It's new! It's all new! There's so much to note and notice here. It might be easier to show you a few pictures. Check it out:
Student-facing comments have their own little pop-out; videos, files and links have a prominently displayed button; and the little text telling you whether an item was Required, Optional or Recommended is now orange (Orange is the new black.).
Hero still shows the same information to faculty and students, though. It's just as transparent as ever.
In the Adoption Editor, we've given Digital Negotiation its own icon, colored the buttons, placed historical search second in line, and updated the text for anyone who clicks that "Learn More" link.
Throughout Hero you'll see fresh, engaging colors. But the data and functionality are both the same. Here's a picture of the new Stats Page.
Finally, we've reorganized the menu at the top of your page. Now everything you need is in one place.
Reports and Data Sorts
•This might be a little thing, but it makes your day better: when you first land on the Courses page, Hero now defaults to the primary term that you've set in your Control Dates. If you don't have a primary term set, then Hero will show the closest term to the current date that hasn't ended (This, by the way, is just another reason to set your Control Dates correctly for the terms you have in Hero!).
•Last release, Hero acquired the ability to mark adoptions as Recommended (as well as Required and Optional). This time, we've ensured that Recommended shows up in any report where you'd want to see it.
•NEW FEATURE: We've very excited to welcome eBay to our list of Vendors! It's part of our ongoing goal to drive students (and affiliate commission revenue!) right to your store. If that seems like a weird idea (why would we post your competitors' prices on your website?) then we have an answer we think you'll like, right here. By default, the eBay vendor is on; if you'd like to remove it for some reason, just head to your Vendors page.
•Improvement: While we're talking about the price comparison widget, you'll notice what you might think is a new one, but isn't: CourseSmart is now called VitalSource. Same vendor, same prices, new logo. Enjoy!
•Improvement: Last thing about price comparison: instead of displaying price ranges for a given book, Hero now displays the lowest price (e.g. "From $5.99."). This seemed cleaner to us, and easier to skim through.
•NEW FEATURE: You asked; we added: Hero now has a Section Management page to allow you to mark multiple sections as "No Text Required." If your institution has many sections that usually don't have any materials required, and if you're the one who usually has to note that section by section, then you're going to like this page a lot. Here's what it looks like:
•Improvement: If faculty readopt content, more likely than not they'd like any comments they typed up to be re-adopted as well. Nobody wants to type "The 4th Edition is fine too" for the rest of their careers. So Hero will take care of that for you. Any readopted comments can be removed or edited of course.
•Faculty users weren't able to Create Custom Items in the Adoption Editor, because of a couple pricing things that are unique to a faculty user's workflow. That's all fixed now; create away!
•Hero's predictive search in the Adoption Editor is rabidly interested in getting you some search results. We've reigned it in a bit. Instead of guessing what you could possibly be searching for when you type your first letter, Hero will now let you get most of the way through the word you're typing before it gives you results. Turns out it guesses really well after you type "bio" but not quite as well when you just type the letter "b."
•Another little thing that you Admin users might like: by default, when an Admin logs in to Hero she'll now default to the Department Summary page rather than the Courses page. Most Admins seem to head that way initially anyway, seems like.
•And speaking of the Department Summary page: if you click a course link on that page, Hero will now bring you to the Courses page with part of the drop down menus already filled in for you, getting you quickly where you need to go.
•If you look at the Change History for a given section, it makes more sense to list that in reverse chronological order. So we've flipped it. The most recent edits to a section will be on top for your perusal. The older stuff is still there; just scroll down!
Sound like fun? Great! If you have any questions, reach out to your Customer Success Manager or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll get you sorted!