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  • November 21, 2023

    YuJa Verity Test Proctoring Platform – “Pearl” Released to US, CAN, AUS, and EU Zones

    Canadian Zones European Union Zones United States Zones YuJa Verity

    We have successfully pushed an update to all instances residing in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the European Union. This update includes a new redesign for the Live Proctoring Dashboard, the option to assign custom flag levels for events, ability to take private proctoring notes within the Proctoring Video Player when reviewing results, new proctor settings – such as Audio Detection, Block Virtual Machines, and Block Applications – ability to create institution-wide Proctoring Global Profiles, a pre-assessment compatibility check, and a new UI redesign for blocking embedded content.

     

    1. Verity Live: New Dashboard for Live Proctoring
      Verity Live, a module within the YuJa Verity Test Proctoring Platform, has undergone a significant update to its dashboard, with an emphasis on adding new capabilities and user experience improvements. These changes provide a more intuitive and seamless navigation experience for proctors. Now, proctors can effortlessly explore various views, including:

      • Gallery: Conveniently view multiple live cameras within an improved dashboard panel
      • Screen View: Single-click to flip to view all proctored student’s screens
      • Student-Specific View: Select and focus on a single student’s view with a specialized full-screen view.



      A live proctoring view of Gallery, Scree, and Student view.

    2. Verity Live: Student-Specific View
      Expanding upon our Student-Specific View, this feature will allow proctors to direct their attention to a specific student during an assessment by simply selecting a student and accessing a full-screen view of the live recording to oversee a detailed perspective of the student’s testing environment.
      The proctor is viewing the environment of a students screen and webcam recording.
    3. Assign Custom Flag Levels for Events
      Instructors have the flexibility to tailor event flagging to meet their standards by assigning custom flag levels—Minor, Major, or Severe—for events recorded during proctored sessions. Additionally, instructors can choose to have certain events ignored by Verity by simply choosing not to flag an event.
    4. Proctoring Video Player Notetaking When Reviewing Sessions
      Complementing Verity’s automated event tracking and logging, when reviewing proctored assessments, instructors can now take notes directly within the Proctoring Video Player to manually keep track of important details in recorded sessions.
      An instructor writing a note for an assessment recording they are reviewing.
    5. New Event to Flag Audio Detection
      To ensure the integrity of a student’s testing environment, any loud audio occurrences during the assessment are automatically flagged if the Record Audio setting is enabled. This will allow assessment reviewers to focus on areas of concern, aiding in the detection of potential unauthorized assistance.
      A dog barking triggers an audio warning letting the student know they need to be in a quiet environment.
    6. New Lockdown App Setting: Block Virtual Machines
      Virtual machines provide students access to multiple operating systems on a single device, which can be used to bypass proctor settings. The Lockdown App will allow instructors to enable virtual machine detection to provide online integrity during proctored assessments. If a virtual machine is detected, this will prevent students from starting or continuing their assessment.
      Verity Proctor Settings showing the option to enable Block Virtual Machines.
    7. New Lockdown App Setting: Block Applications from Running
      Instructors now have more control during online proctored assessments with the new Block Application feature for the Lockdown App. By listing as many applications as desired, instructors can prevent students from using tools, such as social media and Microsoft apps, to provide distraction-free assessment.
      Restricted applications are shown that the Block Applications feature has detected.
    8. Create Global Profiles for Institution-Wide Proctor Settings
      To streamline access to proctor settings on a per-assessment basis that consistently meets requirements for a standardized online environment, administrators can now establish Global Profiles for their institution. Instructors will then have access to select these profiles to apply the required proctor settings to their assessments.
      The Global profiles feature within the Institution Settings in the Verity LTI app shows custom created profiles.
    9. Lockdown App: Pre-Assessment Compatibility Check
      Students requiring the use of the Lockdown App for their assessments will now have the opportunity to conduct a comprehensive pre-assessment compatibility check. This will provide students with information regarding the upcoming proctored assessment, including details on monitored actions, assessment restrictions, and verification of external devices, such as audio and video. This proactive step ensures students are well-prepared and their devices meet all necessary requirements before starting the assessment.
      The compatibility check is featured as a button on the main page of the Lockdown App when opened.
    10. Refreshed UI to Block Embedded Content
      Assessment administrators can allow students to access specific web pages during their assessment; however, some pages may incorporate embedded content from external sources. To provide students with a clear indication that they do not have access to this content, we’ve provided a refreshed UI that will only block the embedded areas, ensuring the rest of the web page is visible.
      Embedded content within a website is blocked letting the user know they don't have access to the content.
  • November 13, 2023

    Software Capture for PC – Update v14.0.0.0 – Ferrero Released to US, CAN, AU, and EU Zones

    Australian Zones Canadian Zones European Union Zones Software Capture for pC United States Zones

    We have successfully pushed an update to all Software Capture for PC instances residing in the US, Canada, Australia, and the European Union. This update includes our improved user interface across the Software Capture Application, a new Recording Mini-Bar for video and audio preview, the ability to start scheduled sessions when signed out of Windows, initiate scheduled recordings when offline, enhanced video quality for live streaming, improved remote monitoring capabilities, auto-recognition of devices during a session, auto-publish recordings from the course channel Software Capture was launched, and instant synchronization of remote profile adjustments.


