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ANGEL Help & Information Guide article lists known assessment tool issues
A new article in the online ANGEL Help & Information Guide, “Assessments: Known Issues” lists problems with the assessment tool. Information Technology Services is working with the vendor to provide solutions for these known issues. Interim work-arounds for most of the issues are described in the article. For any questions regarding the assessment tool, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Has anyone used surveys to provide extra credit in a class of 300+?
I have an instructor who wants to provide extra credit for a feedback survey - but the survey is also anonymous. We can track who did and did not submit the survey - but there is no easy way to get that info into any shape that can be exported into a spreadsheet and uploaded (names and user id's are all in one field).
We need a sleeker solution than any of the ideas I've been able to come up with! If you got thoughts - let me know!
Is there a way that we could create an assessment that draws random question sets? What I mean is, essentially having a question pool, but instead of individual questions, it pulls whole question sets into the assessment?
An update to ANGEL was applied January 23 during the maintenance window. This update contains bug fixes for ANGEL, bug fixes and enhancements for CSCS, and a major change to the way that the contact ANGEL Support link will work for World Campus courses and users.
Changes to ANGEL Support contact form
Support for Outreach Services/World Campus-affiliated courses, groups, LORs, and students is provided by the Outreach Services help desk instead of ANGEL Support. Please note that Outreach Services provides technical support for their students in all areas, not just ANGEL.
Currently, the support contact form, accessed through the "contact ANGEL Support" link in the footer of most pages in ANGEL, sends support requests to ANGEL Support, which then redirects help requests to Outreach as needed. The upcoming update will contain an enhancement to direct users directly to Outreach technical support instead of ANGEL Support if it can be determined that their help request should be handled by Outreach. This will help Outreach ANGEL users reach the appropriate support unit faster.
The new behavior when clicking the contact ANGEL support link in the footer of ANGEL pages is as follows:
In all other cases (including users who have not logged in to ANGEL), users will be directed to the ANGEL support form. The ANGEL Support unit will continue to forward messages to Outreach for assistance as needed.
Please note that it is not possible to redirect users with 100% accuracy. Manually-created courses, blended merge courses, groups, and LORs may not have their campus affiliation set correctly. The enhancement will streamline the support path for Outreach users in most cases.
Additional information on the ANGEL bug fixes and CSCS changes are available by clicking the read more link below.
Is anyone else as uncomfortable with the overemphasis on timed everything as I am? Obviously, insufficient time results in lower levels of performance but what is less apparent is that just the perception of insufficient time results in reduced performance. Very dangerous.
I am concerned, too, about all the emphasis on assessment. One would think to read about it that there is a shortage of assessment tools. I would like to see some PL authoring tools made available and get the emphasis rebalanced and moved back towards learning.
ANGELshorts Vol. 3, Issue #5 Five Things You Should Know about the Assessment Tool is now available.
From the article:
"Beginning January 5, 2010, course editors will have the option of using the assessment tool along with the quiz tool in their ANGEL course. Assessments, like quizzes, can be used for student practice and feedback, homework assignments, and to evaluating learning. Assessments will replace quizzes when ANGEL is upgraded to version 7.4 following the end of the spring 2010
semester. Course editors are encouraged to prepare for the change by experimenting with the assessment tool during the semester. Documentation and video tutorials are available to assist with the transition. Additionally, a free Winter-Fest workshop on the assessment tool will be held January 7. To register, visit the ITS Training Services site at http://its.psu.edu/training/.
Go to the ANGELshorts tab to read previous issues.
In a previous discussion on the ANGEL Community Hub, it was mentioned that there was a bug in ANGEL causing the ANGEL banner and navigation to display on Link content type items even when that option was disabled in the settings. I have done some tooling around and discovered that the "No Banner" option seems to be behaving properly now, and indeed banners and navigation are turned off completely. Can someone verify that this has been fixed? If there was an announcement, I must have missed it.
Thanks in advance,