ANGEL 8.0 New Features

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ANGEL 8.0 features enhancements to several existing tools. In addition, ANGEL 8.0 is fully functional in a wider range of web browsers than in previous versions of ANGEL. For the most part, however, the functionality should remain familiar to users.

Enhancements to Existing Tools


Instructors can optionally select a new Enable Assessment Navigation setting on the Interaction tab.

Selecting this option allows students to manage and navigate large assessments. Students can mark questions for review, sort by questions or answers, and jump to any question. This option works with any of the Display Modes (All at Once, Question Set at a time, Question at a time). The benefit of using the assessment navigation is that students can work through an assessment by answering all the questions they are comfortable with, knowing they will have a convenient option for returning to specific questions they would like to review.

Instructors should not use this option in conjunction with disabling the student's ability to backtrack during an assessment.

Screen capture. Enable Assessment Navigation check box.
Enable Assessment Navigation check box

When the student is taking the assessment, he/she can select the Review check box next to a question to mark it for later review.

Screen capture. The Review check box to mark a question for later review.
Student selecting the Review check box to mark a question for later review

To navigate to questions marked for review, the student can click the Go To Question button at the bottom of the assessment screen. A pop-up box will open indicating which questions were marked. The student can navigate to a marked question by clicking it in the pop-up box.

Screen capture. Assessment Navigation Screen.
Student navigating to a question he/she had marked for review

Drop Boxes, Assessments, and Surveys

In addition to the Start Date and End Date view settings on the Access tab that were available in previous versions of ANGEL, a new option on the Submission tab (drop box)/Interaction tab (assessments and surveys) allows an instructor to set a Start Accepting Submissions and Stop Accepting Submissions date range. This allows the content item to be viewable by students in the course without necessarily accepting submissions. This can help students view upcoming work and allows the instructor to view, manage, and grade submissions without risking additional or late submissions.

For example, in the scenario illustrated by the following images, the drop box is set to be visible beginning August 27, 2012, but submissions will only be accepted September 21-28.

Screen capture. New drop box screen with selected Start and End Date.
Start Date and End Date

 Screen Capture. New drop box screen with selected Submission Tab.
Start Accepting Submissions and Stop Accepting Submissions settings

Prior to the date submissions will be accepted, a student who opens the drop box will see the message "Submissions accepted: (dates). Submissions are not being accepted at this time."

Screen capture. Reflection paper drop box.
Student view of a drop box when submissions are not being accepted

Discussion Forums

The same grading rubric tool available in the previous version of ANGEL for drop box submissions and manually graded assessment questions is now available for discussion forums. Instructors can view and edit rubric scores for individual posts directly inline within the forum or can use a rubric to grade each student's participation in the forum as a whole. Instructors can choose to allow students to view the rubric before and/or after the forum has been graded.

First, you must create a rubric on the course Manage tab, following the instructions in the "Create a New Rubric" help article.

Then, in the settings area for the discussion forum, select the Assignment tab and select the rubric you previously created. You can optionally select the option to Display the rubric to students before submission (i.e., participation in the forum) and/or to Display rubric scores to students after submission.

Screen capture. New Discussion Forum with selected Assignment Tab.
Selecting a grading rubric

In order to use the rubric to score posts, on the Interaction tab, you must also enter a Maximum Instructor Rating Score.

Screen capture.  New Discussion Forum Screen, Interaction Tab.
Enter a Maximum Instructor Rating Score.

To score individual student posts, enter the discussion forum. To the right of a post title, click in the Score column.

Screen capture. Film Discussion Forum Screen.
Click in the Score column to the right of a post.

In the pop-up box that appears, select Use Grading Rubric to display the rubric. Score the post using the rubric criteria, then click Save.

Screen capture. The pop-up box with selected Use Grading Rubric.
In the pop-up box, select Use Grading Rubric.

To assign student grades for the discussion forum as a whole, select the Submissions link in the toolbar, then select the Grade forum link. Each student's average scores from all his/her posts will be listed. You can choose to use that score for the student's grade, or base the grade on the rubric score in addition to other factors such as a required number of posts or peer review scores.

If you wish to use a rubric to grade student participation in the forum as a whole, rather than score individual posts, while on the Grade forum screen, beneath the Gradebook Grade field for each student, select the View Grading Rubric link.

Screen Capture. Film Discussion Forum with selected grade forum.
Select the View Grading Rubric link beneath the Gradebook Grade field.

Supported Web Browsers

ANGEL is now fully functional in a wider range of web browsers on a Windows or Mac OS system including:

  • Internet Explorer 7, 8, or 9
  • Firefox 3.6, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10
  • Chrome 16
  • Safari 5
    Note: There is currently no support for Safari on a mobile device.

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