Release Notes

Version 1.8.0 — September 7, 2021

Overview

This release includes the ability to disable and customize the labels of several teaching tools, and enhanced breakout rooms. In addition to these new features, the teachings tools UI have been revamped and major stability improvements have been made.

 

Feature Additions

Included below are the additions we have made to Class for MacOS.

Enhanced Breakout Rooms
  • Instructors and Assistants can monitor all breakout rooms and see a snapshot of the recent activity in each room, who is currently talking, any reactions, and feedback
  • Instructors and Assistants can easily launch activities to breakout rooms without joining a breakout room either from:
    • The activity dialog
    • The “more” menu on the video tile of a breakout room from the All Breakout Rooms tab
  • Participants can now use Reactions and Raise/Lower Hand while in a breakout room and all Instructors and Assistants will be able to see them from outside the room
  • With the new sidebar that is available in breakout rooms, all users can now see who is in their breakout room, in addition to any reactions, feedback, and audio/video status of each user
  • The Class application window title bar and the web tab will now be updated to reflect the breakout room the user is currently in
  • Users will now see a dialog informing them when Breakout Rooms are closing
  • Any activities launched to breakout rooms will no longer be visible to any unverified users
  • Instructors and Assistants can leave and join breakout rooms from the participants’ list
  • Instructors and Assistants can view and chat with any of the open breakout rooms
  • Instructors and Assistants can see all breakout room participants from the participants’ list
  • Instructors and assistants can easily chat with or join a breakout room from the monitoring view of all breakout rooms
  • “Broadcast Message to All” and “Ask for Help” while breakout rooms are active have been removed. Instructors, assistants, students can now use the chat functionality while in breakout rooms. All users can chat with any instructor or assistant and among other members in their breakout room
  • Closing all Breakout Rooms will close any activities that were launched to those rooms
Feature Toggle
  • With Feature Toggles, Class users have the option to turn off the following features within Class and save their configurations:
    • Assessments
    • Assignments
    • Gradebook
    • LMS
    • Polling
    • Syllabus
    • Chat
  • Any user added to the “Class for Zoom for Administrators” user group will have access to an organization-specific Admin Portal.
    This portal can then be used to update feature toggle settings at any time. Changes made in the Admin Portal will be made globally for that organization’s account and will take effect for users the next time they open the Class application
Import e-Learning Content
  • Instructors and Assistants can save time recreating e-learning content by importing the following content types from their other courses in Class:
    • Assignment
    • Assessment / Quiz / Test
    • Polling
Localization
  • Added support for Japanese translations
  • Added support for Portuguese translations
Privacy Mode
  • Instructors and Assistants now have the option to turn on Privacy Mode which will turn off all students’ videos and display Private for all other students
Terminology Customization
  • With Terminology Customizations, Class users can now define roles in a way that is appropriate and familiar for their institution or organization. The customizable terms include:
    • Instructor title
    • Assistant title
    • Participant title
    • Roster title
    • Gradebook title
    • Syllabus title

Enhancements

Included below are the enhancements we have made to features currently existing in Class.

Accessibility
  • Video labels and border colors have been updated to meet accessible contrast levels
Additional Cameras
  • Removed the ability for the Instructor Cam and Class Cam to Raise/Lower Hand or use Reactions
Chat
  • Users can now start a chat with others from the context menu found on their profile video tile
  • Users can easily navigate to different chat messages by selecting the unread message icon
Teaching Tools
  • Instructors and Assistants can now launch teaching tools to specific breakout rooms
  • Improved the Play Video experience by automatically muting all users when a video is launched to avoid audio feedback
  • Resolved issue when launching the same teaching tool more than once opened duplicate web tabs
  • UI revamp of the Teaching Tools dialogs
General Use
  • Requesting to mute/unmute or start/stop video sends a dialog to the requestee
  • MacOS 10.15 Catalina+ users will be prompted to provide device permissions in order to screen share
  • Improved the dialog for users inputting their display name with added validation for a maximum limit
  • UI improvements to various menus

Bug Fixes

Included below are the fixes that were made to address known issues or to improve the overall stability of the product.

