Release Notes

April 2022 (Version 20.22.4)

D2L Brightspace Insights – Quiz filter and contextual help added to Assessment Quality Dashboard | Updated

This feature builds on the Assessment Quality Dashboard updates released in Brightspace Platform 20.22.3/March 2022 with two more usability improvements:

  • A new search input in the Quiz Details area where users can enter the name of a quiz to filter the dashboard results. Filtering the dashboard to quizzes with the same name allows users to compare multiple occurrences of the same quiz to see how the statistics vary.
  • Hover text added to the "!" icons to provide context to users about when to act on flagged quizzes and questions.

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Figure: The updated Assessment Quality Dashboard with the Search by Quiz Name box highlighted.

 

Group/Section Management – Asynchronous Group Creation | New

This feature moves group creation and enrollment to background task, minimizing risk of timeouts when creating large numbers of groups requiring enrollments.

When instructors create and save a new group category, the Groups tool displays the category and prompts instructors that their group or groups are being created in the background; further, it indicates that the instructor will be notified once the groups are created. The instructor who created the group receives a subscription alert in the minibar that indicates that the groups for their courses have been created.

While this is in process, the Brightspace UI indicates that "Group creation is in progress". While processing, users are unable to make changes to groups or enrollments.

To facilitate these changes, and the potential for allowing clients to make much larger numbers of groups in a category, this feature introduces pagination to the Groups tool, that limits each page to a maximum of 200 groups. In addition, the header row for the category has been moved to above the grid and the Delete and Email options are added to the Category dropdown menu.

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Figure: The updated Groups page with the 'Group Creation in Progress' message highlighted.

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Figure: The updated Groups page with the Category dropdown menu and the Delete and Email options highlighted


March 2022 (Version 20.22.3)

D2L Brightspace Insights — Additional features added to the new Assessment Quality Dashboard

This release introduces several improvements to the Assessment Quality Dashboard:

  • New Flagged Question card added to the Summary area. When a user clicks this card, it filters the Quiz Details table and displays a "flagged questions" status indicator at the top of the page to indicate that this filter is in place. The Flagged Question card can be turned on and off in Settings. Flagged questions are those that are outside the set threshold for acceptable values in their statistics.
  • New Flagged Quiz Items column added to the Quiz Details table.
  • New "!" icon added next to quiz items that have one or more flagged questions.
  • New In Question Pool column added to the Quiz Item Analysis table to indicate if the item is part of a question pool.
  • Ability to link out to the Quiz edit page from the Quiz Item Analysis added to quickly take action.


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Figure: Assessment Quality Dashboard with Flagged Question card.

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Figure: Settings page for Assessment Quality Dashboard with checkbox to turn the Flagged Question card on and off.

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Figure: Quiz Details table with Flagged Quiz Items column.

D2L Brightspace Learning Environment — Improved layout of show/hide interface

To improve consistency across the platform, this release features a stylistic upgrade to the layout of the show/hide interface. This does not affect usability or change interactions; in addition, all accessibility interactions remain unchanged.

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Figure: The updated show/hide interface.

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Figure: The show/hide interface before this release.

 

Content — Media Library added to Classic Content Experience

This feature adds the Media Library to the Classic Content Experience, which is accessible by navigating to Existing Activities > Media Library.

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Figure: The Media Library option in the Existing Activities dropdown menu of the Classic Content Experience.

For more information about the Media Library functionality, refer to Evolving The Audio-Video Experience in D2L Brightspace Community.

Content - Workflow improvements to creating media topics

When creating a new video or audio topic in Content, instructors no longer must wait for the uploaded media file to finish processing to continue creating the topic. While the media file remains unavailable during processing, instructors can navigate away from the upload page to work on other content creation tasks. If another user attempts to access the media file in the topic before processing is complete, a message prompts them to wait for the media file to become available. When processing is complete (or the uploaded media file is invalid or corrupted), a notification displays from Update alerts on the navbar, with a link to the organization home page. Previously, instructors had to wait for a media file to complete processing before they could continue creating the topic. Also, a lack of status information about the media file processing caused some instructors to upload media files multiple times, believing that the processing had completed or failed.

