Comparison Chart > Faculty Support
This chart compares Vista to the new FerrisConnect which will be used Fall 2011.

FerrisConnect
Vista
FerrisConnect Feature Enhancements and Losses
Announcements Announcements Enhancements:
  • Default is to display to all roles
  • Link to another file or tool in the course
  • E-mail notifications is available
Lost:
  • Pop-ups
  • Targeted roles
Assessments Tests, Surveys, and Pools Enhancements - 26

Lost - 17

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  Self and Peer Assessment Enhancements:
  • Separate tool
Assessment Manager Grading Center - Tests Review of tests/surveys are performed through the Grading Center and can be filtered by tests/surveys.
Assignments Assignments Enhancements:
  • Specify number of attempts
  • Submission history
  • Set date/time availability (beginning/ending)
Lost:
  • Artifacts
  • Attachments - multiple
  • Calendar indication of assignments
  • Cut-off dates (Check Enhancements - Dates availability should cover this option)
  • Goals
  • Grade Settings
  • Iterations - taking back and re-submission of work (Check Enhancements - Specify number of attempts should cover this option)
  • Non-gradable submission
  • Publishing
Assignment Dropbox Grading Center - Assignments Review of assignments are performed through the Grading Center and can be filtered by assignments.
Banners Banners Banner sizes must be 480 x 80 pixels
Enhancement:
  • Banner placeholder form a screen real estate prospective
Breadcrumbs (Footprints) Breadcrumbs navigation terminology
Browser Check dropped no comparable tool provided

At this time development of a Check Browser utility is in progress.
Build/Teach/Student View tabs Edit On/Off Enhancement:
  • No need for switching to view all available tools
Calendar Course Calendar Enhancement:
  • Visual view of scheduling conflicts
  • Quicker navigation from date to date
  • Save item as reusable object option (if Content is available)
  • Year view
  • Save item as reusable object option will load into the Content Collection with the option to select desired folder
Lost:
  • All day events
  • Flexible Creation of Events
  • Flexible Filtering
  • Importing Dates
  • Integration with course activities
  • Multiple entry deletions
  • Printable view
  • Recurring events
  • Students cannot add entries
Chat/Whiteboard Collaboration Enhancements:
  • Breakout sessions
  • Filtering of sessions
  • Set Availability
  • Web page sharing
Lost:
  • Aliases
  • External images
  • Goals
  • Limit number of users
  • Magnify whiteboard
  • Session descriptions
  • Slide show
  • Undo
Course Content Content Area Structure includes:
  1. Build Content
  2. Create Assessment
  3. Add Interactive Tool
  4. Assign Textbook
Enhancements:
  1. Build Content
    1. Create
      1. Item
      2. File
      3. Link to NOOKstudy
      4. McGraw-Hill Library
      5. Audio
      6. Image
      7. Video
      8. URL
      9. Learning Module
      10. Lesson Plan
      11. Syllabus
      12. Course Link
      13. Content Package (IMS)
      14. Content Package (NLN)
      15. Content Package (SCORM)
    2. New Page
      1. Content Folder
      2. Blank Page
      3. Module Page
      4. Tool Area
    3. Mashups
      1. Flickr Photo
      2. SlideShare Presentation
      3. YouTube Video
      4. Scholar Stream
      5. Scholar Bookmark
      6. NBC Content (if licensed)
  2. Create Assessment
    1. Test
    2. Survey
    3. Assignment
    4. Safe Assignment
    5. Self & Peer Assessment
    6. McGraw-Hill Assignment
  3. Add Interactive Tool
    1. Discussion Board
    2. Blog
    3. Journals
    4. Wiki
    5. Chat
    6. Virtual Classroom
    7. Group
    8. Echo Content
    9. Link to NOOKstudy
    10. Bb Collaborate (if licensed)
  4. Assign Textbook
    1. Search for Textbook
    2. Manual Entry Textbook
    3. McGraw-Hill Create
Course Tools Course Menu Enhancements:
  • Customizable
  • Link to anything, item, page, tool, etc.
  • Subheaders
  • Divider
create file item

file

blank page
Enhancements:
  • color the title of the item
  • attach file
Designer Tools Control Panel under Course Management bottom left frame
Discussions Discussion Board Note new terminology:
FerrisConnect Vista - Discussions > Topics > Reply
FerrisConnect - Discussions > Forums > Threads > Reply

