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May 15th, 2015 – Release Notes

New SIMnet Content & Features

Lesson & SIMbook Gradebook Options – Freeze Grades after Due Date

The Freeze Grades after Due Date option is designed to allow students to continue to use their Lesson and SIMbook assignments as a study aid after the assignment has become past due. When a gradebook column is frozen the student’s grade will not improve even if the student continues to complete tasks in the Lesson or SIMbook. The new option is available from the assignment and column configuration view:

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When a gradebook column option is set to freeze after the due date and the due date has passed a snowflake icon will display in the column header to indicate the grades will no longer automatically update.

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Modifying the freeze grade setting and/or due date will automatically adjust all student scores in the column appropriately based on tasks they completed prior to the due date.

Gradebook Legend

A new button at the bottom right hand corner of the gradebook displays a legend that defines the different icons in use.

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Additional Changes

  • By default an Exam or Project Personal Assignment will automatically transfer the result to the class gradebook (if available).
  • The question and task picker now defaults to textbook instead of module.
  • The question and task selection module filter now includes an objective type option. This is to support new objective type filtering in a future release.

Bug Fixes and Project Improvements

SIMpath Lesson Deletion

Deleting a SIMpath lesson result only deletes the lesson result instead of both the Pre-Test and the Lesson result.

Detection of Copied Elements

SIMnet now has the ability to detect if a student has copied elements of a document from another student’s file and pasted them into their file. This is in addition to detecting if a student submits another student’s file for grading. Details about the copied elements are available in the Academic Integrity Violation Report. This feature is now available for Skills Word 2013 and IP Word 2013 projects.

Access

Access 2013 Capstone – Level 3, Working with a Sales Database – Improved feedback for date formats.

Fixed grading errors that were occurring when query names contained single quotes.

Improved feedback for missing controls in reports and forms to display the source table as well as the source field name.

Excel

Added new acceptable formulas and improved solution images for the following projects:

  • Excel 2013 Skills Approach – Skill Review 1.1
  • Excel 2013 Skills Approach – Challenge Yourself 1.3
  • Excel 2013 Skills Approach – Fix It 1.6
  • Excel 2013 Skills Approach – Fix It 2.6
  • Excel 2013 Skills Approach – Challenge Yourself 6.4

Word

O’Leary Word 2013 – Lab 3-1– Replaced grading for footnote mark to search for footnotes by surrounding text rather than paragraph number.

Word 2013 In Practice – Independent Project 1-4 – Improved grading for font formatting.

Word 2013 In Practice – Independent Project 2-6 (Mac Supported) – Corrected feedback for bullet font size.

Word 2013 In Practice – Improve It Project 3-7 (Mac Supported) – Improved grading for the Company document property field in the footer.

Word 2013 In Practice – Independent Project 5-6a (Mac Supported) – Revised Mac instructions to match Mac menus and options.

Word 2013 In Practice – Independent Project 5-6b (Mac Supported) – Revised Mac instructions to match Mac menus and options.

Word 2013 In Practice – Guided Project 6-1 (Mac Supported) – Corrected error in solution file for the paragraph indentation of the Bullet List style.

Word 2013 In Practice – Independent Project 8-4 (Mac Supported) – Replaced grading for tab leaders to search for tab leaders by surrounding text rather than paragraph number.

Word 2013 In Practice – Guided Project 9-3 – Updated instructions and improved grading for accepting and rejecting changes in a document.

Word 2013 In Practice – Independent Project 11-5– Replaced functions that were locating content controls by paragraph number to locate content controls by surrounding text.

Word 2013 Skills Approach – Challenge Yourself 8.4 – Corrected display of apostrophes in feedback.

Word 2013 Skills Approach – Skill Review 7.2 – Replaced functions that were locating content controls by paragraph number to locate content controls by surrounding text.

PowerPoint

PowerPoint 2013 Capstone – Level 1 Creating a Sales Presentation – Fixed grading for the location of the title of the pie chart.

PowerPoint 2013 Capstone – Level 2 Creating a Sales Presentation– Fixed grading for the location of the title of the pie chart.

PowerPoint 2013 Skills Approach – Skill Review 1.1 – Added grading for Word Art shadow effect.