Harmonize - A Better Discussion for Canvas

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Release Notes

August, 2017

Use the media navigation arrows to quickly view next and previous media files. Also try out the new curved line tool for annotating images.

New Features in Harmonize

Use the New Media Navigation Arrows to Quickly Review Post Media

When a post contains multiple media files, teachers and students can now easily review all the files by clicking the previous and next arrows to navigate through the images and media. Also while annotating images, teachers can now publish annotations and proceed to the next media file all in one click.

Annotate with the Curved Line Tool

With the new curved line tool teachers can now create curved lines with optional arrowheads when annotating images.

For more information or if you have questions, contact harmonize-support@42lines.net

June, 2017

New tools for annotating images including freehand, line, arrow, rectangle, ellipse, undo, and redo

New Tools for Annotating Images in Harmonize

Provide Clear, Informative Feedback to Students About Their Work Using the New Tools for Image Annotation

With the image annotation tools there is no need to waste time trying to interpret feedback by switching back and forth between images and notes. The annotation tools allow teachers to quickly markup images while viewing them. Students are then notified and can easily review instructor markup and feedback added to the images.

The new tools for annotating images include freehand, line, arrow, rectangle, ellipse, undo, and redo.

Freehand

Draw on the image in any way you like. Adjust the color, weight, and opacity of the stroke. You can also move or rotate your markup.

Line & Arrow

Place straight lines with optional arrowheads at either or both ends. Adjust the color, weight and opacity of the line. Move, resize, and rotation are all available.

Rectangle & Ellipse

Draw rectangles and ellipses to highlight important areas and to illustrate feedback. You can control the color and opacity of added fill effects as well as the color, weight, and opacity of the stroke. Move, resize, and rotation are available and you can constrain the shape to a perfect circle/square using the shift key.

Undo & Redo

Revert and recover changes to make annotating images and fixing annotation mistakes even easier. Undo and redo allow changes to be made during your sessions. Shortcut keys are also available: Undo - command/control + z, Redo - command/control + y (pc) or command/control + shift + z (mac)

'Embed from Web' Displays the Image, Title, & Source for the Page You Embed

Within your post or comment, the Embed from Web feature will now display the image, title, and source for the url you embed. This will work for any page that supports the Open Graph protocol.

For more information or if you have questions, contact harmonize-support@42lines.net

May, 2017

Shortcut keys for annotating images and new image zoom and full screen features for students

New Features in Harmonize

Students Can View Images in Full Screen

Students can now view images and image notes in full screen for easier viewing and fewer distractions.

Students Can Zoom to See Image Details

Students can now zoom to easily see the details of an image in a post. Icons are located above the image to zoom in or zoom out , or the dropdown can be used to jump to a certain image size. When zoomed in, students can use the pan tool to view a different part of the image.

Use Shortcut Keys to Annotate Images Quickly and Easily

While annotating images, you can switch between tools and perform actions using the keyboard shortcuts. To view a tool's shortcut key, hover over the tool in the menu. To view all the shortcut keys and actions available for annotating images, click the info icon in the tool bar. Below is a list of the actions and tools currently available:

For more information or if you have questions, contact harmonize-support@42lines.net

March 9th, 2017

New Features for Viewing Images and Printing Discussions

New Features in Harmonize

View Image Notes in Full Screen

View images full screen while using the annotation tool for easier viewing and fewer distractions.

Zoom In to View Image Details

Use the magnifying glass to zoom in and easily see the details of an image while using the annotation tool. To switch between zoom in and zoom out click the icons above the image, or use the dropdown to jump to a certain image size. When zoomed in, you can use the pan tool to view a different part of the image.

Comment with Quotes

By clicking Comment with Quotes teachers can now quickly copy and callout an area of the original post to provide contextual feedback to their students. The quote is then included in the comment along with the teacher's feedback.

Customize Image Thumbnail Sizes

Improve the look of your posts by customizing the image thumbnail size. Select small, medium, or large for thumbnails sizes depending on how many images you have and how you would like them to display.

Easily Print Topics & Posts

Quickly print topics and threads using the new print icon at the top of the discussion. All of the expanded posts and comments will be included in the print out. You can print to PDF or print directly to your printer. (NOTE: Printing to PDF functionality is based on the browser and device)

For more information or if you have questions, contact harmonize-support@42lines.net

February 16th, 2017

New features in Harmonize for video processing, editing & deleting multiple callouts at once, and more.

New Features in Harmonize

Save Time Composing Your Video Posts

Students and teachers can now upload videos and continue composing their post while their video is transcoded in the background. This allows users to not have to wait for large video files to process before continuing their post.

Quickly Edit & Delete Multiple Callouts at Once

The annotation tool has been updated to include Select and Delete All tools. The Select tool allows users to select multiple callouts to move or change their color all at once. The Delete All tool allows users to delete all of their callouts at once.

Updated Navigation Options

New navigation items have been added to the topic page. Return to All Topics returns the user back to the list of topics. Back to Top scrolls the user back to the top of the topic page.

Bug Fixes

The issue with accessing Harmonize using the Safari browser has been resolved in this release.

For more information or if you have questions, contact harmonize-support@42lines.net

September 27th, 2016

New Annotation feature in Harmonize for annotating and commenting on student images.

Harmonize's New Annotation Feature

Using Harmonize you can annotate assignment and discussion images

The new annotation tool can be used to annotate assignment and discussion images within Harmonize. It allows teachers to add comments and callouts to students’ images to provide intuitive contextual feedback and enhance interaction and student engagement.

If there is more than one teacher in a section, each teacher can create their own set of notes. Once the notes are published, students are notified by a new count on the post and image.

Adding Callouts to Images

With the new annotation tool, teachers can use callout points paired with comments to annotate student images. Teachers can add as many pins and comments as they want to each image.

Adding Comments to Images

Teachers can also easily add written comments as well as upload or record audio and video comments directly to an image for students to view.

Try the New Annotation Feature

To try the new Annotation feature, log in and go to a Harmonize assignment or discussion. Within a post, find an image or upload your own image. Then click on the thumbnail to enlarge the image and see the annotation options. Click within the image to add a callout pin. Use the comments area below to add text, audio, and video comments.

For more information or if you have questions, contact harmonize-support@42lines.net

September 1st, 2016

Explore the new look and feel, grade assignments with Speed Grader, create non-assignment topics, and embed non-assignment topics within the module flow.

New Features

Explore the new look and feel
Explore the new look and feel

Harmonize has a new, more modern, appearance for easier use. All functions are still available, but they may be in slightly different places on the screen.

Teachers can use Speed Grader to grade Harmonize assignments
Teachers can use Speed Grader to grade Harmonize assignments

All student posts, participation and engagement metrics are available within Speed Grader to inform teacher grading.

Teachers and Course Designers can also create non-assignment topics in Harmonize
Teachers and Course Designers can also create non-assignment topics in Harmonize

In addition to using Harmonize for graded assignments, teachers can now create rich Harmonize discussions for any topic, even if it will not be used for an assignment. More Info (pdf)

Teachers and Course Designers can embed non-assignment topics into Canvas modules
Teachers and Course Designers can embed non-assignment topics into Canvas modules

While always available via the Harmonize menu, now non-assignment topics can also be included in the flow of individual modules. More Info (pdf)

Keep up to date on new features and information: twitter.com/harmonize42