We're back! Quick little release to set you on your feet as adoption season gets into full swing. Here's what we did:
Adoption Editor Improvements:
•Improvement: Amazon and Amazon Marketplace weren't next to each other in the price comparison widget. That might seem like a wee little worry, but once you see it you can't un-see it. So now they're right beside each other.
•Improvement: Just when you thought we were done adding options to the Adoption Editor, we snuck in Teaching Tools and Resources! These items are course-agnostic and universally available, and here's what that means: sometimes publishers have a tool that will help anyone using their content. Maybe it's an app to display digital textbooks on mobile devices, or a lecture capture platform. If you're used to apps for your phone or add-ons for your browser, this is that. Keep an eye on this section; you'll see a red number count up as publishers add resources for you here.
•Improvement: We've added faculty names to the section drop-down! Because as it turns out students tend to remember their classes as "that Bio class that Dr. Tro teaches," not "FALL 2017 BIO 212 SECTION 003353B." Who would have thought? Anyway, if Hero has an instructor's last name available, it will display it in the drop-down, like this:
•The OER search in the Adoption Editor was working great, unless you had the Cost Wizard set to an unlimited price. And now you can do that thing. Go nuts. Find OER. Be happy.
•Internet Explorer, the Hufflepuff of the web browsers, needed a little extra love from our developers before Hero would perform like we all know it can. If you use Internet Explorer on your campus, you'll be way happier today than you were yesterday.
•Improvement: Way back in July we created the semi-auto adoption push for Hero, which means: adopt the book, research the book in Title Research, and then when you're ready, finalize the adoption to shoot it over to your POS. This process keeps the bookstore's hand on the buzzer at all times.
Turns out, some of you are comfortable skipping the whole Title Research part of the process, either because your point-of-sale platform has Title Research built into it (and you'd rather research titles there), or because you like to live on the wild side. That's fine. With this release, you can set it so that as soon as a user saves an adoption in the Adoption Editor, the adoption pushes straight to your POS. No Title Research, no Finalize Confirmed Sections. Just an adoption sync.
•New Feature: Several clients asked if they could include a link to Hero right on their Registration page. That way, before a student registers for a class, she can click a link and drop right into Hero to look at what books are adopted and how much they might cost her.
So, that's what we did! You can construct these links for any course in your active terms, and the student doesn't need to be logged in to Hero or toggle any toggles or anything. Once they click that link, they'll see their booklist.
Shazam! That's the release. If you have questions about any of this, or if you're intrigued by the many features that invite you to contact us, reach out to your Customer Success Manager or drop us an email in Sidewalk Support. We'll get you taken care of.