LearningStudio Threaded Discussions Enhancements

New features just launched in Pearson LearningStudio Threaded Discussions Preferences!

Enhancements and changes:

  • New features added to the Threaded Discussion Preferences found in Course Admin.
    Threaded Discussion Preferences

    • Hide topics from students for all Threaded Discussions
      • Settings can be enabled at both course-level as a default and also at topic level (override)
      • Course-level and topic-level settings will be duped if course copy tool is utilized.
    • Post first: The instructor has the ability to require students to respond to a given topic prompt prior to seeing the responses by their peers.
      • Settings can be enabled at both course-level as a default and also at topic level (override)
      • Course-level and topic-level settings will be duped if course copy tool is utilized.
    • Display number of responses for a topic: A message count for a topic is displayed for both instructors and students.
      • This feature can be enabled/disabled at the Course Admin level.

Threaded Discussion preferences (and other course admin settings) will be copied over when using the Course Copy tool

Instructor View from “Add Topic” screen from Author for Threaded Discussion

Instructor View from "Add Topic" screen from Author for Threaded Discussion

Course View of Threads (Instructor and Student)

Course View of Threads (Instructor and Student)

The Threaded Discussion Preferences page has been updated on our website to reflect these new enhancements.

LearningStudio Gradebook Enhancements (Instructor)

The Pearson LearningStudio Gradebook enhancements launched today!

The enhancements includes the following: (select links below for feature descriptions)

Gradebook how-to documents and videos have been updated on our website to reflect these new enhancements.

Watch a video recording of the December 11th webinar on the enhancements.

More webinars will be offered in January on these enhancements. View the full schedule on our website.

LearningStudio Gradebook Enhancement Announcement

An early enhancement to the Pearson LearningStudio Gradebook just launched!

Email & Expand/Collapse Comments from within the Gradebook

New Grade Detail View: allows instructors to send an email directly from the gradebook and expand/collapse the comments window. The Grade Detail view appears when you select a student name from an assignment in the gradebook or dropbox, or when you select a student score/grade.

Selecting the Email button will open a separate window to compose and send an email to the student directly from the gradebook.

Grade Details View: Email and Expand or Collapse Comments window

Selecting the new Comments button from within the Grade Details View will expand the comments box

Click the Comments button to expand the window to provide comments and feedback to the students.

Performance improvements:
Previously, when any data was changed, all of the data on the screen would refresh. Now, only the data that was changed is refreshed, reducing the data load on the servers.

Performance for courses with a large number of enrollments is improved, mitigating timeouts for programs offering large courses.

What enhancements are coming December 16th?

We anticipate the launch of the features below to be December 16, 2013.

  • Send email directly from an assignment view in the Gradebook
  • User Interface changes
  • Auto scoring
  • Assign Zero grade for work not submitted
  • Hide Item Summary
  • Rubrics: Build and Assess

We will continue to offer webinars December 11 and in January on these enhancements. View the full schedule on our website.

Documentation and detailed information about the gradebook enhancements will be sent next week.

Request your summer 2013 LearningStudio course shells

Now accepting summer 2013 Pearson LearningStudio course shells requests!

The request process is directly linked to faculty assignments with the Registrar.

Step 1: Request Shell

Faculty* will go to http://www.my.tcu.edu to make requests. A new, blank course shell will be created as a result of this request.  Use the HOW TO INSTRUCTIONS to walk through the process.

Deadlines: Courses requested after May 6th are not guaranteed to be ready for the first day of class.

*Only faculty assigned to a course may make the request. Please use Class Search for class information and to confirm your assignment. If you find that you are not assigned to your course, please contact your department.

Step 2: Wait for Enrollment Email

Once requested, Koehler Center staff will process the request and enroll professors and teaching assistants.

Beginning summer 2013, faculty enrollments and student enrollments will process at the same time via an automated process. Once enrolled, an email will be sent to faculty members notifying them the enrollment has processed. TA enrollments are still a manual process, so there will be a slight delay for processing.

