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Note: Information contained in archived ITSS newsletter articles was current at the time of publication, but may not reflect the present state of technology or ITSS.

March 2002

What's New with Faculty Web Services?
We have added some new features, upgraded some software, and have something new in the wings for you!

Webdrop Folders
The webdrop folder allows students to submit work electronically in one, secure location. This keeps the instructor's email box from overflowing and helps organize the grading process while allowing students to use a convenient, web-based submission page.

New this semester: instructors can upload graded files for their students to retrieve! If the files can be annotated and re-saved by the instructor, they can be placed in a secure web-box for students to pick up at their convenience using a web-browser such as Netscape or Internet Explorer.

Test Pilot
At the end of fall semester, we purchased the new version of this increasingly-popular test and survey-taking software. Test Pilot has proven useful at UMD for a number of related tasks:
· Taking on-line, web-based tests in a supervised lab environment
· Taking automatically scored self-assessments
· Giving review worksheets with automatic scoring and feedback
· Surveys

Version 4 of Test Pilot allows for shared question banks and for instructor feedback on essay questions, two of the most commonly requested enhancements.

Generic Grade Posting
Coming soon!

Post grades securely on the web using one of several different grade management programs including: Gradekeeper, the UNIX Gradebook, and Excel. If your favorite grade management program can export the correct file type, your students will be able to check their grades from anywhere, using a standard web browser.

For more information on any of these web-based programs, contact Barbara Z Johnson (bjohnson@d.umn.edu or ext. 6862) or Bruce Reeves (breeves@d.umn.edu or ext. 6831). Or, you can find more information about these and other programs at the Web Tools and Services home page at <http://www.d.umn.edu/itss/facstaff/WebServices.html>

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