Back to School 2021: Explore Edcite’s New Features and Updates!

As the 2021-22 school year kicks off, we are very excited to highlight some of our new features and updates. From new integration partnerships to grading upgrades, new assignment settings to rubric enhancements, we’ve been listening to our users’ requests and are delighted to roll out these new features!

Scroll down to learn more about:
1. Grading Improvements
2. Venn Diagram (#046) Question Type Update
3. Assignment Editor Updates: New Fields
4. One Tab at a Time: Students Restricted to One Tab for Assignments
5. Student Report: Updated Settings for Hiding Correct Answers/Scores
6. New Integrations (Edcite Schools Only): Schoology and Aeries
Other updates coming soon…

1. Grading Improvements

i) New Grid View

The new Grid View on the Grading Page allows for quick grading across an assignment at the question level, along with a set of convenient actions.

1. Easily view attachments across students and questions by enabling the Show Attachments option.

2. Give full credit for a question to all students by clicking More Options next to the question number, or give full credit to one student by clicking on the More Options button next to the student’s score.

3. Force submit or unsubmit a student’s assignment by clicking on the More Options button in the Status column (Edcite Schools only).

4. Navigate to view work on a question or navigate to grade a question for all students by clicking on the More Options button next to a question number.

5. Enable the Show Bonuses option to get a quick view of bonus points for all students and questions.

6. Enable the Show Filters option to search for student names, assignment status, and total number of points.

ii) Rubric Update: Inline Rubric Grading

1. Rubrics now open inline (instead of a popup) with scoring options reorganized to give teachers an easier experience when grading.

2. Rubrics are now compact and only show points in scoring cells. To see a score’s textual information, hover over a score and a popover will appear.

3. Clicking Apply/Next opens and moves to the next student for question by question grading or else to the next question for that student.

4. Clicking the Override button opens a textbox that allows you to override the rubric score. This is helpful when you want the final score to take into account more than a rubric’s raw data.

2. Venn Diagram (#046) Question Type Update

The Venn Diagram (#046) question type allows students to drag and drop text or images into a Venn diagram. This is good practice for categorizing or classifying concepts and terms.

By clicking on the Settings Gear in the Question Editor, teachers can enable a “Neither” option to make a question more challenging for students. This summer, we have also added a teacher-graded option to make this question type even more flexible!

3. Assignment Editor Updates: New Fields

The Assignment Editor has new fields to help with organizing assignments on the My Assignments page and searching for assignments in the Assignments Library. 

Freeform Tag(s)

The Freeform Tag(s) field allows you to enter keywords to describe an assignment. 

Grade(s)

Enter the grade level(s) an assignment is best suited for.

Subject(s)

Enter the subject(s) an assignment covers.

4. One Tab at a Time: Students Restricted to One Tab for Assignments

When students are logged into their Edcite accounts, they are now restricted to opening assignments in one tab. If they open an assignment in another tab, the assignment will open but all other open assignment tabs will get redirected to the Student Homepage. Note: This will apply even if the student has submitted the assignment in one tab and the Assignment Viewer Report is open.

What are the benefits?

This feature ensures student work is backed up optimally and prevents student retakes appearing on a student’s report if a teacher force submits an assignment while a student is still working on it.

5. Student Report: Updated Settings for Hiding Correct Answers/Scores

Teachers now have more options to choose from when deciding on whether to hide correct answers/scores on Student Report settings.

Hide Scores AND Answer Details

Students will not be shown any results, i.e. scores or any answer information, for the assignment. This setting is provided for cases where teachers want to avoid students getting discouraged by preliminary results of their assignment submissions. Teachers will need to share results with students separately, or change the setting later.

Hide Answer Details

Students will not be shown answer details for questions in the assignment. Students will see only a score for each question. This setting is provided for summative uses, where you do not want students to have access to answers.

Hide Correct Answers

Students will see their answers for the questions, but will not see any solutions, scores or correct answers. Note – this will not apply if Answer Details are hidden.

Hide Scores

Students will see their answers and the correct answers and solutions for questions, but not their scores. Recommended for formative assessments where the score is not important to students.

6. New Integrations (Edcite Schools Only): Schoology and Aeries

Edcite now integrates with Schoology and syncs with the Aeries Gradebook! These features are available with our premium platform, Edcite Schools. To learn more about Edcite Schools, click here.

For setup instructions for either of our integration partners, reach out to schools@edcite.com.

Other updates coming soon…

  • Item Analysis Report updates
  • Assignment level rubrics: score a whole assignment with a rubric or enter data for reading assessments
  • “State Released Assignments” filter for the Assignments Library
  • New content: 2021 MCAS Released Tests and 2018 STAAR Tests

We always welcome feedback and strive to make Edcite the best platform it can be. If you have any suggestions on how we could make your Edcite experience better, please reach out to support@edcite.com.

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