Blogs and Journals separate tools (see below)

Enhancements:
  • Breakout sessions
  • Copy a forum
  • Disabling the ability to attach a file
  • Email subscription to new posts
  • Grade by forum or by thread (Grading location is different in forum and thread, one will need to understand the new terminology see above and be aware of what is being graded.)
  • Hide Threads
  • Individual role assignment available (manager, moderator, grader, participant, reader)
  • Moderated forums
  • Notifications of New Posts
  • Tagging
  • View drafts in thread context
  • Web page sharing
  • Grade entries within the tool or in the Grading Center
  • Grade individuals and/or groups
  • Group grades can be recorded for all group members or for each member of the group
  • Feedback to students
  • Grading notes
  • Students can view their grades and feedback with the tool or under My Grades
  • Anonymous Grading available
  • Specify number of posts required before Needs Grading appears in GradeCenter
Lost:
  • Anonymous posts are anonymous
  • Artifacts
  • Categories
  • Custom peer rating
  • Moving posts between threads
  Blogs Enhancements:
  • Entry indexing
  • Grade entries within the tool or in the Grading Center
  • Grade individuals and/or groups
  • Group grades can be recorded for all group members or for each member of the group
  • Feedback to students
  • Grading notes
  • Students can view their grades and feedback with the tool or under My Grades
  • Anonymous Grading is available
Lost:
  • Artifacts
  • Categories
  • Copy & move posts
  • Lock topic
  • Move posts to another topic
  • Peer rating
  • Printable view
  Journals Enhancements:
  • Entry indexing
  • Grade entries within the tool or in the Grading Center
  • Grade individuals and/or groups
  • Group grades can be recorded for all group members or for each member of the group
  • Feedback to students
  • Grading notes
  • Students can view their grades and feedback with the tool or under My Grades
  • Anonymous Grading is available
Lost:
  • Artifacts
  • Categories
  • Copy & move posts
  • Lock topic
  • Move posts to another topic
  • Peer rating
  • Printable view
File Manager Content Collection Enhancements:
  • Course folder
  • Thumbnail view for image files
  • Recycle Bins
For Content System licenses:
  • User folder
  • All courses folder
  • Organizations Content access
  • Institution Content access
Lost:
  • Cannot edit files (workaround is to copy the file and paste into the HTML Object editor)
  • Cannot sort files by type
footer dropped However, when migrated become an item
Goals dropped need Outcomes
Grade Book Grading Center Enhancements:
  • Exemptions
  • Filtering
  • Grading Periods
  • Inline edits
  • Multiple grade views
  • Printable reports
  • SCROM integration
  • Simplified calculations
  • Tracking
  • “Smart Views” sub directory sorting of Needs Grading, Tests, Assignments, Discussion Boards, Blogs, Journals, and Wikis
  • Anonymous Grading
  • Rubrics can be created and associated with a specific column. The rubric can be viewed as a guide in grading but is not interactive.
  • Update interface for calculated columns
Grading Forms Rubrics Enhancements:
  • Can be associated with Essay and File Response type questions in Tests
  • Can be modified
  • Can be imported and exported
  • Options for:
    1. No Points
    2. Points
    3. Point Range
    4. Percent
Group Manager Groups Enhancements:
  • Blogs tool
  • Journal tool
  • File exchange
  • Notifications
  • Students can create their own groups and settings
  • Tasks
  • Blogs – no grade or gradable, listing possible points
  • Journals – no grade or gradable, listing possible points
  • Wikis – no grade or gradable, listing possible points
header dropped However, when migrated becomes an item
Help Help Enhancements:
  • Link to Blackboard Support
  • Direct contact to System Administration
  • Video Tutorials
Lost:
  • Direct documents to specific tools
hide/show Permit Users to View the Content Item Provides the flexibility to view/no view specific content
HTML Creator Visual Editor Enhancements:
  • Can be set to be automatically open when launching any tool using it
  • Media Bar added – link to Media files (ie Flash)
  • Typing area can be expanded by click/drag the bottom gray box
  • Spell Check works in Name (title) boxes
Icons

(customized)
Icons

(pre-determined)
Lost:
  • Icons for the course page display are pre-determine and not customizable
NOTE: Customized icons can be added to posted files, pages, and items by using the Visual Editor
Instructor Tools

(see Designer Tools)
Control Panel Under Course Management bottom left frame
Learning Modules Learning Modules under Content Enhancements:
  • Drag & drop
  • Forced navigation path
  • Moved to Content
  • Table of Contents
  • Options for hierarchy display
  • Sub-folders
Lost:
  • Goals
  • Title editing all at once
  • View all links to a specific content item
Local Content dropped Lost - tool no longer available
Mail Email The Email tool transmits messages to individual email accounts outside of the LMS.