    1. Refreshed User Interface Using Material Design System
      The entire Software Capture user interface has been refreshed to use a Material Design interface. This refreshed design offers a cleaner interface with a key emphasis placed on updating colors and buttons to provide a clear indication of UI elements, all of which are keyboard accessible.
      New Confidence monitor UI showcasing the option to tab through navigation menus.
    2. Application Settings Redesign for Streamlined Adjustments
      The Software Capture Application Settings have undergone a redesign, redefining our approach to organizing settings within individual tabs. Recognizing the limitations of extensive tabular views, we’ve consolidated tabs and introduced distinct sections complete with headers and sections. Merged tabs, such as Profiles and Hotkeys, Screen Capture, and others, contribute to a more intuitive experience and ensure a well-organized interface where settings are clearly identifiable.
      Tab navigation through each Application Setting.
    3. New Recording Mini-Bar with Slide-Out Video and Screen Preview
      The Software Capture’s Mini-Bar is fully redesigned to provide a sliding video and screen preview that doesn’t show up in the final recording. Previously, Content Creators could only check their video or screen preview by accessing the Confidence Monitor, which unfortunately interrupted the presentation by bringing it into the screen recording.
    4. New Fleet Management Capabilities – Automatic Start of Scheduled Sessions When Signed Out of Windows
      As part of our Fleet Management capabilities, we are continuing to develop tools to enhance remote deployments of the Software Capture application. In cases where a computer is signed out of Windows and Creators cannot access the device, the updated Software Capture application ensures that scheduled sessions will still start on time, capturing active devices such as video and audio sources while awaiting the screen source. Upon signing back into Windows, the Software Capture application will automatically connect to the screen source, ensuring all devices are enabled for a continuous recording experience.
      Windows login screen transitioning to a Software Capture session active on the desktop.
    5. New Fleet Management Capabilities – Long Duration Offline Mode Resilience for Auto-Scheduled Sessions Using Session Caching
      Similar to our Hardware Hub capabilities, we have added additional resilience to auto-scheduled sessions by adding localized schedule caching and opportunistic cloud-synchronization. That may sound like a mouthful, but what it means is that if an auto-scheduled Software Capture application loses internet connection up to a week prior to a session, as long as it was connected at some point for a few minutes, it will continue with the recording schedule because a copy has been synched locally. Once an internet connection is re-established, finished recordings will be uploaded to the Video Platform, and additional schedules will be synchronized.
      A recording is scheduled and automatically starts while offline.
    6. Media Foundation Engine Now Used for Live Streaming, Offering Enhanced Live Streaming Performance
      Following our transition to the Media Foundation engine as our primary capture engine for recording, we have now extended this capability to live streams. This enhancement is set to significantly improve the live stream experience for viewers, ensuring the highest quality output is received. On the roadmap for a future release is to extend this new Engine to replace the existing Engine for NDI and RTSP-enabled sources.
      Live stream quality comparison showcasing the old quality output vs new quality output.
    7. New, Higher-Performance Device Monitoring with Lower Memory Footprint
      Our Device Monitoring capabilities were introduced years ago, and since then, a lot has changed in the audio and video landscape. To better manage fault-tolerance remote device monitoring, we’ve built a brand-new Remote Device Monitoring Module that accompanies the Software Capture application but works on an independent architecture. The architecture is built on the Media Foundation engine to take advantage of GPU performance alongside the CPU. The result? This upgraded infrastructure provides greater fault tolerance, better performance, and fewer disconnections for the audio and video previews on the Devices page.
      Video and audio preview are shown in the Video Platform's devices page.
    8. Auto-Retry and Connect Profile Devices During Active Recording Sessions
      If a recording device assigned to a selected profile is not plugged in at the start of a scheduled session, Content Creators can simply connect the device during the session. The Software Capture application will then automatically detect and integrate the device into the ongoing recording.
      A secondary source is connected during an active recording, allowing Software Capture to recognize the device.
    9. New Interface for Selecting Channels for Publication
      We’ve updated how Content Creators choose channels by showcasing a side-by-side comparison of Available and Selected Channels alongside an improved hierarchical view. Simply utilize the new arrow icons to effortlessly adjust your preferred publication locations.
      The new UI for selecting channels featuring a side-by-side comparison of Available and Selected Channels.
    10. Publish to the Course Channel From Where Software Capture was Launched
      When launching the Software Capture application from a Course Channel on the Video Platform, the course information will automatically be pre-selected.
      The Software Capture application is launched from within a course channel.
    11. Instant Synchronization for Remote Profile Management
      Remote adjustments to Profiles on the Video Platform now take immediate effect in the Software Capture application, removing the previous requirement to restart the application for changes to appear.
      Adjustments to remote profiles is made.
  • November 10, 2023

