A Redesigned Interface for Harmonia 3
We've added a great many improvements to Harmonia 3 to make it even easier for teachers and students to work on their course materials and assignments. One of the most exciting changes to the software is that we've redesigned the user interface from the ground up. Teachers can now design lessons more efficiently and students will find the process of completing their assignments much more intuitive.
Here are some of the improvements in our new version of Harmonia:
Redesigned Top Bar
The top bar now has a drop-down list of open documents, an Assignments button to open the assignment browser, a Controls button to open editing panels, and a transport for audio playback. Teachers see buttons to switch easily between student and teacher modes.
Students no Longer Save their Assignments to Files
Harmonia documents are now cached on a student's hard drive when they are downloaded and saved automatically as the student works through the assignment. When an assignment has been finished and graded it is automatically uploaded to the Harmonia server and shown as completed in the assignment browser. This makes the entire process of completing an assignment much more streamlined and less error prone.
Students can access all of their assignments with our new assignment browser. The browser shows all of the assignments available in each course that the student is signed up for. Grades for completed assignments will be displayed along with information showing where the student is in the process of completing the assignment. Check back in the coming weeks, when we will post a more detailed blog describing all the features of our new and improved assignment browser.
Simplified Interface for Students
Students will no longer use side panels when working on their assignments. The panels have been replaced with an easily accessible button bar that changes depending on what item in the document the student is interacting with. Students can worry less about learning how to use the program and focus more on the program’s content.
Redesigned Document Editing Panels
Teacher editing control panels have been completely redesigned. In particular, multiple-choice questions and scores are much easier to create and edit. New editing controls have also been added for streaming audio and video.