May 5, 2022 Release

The following items will be deployed on May 5, 2022. Please note that this list doesn’t include other internal and regular maintenance work that BenchPrep is releasing.

New Features

New preview tab added to Content Styles page for CSS course preview

We’ve added a new preview tab to Content Styles within BluePrint that displays default content CSS as well as live updates to the default properties. This change allows for admins to instantly see what style changes will look like before publishing the course. 

 

New Feature Access created for Card Hunter I & II games

We’ve created two new feature accesses, “Card Hunter I Game” and “Card Hunter II Game”, so that tenant administrators now have more control to turn off these games at a course level. Tenant administrators now have control over which games are available or not available to their learners, and can turn this feature access on/off at a course level. 

For more information on our Game Center, visit the article here.

 

Question ID tracking now available in WebApp

We're updating the HTML construction of some types of questions so that all will now include the BluePrint ID when the question displays in Webapp. This makes it so testing scripts running in the WebApp can reliably find the ID using the same XPath address: //div[@class='question-container']/@data-id

 

Bulk deactivation of users within Tenant Dashboard

We’ve added the ability to bulk deactivate users within Tenant Dashboard. Tenant administrators can now bulk deactivate users by uploading a CSV. Within the Users page on Tenant Admin, a new ‘Deactivate Users’ button will now be present to the left of the ‘New Students’ button.  Users are then brought to the Deactivate page where they can download a template CSV and subsequently upload after adding users. 

This update gives admins the ability to bulk deactivate rather than manually, or submitting a support ticket. This change provides admins with greater operational control and flexibility. 

For more information, visit the article here.


Enhancements 

Added filtering on exam score reports within mobile

We’ve added a filter option so users can easily filter through previous score reports within exams. Previously, without a filter, scrolling was tedious as users had to scroll through multiple score reports. This enhancement provides both easy filtering and time savings for mobile users.

 

Improved text sizing within Flashcards

We improved dynamic sizing of text for ‘flip mode’ within flashcard study. Previously, text size was determined in reference to the number of characters in the HTML. Now, font size will react only to the number of characters in the displayed text. This is a learner-facing UI update that improves the learning experience and makes it easier for learners to engage with and study using Flashcards. 

 

‘Publish Change’ button disabled while BluePrint imports are in progress

We’ve updated the logic to when the ‘Publish Change’ button is showing by disabling it while an import is in progress for the course. The ‘Publish Change’ button is enabled as soon as the import is complete, and we’ve also added a tooltip that reads ‘Publishing or import in progress’ when users hover over the disabled button. 

This update limits the chances of overlapping course publishing and import activities leaving each other in a broken state. 

 

UI updates to BluePrint’s Discussions Detail Page

We’ve updated the design of BluePrint’s Detail Listing page to match the overall design and look and feel of BluePrint. The functionality remains the same, we’ve just updated the design to ensure a more consistent experience across BluePrint.


Disabled defunct spell checker in CKEditor, enabled browser grammar/spell check tools

The third party maintaining the spell checker tool previously available within CKEditor (the WYSIWYG used in BluePrint to add/update HTML content) has ended support for the plugin, citing “low security and limited capabilities.”¹ As a response, we are re-enabling browser-based utilities to check and amend text in the editor and removing the defunct plugin/dialog option.


 

April 14, 2022 Release

The following items will be deployed on April 14, 2022. Please note that this list doesn’t include other internal and regular maintenance work that BenchPrep is releasing.

New Features

New BluePrint Admin role!

We’re excited to release a new BluePrint Admin role, a powerful tenant-level role that can be assigned via Console. To learn more about how to assign a BluePrint Admin role to users, visit the article here

A user with the BluePrint Admin Role can manage all content related activities at the tenant level as well as has access to more activities at the course level providing great operational efficiency within BluePrint.

Before next week’s release, we will follow up with additional information about this new role, including a demo video, documentation and more resources on how to take advantage. 

 

New Multiple Permission-Based Roles in Console
 
We’re excited to provide the ability to assign multiple permission-based roles for all tenants. Permission-based roles are roles containing individual permissions granting access to actions in the platform, allowing for users in Console to have multiple roles with different permissions groupings. Multiple Permission-based roles also allows for users to switch roles rather than having multiple logins for each role, creating a more simplified access model for administrative functionality in Console.

For more information, visit the article here

 

Configuring content styles via CSS is now available

Our new BluePrint Admins will have the ability to input their own CSS in a pre-populated CSS container. We have updated the existing ‘Course Styles’ to ‘Content Styles’ to properly capture this change. 

