Illinois State University’s learning management system is getting a tune-up. Members of the ReggieNet team will install a major software update starting Monday, March 10. The upgrade improves some behind-the-scenes issues and introduces a number of exciting new features.

The upgrade will not affect any data—text, documents, links, or grades—in classes that are currently using ReggieNet. All existing data is secure and will be unchanged. During the update process, ReggieNet users may experience a disruption in service, starting March 10 and lasting possibly until Wednesday, March 12.

“We’ve worked toward this important update for a long time,” said Claire Lamonica, director of the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology (CTLT). “It enhances ReggieNet’s functionality and stability, and it adds several new tools and features that give faculty members more flexibility.”

A major goal of the upgrade is to simplify how instructors add content to ReggieNet. A new “drag and drop” feature will make it easier for faculty to upload files to their ReggieNet course sites, including multiple files at once. A new content editor will improve how information is typed into ReggieNet and helps to address accessibility issues. With the new Movie option, instructors will be able to embed YouTube videos with only a few clicks. Other improvements will offer new options for assessing student work through ReggieNet. Finally, a major new tool, the Lesson Builder, empowers instructors to create online learning modules. These modules can be integrated with all other parts of the site, and instructors will be able to require students to complete some assignments before they can move on the next ones.

A complete list of new features is available at CTLT’s website. Updated training materials and a video tour of ReggieNet’s new features and improvements will be coming soon.

If you have questions about the ReggieNet upgrade, contact Mayuko Nakamura, CTLT’s instructional technology and media team lead.