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Figure: Video file processing messages from Update alerts on the navbar


January 2022 (Version 20.22.1)

D2L Brightspace Learning Environment – Improved editing features in Audio-Video Editor | New

This feature introduces new capabilities to the Audio-Video editor for files uploaded to the Content Service. Users can now edit video timelines, create chapters, and add captions to their videos. D2L Brightspace recommends using the desktop experience when editing audio-video files. 

Editing timelines allows users to skip unwanted sections of a video recording.

Chapter titles can be used to create a Table of Contents for videos to allow quick navigation to specific sections.

Captions can be uploaded from a .vtt or .srt file or automatically generated to make videos accessible to all users.

Videos can be edited from course content or by using the Edit > Advanced Editing option in the Admin Tools menu. 

No permission changes are required for this feature.  

In Content/Lessons, the editor features are only available for newly uploaded audio-video files and do not apply to files that were uploaded prior to this feature being introduced. 

D2L Brightspace Learning Environment – Improved viewing features in Audio-Video player | New

To improve the functionality of the Audio-Video player in D2L Brightspace Learning Environment, multi-bitrate streaming, and search functionality are now available. 

Multi-bitrate streaming allows high-definition videos to be played at standard definition to reduce the bandwidth necessary for users to watch videos. 

The new search functionality allows users to locate key words in video captions and quickly navigate to those sections.

Calendar – Improvements to Date and Time Selection Web Components | Updated

Building upon the Calendar – Improvements To Date And Time Selection Web Components | Updated feature released in Brightspace Platform March 2021/20.21.3 Release Notes, this release updates the date and time picker in D2L Brightspace Learning Environment to include the following usability changes:

  • The Set to Today button is renamed to Today. The Today button continues to set the date and the time based on the context. For example, choosing Today for an End Date sets the current date and sets the time to 11:59 PM.
  • Added a Now button that sets the current date and time. The Today and Now buttons only appear when a date and time are required. When only a date is required, only the Today button appears and functions the same as the Now button.
  • The TodayNow, and Clear buttons are center-aligned in the date and time picker.

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Figure: The new date and time picker in D2L Brightspace Learning Environment

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Figure: The previous date and time picker in D2L Brightspace Learning Environment

Discussions – Scoring Rubric drop-down for evaluations | New

To make the Discussion evaluation consistent with the Assignments evaluation, this feature adds the Grading Rubric drop-down to the sidebar menu. This allows the instructor to choose a grading rubric when evaluating a discussion. 

If a normal topic assessment with Points/Custom Points-based rubric is selected, this rubric is the one whose score transfers to the Overall Grade field. The score transfer does not occur if Allow assessment of individual posts or a Text rubric is selected.

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Figure: The new Discussions evaluation with the Grading Rubric drop-down.

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Figure: The previous Discussions evaluation without the Grading Rubric drop-down. 


December 2021 (Version 20.21.12)

Assignments – New assignment creation experience universally enabled

This feature sets the new assignment creation experience to ON by default. This will mean that the classic assignment experience will no longer be available.

Details of the New assignment creation experience can be found in the Assignments – The new assignment creation experience | Updated (January 2021/20.21.1); the differences between classic to new assignment creation experiences can be found here.

 

D2L Brightspace Learning Environment – Support for surname prefixes during sort function | Updated

In some countries, including the Netherlands, Belgium and Sri Lanka, surnames have one or more prefixes (known in Dutch as Tussenvoegsel) that are part of the formal last name. For example, van der Speigle or Van Gogh. In some cases, the sortable last name should not include those prefixes.

It is now possible to indicate if a user's Legal Last Name differs from the Sortable Last Name. If clients include a Sortable Last Name, the D2L Brightspace Learning Environment uses the Sortable Last Name in when alphabetizing user lists.

The following tools currently support the Sortable Last Name:

  • Classlist
  • Grades
  • Quizzes
  • Assignments
  • Discussions
  • Manage Exemptions
  • Content - Completion Summary

Additional tools will be added to this list in future releases. 

To add a sortable last name to a user's information, do one of the following:
In the Users tool, in User Information, add a Sortable Last Name.
In the D2L Brightspace API, add a sortable last name for the appropriate user.

