August’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 – Assignment Posts

Activity Feed now enables instructors to create assignment submission folders with an optional grade item, and post them to the feed as an assignment post. Assignment posts display the title, instructions, and due date of the assignment. The instructor view of assignment posts also includes how many learner submissions have been received. Learners can submit their assignments directly from the post, and monitor the status of their submission. Once a document has been uploaded, the learner’s “Submit” button changes color and displays either “Submitted” or “Graded”, depending on its current status. Learners can also comment on assignment posts if they have questions, or want to start a discussion with their instructor and classmates. (This assignment is added to the assignment list in Assessment > Assignments but is not automatically added to the Content area.)

Instructor view of assignment post creation

Instructor view of assignment post creation

Instructor view of an assignment post

Instructor view of an assignment post

Learner view of an assignment post

Learner view of an assignment post

Learner view of an assignment post with a submission

Learner view of an assignment post with a submission

Learner view of an assignment post with a graded submission

Learner view of an assignment post with a graded submission

Assignments – Instructors can set the visibility state for Assignment content | Updated

Instructors can now set the visibility state for draft content within assignment submission folders in Content and Assignments. When content is in a draft state, it is not visible to learners.

When instructors have set the visibility to draft, the hidden icon appears in the instructor view of the assignment.

When instructors have set the visibility to draft, the hidden icon appears in the instructor view of the assignment

When instructors have set the visibility to draft, the hidden icon appears in the instructor view of the assignment

In Content, when an instructor chooses to add existing assignments as topics, the visibility state of the topic is pulled from the visibility state of the assignment. The visibility status of a topic now also reflects the visibility status of the folder in which the topic resides.

Changing state on the Edit Submission Folder page is done with the Hidden from users check box.

Changing state on the Edit Submission Folder page is done with the Hidden from users check box

Changing state on the Edit Submission Folder page is done with the Hidden from users check box

The drop-down menu for content items offers the Hide From Users visibility state.

The drop-down menu for content items offers the Hide From Users visibility state

The drop-down menu for content items offers the Hide From Users visibility state

When an instructor creates a new assignment folder, the new folder defaults to the draft visibility state, in the same method as Quizzes, Surveys, and Discussions. When an import file of Content topics and assignment folders contains a mix of visibility states, all topics are changed to the draft visibility state. When an instructor updates a visibility setting for a topic in Assignments, it is automatically updated in the associated Content topic.

If multiple assignment topics are associated with the same Assignment folder but have different visibility states, the visibility state of the assignment topic that has been created or most recently modified between Brightspace Learning Environment 10.7.3 and 10.7.4 becomes the state of all associated topics. If the visibility state has not been modified (for example, for older courses), the state is set to draft.

The export process now includes the visibility state for the assignment content. The visibility state for export comes from the Assignment folder.

The import and Copy Course Component process for assignment and content topics follows the following logic:

  • If the Import package contains a visibility state on the assignment folder, use that state.
  • If the package contains Assignment folders with no state and no associated content topics, the visibility state is to show the imported content.
  • If the import package contains both content and assignment folders, use the visibility state on the folders. If no visibility state exists on the folder, use the visibility state from the content.
  • If multiple content topics with the same visibility state point to an assignment folder without a visibility state, set the assignment folder to the same state as the topics.
  • If multiple content topics with different visibility states point to an assignment folder without a visibility state, set the assignment folder to draft, and change all the topics to draft.

Email – Email Address book is restricted by section enrollment | Updated

Users from one section of a course no longer see learners from other sections of the course. If the course is set up so that there is an email address book for the section, the learners listed in the address book are now filtered in a drop-down menu by section. A learner can only see sections in which they are enrolled. Instructors will continue to see all sections listed here if they have Access all Sections permissions.

The user only sees the sections in which they are enrolled displayed in the System Contacts drop-down list

The user only sees the sections in which they are enrolled displayed in the System Contacts drop-down list

Release Conditions – Updated rules for instructors applying release conditions | Updated

When a new or existing condition is based on section enrollment, only the sections that the teacher is enrolled in appear in the drop-down menu.

In various areas of the system, instructors can create a release condition or select an existing condition that specifies that a user must be enrolled in a particular section to access the content or activity. If the instructor is enrolled in all sections or has the Access all sections permission, they continue to see all sections in the list when creating the new condition. If the instructor does not have the Access all sections permission for their role, the instructor only sees sections they are enrolled in. As a result, instructors are better able to release content to their section of a course without impacting other sections.

Instructors only see the sections in which they are enrolled displayed in the drop-down list

Instructors only see the sections in which they are enrolled displayed in the drop-down list

July’s Continuous Delivery Updates

The new shuffle questions option in the Quizzes 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.) HTML Editor – Unsaved changes prompt In the HTML Editor tool, […]

Continue reading...

June’s Continuous Delivery Updates

10-7-2-1

(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.) Classlist – Hide flags in the classlist Instructors can now hide […]

Continue reading...

Respondus LockDown Browser Access Change

Starting June 1, 2017, students will only be able to access their quizzes that require the Respondus LockDown Browser by navigating to the quiz through Desire2Learn. Previously, students had the option to launch the LockDown Browser from their desktop or programs/applications menu, then navigate from the D2L login into their course and to the quiz. […]

Continue reading...

May’s Continuous Delivery Updates

Instructor view of the 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.) Grades – Automatically release Calculated Final Grades This feature releases Calculated […]

Continue reading...

April’s Continuous Delivery Updates

Click the accessibility checker to verify that the content you have added to the HTML Editor conforms to accessibility standards

(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.) HTML Editor – TinyMCE Accessibility Checker An accessibility checker is now […]

Continue reading...

March’s Continuous Delivery Updates

Bulk exemptions of grade items

(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.) Grades – Exempt a learner from multiple grade items The grade […]

Continue reading...

Viewing D2L Quiz Attempts with the Respondus LockDown Browser

Instructors have the option of requiring that students use the Respondus LockDown Browser to view Desire2Learn quiz attempt submissions. If the LockDown Browser is required to view a quiz attempt submission, the quiz attempt screen in a standard browser will display the message, “To view your results, you must use the Respondus LockDown Browser.” As […]

Continue reading...

January’s Continuous Delivery Updates

New topic Properties tab

(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.) Supported browser changes As of this release, Desire2Learn no longer supports […]

Continue reading...

Change to Respondus LockDown Browser

LDB Launch

A recent update to the Respondus LockDown Browser has changed how students can access their online Desire2Learn quizzes. Students can now access their online D2L quiz in any supported browser and launch the LockDown Browser from that quiz. Within a quiz that requires the LockDown Browser, students will see these options: Selecting Launch LockDown Browser […]

Continue reading...