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

 

Available after the 29th of June 2018

 

Features

 

Brightspace Mobile Platform – Removing App Support for Android 4.4 | Removed

For security reasons, as of June 30, 2018, Brightspace will no longer support TLS 1.0, which is used on devices running Android OS 4.4 and below. Google does not have plans to update TLS version on these devices to include support for higher versions of TLS. As a result, D2L native apps running on Android 4.4 devices will not be able to connect to Brightspace Learning Environment after June 30, 2018.
This change in support impacts mobile apps, including Binder, Pulse and Assignment Grader.

 

Copy Course Components – Date Offset | New

When instructors copy the content of one course to another, old course dates are also copied over. This feature enables instructors to offset those old dates to dates relative to the new semester. This feature also eliminates the burden of tweaking delivery and due dates for their learners. When instructors copy course components in bulk, they can enable the offset to occur to the items copied into the course by days or hours.

Figure: Review and Manage Dates is available after copying components from another course or by accessing the Copy components History

Figure: Dates can be offset using the Bulk Offset Dates

 

Grades – Linked discussion threads are now available | New

When assessing a discussion post in the Assess Post pop-up, an instructor can now see a link to the original discussion post. This allows instructors to see more information about why the user posted that reply, or what other learners replied to their post. Previously, there was no hyperlink, and instructors had to open Discussions and manually find the information.

Figure: The Access Topic pop-up now includes a hyperlink to the full discussion post you are grading

 

Groups and Sections – Interface improvements on Enroll Users page | New

Fixed headers and wider columns now appear on the Enroll Users page in Groups. This change helps users easily view and scroll through large numbers of groups and sections. 

This feature is not supported in Internet Explorer 11 or Microsoft Edge web browsers. The Enroll Users page retains its previous interface in these browsers.

Figure: Headers remain onscreen when scrolling through the list of learners on the Enrol Users page

 

HTML Editor – Emoticons available | New

Emoticons are now available across Brightspace Learning Environment in the HTML Editor. Use them to express feelings or mood in announcements, instructions, discussion posts, and anywhere else the HTML Editor is available.

Figure: Emoticons are available at the drop down insert icon, at the right of the “Insert Quicklink” icon

Figure: Available Emoticons

 

Rubrics – Control rubric visibility for learners | New

This release introduces the ability to control rubric visibility for learners. This is useful for preventing learners from using preview rubrics as answer keys for activities. For example, an instructor can now describe assessment expectations in assignment instructions, hiding the associated preview rubric. Once the assignment is graded, the instructor releases the graded rubric as part of the learner’s assessment details.
Instructors can set the visibility of individual rubrics. Creating or editing a rubric includes the following new options: Rubric is always visible to learners, Rubric is hidden until feedback published, and Rubric is never visible to learners.

To indicate rubric visibility to instructors, rubrics that are hidden until feedback is published or rubrics that are never visible now display an indicator in the Rubrics section of the associated activity. Visible rubrics do not display an indicator.

This feature implements PIE item D629 and D2623.

Figure: Rubric visibility options in a rubric

Figure: Rubric visibility in a Quiz

 

Rubrics – Improvements to rubric feedback for learners | New

To provide learners with more detailed feedback on activities and apply a consistent look and feel to rubric feedback, this release includes the following improvements:

  • Rubric feedback now has a consistent appearance across tools in Brightspace Learning Environment, including responsive display on desktops and mobile devices. The grading criteria that a learner achieves in an activity is highlighted in the rubric. Also, the Overall Score row is removed and replaced by a Total row for the entire rubric.
  • Rubric feedback for assignments now appears at the top of the Assignment Feedback page.
  • Assignments now include detailed overall feedback, rubric feedback, and score in the Content tool. Previously, assignments only included overall feedback and score in the Content tool and Assignment Feedback page.
  • The Discussions and Content tools now include overall feedback, detailed rubric feedback, and score. Feedback displays to learners as soon as instructors save rubric and overall feedback assessment. Previously, discussions only included score.
  • Feedback for quiz submissions is now viewed by clicking the new View Feedback link under the Feedback column. Previously, quiz submissions included a text bubble icon that linked to quiz feedback.