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Figure: The Sortable Last Name field on the User Information screen

 

D2L Brightspace Learning Environment – Alerts in the minibar persist for 90 days | Updated

With this release, when you click on the Message alerts, Subscription alerts, or Update alerts icons in the minibar, you can retrieve alerts from the last 90 days. Previously, all alerts disappeared after 7 days.

The way these alerts display to users has not changed: when you click one of the icons, the 5 most recent alerts appear in the dropdown. When you click Load More, 5 more alerts appear.

 

Content – Updated count and overdue badges | New

In the Classic Content tool for instructors and learners, the count and overdue badges in the Table of Contents now reflect an updated appearance that is consistent with the New Content Experience and other D2L Brightspace tools. The new count badge is circular (for single digits) or a capsule (for double-digits), with a grey background, and with higher contrast text. In addition, the overdue badge is now circular (for single digits) or a capsule (for double-digits). Previously, the count badge was rectangular, with a white background, and grey text/outline. The overdue badge was rectangular and red.

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Figure: The new count and overdue badges in the Classic Content tool

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Figure: The old count and overdue badges in the Classic Content tool

 

Discussions – Consolidated dates ON by default | Updated

With the final change to the workflow in December 2021 / 20.21.12, the discussion date consolidation is now ON by default for all clients, and cannot be turned off. 
Note: All date overrides are cleared when the default changes to ON.
For more information, see the Changes To Availability And Locking Dates For A Consolidated Dates Workflow blog post.
Once the new workflow is enabled, the following changes are visible to instructors when creating or editing discussion forums and topics:

Note: These changes also affect the Classic Content and Manage Dates tools.

  • From the Restrictions tab, the previous Locking Options are now consolidated with the Availability Start Date and End Date options and display as the following new options:  
    • Visible with access restricted before/after start/end. The topic/forum is visible to learners before/after the start/end date, but they cannot access it. Previously, Classic Content was the only tool to make discussions visible without access. 
    • Visible with submission restricted before/after start/end. The topic/forum is visible to learners before/after the start/end date and they can access it, but they cannot post new threads or replies. This effectively makes a discussion read-only. Previously, this was accomplished with the lock option or unlock dates.  
    • Hidden before/after start/end. The topic/forum is hidden from learners until the start/end date. This is a new feature. Calendar events for Availability Starts and Availability Ends are hidden until the start/end date. Notifications are also not sent until the start/end date. Previously, the hidden status of a discussion topic was decided by the tool displaying the topic. 
  • From the Restrictions tab, the Display in Calendar option is now consolidated with the Availability Start Date and End Date options, which adds the start date and end dates to the calendar. Previously, the tool decided which calendar event should be added to the calendar. With this change, calendar events for availability dates may change and additional events for Availability Start Dates may be added. 
  • Calendar events for unlocked dates are now hidden from learners.  
  • Where Discussions and User Progress may have previously hidden a topic or forum when outside of availability dates, those tools now may show them as visible, but inaccessible. 
  • From Discussion Settings, instructors can now set the default visibility and access behavior for new discussion forums and topics. The defaults can be set at an organization level. 
     

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Figure: The new consolidated options for visibility and posting restrictions in the Restrictions tab

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Figure: The new default options for visibility and posting restrictions in the Discussions Settings

 

Discussions – Consistent evaluation experience | Updated

This feature is a continuation of the Discussions - New Discussion Evaluation Experience | Updated feature introduced in September 2021/20.21.9. This feature sets the evaluation experience to ON by default. 

 

Email – Address Book changes to To/Cc/Bcc options | Updated

This feature changes the Email tool's workflow when selecting an email recipient in the To, CC, and/or Bcc fields. Each of these fields in the Compose window are now links that, when clicked, launch an Address Book dialog to select recipients from. Once a user or users are selected, they are added to the respective field.

Each of the three fields (To, CC, and Bcc) have their own separate links.

This feature also affects the Intelligent Agents tool; when users create a new Intelligent Agent, they can select the Send an Email option. Users then click the Address Book button next to each To, CC, and/or Bcc fields to choose the recipient(s). In effect, the changes made to email above are also reflected in the Intelligent Agents tool. 

