Academic Technology

iLearn - Meet the New iLearn

A new academic year brings with it a new and improved iLearn experience for faculty and students. Here's a peak at the improvements we've made for iLearn starting in Fall 2015:

Improvements to the iLearn look and feel

iLearn's look and feel has gone through some revisions to make it more closely match SF State's official look and make it simpler to use on mobile devices.

Colors

The header, footer and links are now all SF State purple.

Pull-down menus

Throughout iLearn, items have been moved into clean pull-down menus, most evident on the main course page and on the gradebook's Setup tab. The pull-down menus provide easy access to editing features such as changing an item's settings, moving the item, controlling visibility, etc.

animated image showing the pull down menu expanding when clicked

Text editor

iLearn's rich text formatting tools have been improved and cleaned up to be easier to use on mobile devices. In addition, a new autosave feature has been added for text entry fields. Lose connection to the Internet while typing a long forum post? iLearn will restore text you added the next time you visit the page so you can pick up right where you left off.

animated image showing text being entered into the text editor, changing formatting, and saving a draft

News & Announcements forum

The News Forum has been re-named to News & Announcements to help distinguish it from general forums. Its functionality has not changed and is a great way to post announcements in your course.

What's new with grading in iLearn

The iLearn gradebook has undergone significant improvements to simplify setup and use.

Setup

Formally the Categories and Items tab, the Setup tab provides teachers with a quick overview of everything that is graded in a course, and the ability to modify weights, set extra credit, and categorize graded items.

Calculations

The gradebook has significantly revamped how calculations work. Teachers no longer have to choose an Aggregation. Instead, all items in a course are automatically calculated by a simple sum. Want to set specific weights instead? Simply mark the weight checkbox and type in your desired weight and iLearn will automatically make sure your weights always equal up to 100%.

Extra Credit

Extra credit can be set on an item by item basis by selecting Edit > Edit settings next to the item you wish to give extra credit to, and marking the Extra credit checkbox.

User report

Students can now more accurately see where they stand in the class with the updates to the User report. By default, students can now look from left to right and see exactly how much a specific grade item is contributing to their course total, taking into account any categorization, weighting, or extra credits an instructor has entered.

Single View (formerly Quick Edit)

Quick Edit has changed names to Single View. All of the features of Quick edit are still present, and can be accessed by selecting View > Single View or by selecting the gray pencil icon next to a student's name or an individual item on the Grader report.

Assignments

Assignments can now be worth more than 100 points.

What's new with CourseStream

CourseStream, SF State's lecture capture system, has some major improvements to the way faculty can use it.

Self-service personal capture

All faculty using iLearn can now request to use personal capture straight from their iLearn class. Simply select the CourseStream link in the Administration block, and then the Connect your Course button. iLearn will sync your class with CourseStream and give you the ability to download the Personal Capture software, allowing you to record lectures from anywhere to publish to your iLearn class.

CourseStream resource

CourseStream now has its own separate module in iLearn. After publishing a CourseStream recording, you may link to them by selecting CourseStream in the Add an activity or resource menu.

What's new with Turnitin

Turnitin has been updated to include a much requested feature, Peermark. This new functionality allows faculty to set up assignments for anonymous peer review, allowing students to comment and review each other's papers.