Dropbox that are embedded in the content area as it is possible to view who has not submitted assessments at a glance without having to go to User Progress.
10.3 Upgrade - Discussions
Improved Discussions Interface
10.3 provides a compact and simple structure with a ‘reading view’ in Discussions. Topics are all displayed in separate boxes under the Discussion List as below:
Similarly, when you click on one of the topics, threads are displayed in separate boxes. Here, you can see how many unread (comments)/replies/views were made for each thread. You can also sort threads by Most Recent, Oldest, Authors, etc. as below:
When you are in the View Topic mode, you have access to a panel that allows you to move across different topics and forums easily.
10.3 Upgrade - Rubrics
Students can now view the rubrics attached to Assessment Dropbox from the Content area before submitting, as well as after the rubrics have been used to evaluate and mark the assessment. Students will be able to see all the feedback, grades and marked rubrics from the Content area.
10.3 Upgrade - Quizzes and Surveys
Tab structure in Quizzes and Surveys
Under Properties, you now have Add/Edit Questions option under Quiz Questions, instead of the top right single tab next to Reports Setup as it used to be. You can create new quizzes and import quizzes from the question library here.
10.3 Upgrade - ePortfolio
Add Reflection Activity from Content
Students can write reflections on content items for their ePortfolio from the Content area. By clicking on Reflect in ePortfolio under the content item, a window opens allowing the student to write a reflection. Relevant Tags are automatically created before being published in the ePortfolio.
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