Release Notes 12.07 - June 28, 2017
Release 12.07 includes several enhancements to Core, onCampus, and onRecord. As always, thank you for all of the fantastic feedback that helps shape these releases!
All schools will receive the “look and feel” of SKY UX with this release on June 28, 2017. Previously, this was only available to participants in the Early Adopter Program (EAP). This is a significant update to the user experience of the 'ON' products.
Although this update will not affect navigation or underlying functionality, all users will be affected. Specifically, parents, students, and teachers will see a significant difference in the style of each 'ON' page.
Tip: We encourage you to customize this information to best fit the specific communication needs of your school’s 'ON users. For example, you might edit content and copy it into newsletters, message boards, and other communications. Sample screenshots are included.
This update is a key milestone for K-12 because it ensures your school’s “ON” experience will match the look and feel of both Raiser’s Edge NXT and Financial Edge NXT. It’s another step towards connecting your whole school with solutions built on a modern and cohesive platform.
We hope you’re as excited as we are, and we look forward to seeing you at the K-12 User Conference in Boston July 12-14!
Previously platform managers who wanted to upload temporary passwords for users in bulk could only upload batches of 100 users or fewer.
Now, there is no limit for the batch size; you can upload unlimited temp passwords in bulk.
Consider using this for new users or for students who forgot passwords over the summer.
From Core > Users/Access > Profile > Import Temp Passwords, select Import Temp Passwords.
For Step 1, select Create a sample file. The sample file is saved to your local computer based on your default browser settings as a comma separated value file (.csv). Use a spreadsheet application, such as Microsoft Excel, to edit the contents of the file to include the user IDs and temporary passwords you want. Do not edit the column headers or change the file type. Save and close the file.
For Step 2, select Upload file. Browse to and select the sample file you previously edited.
Select Validate. Review and correct any exceptions or errors detected by the application.
The bulk update may take a few minutes.
You can now navigate away and use other 'ON' features while the update runs. Previously, you could not navigate away. When you return to the Import Temp Passwords page, information about the completed updated appears in the grid with other previous updates.
If you choose to stay on the page, Refresh your internet browser to confirm when the update is complete.
Inform users of their new temporary passwords.
Tip: This is similar to other new bulk upload processes, such as bulk import for medical information which school nurses use in onRecord.
With this release, gradebook in onCampus has been enhanced with new features based on feedback from the Blackbaud K-12 Community Forum. Class data is now easily visible from the gradebook including the class average as well as the total number of students and assignments issued out.
Previously, a small alert icon appeared in the gradebook and teachers had to select to see details about an assignment. With this release, new visual indicators help teachers find information faster without needing to drill down into each individual grade. These include keyboard shortcuts and icons, which can now be added to a student's grade to represent various statuses (such as work that’s missing, late, or incomplete). Select these icons manually from a list or by using a new keyboard shortcut.
From the student view options in gradebook, teachers can now access Student Learning Profiles as well as compose Official Notes. We've improved the workflow for bulk adding points and an option to bulk add Assignment Comments is now available. There is also a new Performance Summary view that breaks down statistics including Mean, Median, and Mode for each Assignment.
For assignments that use the new rubric functionality, teachers now have the option of evaluating the assignment right from the gradebook, without needing to backtrack to the assignment directly. Once the evaluation is finished, you can then commit and publish the grades just like you would from the assignment rubric.
With interactive assignment rubrics in onCampus, teachers can set clear learning expectations and provide more meaningful feedback on assignments. For students, this adds transparency to the grading process along with letting them know what they need to do in order to succeed. Teachers can create, edit and modify rubrics from Faculty > My Day > Rubrics while any rubrics they own appear in a list under My Rubrics. Teachers can associate rubrics from My Rubrics then Add/Edit Assignments.
Assignments that use rubrics for grading can be evaluated by selecting from a number of different proficiencies for each listed skill. Once grading is finished, teachers then commit the grades in batches and the rubric becomes available for students and parents to view.
The Rubric Bank helps teachers and academic managers collaborate and be more efficient through sharing rubrics. The rubric bank is a communal area where teachers can share their rubrics with others as well as copy and add existing rubrics to their personal list. After a rubric is added, teachers can further edit and refine the rubric for their personal use.
For more information and a visual guide to creating rubrics, check out these YouTube videos.
When conduct managers assign consequences, they can now send notifications to students or specified faculty members.
When you view results after generating the Master or Student Schedule, schedule managers now have the option to view previously generated schedules as well. From Schedule Maker, select More actions. Then View results to see a detailed breakdown of the current Master or Student Schedule. Select View previous runs to see a complete job history including all successful or failed attempts.
Additional data can be viewed here as well including the user that initiated the job, when the job started, the selected criteria for it, the number of sections, and the success rate percentage.
Nurses can now filter results by medical history data within Medical Lists.
Additionally, nurses and teachers can now print individual medical cards to help maintain records when access to the internet may be limited (such as on a school field trip). Nurses can access the option through the Nurse’s Office; teachers can print from the class roster.
Grading managers can now change the transcript categories for courses after they are set up and after grades are entered.
Consider using this to correct accidental data entry mistakes which you may have noticed later in the school year, when you previewed end of the year transcripts. This update enables you to resolve simple errors without requesting a special data fix.
You can also use this to re-categorize transfer grades when an equivalent course exists.
Tip: Training Resources content moved to a new site.
The old K-12 products’ Training Resources site is no longer available. Most content from this site now lives on the “ON” Products How-to page.
You can also access this page from the “ON” application by clicking the drop-down arrow next to your name and selecting Training Resources.
Open the K-12 101 page to access training modules for each “ON” product, in addition to customizable guides you can download and edit, creating internal documentation specific to your organization. The site also includes the Annual Procedures page, which details tasks needed to successfully close out a school year and prepare for the upcoming year.