2020.2.LTS Release Announcement

22nd July 2020
We hope all our clients and partners are safe and well during these uncertain times. With online education helping so many people, we've been focused on continuing to improve the building blocks that our customers rely on. We're delighted to be able to share what's new and improved in the Learnosity 2020.2.LTS release.
Our essay question types had over 36 million responses in 2019 alone. So this year we’ve made them better.
Say more with enhanced essay question types
Sometimes words just aren’t enough. We’ve expanded our math and chemistry essay question types to allow you to go beyond text with math expressions, embedded images, and advanced formatting options.
Add images to 'essay with rich text' question type
We’ve added an image upload feature to our 'essay with rich text' question type, so that authors and students can be more flexible and creative when composing questions and responses.
Clear up confusion with distractor rationale
We’ve made distractor rationale available in several fill-in-the-blank questions types so you can give students meaningful, automated feedback in more ways. 
Annotate your artistry
We’ve improved our drawing question type to make handwriting with the mouse a thing of the past. Now, you can add text to mark and label points with total clarity.
Our latest authoring release makes workflow smoother, adds a fail-safe
against incorrect auto-scoring, and gives more control over
version management as well as multiple choice questions.
Create your own workflow
We’ve made collaboration an easier, more flexible affair for authors by making workflows fully customizable. Teams can now redefine the order and phases of authoring reviews to suit their specific needs.
Work better with seamless communication
We’ve rolled our own commenting system and built it directly into the authoring interface so you can now comment on items and give feedback to colleagues hassle-free.
Prevent auto-scoring mishaps
Forgetting to add the answer to a question is no longer a problem. Initialization options can now activate a safeguard that prevents auto-scored questions being saved until the correct answers have been set.
Easier version management
Content administrators now get instant self-service control over which API versions are used in the Author Site via Learnosity Console. Let’s call this one a win-win. ;)
Preview Distractor Rationale
Preview distractor rationale
Authors can preview the student display of distractor rationale within the authoring environment. This feature is available for multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank question types.
Preview Distractor Rationale
When one answer just isn’t enough
Multiple choice questions sometimes require multiple selections. You can now ensure students aren't penalised for forgetting to select the right amount by disabling answer submissions until they have.
Our latest improvements include a more intuitive way to display class group responses and custom state data storage for adaptive engines.
An easier way to view class-wide responses
The new histogram view on our response analysis report gives teachers a more visual overview of student responses, letting them identify common pitfalls and misconceptions more quickly.
Custom state data for adaptive assessments
Building your own self-hosted adaptive engine? Use Learnosity's custom_state storage to keep your code simple. Store arbitrary scores and diagnostics information and retrieve it anytime via Data API.
Our team is passionate about solving accessibility challenges, in order to create a fully accessible experience for everyone.
VPAT: assessing product accessibility
We’re happy to announce that we now have a full Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) to help detail how our products measure up to the very highest accessibility standards.
Getting inventive with graphs
Our new chart exploration interface lets vision-impaired users navigate the data points in a graph via keyboard with the support of text-based audio feedback.
In 30 words or less: accessibility roundup
Better keyboard and screen reader interaction with math keypad, improved screen reader labels and context, more accessible 'essay with rich text' Question type, and color contrast corrections in validation UI.

What browsers does Learnosity support?

As of 22nd July 2020, we have updated our browser support matrix. An updated list of all the supported web browsers and operating systems can be found here.

What are Long Term Support (LTS) releases?

Long Term Support (LTS) versions (such as this one) are major Learnosity releases, shipping every four months. Three times a year, we will be releasing a package of unified, supported versions of our APIs.

See our documentation for more information.
Want to see more?
Watch our webinar, where our Director of Product, Michael Sharman, gives you a closer look at 2020.2.LTS.