Lost:
  • Auto refresh
  • Drafts
  Messages Allows for communication with course members within the course only
Manage Course Customization Enhancements:
  • Banner placeholder (preserving content space)
  • Specify what is the entry point into the course
Media Library Glossary Lost:
  • Adaptive release (selective release)
  • Collections other that a glossary
  • HTML creator (Visual Editor)
  • Images
  • Links to content
  • Student created entries
move copy To move an item from one location in a course to another location in the course requires making a copy of the item and then the copy is saved to the new location. There is an option to delete the item from the first location or keep it.
My Files Content Collection Enhancements:
  • Course content
For Content System clients
  • User content
  • Organization content
  • Institution content
  • Multiple folders with content can be uploaded
  • Multiple files can up uploaded
My Grades My Grades Enhancements:
  • view all submissions from all tools, status, & dates due
Lost:
  • Artifacts
  • Notification of new grades
My Progress dropped no comparable tool provided
My Settings My Places Enhancements:
  • Avatar or image upload
  • CD Rom Windows/Mac
  • Control what information is revealed
  • Customizable list creation
  • Display links: My Courses, My Organizations
  • Education level
  • Mailing address, city, state/province, zip, country
  • Telephone #s home, work, fax, mobile
  • Web link
Lost:
  • Academic Major
  • Areas of Interest
  • Extra-Curricular Activities
  • Name prefix/suffix
  • Other Name
new icons Notifications Available on course Home Page
Notes Textpad Available under Modules

Lost:
  • Cannot create more than one text
PowerLinks Building Blocks Most if not all tools using PowerLinks will also use Building Blocks
Repository Content Collections Enhancements:
  • Organization content
  • Institution content
Roster Roster List of course participants
SCORM Content Package (SCORM) Sharable Content Object Reference Model
Search dropped no comparable tool provided
Selective Release Adaptive Release Adaptive Release available only on Enterprise licenses

Enhancements:
  • Feature in each tool, not a separate tool
  • Students are notified of release
  • Criteria:
    • Dates
    • Membership
    • Grade
    • Review of item
Lost:
  • criteria based on:
    • before
    • after
    • blank
    • note blank
    • starts with
    • ends with
    • contains
  • and/or
show/hide Permit Users to View the Content Item Provides the flexibility to view/no view specific content
Student View dropped Tests, Surveys, Assignments, etc. can be completed by the instructor with Edit either On or Off but the results will not be recorded in the Grade Center.
Syllabus Syllabus Use the Syllabus builder or link to a separate files
Templates dropped Lost:
  • There is no hierarchy. Only courses, no templates/sections. An instructor can build a course and that course can be copied to a new course.
Tools

(Manage Course)
Tool Availability

(Style)
Enhancements:
  • Each tool allows for adjustable access depending on role
  • Available – tool is available throughout the course and open to all users having a role permitting use of the tool.
  • Visible to Guests or Observers – tool is visible (read-only), but not usable to Guests or Observers, when they are permitted into the course.
  • Available in Content Areas – instructor can place a link to the tool in one or more Content Areas.
Tracking Review Status Enhancement:
  • Groups
Lost:
  • Assessment started/finished & time spent
  • Discussion messages read & post
  • Email read & post
  • Number of artifacts made
  • Number of calendar entries viewed and added
  • Session length & activated
  • Time spent in each tool
Web Links URL Enhancements:
  • Scholar can be incorporated
  • Link to specific file in content collection
  • Link to specific file in course files.
Lost:
  • Categories
  • Goal
  • Student created link
Whiteboard(see Chat) Collaboration See features above under Collaboration
Who's Online dropped No comparable tool provided
Wizard - Design dropped No comparable tool provided
Yellow moving bars Drag & Drop Click on area to move and drag it to desired location
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