Quercus Update Highlights January 2023

Library Reading List Update: Social Annotation

We are excited to announce that as of the Winter 2023 term, the Library Reading List app in Quercus will have a new feature called Social Annotation enabled for students.

This feature allows students to share comments, questions, and feedback on course materials by annotating PDF files assigned by instructors in reading lists. This means your students can easily communicate their ideas with classmates, and make the learning experience more interactive and collaborative. Plus, they can also add private notes to PDFs for their personal reference.

Imagine the convenience of having all your students’ notes, comments and feedback in one place. With Social Annotation, you’ll be able to keep track of all the important points discussed in class, and have a better understanding of the students’ engagement and understanding of the material.

This new feature will not only enhance the learning experience for your students but also make it easier for you to monitor and evaluate their progress. Learn more about the feature and how to use it here.

Missing Assignment Shortcut in Gradebook

A small but useful new feature has been added to the Gradebook and SpeedGrader, you now have the ability to easily indicate the missing status of an assignment by simply entering “MI” or “mi” in the assignment cell. This will help you keep track of student submissions and easily identify which students have not yet turned in their assignments.

Additionally, in the Gradebook Settings, there is a new option called “Automatically apply grade for missing submissions” which when enabled, allows you to set a grade for missing assignments. This means that when you enter “MI” or “mi” in the assignment cell, it will automatically apply the set grade, saving you time and effort.

Click here for more information and to see the workflow.

Icon Maker

“Quercus’ Rich Content editor just got even more powerful with the addition of the Icon Maker feature. This new tool allows instructors to easily create simple icons for their courses, making their content more visually engaging and easy to navigate. To learn more about this feature, Click here!