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Custom Course Updates

Custom updates can be created to apply to students that meet criteria selected by the instructor. The title, icon, and message in the update can be customized to fit the parameters of the update. (You can also edit the course updates already in Elements of Success.) For example, after an exam, you can specify that students with scores in a certain range will receive a message letting them know they can retake the exam or use certain resources or strategies.

  • Multiple custom updates can be created. Click the Create New Custom Update button to create more custom updates, each with their own set of criteria set by each course instructor.
  • To set the criteria for the update, click Edit Conditions.

Shows an example of a custom course update.

 

After you have clicked on Edit Conditions, adjust the options to finalize the update.

  1. Enter a name for your conditional statement.
  2. If you have more than one conditional statement, you can choose to apply the condition to any or all of the conditions.
  3. Choose: Percent rank, constant, grade category or assignments.
  4. For example: The condition below will be sent to any student that falls below the 85th percentile.
  5. Click the blue box Preview Affected Students to see which students in your course will receive the statement once it has been saved.
  6. Click Save Conditions.

 

Shows an example of a custom course condition that would be sent to students that score below the 85th percentile.

 

Examples of Custom Conditions

Below, this condition will send an update to any students that have an assignment graded lower than the 70  percent.

Shows an example of a custom course condition that would be sent to students that score below the 70th percentile.

 

The condition below would be sent to any student that has earned more points on a recent assignment compared to a previous one.

Shows an example of custom conditions on a course update to apply to students that did worse on the current assignment when compared to a previous one.

 

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