Under the previous workflow, users would have to select Address Book, select a recipient or recipients from the list by clicking the checkbox, and then selecting the Add Recipients button. The existing Address Book button remains unchanged; users can continue to use the old workflow.

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Figure: The layout of Compose Email window prior to this feature, where the user must select a field (To, CC, or Bcc), select a recipient or recipients from the list by clicking the checkbox, and then click the Add Recipients button.

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Figure: The layout of Compose Email window with this feature, where the user adds the recipients directly to the desired field (To, CC, or Bcc).

 

Quizzes – Improved language terms | New

To offer more intuitive and consistent terminology to instructors and learners when using Quizzes, many interface labels and dialogs now use more descriptive language. For example, Automatic Grade is now Automatically Publish Evaluation. Previously, many interface labels and dialogs used short terms that did not provide clear meaning for some users.

For a detailed list of all language term updates in Quizzes, see the Quiz Language Updates blog post.
 

 


November 2021 (Version 20.21.11)

D2L Brightspace Editor – Additional support for drag/drop and copy/paste images | Updated

Expanding further on the D2L Brightspace Editor – Drag/drop and copy/paste images | Updated feature released in October 2021, additional tools and editors now support the drag/drop and copy/paste functionality, including:

  • Quizzes > Feedback
  • Grades > Feedback
  • Grades > Comments
  • Discussions > Feedback
     

This functionality is now available in user-specific areas that may contain images with learner-sensitive information. As a result, these images are stored in the database rather than the Manage Files area of a course offering. In addition, the Course Copy function does not include these images.


October 2021 (Version 20.21.10)

D2L Brightspace Editor – Drag/drop and copy/paste images | Updated

The drag/drop and copy/paste functionality of images is now available in the following areas that contain no user-specific data.

  • Content Module/Topic Descriptions
  • Quiz/Survey/Self-Assessment - Description, Header. Footer
  • Grades - Description
  • Content Course Overview descriptions
  • Discussion Forum/Topic descriptions

 

Note: Similar to current functionality, image files added to these areas are saved in the root of the Manage Files area of the organization unit the user is currently in.


September 2021 (Version 20.21.9)

Assignments – Create select box grade items in the New Assignment Creation Experience | New

With this release, the new assignment creation experience supports creating new select box grade items. Previously, only numeric grade items could be created from the new assignment creation experience.

In addition, this feature provides support for choosing a grade scheme when creating numeric or select box grade items. Grade categories now progressively display when creating a grade item. Previously, grade categories always displayed when available.

Also, to make interface text more clear, the following labels have been renamed in the new assignment creation experience:
•    Score out of is now Grade out of
•    In Grades is now In Gradebook
•    Choose in Grades is now Edit or Link to Existing
•    Remove from Grades is now Not in Gradebook

When creating a new assignment as an instructor, under Grade Out Of, click Ungraded.

Click In Gradebook, and then select Edit or Link to Existing.

From the Edit or Link to Existing dialog, the following options may display under Create a new grade item:
•    If the Grades tool has available grade categories, the Choose Grade Category option displays. Clicking this button displays available grade categories for association. 
•    If the Grades tool has multiple grades schemes, the Change Grade Type & Scheme option displays. Clicking this button displays available grade types and schemes for association. 

Click OK, and then Save.

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Figure: In Gradebook options when creating a new assignment

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Figure: Edit or Link to Existing options when creating a new assignment

Assignments - Delete Submitted Files permission | New

This feature releases the new Delete Submitted Files permission, which determines whether or not you can delete an assignment submission file.

This new permission is turned on by default for existing roles with the See and Manage Assignment Submission Folders and View Submitted Files permissions and it is turned off for all other roles.

When the Delete Submitted Files permission is turned off, the Delete functionality for bulk actions on the Assignments > Submissions tab and the context menu of each submitted file no longer appears. On the Assignments > Users tab, the Delete functionality for bulk actions and the icon to delete individual submission files no longer appears.

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Figure: The Assignments > Submissions tab and the assignment submission context menu with the Delete functionality before this update

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Figure: The Assignments > Users tab with the Delete functionality for bulk actions and the icon to delete individual submission files before this update

Rubrics - Additional information on Grade tiles | Updated

When a rubric is collapsed, instructors can now see if the rubric is complete. If the rubric is complete, the collapsed rubric shows the overall level of the rubric, and if the rubric is not complete, the number of unscored criteria appears on the tile. 

