I was encouraged to post this in ideas by support, but it's really a cry to bring back old features.
While the new layout of bulletins (in courses) is easily accessible, it lacks several important features of the "old" layout:
1. The lack of formatting possibilities prevents the highlighting of text (bold/italics) which is obviously useful for subjects, headings, important parts of a text and so on.
2. The lack of ability to edit source prevents the addition of hyperlinks, embedded content (other than youtube), etc.
3. It is apparently no longer possible to modify the activation/deactivation date/time of a bulletin. This was really useful if you wanted to add important messages in advance and/or make your bulletin board easier to moderate (by removing outdated bulletins automatically). Now it seems you have to delete outdated bulletins by hand? Not good!
4. Bulletins are now owned by the person posting the bulletin. Meaning that no others can edit the bulletin. The only option left if you discover that a colleague have posted something wrong, is to delete that bulletin and post a new one. Losing all comments along the way. Previously, anybody with the same role or higher, could edit a bulletin. Given that a lot of courses have several teachers/admins involved (at least at our school), the editing rights should be based on roles - like before.
I guess the reason why you've stripped this feature down is to make it easier to quickly post a message? However, getting the message across is also important. Sometimes bold or large letters help. How about bringing the old editor up if you choose to edit your message? It could be similar to the one that still exists if you publish news on the front page.
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Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts and ideas.
Based on a lot of user research we have made huge changes to itslearning for back to school this year. itslearning now has a more modern look and feel, a navigation focusing around core tasks, features has been revamped, and features that has been holding us back has been removed.
We will continue to enhance itslearning, and you will see several changes to the new course bulletins over the next months, e.g. the option of adding resources and pictures.
I’ve attached a sketch from one of the next releases.
Thanks for all the feedback! Most of the issues you guys address is commented on in my last admin response.
As I wrote in August; we’ll add more features to bulletins in the near future. Based on user research and valuable feedback like you guys provide we’ll continue to tweak the bulletin board to make it best suitable for its purpose. Please note that the bulletins are meant for small short posts, it was never design as a “content repository”. E.g. the Planner is a more suited tool for find learning resources that you’ve previously used.
Regarding @Mr Green’s comment #2: embedding of URL’s is supported with the oembed and open graph protocol. Whenever a links is put into a bulletin, we try to embed it using one of these two protocols. It all depends on the 3rd party service, as it will respond with information on how it should be embedded. We’ll take the request for html tag embedding with us in future work.
@Jeff: Q4 :-)