April 2019 Release

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Activity Feed, Assignments, Discussions, Portfolio, Rubrics

Activity Feed – Learners can create posts | New

Learners can now create Activity Feed posts on a course homepage. Previously, learners were only able to comment on posts created by their instructors. A new posting option in the Manage commenting and posting widget dialog allows instructors to enable or disable learners from posting in their course feed.

Assignments – Notification improvements | Updated

When instructors evaluate assignments and new or updated feedback is published, email instant notifications are available for learners.

Discussions -Align learning outcomes to discussion topics | New

Instructors can now align learning outcomes to discussion topics, enabling them to map discussion topic activities to a learner’s demonstration of learning outcomes in a discussion. By viewing the learning outcomes that align to discussion topics, learners can understand what they need to demonstrate in discussion topic activities.

When creating or editing a discussion topic, a new tab allows instructors to add learning outcomes.

When learners participate in a discussion activity, the learning outcomes display under the description of the discussion topic.

Discussions – Assess discussion threads against learning outcomes | New

Instructors can now assess discussion threads against learning outcomes aligned to a discussion topic. This allows instructors to easily assess learner progress against learning outcomes in Discussions. Learners can view the results of the instructor’s assessment, making it easier for them to understand their progress against a learning outcome, and locate areas for improvement.

When an instructor assesses a discussion thread, a section for measuring learning outcomes displays. Using the scale defined by an administrator, the instructor measures the learner’s achievement in each learning outcome.

After the instructor publishes the assessment of the discussion thread, the learner can navigate to the discussion topic and view the assessment.

Portfolio – Improvements | Updated

Portfolio now includes the following improvements:

  • When printing QR codes, Portfolio will honor the section filter.
  • When navigating to learner Portfolio in a list, then returning back, your previous position in Portfolio is maintained.
  • When Brightspace for Parents is not enabled, the Evidence Details sections currently named Students and Parents instead appears as Students.

Rubrics – Align learning outcomes to rubric criteria | New

Instructors can now align learning outcomes to rubric criteria, enabling them to demonstrate how assessment criteria maps to a learner’s demonstration of learning outcomes in an activity (quiz or assignment). For learners, this makes it easier to understand their progress against a learning outcome, and locate areas for improvement.

When creating or editing a rubric, a new option allows instructors to add learning outcomes to the rubric criteria. After attaching the completed rubric to an activity, the learning outcomes are visible from the rubric when learners start the activity.