What New with Brightspace in June 2021

Brightspace Platform June 2021/20.21.6 Release Notes

  • Brightspace Learning Environment

Attendance – Delete and restore registers | Updated

This feature complements the Attendance – Manage registers | Updated feature released in the May 2021 / 20.21.5 release.
Instructors can now restore mistakenly deleted attendance registers and associated session data. You can delete registers individually on the Attendance Registers page or in bulk.

Note: Deleted registers do not appear in the Attendance data set.

Impact of Change Technical Details
Slight impact to instructors due to the ability to restore deleted attendance registers and session data. Availability: This feature is available to all clients.

To enable: This functionality is automatically enabled for Attendance users. The existing See the Attendance tool and Manage Attendance Registers permissions must also be selected for the instructor role at the course level.

Email – Auto save outgoing messages | New

When users send email messages, these sent messages are automatically saved in the Sent Mail folder. As a result, the User Account > Email Settings > Save a copy of each outgoing message to the Sent Mail folder check box is no longer available.

Impact of Change Technical Details
Slight impact to all users due to the improved email setup. Availability: This feature is available to all clients.

To enable: This functionality is automatically enabled for all Email users.

Rubrics – Detach rubric warning for feature assignment creation experience | Updated

When an attached rubric is deleted from an evaluated assignment, if evaluations of that rubric have been performed, the user now receives a detach rubric confirmation message for the assignment. This change applies to the New Assignment Creation Experience.

Impact of Change Technical Details
Slight impact to instructors using Rubrics with the New Assignment Creation Experience. Availability: This feature is available for all clients using the New Assignment Creation Experience.

Rubrics – Reorder criterion groups | Updated

In order to increase the value of rubric criterion groups, it is now possible to reorder those criterion groups in the New Rubric Creation Experience. If more than one criterion group appears in your rubric, direction arrows appear to the left of the criterion group header to reorder the criterion groups in the rubric. If only one criterion group appears in your rubric, the direction buttons do not appear.

Impact of Change Technical Details
Slight impact to instructors using the New Rubric Creation Experience. Availability: This feature is available for all clients using the New Rubric Creation Experience.

Rubrics – Replace legacy Rubric grading in Competency Manual Assessment items with New Rubric Experience | Updated

To hasten the end of life of the legacy Rubric experience, manual assessment for competency items now display the New Rubric Experience by default. Now, when evaluating a competency manual assessment item, the New Rubric Experience displays automatically.

Impact of Change Technical Details
Slight impact to instructors using the legacy Rubric evaluation experience; they are now required to use the New Rubric Evaluation Experience. Availability: This feature is available for all clients using the New Rubric Evaluation Experience and clients using the legacy Competency tool for manual assessment.

To enable: This functionality is automatically enabled for users of the New Rubrics Evaluation Experience.

Rubrics – Replace legacy Rubric grading in ePortfolio with new Rubric experience | Updated

To hasten the end of life of the legacy Rubric Experience, ePortfolio items now display the New Rubric Experience by default. Now, when evaluating an ePortfolio item, the New Rubric Evaluation Experience appears automatically.

Impact of Change Technical Details
Slight impact to instructors using the legacy Rubric Evaluation Experience; they are now required to use the New Rubric Experience. Availability: This feature is available for all clients using the New Rubric Evaluation Experience and ePortfolio.

To enable: This functionality is automatically enabled for users of the New Rubrics Evaluation Experience and ePortfolio.

Rubrics – Replace legacy Rubric grading in Grade items with new Rubric experience | Updated

To hasten the end of life of the legacy Rubric experience, Grade items now display the New Rubric Evaluation Experience. Now, when you evaluating an indirect rubric on a grade item, the New Rubric Experience appears by default when evaluating a grade item with a direct rubric association. With this change, all grade book workflows now follow the New Rubric Experience.

Impact of Change Technical Details
Slight impact to instructors using the legacy Rubric Evaluation Experience; they are now required to use the New Rubric Experience. Availability: This feature is available for all clients using the New Rubric Evaluation Experience.

To enable: This functionality is automatically enabled for users of the New Rubrics Evaluation Experience. To turn on the updated Rubrics experience, ensure the d2l.Tools.Rubrics.CreateExperienceOptIn configuration variable is set to On or On (opt in).