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What's New

This page serves as a resource for a glance at some recent changes or updates (largely for Brightspace) that apply to faculty. Each item has a topic listing and a brief description. You may follow the link to review the tutorial for more detail and context. 

September 2021


Evaluating with Rubrics

Rubrics are embedded directly in the New Evaluation Experience for Assignments and Discussions. This means you can directly access the rubric and use the inline grading tools without leaving the work area. Many recent improvements have been added as well.

See the full tutorial for Rubrics to learn more.

August 2021


Brightspace Community

If you are new you might not know D2L has created the Brightspace Community new window to support users of our LMS. Everyone is encouraged to join. These resources can be found at community.brightspace.com new window. There you will find:

Instructors and administrators may view content, but you are invited to join the Community for deeper access. Members may contribute to discussion posts, suggest improvements, and take advantage of training opportunities.

New Assignment Evaluation Experience

The new evaluation experience for Assignments brings consistency to evaluating in Brightspace Learning Environment for all assessable tools. This will have the same look and feel as the New Assignment Creation Experience as well. All of these features are now default and on in Brightspace.

For a more detailed explanation, see the full New Assignment Evaluation Experience tutorial (same frame).

BrightSpace HTML Editor

The new editor is the default option for all tools. This move keeps the editor largely the same for simplicity's sake, but there are changes going forward. The Check Accessibility, HTML Source Editor, Preview, and Toggle Full Screen functionalities have now been placed in the top bar. The editor also has an improved color picker, improved keyboard navigation, advanced table options (all WCAG compliant), word count, drag and drop images, improved mobile user experience, and a full set of Emojis. To review all of the options and changes see the full New HTML Editor tutorial (same frame).

Old toolbar items, check accessibility, spell check, edit HTML, and Preview moved to top bar.

New Attachments Toolbar

Brightspace has a new attachments toolbar containing icons for Upload File, QuickLink, Web Link, Google Drive, OneDrive, Record Audio, and Record Video. Look for the expanded choices in Assignments, Discussions, Assessments, and more.

new attachments toolbar containing icons for Upload File, QuickLink, Web Link, Google Drive, OneDrive, Record Audio, and Record Video.

June 2021


Supported Browsers

Brightspace works well with several browsers. Brightspace no longer supports any version of Microsoft Edge Legacy. You will receive a warning message if you use this browser. Microsoft Edge Chromium version is supported. You may view the full browser tutorial (same frame) to learn more.

May 2021


New Assignment Creation Experience

Presently, when you create an assignment in Brightspace, this dialog box will appear. (The first time you encounter it.) The New Assignment Experience is turned on by default. You may Leave it on or Turn it off.

You may toggle between the choices by locating the arrow menu as shown here. *Please note, the New Assignment Experience will be the only choice starting August 2021.

For a more detailed explanation, see the full New Assignment Creation Experience tutorial (same frame).

April 2021


New HTML Editor

D2L has released a new HTML editor in Brightspace. This is a rolling change to some of the toolsets now. These changes start with the New Assignment Creation Experience (same frame) and the New Evaluation Experience (new window). The editor is currently an opt-in function. You may use the new editor now or use the classic editor until December 2021. The New Editor will be added to Quiz Builder and Activity Feed in the coming weeks.

 Old toolbar set from classic view highlighted with an arrow pointing to the new tool bar.

The Check Accessibility, HTML Source Editor, Preview, and Toggle Full Screen functionalities have now been placed in the top bar. The editor also has an improved color picker, improved keyboard navigation, advanced table options (all WCAG compliant), word count, drag and drop images, improved mobile user experience, and a full set of Emojis. To review all of the options and changes see the full New HTML Editor tutorial (same frame).

March 2021


Retake Missed Questions

With the Retake Incorrect Questions enabled, students may take advantage of this new option to retake their incorrectly answered questions from previous quiz attempts. This may be an extremely useful feature for low-stakes testing opportunities. Instructors can modify the attempts allowed and the grade calculation (Highest/Lowest/First/Last/Average aggregation functions). Look for this feature under the Assessments tab of Quizzes.

See the full tutorial for Retake Missed Questions (same frame)

February 2021


Activity Feed

Use Activity Feed to create a central place for users to engage and stay up-to-date on what's happening in a course. This is similar to Announcements, but Activity Feed is more like a social media feed where the instructor can share information in a two-way conversation format with students.

For a more detailed explanation, see the full Activity Feed tutorial (same frame) or watch a short video (YouTube).


New Assignment Creation Experience

The New Assignment Creation Experience has a similar look and feel as Quiz Builder (same frame). The page view becomes the hub of most common features accessible within 1 to 2 clicks. Please notice the layout is subdivided into panels.

For a more detailed explanation, see the full New Assignment Experience tutorial (same frame).


TN eCampus has added Blackboard Ally to your courses to support instructors and students. Ally works seamlessly in Brightspace and automatically checks for gaps in accessibility compliance, but it doesn't stop there. Students may choose accessible Alternative Formats such as audio from text files, text from scanned files, and electronic braille to name a few.

Sample course files and Ally icons highlighted. Sample file examples expanded in open window: PDF, HTML, ePub, Braille, Audio, and BeeLine Reader.

As the course instructor, you can help students by pointing out this new feature. Just let students know they can use this resource anytime by choosing the download icon and the alternate file format of their choice. Students have an Ally tutorial (same frame) in Knowledge Books. You may also share a brief video, Blackboard Ally for Students (new window).

November 2020


Course Content Statistics (same frame) can display the total number of users, the number of users who visited course content, and the average time users spent viewing content. You can view overall course content statistics, specific statistics for individual topics, and user statistics in one location. Course statistics can display the following:

Content tab is expanded to review modules and pages in a list view. Columns for Available to, User Visited, and Ave Time Spent highlighted.

October 2020


Brightspace Pulse App (same frame): Your course can be Pulse "friendly" by setting due dates under the Restrictions tab for assignments and discussions. This tutorial has a brief video as well.

Quick Eval (same frame): Quick Eval is a new tool in 2020 to help instructors quickly access student products for assessment. You may access Quick Eval from the NavBar, but it has also been added to Course Admin.

 

Quiz Builder (same frame): Quiz Builder brings a new look and feel for creating quizzes. Tools and features are handy in a panel you can show or hide. You can even change your mind if want another question type after you have started a question.

Ready to begin adding quiz content? Arrows pointing to Add or Import.

September 2020


Getting Started with ProctorU (same frame): You may have used ProctorU previously. It is back in our lineup of proctoring tools. PU has made some changes. Take a look at this tutorial for an update.

Captioning Video in YouTube (new window): This is not a new tutorial, but it has been updated to reflect some changes in YouTube's processes.

May 2020


Getting Started Widget (same frame): The Getting Started Widget is a customization in Brightspace to communicate with students the first time they log into the course. When students log into the course, the widget will open automatically to reveal the pages of the Getting Started content folder. Students may dismiss the widget after viewing the pages.

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