What’s New in Brightspace in November 2021

Brightspace Platform November 2021/20.21.11 Preview Release Notes

The following preview release notes are for clients installing Brightspace Learning Environment 20.21.11 (November 2021). This is pre-release information. The functionality, screens, and configuration of features are subject to change before release.

Features included in this information are available and hosted in all geographic regions D2L supports unless otherwise noted in the feature’s Technical Details section. If the feature is not available and hosted in all geographic regions, D2L will provide the location(s) of the supported regions and any applicable restrictions.

Brightspace Learning Environment

Brightspace Editor – Additional support for Drag/drop and copy/paste images | Updated

Expanding further on the Brightspace Editor – Drag/drop and copy/paste images | Updated feature released in October 2021 / 20.21.10 and Brightspace Editor – Improvements | Updated feature released in May 2021 / 20.21.5, additional tools and editors now support the drag/drop and copy/paste functionality, including:

  • Quizzes > Feedback
  • Grades > Feedback
  • Grades > Comments
  • Discussions > Post feedback
  • Discussions > Thread feedback

This functionality is now available in user-specific areas that may contain images with learner-sensitive information. As a result, these images are stored in the database rather than the Manage Files area of a course offering. In addition, the Course Copy function does not include these images.

Impact of Change Technical Details
Slight impact to users due to the copy/paste and drag/drop functionality being available across more areas in Brightspace Learning Environment. Availability: This feature is available to all clients

Content – Customize language terms in the New Content Experience | Updated

This feature builds on the Content – Customize language terms in the New Content Experience | New feature released in October 2021.

With this release, administrators can use Language Management to override default language terms in the New Learner Experience. This allows administrators to use terminology that is consistent with their organization, for example, using custom terms for “unit,” “lesson,” and “folder.” Previously, language terms were only customizable in the New Content Experience.

Impact of Change Technical Details
Slight impact to instructors and learners due to custom language terms that may display in the New Learner Experience. N/A

Content –  PDF inline viewer menu improvements | Updated

This feature updates the PDF Inline viewer used when showing all converted documents (e.g. Word documents) as PDFs within Brightspace Classic Content. As a result the PDF inline viewer menu has moved to the top of the PDF document, along with PDF navigation and actions and an overall refreshed button design.

Impact of Change Technical Details
Slight impact to users due to the ability to view changes to PDF viewer. Availability: This feature is available to all Brightspace Classic users.

Email – Increased Limits for To and CC Fields | Updated

This feature increases the number of email addresses that can be added to the To and CC fields in a single email to 200. This is a result of increased limits on the size of headers in Brightspace SMTP servers. Previously the limit was 50 email addresses.

Impact of Change Technical Details
Slight impact to users due to the ability to send and/or CC emails to additional email addresses. Availability: This feature is available to all clients

Manage Files – Users receive warning message when uploading a file blocked due to security | New

This feature provides the user with a warning message if they attempt to upload a file with an extension that is either not allowed by the Assignment or is on the security restricted list. This message appears as “This file extension is not allowed.” for Assignments; and as “This file extension is not allowed for security reasons. Please see our Restricted File Extensions article in the D2L Community for more detailed information.” for security restricted file extensions.

The security restricted file extensions list is found here.

Impact of Change Technical Details
Slight impact to users due to the ability to see warning messages. Availability: This feature is available to all clients

To enable: The functionality for security restricted file extensions is automatically enabled for Brightspace Learning Environment users. To enable this functionality for assignment file extensions, set the d2l.Tools.Dropbox.RestrictFileExtensions configuration variable to ON.