    YuJa Engage Student Response System Update – “Quebec” Released to US, CAN, AUS, and EU Zones

    Australian Zones Canadian Zones Engage European Union Zones United States Zones

    We have successfully pushed an update to all YuJa Engage Student Response System instances residing in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the European Union. This release provides our users with a Chrome extension to migrate questions from other polling tools, removed the need for third-party cookies, auto-LTI role mapping for courses, auto-roster sync for Moodle, network monitoring for disconnections, and a visual refresh for the LTI app. 


    1. New Chrome Extension to Migrate Questions from Third-Party Applications: Mentimeter, Poll Everywhere, and Top Hat
      We are introducing a convenient Chrome extension designed to streamline the migration of existing questions from competing polling tools, including Mentimeter, Poll Everywhere, and Top Hat, to the Engage platform. Engage will automatically retrieve all questions stored within third-party applications, seamlessly migrating them to our platform. After completion, a summary of the migration process will be provided, including the total number of questions successfully migrated.
      A three-step process to download and use the Engage Extensions.
    2. No More Third-Party Cookies
      The Engage LMS integration, with its established and IMS-certified implementation of LTI 1.3/LTI Advantage protocols, has traditionally utilized third-party cookies to ensure secure data transfer between integrated tools. Now, thanks to the adoption of new enhanced protocols, the necessity for third-party cookies is no longer required. This development enables users to benefit from a more secure connection and straightforward product integration, especially with browsers that might default to having cookies turned off.
      A chocolate chip cookies with a prohibition sign covering it.
    3. Auto-LTI Role Mapping for LMS Courses
      LTI role mapping simplifies user access by aligning the roles within Engage with the highest assigned role in the LMS. For example, if someone has Instructor-level access in one course and Student-level access in another, they can log in to Engage to participate in, create, and publish Polls and Surveys. However, the ability to create and publish content is limited to the course where they have Instructor privileges. This feature is currently only available for Moodle, with future updates extending LTI role mapping to other LMSs.
      The Engage integrations page showing LTI mapping.
    4. Auto-Roster Sync for Moodle
      Our Moodle users will be pleased to know that we now offer roster sync for courses that automatically retrieve a list of users for the selected course. Future updates will provide this feature to other LMSs.
      Roster Sync option featured inside the LTI integrations page.
    5. Real-Time Network Status Monitoring
      To address potential network disconnections, we have implemented real-time internet status monitoring. Participants will be able to view their status during a Poll or Survey, and in the event of a disconnection from Engage, participants are immediately notified. Connecting and regaining access to the Poll or Survey is as easy as reconnecting to the network and selecting the refresh button.
      The refresh button is selected when the Poll goes offline.
    6. Visual Refresh for the Engage LTI App
      We have updated the Engage app with a fresh aesthetic, introducing a revamped color palette for the navigation sidebar. Additionally, we’ve streamlined the user interface by incorporating a unified dual-tab panel that houses both the Dashboard to display questions and Question Details for Poll and Survey release settings such as Time Limit, Points, and the option to show the correct answer.
      The new create Poll page showcasing the new left-side panel for the Dashboard and Question Details tabs.
    7. Enhanced UI and Analytics for Participants
      We’ve modernized the Participant interface, introducing a new color palette and refined button designs in alignment with our branding goals for both the web and mobile app. Furthermore, participants will gain access to comprehensive analytics, presenting insights into the total number of responses, completion rate, and a breakdown of correct and incorrect responses for the entire Poll.
      The participants view of taking a Poll featuring several answers to select from and analytics for the question.
    8. New Pop-Out Tab View
      To enhance the usability of Engage within the limited space of an LMS, we’ve introduced a new button that enables the Engage LTI app to open in a new tab, offering a larger workspace for creating Polls and Surveys.
      The Pop-out button is selected to pen engage in a new tab.
  • October 20, 2023

    YuJa Panorama Digital Accessibility Platform – “King’s Peak” Version Released to US, CAN, AU, and EU Zones

    Australian Zones Canadian Zones European Union Zones Panorama for Digital Accessibility United States Zones

    We have successfully pushed an update to all YuJa Panorama Digital Accessibility Platform instances residing in the United States, Canada, European Union and Australia. This release provides our users with remediation capabilities for PowerPoint issues, an Accessible Design Tool to replace YouDoIt design tools, enhanced website scanning to support linked pages and documents, removed the need for third-party cookies, new faster processing queues for Alternative Formats, the option to hide the Website Accessibility Icon, enhanced UI designs, and so much more.

