What's New

May 2018 (version 10.8.1)

Grades - Locked Name column and header row | New

This Daylight-only feature introduces the locked Name column and header row in the following pages within Grades, so that instructors can scroll through user grades without losing the context for which and whose grades they are looking at:

  • Standard View 
  • Spreadsheet View
  • Grade Category
  • Grade Individual Item
  • Final Grades

The existing solution that repeats the Name column and header row every x columns / rows is only available on legacy web browsers (Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft Edge). The new locked Name column / header row is present on Chrome, Firefox, and Safari web browsers and is not present on Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft Edge web browsers. The locked Name column /header row will not be active when using a small screen space such as a mobile device.


Manage Dates - Improvements to the Manage Dates tool | Updated

This feature includes the following improvements to the Manage Dates tool:

  • Offset other activity dates – In addition to offsetting start, end, and due dates, instructors have the option to offset other dates associated with activities. Affected dates are: discussion topic and forum locking dates, quiz submission view dates, quiz report dates, and survey report dates.
  • Manual calendar events - Instructors can edit the start and end dates of events that were manually created and not tied to existing activities or content topics. As a result, instructors can manage all course dates from a single location.
  • Improved sorting of items to follow tool sort order - Manage Dates display activities in the order in which an instructor would see them in their respective tools.
  • Display of course start and end date - The course start date and end date appears at the top of the Manage Dates page and acts as a reference for instructors when operating on the dates of the various activities. If instructors have the Manage Courses > Change Start and End Dates permission, they can launch a dialog box and then edit the dates.
  • The Tool column on the Manage Dates page has been removed - You can use the Typecolumn to sort the Manage Dates page based on the tool-specific order.
  • New links to the Manage Dates page - The new Review and Manage Dates button appears at the end of copy course components, course import, and course import advanced.

April 2018 (version 10.8.0)

Brightspace Daylight Experience - Visual indicators of role switch and user impersonation states on the navbar | New

Users who switch roles or impersonate other users can see a visual indicator of the role and/or impersonation state on the navbar. Having a visual reminder ensures that users do not make changes or perform tasks erroneously while signed into another role or navigating as a different user.


Users can see the name of the person they impersonate and the role they switch to

Figure: Users can see the name of the person they impersonate and the role they switch to

Discussions - Grading discussions | Updated

This feature updates the discussions grading experience for instructors. Now, when an instructor is grading a discussion, the Assess Topic dialog box opens as a pop-up window regardless of the dialog box option the instructor had set under Account Settings. As a result, the instructor can move the Assess Topic dialog box to another screen and continue reading discussions or navigating through a learner's discussions on a different screen without closing the Assess Topic dialog box.

Grades - Adding feedback in bulk | New

This feature enables instructors to add generic feedback on learners' grades in bulk. Instructors can use replacement strings to personalize their feedback. Instructors can also sort the Feedback column in the Gradebook and quickly determine which learners require feedback.

This feature implements PIE item D3953.

Add feedback in bulk

Figure: Add feedback in bulk

Options to sort the Feedback column in the Gradebook

Figure: Options to sort the Feedback column in the Gradebook

Groups and Sections – Create sub-groups from sections and group | New

Users can now create sub-groups, based on Section or Group enrollment, within the Groups tool. When creating a new Group category, the Restrict Enrollments To option allows the user to restrict Group enrollment by course sections and all course-level groups. Users can only apply one enrollment restriction, and when selected populates the Group Prefix area with a relevant title.
The feature introduces the d2l.tools.groups.RestrictCrossSectionGroups variable, which affects who can view sub-groups. Users can reverse this variable setting, and turn the variable on and off within a course.
Additionally, the RestrictedbyOrgUnitId API allows users to create groups out of users within a specific section or group though the API.

This feature implements PIE items D1282, D472, and D3830.

The Restrict Enrollments To option as it appears when creating a new Group category

Figure: The Restrict Enrollments To option as it appears when creating a new Group category

Manage Dates - Improvements to the Manage Dates tool | Updated

This feature includes the following improvements to the Manage Dates tool:
Dates display for the following activities:
- Quiz submission view names and dates
- Quiz report names and dates
- Topic unlock dates
- Forum unlock dates
- Checklists
- Surveys
The Status column on the Manage Dates page now reads as Visibility Status.
The Status options have been updated from HiddenLimited, and Visible to HiddenVisibleVisible with conditions, and Hidden. Conditions are inactive.
The following objects have been renamed:
- Grade Object reads as Grade Item or Grade Category
- Module reads as Content Module
- Topic reads as Content Topic
The Discussion Forum icon has been changed to reflect that it is a container of other things.
The Grade Category icon has been changed to reflect that it is a container of other things.
Dates in the DueStart, and End columns are clickable and instructors can launch the Edit dialog box to make any changes.
From the Manage Dates page, instructors can now edit, offset, and bulk offset the start, end, and display in calendar options for surveys.

