June 14, 2022
Qwickly Product Updates Coming June 29th:
Watch recorded sessions from Qwickly Seminar that cover these product updates
Review detailed summaries and screenshots of these product updates
Why Do We Update Our Products?
We take client feedback into consideration with everything we do. Since the launch of Qwickly Attendance, Qwickly Course Tools, and Qwickly Jot, we have collected feedback from clients via support tickets, demos, trainings, pilots, and more to identify common pain points. These updates address a number of those pain points - both big and small. We also made a significant number of changes to improve accessibility. All updates have been carried out with the goal of making Qwickly Products more powerful and easier for instructors to use.
Attendance Taking with Qwickly Attendance Classic & Qwickly Attendance Plus
Updated Instructor Experience
Instructors will see an updated left hand navigation, which replaces the menu formerly at the top of the screen. This update provides the opportunity to use space more efficiently, improve keyboard accessiblity, and allows more room to grow as Qwickly adds additional utilities for instructors. Additionally, this update helps clearly indicate that an instructor has launched Qwickly Attendance and are no longer looking at their LMS.
Click here to view the Updated Instructor Experience.
Qwickly Attendance Student App
The Qwickly Attendance Student App for Qwickly Attendance Plus licensees is available for iOS and Android, and currently integrates with Canvas and Blackboard.* This first iteration of the Qwickly Attendance Student App allows students to check-in using Check-In Mode and view their attendance record in a given course.
QR-code scanning has been one of our most requested features. The biggest benefit of using the Qwickly Attendance Student App is the ability for students to scan a QR-code in order to check-in and submit their attendance for a course. The QR-code changes every few seconds to prevent students from sharing the code with classmates who are, in fact, not in attendance. Use of the QR-code in Check-In Mode is optional - instructors can also choose to require a 4-digit pin or run a Check-In with no QR-code or pin required.
* Please note that at this time, the Qwickly Attendance Student App is only available to Qwickly Attendance Plus (and Qwickly Attendance Pro) licensees using Blackboard Learn or Canvas on the US Data Center. Licensees using D2L Brightspace and/or on other data centers will begin having access over the coming months as we finalize integrations.
Student Activity Mode
Qwickly Attendance Plus users have access to an additional Check-In Mode called Student Activity Mode. In the past, Student Activity Mode has been referred to as User Activity Mode and/or Online Activity Mode. As the new name implies, Student Activity Mode searches for student activity within a course in the LMS between a specific date range.
If you would like to see these updates in action, make sure to watch our session from Qwickly Seminar 2022: Qwickly Attendance Classic & Plus: Empowering Growth Through Attendance Taking.
Improvements to Qwickly Attendance Pro
Improvements to On-Screen Reports
Qwickly has created separate columns for each of the following data points: Student Last Name, Student First Name, Student ID, Course ID, and Course Name. We did this to increase the ways users can identify students, identify courses, and sort data on screen.
We have made a number of visual improvements to the table style of on-screen reports to improve readability and to implement uniform styles across all Qwickly products. These improvements include a new page header, table header, font styles and colors, and row styles and colors.
Click here to see these changes side by side.
Improvements to Reporting Overlays
Qwickly has made visual improvements to the overlays used to enter criteria for a report. These changes were made to improve form readability and to implement uniform styles across all Qwickly products. No changes have been made to the way the overlays function.
Session Time Value
How it works:
To set up time values, administrators will upload a data file in the new “Session Time Values” tool located within the “Tools” menu item in Qwickly Attendance Pro. The data file should include the Course LMS ID (or Course Code) and the time value (in minutes) users want to assign. For example, if a typical session of Astronomy 101 is 60 minutes long, users could assign Astronomy 101 a time value of 60 minutes. Every time Astronomy 101 records an session, each student present will “earn” 60 minutes. Any status other than present will “earn” 0 minutes. At this time, time values are all or nothing - a student cannot earn part of the session time value if they are tardy, etc. Future iterations of the feature will add additional capabilities.
Where this feature will appear, if set up:
Instructor settings - If you have assigned a session time value for a course, the instructor will be able to see this in their instructor settings. They will not be able to edit this value.
Instructor attendance record - If you have assigned a session time value for a course, the instructor will see an additional column in the totals view of their attendance record screen, showing the total number of minutes each student has “earned” in the course to date.
Student attendance record - If you have assigned a session time value for a course, students in the course will see the total number of minutes they have “earned” in the course to date in their attendance record screen.
Data feeds - Session time value will be included as a data point option in the “Session” section when creating a data feed. If included, the session time value of a course will be included as a data point in the data feed.
Session Manager - If you have assigned a session time value for a course, you will be able to see so in the Session Manager.
Instructional Time Report - If you have assigned a session time value for a course, you will be able to run a new report called "Instructional Time Report," located within Course Reporting. This report will show how many sessions the course has recorded, how many minutes the course has recorded to date, and the total number of minutes to date each student in the course has “earned”.
Use of this feature is optional. If you do not want to use this feature, instructors and students will not see any changes to their current experience.
If you would like to get see these updates in action, make sure to watch our session from Qwickly Seminar 2022: Qwickly Attendance Pro: Empowering Growth Through Attendance Reporting.