Updated Look and Navigation
BlueQuill now has an updated header and navigation.
To support smaller screen sizes, such as tablets, the bottom bar has been removed. The Email and Jump To buttons are now in the top bar.
BlueQuill now has an updated navigation to better support touch devices and new features. We call these "modes," and they are located at the top. Instructors now access GradeGrid, ActivityGrid, analytics, apps, and conditions by clicking the respective icon on the top bar.
The apps menu has also been updated to conserve space and to better support touch devices. When you click on Apps, you will see a list of apps to choose from rather than having to scroll to find the app you need.
The progress bar is a new feature for this release. It is the horizontal bar beneath the modes at the top of the screen. The progress bar is a timeline of your course, with the start date on the left and the end date on the right. The white dots represent items with a due date so students and instructors can see quickly and easily what needs to be done next. The white dots are clickable, and a student or instructor can navigate through assignments by clicking on them.
When you click on a dot, you will see the associated assignment. While in that view, the dot will have a black outline.
Analytics version 1
A new mode for instructors is the analytics mode. When you click on this mode, your screen background will turn dark and you will enter a heat map.
Using a color spectrum, the heat map allows you to see at a glance which activities have been performed most and which have been performed least within a course. For example, red usually represents "hot," which means objects with that color are the ones students have accessed the most. Conversely, light blue represents "cold" or little activity, and gray represents no activity at all.
You can choose the analytics the heat map shows you by selecting the type of user activity you want to see. Click on the drop-down arrow next to the first line, "Showing activity for objects that users:"
You can configure the color spectrum option to suit your preferences by clicking on the drop-down arrow next to the Heat Map color scheme.
There is also an engagement web within analytics mode.
The engagement web shows instructors, in an alternate visual format, the most common student actions across an entire course.
Future releases will roll out more analytics data for instructors, including the ability to view actions per student.
In-Object Grading version 1
Instructors can now grade within course objects. When instructors open an object that has points, they will see the course roster on the right.
When you click on a name, the roster becomes horizontal, and you can now enter grades and comments for each student. The current student name area is shaded black at the top of this roster view; to navigate students, click in the gray student name area to the left or right of the current student. Grades and comments save automatically but will not be published to students until the Publish to Students button is clicked. To return to the previous roster view, click the red X.
Future releases will roll out additional grading features, such as rubrics and inline grading.
Gradebook 2 Retirement
With the changes to GradeGrid and the introduction of in-object grading, we have retired the older version of the gradebook. This allows us to focus on new features that will enhance grading even further.
In order to support global partners using BlueQuill, we have built the ability for the interface to translate into different languages. This is for system text only; user-generated text, such as course content, will not be translated when the system changes to a different language. Here is an example of BlueQuill in Spanish:
The assessment tool now enables designers to make quizzes in their courses. This includes two new global configurations, "show correct/incorrect responses as you go" (students see immediate feedback when choosing an answer), and "hide feedback."
If you uncheck the "Show Correct/Incorrect Responses to Students" option, students will not see immediate feedback as to whether their response is correct.
If you leave it checked, students will see feedback as they respond to each item, but there is now the option to choose when they see the feedback:
"as you go" (as students respond to each item)
or "at submission" (when students click the Check Answers button)
Assessment now features an enhanced text editor. When adding or editing a text activity in the assessment tool, you will now use the same enhanced text editor that is used for adding course content.
There is also a new way to preview assessments. "Advanced preview" allows you to experience exactly what the student will experience. Click Advanced Preview when editing an assessment activity to view the preview.
In the preview, click the back arrow to return to the activity. You can also refresh the preview by clicking on the refresh arrow in the bottom right corner. Doing so will remove any responses you may have entered.