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ThinkSpace Update - Phase due and unlock dates, case archives, downloadable reports, and more! - 11/15/2015

November 16, 2016

Overview

Ahh, smell that? That’s the smell of a fresh new update to ThinkSpace! We’ll see some changes with phase logistics (phase due and unlock dates), the ability for students to review past-due cases, better support for multiple tabs and windows, downloadable reports for scores and input data, and more.

Read below to find out more.


New Features

Phase Logistics

Unlock dates

Ever wanted to have a phase unlock automatically at a certain time? Look no further! You can manage the new phase unlock dates through the updated logistics portion in the case builder:

Notes from the Team

You can still set the phase to unlock: manually, on case release, or on a previous phase submission.

Due dates

In addition to phase unlock dates, you now have the ability to set a due date for individual phases. This gives case creators more flexibility in controlling the flow of a case and open up new possibilities. You can manage the new phase due dates through the updated logistics portion in the case builder:

Notes from the Team

All phase due dates supersede any case due dates. For example, if you have a case that is due Wednesday at 5:00PM, but a phase within the case is due Monday at 1:00PM, the phase itself will be due on Monday at 1:00PM. The phase is the at the “lowest level” in ThinkSpace, so they carry the heaviest weight when determining when something will be due.

Case Archive

We’ve heard some buzz that students were wanting to review their work, comments, and files from cases that they took in the past. ThinkSpace now allows students to view their work at any time, even after the case is due!

Notes from the Team

When a student views a case that is past-due, it is read-only, preventing any further modifications.

Multiple Tabs / Windows

ThinkSpace was a bit overprotective when using multiple tabs or windows and it resulted in some erratic behavior. We’ve overhauled the code that relates to this to allow for a much smoother experience.

Reports

As an instructor, you can now download a CSV that contains all student’s score for a case as well as the responses a student has entered on each phase.

Notes from the Team

The report will only contain scores and inputs from the standard text-based input elements (e.g. single line and text area).

UI Changes

We’ve made some changes in the UI, particularly with managing the flow of how a phase is unlocked.

  • The “unlock next phase” functionality has moved from the phase settings and into the builder’s logistics step.
  • We’ve added the ability to “Show Phase Logic” when viewing a case. This will show the unlocking information for a phase, it’s due date (if applicable), and more to give you a better understand of the logic behind each phase.