Release 111 January 2020 Notes

What's New

Doing More with Google resources 

  • Larger, clearer preview to better view documents added from Google Drive
  • Full-screen edit with one click in Courses and the All-In-One Grader
  • Plagiarism report for individual student answers submitted from Google Drive even if plagiarism control has not been enabled for the assignment (for customers using a plagiarism add-on)
  • Add Google docs to Learning Paths. Just select recently updated documents on Google Drive.
  • Similarly, add Google resources to a calendar event.

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New 360° Summary

New Resource Summary report (in the 360° tab) shows how students use course content – how many have accessed each resource and time spent on each resource. Useful for refining course resources.

Improvements for large courses

  • More than 600 students – instead of the student list view, search for any student by name to view their 360° reports
  • Summary of large courses is hidden in the Mentor 360° report view, so that the page loads up faster
  • More than 1300 students – “time spent on task” in the new Resources Summary is hidden to improve load speed

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Note: The Resource Summary only appears if your school/organization has activated 360° reports.

Better workflow on projects

  • Students can now access and collaborate using built-in Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • The new ‘File or Folder’ tool supports resources from cloud services (such as Google or O365)
  • Copying/moving files between projects/groups and courses is supported
  • The project/groups management page for administrators now matches the course management page
  • The language, search box and layout has been optimized to help administrators better set-up and manage projects/groups

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School as sender

Set ‘school’ as the sender in Mass messaging, so recipients know that the message is coming from their organization.

  • If the message is only sent to members of one school, then the school will be the sender of the message
  • If the message is sent to members from multiple schools, you can choose which school to identify as the ‘sender’
  • You can now see the percentage of recipients who have read the message

Course Cards

Easier for teachers to customize course cards.

  • Hide teachers on the card
  • Display multiple teachers on course cards
  • Redefined color palette
  • Teachers will see ‘New announcements’ on their course cards when students/colleagues share an update in their courses. This will only appear in ‘starred courses’

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Home page updates

If you are using the new purple background home page (determined by your System Administrator) you can now choose which tab to see first – ‘Updates’ or ‘Courses’. You can always change the view later in ‘personal settings’.

Friendly Name

Friendly names make it easier for students to identify their courses.
These names will now be displayed in:

  • The calendar
  • Course participant page
  • follow-up tasks
  • assessment record/grade book
  • parent dashboard (behavior, tasks, events and course list)
  • teachers and admins will also see the friendly name when adding an announcement in multiple course

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For clarity both the official course name and the friendly name are shown in the course card settings page. 


  • Instructors can now disable attendance tracking directly in the Attendance tool (Course Overview >> Status and follow-up >> Attendance)
  • Instructors can also remove all attendance for an event from the same view

Even More

  • A larger editing box in Pages.
  • Teachers can now choose whether to clear or keep dates in Plans when making a copy of the course template. Previously, dates were always cleared.
  • Students will be notified if they cannot send messages to staff who have messages disabled. This was previously only available to staff. Note: Students will not be informed if other students have messages disabled.
  • Students with access to a SharePoint/MS Teams site will now see “Office 365” instead of “OneDrive” when adding an assignment answer from Office 365.
  • Administrators have the option to turn on/off all 360° reports (Admin >> Edit global settings >> Features and security).
  • New, more accessible tree link selector (used to add any resource that is already connected to the Course) when adding information to the planner, calendar events and Tests.
  • Recurring events in the Calendar – choose to edit one specific event, or all future events in the series.
  • The announcement icon on the Course Overview page and in Notifications is now consistent across itslearning.
  • We have extended the data warehouse with ‘Workload’ and “Midterm” results.

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