Release Notes

Version 1.9.1 — November 6th, 2021

Overview

This release is being made available to to correct an issue where the Hand Raise and Actions seating chart views were not sorting users correctly in some cases.

Feature Additions

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

Attendance Export
  • Instructors and TAs now have four additional exports for attendance:
    • Instructors/TAs may now export attendance data for a given class session to CSV
    • Instructors/TAs may now export attendance data for a given student to CSV
    • Instructors/TAs may now export aggregate attendance data for all class sessions to CSV
    • Instructors/TAs may now export aggregate attendance data for all students to CSV
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
Class Roster
  • Instructors and TAs will be able to view and manage the class roster from the Class Schedule page
  • Doing so will automatically add them to the class roster with their input name as-is and an empty email address
  • Instructors and TAs will be able to launch surveys like any other teaching tool to the main classroom or specific breakout rooms
  • Instructors and TAs now also have the option to add to the class roster from a simpler guided mode with fields for the first name, last name, and email address 
  • Instructors and TAs now have a bulk import option to upload a formatted CSV file with first names, last names, and email addresses to add to the class roster
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 to either a .csv or .xlsx file
Participants List
  • Class users are now able to easily search for users from the participant list and will see a filtered view of the classroom gallery
  • Instructors and TAs can now select a Verify All option to verify all un-verified students.
  • Instructors and TAs will no longer see the option to unmute all participants
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
Attendance Display
  • Instructors and TAs can filter and view:
    • Attendance data for a specific student
    • Attendance data for specific class dates
    • Aggregate attendance data for all students
    • Aggregate attendance data for all class dates
  • Instructors and TAs now have the option to manually mark the attendance of.a student in a class session as absent or present
LMS
  • Updated the Learning Management System tool to accept URL of any length
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
Share Files
  • Updated the Share Files dialog to only show the Delete action and no longer display the option to Edit for uploaded files
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
  • Instructors and TAs can only upload specific filetypes when sharing files or uploading the syllabus; pdf, doc, docx, jpg, and png
  • The language in the form to invite additional students has been updated to be clearer

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
Dashboard
  • The Dashboard is currently unavailable for live classes.
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