August Platform update release notes

During July the team worked and fixed the following issues:

1. Due to plenty of courses, we have to maintain the database and change configurations. Some issues will still be observed for few weeks time until we stabilize the system. We expect 5 minutes maintenance break every Monday to allow the system to re-index courses. The final fix will be delivered in September

2. Too many unread notifications can slow down the system, some fixes around this issue were released in order to improve performance.

3. Video limit regression of a previously fixed bug, no obvious end user experience but mainly for master admins.

4. Now we offer a direct line to our sales team via a chatbot. You can find it on left side of the page. By using this users can chat with our sales representative.

5. The message in cource publish page is updated to indicate that the data will be updated in production and can take time up to 30 minutes.

6. Error with Matchjax.js is fixed. It was because the public CDN we used for mathjax.js were moved to a different place.

7. Europeana API is integrated. A press release will be issued in the following weeks, we are testing system performance.

Celebrating 500.000 email invitations and an important notice

Eliademy today reached a new milestone. Over 500.000 email invitations were sent in the last 30 days. This is a significant milestone that keeps us running.

Because of the unprecedented amount of invitations and new users in the platform we have managed to shock the system. Therefore at the moment is hard to enrol to a new course from the public catalogue.

We advise all FREE users to wait for 3 days before sending new invitations.
For our Premium users, there is the following workaround.

Workaround steps:

  1. Ask the user to create an account with Eliademy
  2. Navigate to the ADMIN page and click “User Admin”
  3. Add the user into the system by uploading an excel of emails or emails separated by a comma.
  4. Go to “Manage enrollments” and then assign your users to the course
  5. Next time that the user will login will be able to see your course

Rest assured that the team is working hard to open up the catalogue to the FREE users in a short period of time. Until then you can ask from support@eliademy.com anything that could make your life easier. We are here to simplify and eager to serve you.

 

Eliademy shining new updates

We have done many updates on our servers this month. Now the users can sign into Eliademy using their LinkedIn accounts. The feature is not new, but it stopped working earlier because of some changes in LinkedIn authentication API’s.

We have improved Quizzes as well. The issue with copy-pasting data from spread sheet applications like Microsoft Excel and Libre Office into Quizzes is fixed. Clipboard data contained multiple formats of same data and it was not handled correctly in our code which was the root cause of the problem.

We are sending over 600.000 emails per month so we had to improve validation in the ‘Send-email-invitations’ screen. We had to improve validation in order to avoid users misusing our email servers and sending spam messages by utilizing a free service.
capcha check

One update in Organization management as well. Removing a user from an organisation will automatically unenroll the user from all the confidential courses of the organisation. So now you can remove a student from your organisation and automatically from the courses within the organisation.

We also updated our Video servers with more storage capacity and got better prepared to support the 1.000.000 students that we expect that we will be serving this year.

For the new free users there is an upload limit of 200 MB on our video servers. The change is not affecting Premium and existing free users.

A minor fix also on the the participant count in tasks and dashboards will not include the owner of the course. Also the profile page is updated, you can see the list of your learning courses at there.

The Gradebook layout issues are fixed now. It is displayed in pages when more than 100 users are present, it is sorted based on completion status and name of the user, and completed user details and displayed in different background color.
Gradebook paging screenshot

Course admins can export the user directory into csv format now.

New hyperlink “Manage Enrollment” is given in course participant page. Admins easily navigate to manage enrollments now.
Manage Enrollments

The discussions (forums) now shows recently active discussions in the top.
forums

Forums now render formatted texts better. Earlier there had issue with ‘strike-through’ text.
Forum formatting text
We also happy to announce our 3 new team members that were instrumental on creating this new release. Welcome on board Rajeev (India), Danny (USA) and Vladimir (Russia).

Stay tuned as next month we bring new functionalities and starting the implementation of neural networks to take advantage of the Terra-bytes of data created by our users. We will bring something really cool and make everyone happy!

Advanced quizzes and assignments for your live online courses

Eliademy is a community-driven platform.  We have gotten over a thousand direct messages, votes and open suggestion on how we should improve course quizzes. Today, we are proud to announce the launch of a brand new quizzes and assignments interface. 