     

    1. New Remediation Engine – WCAG 2.1 Aligned Microsoft PowerPoint Issues
      To recap, we offer Accessibility Engines to identify accessibility issues across all major document types. Remediation Engines take things to the next level by actually fixing the document all while inside your LMS. With the introduction of our Remediation Engine tailored for real-time resolution of Microsoft Word documents, we now extend these capabilities to Microsoft PowerPoint. The new Microsoft PowerPoint Remediation Engine enables users to address PowerPoint-related WCAG 2.1 compliance issues directly within the LMS, including issues such as contrast, font size adjustments, provision of alternative text for images, and dozens more.Remediating PowerPoint font size issue.
    2. Gamify and Celebrate Your Accessibility Improvements (a Newly Architected Processing Pipeline Makes It Possible)
      Improving the accessibility of documents is important work, and here at YuJa, we believe such efforts should be celebrated. Enjoy your success in using the Remediation Engine effectively with cheerful streamers and confetti animating your screen. We encourage and appreciate your ongoing efforts to impact student learning positively.
      For those more technically inclined, to provide ultra-fast inline remediation and gamification-ready response times, we rebuilt the processing pipelines to have multiple “swim-lanes”, each with independently scaling infrastructure. This updated architecture was purpose-built to accelerate Accessibility Engine processing.
      Document updated animation.
    3. New, Modern Accessibility Design Tools to Replace Need for YouDoIt Design Tools
      Our goal with Panorama is to provide a one-stop-shop solution for Accessibility. Part of that vision is to provide a more modern and capable WYSIWYG design interface to ensure that more accessible content is being created right from the start.
      Creating content within editable HTML areas of LMSs can be challenging, often resulting in content lacking visual appeal and accessible organization. To address these concerns, we’re introducing the Accessibility Design Tool to enhance the structuring, aesthetic, and usability of content in editable HTML areas.
      This will be a multi-cycle release, starting with three crucial areas for enhancement. Firstly, the tool will allow instructors to craft Banner Titles, allowing them to select custom colors and text alignment to suit their needs. Secondly, it provides the option to create containers of varying sizes, each adaptable with individual padding for flexible content spacing. Finally, the Text element grants instructors the option to position their content within containers with an array of formatting options, including headers, alignment, spacing, and so much more.

      A featured design using the Accessible Design Tool.
    4. WCAG 2.1-Aligned Website Scanning Tool Enhanced to Offer Accessibility Insights for Linked Pages and Documents
      To provide accessibility assistance outside of integrated LMS domains, Panorama offers Website Accessibility scanning designed to extend accessibility checks and support beyond integrated LMS domains. The scanning tool operates in three phases, starting by identifying content and linked pages within a specified domain. It then performs a scan to generate Accessibility Reports for the domain, documents, and linked pages. Finally, it enables users to create Alternative Formats for discovered documents.
      A comprehensive list of all scanned domains can then be viewed within the Website Report, offering the overall accessibility score, individualized scores for content found within the domain, and access to generate Alternative Formats.
      Robotic space alien scanning a web page.
    5. No More Third-Party Cookies!
      Panorama’s LMS integration, with its established and IMS-certified implementation of LTI 1.3/LTI Advantage protocols, has traditionally utilized third-party cookies to ensure secure data transfer between integrated tools. Now, thanks to the adoption of new enhanced protocols, the necessity for third-party cookies is no longer required. This development enables users to benefit from a more secure connection and straightforward product integration, especially with browsers that might default to having cookies turned off.
      A no cookies symbol.
    6. On-Demand Processing Queue for Faster Accessibility Report and Alternative Formats Generation
      As Panorama continues to expand, we have built an Elastic Media Cloud (EMC) that can process institutions and courses with hundreds and thousands of files within an hour. We’re now introducing an extension to the EMC, On-Demand Processing, to help manage processing requests for Alternative Formats and updates to documents made through our Remediation Engine. With a workload that is 99.9% lighter than the traditional general processing workload, the On-Demand queue assures the completion of these immediate processing tasks in two minutes or less.
      An Alternative Format being generated.
    7. Option to Hide the Website Accessibility Icon
      With an approach to optimizing viewability on smaller screens, such as mobile devices, instructors and students can conceal the Website Accessibility icon until they navigate to a new page or for a specified duration of one day. For those who prefer a consistently minimal interface, the option to hide the icon permanently is also available.
      Visibility options for the Accessibility icon.
    8. Customize the Institution Name on the Institution Information Page
      Panorama offers the option to customize the institution name displayed on the Institution Information page to provide a custom viewing experience. Administrators wishing to modify the name to align with specific branding or internal naming conventions can do so by contacting their Customer Success Manager.
    9. My Content Tab Supports Multi-File Drag-and-Drop
      We’ve introduced a new drag-and-drop functionality to Panorama, allowing users to upload multiple documents into their My Content Files or created folders.

