I am excited that you invested time in adding more features to the periods course format before our spring semester will begin. I like the ideas that you packed into this course format:
- the default period helps to set up a course pretty fast;
- the override feature makes the periods course format very flexible, i.e., when I change one period, all other periods will follow. This is also useful for a future restore. Changing the beginning of the course will automatically change all periods;
- thanks for adding peak view which allows a user to see ahead.
I selected the periods' course format in a 15-weeks web-enhanced course that I will be teaching this spring in a classroom setting Tuesdays and Thursdays. I set the default period duration to 2 days. For every Thursday I enabled and set the "Override period duration" to 5 days. This worked great with one exception. Something went wrong with the calculation of the first override (not the default period) in March. Although the "Override period duration" was set to 5 days, the dates in the summary header indicated an "Override period duration" of 4 days. This happened only once. So I changed the override period duration to 6 days instead of 5 and everything was fine. My guess is that the calculation for the leap year may have caused this.
An observation or suggestion for improvement:
A kind of tool tip for instructors (e.g., hovering over the section name will show the actual dates for the period) while using section names (e.g., Topic 1 - Introduction) would be the icing on the cake. At the moment an instructor has to open the topic summary, check "Use default section name,” save and see whether the dates for the period are okay. Then, he opens the topic summary again, unchecks the "Use default section name," adds the title for this section and saves it.
Thanks again for providing such a useful course format - just in time.
With kind regards,