Step 3: Copy Content

You will be notified via email when your course shell(s) are ready. If you previously had a Pearson LearningStudio course shell, you can use the Faculty Copy Tool to copy all or part of any existing course content into your new course shell.

Back to school – spring 2013

Welcome back to school for spring 2013, TCU Faculty!

It’s a busy time of year for everyone, but we wanted to share some useful information with you:

Syllabus Template

Need to update your syllabus with the latest TCU policies, or want to include information about TurnItIn, Pearson LearningStudio Help or campus resources?  Check out our Syllabus Template (Word doc) to compare with your existing syllabus.

Syllabus redesign

Looking for more in-depth help with your syllabus and want a consultation?  Please look at our Syllabus & Course Design page for information about setting up a meeting with our Faculty Development team.

Pearson LearningStudio

Training: The first place for faculty to start is our online documentation & videos.   We have Faculty Open Labs where you can drop in for assistance with your course shell; additionally, our staff is leading themed workshops on specific LearningStudio tools.  See the workshop schedule for more information.

Verify Enrollments: If you are using Pearson LearningStudio this semester, be sure that you verify your enrollments.  If there are any discrepancies, please notify the eLearning staff so that they can resolve them for you.   Review the how to information for verifying your enrollments.

Videos for students:  If you are worried about students not knowing how to use new tools you are implementing, you might want to consider linking to our how to videos for students, or sending the links out to them via email.   Each of the tools has either a PDF or how to video (or both) for many topics.   Be sure to check out the student how to videos on our website.


Interested in adopting i<Clicker for your classes?  Contact our i>clicker rep, Alise for information about adoption & training, or stop in at one of our I>clicker themed open labs.  Check the workshop schedule for lab times.

To adopt iClicker for your classroom, please contact:

Alise Alford

Also, please notify elearning@tcu.edu that you are adopting iClicker

To order remotes for students to purchase through the bookstore, simply provide the information below. A new i>clicker remote is $40.00 and a new i>Clicker 2 remote is $46.65. Remotes can be sold back at the end of the semester. It’s definitely not too late to get i>clicker in your classroom!

ISBN: 0-7167-7939-0
Product name – i>clicker
Vendor name – Macmillan (MPS, formerly VHPS)
Vendor website – www.iclicker.com

Upcoming Koehler Center Events

We have some great upcoming Koehler Center Events for spring:

  • Reacting to the Past
  • Teacher-Scholar Writing Workshop: Balancing the Roles of the Teacher-Scholar
  • Target Knows If You’re Pregnant: How Data Leads to Personalized Learning

To find out more information about these events, please go to our Koehler Events page.

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New: Pearson LearningStudio Password Reset

Effective January 10, 2013

In a continued effort to improve user experience, security, and adherence with industry standards, TCU, in partnership with Pearson has released a password reset feature for Pearson LearningStudio.

There are several items of particular note:

  • Users logging on to Pearson LearningStudio for the first time post-release, will be prompted to create security questions. The prompt can be dismissed, but it will continue to display after login until the questions are completed.
    Create Security Questions for future password reset

    Texas Christian University Additional Security

    The above image displays the Security prompt users will see upon login to Pearson LearningStudio via http://www.tcuglobal.edu or upon selecting a class from the LearningStudio QuickLink icon within in my.tcu.edu.

    The user must input an email address where they wish to receive the password rest link. Please note that this email address will not overwrite the user’s email address used in their Pearson Learning Studio profile.

  • The TCUglobal.edu login page now includes a password reset link that will require users to answer their security questions prior to reset. Once the user has verified his/her identity, the user will receive an email with a link to initiate a password reset. This link will be valid for 24 hours.
  • Pearson’s 24/7 Tech Support will not provide passwords to users. Upon request Tech Support will send a password reset link to the email on record for the user’s account in our system. If the user does not have access to the email address on record, the user will need to contact elearning@tcu.edu for assistance.

Read more about the new security measures on our website.