Wednesday, August 20, 2014

August 2014 - Upgrade Features

New! Analytics Module - Content Tracker
  • In the Reports area in eLab, select the Content Tracker Report and then select the course (section) to view
  • Select all students or an individual student. A list of all selected students will be provided
  • The screen report will show how much of the various resources in the content area have been viewed by the student(s)
  • At the top level, you can see what percentage of the total course resources have been viewed by the student. Then drill into the data for an individual student to see the percentage that was viewed for each unit and each individual lesson. The lesson view can then be expanded to see each individual resource in the lesson and whether the student viewed that resource
  • You will be able to see that at this point, the student has utilized 9.87% of the Lesson 3 resources, with 100% of the Lesson Overview, 5% of the Learning Resources, and 9.55% of the Videos utilized. And with the Videos section expended, you can see what percentage of each video has been viewed so far
Content Tracking
Test Module Updates - Global Settings
  • When creating a test, you can use the Global Setting button (as exists for assignments) in step 1 of the test creation wizard. This will use your standard set up for the first page of test details
  • Settings for step 2 and 3 will still need to be done on a test by test basis
Global Test Settings

Ability to Bulk Add Tests from the Test Library
  • The test library is now easier to use when setting up a course by allowing you to select multiple tests at one time to add to your course
  • First choose if you would like to apply global settings to the selected tests. If you apply global settings, you will be able to make edits to the tests
  • You will be brought to the first selected test to make any edits and then click a Save & Next button to quickly move through editing the other selected tests
  • Note: edits to the test questions and settings from step 3 will still need to be made on a test by test basis
Bulk Add Tests
Ability to Bulk Edit Tests
  • Select multiple tests in their course for editing. Only settings in step 1 of the test creation wizard will be able to be edited using this feature
  • Upon selecting the tests and choosing Edit, the settings available in step 1 will be displayed and can be edited. These edits will be applied to all selected tests
Bulk Edit Tests
Assignment Module Update - Sort by Submission Column
  • Now you can sort assignments on the main assignment page by the submission status
  • This will allow you to display assignments that have ungraded submissions at the top of the list eliminating the need to scroll through to pick out the assignments with submissions to grade
Sort by Submissions

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

eLab Upgrade June 2014

New Feature: Add multiple assignments from the library at the same time
This new feature allows instructors to select up to 25 assignments at a time from the library to add to their course. There is also an option to apply global settings to all of the selected assignments. Instructors will be asked if they want to make edits to the assignments (i.e., the due dates). Choosing Yes takes the user to the first selected assignment for editing, and then clicking Save & Next moves the user through the remaining selected assignments.

New Feature: Simultaneously edit assignments
This new feature allows instructors to select multiple assignments and make edits that will apply to all of them (i.e., changing the assignment type, maximum point allotment, due date, and more).

New Feature: Visual Notification of Ungraded Assignment Resubmissions
This new feature adds an asterisk next to the current grade as notification to both student and instructor that there is an ungraded resubmission. Prior to this feature, if a student resubmitted an assignment, their grade for the existing submission was displayed for the assignment and in the gradebook, with no visual cue that there was an ungraded resubmission and that the current grade could change.

New Feature: Access the Concepts Review Quizzes from the Student Test Page
This new feature allows students to access the Concepts Review Quizzes from both the content area and the student test page. The quizzes will remain available in the content area, since they are designed to be part of the training content. Due to instructor feedback, the quizzes are now also available from the test area, so students can easily access them from either place. Upon course set up, the quizzes will automatically be populated on the student test page. There will be no option for instructors to set a required access point for the quizzes.

New Feature: Hide category averages in the student gradebook
This feature allows instructors to display or hide the individual category averages in the student gradebook. The option to display or hide the final course grade in the student gradebook remains unchanged.

Enhancement: Change the test availability window for individual students
This enhancement allows instructors to change the full test availability window (date available and due) for individual students, as is currently available for assignments. Instructors can use the Change Availability Window link in the test information section for specific students, which will continue to display the start and end dates for the entire class as well as for that individual student.

Update: Ability to use dashes and periods in eLab elements
Instructors may now use dashes and periods in the name of tests, assignments, and custom gradebook columns. The following special characters remain not allowed: “ ‚ ' ~ % ^ = [ ] \ { } | < >

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Heartbleed Update

What is the Heartbleed Bug?

The Heartbleed security bug is reference to a significant vulnerability related to servers based on OpenSSL. The bug infiltrates servers using OpenSSL, which leads to files holding private information such as personal passwords being stolen.

Did Heartbleed affect eLab?

No. The Heartbleed bug affected sites that used to take SSL requests (https) and had older versions of OpenSSL. The eLab web servers do not take https requests, so users should not be concerned with this vulnerability.

Is there anything I should do as an eLab user?

No action is required; however, if you would like to change to password, click the Change Password link under Account Management on your My Courses page.

Monday, March 10, 2014

eLab: Enhancements for Instructors and Students

Two new eLab enhancements are now available! Effective immediately, you can:

Add More Text for Feedback Notes.  We have increased the character limit from 500 to 1000 in the feedback field where instructors can provide feedback to students for an assignment.

Easily Submit Assignments. We have updated the page when a student views assignments from their assignment page.  Now, both the Assignment Title and Submit Assignment links go to a page that provides details about the assignment and includes a place where they can attach the files and submit the assignment.

You can view these changes by logging in to your eLab account at

Friday, January 3, 2014

eLab Instructor Workshop - Training for Current Users

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eLabTM Instructor Workshop - Training for Current Users
Start the year off right with an eLab Webinar


Are you an instructor planning to implement eLab? Or, are you already using eLab and ready to learn advanced features? If so, take advantage of this workshop. Designed as a training session for instructors, this one-hour session will provide a brief 20-minute interactive eLab demonstration with the remainder of the session focused on answering specific instructor questions.

Upcoming Instructor eLab dates:

Thur Jan 9th - 12noon Pacific / 2pm Central / 3pm Eastern
Fri Jan 24th - 10am Pacific / 12noon Central / 1pm Eastern
Thur Jan 30th - 1pm Pacific / 3pm Central / 4pm Eastern

Give your students a headstart with eLab. Starting this January, Labyrinth Leaning will host a series of eLab webinars geared to students who will be using eLab. Spread the word and help your students be more successful with tests and assignments.

Upcoming Student eLab Dates:

Wed Jan 8th - 11am Pacific / 1pm Central / 2pm Eastern
Wed Jan 22nd - 1pm Pacific / 3pm Central / 4pm Eastern
Tues Jan 28nd - 9am Pacific / 11am Central / 12noon Eastern

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