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 – Long posts include a ‘more’ link

Written posts and assignment instructions that exceed 4 lines of text are now truncated and include a ‘more’ link that displays the full post. This prevents a single long message or set of instructions from cluttering the Activity Feed, and allows users to more easily scan for desired materials and information.

Grades – Reorder grade items

Instructors with gradebooks containing 200+ grade items can now manually enter the sort order number in a new Sort Order text field on the Reorder Grade Items and Categories page. Instructors can enter a positive integer in the fields in any order, relative to each other. Items with the same sort order number will retain their current sort order, relative to each other. This new Sort Order field eliminates the need to scroll through a long list of grade items and categories to reorder the gradebook.

The previous Sort Order drop-down menu still appears for Gradebooks with fewer than 200 grade items.

Quizzes – Dynamic preview available in question pools

Question pools now include a dynamic preview. The preview displays questions randomly selected from the current question pool. A refresh button allows instructors to navigate through several selections to ensure the question pool is working as expected.

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:

  • User Progress displays general feedback, score, and a graded rubric for Grades, Discussions and Assignments. Feedback displays to learners as soon as instructors save rubric and overall feedback assessment.
  • Content tool for Assignments displays general feedback, score, and a graded rubric. This replaces the previously displayed Instructor Feedback.
Rubric feedback for Assignments Progress in the User Progress tool

Rubric feedback for Assignments Progress in the User Progress tool

Rubric feedback for Discussions Progress in the User Progress tool

Rubric feedback for Discussions Progress in the User Progress tool

 

July’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.)

Assignments – New Text Submission type and workflow

Instructors can now create Text Submission assignment types. The new Text Submission type allows learners to create text documents for submission directly in Assignments using a rich text editor, eliminating the need to attach a file. Previously, learners had to create documents outside of D2L, then add them as attachments to their submissions within Assignments. This feature enables learners to work directly within D2L, allowing for a simpler workflow and standard file type submissions.

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

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

The Text Submission editor appears directly on the Submit Assignment page for learners

The Text Submission editor appears directly on the Submit Assignment page for learners

Course grouping tabs in the My Courses widget

Courses that appear in the My Courses widget are grouped by Semester Name. The courses are separated into tabs within the widget for easy viewing and selection.

Tabs in the My Courses widget group courses by Semester Name

Tabs in the My Courses widget group courses by Semester Name (sample semester names are shown, Washburn semester names are different)

Improved widget style for homepages

System and custom widgets now display more prominently against homepage backgrounds. The new widget container style appears by default for both system and custom widgets.

The new widget styles appear as white cards, with 20px of space between the top, bottom, left and right edges of the card and the content. There is a subtle gray background color for the homepage.

The new widget styles appear as white cards, with 20px of space between the top, bottom, left and right edges of the card and the content. There is a subtle gray background color for the homepage.

Quizzes – Removal of image and text information items

As images and text can be included in any type of question using the features of the HTML editor, there is no longer a need for image and text information items. Image and text information items in existing quizzes or question libraries convert into sections, and are still displayed to learners attempting the quiz. One section is created for each existing image or text information item. Once the conversion of existing image and text information items is complete, the ability to create new image and text information items is no longer available.

During the question conversion process the following actions occur:

  • Each image and text information item is converted to an individual section
  • If the information item included a title, that is used for the section title
  • If the information item did not include a title, one is automatically generated using the format: Untitled [converted from a Text Information Item], or Untitled [converted from an Image Information Item]
  • The setting to show the Section title to learners is set to off
  • The setting to show Section text to students is set to on
  • For text information items, the Question Text field is set as the Section Text field
  • For image information items, the Section Text consist of an image tag, followed by the Caption text. If there was a Description for the image, it is included as the alt text of the image.

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

(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 now pin an Activity Feed post to the top of the feed. This can be used to display an important reminder to learners, or to call attention to an older post in the feed. Only one post can be pinned to the top of the Activity Feed at a time.

Important reminder pinned to the top of Activity Feed

Important reminder pinned to the top of Activity Feed

Grades – Locked Name column and header row

This feature introduces the locked Name column and header row in the following pages within the Grades tool, so that instructors can scroll through user grades without losing the context for which and whose grades they are looking at:

  • Standard View
  • Spreadsheet View
  • Grade Category
  • Grade Individual Item
  • Final Grades

The existing solution that repeats the Name column and header row every x columns / rows is only available on legacy web browsers (Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft Edge). The new locked Name column / header row is present on Chrome, Firefox, and Safari web browsers. The locked Name column /header row will not be active when using a small screen space such as a mobile device.