First, we have split all tasks on Eliademy into 2 distinct categories:

  • Assignments – a task that requires an answer from a student (an essay for example) which needs to be checked and graded by a course instructor
  • Quizzes – a task with a set of predefined questions that student need to complete on their own and get an instant rating

New quizzes highlights. For each quiz instructor can:

  • Add a welcome and closing message – text that students will see before and after taking a quiz (it can be used to specify pass rate, or give additional explanations for results)
  • Specify “start date” on which all students on the course will be able to see the quiz (by default start date is set to current date, if you would like to hide the quiz – please remember to adjust starting date)
  • Specify “due date” by which student have to complete the quiz
  • Allow or reject late answer – enabling this option, allows students completing quiz after the due date, but leaves a mark for instructor
  • Choose whether questing should be shown in sequential or random order for students
  • Specify amount of attempts a quiz can be taken

Quizzes have 3 types of questions:

  • Multiple-choice: a student needs to choose one or several correct answers for a question (please note that partially correct answers still counted as fail)
  • True/False: a student needs to choose weather statement in the question is true or false
  • Short Answer: a student needs to type a word, a number or a phrase as an answer to the question

Quiz questions types in live learning platform

For each quiz question an instructor can:

  • Add text, math formulas, media links and pictures (we have the same editing interface you use on the course)
  • Add a short explanation which student will see after answering the question
  • Change order of the questions in the list (in case you want students to complete quiz in sequential order)

When student starts the quiz and answers a question:

  • Correct answer and explanation will be shown immediately if student has only one attempt
  • For multi-try quizzes student will only see weather answer is correct or not after answering, and will see all correct answers and explanations only after sending quiz results

Student view with spoken english

We also have a new “results” interface for instructors – results of all students are shown in one dashboard along with an option to reset progress individually (to give one more extra try for a student).

LMS made in Finland

New assignments highlights.  Improvement to the assignments UX follows the same principle of a unified interface. As an instructor:

  • You have the same controls for start/due dates and late answers like on quizzes page
  • You see all results for all students on a single summary block right under the assignment

There is a noticeable change when it comes to task submission and grading. As of now, students can modify draft answer unlimited amount of times (upload documents, change text, etc). Once an answer is submitted, no further changes are allowed. However, course instructor can choose to give feedback and ask for corrections, instead of grading the answer right away. This will give an option to a student to improve answer and resubmit.

Tasks in Live learning platform

Linking tasks and topics

Last but not least, we have added an option to link tasks and topics. If you would like students to complete a certain assignment or quiz right after reading course chapter, you can admit by clicking “link task” from the footer. A panel with selected task will be displayed right under the content block.

advance learning quizzes

Give a try to new quizzes and tasks and let us know what we can do even better.

15.000 Audio books that you can use with Eliademy

Welcome to your Live Learning Platform.

Last week we silently added one small icon to our super friendly course editor. The new icon (A sound/speaker icon) enables you to add and stream Audio directly from your course.

Why is such small addition significant?

Most of the 36.000 courses hosted on Eliademy contain Videos, text, and images. We looked into the data and we decided that Audio, as an educational object,  is missing from the majority of the courses.

So today we are enthusiastically proud to announce that you can add Streaming audio to your online course and not only in a single way. In order to educate our user base of 25.000 teachers, we decided as well to create a course to inform you on how to properly use this new small addition of our editor.

You can enrol to this course in order to learn how to add audio to your course. 

To make the news even more exciting, we are happy to announce that now you can use over 15.000 Free audio books (Librivox.org) as learning objects into your courses.

All those books are classic masterpieces of human literature that have been liberated from commercial license because they are old (prior of 1921) . In the above-mentioned course, we provide information on how to use and stream those books directly to your students by using Eliademy.

Now, you have the opportunity to teach spoken English, check comprehension or simply place a seed of a good habit to your students. We hope you use it to the maximum.

Feature Friday: Do more with webinars on Eliademy

We are thrilled to announce and to bring to your service an update on Eliademy webinars. The update includes performance improvements but also the following additional functionalities:

Polling. Now you can do live polls with all your students that are participating in your Live courses. You can ask questions and your students can vote instantly. You can preconfigure the polls and see the results in real time. We recommend this functionality in order to get instant feedback about the quality of the session or for validating comprehension by the students.

Improved video streaming. The quality of streaming videos have improved but also the graphical interface now is also improved, giving you space to include more students to your online teaching class.

Emoticons. Yes, you are reading right, we have added Emoticons so everybody now can share their feelings , if they choose to do so, with the rest of the class. Who said that you cannot have fun when you are teaching live online?

Performance and security. Low on internet bandwidth and losing connection? No problem, now the client will automatically reconnect to the session so you won’t loose a minute trying to do it manually. Plus a dozen of minor fixes that will improve stability and the overall performance of your experience. Geeks out there: your webinars run over HTTPS, so come over and make a pass through the wormhole by making your session a Live Learning experience.

Why pay for expensive Adobe Connect, WebEx and multiple tools to deliver your courses? With Eliademy Premium you can do all that and much more.

Learn more about Eliademy Premium and start your trial today!