      Multiple documents being dragged and dropped into My Content.
    10. Filter Issues by Severity in the Accessibility Report
      The Accessibility Report now allows instructors and students to organize and view identified issues based on their severity level—Severe, Major, and Minor.
      Option to filter issues by severity type in the Accessibility Report.
    11. Enhanced UI for Panorama’s WYSIWYG Editor
      To ensure a unified and modern user interface across Panorama, we’ve upgraded the WYSIWYG editor, aligning its UI with the refined aesthetic and functionality similar to that of the Accessibility Report UI. Users will now be able to view an organized list of accessibility issues, with the option to filter by severity to resolve the most concerning issues immediately.
      New redesign for the WYSIWYG editor.
    12. On-Demand Refresh of Institution-Level Reports
      For institutions utilizing the option to Pre-Generate Reports, we’ve introduced a new feature to update reports manually. A “Refresh” button is now available for each report, providing the option to initiate an update that will generate the most recent data within the hour.
      The option to refresh a report.
    13. Updated Support for LibreOffice Version 7.6.2
      Panorama continues to align with advancements in document technology, now offering support for LibreOffice version 7.6.2. This update is crucial in ensuring the security of documents, aligning with our commitment to providing a safe and up-to-date environment for all users.
      Libre Office logo.
    14. Improved Interface for Performing Accessibility Weighting Adjustments
      We have updated the interaction for adjusting accessibility weighting for various issue types—Severe, Major, and Minor. Admins can now select their preferred weights using a sliding bar while still having the option to input precise values with the textbox.
      New slider for severity weighting.
    15. Panorama Expansion with a Dedicated Server for Australian Institutions
      As Panorama grows, we’ve introduced a dedicated server specifically for Australian institutions to take advantage of our accessibility learning features.
  • October 14, 2023

    Enterprise Video Platform & Himalayas Update – “Zelkova” Released to US Zones

    Enterprise Video Platform Himalayas Enterprise Archiving Platform United States Zones

    We have successfully pushed an update to all instances residing in the United States. For a complete summary of the release, please refer to the corresponding release tags.

  • October 6, 2023

    YuJa Enterprise Video Platform Update – “Zelkova” Released to CAN, AU and EU Zones

    Australian Zones Canadian Zones Enterprise Video Platform European Union Zones

    We have successfully pushed an update to all Enterprise Video Platform instances residing in Canada, Australia, and the European Union. Release highlights include: a refreshed Media Player theme, option to edit Platform emails, publish playlists across the Video Platform, transform folders into Playlists, dynamically select layout preferences, custom embed sizes for the Media Chooser, enhancements to the Video Editor, manage Rosters for individual campuses within the Umbrella System, and so much more.


    1. Refreshed Media Player with Enhanced Search Video Sidebar
      As part of our multi-release commitment to refining the Media Player, we’re introducing a new interface with redesigned icons and color adjustments. You can now view labeled timestamps for the Index, Captions, and Notes to ensure seamless navigation.
      Redesigned Media Player.
    2. Edit All Platform Emails to Align with Brand and Communication Preferences
      Administrators can tailor their email notifications to meet their specific preferences. Simply choose the Edit option next to any email notification in the Platform tab to customize the email’s content to align with school-specific branding.
      A customized email in the Email Editor.
    3. Publish Playlists to the EnterpriseTube, CampusTube, and Course Channels with Real-Time Updating
      Playlists now offer the flexibility to be published across EnterpriseTube, CampusTube, and Course Channels. After publication, Content Creators can continue to modify Playlists, with the changes instantly reflected across all published locations.
      A Playlist being published into multiple areas.
    4. Transform Folders into Playlists
      Users with curated content within folders can seamlessly transform folders of video content into sharable Playlists, enabling them to share and dynamically update their content across the Video Platform. To recap, Playlists will eventually be the preferred way to distribute lists of videos, and Folders will remain the preferred way to organize content.
      Option to turn folder into Playlist in the Media Details panel.
    5. Viewers Can Dynamically Select Layout Preference Between Grid, List, and Gallery with Default View Options
      To establish a default viewing experience for each Channel on the Video Platform, administrators and Channel Owners have the option to configure the default view for a given Course Channel.

