New Features in Go-Lab Authoring

Dear authors of an Inquiry learning Space at Golabz,

First of all we, as the Go-Lab team, like to thank you for your expertise and effort in creating an Inquiry Learning Space (ILS) and publishing it on Golabz. We really appreciate you have been working with Go-Lab and we hope that your work will be re-used by teachers around the world.

With this post I like to inform you about a few changes in Go-Lab and more specifically in the Go-Lab tools that you can find at Golabz. Recently, we have updated a number of tools (Hypothesis Scratchpad, Questioning Scratchpad, Concept Mapper, Conclusion Tool, Data Viewer, Observation Tool). This update included performance improvements (tools are much faster now), a more intuitive interface, i.e., less buttons in the toolbar and “auto-save” for all tools. This means that you as an author and your students when working with the ILS do not have to save your work anymore, this is now done automatically.

The auto-save is per default activated only if you newly add one of those tools. If you already have created an ILS with one of our tools, they will just continue to work as before – but without auto-save. If you want to activate the auto-save feature (which we strongly recommend), you have to manually do so the following:

 Please go to the tool(s) in question in Graasp’s authoring view, and click the gears/wheel button to open the configuration. While clicking the button, hold the “Ctrl + Shift” keys pressed – this will show the otherwise hidden “Debug options” in the configuration dialog.

Autosave1

 There, activate the checkbox “Auto save” and exit the configuration dialogue – done! Now publish your ILS again, you will be asked if this is a re=publish and then you do not need to fill in all details again anymore.

 Autosave2

If you experience any problems or like to have online assistance, watch the video provided in the next post.

I also like to take the occasion to alert you to two specific features of the tools that are not always found by teachers/authors.

  •  You can configure tools for your own domain very simply. In Graasp, click the “gear symbol” (gearsymbol)  and fill in the terms you like to be pre-defined for the students in the hypothesis scratchpad or the concept mapper, for example. In the ILS the “gear symbol” will not be present and student can use your terms. Also the experiment design tool can be fully designed to suit your domain and ideas, again by following the gear symbol.
  • You can also provide your students with fully preset parts of the tools, for example a set of hypothesis or a (partly completed) concept map. Simply create these hypotheses or concept map in Graasp and this will be the starting point for your students.

A short video explains these ideas.

Thanks again for using Go-Lab, we wish you fun and excitement in using the Labs and ILSs with your students and we welcome any suggestions or feedback you may have at info@golabz.eu.

Warm regards,
Ton de Jong
Go-Lab coordinator

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