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Weekly Roundup – September 30, 2015

The Weekly Roundup is a list of all instructor-relevant updates, announcements, and general news that has taken place in the last week. Check the Community News section of the Teach Hub on Wednesdays to read through the roundup!

Weekly Roundup

News & Updates


Sunsetting Lecture Types

We’ve been taking a look at our course taking platform and identifying which areas help students learn and which ones detract from the exceptional experience we aim to deliver. The rollout of the new course taking experience will take place in stages, so we can collect feedback along the way. The first step is to streamline the lecture types available so that we’re offering a more consistent, high-quality viewing experience for students across all courses. If this requires changes to your courses, you should have received an email from us, and you have until October 13 to make updates. Go here for more details on the new course taking project!

Quiz Experiments

We’re testing a new quiz experience with students! Here are a few exciting differences in the new design:

  • Allow students to retry questions they get wrong. Giving students feedback and allowing them to rethink how they want to answer the question is more conducive to learning than simply telling them the right answer.
  • Students can choose to reveal the answer if they don’t think they know it.
  • Provide a recommendation on whether or not the student should 1) review the material and retake the quiz – because they’ve gotten a certain percentage of the questions wrong 2) continue on with the course – because they’ve demonstrated mastery of the material, or 3) finish the quiz – because they’ve skipped questions.
  • Show related lectures imbedded within quiz questions so students can quickly and easily review the material.
    Embedded related lectures within the quiz questions so that students don’t have to leave the quiz to review the material and retry a question.
  • Removed fill-in-the-blank style questions. We’ve found that a significant proportion of students get these questions wrong due to errors in spelling or ambiguity in the way the question is phrased.

Our next step depends on what feedback we receive from our student test group. We’ll keep you updated! In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek:

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Coding Exercises

If you’re creating a course on HTML, Javascript, or CSS, be sure to add coding exercises for your students! You can learn more about the new tool here. We’ll be monitoring how the exercises impact student engagement, and we’d love to hear your feedback as well – let us know how it’s going in the Udemy Studio or the Faculty Lounge.


In the Community


In anticipation of our biggest sales event of the year, we invite all instructors – both new and published – to join us for the #BlackFriday2015 course creation challenge. The goal of the challenge? Launch a super high quality course in time for our Black Friday promotion! Not only will your course be included in the promotion, but by meeting the challenge, you could win an extra publicity boost via Udemy’s Twitter or Facebook.

Register here to join the challenge. Once you register, we’ll send you reminder emails along with valuable resources intended to help you create the best course possible! (Note that to receive the emails, you need to be subscribed to the “Udemy makes an announcement” option in your Notifications preferences).