June’s Continuous Delivery Updates

(This list is not all-inclusive. It only shows those changes that will impact faculty the most. The date the updates will take place changes from month to month. You can expect the following updates to be in place by the end of the month.)

Assignment Grader – Assignment submission can now be annotated without EduDentity credentials

Instructors that use Assignment Grader are no longer required to log in using EduDentity in order to annotate non-PDF assignment submissions. Instructors can now log in using their Brightspace credentials and have the same functionality as they have had in EduDentity.

Copy Course Components – Date Offset

When instructors copy the content of one course to another, old course dates are also copied over. This feature enables instructors to offset those old dates to dates relative to the new semester. This feature also eliminates the burden of tweaking delivery and due dates for their learners. When instructors copy course components in bulk, they can enable the offset to occur to the items copied into the course by days or hours.

Grades – Linked discussion threads are now available

When assessing a discussion post in the Assess Post pop-up, an instructor can now see a link to the original discussion post. This allows instructors to see more information about why the user posted that reply, or what other learners replied to their post. Previously, there was no hyperlink, and instructors had to open Discussions and manually find the information.

The Access Topic pop-up now includes a hyperlink to the full discussion post you are grading.

The Access Topic pop-up now includes a hyperlink to the full discussion post you are grading.

Groups and Sections – Interface improvements on Enroll Users page

Fixed headers and wider columns now appear on the Enroll Users page in Groups. This change helps users easily view and scroll through large numbers of groups and sections.

This feature is not supported in Internet Explorer 11 or Microsoft Edge web browsers. The Enroll Users page retains its previous interface in these browsers.

Headers remain onscreen when scrolling through the list of learners on the Enroll Users page

Headers remain onscreen when scrolling through the list of learners on the Enroll Users page

HTML Editor – Emoticons available

Emoticons are now available across Brightspace Learning Environment in the HTML Editor. Use them to express feelings or mood in announcements, instructions, discussion posts, and anywhere else the HTML Editor is available.

Quizzes – Question pools replace random sections

Question pools are now available to improve the process of creating quizzes with randomized questions, and are an effective way of preventing cheating on quizzes. All the functionality random sections provided is now located on a single screen, with a simplified workflow. When creating a question pool, instructors enter a title, the number of questions to select, and the points per question. On the same page, they can browse the Question Library to select the desired questions to add to the pool. Instructors are also able to edit or delete questions in place.

Select Question Pool from the available options when adding new components to a quiz

Select Question Pool from the available options when adding new components to a quiz

Enter a title, number of questions to select, and points per question

Enter a title, number of questions to select, and points per question

Select questions from the Question Library and add them to the quiz

Select questions from the Question Library and add them to the quiz

Rubrics – Control rubric visibility for learners

This release introduces the ability to control rubric visibility for learners. This is useful for preventing learners from using preview rubrics as answer keys for activities. For example, an instructor can now describe assessment expectations in assignment instructions, hiding the associated preview rubric. Once the assignment is graded, the instructor releases the graded rubric as part of the learner’s assessment details.

To indicate rubric visibility to instructors, rubrics that are hidden until feedback is published or rubrics that are never visible now display an indicator in the Rubrics section of the associated activity. Visible rubrics do not display an indicator.

Rubric visibility options in a rubric

Rubric visibility options in a rubric

Rubric visibility in a quiz

Rubric visibility in a quiz

Rubrics – Improvements to rubric feedback for learners

To provide learners with more detailed feedback on activities and apply a consistent look and feel to rubric feedback, this release includes the following improvements:

  • Rubric feedback now has a consistent appearance across tools, including responsive display on desktops and mobile devices. The grading criteria that a learner achieves in an activity is highlighted in the rubric. Also, the Overall Score row is removed and replaced by a Total row for the entire rubric.
  • Rubric feedback for assignments now appears at the top of the Assignment Feedback page.
  • Assignments now include detailed overall feedback, rubric feedback, and score in the Content tool. Previously, assignments only included overall feedback and score in the Content tool and Assignment Feedback page.
  • The Discussions and Content tools now include overall feedback, detailed rubric feedback, and score. Feedback displays to learners as soon as instructors save rubric and overall feedback assessment. Previously, discussions only included score.
  • Feedback for quiz submissions is now viewed by clicking the new View Feedback link under the Feedback column. Previously, quiz submissions included a text bubble icon that linked to quiz feedback.
Graded rubric for an assignment showing achieved criteria, instructor feedback, and score

Graded rubric for an assignment showing achieved criteria, instructor feedback, and score

A discussion showing instructor feedback, score, and link to the graded rubric

A discussion showing instructor feedback, score, and link to the graded rubric

The View Feedback link for quiz submissions

The View Feedback link for quiz submissions

Rubrics – Display graded rubric feedback In Gradebook

For a consistent and simplified user experience, learners can now view their graded rubric feedback in Gradebook for discussions, assignments, and quizzes.