Figure: Graded rubric for an assignment showing achieved criteria, instructor feedback, and score

Figure: A discussion showing instructor feedback, score, and link to the graded rubric

Figure: The View Feedback link for quiz submissions

 

Rubrics – New interface for previewing rubric definitions | New

This release introduces a new interface for instructors and learners to preview rubric definitions. Rubrics are used to evaluate an activity or item based on a predefined set of criteria. They help ensure that activities and items are evaluated fairly and consistently.

The new interface includes the following changes:

  • Rubric definition previews open in a pop-up window or are embedded in the assessment view (such as an assignment or discussion)
  • Each rubric definition preview accommodates current rubric types (6 levels and 10 criteria)
  • Rubric definition previews maintain a consistent appearance across tools in Brightspace Learning Environment, including responsive display on desktops and mobile devices
  • Overall Score row is removed and replaced by a Total row for the entire rubric
  • Rubric criteria groups display as mini-rubrics

Figure: Rubric preview embedded in the Assignment tool

 

Figure: Holistic rubric in the new Rubric definition interface

 

Fixed Issues

 

HTML Editor – indent lists to create sub-lists

Previously, in the HTML Editor, you might have observed that you could not indent lists to create sub-lists. Now, in the HTML Editor, you can create indent lists, as expected.
Fixed in Brightspace Learning Environment 10.8.2.

 

Quizzes – navigation between questions crash in Internet Explorer 11

Previously, in Quizzes while using Internet Explorer 11, when learners took a quiz and navigated between questions, they might have experienced browser crashes caused by a memory leak.

Now, in Quizzes while using Internet Explorer 11, when learners take a quiz and navigate between questions, performance improvements have been made to avoid a memory leak allowing for more functionality in Internet Explorer 11. Learners may still experience performance issues within Internet Explorer 11 when taking and navigating through large quizzes that contain many pages.

Fixed in Brightspace Learning Environment 10.8.2.

Available on the 1st of August 2018

 

Features

 

Rubrics – Display graded rubric feedback In Gradebook | New

For a consistent and simplified user experience, learners can now view their graded rubric feedback in Gradebook for discussions, assignments, and quizzes.

Learners can view their completed rubric (including the selected levels and instructor feedback) in the following tools:

  • Gradebook (new)
  • Discussions (new)
  • Assignments
  • Quizzes
  • Content (classic Content experience), where the activity is included (Assessment section)

For instructors, this change impacts how they use rubrics with activities. They can assess discussions, assignments or quizzes from the corresponding tool, and the completed rubric displays in its entirety in Gradebook (if the activity has a linked grade).
This feature implements PIE item D112, D2629, D2617, and D1316.

A note in the Grade Editing page indicating that while the grade item has a rubric, it cannot also be associated with an online activity

 

With these changes, D2L recommends the following new best practices:

  • If you previously associated a copy of a rubric directly with a grade and filled out (or copied) your assessment of the rubric in the Grades tool, you should follow this new workflow: rubrics should only be associated with the activity (not the grade) and assessed in the activity (discussion, assignment, quiz). The rubric automatically displays in Gradebook.
  • If you previously did not use rubrics in Discussions due to the inability to display rubric feedback to learners, you can now start using rubrics in Discussions. Learners can now see the completed rubric in Discussions, as well as in the Content tool, where a Discussion is included. If a discussion has an associated grade, learners can view it in Gradebook.
  • You should only associate a rubric with the activity being assessed. With this change, grade items that have rubrics directly associated with them can no longer be linked to activities. However, activities with associated rubrics can be linked to grade items.
  • Grade items that are considered independent and intended to grade offline or observational activities can continue to use rubrics. However, they cannot be associated with activities.

For detailed information on how this change impacts existing courses and additional rubric scenarios, visit Displaying Rubric Feedback In Gradebook (Community blog post).

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