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

 

Features

 

Assignments – Anonymized learner names | New

To avoid unconscious bias in the grading and feedback process, instructors can now configure assignments to use anonymous learner names. When the feature is turned on, instructors can only see an anonymized learner name on the assignment submission.

 

Assignments – New assignment types | New

On paper submission and Observed in person assignment submission types are now available in Assignments. These new assignment submission types do not require users to make a file submission for them to be completed. This allows instructors to create assignments for a wide variety of activities, not just written work, and provide evaluation and feedback for these assignments.

On paper assignments are submitted directly to instructors in class, but allow evaluation and feedback to be completed in Brightspace. A presentation can also be observed in person and evaluated in Brightspace. Both new assignments can be marked as complete by learners, automatically marked as complete on their due date, or marked as complete upon evaluation by the instructor, depending on how the assignment is configured.

The properties tab interface has also been updated to simplify the work flow when creating assignments.

On paper submission and Observed in person submission types

On paper submission and Observed in person submission types

 

Marked as completed options for Observed in person assignments

Marked as completed options for Observed in person assignments

 

Marked as completed options for On paper submissions

Marked as completed options for On paper submissions

For additional details on the changes coming to Assignments, visit the blog posts on Brightspace Community: Changes coming to Assignments in Fall 2018, About Upcoming Language Term changes in Assignments, and About new Assignment submission types in 10.8.6/1810 release.

 

Quizzes – Auto-save during quiz taking | New

Learners’ quiz responses are now automatically saved during the quiz taking process. For forced response questions (such as Multiple Choice and True or False), learner responses are saved automatically when they select the radio button or checkbox. Text input questions auto-save every 10 to 15 seconds, and html-enabled questions save when the mouse cursor is clicked outside the quiz response input area. Auto-save sends save timestamps to the quizzing log, as the manual save function previously did. For quizzes with multiple pages, quiz responses automatically save upon navigating to a new quiz page. The Save all Responses and Go to Submit Quiz buttons have been removed, and are no longer visible on the quiz page. The only button now visible on the quiz page is Submit Quiz. If internet connectivity is lost during the quiz-taking process, learners can answer questions but are unable to auto-save questions or submit the quiz until the connection is restored.

This feature implements PIE items D246 and D247.

 

The auto-save function as it appears beside questions, and a simplified left navigation panel

The auto-save function as it appears beside questions, and a simplified left navigation panel

 

Quizzes – Removal of Rubrics | Updated

Instructors can no longer attach a rubric to a quiz or grade rubrics already attached to a quiz.
Any data stored in rubrics is retained.

 

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

Grading with rubrics in Assignments now offers new functions and an improved workflow and design that makes for an easier grading experience and is optimized for use on mobile devices.
New rubrics features include:

  • Rubrics that automatically save in Draft state while updates are in progress. Rubrics in Draft state are not visible to learners until rubric feedback is published, at which time learners can view their feedback from Assignments, Content, Discussions, Grades and User Progress
  • Ability to assess rubrics individually or assess all rubrics in the same grading workflow
  • Separate rubric Total and Overall Score areas. The Total is a numeric value that is automatically calculated, and the value is populated in Grades. The Overall Score indicates level of achievement and is editable by the instructor

The new rubric grading workflow does not yet apply for group assignments.

 

Please view the following blog posts for more information on the new Rubrics grading experience:

Changes Coming To Rubrics Grading Experience – Coming Fall 2018 and New Best Practices in Rubrics Grading – Coming Fall 2018

 

 

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