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Brightspace October (10.8.6) update

This list does not contain all of the Features and Fixed Issues released with 10.8.6 version. It’s a selection of relevant updates meant for Teachers, Learning Developers, and Instructional Designers.

Available after the 25th of October 2018

Features

  • Assignments – Anonymized learner names | New
  • Assignments – New assignment types | New
  • Quizzes – Auto-save during quiz taking | New
  • Quizzes – Removal of Rubrics | Updated

 

Available after the second semester

Features

  • Rubrics – Improvements to features and workflows in the rubrics grading experience in Assignments | New

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Brightspace September (10.8.5) update

This list does not contain all of the Features and Fixed Issues released with 10.8.5 version. It’s a selection of relevant updates meant for Teachers, Learning Developers and Instructional Designers.

Available after the 27th of September 2018

Features

  • Discussions – Create groups and section threads in existing topics | New
  • Grades – Add grade release date to Grade Event Log | Updated
  • Groups and Sections – Differentiate between similar learner names in groups and sections | New
  • HTML Editor – Add quicklinks to content modules, submodules and course overview | New
  • HTML Editor – Chemistry equation writing and Handwriting functions available in the equation editor | New
  • Release Conditions – Released final grade score condition type | New

Integrations

  • Video Assignments and Virtual Classrooms by YouSeeU – Interface and workflow improvements | Updated

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Brightspace August (10.8.4) update

This list does not contain all of the Features and Fixed Issues released with 10.8.4 version. It’s a selection of relevant updates meant for Teachers, Learning Developers and Instructional Designers.

Available after the 23rd of August 2018

Features

  • Grades – Reorder grade items | Updated
  • Quizzes – Dynamic preview available in question pools | New
  • Rubrics – Improvements to rubric feedback for learners | Updated

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Brightspace July (10.8.3) update

This list does not contain all of the Features and Fixed Issues released with 10.8.3 version. It’s a selection of relevant updates meant for Teachers, Learning Developers and Instructional Designers.

Available after the 26th of July 2018

Features

  • Assignments – New Text Submission type and workflow | New
  • Improved widget style for homepages | Updated

Fixed issues

  • Groups – deleting a group when a user is enrolled in the group but is unenrolled from the course
  • Course Import – courses names between 100 and 150 characters are now retained, as expected, and not truncated

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Brightspace June (10.8.2) update

This list does not contain all of the Features and Fixed Issues released with 10.8.2 version. It’s a selection of relevant updates meant for Teachers, Learning Developers and Instructional Designers.

Available after the 29th of June 2018

Features

  • Brightspace Mobile Platform – Removing App Support for Android 4.4 | Removed
  • Copy Course Components – Date Offset | New
  • Grades – Linked discussion threads are now available | New
  • Groups and Sections – Interface improvements on Enroll Users page | New
  • HTML Editor – Emoticons available | New
  • Rubrics – Control rubric visibility for learners | New
  • Rubrics – Improvements to rubric feedback for learners | New
  • Rubrics – New interface for previewing rubric definitions | New

Fixed issues

  • HTML Editor – indent lists to create sub-lists
  • Quizzes – navigation between questions crash in Internet Explorer 11

 

Only available after the 1st of August 2018

Features

  • Rubrics – Display graded rubric feedback In Gradebook | New

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Using Brightspace to improve retention in online and blended courses

Several studies have shown that withdrawal rates are 10 to 40% higher in online courses compared with traditional face to face (f2f) with successful course completion (passing grade) being lower.

The academic field of study matters. Science and math courses are more negatively impacted than other disciplines, especially lower-level Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) courses, with the highest levels of non-completion and withdrawal rates.

This affects both the student and the institution, and the benefits from online courses may not be enough to offset the costs due to course non-completion or failure.

So, what can be done to improve retention in online and blended courses and how can Brightspace help?

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