What's New in December 2011?
Developer Features

The December 2011 BrainHoney release contains several defect fixes and new features for developers who call BrainHoney components and the Frame API. For details of these changes, please see Release Notes.

Conditional Question Feedback

You can now define assessment- and homework-question feedback that is displayed only if certain conditions are met. Conditions can use variables including the student's answer and whether the person reviewing the exam is a teacher. For example, in an "addition" math question, you can define feedback for students who multiplied the numbers instead of adding them, and you can define another feedback for those who subtracted instead of adding.

To use conditional feedback in the simple exam editor, you first pre-define the possible conditions with questionfeedbacktypes elements in your domain customization. In the Advanced Assessment Editor, you can use pre-defined conditions or you can create ad-hoc conditions.

In the simple exam editor below, you can see domain-defined conditions for Correct, Incorrect, and Teacher Solution conditions:

Feedback types in Simple Assessment Editor


Lessons are course items that let you group multiple activities (gradable or non-gradable) together for a student, but show only a single lesson score in the gradebook. BrainHoney calculates the lesson score from the lesson's gradable activity scores.

For example, this lesson contains a non-graded reading, a graded paper, discussion forum, and assessment:

Lesson Sample

Teachers can choose to hide or show lesson's activity details in the Gradebook:

Gradebook Lesson Details Sample

Students can also choose to hide or show them:

Grades Lesson Details Sample

Multiple Document Assignment Submissions

Course authors can now specify the "Multiple document" type for student dropboxes. This allows the student to submit multiple documents in a single assignment.

Multiple Documents Sample

Rubric-Grading Feedback

Teachers and graders who grade using rubrics can now leave rubric-row-specific feedback for students in addition to the assignment-specific feedback.

Rubric Feedback Sample

Question Bank Filters

A question bank can now designate all the questions in a course as its question pool, and it can define filters to select a subset of those questions to be presented in the assessment. Authors can use either the simple exam editor or the Advanced Assessment Editor to edit filters. You can filter questions by standard fields such as question type, learning objective, or question group. You can also filter by question metadata fields, which you define in your domain's questionmetadata.

Question Bank Filters

Student Review Settings

You now have more choices about when and how students can review homework and assessments items. The existing Always and Never rules have been extended with additional rules including After due date and When answered correctly. There are also two new options for displaying student answers and entire questions.

Student Review Settings

What's New in Previous Versions?

If you leap-frogged previous releases to upgrade to December 2011, you'll probably want to read the following topics to discover new features added in the past year.

What's New in August 2011?

What's New in May 2011?

What's New in Dec 2010?