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2016

Among the updates we recently made to the LearningCurve quizzing engine (which you can read about here), one we think you'll find especially useful is the added ability to remove LearningCurve quiz topics that are not relevant to a course.

 

Below are instructions on how to edit LearningCurve topics, with a video showing the process.

 

  1. Log into LaunchPad and navigate to your course home page.
  2. Click on an assigned LearningCurve exercise.
  3. Click on the "Edit topics" button on the right side of the page.
  4. Deselect the check boxes next to any topics you wish to remove.
  5. Click the "Save Changes" button.
  6. Click the "That works for me!" button.


Your LearningCurve topics have been edited!

On Friday, August 5th we released a new version of LearningCurve. It has a new look, designed to make it easier for students to use and some new functionality, so you can cut out topics that aren't relevant for your course. You don't need to create a new course to see the LearningCurve; it just flowed 'automagically' into your LaunchPad course. Check it out and let us know what you think! 

 

Instructor View:

Note in the upper right, under "3", you can now click on "Edit topics" to adjust the topics to better match your syllabus. 

 

Student view: 

 

We made the target score easier to see and we added notes to encourage use of the ebook (no penalty) vs. hints and answers. We'll see what students think--but our pre-release reviews have been very positive. 

One of the greatest appeals of classroom technology is the opportunity it offers for targeting interventions based on real-time data. Last fall, we introduced diagnostic activities in Writer’s Help, LaunchPad Solo for Readers and Writers, and many of our LaunchPad titles in order to help instructors track student proficiency in specific reading and writing skills. New for fall, those diagnostics activities have received some useful updates we hope will improve their efficacy in your writing courses.

 

Shorter, more focused pre-and post-tests

 

We’ve reorganized tests so that they target smaller, more manageable skill sets. The updated diagnostics have cumulative pre- and post-tests organized by the following topics:

 

  • Sentence Grammar (34 questions)
  • Punctuation, Style, and Mechanics (34 questions)
  • Reading Skills (20 questions)
  • Readings Strategies (25 questions)

 

The pre- and post-tests contain the same number of questions per topic; parity between tests means instructors can more easily track improvements from pre to post.

 

New class and roster comparison reports

 

Speaking of tracking reports from pre to post, our other big improvement for fall is adding two new comparison reports to the instructor dashboard—one for class comparisons (compare the class’s scores per sub-topic) and one for roster comparisons (compare individual students’ scores per sub-topic). These new reports are accessible through the instructor dashboard inside each post-test.

 

 

 

Instructors will have access to these reports automatically when they have assigned both the pre- and post-test for a particular diagnostic. As soon as any students have taken both tests, their comparison data will become available in the report (note: student data will not show up at all until the student has completed the activity. The report will not include students who have yet to complete the test.)

 

 

 

You can use the diagnostic comparison reports to:

  • Track improvement across multiple sections, or across a program (reports are exportable)
  • Create opportunities for students to see a visual representation of their progress in the course (reports can be printed for students)
  • Continually adapt your teaching based on real performance data.