What’s New With D2L Brightspace in December

Release Notes for D2L Brightspace Updates Coming in December

Assignments, Brightspace General, Content, Grades, Quick Eval, Release Conditions

Assignments – File size information in submission receipt email | New

File size information now displays next to the file name in the submission receipt email sent to learners upon making a submission to an assignment submission folder.

Assignments – Submission ID displays for Learners | New

A new column that displays Submission ID information is visible to learners on the View Feedback page in Assignments.

Brightspace Learning Environment – Supported browsers | Updated

As previously announced in the August 2019/20.19.8 release, Microsoft Internet Explorer is approaching End of Life (EOL) status as a supported browser. Starting January 1, 2020, Brightspace Learning Environment will no longer support Internet Explorer. As of the December 2019/20.19.12 release, if users attempt to access Brightspace Learning Environment using Internet Explorer in a test environment, an unsupported page appears. The unsupported page contains links to download supported browsers and a link to the End of Life (EOL) communication on the Brightspace Community. This allows clients to preview the unsupported page in their test environments and test any language term changes they want to make.

Content – Sort order changes in Upload / Create menu | Updated

When using the Upload / Create menu to add activities to Content, the placement of the New Assignmentoption has moved. Previously, it appeared between New Discussion and New Quiz. Now, New Assignmentappears above New Checklist.

Grades – Synchronization with Assignments and Discussions via API and import options | Updated

Grades are now fully synchronized in the Assignments and Discussions tools when grades are added to Brightspace via the existing Import as CSV, Import as Excel, and API entry options. This change builds upon recent grades synchronization updates for Assignments and Discussions.

Note: Synchronization only occurs for new grade entries. Existing grade data for assignment submissions and discussions will not automatically be migrated because of the high impact to all past data and reports.

Quick Eval – Display unevaluated submissions past course end date | New

Previously, unevaluated learner submissions were removed from Quick Eval when a course’s end date was reached. The new configuration variable can be set to display unevaluated learner submissions for 7, 30, or 60 days beyond a course’s end date. This allows instructors to continue to use Quick Eval for courses past their end date for a specified amount of time.

Release Conditions – Learners are notified when a release condition triggers new content | Updated

In a course that uses release conditions to unlock additional content, learners previously were not informed when new content became available as a result of a release condition that was satisfied. Because there was no automatic notification or refresh of the table of contents, there was the potential for frustration when learners think they are done a module, and are later informed that there are steps left to be completed.

Now, when release conditions are satisfied, the learner is notified using a pop-up (“toast”) message that there are new items available in the course.

Release Conditions – Updated ordering of Tools | Updated

When adding Release Conditions to activities or content, the View Conditions for, and Condition Type menus now display tools in an updated order.

Video Highlighting Updates for December

Download the release notes to view screenshots of the updates