What's New in Maple T.A. 10?
The Maple T.A. interface has been completely redesigned, incorporating customer feedback from both instructors and students to create a more streamlined workflow.
- Improved assignment navigation offers “next question” and “submit assignment” buttons that are always visible.
- Easier question creation eliminates the need for page flipping by putting all the elements of a question together on a single page.
- Page layout, menus, navigation, and general appearance have been enhanced and streamlined to create a smoother user experience.
New Equation Editor – No Browser Plug-in Required
Maple T.A. 10 includes a new equation editor that works directly in the browser, eliminating the need for students and instructors to have a Java plug-in for their browsers.
- The new equation editor works directly in any supported browser, including mobile devices.
- Students can start working on assignments immediately, without being distracted by the need to install or update a Java plug-in.
- The equation editor, which is powered by HTML5, loads significantly faster than the previous editor, so there is no delay before it can be used.
Maple T.A. 10 includes more options to customize what students see when they are in the Maple T.A. environment.
- Instructors can specify what information appears at the top of their class pages, such as class announcements, office hours, tutorial times and locations, and welcome videos.
- Administrators can change the look and feel of Maple T.A. using CSS and custom HTML, such as changing layouts and color schemes, as well as adding images, text, links, and videos.
Easy Access to Practice Tests
Practice tests can be made easily accessible.
- Administrators can provide anonymous access to practice tests, so the tests can be accessed without having to log in to Maple T.A. first.
- Students at your institution can test themselves even if they are not logged in.
- Instructors working on new questions can easily send their content out for review.
Roles in Maple T.A., such as “instructor” and “administrator,” give different types of users different abilities in the system. Maple T.A. 10 lets administrators create new, customized role definitions.
- Create customized roles that expand or limit access to Maple T.A. functionality, such as defining a new instructor role that includes the ability to create new users, or a teaching assistant role that combines proctor-level access with the ability to create assignments.
- Easily choose from the built-in roles or the custom roles when setting up new accounts.
Expanded Proctored Browser Support
The Proctored Browser, which provides a controlled environment for high-stakes student testing, has been expanded to work with more browsers and in more environments.
- Provides a controlled environment for high-stakes testing
- Available on Windows®, Mac OS® X, and Linux®
- Works with Firefox® and Google Chrome™
- Integrated with Maple T.A., the Proctored Browser no longer requires separate installation
- Available for use inside course management systems where Maple T.A. has been integrated into the environment
Customized Student Profiles
Schools can now require additional information in student profiles.
- Administrators can add new fields to the student profile information, such as their program or major.
- Fields are mandatory to ensure the information is collected, even during self-registration.
Enhanced Course Management Integration
Maple T.A. can be seamlessly integrated into course management systems, such as Blackboard®, Moodle™, and Brightspace™ by D2L™, using connector features and add-ons. These abilities have been enhanced in Maple T.A. 10.
- The Moodle connector, which is included with Maple T.A., has been updated to support the most recent releases of Moodle (2.6 and 2.7).
- The web services API, which allows institutions to build custom connectors to integrate Maple T.A. into virtually any course management or learning management system, provides new tools for course administration.
Increased Support for International Languages
The Maple T.A. interface is available in many languages, including Brazilian Portuguese, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, and more. With Maple T.A. 10, Maple T.A. is now also available in French. The French translation of Maple T.A. 10 includes:
- Interface elements, including menus, buttons, instructions, and messages displayed to the students and instructors
- The Student Help pages and Getting Started information
- Access to over a thousand questions written in French from math, science, and engineering courses