Service updates

Learn more about the additions and improvements across our family of products here at Teacher Dashboard 365.

New BTEC Mark Schemes, School Plan – October 2019

Fixes and Improvements

BTEC Mark Schemes

We have now added the following BTEC assessment criteria to Teacher Dashboard 365:

  • BTEC Level 1 /Level 2 Tech Award Digital Information Technology 2018
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport 2016
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Sport 2016
  • BTEC First Award in Sport 2018
  • BTEC First Award Health and Social Care 2012
  • BTEC First Award Applied Science 2010

Learn how to use BTEC Marking Schemes

Please see a full list of the subjects and levels currently available on our FAQ page under 'BTEC'.

New BTEC Mark Schemes, School Plan – October 2019

Fixes and Improvements

BTEC Mark Schemes

We have now added the following BTEC assessment criteria to Teacher Dashboard 365:

  • BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care 2016
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Health and Social Care 2016
  • BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care 2016
  • BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Performing Arts 2016

Learn how to use BTEC Marking Schemes

Please see a full list of the subjects and levels currently available on our FAQ page under 'BTEC'.

API Upgrade, School Plan – July 2019

Fixes and Improvements

API Upgrade

Microsoft have changed the way we connect with them. This change will affect signing in to Teacher Dashboard Plus, syncing groups and classes from the 2nd July 2019. The Office 365 Administrator will need to re-accept Microsoft permissions on behalf of your school. All Office 365 Administrators have been sent an email and they will also see a notification when they log in. Read more information on the Microsoft Upgrade.

Assignment Uploads

We’ve updated the Assignments area to make it clearer when uploads have failed. On screen messaging will now notify you when there has been an issue, allowing you to cancel and try again.

Messaging will be shown when required on the following tasks:

  • Setting and returning Assignments (teacher)
  • Submitting Assignments (student)
  • Attaching files to Assignments or Submissions (teacher and student)

CSV Uploads

We’ve updated the CSV uploads process to make it clearer when uploads have failed. On screen messaging will now notify you when there has been an issue, allowing you to cancel and try again.

Performance Upgrade, Teacher Plan – April 2019

Fixes and Improvements

Performance

We’ve updated the Settings area to make Teacher Dashboard 365 faster and more responsive.

Notifications

Some teachers told us they weren’t sure what notifications students and parents could receive and how these could be edited. We have improved the Notifications area to make it clearer which notifications are available and how they can be turned on/off.

Custom Marking Formats

Some teachers told us they weren’t sure how to create their own marking formats. We've improved the form fields to make it clear what information is required and how it’s used.

Sign-up Flow, Teacher Plan – March 2019

Fixes and Improvements

Sign-up Flow

Some students weren’t sure how to login to Teacher Dashboard 365. We’ve made some improvements to the user journey to make it clearer for both students and teachers.

New BTEC Mark Scheme, School Plan – Jan 2019

New

BTEC Mark Scheme

When teaching BTECs it is important for students to have visibility of what criteria applies to each assignment. BTEC assessment criteria is now available to view inside of Teacher Dashboard 365. Students can view and work against the assessment criteria you select for each individual assignment. You can then use it to provide a framework for marking and comments.

Learn how to use BTEC Marking Schemes

Please see a full list of the subjects and levels available on our FAQ page under 'BTEC'.

Autosave Assignments

Interruptions are part of our daily lives, and it’s easy to lose track of what you are doing. We have added a new autosave feature to assignments, so changes save every few seconds, as you work.

Learn how to Create Assignments

 

Fixes and Improvements

Edit Assignment Name

As part of planning for the term/year ahead, you may have created a draft of an assignment but need to update the name, so it reflects any curriculum changes or specification updates. You can now edit the name of your assignment, so it better reflects the work you are setting.

Learn how to Edit Assignments

Dashboard Design Updates, Teacher Plan – Dec 2018

Fixes and Improvements

New Dashboard Design

We had some feedback from teachers that the dashboard could be clearer. So, we’ve given it a face lift! Log in, take a look and let us know what you think.

BTEC Mark Format, Teacher Plan – Oct 2018

New

BTEC Marking Format

Rather than setting up a Custom Marking Format, you can now use BTEC as a default option. The default BTEC Marking Format gives grades; Distinction, Merit, Pass, Fail and Referral. Add this marking format to assignments with a single click.

Learn about our marking formats

 

Fixes and Improvements

Q&A Fixes

Some teachers had told us that when students tried to submit long questions, they weren't able to. We’ve now fixed this issue. There are now no restrictions on length, so students can ask complex queries if required.

When submitting questions, if students pressed the save button more than once the question was being duplicated. We’ve now fixed this issue.

We had some feedback from teachers that the order of questions was not consistent. Questions are now ordered with the newest at the top, both in the dashboard and the assignment itself.

Assignment Fixes

When using Safari some teachers had told us that the filters were not showing correcting. We’ve now fixed this issue.

When setting assignments, some teachers told us they were unable to use long names. We’ve now fixed this issue. You can now create a naming structure to suit your needs, as there are no restrictions on length.

As part of planning for the term/year ahead, you may have created a draft of an assignment but need to update the name, so it reflects any curriculum changes or specification updates. Now when you edit the name of your assignment it will apply both in the dashboard and the assignment list.

Some teachers told us that they were unable to submit longer comments on an assignment. We've now fixed this issue. There are now no restrictions on comment length, so you can provide as much detail in to your students as you need.

It’s important that when you clone assignments to save time you can assign them to any of your classes. Now there is no restriction on which classes you can assign cloned assignments to.

Custom Marking Fixes

Some teachers had reported they were able to provide a text response when marking using the number Custom Marking format. We’ve now fixed this issue so that you can only provide numeric responses for number marking formats.

Mobile Fixes

Some teachers reported they were unsure when an assignment collection was in progress when using an Android device. Now when collecting an assignment on an Android device you will see a processing icon. This icon will show you that a collection is in progress. Once the collection has completed, the icon will disappear, and you will be able to click into the student. We’ve also worked hard to ensure that the mobile experience is consistent across all devices.