New Features for MyMathLab, MathXL, and MyMathTest Coming for July 2008
The Mac-compatible MathXL ® Player v2 is here!! Icon expands white question area New Status Info Bar Updated learning aids icons Undo/Redo buttons on the math palette Here’s the new Mac-compatible, Flash-based MathXL Player v2...
Browser Check (formerly Installation Wizard) At the end of the course creation process, instructors will be prompted to run Browser Check if they need the latest version of Flash.
Browser Check (continued) Browser Check shows at a glance (on one page!) what needs to be installed as well as what is already on the computer. Additional links provide more information and help.
Browser Check (continued) Students who need the latest version of Flash will be prompted to run Browser Check the first time they try to do homework or take a test.
Show/Hide Learning Aids Instructors can choose to show or hide Learning Aids for the whole course, including the Study Plan. They can also specify that students will not need the TestGen plug-in, and Browser Check will not prompt for it. Unchecking a learning aid here will hide it in the whole course.
Show/Hide Learning Aids Instructors can also show or hide learning aids for individual homework assignments or tests and quizzes. Clicking Change... brings up the list of learning aids available for this assignment, any one of which can be “turned off”. Or, instructors can choose to show any learning aid in Review mode only!
Add Comments during Review While reviewing a student’s test, quiz, or homework, instructors can add question-specific comments for the student.
Add Comments during Review (continued) The instructor comment is automatically displayed the first time students review their test, quiz, or homework. Later, they can click the View Comment button to see it again.
Email Enhancements Coordinators will be able to email announcements to all active students in all member courses.
Email Enhancements (continued) Even though the Coordinator sees all member courses listed in the “To:” line of the email, individual students will see only their own names.
Email Enhancements (continued) A second email enhancement is the new “Email Student” link next to the student’s name on the Results page. Using this link, instructors can email students about multiple assignments at once, rather than a single assignment at a time.
Email Enhancements (continued) A third email enhancement lets instructors search for and email students using different criteria such as overall score, incomplete work within a given time frame, last login date, and so on.
Email Enhancements (continued)
Email Enhancements (continued) Clicking Next from the previous screen brings up a list of students who meet the specified criteria. Note: Instructors can export this list as a comma-separated file.
Email Enhancements (continued) A “View/Remove Students” link gives instructors a chance to verify the students who will receive the email.
Email Enhancements (continued) Whether or not the instructor clicks the View / Remove link, he or she will see a confirmation after sending the email.
Email Enhancements (continued) Using this same easy process, instructors can select other criteria for sending emails to students...
Sharing Custom Exercises Instructors can share their custom exercises with colleagues, without having to include the exercises in assignments first. As part of the save exercise process, instructors choose to let others copy that exercise.
Sharing Custom Exercises (continued) Instructors simply enter their colleague’s login and copy any custom exercises marked as available for sharing.
Streamlined Assignments Import Instructors can import homework, tests, and quizzes in the same process. They’ll also choose the course to import from, keeping the list of assignments from getting too long.
New Options for Section Instructors
Course instructors can choose to:
have Section Instructors appear in the Gradebook as inactive students;
let Section Instructors access and edit the class roster.
Transitioning to MathXL Player v2 http://www.mymathlab.com/mac_books.pdf What do instructors need to do to prepare for MathXL Player v2? Make sure that they and their campus labs have the LATEST version of the Adobe® Flash® Player installed (22.214.171.124 or higher). When we upgrade a book, users will automatically see the new MathXL Player v2 when they do homework, take tests, or work study plan exercises as long as they have the most up-to-date version of the Adobe Flash Player installed.
Additional Functionality Coming for Fall 2008
MathXL Player v2 will support JAWS, so it will read aloud the question text, math formulas , and images.
Graphs will be printable so they can be used with tactile graphics technology.
Users can navigate the site using keyboard controls such as the Tab, Enter, and arrow keys.
Users can also act on page elements such as dropdown menus by using the keyboard.
Accessibility Enhancements (continued) All text and images on the site will have descriptive labels that JAWS will read aloud when a visually impaired student’s mouse hovers over it.