Previously, it was only possible to see the overall score of the rubric when the rubric was expanded. 

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Figure: Previous Experience collapsed tile for unscored rubrics (points-based and text-only rubrics)

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Figure: New Experience collapsed tile for partially scored points-based rubric

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Figure: Previous experience collapsed tile for partially scored text-only rubrics

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Figure: New Experience collapsed tile for completed rubrics (points-based and text-only rubrics)

Rubrics – D2L Brightspace Editor Additional Functionality | Updated

This feature updates the D2L Brightspace Editor – Additional Functionality | Updated 
•    The D2L Brightspace Editor toolbar now appears in the rubrics creation and edit experience in description and feedback fields. 
•    The Insert Stuff and Insert Quicklink buttons now appear in the different views with additional formatting options.  


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Figure: The D2L Brightspace Editor in the Rubrics Description field 

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Figure: The D2L Brightspace Editor in the Rubrics Feedback field 

Rubrics - Copy and delete criteria groups | Updated

In response to client feedback about the New Assignment Evaluation Experience, it is now possible to copy or delete a criteria group on a rubric. The delete option is only available if there is more than one criteria group.
Note: When a rubric with attached assessment items has submissions evaluated against it, the rubric is locked and can no longer be edited or deleted.  

After you click Copy Criteria Group, a new criteria group appears below the original criteria group. 

If you are using keyboard-only navigation, these options are available in the tab order after the criteria group name. Once the criteria group is copied using keyboard navigation, the keyboard focus moves to the new group's name.

Note: Aligned learning outcomes are not copied when you copy a criteria group. Specific details of the evaluation criterion should be updated and re-aligned with specific learning outcomes which apply to the new criterion elements in the criteria group. 

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Figure: The Copy and Delete options are available in the action menu on the Criteria Group header. 
 


August 2021 (Version 20.21.8)

D2L Brightspace Editor – Available as the default editor

This release sets the new D2L Brightspace Editor as the default editor across D2L Brightspace Learning Environment.

D2L Brightspace Editor HTML options include: Bold, Italic, Underline, Strike-through, Superscript, Subscript, Font Color, Bulleted Lists, Numbered Lists, Increase/Decrease Indentation, Insert Stuff, Insert Quicklink, and Emoji. Insert Stuff now includes various capabilities, including Video Note functionality.

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Figure: The updated D2L Brightspace editor

Discussions - Consistent evaluation experience | New

This feature updates the user evaluation experience when assessing a topic or an individual learner, allowing instructors to better review and evaluate discussion contributions. The evaluation interface for Discussions has a similar layout as the Assignments - Consistent evaluation experience. 

This new experience involves a new page layout, with evaluation tools and the post being evaluated displaying side-by-side. Assessment workflows have not changed.

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Figure: New evaluation experience for Discussions, with posts and evaluation tools displayed side-by-side.

Discussions – Improvements to visibility and posting restrictions | New

A new workflow that makes it easier for instructors to set visibility and posting restrictions for discussion forums and topics. More specifically, this change simplifies date management for discussion activities, offering a more consistent, simplified, and consolidated experience for instructors. 

The following changes are visible to instructors when creating or editing discussion forums and topics:

  • From the Restrictions tab, the previous Locking Options are now consolidated with the Availability Start Date and End Date options and display as the following new options:  
    • Visible with access restricted before/after start/end. The topic/forum is visible to learners before/after the start/end date, but they cannot access it. Previously, Classic Content was the only tool to make discussions visible without access. 
    • Visible with submission restricted before/after start/end. The topic/forum is visible to learners before/after the start/end date and they can access it, but they cannot post new threads or replies. This effectively makes a discussion read-only. Previously, this was accomplished with the lock option or unlock dates.  
    • Hidden before/after start/end. The topic/forum is hidden from learners until the start/end date. This is a new feature. Calendar events for Availability Starts and Availability Ends are hidden until the start/end date. Notifications are also not sent until the start/end date. Previously, the hidden status of a discussion topic was decided by the tool displaying the topic. 
  • From the Restrictions tab, the Display in Calendar option is now consolidated with the Availability Start Date and End Date options, which adds the start date and end dates to the calendar. Previously, the tool decided which calendar event should be added to the calendar. With this change, calendar events for availability dates may change and additional events for Availability Start Dates may be added. 
  • Calendar events for unlocked dates are now hidden from learners.  
  • Where Discussions and User Progress may have previously hidden a topic or forum when outside of availability dates, those tools now may show them as visible, but inaccessible. 
  • From Discussion Settings, instructors can now set the default visibility and access behavior for new discussion forums and topics. The defaults can be set at an organization level. 


