May 2019 Release

Assignments, Discussions, Grades, Portfolio, Quizzes, Rubrics, User Progress

Assignments – Annotate in full screen | Updated

When annotating submissions in Assignments, instructors can now toggle to a full screen view. This allows for more screen space to display learner submissions and insert annotations, while removing unnecessary navigation menus.

Assignments – Opt-out of Annotations | Updated

If Annotations are enabled for a specific course, instructors can now determine if they want to use the annotation tools when assessing submissions for a specific assignment. Previously, if you had Annotations enabled in a course, all assignments displayed the annotation tools with no option to disable them. The new option allows instructors to easily opt-out of using the annotation tools, without the need to request a configuration change from their administrators.

Discussions – Save feedback in draft state | Updated

This feature provides instructors the option to save feedback on assessments in draft state prior to publishing it to learners. Now when instructors add feedback to assessments, the Save Draftand Publish buttons display.

Note: The Save Draft button does not appear when a discussion topic is only associated with a rubric.

Grades – Transfer rubric score to grade item score | Updated

This feature sets the default value of the d2l.Tools.System.Features.GradingExperienceconfiguration variable to Automatic transfer of rubric score to Grade Item. As a result, rubric scores are transferred to the grade item score by default. All organization overrides are removed and this configuration variable is inaccessible to organization administrators.

The Rubric evaluation page is visible to instructors if a rubric is associated to a grade item, and the grade item is not associated with an activity such as an Assignment, Discussion, etc. When an instructor saves changes made on the Rubric evaluation page, the rubric score is transferred to the learner’s grade item score automatically and instructors no longer have to manually transfer the rubric score to a learner’s grade item score.

Portfolio – Accessibility improvements and updates | Updated

To improve the customer experience for users who are using Portfolio with screen readers and to improve accessibility features overall, there are several changes to Portfolio:

  • The Back button is more easily discoverable, and screen readers are now able to focus on the button.
  • The Menu dialog box is more easily discoverable and can now be used with keyboard-only navigation.
  • When files are being uploaded, there is now improved feedback to indicate progress.
  • Page titles now update as a user navigates the Portfolio top, folder, and evidence level pages.
  • Screen readers can now navigate between evidence tiles, even if the evidence has no title.

Quizzes – Full-screen quiz evaluation | Updated

Now instructors can evaluate quiz attempts in full-screen mode. This update enhances an instructor’s quiz evaluation experience.

Rubrics – Rubrics Grading Experience available for group Assignments and Discussions | New

The Rubrics Grading Experience available for assignments and discussions is now available for group Assignments and group Discussions. When a rubric assessment is in draft state, the assessment is not viewable by members of a given group. Once the assessment is published, all group members can view the rubric assessment. Previously, the new Rubrics Grading Experience was only available for regular Assignments and Discussions.

In addition, when a non-file submission assignment is connected to a grade item in the gradebook, the assessment symbol on the Grade All screen launches the assignment assessment experience.

User Progress – Consistent tracking of Content progress across the Brightspace platform | Updated

Previously, different tools and features within Brightspace Learning Environment used different logic for determining user progress through Content topics. Now, the logic has been consolidated so that it is calculated in the same way across the platform.
Content must meet three criteria to be included in the user progress:

  • The learner must have access to the content
  • The content must be marked with a completion method of Required Automatic or Required Manual
  • The content is not exempt

When content does not meet these conditions, the topics are not included in the calculation of the learner’s progress.