Release Notes

Version 1.9.0 — November 5, 2021

Overview

This release includes new features such as feedback surveys, a new Actions seating chart, export capabilities, bulk import to the class roster, and privacy mode for instructors and students. Additionally, the release includes enhancements that will facilitate navigation to unread messages and bulk verification.

Feature Additions

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

 

Breakout Rooms
  • Instructors and TAs are able to join and leave a breakout room from the Participants tab
  • Instructors and TAs will be able to see and easily navigate to the unread messages in each breakout room’s chat room from the All Breakout Rooms view via chat bubbles visible on the video tiles
  • Provided the host instructor has set screen sharing permissions in the main classroom, once breakout rooms are active, users will be able to share their screen within a breakout room
Chat Bubbles
  • All Class users will be able to see any unread direct chat messages via chat bubbles on the sender’s profile video tile. Users will be able to select the icon to easily navigate to the unread chat and reply
  • Instructors and TAs will be able to see and easily navigate to the unread messages in each breakout room’s chat room from the All Breakout Rooms view via chat bubbles visible on the video tiles
Feedback Surveys
  • Instructors and TAs now have the ability to create and launch feedback surveys to participants
  • Instructors will have the option to delete, duplicate, edit, and import a Survey similar to all other teaching tools
  • Instructors and TAs will be able to view survey results and export them to either a .csv or .xlsx file
Privacy Mode
  • Instructors and TAs will be able to allow students to set privacy mode for themselves. Given the Instructor or TA has given permission, students will be able to turn on privacy mode for themselves, which will hide their video from other students
Seating Chart
  • Instructors and TAs can now sort by a new Seating Chart ‘Actions’ which replaces the previous Reactions sorting option. Actions include direct messages sent to the specific Instructor or TA, hand raises, and any feedback reactions
Verification
  • When verifying a user as a new student, an updated dialog will display, requiring both first name and last name. There will also be additional optional fields for inputting a display name and email address for the new student

Enhancements

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

Accessibility
  • Added VoiceOver support for screen sharing controls
  • Added VoiceOver support for the main classroom
Seating Chart
  • The General seating chart has been updated to display users in this order: Instructors, Presenters, Cameras, and other participants in order of the time they joined
  • Seating chart options have been updated to create a visual separation between the alphabetical options and the rest of the menu selections
General
  • Class has been updated to the latest Zoom SDK available for Mac
  • Participants who are not an Instructor or TA will no longer have the option to pin other users under the podium
  • The class information dialog now also includes information on applications with access to the content in the class session

Bug Fixes

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

Localization
  • Resolved issue where the Japanese version of the application did not display the full button label when copying the class link from the class information dialog
Teaching Tools
  • Resolved issue where creating a Quiz was displaying an error message
  • Resolved issue where students were able to retake a quiz after it closed
  • Resolved issue where users were displayed a message that their browser is not supported when viewing a Google doc
General
  • Resolved issue where unverified users were able to initiate chat with verified students
  • Resolved issue where the Class application was not prompting users to provide screen recording access and was not available in the list of applications on Catalina

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.

Localization
  • Instructors that upload a shared file titled with Japanese characters will display an empty title field
Seating Chart
  • Hand raise seating chart does not sort in chronological order
Teaching Tools
  • When the Quiz dialog is not in full screen, the Due by date is cut off
General
  • Students viewing other students who have turned on privacy mode will not see an eye icon indicating they have turned on privacy mode
  • Instructor and TA currently do not see the option to admit all users from the waiting room
  • Instructors will see a “Title is already registered” message when editing an LTI entry
  • Users promoted to the Instructor role do not have lose focus tracking
  • Muting or unmuting a specific user from the participant’s context menu does not work
  • Launching Class from an LMS prompts instructors to log into Zoom
  • Instructors are not able to create a Class without a password when using an existing Zoom ID if the Zoom meeting was created without one
  • Instructors are not able to create classes that start in the evening and end in the morning
  • Organizations who have blocked Google on their network are not able to view launched files from Share Files dialog
  • Launch page is not customized according to terminology configuration in admin settings

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