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Software update 9 February 2012

itslearning was updated on 9 February 2012. This time we have focused on improvements that will make life easier for teachers. We have improved the calendar and assessment record, enhanced some of the content blocks, released a new version of the editor and much more.


Watch the video below to see what's new in the release.



Improvements to the new design

In the previous release we did a major update to the look and feel, and now we've improved it even more. The Intermediate, Animal misfits and Space themes are now available in two versions: one with text in the top menu and one with icons only. This makes it easier for teachers to tailor the themes to different age groups.

We've also introduced a brand new Summersky theme, which in essence is a different version of the standard itslearning skin.



New space-saving news content block

We're happy to introduce a new version of the news content block. The new block is more compact and has a smaller font.



Improved course list content block

It's now easier to keep up to date with what's happening in your courses thanks to several new features in the course list content block. You can now see how many changes have been made since you last visited the course (the orange droplet) – and you can also see which courses have had new bulletins added to them (the grey icon).


  • Read more about the course content blocks in the itslearning help!

    Embed external content in pages

    Now to a feature we know many page creators have been waiting for: you can now embed external content from services such as YouTube and Slideshare directly from the rich content block into pages. Look for the new 'Source' button in the editor when adding or editing rich content.



    Better overview in the assessment record

    The assessment record, or grade book, has been updated with four sought-after features:


    You might have different types of assessments in a single course, such as for homework assignments, group assignments, classroom assignments and tests. These assignments can now be grouped together to form a category (you can, of course, create your own categories). This means you can filter your assessment records by category to get a better overview and also weight assessments differently within individual categories.


    Add terms and categories directly into new elements

    It's now possible to select a term and category when adding tests and assignments.

    Column headers always show

    The column headers in the assessment record are now always visible at the top of the grid, even when you scroll down a long list of participants.

    Improved input field for marking

    A new autocomplete feature enables you to give a mark or assessment quicker when marking assignments. When you enter the assessment, itslearning will suggest an assessment as soon as you type the first letter or number. This is especially useful if you use an assessment scale with many options.



    New version of the rich-text editor

    You can now use a brand new version of the rich-text editor. The new icons and colours give it a more modern look, but the editor works exactly as it did before.



    Get more out of the calendar with resource booking and iCal support

    These two new features will improve the calendar for all our users.

    Resource booking

    Administrators can now create a list of resources – such as rooms, cameras, computers, and smartboards – and let other users book them directly through their calendar.

    Note: we've decided to launch this feature as a limited beta, and only selected sites will have access to it. Interested? Read about the beta program and how to join it at http://info.itslearning.net/ResourceBeta.html.


    iCal support

    Do you use a Mac, an iPhone, Microsoft Outlook or any other device that supports iCal? If so, you can now subscribe to calendar activities through an iCal feed. Simply click the Subscribe link in the Activities content block. Read more about iCal on Wikipedia.



    More information for teachers in the personal profile

    Course teachers now have access to aggregated information in the person profile. In plain English, this means they can now see a full list of assessments, attendance reports and behaviour reports for each student – including assessments and reports from other subject teachers – when they click a student's personal profile. You have to be registered as teacher of that student in at least one course to see this information.


    • What information can other users see in your profile? Find out in the person profile topic in the itslearning help.


    Send notifications when you update an element

    Have you ever found a mistake in a page, note, assignment or test and had to notify everyone that you've made a change? Now you can send notifications automatically when you make a change. This isn't a default setting (as people don't want to be bombarded with notifications about every little change), so you need to untick the 'Minor edit' box before saving the change. itslearning will then take care of the rest.


    In elements with autosave, such as Pages, you'll find a Notify about changes button:




    In this release we have corrected more than 100 issues. Read this document to find out more about the most important (English only).

16 comments (Add your own)

1. Naomi Fowke wrote:
Please will you also correct the 'fill in a blank' test creation box in test2.0 option. It has been impossible to open the tool bar here for over a year. all other question creation options work well.

February 10, 2012 @ 4:53 AM

2. Øyvind wrote:
As I never get ant reply from my bug reports, and my bug reports never generate improvements or solutions, I gather you never read them. I'll post my comments here in stead in hope of some sort of response: There appears to be a logical flaw in the "More information for teachers in the personal profile" feature. An error message occurs saying somerhing about terms. I am also worried that this new feature invades the students privacy as it broadcasts his/her test results to persons who have no business reading them.

February 10, 2012 @ 1:45 PM

3. Karl William Sokka wrote:
I have tried to write about problems with Urkund (swedish plagiat control) - ejTag:242860. And the problem have not been solved for a while. The Urkund company doesn't react either.

February 10, 2012 @ 3:04 PM

4. beverley vine wrote:
I still can't see all the labels when using the email from school. What a shame - we are considering moving away from the learning platform as we only really use the email link. I am trying to use homework groups but it is very labour intensive.

February 10, 2012 @ 3:21 PM

5. Paul Richardson wrote:
These latest improvements look good, but there seems to now be a bug in the insertion part of the editor. When trying to insert a picture using IE, the inserting drop-down only works after three or four clicks, and if you click on and off it. I like the source editor now in News. All we need now is the improved reporting system for course results (let's face it, any reporting system would be OK) and the removal of the clumsy hierachy editing for students. How about a tick-box system rather than the clunky one at a time version currently installed?

February 10, 2012 @ 5:45 PM

6. j mallett wrote:
Paul Richardson is right - everything these days is based on a tick box and drag system - the hierarchy is cumbersome and stops people fro wanting to use it. Can this be addressed???

February 10, 2012 @ 8:58 PM

7. Claire Cousins wrote:
Are there any plans to improve the calendar? It would be better if the title of the event was shown instead of the related course.

February 13, 2012 @ 8:19 PM

8. Help wrote:
I dont like the idea of this.

February 20, 2012 @ 6:40 PM

9. Sally Belcher wrote:
Our Yr 1 children are using the Early Learner Interface and are now no longer able to change font size or colour in their My Page editor.

February 22, 2012 @ 2:43 PM

10. james wrote:
my account is acting really funny

February 29, 2012 @ 12:09 AM

11. Daniele wrote:
Steve Taylor October 14th, 2011 10:28 am An interesting hncteique, but definitely one to file under Use if nothing else works rather than to be seen as another good trick for developing a theme. I think most situations where this might be used would be better served using additional custom meta boxes with mulitple TinyMCE fields (both hncteiques are pretty straight-forward these days, given either one of many plugins or a quick Google). Putting presentational markup into the post content obviously mixes up, er presentation and content! We all end up mixing these a bit, but I think the above hncteique goes too far, especially given there's other options for tackling the same issue in a more flexible and future-proof way.

March 4, 2012 @ 9:23 PM

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March 9, 2012 @ 10:58 AM

14. Cecilia wrote:
A fost superb uecnortcl. Ati mai adus o gura de aer proaspat in oras. Speram ca ati receptionat macar o mica parte din admiratia si iubirea de-aici. Sau.. persoane care sa va atraga atentia intr-un mod placut

March 16, 2012 @ 12:10 AM

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October 1, 2012 @ 6:45 PM

16. jamie wrote:

February 1, 2013 @ 9:19 PM

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