December’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 – Load existing assignment

This feature adds the ability for a teacher to load an existing assignment as an assignment post. Previously, only new assignments could be assignment posts.

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

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

Previous assignments as they appear in the Assignment picker

Previous assignments as they appear in the Assignment picker

Previous assignments that are selected will load and can post now or post later

Previous assignments that are selected will load and can post now or post later

Activity Feed – OneDrive attachments

This feature lets instructors attach files directly from OneDrive to Message and Assignment posts. Previously, only Google Drive was supported as a third-party storage provider. Now, OneDrive is supported as well.

The OneDrive icon now appears in the attachment row for both Message and Assignment

The OneDrive icon now appears in the attachment row for both Message and Assignment

The OneDrive picker window

The OneDrive picker window

OneDrive items will appear with the OneDrive icon to differentiate them from other attachment types

OneDrive items will appear with the OneDrive icon to differentiate them from other attachment types

Assignments – OneDrive attachments

This feature enables instructors to attach an item directly from OneDrive to an Assignment submission folder. Previously, this function was only available with Google Drive. Now, OneDrive attachments are available.

The OneDrive option appears in the Assignment submission folder expanded menu for the Add Attachment button

The OneDrive option appears in the Assignment submission folder expanded menu for the Add Attachment button

The OneDrive picker window

The OneDrive picker window

OneDrive attachments include the OneDrive logo to differentiate from other attachment types

OneDrive attachments include the OneDrive logo to differentiate from other attachment types

Supported browsers

The following updates have been made to the browsers supported by D2L:

  • D2L no longer supports BlackBerry and Microsoft Surface mobile browsers
  • D2L supports the current major version of iOS and the previous major version of iOS, and the latest version of Google Chrome on Android KitKat (4.4) and above
  • D2L supports the latest versions of Google Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Edge, and Firefox desktop browsers

Exemptions – Search and User Progress – Improvements

This feature includes the following improvements to User Progress and to the Manage Exemptions page that is launched from the Content tool.

Improvements in the User Progress page:

  • Details pages of Assignments, Quizzes, Discussions, Surveys, and Checklists now display if an activity is exempt by showing the (exempted) label beside the name of the activity
  • The Summary pages for Assignments, Surveys, Quizzes, and Checklists hide exempted activities
  • A set of statistics appear at the top of each respective tool’s Summary page section, and the same statistics appear at the top of each tool’s Details page. The statistics exclude exempted activities.

Improvements in the Manage Exemptions page:

  • This page now supports search to help instructors find a learner who can then be exempted.
  • The list of users in the Manage Exemptions page now only includes users with the Can be graded in Grades role setting.
  • The Manage Exemptions page now displays a loading spinner while data is retrieved.

Note: When activities are exempted, any associated release conditions on these exempted activities must still be met.

Intelligent Agents – Improvements

The following improvements have been made to the existing Edit Agent page and the New Agent work flow:

  • The Description field is minimized by default.
  • Numbers have been added to the sections to help with work flow.
  • The New Agent work flow has been changed to initially call out role criteria, then actions, and lastly scheduling. All agents do not need to have a schedule. An intelligent agent can be run as a one-time query or on-demand.
  • Under Actions, UI changes have been made to the Send Email action to make better use of the space on the Edit Agent page.
Edit Agents page - Criteria section

Edit Agents page – Criteria section

Edit Agents page - Actions section

Edit Agents page – Actions section

Edit Agents page - Scheduling section

Edit Agents page – Scheduling section

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