16 July 2013

Monassis release 1.4 (major overhaul)

This is the first new release in about 3 months, but it's a major one that we're really excited about. In short,

  • the machine learning engine, which keeps track of how well you're doing and decides which exercises to show you next, was overhauled;
  • the dashboard shows much more information and in a more visual way than ever before; and
  • many more exercises got added.

This release of the practice service software coincides with the release of a new look on the Everything Maths and Everything Science websites. These sites do really look better than ever before, so head over there to have a look.

Major Improvement: Level of Mastery Calculation

The level of mastery is our new method for indicating how well a user is doing. Mastery is measured on a 4-star scale and getting all 4 stars in a section or chapter means that you have successfully completed it.
We had complaints from users that the system was taking too long to give them more difficult exercises. It is now more aggressive in that it will give users at least a few difficult exercises earlier on and increase their level of mastery accordingly if they get those questions right.

Major Improvement: New Dashboard

Screenshot of new Intelligent Practice dashboard
(click to zoom)
New plots and stats on the dashboard show you how well you are progressing. All progress is measured on the 4-star level of mastery scale. Users can set a goal in terms of stars and monitor their progress through the book over time.

A mini-dashboard is shown while working on exercises. The mini-dashboard shows a user's progress in the current section or chapter and also shows how many other users are currently active on the service.

Other, smaller changes include the following

  • Small question mark icons show where online help is available, to explain new features to users.
  • The dashboard now has 3-state checkboxes next to chapters, to indicate when a chapter is partially selected (i.e. some but not all of its subsections).

Minor improvements to teacher dashboard

  • Question mark icons show where online help is available, to explain what the plots show.
  • Level of mastery is shown, rather than the percentage of points correct.
  • Teachers can download PDFs of their class lists.
  • Teachers can edit their class names.

Minor improvements to browser support

We addressed some issues with browsers on older mobile phones as well as older versions of Internet Explorer (now supported: IE8+).

Happy practising!

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