Updated Manage Dates page

Figure: Updated Manage Dates page


March 2018 (version 10.7.11)

Manage Dates – Manage due dates | Updated

Instructors can now edit due dates in the Manage Dates tool.
Due Dates are available for Content topics, Assignments, and Quizzes. A Due Date filter is available under ‘advanced filtering’. Due dates can be edited on an individual basis, in bulk across multiple items, and through bulk offset.

Quizzes - New user interface for creating sections | New

This feature introduces a new, simpler user interface (UI) for creating sections in a quiz. The new UI includes a preview of the quiz section.

Figure: Creating quiz sections - old user interface
Figure: Creating quiz sections - old user interface

Figure: Creating quiz sections - new user interface with preview
Figure: Creating quiz sections - new user interface with preview

The Section Title and Section Text are now visible to learners by default. Instructors can select the check boxes beneath each field to hide the Section Title and Section Text from learners.
The Save drop-down menu also includes a Save and New option and a Save and Copy option.

The following options have been deprecated in the New Section user interface:
- Image > Add a File. You can add a file using the HTML Editor.
- Line breaks after each section name
- Display message and image
- Section feedback
- Private Comments


February 2018 (version 10.7.10)

HTML Editor – Advanced image editing | Updated

This feature updates the HTML Editor to include expanded image editing capabilities for the WYSIWYG editor where PowerPaste is enabled. Users can now edit images in place (including flipping, rotating, and adjusting brightness, sharpness, and color), edit the image description, and edit the size of the image. Users with access to Manage Files can save image edits to the Manage Files area, while users without access to Manage Files can save images as attachments. This feature implements PIE item D3975.

This update is currently exclusive to creating discussion posts, announcements, and content (excluding module descriptions).

Note: Image changes save to Manage Files, or, depending on user permissions, as new file attachments to the item (such as Discussions) every time a change is made. Multiple edits will create multiple items.

Figure: Advanced image editing screen in the HTML Editor
Figure: Advanced image editing screen in the HTML Editor

Figure: Image editing provides the ability to customize image description and sizing
Figure: Image editing provides the ability to customize image description and sizing

Figure: Manually resize the image in the image editor
Figure: Manually resize the image in the image editor

Question Library – New question import workflows | Updated

This feature adds new ways for instructors to search the Question Library when adding questions to a quiz. Using a slide in panel featuring the questions in a tree structure enables easy navigation of questions to be added to quizzes. The ability to sort questions by their source collection, question type, points value, and question text has also been added. This feature appears in new quiz upload files and the Question Library.

The Browse Question Library import window
Figure: The Browse Question Library Import window

Users can select the source of the questions to be reviewed
Figure: Users can select the source of the questions to be reviewed

Users can sort questions by type, point allotment, and title
Figure: Users can sort questions by type, point allotment, and title

Users can filter specific questions within the Question Library window
Figure: Users can filter specific questions within the Question Library window

Quicklinks – Self-Enrollment groups link | Updated

Instructors can now insert a Quicklink to self-enrolling groups. This update provides learners a direct path to sign up for their group and a new Group Self-Enrollment screen.

This feature implements PIE item D316.

Figure: The Self-Enrollment Groups option, as shown in the Insert Quicklink pop-up window
Figure: The Self-Enrollment Groups option, as shown in the Insert Quicklink pop-up window

Figure: The new Group Selection screen, from the Group Enrollment option in the Insert Quicklink pop-up window
Figure: The new Group Selection screen, from the Group Enrollment option in the Insert Quicklink pop-up window

Quizzes - Due dates available | New

To improve the consistency of dates across tools in Brightspace Learning Environment, due dates are available for quizzes. This allows instructors to better communicate when quizzes are due, and better identify when a learner submits a quiz late. This change impacts when quizzes are marked as late. A quiz is now considered late if it is submitted after the due date is reached. Previously, ‘late’ referred to attempts submitted after the time limit of an ‘enforced time limit’ quiz was exceeded. Quizzes submitted after the due date are labeled ‘submitted late’. Quizzes submitted after the time limit is reached are now labeled as ‘exceeded time limit’.


January 2018 (version 10.7.9)

Quizzes - Removal of confirmation buttons to start and submit a quiz | Updated

This feature updates the quizzing experience and now when learners click Start on the quiz instruction screen, they are taken directly to the quiz and do not have to click OK to commence the quiz.

When learners complete the quiz and click Go to Submit Quiz, they are taken to the Quiz Submission Confirmation screen where they can either submit the quiz or return to one of the quiz questions using the Quiz Info menu.


November 2017 (version 10.7.7)

Assignments - Rubric Visibility | Updated

In the Assignments tool, rubrics are now positioned at the beginning of the assessment portion for an assignment. Previously, rubrics appeared below the Learning Objectives as part of a large list of rubric links. Now, additional links have been removed and the rubrics are displayed, followed by the assignment’s learning objectives.
 