Learners can view their completed rubric (including the selected levels and instructor feedback) in the following tools:

  • Gradebook (new)
  • Discussions (new)
  • Assignments
  • Quizzes
  • Content (classic Content experience), where the activity is included (Assessment section)

For instructors, this change impacts how they use rubrics with activities. They can assess discussions, assignments or quizzes from the corresponding tool, and the completed rubric displays in its entirety in Gradebook (if the activity has a linked grade).

A note in the Grade Editing page indicating that while the grade item has a rubric, it cannot also be associated with an online activity

A note in the Grade Editing page indicating that while the grade item has a rubric, it cannot also be associated with an online activity

Rubrics – New interface for previewing rubric definitions

This release introduces a new interface for instructors and learners to preview rubric definitions. Rubrics are used to evaluate an activity or item based on a predefined set of criteria. They help ensure that activities and items are evaluated fairly and consistently.

The new interface includes the following changes:

  • Rubric definition previews open in a pop-up window or are embedded in the assessment view (such as an assignment or discussion)
  • Each rubric definition preview accommodates current rubric types (6 levels and 10 criteria)
  • Rubric definition previews maintain a consistent appearance across tools in Brightspace Learning Environment, including responsive display on desktops and mobile devices
  • Overall Score row is removed and replaced by a Total row for the entire rubric
  • Rubric criteria groups display as mini-rubrics
Rubric preview embedded in the Assignment tool

Rubric preview embedded in the Assignment tool

Holistic rubric in the new Rubric definition interface

Holistic rubric in the new Rubric definition interface

May’s Continuous Delivery Updates

Important reminder pinned to the top of Activity Feed

(This list is not all-inclusive. It only shows those changes that will impact faculty the most. The date the updates will take place changes from month to month. You can expect the following updates to be in place by the end of the month.) Activity Feed – Pin posts to top of feed Instructors can […]

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April’s Continuous Delivery Updates

Message post using HTML markup

(This list is not all-inclusive. It only shows those changes that will impact faculty the most. The date the updates will take place changes from month to month. You can expect the following updates to be in place by the end of the month.) Activity Feed – Posts support simple HTML markup Instructors can now […]

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Daylight Update – Additional Information

Preview Dates There will be previews of the new look on the following dates. However, we are more than happy to work with you one on one to make sure the change is as smooth as possible. April 4, 12:00-1:00, Henderson room 112 T April 19, 12:00-1:00, Petro room 220 April 27, 10:00-11:00 – Washburn […]

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March’s Continuous Delivery Updates

LaTeX editor

(This list is not all-inclusive. It only shows those changes that will impact faculty the most. The date the updates will take place changes from month to month. You can expect the following updates to be in place by the end of the month.) Activity Feed – Image attachments display in feed Instructors can attach […]

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Additional Continuous Delivery Update for February

The following update was missed in the previous post about the continuous delivery updates for February. Question Library – New Question Import Workflows This feature adds new ways for instructors to search the Question Library when adding questions to a quiz. Using a slide in panel featuring the questions in a tree structure enables easy […]

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February’s Continuous Delivery Updates

Use the new icon to embed videos directly into your activity feed

(This list is not all-inclusive. It only shows those changes that will impact faculty the most. The date the updates will take place changes from month to month. You can expect the following updates to be in place by the end of the month.) Activity Feed – Video attachments render and play inline Instructors can […]

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January’s Continuous Delivery Updates

View Statistics page with the option to include exempted users in quiz statistics

(This list is not all-inclusive. It only shows those changes that will impact faculty the most. The date the updates will take place changes from month to month. You can expect the following updates to be in place by the end of the month.) Activity Feed – Upload file attachments to message posts When creating […]

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December’s Continuous Delivery Updates

The Select Existing button as it appears in the Add Assignment window

(This list is not all-inclusive. It only shows those changes that will impact faculty the most. The date the updates will take place changes from month to month. You can expect the following updates to be in place by the end of the month.) Activity Feed – Load existing assignment This feature adds the ability […]

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November’s Continuous Delivery Updates

The assignment rubric is visible above the assignment learning objectives.

(This list is not all-inclusive. It only shows those changes that will impact faculty the most. The date the updates will take place changes from month to month. You can expect the following updates to be in place by the end of the month.) Assignments – Rubric Visibility In the Assignments tool (under the Assessments […]

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