What’s New With D2L Brightspace in January

Release Notes for D2L Brightspace Updates Coming in January

Brightspace General, Brightspace LOR, Brightspace Pulse App, Classlist, Course Import, Discussions, Grades, Groups, Quick Eval, Quizzes, Rubrics

Brightspace Learning Environment – Support for Internet Explorer | Removed

As of January 1st, Brightspace has ended support for Internet Explorer. All versions of Internet Explorer will no longer be able to access Brightspace.

Brightspace Learning Object Repository – Support for new SCORM engine | New

Brightspace Learning Object Repository (LOR) now supports sending packages to the new SCORM engine. No changes to SCORM version support with LOR have been made. Administrators can select a SCORM package and upload it to any pre-defined LOR repository, with the ability to preview the upload package during the add process. Once uploaded, the user receives a unique URL associated with the package. Administrators can also make the following changes to the SCORM package:

  • Change the package name and defined language
  • Create a package description
  • Add associated keywords

Brightspace Pulse – Additional languages supported | New

To provide consistent language support with the Brightspace platform, Brightspace Pulse is now available in the following additional languages:

  • Arabic (Saudi Arabia)
  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • Chinese (Traditional)
  • Danish
  • French (France)
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Swedish
  • Turkish

Previously, Brightspace Pulse was only available in: English (U.S.), Spanish (Latin America), French (Canada), Portuguese (Brazil), and Dutch.

Classlist – Total number of users field and floating buttons | New

To improve ease of use, the total number of users for their selection (whole class, section, group) now appears in a field at the bottom of the Classlist page for at-a-glance viewing to help instructors keep track of the total number of learners, which may extend beyond the users visible on the page. On the Print Classlist and Email Classlist pages, the clickable Print and Email buttons now float consistently on screen, to ensure easy access to these actions without excessive scrolling.

Course Import – Support for new SCORM engine | New

For consistency, Course Import now supports sending packages to the new SCORM engine. Previously, SCORM content was imported into a course’s content and file area using the Course Import workflow. Clients who are solely using the new SCORM engine can take advantage of this change to remove old SCORM import capabilities.

Discussions – Assessment consistency changes | New

When assessing discussions, instructors have new multi-select options to Publish Feedback and Retract Feedback. In the Status column, the Draft / Published checkbox has been replaced by information on the date when feedback was saved as draft or published. These changes are visible on both the Users and Assessmentstabs. The Save, Save and Close, and Cancel buttons have also been removed as their functionality has been replaced by the Publish Feedback and Retract Feedback options.

Grades – Export sorting options | New

This feature introduces the ability to sort exported gradebooks based on the following options: OrgDefinedID, Username, Last Name, and First name. The sort options available are based on the User Information Privacy permissions for the role.

Groups – Self-enrollment group capacity, start dates and descriptions | New

This feature includes three improvements to Groups:

  • Group members can now see the description of their group. For self-enrolled groups, group members will now see the group description at all times, including before and after enrollment. For other group types, instructors can now choose to display the description to members of the group. This visible group description setting is off by default for non-self-enrollment groups. Previously, all group descriptions were hidden from group members.
  • An instructor can now increase or decrease the capacity for self-enrollment groups after they have been created, and prior to the group sign-up expiry date. Decreasing a group size to an amount smaller than has already signed up for a group will not re-allocate users to other groups. Previously, self-enrollment groups were not editable after they were created.
  • Instructors can set Start dates for self-enrollment groups. This feature allows them to schedule self-enrollment groups availability, ensuring learners are prepared and have equal opportunity to self-enroll.

Quick Eval – Dismiss activities from list | New

To improve the ability to manage items on their Quick Eval list, instructors can now select items that appear in their Quick Eval list and remove them temporarily or permanently. Instructors can view their dismissed items in the Dismissed Activities List and restore them to the Quick Eval list at any time.

Quizzes – New Quiz Builder experience defaults to On (opt-in) | New

In January, as part of the 20.20.01 release, the default value for the d2l.Tools.Quizzes.NewQuizBuilderExperience configuration variable is changing from Off to On (opt-in). This gives instructors the choice to opt in or out of the New Quiz Builder experience in their courses. Administrators still have the option to set this configuration variable to Off if desired. Organizations who already have the configuration variable set to On or On (opt-in) do not see any change.

Quizzes – Synchronization with Grades | New

Quiz scores and feedback entered in Grades now synchronize automatically with Quizzes. To further streamline the workflow, the Overall Feedback fields in Grades and Quizzes are now consolidated, and the Grade Item Public Comments field has been removed from Grades. All comments entered in the Overall Feedback field in Grades synchronizes automatically with the Overall Feedback field in Quizzes. This update creates a more direct workflow and aligns Quizzes with the consistent feedback experience implemented in Assignments and Discussions.

Note: Synchronization only occurs for new grade entries. Existing grade data for quizzes will not be migrated due to the high impact to all past data and reports.

Rubrics – Share rubrics with other org units during creation | New

When creating new rubrics, users can now share the rubric created at the organization level with other org units. The rubric creation process provides the capability to either share or, conversely, block rubrics from being shared with other org units. Previously, this was only possible by using the legacy rubric editor.

Download the release notes to view screenshots of the updates