      • Grid
        Grid view of a course channel.
      • List
        List view of a course channel.
      • Gallery
        Gallery view of a course channel.
    6. Set Custom Embed Sizes for the Media Chooser
      Content Creators can select a default standardized embed size for their media content when selecting to embed videos through the Media Chooser. Furthermore, Creators can customize the embed sizes.

    7. Video Editor – “Undo” Function Now Works with Recently Introduced Split Tool
      In the previous release, we introduced a Split tool to complement the existing Cut tool. We have now added compatibility with the Video Editor’s “Undo” capability and the Split tool.
      Undoing a split in the Video Editor.
    8. Umbrella System – Manage Dedicated Rosters for Campuses
      With the introduction of our Umbrella System Panel designed for Super Admins overseeing multi-campus institutions, our attention now turns to the distribution of Admin Panel settings to the System Panel, commencing with the Roster panel. Super Admins and Campus Admins will be able to oversee lists of provisioned users within each campus, enabling precise user role adjustments that exclusively impact individuals within their designated campus. In addition, we’re actively exploring how aspects of the Umbrella System could help large organizations, such as research institutions, to provide hierarchical distribution of administration and permission management for Campus and Sub-Admin roles to better support single-campus entities.
      Accessing the Roster tab from the System Panel.
    9. Mirror Single Sign-on ID Names in the Video Platform With Existing YuJa IDs
      In our previous update, we allowed Single Sign-on (SSO) ID names to be mirrored on the Video Platform when creating a new user. We have updated this feature to allow the YuJa IDs of existing users to be mirrored based on their SSO ID names.
    10. Pre-Select the Course Channel for Browser Capture Publication
      When launching the Browser Capture Studio from within a course channel, Content Creators now have the option to publish recordings to the course.
      The option to publish recording into the Course Channel from the Create Recording panel.
    11. Copied LMS Courses Will Have Their Published Videos and Quizzes Migrated to Pre-Existing Courses
      In our last update, while we allowed LMS-copied courses to be connected with pre-existing courses on the Video Platform, the migration of published videos and Video Quizzes associated with these courses needed to be supported. We’ve now updated this functionality to allow associated videos and quizzes to migrate into courses previously established on the Video Platform.
    12. API to Schedule Events and Publish Them to CampusTube
      We’ve introduced an API (4.2.8) that enables administrators to schedule live streams and media for direct publication to their CampusTube folder. To learn how to use this and any of our other APIs, please visit our API Support guide.
  • October 6, 2023

    YuJa Himalayas Data Archiving Platform Update – “Zelkova” Released to CAN, AU and EU Zones

    Australian Zones Canadian Zones European Union Zones Himalayas

    We have successfully pushed an update to all YuJa Himalayas Data Archiving Platform instances residing in Canada, Australia, and the European Union. This update provides a new Modeling and Forecasting Report for recurring policies, a new policy rule to delete users, and enhanced processing speeds for auto Zoom imports.

    1. Modeling and Forecasting Report Generation
      To provide admins with information regarding how recurring policies will affect their Video Platform instance, we now provide an at-a-glance summary of how the policy will affect files, users, and storage during its next run date.
      Modal Forecast of a data policy showing the number of files, users, and storage affected.
    2. New Data Policy Rule – Delete Users After a Specified Date
      Institutions with an extensive Roster list can manage user removal through our new recurring policy. By designating a date for users who haven’t logged in, the recurring policy will delete users, relocating their content to the My Media library of the policy creator’s account.
      Recurring Policy Action modal has the action type of Delete Users.
    3. Enhanced Processing Speeds for Auto Zoom Imports
      Previously, auto imports for Zoom recordings could take over an hour to appear on the Video Platform. We have reduced this time to provide recordings within 10-15 minutes. 
  • October 6, 2023

    YuJa Verity Test Proctoring Platform – “Opal” Version Released to US, CAN, AUS, and EU Zones

    Australian Zones Canadian Zones European Union Zones United States Zones YuJa Verity

    We have successfully pushed an update to all instances residing in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the European Union. This update includes the option to enable the Lockdown App for Canvas New Quizzes, improved processing times for recordings, the option to adjust email settings at the institution level, and enhanced design and text elements across the platform. 


