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Change the size of your image thumbnails!

We here in Online Education are very grateful for your feedback about the new UI!

We love to hear what's going right, of course, but we also appreciate hearing about what doesn't work for you and what we can do better. In the coming months, we will be introducing many new features and updates, most of which were conceived and developed in response to your input. So thank you! And please keep those comments coming:

Here's what's new now:


When you create a post or a comment, you now have the option of tagging specific individuals in the class. Students can also tag their classmates – and you.

When you publish your post or comment, the system sends those you have tagged a notification, letting them know that you have posted something you think will be of particular interest to them. A link in the notification takes them directly to your message. (Learn more about Notifications for Instructors.)

This is a great way to make sure students see your answers to their questions or to let someone know that you have responded to their comment.


Change the size of your Image Thumbnails

When you attach images and other files to a post or comment (using the "Media" tool), they are displayed in a series of thumbnails. Now you have the option to set the size of the thumbnails for each media row. You can choose to display one, two, or up to four thumbnails in a given row.

This is a great way to highlight the most important images in a post.

(warning) Keep in mind that if you want to display thumbnails in different sizes, you will need to upload them in separate media rows.


Choose your Preferred Layout and Sort — and the System will Remember

As you know, instructors set the default layout (grid or list) for every topic. And the default sort order for every topic is by date (chronological).

Now, you can choose your own preferred layout and sort order for each topic, and the system will remember your choice.

  • Every user (instructors and students) can make this choice.
  • The preference must be made for each topic individually.
  • The layout and sort order that are in effect when you close a topic will again be in effect when you next open that topic.

Improved Reply with Quotes styling clarifies who said what

Changes to the styling of Reply with Quotes make it easier to distinguish the student's posted material from the instructor's response.   

(warning) Keep in mind that Reply with Quotes is only available as a response to a post, and not as a response to a comment. Students do not have access to this tool.


There's more to come — stay tuned!

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  1. Please let us know how you like these new features!

    And keep your feedback coming on all aspects of your online education experience by emailing us at

  2. Thanks for the explanations, Jenny.

  3. Hello Jennifer, Thanks for the information and these helpful changes. I have an additional request for your team. It would be really great if when we view student work in the Markup dialog window that the student's name appears in that dialog box. On my Mac system it's difficult to see the student information behind the open Markup window because the window below dims so much. When grading multiple assignments that look very much alike it can sometimes be hard to remember whose work I'm looking at.

    Thanks, Jim Freed  IAD-241 OL

    1. Thanks, Jim. This would be good feedback to share at

      I will say, though, that because the whiteboard will eventually be replaced (and lots of resources are being invested in that process), I'm doubtful that we'll be making this change. However, it would be good for the development team to consider this issue, as they create the whiteboard's replacement.

  4. Looking great! I used the tagging feature yesterday and today received my first notification that a student tagged me in her response. I love knowing WHO is reading and reacting to my comments!

  5. The tagging feature sounds very useful! .
    I am disappointed that we cannot grade individual posts, will this be added back? I am guessing other teachers are struggling with this as well. Will leave feedback with email provided above.

  6. Fantastic, Jenny! Love the tagging aspect especially.

    With my "catch-all" topic (in which I post referential materials/web links/ etc. and only a few students look at I am sure) I can direct specific students to a related message directly instead of emailing them. And this way others can pick up on the relevant point if they enter the topic to discuss.

    Keep up the great work!


    1. Thanks, Christo!

  7. Hi Jenny,  I'm always thrilled to see new improvements and updates to the UI.  Thank you for explaining them to us in such a clear way.  The tagging feature is something I haven't thought of before, but can see it's usefulness when creating a posting that I think certain students should definitely see because it addresses a question they may have asked (or clarity to something they wrote in a posting).   I'm also happy to see the changes to the "reply with quotes" feature, as it was so wonky that I stopped using it.

    I agree with Claudia about the benefits of being able to grade an individual posting.  If a student submits an assignment early it would be nice to grade that submission without having to go through the steps of opening up the entire class grading thread.  It's a minor inconvenience, but when dealing with a some 150 students it can be a bit of a time saver.


    Thanks so much!

  8. Thanks for the feedback about grading, Claudia and Bob. Martha Breen could speak to the whys and wherefores of this better than I can, but my understanding is that this change (one grade per topic) is a step in the process of developing a real gradebook for the LMS. I don't think the option to grade individual posts will be coming back...

    If I can help you strategize about how best to manage grading in the absence of this approach, please feel free to get in touch with me ( . I'd be happy to have a phone conversation sometime next week.