December 2020 Product Update - Freeform Point System, Navigation Redesign, and Plans for 2021

Updated: May 20



December 2020 Product Update to Yellowdig's Virtual Classroom

The Yellowdig team has been listening to user feedback and diligently working to improve the Yellowdig Engage platform. To ensure a consistent experience for our instructors and students, we have waited until after most semesters end to release our biggest improvements.

We are very excited to tell you about all of the changes that have been released or will be very soon that our dev team has been working so hard on! Be sure to read to the end to see the big plans we have in store for Q1!

Freeform Point System for Co-Curricular Virtual Classrooms

Although we are waiting on some big releases later this month, one that you may notice available in some communities now is the Freeform Point System. The Freeform Point System enables more co-curricular and open-enrollment use cases. Take a look below for a quick walk through of this new point setting option.




Other Recent Releases:

  • Network Graph Feature to show how community member are connected. This feature helps to identify engaged and at risk students


  • Point displays in the My Participation page use cumulative point earnings and visualize points so that students don’t perceive they are “losing points” at the weekly rollover (additional pending changes to the point display are also coming once classes end)


Navigation Redesign:

Released on 12/22/20, this redesign is to make Yellowdig Engage more user friendly, to improve the look and feel of the platform, and to improve the overall user experience on Engage.


Yellowdig's New community look, showing the entire screen of an online community example

  • Context-dependent left-navigation menu that changes depending on the central content page

Yellowdig's navigation bar with nesting of sub-categories
  • Global navigation menu moved to left-hand column (across the top in mobile) and is accessible in all pages

Yellowdig's sidebar
  • Messages are now readily accessible in the global navigation menu