    1. Improved Design for the Verity Recording Panel

      The Verity Recording Panel now provides a new look and feel that seamlessly aligns with our brand development goals. Our intuitively refined design enhances the user experience, particularly when utilizing the Zoom feature.
      The Verity Recording Panel.
    2. Lockdown App now Supports Canvas New Quizzes
      Instructors who prefer to use “New Quizzes” in Canvas can now utilize the Lockdown App and its available settings to create the most reliable proctoring environment for online assessments.
      A new Quiz assessment being viewed inside the Lockdown App.
    3. Improved Processing Time for Recorded Assessments
      We’ve enhanced our processing efficiency to ensure that recorded assessments are available within the Results table in as little as a few minutes, whereas previously, instructors could have to wait up to three hours.
      A recording is selected from the Verity Results table.
    4. Adjust Email Settings at the Institution Level
      Verity provides daily emails detailing a summary of all proctored sessions submitted. This setting can now be disabled on an institutional level and available on a per-course basis.
      Option to disable emails in the Institution Settings.
    5. Delete Assessments from the Assessment Tab
      The Verity Portal offers a dedicated tab on the Automated Proctoring, Lockdown App, and Live Proctoring pages, presenting a convenient list of assessments. Instructors can access this Assessment tab for each proctoring tool, allowing them to delete assessments without the need to locate them within the LMS.
      Option to delete an assessment from the Assessment tab.
    6. Enhanced Design Elements and Text Across the Lockdown App

      To enhance the user experience, we have taken a step toward updating areas of improvement for the Lockdown App through incremental design elements and text adjustments. The refreshed UI and text have been curated to guide students through the essential proctor checks, ensuring a seamless transition into their assessments.
    7. Visual Refresh for the Verity Portal
      We have provided a new look and feel to the Verity Portal, providing a structured approach to the various Proctored Tools accessible from the left-side navigation menu. Instructors and students will be able to select their preferred tool, view setup steps, and have access to view and edit associated assessments.
      Highlight of the Verity navigation panel.
    8. Streamlined User-Friendly Updates
      As we continue to expand upon Verity, we’ve taken a close look at providing minor updates to existing features to help elevate the experience for instructors, proctors, and students. Below are some of these enhancements.

      • Microphone and Camera permissions will automatically be enabled on the Chrome browser.
      • When students register for a time slot, if only one option is available, it will be automatically selected.
      • Proctors will receive a notification if students leave a live proctoring session. 
  • September 29, 2023

    YuJa Engage Student Response System Update – “Perth” Released to US, CAN, AUS, and EU Zones

    Australian Zones Canadian Zones Engage Student Response System European Union Zones United States Zones

    We have successfully pushed an update to all YuJa Engage Student Response System instances residing in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the European Union. This release provides our users with the option to pre-schedule Poll releases, filtering options for locating Polls and Surveys, and overall enhancements to the platform through element redesigns and bug fixes.

    1. Ability to Pre-Schedule Poll Releases
      We’re enhancing the way Creators can initiate Polls by introducing the option to schedule active Polls. This enables Creators to provide asynchronous Polls that participants can complete within a specified timeframe with the option for gradebook synchronization. To learn more about this feature, please visit our guide on Scheduling Polls for YuJa Engage.
      The option to schedule a date and time for a Poll.
    2. More In-Depth Engagement Analytics
      When sharing polls, Creators can now access the Average Engagement analytic, which displays the percentage of participants who have attempted to answer questions. Furthermore, the Participants Platform panel offers a detailed breakdown of how users access the poll, including their choice of browsers and platforms, such as Windows, Mac, or Mobile.
      Share Poll page showcasing new analytics.
    3. New Filtering Options for Locating Polls and Surveys
      IT Managers and Creators now have greater precision when locating Polls and Surveys with the help of new filtering options. These options allow users to specify their preferences, such as choosing whether to view Polls or Surveys and selecting whether they are active.
      The option to select a Poll and Whether it is active.
    4. Require Names When Participants Join Anonymously
      Previously, participants joining anonymously were not required to enter a name. In this update, we introduced a setting allowing IT managers and Creators to require participants to enter a name.
      Setting option to require participants to enter their name when joining a Poll.
    5. Enhanced Design Elements and Text Across the Platform
      To enhance the user experience, we have taken a step toward updating areas of improvement through incremental design elements and text adjustments that can help facilitate ease of navigation across the platform. We encourage IT Managers and Creators to take a look at our new design spacing, buttons, messages, and more. We thank you for your valuable feedback as we continue to roll out even more enhancements to the platform.
      Comparison between the old Poll page and the new Poll page.

    6. Bug Fixes and Optimizations
      We have optimized the performance of YuJa Engage and made several bug fixes to improve the user experience. Highlighting some of these optimizations and fixes are:

      • Resolved issues with SSO and LTI linkage.
      • Resolved issues with Polls having blank titles.
      • Resolved issues that prevented Poll questions from being shared individually.
  • September 8, 2023

    YuJa Panorama Digital Accessibility Platform – “Jackson Peak” Version Released to US, CAN, and EU Zones

    Canadian Zones European Union Zones Panorama for Digital Accessibility United States Zones

    We have successfully pushed an update to all YuJa Panorama Digital Accessibility Platform instances residing in the United States, Canada, and the European Union. This release provides our users with a new workflow for remediating accessibility issues, a Remediation Engine that fully supports Microsoft Word issues, a refreshed Accessibility Report, custom weighting for severity types, the option to replace the original document with a generated alternative format, localization support for Dutch and Finnish languages, and so much more.

