At Class, we’re hard at work making online learning better. And since last fall, we’ve released impactful updates for this fall–and want to share them with you. These updates help instructors, students, and teachers get more out of their virtual classrooms together.
In this blog post, learn the latest ways we’ve upgraded your online learning experience.
Essential Classroom Updates
An instructor’s Proctor View is the heart of your classroom. Proctoring enables learners to share screens and media content in real-time with instructors. This provides personal learning moments in your live classroom with enhanced student monitoring feedback and support.
Instructors can invite learners to share their screens for live-view proctoring.
Our smart content whiteboard allows instructors to easily share media, materials, and notes with all learners in an open classroom forum. The whiteboard keeps students connected and together in a centralized interactive environment.
Mobility Between Breakout Rooms
Breakout Rooms are even better. To support flexibility for group learning, we’ve added mobility between rooms. Now, students can leave and join different rooms during live breakout sessions. This update includes new room countdown timers and broadcast messaging for all students.
Share unique content to different rooms that learners can leave and join during live breakout sessions.
With closed captioning, Class offers improved accessibility and learning comprehension. Host instructors can turn on captions from their Views Dropdown, which displays for all users (who can also toggle off). Captions are displayed in near-real-time using voice-to-text.
A synchronous online classroom needs peer-to-peer privacy options. Students can now choose whether they want other learners to see their screens–while still sharing them with instructors.
If instructors and students experience difficulty in their classroom, our in-app support enables reporting real-time technical problems without leaving the Class session.
Instructional Designer Role and Course Templates
If teaching multiple classes, instructors can now make and share reusable content from one Class session to another. Our instructional designer role and course templates streamline an efficient multi-class approach to teaching and learning design online.
Administrators can designate the Instructional Designer Role in the Class admin portal, which enables instructors to create and manage course templates.
Course Templates include shared files, assignments, surveys, polls, and media shared between classes. Name your template, save it as a draft, or publish it to all instructors.
Course templates are now available for easier lesson sharing and replication.
Technical Updates for IT Administrators
Introducing the Class API
In June 2022, we launched the first iteration of the Class API. An API (application programming interface) enables developers and programmers to automate customer integrations. With the Class API, your technical team can create and schedule classes, manage enrollments, run reports–and more!
You can access API features manually via the UI (user interface), but the API enables doing these tasks at scale or at a scheduled time like overnight.
To learn more, visit our Admin Guides for API.
Class Adopts LTI 1.3
This summer, we built the foundation for the next generation of LTI (learning tool interoperability) nicknamed LTI Advantage. This next generation of LTI interoperability improves the technology industry standardized framework to enable service providers like Class to work seamlessly with your school’s outstanding learning management system (LMS).
The LTI Advantage works behind the scenes for school administrators to integrate Class with whichever LMS their school uses.
To learn more, head to the masters of LTI, IMS Global, and read all about it:
Why Platforms and Tools Should Adopt LTI 1.3 | IMs Global Learning Consortium