Release Notes

November 2020 (Version 20.20.11)

Assignments - Date picker change | Updated 

This feature updates the date picker component for the new assignment creation experience. The new date picker has a more streamlined design and requires a slight workflow change: to clear a date/time, the X alongside the time field has been replaced by a Clear option inside the calendar. 
 
Instructors can find the date picker in Due Date, Start Date, and End Date fields on the Create and Edit Assignments page. 
 
Create and Edit Assignments page showing Due Date field with October 15, 2020 selected in the calendar below. Some of the calendar is cut off, and "Today" and "Cancel" buttons appear at the bottom. 
Figure: Old date picker component on the Create and Edit Assignments page. 
 
Create and Edit Assignments page showing Due Date field with October 15, 2020 selected in the calendar below. The entire month is visible, there are arrows for navigating between months, and "Set to Today" and "Clear" buttons appear at the bottom. 
Figure: New date picker component on the Create and Edit Assignments page. 

 

Content – Enhancements to course content statistics | New 

To provide instructors with additional insight about their courses, statistics in the classic Content experience now include more information. 

To view course content statistics, as an instructor, navigate to Content, and then select Table of Contents > Related Tools > View Reports

From the Reports page, the Content tab includes the following changes: 

  • The summary panel uses less vertical space, enabling instructors to view detailed information more quickly. 

  • A new Available To column that displays the number of users (from the class list) that the content is available to. This value takes into account the following: release conditions, special access (assignments and quizzes), group access (assignments and discussions), availability dates, hidden/visible state, and if the module parent is "available." 

  • For modules, the following information displays: 

    • Available To - the number of users that the module is available to.  
    • Users Visited - the number of unique users who visited one or more topics within the module. 
    • Average Time Spent - the average time spent in each topic within the module. 

From the Content tab on the Reports page, clicking a value under the Available To or Users Visited columns for a module displays a new Module details page, which includes the following information: 

  • Available - indicates if the module is available to the user. 
  • Last Visited - the last date the user visited a topic within the module. 
  • Number of Visits - the total number of visits across all topics in the module. 
  • Total Time Spent - the total time spent in each topic within the module. 
  • Average Time Spent - the average time spent in each topic within the module. 

From the Reports page, the Users tab displays a new Content Topics Available column, which includes the number of content topics available to each user.  

From the Users tab on the Reports page, clicking a user displays the following information on the User Details page: 

  • Content type and availability icons now display, ensuring consistency with the Content Statistics - By Content view. 
  • For modules, the following information displays: 
    • Available - a new column that indicates if modules and topics are available. 
    • Visits - the total number of visits across all topics in the module. 
    • Average Time Spent - the average time spent in each topic within the module. 
    • Last Visited - the last date the user visited a topic within the module. 

In addition, the Class Progress tool now displays an icon to indicate if a topic or module has release conditions associated with it for the specified user. 

New content statistics that display on the Content tab of the Reports page 
Figure: New content statistics that display on the Content tab of the Reports page 
 
The new Available column that displays on the Module details page 
Figure: The new Available column that displays on the Module details page 
 
The new Content Topics Available column that displays on the Users tab of the Reports page 
Figure: The new Content Topics Available column that displays on the Users tab of the Reports page  
 
New content statistics that display on the User Details page 
Figure: New content statistics that display on the User Details page 

 

Grades - Display total points in Manage Grades | Updated 

To improve usability of the Grades tool and reduce calculation errors, Manage Grades now includes total points for grade categories and Final Calculated Grade. Previously, there was no indicator of the total points while users were managing their grade book, and instructors were required to manually add up the points from all grade items to check if the total matched their syllabus. 
 
For weighted grade books, the total weight is displayed in addition to the total points. For formula grade books, the manually-entered max points is displayed instead of the total points. Totals do not include bonus grade items and do support grade item dropping.

 

Quiz Builder - Quiz preview | New 

Instructors can now view a preview of their quiz from Quiz Builder. Clicking the new Preview button on the Add/Edit Questions view of the quiz opens a quiz preview attempt in a new tab for a complete view of how the quiz appears to learners.  
 
The Preview button appears in the top right corner of Quiz Builder 
Figure: The Preview button appears in Quiz Builder 

 

Quizzes - Retake incorrect questions in subsequent attempts | New 

This feature introduces a new option for Quizzes Attempt settings that allows students to only retake their incorrectly answered questions from previous quiz attempts. Instructors can select this new option in the Assessment tab of a quiz. When the Retake Incorrect Questions Only check box is selected for subsequent quiz attempts, each learner only sees the questions they had previously answered incorrectly in the same order as the initial attempt (including quizzes with random sections and random questions).  

When grading a Retake Incorrect Questions Only quiz attempt, the instructor can only provide a score for the questions answered on this attempt. 
 
A learner's score for a Retake Incorrect Questions Only attempt remains at minimum, the score they had on the previous attempt. Correctly answered questions on the Retake Incorrect Questions Only attempt add to the learner's attempts score. The Quiz Overall Score is calculated using the existing Highest/Lowest/First/Last/Average aggregation functions. The "Average" aggregation function can be used to give the student partial marks for questions that were not answered correctly on the first attempt. 

The Retake Incorrect Questions Only option can be selected when setting Attempts Allowed 
Figure: The Retake Incorrect Questions Only option can be selected when setting Attempts Allowed  
 
A learner view of a Retake Incorrect Questions Only quiz attempt 
Figure: A learner view of a Retake Incorrect Questions Only quiz attempt 

 


October 2020 (Version 20.20.10)

Quick Grade - User interface improvements | New 

Quick Grade is now listed in the Course Admin page under the Assessment category. 

Quick Grade is now listed on the Course Admin page under the Assessment Category
Figure. Quick Grade is now listed on the Course Admin page under the Assessment category

 

Quiz Builder - Question import improvements | New 

This feature updates question importing options in Quiz Builder. When importing questions from Question Library, users can now use the default end of quiz location for the questions, or choose to import the questions into a section. Previously, all questions imported from the Question Library were placed at the end of the Quiz by default, with no ability to select a specific quiz section.   
 
The Import drop-down now shows the Import to Section option on the Browse Question Library screen 
Figure: The Import drop-down menu now shows the Import to Section option on the Browse Question Library screen   
 

Quizzes - Editing quizzes with previous attempts | Updated 

This feature updates the Quizzes – User experience updates for editing quizzes with attempts feature released in August 2020/20.20.8. 

Points for all past quiz attempts are no longer modified when edits are made that affect the overall points and/or the grading calculations for a quiz. In the previous release, this update extended only to quizzes with attempts started after the June 2020/20.20.6 release. Now, all previous quizzes with attempts started before Brightspace Learning Environment version 20.20.6 will display the quiz and grading calculations that appeared to the learner at the exact time they made the attempt. 

 


September 2020 (Version 20.20.09)

Assignments – Additional functionality in the new assignment creation experience | Updated 

Building on the functionality added to the new create and edit assignment experience in the August 2020/20.20.8 release, you can now do the following: 

-Add special access conditions to assignments  
The new assignment creation experience with the Special Access functionality

Figure: The new assignment creation experience with the Special Access functionality 

 

-Receive a notification email when assignments are submitted