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Enhancements Roadmap

Below you can find a preview of the improvements on the horizon for NYU Classes. The purpose of these enhancements is to provide the NYU community with improved functionality and usability in NYU Classes.

For information on the NYU Classes upgrade that occurred over the 2014 Winter Recess, please watch this video or read about the new features introduced. You can also visit the NYU ServiceLink knowledge base for NYU Classes Upgrade FAQs.

 

Future Enhancements

To learn about the enhancements and new features coming soon to NYU Classes, watch this brief overview video:

Link to video overview of NYU Classes Improvements

More information regarding these enhancements is available below:


 

Integration with Google Groups and Google Drive

The integration with Google Groups and Google Drive will provide instructors with the ability to easily create Google Groups based on rosters from their course sites. As a site's membership changes with adds and drops, the corresponding Google Group’s membership will be automatically kept in sync.

This Google Group functionality will allow for Google Drive content (Docs, Presentations, Sheets) to be easily shared with the members of an NYU Classes course site. The sharing permissions for these files will then automatically mirror the membership of the site itself. Watch this brief overview video.

  • Spring 2016 - Pilot
  • Fall 2016 - Broad rollout
Snapshot of NYU Classes Google Groups video

 

New and Improved Gradebook

As a result of feedback received from faculty, the Gradebook tool in NYU Classes will receive significant improvements. This new Gradebook will benefit from a redesigned interface that provides easy-to-use, spreadsheet-style grade entry capabilities. Additional features include a consolidated and simplified import/export process, as well as improved accessibility/UX throughout the tool.

  • Spring 2016 - Beta testing
  • Fall 2016 - Pilot
Screen capture of NYU Classes Gradebook module

 

Integrations with Third-Party Tools 

Limited pilots will be conducted with faculty and students for a number of third-party tool integrations that will extend the capabilities of NYU Classes.  

VoiceThread (Fall 2015)

A visually-based discussion tool that allows users to post multimedia threads using a combination of audio/webcam recordings, video annotation, text, and more. Watch this brief overview video

Preview image of VoiceThread video overview

 

ForClass (Fall 2015)

A content delivery and assessment platform designed to facilitate student engagement while providing an easy-to-use case study marketplace for instructors to add content to their course's curriculum. Watch this brief overview video:  

Screen capture of ForClass tool in NYU Classes

 

EBSCO Curriculum Builder (Fall 2015)

A library resource management tool that leverages NYU Library's existing EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) to allow instructors to search for resources and build course reading lists within NYU Classes.

Screen capture of library resource management tool in NYU Classes

 

SCORM Cloud (Fall 2015)

An externally-hosted SCORM module repository/player that supports both SCORM- and Tin Can API-compliant content.

Screen capture of SCORM module

 

WebEx (Fall 2015)

A synchronous video conferencing tool that provides in-session polling and breakout sessions to facilitate student learning.

Screen capture of Cisco WebEx meeting window

 

WebAssign (Tentative Summer 2016)

An online assessment/analytics tool designed for mathematics and science courses. This will be a significant improvement to our existing integration. 

Screen capture of online assessment tool in NYU Classes

 

Piazza (Summer/Fall 2016)

A course-based community Q&A/polling system that facilitates collaboration and knowledge-building among students.

Screenshot of Piazza interface in NYU Classes

 

NYU Stream (Summer/Fall 2016)

The University's video streaming service, NYU Stream provides users with the ability to upload, record via webcam, manage, and share videos. The new integration will provide more seamless access to NYU Stream content from within NYU Classes.

Screen capture of NYU Stream content

Cerego (Fall 2016)

An adaptive learning platform designed to reinforce learning objectives and content over time, maximizing students' retention of course material.

Screenshot of Cerego interface in NYU Classes
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