The assignment rubric is visible above the assignment learning objectives.
Figure: The assignment rubric is visible above the assignment learning objectives.
 
Rubric links are condensed down to one single link.
Figure: Rubric links are condensed down to one single link.

Grades - Expansion of grade exemptions work | Updated

This feature is an expansion of grade exemptions work that impacts the Content tool, the Calendar tool, the Course Schedule, and the Updates widget.
 
Grade exemptions work - Content tool
Figure: Grade exemptions work - Content tool
 
Grade exemptions work - Message displayed when a learner clicks on an exempted topic
Figure: Grade exemptions work - Message displayed when a learner clicks on an exempted topic
 
Exempting users from a topic - new Manage Exemptions page
Figure: Exempting users from a topic - new Manage Exemptions page


October 2017 (version 10.7.6)

Daylight  – Change Image via Image Library or Upload from banner and Course Offering Information | Updated

Users with permission to change course images can now change the course image using the Course Image Library or Upload File options via the My Courses widget actions menu and Course Image banner.


This image displays the Change Course Image option highlighted in the My Courses page
Figure: Change Course Image option in My Courses page

This image displays the Change Course Image option highlighted in the Course page
Figure: Change Course Image option in Course page


September 2017 (version 10.7.5)

Assignments - Additional attachment types available for assignment submission folders | Updated

Links and Existing Activities files can now be added to assignment submission folders as attachments. This allows instructors to easily direct learners to reference materials or other resources required to complete an assignment. When linking to an existing activity, the appropriate tool icon is displayed next to the link. The quicklink icon display beside links to those resources. All attachments display below their submission folder on the Assignment Submission Folders page for easy access. Previously only course files could be attached to assignment submission folders.


August 2017 (version 10.7.4)

Assignments - Instructors can set the visibility state for Assignment content | Updated

Instructors can now set the visibility state for draft content within assignment submission folders in Content and Assignments. When content is in a draft state, it is not visible to learners in Brightspace Learning Environment.


When instructors have set the visibility to draft, the hidden icon appears in the instructor view of the assignment

In Content, when an instructor chooses to add existing assignments as topics, the visibility state of the topic is pulled from the visibility state of the assignment. The visibility status of a topic now also reflects the visibility status of the folder in which the topic resides.


Changing state on the Edit Submission Folder page is done with the Hidden from users check box


The drop-down menu for content items offers the Hide From Users visibility state

Daylight Experience - Icons in Table of Contents | New

Previously, icons displayed in Content to help users distinguish between content file types (for example, an icon for a video topic or an icon for a discussion topic). Now, icons reflecting the Daylight look and feel are re-introduced in Content. These icons are visible in the main Table of Contents view, the Module Content view, and the Table of Contents fly-out menu when viewing a topic or activity.


Daylight icons in Content reflecting different content file types
Figure 9: Daylight icons in Content reflecting different content file types


July 2017 (version 10.7.3)

HTML Editor - Paste from Microsoft Word | New

Currently, every time a user copies and pastes any Microsoft Word content into the HTML Editor, a pop-up window appears prompting the user to either select Remove Formatting or Keep Formatting of the pasted content.

Now, administrators can enable the new d2l.Tools.WYSIWYG.PasteFormatting configuration variable to control how formatted content from Microsoft Word is pasted into the HTML Editor in Brightspace Learning Environment. From the configuration variable, administrators can choose one of three options:

  • Prompt - to display a prompt where users can select to keep or remove formatting of the pasted content (the current default)

  • Remove Formatting

  • Keep Formatting

The default value of this configuration variable is Keep Formatting.

HTML Editor - Unsaved changes prompt | New

In the HTML Editor tool, when you make content changes and attempt to navigate away or close the browser or tab without saving your changes, a message prompts you to discard your changes or resume editing. This feature is deployed in the following locations:

  • Content > Create/edit an HTML file
  • Discussions (in reading view) > Post a discussion topic/reply to a discussion topic
  • Announcements > Create/edit announcements

Quizzes - Shuffle the order of questions | New

To discourage cheating in quizzes, instructors can now shuffle the order of all questions in quizzes or specific groups of questions (sections) in quizzes. For example, an instructor could shuffle questions 1-10 in a quiz, or shuffle questions 3-10 (grouping those questions into a section) and retain the order of questions 1-2 at the start of the quiz.

When editing a quiz in the Quizzes tool, a new option to Shuffle order of questions at the quiz level displays in the Quiz Questions section. When creating a new section to group specific questions in a quiz, a new option to Shuffle order of questions in this section is visible in the Display Options section.


The new shuffle questions option in the Quizzes tool
Figure 2: The new shuffle questions option in the Quizzes tool

Once the shuffle option is selected, a shuffle icon appears next to each affected question in the quiz.


The new shuffle icon for quiz questions
Figure 3: The new shuffle icon for quiz questions