Breakout Rooms
  • Fixed issue with renaming breakout rooms
Localization
  • Fixed issue where the invitation email was in English
Teaching Tools
  • Removed non-functional button on Assignment file submissions
  • Fixed issue where Play Video would not accept a YouTube Kids video
  • Fixed issue where students were not displayed when instructors reviewed assessments to grade
General Use
  • Fixed issue where the “Opening Login Page” pop-up persisted
  • Fixed issue where changing the role of a Windows user to instructor did not update for all students
  • Fixed issue where the last student in the Gallery would not show when the number of students in the class was an odd number of students
  • Added ability to easily download the log file by option-clicking the Class menu
  • Fixed issue when editing Class details, the selected dates and times did not display
  • Fixed issue where not all classes were displaying the schedule
  • Fixed issue where classes using special characters as passwords would not allow users to join

Known Issues

Included below are the open issues that our team is actively working to address. An updated list of known issues will be published with our next release.

Breakout Rooms
  • Sharing screens in a breakout room are currently only functional for the host Instructor
  • Intermittent issue with a student moving to a different breakout room than the one they joined
  • Changing the role of a student to be an Assistant or Instructor while breakout rooms are active will not give them access to the All Breakout Rooms tab to monitor breakout rooms
  • If a student declines the request to join an assigned breakout room, the Instructor will have to re-assign them to re-send the request
  • Instructor changing the LMS closes the LMS tab completely for students in a breakout room
  • Names missing in assign box in breakout room dialogue box
  • Application crashes for the host instructor when joining a breakout room from the participants list
  • While in a breakout room, un-verifying a user will pin them under the podium
  • As participants return from breakout rooms to the main classroom, some users are un-verified in error
  • Instructors in breakout rooms without host privileges are not able to add a new LMS
  • Invitation to join a breakout room is sent to students after the Instructor leaves and rejoins the class
  • Instructor changing LMS closes the LMS tab completely for students in breakout rooms
  • The assign dropdown in the Breakout Room configuration screen does not display students that are already assigned to a Breakout Rpom
  • Participants are able to chat with users in other Breakout Rooms, when they should not be able to
  • When creating three breakout rooms, only two are created
Chat
  • The archive option is not available
  • Chat History clears when the user leaves and rejoins a meeting
Class Management
  • Attendance and Dashboard pages will not display corresponding class data until the next release. This information is still being captured within our system and the display of these pages will soon be updated to restore access to this information for end-users
Localization
  • The text in the Copy Link button in the Japanese translation is cut off
Play Video
  • Error message not presented when a user attempts to save invalid URL
Screen Recording
  • Instructors crash when they start recording and then open and join a Breakout Room
Screen Sharing
  • Pop-up Message not displayed to the user when screen sharing stops
  • The “Music or Computer Sound Only” option in Advanced Share is not working
  • “More” button not available in the “You are Sharing” toolbar
Teaching Tools
  • The instructor is unable to launch other files from a list of uploaded files, after launching the first file on the list
  • Closing a Play Video tab without pausing the video first leaves the audio on
  • Instructors are able to launch an invalid URL via Browse the Web
  • Instructors are unable to edit and delete Share File activities
  • Instructors are unable to add students to office hours
  • Importing Assignments, Assessments, and Polls displays an error – it will still import
Zoom User
  • Zoom users do not receive web sidebar URL link in chat when joining a class
  • Zoom users do not show up on the participants list after verification
  • Video feed is not visible to other students
  • Active activities are not listed on the Zoom sidebar
  • Zoom users are not receiving the link for a shared file
General Use
  • Raising hand from the more menu from the participants’ list or the profile video tile does not show up
  • The Join Class dialog that allows users to input their display name currently allows for users to input a new line break by pressing the Enter button
  • Student/Participant role UI does not match when verifying user or changing role in menu
  • Option to navigate back from the Sign In page is missing
  • Non-host instructors are not able to add new LMS
  • Users sometimes have issues rejoining meetings
  • Class Cams can see instructor-only reactions in the sidebar
  • The TA role does not see the ‘Facilitator’ title in the sidebar when enhanced terminology customization is turned on

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