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Figure: The new consolidated options for visibility and posting restrictions in the Restrictions tab

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Figure: The previous options for visibility and posting restrictions in the Restrictions tab

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Figure: The new default options for visibility and posting restrictions in the Discussions Settings

Rubrics – Inline grading improvements | Updated

There have been improvements to the ease of use of the inline grading experience, including changes to ensure grading experience parity for screen reader users. Previously, screen reader users were unable to grade or review tasks due to missing information. In addition, the updates now include the following: 

  • The interaction of the arrow buttons at either end of the evaluation slider now indicate a hover state compared to a focus state. If there is no level under the hover pointer, the level area is empty. 
    Rubric
    Figure: If the hover pointer is on a level, the name, description, and score appear in the level information area below the slider. 
  • Keyboard navigation of the slider evaluation levels identify the focus and indicate the criterion you are viewing. When the keyboard focus is on a level, you can press the arrow keys at the beginning and end of the slider or use the left and right arrow keys on the keyboard to move the focus within a scale. In grading mode, moving the focus to a level directly selects the level. You can also press Enter to select or unselect a level. In preview mode, the selected level does not change when you review other levels’ information. 
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     Figure: The focused level is highlighted inside the slider segment.  
  • Keyboard navigation of the slider evaluation levels more clearly identify the focus and level you have selected in grading mode. You can use the right or left arrow key at the beginning and end of the slider to move the focus within a scale. Press Enter or use the left and right arrow keys on the keyboard to select and deselect the level.  
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     Figure: When the level is selected, a larger box outlines the slider level, and a checkmark appears in the level 
  • The level name and description of an evaluation level appear below the evaluation slider in the selected state, and the selection indicator appears on the slider at the chosen level.
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     Figure: When a level is selected, the level name and description appear, along with the selection indicator 
  • When the rubric has been graded, the level information area displays the selected level’s information by default, unless other levels are in hover state in grading mode, or in hover or focus state in reviewing mode.
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    Figure: When a non-selected level is in hover state, the name, description, and score appear in the level information area below the slider. 
  •  When you move the selection block to a different level, there is now an animation to smoothly transition to the new level. 

Rubrics - Overall Score now appears in Mobile View and the New Assignment and Discussion Evaluation Experiences | Updated

When an instructor using the New Assignment Evaluation Experience opens a rubric in a new window, the Overall Score displays for each rubric, and the instructor can override the level if necessary. Previously, if an instructor did not open a new window, rather, they viewed the rubrics inline in the New Assignment Evaluation Experience tool, the Overall Score did not appear, and the instructor could not override the level. As a result, text-only rubrics could not be assessed because the Overall Score was not available.  

Now, instructors using Mobile view can evaluate text-only rubrics for assignments (using the New Assignment Evaluation Experience) and can evaluate text-only rubrics for discussions (using the New Discussions Assignments Evaluation Experience) as expected. 

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Figure: The Overall Score in Mobile and New Assignment Evaluation Experience views


July 2021 (Version 20.21.7)

Assignments – Add categories in the New Assignment Creation Experience | New

This feature builds on the Assignments – Brightspace Editor in the new Assignment Creation Experience | New feature that was released in April 2021/20.21.4. 

The new assignment creation experience supports the alignment of assignments to categories.  Instructors can add new or existing assignment categories when creating or editing a new assignment.

