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We updated the default style with new images, icons, and colors.
You can now add score mappings to associate a student's raw score with relative scores on a standardized test or with a textual description of the score. You define Score Mappings in an assessment's Gradebook Settings in the assessment editor:
The grade details screen displays the scaled score:
Student, teachers, and course authors can now easily access Google Drive documents within a course. You must set up this feature in any domain you wish to use it, as described in Enabling Google Drive Access.
Students can submit Google Drive documents (Google docs) with assignment submissions.
Graders can attach Google docs when providing feedback and scores.
Course authors can create web-site items that refer to Google docs, or attach Google docs to any of the item types that allow attachments.
Teachers now have additional options in gradebook to display and export student email addresdses, export total score, total points, and category totals. The items within each grading category are ordered by category sequence in the export.
You can now create rubrics for grading essay questions in an assessment. In the Simple Question Editor, click the score, then check Rubric and click the Edit Rubric link.
In the Advanced Question Editor, place your cursor on a question rubric row, if there is one, or the question number and click the Rubric link to create a rubric for the question.
In the grading screen, as graders assign scores to each rubric row, BrainHoney automatically calculates the rolled-up score and assigns the correct number of points for the assessment question.
Course authors can now search subscribed-to question banks for questions to include in assessments. See Question Banks for more details.
Question-bank owners can create a search form that authors use to search by specific metadata on the questions. See Configuring Question Banks for more details.
Clicking an item in the search results pane opens a preview window containing the question's metadata with the question.
BrainHoney can be configured to print bubble sheet copies of an exam and retrive the results from an external scanning server. Currently, DataManager(tm) is the only server which interfaces with BrainHoney.
Authors can create assessments that automatically start when the student navigates to them.
Assessment items can now contain an "exam template" that renders assessment questions within HTML content. For example, you can create a page of content with questions sprinkled across the page. BrainHoney supports displaying assessments with exam templates, but not authoring them. For authoring them, programmers can refer to the DLAP Web Services API.
You can now more easily customize the top-level menu structure without overriding the default frame. You can add top-level menus, icons, and specify required rights to see the menu items. See <menuitems> for details.
Programmers can also build custom components that specify which top level menus and submenus should be selected when the component is shown. See the Frame API's ComponentState for details.
If you leap-frogged previous releases to upgrade to August 2013, you'll probably want to read the following topics to discover features added in the past.