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What’s New in Learn Ultra?
When was the last time you looked at Learn Ultra? It’s time to take another look. Check out the latest additions.
November 2019 Release
While this release is packed full of enhancements that will make teaching and learning using Learn Ultra easier, the biggest addition you’ll love is the added ability for administrators to be able to manage and control notifications at the system level. We’ve heard your feedback about notifications and are thrilled to deliver this functionality in this release.
On November 7, 2019, Learn SaaS release v3700.14.0 was released to Production environments. Highlights of the release include:
Ultra Base Navigation and Ultra Course View
System administration Notification Settings: Clients have shared that having the institutional ability to control the notifications is critical. In response, we have created system administration controls via the “Notification Settings” option in the Administrator Panel. For every available notification type and source, administrators can select whether notifications are “on” or “off” by default. Administrators can also decide whether users can change the default setting in their individual preferences.
New icons: Based upon client feedback, we've adjusted the icon set. Most notably, the new icons are darker and appear more prominently.
Account lockout: By default, Learn Ultra will now lock user accounts after five failed login attempts. Administrators can disable or edit the feature by selecting “Account Lock Settings” in the Administrator panel.
Ultra Course View
Description field for Ultra documents: To improve the student experience, instructors can now provide students with high-level details about an Ultra document, as they are able to with most other Learn Ultra content. Instructors can open the “Document Settings” panel in an existing document to add a description. Students see descriptions on the Course Content page.
Ally updates: The Ally integration for Learn Ultra has been improved to show the alternative formats and instructor feedback indicators for attachments in Ultra documents and tests.
Assessment settings panel button update: As a continued effort to make Learn Ultra as consistent as possible, the “Done” button on the Assessment Settings page has been replaced with “Save” and “Cancel” buttons.
Error messages when deleting assessments with externally referenced questions: Instructors are unable to delete question banks, folders, or assessments that contain questions used in question pools in other assessments. To eliminate confusion, detailed messages have been added to explain why.
View all the details in the Learn SaaS release notes.