Figure: The new assignment creation experience with the ability to align assignments to categories 
Figure: The new assignment creation experience with the ability to align assignments to categories

D2L Brightspace Platform – New D2L Brightspace External Resource icon | Updated 

To differentiate from the similar generic download icon, the external resource icon is now changing to a building block icon. This new icon better represents the building block approach of external resource functionality.

The new external resource functionality icon 
Figure: The new external resource functionality icon

Grades – Add categories for text, calculated, and formula grade items | New

This feature enables you to better organize your grade book by adding categories to text, calculated, and formula grade items. This improved organization does not impact the calculation of the category these grade items are in. The totals in these categories do not contribute to the final grade. You can import, export, and copy category values for these grade item types. 

Quizzes – Quiz Introduction field | Removed

To reduce redundancy in the Quizzes tool, the Introduction field is being phased out. In this release, when an instructor creates and/or edits a quiz, the Introduction field is no longer available. 

If any quiz previously had text in the Introduction field, on clicking Edit, the text is automatically appended to the Description field. A message appears indicating that these two fields have been merged. Instructors can review the modified quiz description prior to saving the quiz. 

Note: In some interfaces, for example Classic content, the Instructions field is displayed. This Instructions field already maps to the quiz Description field. Hence, there is no change to this workflow. 

Figure: The Edit Quiz page with the message that appears when you edit a quiz containing an introduction 
Figure: The Edit Quiz page with the message that appears when you edit a quiz containing an introduction

Note: Check the visibility of the Description field prior to saving the quiz. 

When importing a course using Import/Export/Copy Components, text in the quiz Introduction field automatically appends to the quiz Description field. The export and copy workflows remain unchanged. 

When viewing a quiz topic in the Classic Content tool, the text in the Introduction field now appears under the Instructions header. 

Figure: A view of a quiz in the Classic Content tool - text in the Introduction field will appear under the Instructors header 
Figure: A view of a quiz in the Classic Content tool - text in the Introduction field will appear under the Instructors header

Quizzes – Relocation of the Reports Setup functionality | New 

The Report Setup tab on the Edit Quiz page is now available on the context menu of a quiz and reads as Setup Reports. 

The Reports option available on the quiz context menu is also updated and reads as View Reports.

Figure: The New Quiz page with the Reports Setup tab before the update 
Figure: The New Quiz page with the Reports Setup tab before the update 
 
Figure: The Quiz context menu before the update 
Figure: The Quiz context menu before the update 
 
Figure: The updated quiz context menu with the Setup Reports and View Reports options 
Figure: The updated quiz context menu with the Setup Reports and View Reports options

Quizzes - Set grace period time to 0 minutes | New 

When setting an enforced time limit for a quiz, instructors can now set the grace period for a quiz to 0 minutes, in place of the default grace period setting of 5 minutes. Entering a 0 minute grace period flags the quiz attempt as exceeded immediately when the quiz time limit is reached by the learner. Quiz attempt logs display when the learner attempt exceeds the regular time limit, grace period time limit or any extended time limit. Grace period of 0 minutes can be set for quizzes with special access restrictions as well.   

Note that setting a grace period can support learner accessibility requirements and other situations, such as slow internet connections when completing quizzes. 

Enter 0 in the Grace Period field that appears with the Enforced Time Limit option for a quiz 
Figure: Enter 0 in the Grace Period field that appears with the Enforced Time Limit option for a quiz 

Quizzes - Status and workflow changes for quizzes with ungraded questions | New 

To support instructors who need to manually score questions within quizzes, the following quiz status and quiz grading workflow updates are available:  

  • For quizzes that contain questions that need to be manually scored (such as Written Response questions) AND that have the "Allow attempt to be set as graded immediately upon completion" option disabled, a new Pending Evaluation status appears beside the quiz attempt on the Grade Quiz page.
  • While evaluating a quiz attempt with unevaluated questions, the instructor can now select Pending evaluations in the Question View drop-down menu to filter for only the questions that require manual evaluation. 
  • Instructors can now filter the Users tab by status. The available filters are: Published, Saved as draft, Pending evaluation and an empty status. The empty status denotes a quiz with auto-scored questions, where all questions are evaluated and there is no question evaluation pending. 

The updated quiz status filters appear 
Figure: The updated quiz status filters appear on the Attempts tab