October’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.)

Activity Feed – New assignment types

Activity Feed now supports the new assignment submission types available in Assignments. When creating an assignment post, instructors can choose from four different submission types:

  • File submission
  • Text submission
  • On paper submission
  • Observed in person

When instructors select On paper submission, or Observed in person from the Submission type menu, the Marked as complete options become available. Learners can complete all assignments from Activity Feed assignment posts.

Assignments – Anonymized learner names to remove potential grading bias

To avoid unconscious bias in the grading and feedback process, instructors can now configure assignments to use anonymous learner names. When the feature is turned on, instructors can only see an anonymized learner name on the assignment. Learners can be assured that their submissions are assessed as fairly as possible.

**This setting is only available when you edit or create an assignment from the assignments list (Assessments menu > Assignments).

Assignments – New assignment types

On paper submission and Observed in person assignment submission types are now available in Assignments. These new assignment submission types do not require users to make a file submission for them to be completed. This allows instructors to create assignments for a wide variety of activities, not just written work, and provide evaluation and feedback for these assignments.

**This setting is only available when you create an assignment from the assignments list (Assessments menu > Assignments). (You can then add that assignment to Content using the Existing Activities button.)

On paper assignments are submitted directly to instructors in class, but allow evaluation and feedback to be completed in Brightspace. A presentation can also be observed in person and evaluated in Brightspace. Both new assignments can be marked as complete by learners, automatically marked as complete on their due date, or marked as complete upon evaluation by the instructor, depending on how the assignment is configured.

The properties tab interface has also been updated to simplify the work flow when creating assignments.

On paper submission and Observed in person submission types

On paper submission and Observed in person submission types

Marked as completed options for Observed in person assignments

Marked as completed options for Observed in person assignments

Marked as completed options for On paper submissions

Marked as completed options for On paper submissions

Content – Send to Binder Removed

Located on the Table of Contents page in the Content tool, the Send to Binder option allows learners to send course content to their Brightspace Binder accounts to review offline. With Brightspace Binder approaching end-of-life status, the Send to Binder option from the Content tool will no longer be available as of November 1, 2018.

To access course materials offline, learners can use the Brightspace Binder and Brightspace Pulse mobile apps.

HTML Editor – Descriptive error message for quicklinks to unavailable course activities

A specific error message now appears to users who click a quicklink to a course activity that is outside the availability dates (not yet available or no longer available). The error message appears for the following unavailable activity types:

  • Assignments
  • Content modules
  • Content topics
  • Checklists
  • Discussion topics

Previously, when clicking a quicklink to unavailable activities, users received a non-specific error page that did not clarify the reason they could not access the activity. The updated messaging for unavailable course activities now aligns with existing messages for unavailable quizzes and surveys.

The new error message that appears when users click a quicklink to an unavailable course activity

The new error message that appears when users click a quicklink to an unavailable course activity

Quizzes- Auto-save during quiz taking

Learners’ quiz responses are now automatically saved during the quiz taking process. For forced response questions (such as Multiple Choice and True or False), learner responses are saved automatically when they select the radio button or checkbox. Text input questions auto-save every 10 to 15 seconds, and html-enabled questions save when the mouse cursor is clicked outside the quiz response input area. Auto-save sends save timestamps to the quizzing log, as the manual save function previously did. For quizzes with multiple pages, quiz responses automatically save upon navigating to a new quiz page. The Save all Responses and Go to Submit Quiz buttons have been removed, and are no longer visible on the quiz page. The only button now visible on the quiz page is Submit Quiz. If internet connectivity is lost during the quiz-taking process, learners can answer questions but are unable to auto-save questions or submit the quiz until the connection is restored.

The auto-save function as it appears beside questions, and a simplified left navigation panel

The auto-save function as it appears beside questions, and a simplified left navigation panel

Quizzes – Removal of Rubrics

Instructors can no longer attach a rubric to a quiz or grade rubrics already attached to a quiz.

Any data stored in rubrics is retained.

Rubrics – Improvements to features and workflows in the rubrics grading experience in Assignments

Grading with rubrics in Assignments now offers new functions and an improved workflow and design that makes for an easier grading experience and is optimized for use on mobile devices.

New rubrics features include:

  • Rubrics that automatically save in Draft state while updates are in progress. Rubrics in Draft state are not visible to learners until rubric feedback is published, at which time learners can view their feedback from Assignments, Content, Discussions, Grades and User Progress
  • Ability to assess rubrics individually or assess all rubrics in the same grading workflow
  • Separate rubric Total and Overall Score areas. The Total is a numeric value that is automatically calculated, and the value is populated in Grades. The Overall Score indicates level of achievement and is editable by the instructor

Note that the new features and workflow only apply to grading rubrics without associated Learning Objectives. If Learning Objectives are associated with a rubric, the classic rubrics grading workflow remains in place. In addition, the new rubric grading workflow does not yet apply for group assignments.

September’s Continuous Delivery Updates

The Download and Print buttons as they appear in the Syllabus area

(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.) Content – Print/Download Function added to Syllabus Users can now download […]

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August’s Continuous Delivery Updates

Rubric feedback for Assignments Progress in the User Progress tool

(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 – Long posts include a ‘more’ link Written posts […]

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July’s Continuous Delivery Updates

Instructors can now select Text submission as part of the workflow to create a New Submission Folder

(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 – New Text Submission type and workflow Instructors can now […]

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June’s Continuous Delivery Updates

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

(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 […]

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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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