CourseStage Broadway – March 2017

New Role-based Evaluation feature for Questionnaires to automated faculty evaluations

Our clients are increasingly using CourseStage for live and blended courses, and those courses have faculty. When courses have multiple faculty members, organizations often want to ask a set of questions about each faculty member: for example, perhaps you ask students to rate the faculty member’s teaching and also ask if the faculty member showed any signs of commercial bias.
In this situation, it would be convenient if you could just generate the faculty questions once, and have them automatically added to the questionnaire once for each faculty assigned to the course. It would be even more convenient if you could put these questions into a template questionnaire and re-use them in every faculty-led course you offer, with the questions automatically asked for each faculty member.
Role-based evaluation questions let you do that! When you set up a question on your questionnaire, check the “Is this a role-based evaluation question?” checkmark and select the role you use for faculty from the dropdown. You can even automatically insert the faculty’s name in the text of the question using tokens: %USER.FIRSTNAME% and %USER.LASTNAME%.
Once set up, a question like this will repeat in the questionnaire once for each user enrolled with the role you have selected. There will be a separate entry for each question about each faculty member enrolled in the course. And the role-based questions in course template questionnaires will be copied when a new course is created from a template.

Example configuration:

Tag: Evaluation

Core/Expansion: Expansion

New setting to bypass the enrollment page for self enrollments

Previously, if you used self enrollment, users who clicked on a course entry in the catalog would see a page asking them if they wanted to enroll. To streamline that process, we’ve added a setting to the self enrollment method that will bypass that page: if learners click the entry for the course in the catalog, they’ll go directly into the course (and be enrolled in it).
Within a course, you can find this setting by going to Course Administration > Users > Enrollment Methods and adding a Self Enrollment method. The setting is called Auto Enroll, and is right at the top of the settings page. Keep in mind that your course will be “open access” for anyone with an LMS account if you enable self enrollment!

Tag: Course, Navigation

Core/Expansion: Expansion

Advanced Course Completion settings now work with the Course Filter

The Course Filter is the most popular way to display a list of currently enrolled courses to learners. It’s usually on the frontpage of the LMS.
If you are using the advanced course completion options, they didn’t previously work with the Complete and Incomplete tabs of the course filter (and so most clients didn’t use these options, or disabled the Complete and Incomplete tabs). We’ve fixed that now. But keep in mind that advanced course completion is enabled by a sitewide setting that changes how completion works in all of your courses. Let us know if you’re interested in using it, and we’ll walk you through the implications.

Tag: Course Filter, Completion

Core/Expansion: Core