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Software update 18 June 2009

We have now updated itslearning with a new version. Read more about the new features below.

 Individual learning plans

Blog imageAn important new feature is the individual learning plan. Following-up individual learners may be a time-consuming task without proper tools. Most teachers see the advantage of following-up their learners in the learning management system they use on a daily basis. Within the learning management system they can combine plans, results and assessments when creating the individual learning plan (ILP).

In some countries, teachers are responsible for conducting a conversation at least twice a year with the learner and parents about the learner's status and planned activities related to learning objectives. The ILP creates a basis for an evaluation conversation/dialogue between the learner and teacher. Together, based on this conversation, the learner, parents and teachers can sketch out a plan which describes how this learner should reach the goals (both for subjects and social competences such as behaviour and attitudes).

The ILP is managed by a new role we call mentor (see below). Learners find the ILP under the ePortfolio tab.

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Click the picture above for a larger picture of the mentor view. The ILP features inline edit, and progress bars showing the overall status. Mentors are allowed to customise the plans to suit their own needs, by, for example, adding columns, reorder columns and change column names.

Who will the ILP benefit?

From a school owner's perspective the ILP makes sure the school meets the requirements from the regulations as ILPs are now required by law in many countries.

For the teachers it is easier to plan and conduct teaching. The mentors or contact teachers will see that performing individual planning and follow-up becomes easier.

Learners get a better view of their own goals, learning and progress. The ILP allows learners to keep track of goals, expectations and gain knowledge of own learning. It can include goals for subjects and/or special competences, such as social competence, attitude, and general ICT skills.

The ILP provide parents with an overview of their children's learning and progress. This can in turn increase the parents' engagement in their children's education.

Mentor role

A new role called mentor is added. The mentor's main role is to create and maintain individual learning plans. The administrators are responsible for managing the mentors. Under the Administration tab there is a new option called Mentor. In the mentor view, administrators can add and delete mentors, and assign hierarchies to individual mentors.

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When a user is made a mentor, a new tab appears in the top menu.

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New welcome and forgotten password e-mails
The mail received by all new users is enhanced and improved, both in content and graphical design. We have also improved the e-mail users receive when requesting a new password. Now you get an e-mail asking you to confirm that you want a new password before a new password is sent to you.

Dutch learning objectives
A new set of Dutch learning objectives for the BVE sector is added to the learning objective library.

Integrations

Identify school/faculty hierarchies
You can now identify schools and faculties in the hierarchy. The interface for adding and editing hierarchies now includes:

  • Hierarchy type (site, school, course, group)
  • Legal identifier (organisation number)

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Hierarchies: Import
We have improved the imports and eliminated the situation where child hierarchies are being imported before their parent hierarchies (and thus failing). This prevents some of our customers from having to do a lot of changes and reorganisations of their hierarchy structure each day.

Hierarchies: Handle memberships
When adding a user to a hierarchy in itslearning, the user is automatically added to all parent hierarchies. By tagging which hierarchies the user is automatically added to, itslearning is also able to remove parent memberships automatically when users are removed from a hierarchy.

Corrections

Signature changes when forwarding message
When forwarding a received message in the messaging system the sender's signature was changed to the signature of the person you received the message from. This has now been addressed.

Rights system issue
If a group was given access rights to an element and the rights were later removed, the students lost all rights to this element. The rights are now reverted back to default instead.

Course catalogue: Similar course names
If two courses had similar names, but different codes, you could not join the first of the two courses via the course catalogue. This had now been addressed.

Course catalogue: Incorrect registration message
Teachers received an incorrect message when students registered to a free course in the local course catalogue. The teachers were told to reject or accept the applications, but no such action was required. This has now been addressed.

Internet Explorer 8
We have made thorough investigations to make sure that itslearning fully supports Internet Explorer 8.

Online help issues
When trying to access the online help in the exam module, users got a 404 Not found error. This has now been addressed. The online help for itslearning and the exam module now also displays properly in the Safari browser.

Course creation via import
When a course was created via API import, it succeeds, the course was created successfully, but when it was accessed an error message appeared. This has now been addressed.

Known issues

  • Deleting hierarchy from a mentor needs two clicks (first click does not execute the action).
  • Using apostrophes and quotation marks (' and ") in column names in the ILP breaks the whole ILP with a JavaScript error on the page. A workaround is to edit the column names and remove occurrences of ' and ".
  • AdministrationCourse administration: Sorting does not work. As a workaround you can try searching for the course you want to access.

 

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