We’ve been hard at work improving the new look and feel of WebAssign for students….so what does this mean? It means that we will begin releasing the new experience this summer in phases while ensuring student learning remains un-interrupted.
As the WebAssign development team shared in our live webinar on March 14th, we take a customer centric approach when developing new features by testing them with active users during the development phase. That means we’ve had students in several pilot courses using the new experience throughout this past spring term.
This development strategy allows us to test and monitor changes to see how they may impact system performance and the user experience, while collecting customer feedback to shape our product. The result? A significant reduction in risk during rollout to all customers and output that meets our customers’ needs.
So, what have we heard from students who’ve been using the new experience this spring?
Phase 1 – Students Can Opt-In
In June, we will release the new experience to all students using WebAssign. However, like many modern tech companies, students can now opt-in to the new WebAssign experience. Alternatively, if they are comfortable with their current experience and don’t want to change, they can stay the course. Once they decide to opt-in, they can always revert back.
Phase 2 – Students Can Opt-Out
In July, we turn the new experience on for all students. Again, if they want to go back to the old experience, they are given the option of doing so. We believe in student choice!
Why the two phases?
For two critical reasons focused on optimizing the learning experience:
More Student Improvements
In addition to enhancing the student experience in WebAssign, we are also enhancing their entire Cengage experience. Enhanced navigation is being added to all major Cengage platforms and the student dashboard, enabling students to easily access their Cengage courses and learning platforms without leaving a single point of entry.
[Note: This enhancement will roll out to students at higher education institutions in the United States and will only appear for students enrolled in a WebAssign course using content from a textbook published by Cengage.]
Summer Release Timeline
What is the Webassign New Student User Experience?
The completely new student user experience will provide students with the following:
How Will Students Be Notified They Can Switch to The New Student Experience?
Students will receive a WebAssign system notification alerting them to this option. They can also click on the ‘Switch to new interface’ option anytime in the upper right-hand corner of the homepage.
How Will Students Be Notified That They Are Now in The New Student Experience by Default?
When they access WebAssign for the first time after it goes live, they will be welcomed to the new experience while also being provided the option to continue using the old interface.
Can Students Switch to The Old Interface at Any Time?
Yes, for a limited time, students can simply choose to ‘Switch to old interface’ on their homepage.
What is Cengage Enhanced Navigation?
It is a mobile-responsive sidebar which enables students to move between their courses in platforms like WebAssign, MindTap, SAM and the Cengage student dashboard in LMS and non-LMS environments. Cengage Unlimited subscribers also get the most value out of their subscription with a quick-access menu and timely links to college success and career-readiness tutorials—and more.
This enhanced functionality will only appear for students at higher education institutions in the United States and will only appear for students enrolled in a WebAssign course using content from a textbook published by Cengage.
Where Can Students Access the Cengage Enhanced Navigation in WebAssign?
Students will only see the Cengage enhanced navigation on their WebAssign homepage and will not have access to it while working on assignments.
We hope you’re as excited as us to see and experience the new user experience enhancements. The Cengage WebAssign team is working hard to expand the fresh, modern new look and feel throughout the entire student experience in the coming months. Students will enjoy an even more engaging and intuitive learning experience, making them ever more unstoppable!
Your partners in education,
The Cengage WebAssign Team
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