As many of you know, we’ve had a long-standing issue of ghost words in community-created courses. When an item was missing a translation or an entire line or level was blank, the system would fail to launch Learn New Words.
To resolve this issue, we’ve done two things:
It is now not possible to create a ‘ghost word’. When adding items to a course, both the ‘test with’ and ‘prompt with’ items must be entered before the creator clicks +.
All previous ghost words have now been removed to allow courses to launch properly, but don’t worry, the removed words will still be stored in your Database tab and can be moved over to a level once they are complete.
So a few thousand image based tests have been removed from my own created course due to this. Is there any quick way of adding these all back into their previous levels or will I need to do this manually? Will I also lose all learning progress for these words?
Wasn’t there a “Save” button before? Why would you replace a clear caption with a plus-symbol? Why even “+”, it should be a save-icon, a “+” is really considered to be used to create a new item and start editing it, no software that I know of ever used it to finish editing a new record.
And why is the button on the left - in the western world, we’re all reading from top to bottom, left to right!
IMHO all of those are fundamental concepts in software ergonomics.
How do you even find ghost words? There’s nothing that would help a course creator/editor to locate possibly faulty items or am I missing something…?
Yes, so within my course I have three columns: Question (text), Answer (text) & Image.
On some levels within the course I prompt on Question and test on Answer which is fine and I haven’t lost any of these even though the image column is blank for them.
However, on some other levels I prompt on Image and test on Answer, for these entries I had left the Question column blank because it was not applicable and all of these have now been removed. This is despite the level they were part of being set to the correct ‘Prompt on’ and ‘Test on’, nothing was blank in the relevant columns.
So now I need to into my course database and add something in the Question column for all of these images tests (of which there are 1000s) and then manually add them back into the correct levels.
Everything was fine until about 10 days ago when I couldn’t add new words or sentences. Didn’t think much of it, went about my business. Today I tried again, and it’s the same problem. I try to add new material by pressing Enter as well as the little + sign but nothing happens.
The previous posters mention size, that maybe 3000 words (my course is almost there) is a lot, but I doubt that since there are courses with over 5000 words.