This feature enables the control of font, size, and color for body text and header text across all content modalities at the course level. This feature was created to ensure BluePrint administrators have more control over course styling and can easily apply consistent styling to their content within courses. 




Before next week’s release, we will follow up with additional information and documentation on this feature. Please note, styling of content in existing courses is not changing and we generally advise against changing content styling of any live courses.

 

New filter added for Question Categories within Score Reports

We’ve created a new filter on Question Category (for both parent and child) within Active and Previous Score Reports within exams. This new filter gives learners more ability to filter after finishing exams and practice questions. 

 

New Feature Access created for Card Picker game

We’ve created a new feature access, “Card Picker Game (20 flashcard minimum)”, so that tenant administrators now have more control to turn off this game at a course level. Tenant administrators now have control over which games are available or not available to their learners, and can turn this feature access on/off at a course level. This feature access will be turned on by default, which matches its current behavior – we will continue to add feature accesses for other games in forthcoming releases. 

These courses should have a minimum of 20 flashcards; courses with less than 20 flashcards will not appear even if the feature access is turned on – for more information on games, visit the article here


Enhancements

‘In Progress’ logic updated within Learning Hub

We’ve made updates to Learning Hub’s logic to ensure that courses are moved to ‘In Progress’ after a learner completes an activity within the course. Previously, learners had to complete a full study task within the course. However, this update ensures that learners who have completed selected lessons or non-study task related activities (such as marking confidence on a lesson or answering a question!) within a course can now access their courses within the ‘In Progress’ section. 

 

 

This update is just one enhancement we’re making to Learning Hub to make it more intuitive and easier to navigate for learners. 

For more information on Learning Hub, visit our Knowledge Base

 

Added filtering on Question Review within mobile

We’ve added a filter option so users can easily filter through previous score reports. Previously, without a filter, scrolling was tedious as users had to scroll through multiple score reports. This enhancement provides both easy filtering and time savings for mobile users.

New fields added for URL asset tracking

We’ve made a change to make it easier for content managers to keep track of completion logic for URL assets. Now in BluePrint, when adding a URL asset, there are two new fields that display: 

 



This update ensures that courses that contain URL assets are able to be completed, and also gives content managers the ability to show these data points to the learner. 

 

Updates to ‘Build’ button within BluePrint

We’ve made some copy updates to BluePrint’s existing ‘Build’ interaction. We’ve made the below updates to BluePrint’s course building functionality: 

  • Updated ‘Publish course’ and ‘Retire course’ to ‘Publish Course’ and ‘Retire Course’ 
  • Updated ‘Build’ button to read ‘Publish Changes’ 
  • New confirmation modal indicating what action is taking place 
  • Disable the ‘Publish Change’ button when the build is being generated
  • New tooltip to the disabled button reading ‘Publishing in progress’ 
  • Update the change counter to the left of the button to provide progress update (i.e. ‘Updates x times Since Last Publish’ 

These enhancements were made to make the publishing of course interaction more clear and intuitive for BluePrint admins. 

 

Copy update to warning message in confirmation modal within imports

We’ve updated the copy within our warning messages in confirmation modals to be more intuitive. The warning message is changing from ‘This course is not published. All its existing content will be destroyed and replaced by the newly uploaded content. Is this what you want?’ to the below message: 

 

This change applies to importing content within Lessons, Lesson Categories, Questions, Passages, Exams, Exam Sections, and Study Tasks.   


Bug Fix

Update to Bookmarks and Notes logic within Score Reports

We’ve updated the logic for Notes and Bookmarks to ensure consistent behavior for learners when creating and accessing these features via the preview modal for Exam review dashboards. 


 

March 24, 2022 Release

The following items will be deployed on March 24, 2022. Please note that this list doesn’t include other internal and regular maintenance work that BenchPrep is releasing.

Enhancements

Updated verbiage from “LOD lab” to “Skillable lab” in BluePrint

Customer tenants with lab courses will notice we’ve updated the verbiage in BluePrint to now read as “Skillable lab” due to Skillable’s rebrand. This is a minor UI change within the Courses - Assets navigation within BluePrint. 

For more information about Skillable, click here

UI updates to BluePrint’s Discussions Listing Page

We’ve updated the design of BluePrint’s Discussions Listing page to match the overall design and look and feel of BluePrint. The functionality remains the same, we’ve just updated the design to ensure a more consistent experience across BluePrint.

