• New Releases Bring Exciting Updates to Your MindTap Course
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    MindTap Release: December 2017

    MindTap Dashboard & Editing Updates

    Instructors can now opt-in to a new MindTap dashboard featuring these enhancements: 

    • 2 refined views that streamline course content into Week and Outline views.  
      • The Week View shows by date which activities are due with each week of your course.  
        • Features a more intuitive, vertical scrolling view of courses that keeps all content accessible from one screen (no need to arrow left or right). 
      • The Outline View organizes content by unit or chapter.  
      • A new filter feature allows instructors to narrow their view to show only graded or practice activities.  
      • Instructors can now select Expand All to open all folders and units at once.  Select Collapse All to quickly close them again.

    • Enabling the Edit Mode toggle enables a new batch editing tool that allows instructors to adjust multiple activities at the same time.   
      • Hide multiple activities at one time.  Use the Show Hidden toggle to view the activities hidden from students.  
      • Adjust available dates or due dates for multiple activities. 
      • Shift dates forward or backward by a specified number of days. 
      • Change the grading type (graded or practice). 
      • Adjust the possible number of points for multiple activities at one time. 

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    Enable the new dashboard view by clicking your username and selecting New Dashboard from the dropdown menu.  

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    The new 2-view dashboard will become the default MindTap dashboard in Summer 2018.  

    Learn more about the new dashboard and batch editing feature in this Quick Guide to the New MindTap Dashboard .  


    MindTap Mobile App Updates

    Instructors can now check attendance for their class by using geolocation or remotely. 

    • Taking attendance in class uses geolocation to make sure Instructor and students are in the same location. Location services is required to be turned on for the geolocation to work.
    • Taking attendance remotely for online classes does not require location services to be turned on.
    • A timer is used to set the time for students to check in. The timer starts at 1 minute and can last up to 1 hour.
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    • Instructors can edit a student’s attendance after the check-in period has ended.
    • All attendance records can be exported from the MindTap Mobile App via a spreadsheet that the instructor can email to any preferred account. The spreadsheet can then be uploaded to their MindTap or LMS gradebook.
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    Instructors can now author in-class multiple choice polls.

    • Instructors can name the poll, enter a question, and enter up to 4 possible answers.
    • Polls have the option of having a correct answer or no correct answer.
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    • A timer is used to set the time for students to answer the question in the poll. The timer can be set between 1 – 15 minutes. 
    • Instructors have the option to preview the poll to view what students will see before making the poll live to students.
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    • A high level summary of the results is shown to both instructor and students. 
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    • Instructors see which students responded and which students did not, and who got the answer right or wrong from the results summary page.
    • All poll results can be exported from the MindTap Mobile App via a spreadsheet that the instructor can email to any preferred account. The spreadsheet can then be uploaded to their MindTap or LMS gradebook.

     
    For additional details and screenshots of these improvements and for more mobile app enhancements, download this PDF




  • Thank you for using MindTap to engage your students and to help turn learners into thinkers. If you have any questions about these latest improvements – or anything else – please reach out to your Learning Consultant.