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What's new on Problem Roulette?

The Problem Roulette team is always working to improve the overall experience on our platform for both students and instructors. Here’s what we’ve been updating, adding, or improving:

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Improvements to Group Study Mode

Group Study Mode better facilitates ongoing study groups by allowing students to resume in-progress group study sessions. Students enrolled in multiple courses on Problem Roulette can also join a study session in another course without losing their current group session.

New Exam Mode Experience

Students can now enjoy a dynamic new upgrade to Problem Roulette’s Exam Mode, including the ability to enter notes to themselves during a session as well as save questions to their dashboards for later review.

Student Dashboard Redesign

Problem Roulette’s student dashboard has a brand new design, including UI improvements and usability improvements such as the ability to filter, sort, and search saved problems.

Notification Packages

Now available on the student dashboard, students can opt to have Problem Roulette email them regular study reminders to help reduce cramming and make studying a habit. Students can select one of five levels of engagement based on their preferences for the frequency of the reminders and the number of problems to study each time. From these reminder emails (or their dashboards), students can click into an auto-generated study session and work through the number of problems they specified.

Topic Management Enhancements for Instructors

Instructors have a new ability to show or hide inactive topics when editing questions. Courses now automatically default to hiding inactive topics, but instructors can change this in their Admin Console under Settings > General Options.

Important Dates

With this exciting new feature, exam dates and other important course milestones can inform the active/inactive status of topics and topic groups. Instructors can now add important dates to their course and link them to certain topics or groups, reducing student confusion around what to study and removing the need for instructors to manually activate topics as a course progresses.

Improved Canvas Integration

Students who access Problem Roulette via their Canvas course are now conveniently directed to their specific course page to start studying.

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Problem Roulette now preserves font size and formatting when importing new problems.

Improved Import of Canvas Content

This latest improvement to our content pipeline allows bulk imports of multiple-choice quizzes stored in Canvas. Our current import record is 24 quizzes at once!

New course!

The Problem Roulette team is thrilled to welcome a new course from the School of Kinesiology. AES 220: Applied Human Physiology launched on Problem Roulette during the Winter 2021 term using our improved Canvas content import. Want your course to be the next new course on Problem Roulette? Contact problemroulette-support@umich.edu to get started.

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Group Study Lobby

Finding study partners in Problem Roulette is easier than ever. Students can now set their status to available or unavailable for Group Study invitations. When students create a Group Study session, they can see which other students are online and accepting invitations. Invited students are notified in-app if online and by email if offline.

Study Session Summary Pages

When students finish a study session, they’ll be greeted with a new and improved summary of their studying, including their overall accuracy percentage, number of correct answers, duration of session, and a list of all of the problems they completed in the session. Students can filter the list by correct/incorrect answers and by topic, reveal the correct answer for problems they got wrong, and save problems to their dashboard to review later.

Support for Importing Equations

Problem Roulette now supports importing equation-heavy content through the use of Text2QTI, a tool that converts plain text files into Canvas-supported quiz files. If you are an instructor interested in using Problem Roulette with equations, please contact: problemroulette-support@umich.edu.

Course Icon Redesign

Students and instructors can now enjoy a fresh set of course icons designed and built for Problem Roulette by a student fellow.

Study Tips

Problem Roulette encourages students to use 4 of the best study strategies known to research. To help students make the most of those strategies, our Behavioral Science Team compiled a set of study tips, including tips for online classes and remote learning. Students and instructors can view those tips on our new Study Tips page.

Canvas Integration

Students and instructors can now enjoy Problem Roulette without needing to leave Canvas or other LTI integrated services. If you are an instructor interested in integrating your course please contact: problemroulette-support@umich.edu

Adaptive Question Difficulty

This update introduces a new “adaptive question difficulty” option for courses on the platform. If an instructor chooses to enable this feature, Problem Roulette will adapt as a student progresses through a study session and provide them with subtle nudges toward easier or more difficult content to keep them engaged.

System Generated Practice Collections

Students will now see “collections you might like” on the homepage. These collections of relevant questions are automatically generated using aggregated data.

Content Pipeline

Importing exams into Problem Roulette has never been easier. Our new content pipeline reduces instructor workload to only tasks requiring subject matter expertise and leaves the rest to us. In addition, Problem Roulette can now easily support exams stored in Canvas, Google Drive, Word, and more.

Per-Semester Topics and Topic Groups

Instructors now have the option to enable and disable topics and groups of topics on a per semester basis. E.g. if you teach certain topics only in Spring or Fall, instructors can set a semester and Problem Roulette will automatically hide or show that to your students.

Instructor Toolkit

We created an Instructor Toolkit full of feature descriptions, how-tos, and best practices to help instructors get the most out of Problem Roulette in their courses.

Custom Icon Set

We were lucky to have a student fellow design and build a custom icon set to guide users through the Problem Roulette experience.

Instructor Analytics by Term

Instructors can now review historical course analytics by term; you can see this on the course analytics page. Sorry, but this is visible for instructors only. That being said, students can always view their own analytics on their dashboard.

New Courses / Coming Soon

A couple new courses have started to make their way onto Problem Roulette; it looks like both PSYCH 401 and BIO 171 will be coming soon. Want to see one of your courses on Problem Roulette? Request a new course.

Study Session Creation Improvements

We have a new process that helps guide students when creating a new study session. Our goal with this change was to make it more simple and to highlight more study modes and features.

Question Editing Overhaul

We’ve made it easier for instructors to review and edit questions within the Admin Console. Sorry; that pge is only for instructors or Problem Roulette admin.

Content Manager Joins PR Team

Our new Content Manager reviews flagged content, makes content updates, and encourages instructors to address student feedback to maintain updated content.

Homepage Stats

Students can now see how many other people are studying at any one time at the top of the homepage. In addition, some other new stats have been added at the bottom of the homepage.

Performance Upgrades

The homepage should now load a lot more quickly when lots of users are on Problem Roulette. We’ve also been able to reduce the time required to load a new question from as many as 10 seconds in some cases to just 2 seconds.

Question Feedback

We've updated the way students can give feedback on questions and the way instructors review feedback.

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