 


Bug Fixes

CK Editor Bug Fix

We’ve updated a bug that was causing HTML tags to be stripped out of tags. This fix ensures that tags are properly being captured. 

Update to Flashcard logic

We noticed a small bug within our Flashcards feature and updated the logic to ensure Community Flashcards and regular, non-community Flashcards are being properly displayed for users. Curious to learn more about how to leverage Flashcards within your courses? Visit the article here

 


March 3, 2022 Release

The following items will be deployed on March 3, 2022. Please note that this list doesn’t include other internal and regular maintenance work that BenchPrep is releasing.

New Features

New side-by-side question experience

We’re excited to release this new question-taking view to you! Side-by-side questions provide an improved leaner UX, more opportunities to engage with your learners especially for passage-based questions or questions with large graphics, and the option to customize the answer rationale for every possible answer.

Side-by-side questions can be leveraged when building new courses and are currently supported for single-answer multiple choice and multiple-answer multiple choice question types. 

For more information on side-by-side, and to get started, watch the video and read the article here

Enhancements

UI updates to BluePrint’s Structure Validation Page

We’ve updated the design of BluePrint’s Structure Validation page to match the overall design and look and feel of BluePrint. The functionality remains the same, we’ve just updated the design to ensure a more consistent experience across BluePrint. 

Enhanced responsiveness within course dropdown list for mobile users

We’ve made an update to ensure mobile users can easily select and change their course view directly from the left-hand navigation sidebar. Previously, selecting the arrow next to the course name would collapse the sidebar and not allow users to select or easily navigate to a different course. This update is a learner-facing UI update to ensure they have easy access to all their courses on mobile and to ensure they can quickly and easily navigate within courses and to other courses. 

New course retire pop-up message

We’ve added a new confirmation pop-up when content managers retire a course. This new pop-up reduces the possibility of inadvertently retiring a course. 

 

Increasing exposure for customer landing pages

We’ve made a backend update to increase the exposure for your landing page to ensure they are more easily searchable via Google. Console administrators, you can also build out your respective landing pages within Console to help drive additional traffic to your courses.

For more information, visit the article here

Bug Fix

Category and subcategory replication within BluePrint

We’ve upgraded replication logic within BluePrint to leverage the structure of the origin content. Previously, items in same-named subcategories would end up inside the first replicated category. This bug fix ensures that content reaches the appropriate category or subcategory during replication, allowing for greater flexibility and accuracy in replication.

Accessibility

We’ve been working to better align your learners’ experience to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) standards, which are referenced in ADA §503. As such, we will be making minor UI enhancements throughout 2022 to make the BenchPrep platform more accessible for all learners. 

Within our March 3rd release, we have made several minor changes to continue on our path to following all accessibility guidelines, including: 

  • Adding a dark border to selected question options to accommodate for vision-impaired learners to ensure a better contrast between questions and background
  • Fix to padding issues and re-enabling tenant colors that were inadvertently updated within our February 28th deploy; most of these updates impact hover colors and icon colors 
  • Change to the button label on “Get Started” button within Study Tasks which may affect how buttons look for some tenants 

 


February 10, 2022 Release

The following items will be deployed on February 10, 2022. Please note that this list doesn’t include other internal and regular maintenance work that BenchPrep is releasing.

New Features

Wistia video content supported on the platform

Content managers are now able to upload Wistia hosted videos, in addition to other external files and YouTube URLs. Content managers can upload Wistia videos directly in BluePrint using the WYSIWYG Add Multimedia button when editing individual items. Wistia videos will be available for learners to access and interact with when working through courses on WebApp. This update gives content managers more flexibility over the types of multimedia assets to upload to a given course. 

 

Enhancements

Sticky Toolbar implemented for Lessons

We’ve created a sticky toolbar within Lessons to ensure that learners have easy access to the toolbar (highlights, notes, bookmark, etc.). The top toolbar will now be fixed in place for Lessons, and will stick to the top of the page upon scrolling down. This functionality already exists for Practice Questions, and we’ve implemented the same toolbar for Lessons. This change will ensure learners can study more efficiently and have a better user experience when interacting with Lesson content. 

UI updates to BluePrint’s Find and Replace Page

We’ve updated the design of BluePrint’s Find and Replace page to match the overall design and look and feel of BluePrint. The functionality remains the same, we’ve just updated the design to ensure a more consistent experience across BluePrint.