     

    1. Streamlined Workflow for Remediating Accessibility Issues
      As part of our development for Panorama’s Remediation Engine, we have taken a deep dive into how users can easily resolve issues in real time within the Accessibility Report. As a result, we are introducing a dedicated ‘Fix Issue’ feature that offers immediate insights into the current problem and practical suggestions for a resolution. After adding the necessary changes, a comprehensive list of all fixes can be reviewed before applying the changes to update the document.
      Remediating an issue.
    2. Expanded Support for Microsoft Word Remediation Engine for Inline Remediation Within the LMS
      Our previous release introduced our new Microsoft Word Remediation Engine, designed to address font-size issues in real-time within Microsoft Word documents. Building upon this, we’re expanding our remediation capabilities by allowing users to resolve more WCAG 2.1 Microsoft Word issues:

      • Contrast issues
      • Alternative text for images
      • Non-descriptive hyperlink text
    3. Refreshed Accessibility Report Interface
      We have updated the Accessibility Report with a modernized UI showcasing an organized display of issues. To accomplish this, we have made the following changes: 1) issue can be seen within the new list-style view; 2) The number of issues have been categorized by their severity; 3) Filtering options to allow users to view specific issues in each severity.

      Accessibility Report

    4. Create a Custom Weighted Scale for Severity Types
      Panorama has consistently assessed accessibility issues with Severe, Major, and Minor importance. We’re now providing administrators the option to fine-tune the weight of each severity, allowing institutions to create a more precise accessibility score aligning with their unique priorities.

      Each severity level will now uniquely influence the final accessibility score through its customized weight. For instance, if Major issues are assigned a weight of 10 and Minor issues a weight of 1, Major issues will affect the accessibility score ten times more than Minor issues. To learn more about this feature and how to set custom weights for the severity of issues, please visit our guide on Customizing Severity Weighting Settings for Panorama

      Adjusting the weight scores.

    5. Replace Original Documents with a Generated Alternative Format
      Instructors have the option to seamlessly replace the original document within their Learning Management System with a newly generated alternative format.
      Replacing a document with its alternative format.
    6. Accessibility Icons Can Be Hidden at the Course Level
      To give instructors more control over their courses, they can now disable accessibility icons at the course level. This option will prevent students and instructors from accessing the Alternative Formats menu and Accessibility Reports within their LMS but will still provide analytical tracking for the course.
      Disable icon setting at the course level.
    7. Integrate Panorama into Specific LMS Sub-Accounts for LTI 1.3
      Panorama now offers targeted integration within specific LTI 1.3 sub-accounts to accommodate institutions utilizing hierarchical sub-accounts in their LMS. This will allow administrators to only enable Panorama for their desired accounts instead of applying it to the top-level account, which would activate Panorama for all sub-accounts.
    8. The Course Setting Page Offers Access to the LMS Course
      Administrators and instructors who wish to navigate back to their course after making course-setting adjustments can, with a click of a button, navigate directly to their course.
      Accessing a course from the Course Settings page in Panorama.
    9. Local Support for Dutch and Finnish Languages
      Complementing our English, French, and Spanish localization, Panorama will now fully support Dutch and Finnish languages across the entire Platform. Simply access your settings to adjust your language preferences.
      Adjusting language settings in Panorama.
    10. Updated Colors and Icons for the Panorama Sidebar
      As part of our ongoing commitment to elevate the Panorama experience with our new branding, administrators can expect vibrant color enhancements and new icons that provide a refreshed look to the sidebar.
      Panorama sidebar.
    11. Screen Readers Can Detect When Alternative Formats Are Generated
      Users who navigate through Panorama with the help of accessibility tools will now be notified by their screen reader when an alternative format has been successfully generated.
    12. Pre-Generate Course Reports to Provide Instant Viewing of Analytics
      Similar to pre-generating institution reports, activating this feature ensures that the Course Report stays consistently up-to-date, providing institutions with large data sets instant access to their analytics.
      Pre-Generate report setting.
    13. Increased Responsiveness for the Panorama LTI App on Canvas
      To enhance Panorama’s accessibility for users who prefer utilizing their browser’s zoom functionalities, Panorama will now dynamically adapt its interface to accommodate zoom levels exceeding 100%.