Bug Fix

Asset-based courses can now be replicated in Staging

We’ve fixed a bug to ensure that content managers now have the ability to replicate courses within the Staging environment. We recognized there was a bug with how multimedia assets within asset-based courses were being replicated, and we’ve fixed that issue to ensure courses properly replicate and can be updated within Staging. 


 

January 20, 2022 Release

The following items will be deployed on January 20, 2022. Please note that this list doesn’t include other internal and regular maintenance work that BenchPrep is releasing.

Console-Specific Updates 

We are continuing to add new functionality to our administrative application Console. Want a refresher on Console? Watch a 4-minute demo video, or check out our Knowledge Base for more information. 

Single sign-on (SSO) users can no longer manage passwords in platform 

Any user with an identity provider set (i.e. SAML, OIDC AND LTI 1.3) will no longer be able to have their password set or reset in Console or reset passwords through Reset Password on the login page. Rather, users with an identity provider set that need password updates will require a support ticket. 

For more information on this update or to read about impacted use cases, visit the document here

Updated UI within User Detail page

We’ve updated the look and feel of the User Detail Page in Console for Roles and Overview. Within the User Detail page, we’ve re-organized the Roles section to make it more visible, including a dropdown for each Role. Within the User Overview section, we’ve updated the User Detail page to include a revised User Overview section, allowing for a quick glance of Licenses and Enrollments. 

The functionality remains the same, these updates were made to give more information to Console administrators and to keep the UI within our user applications consistent.

 

BluePrint-Specific Updates 

Updates to Course Access page navigation

Within the Course Access page, inviting a new collaborator is now visible at the top of the page. The functionality remains the same, we’ve made these updates to make it easier to navigate and to keep the design consistent with BluePrint’s overall UI.


 

Mobile support for Question types

BenchPrep’s native mobile application now supports multi & vertical choices of Question types within the application. The answer choices on mobile responsive now appear as radio buttons to mirror desktop functionality. 

Video playback speed now WCAG-compliant

Learners now have the ability to define the playback speed of their videos within courses. Learners can set the speed to be slower or faster than the default speed of 1x. Previously, learners were not able to update the playback speed of videos, and this change makes video functionality more accessible and flexible for all learners. 

 

Updates to color contrast on various icons and graphics

We’ve updated several user-facing icons and graphics to ensure they are better aligned to WCAG’s required contrast levels. This list includes icons on the Home and Question view pages, as well as graphics within BenchPrep’s global navigation and Study Plan pages. A full list of impacted icons can be found below. This effort is important for colorblind learners and learners with low vision that previously may have had difficulty using these features effectively. 

 

 

Full list of updated icons:

  • Study Plan Progress Bar (contrast ratio & background color)
  • Today’s Knowledge Goal (background color)
  • Study Bar Icon: Clock icon replaced with numerical value (i.e. example ‘less than 15 min’); background color updates
  • Study Plan icon (background color)
  • ‘Paused’ icon (color)
  • Practice Dashboard Completion Bar (color)
  • Milestone Status Icon 

Visible labels added to input fields

We’ve added new labels to input fields to ensure all learners can identify all fields. Previously, learners with low vision may have experienced difficulty identifying text with a lower color contrast. An example of an updated field is shown below: 

 



Additional non user-facing progress to ensure WCAG compliance

We’ve also made several changes to the BenchPrep platform to ensure all learners have equal access to features and functionality.

 



BenchPrep 2022 Holiday Schedule

The BenchPrep office will be closed on the following days. We will continue to monitor and handle critical support items, but responses to most tickets and inquiries will likely be delayed.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Monday, January 17
President's Day Monday, February 21
Memorial Day Monday, May 30
Independence Day Monday, July 4
Independence Day (Observed) Tuesday, July 5
Labor Day Monday, September 5
Veteran's Day  Friday, November 11
Thanksgiving  Thursday, November 24 
Day after Thanksgiving Friday, November 25
Holiday Break Friday, December 23 -  Friday, December 30

 

BenchPrep 2022 Release Schedule

BenchPrep has scheduled releases on the following dates:

Date Day of the Week
January 20, 2022 Thursday
February 10, 2022 Thursday
March 3, 2022 Thursday
March 24, 2022 Thursday
April 14, 2022 Thursday
May 5, 2022 Thursday
May 26, 2022 Thursday
June 16, 2022 Thursday
July 7, 2022 Thursday
July 28, 2022 Thursday
August 18, 2022 Thursday
September 8, 2022 Thursday
September 29, 2022 Thursday
October 20, 2022 Thursday
November 10, 2022 Thursday
December 1, 2022 Thursday