Manage Dates – Improvements to the Manage Dates tool

This feature includes the following improvements to the Manage Dates tool:

  • Manual calendar events – Instructors can edit the start and end dates of events that were manually created and not tied to existing activities or content topics. As a result, instructors can manage all course dates from a single location.
  • Improved sorting of items to follow tool sort order – Manage Dates display activities in the order in which an instructor would see them in their respective tools.
  • Display of course start and end date – The course start date and end date appears at the top of the Manage Dates page and acts as a reference for instructors when operating on the dates of the various activities. If instructors have the Manage Courses > Change Start and End Dates permission, they can launch a dialog box and then edit the dates.
  • The Tool column on the Manage Dates page has been removed – You can use the Type column to sort the Manage Dates page based on the tool-specific order.
  • New links to the Manage Dates page – The new Review and Manage Dates button appears at the end of copy course components, course import, and course import advanced.
Copy Course Components History page with the Review and Manage Dates button

Copy Course Components History page with the Review and Manage Dates button

Import Summary page with the Review and Manage Dates button

Import Summary page with the Review and Manage Dates button

Import Course Package page with the Review and Manage Dates button

Import Course Package page with the Review and Manage Dates button

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
Analytic rubric in the new Rubric definition interface

Analytic rubric in the new Rubric definition interface

Holistic rubric in the new Rubric definition interface

Holistic rubric in the new Rubric definition interface

April’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 – Posts support simple HTML markup

Instructors can now include simple HTML markup when authoring Activity Feed Message and Assignment posts. This allows the use of bold, italics, underline, and bullets to better format posts.

Message post using HTML markup

Message post using HTML markup

Activity Feed – Instant notifications for posts and comments

Users can now subscribe to receive instant email and SMS notifications when new Activity Feed posts are created. Instructors can also subscribe to receive instant notification when comments are added to a post they created. Activity Feed posts and comments are not included in daily summary emails.

Activity Feed – Minibar update alerts for new posts

Users now receive a minibar update alert when a new post is created in a course they are enrolled in. Clicking on the minibar update allows users to easily view the new post and get up to speed on the latest information in their course. The author of the post does not receive an update alert.

Update alert for new Activity Feed post

Update alert for new Activity Feed post

Activity Feed – Minibar update alerts for new comments

Instructors now receive minibar update alerts when comments are left on a post that they authored. Clicking on the update directs the instructor to the post where the comment was made.

Update alert for comment made on Activity Feed post

Update alert for comment made on Activity Feed post

Assignments – Rubric dialog pop-ups

All rubric dialog boxes used when grading assignments now automatically open as pop-up windows.

Discussions – Grading discussions

The Assess Topic dialog box opens automatically as a pop-up window. As a result, the instructor can move the Assess Topic dialog box to another screen and continue reading discussions or navigating through a learner’s discussions on a different screen without closing the Assess Topic dialog box.

Grades – Adding feedback in bulk

This feature enables instructors to add generic feedback on learners’ grades in bulk. Instructors can use replacement strings to personalize their feedback. Instructors can also sort the Feedback column in the Gradebook and quickly determine which learners require feedback.

Add feedback in bulk

Add feedback in bulk

Options to sort the Feedback column in the Gradebook

Options to sort the Feedback column in the Gradebook

Groups and Sections – Create sub-groups from sections and group

Users can now create sub-groups, based on Section or Group enrollment, within the Groups tool. When creating a new Group category, the Restrict Enrollments To option allows the user to restrict Group enrollment by course sections and all course-level groups. Users can only apply one enrollment restriction, and when selected populates the Group Prefix area with a relevant title.

The Restrict Enrollments To option as it appears when creating a new Group category

The Restrict Enrollments To option as it appears when creating a new Group category

HTML Editor – Advanced image editing

This feature updates the HTML Editor to make image editing in the WYSIWYG editor available in Quizzing. Previously, users were unable to use expanded image editing capabilities in Quizzing.

Manage Dates – Improvements to the Manage Dates tool

This feature includes the following improvements to the Manage Dates tool:

Dates display for the following activities:

  • Quiz submission view names and dates
  • Quiz report names and dates
  • Topic unlock dates
  • Forum unlock dates
  • Checklists
  • Surveys

The Status column on the Manage Dates page now reads as Visibility Status.

The Status options have been updated from Hidden, Limited, and Visible to Hidden, Visible, Visible with conditions, and Hidden. Conditions are inactive.

The following objects have been renamed:

  • Grade Object reads as Grade Item or Grade Category
  • Module reads as Content Module
  • Topic reads as Content Topic

The Discussion Forum icon has been changed to reflect that it is a container of other things.

The Grade Category icon has been changed to reflect that it is a container of other things.

Dates in the Due, Start, and End columns are clickable and instructors can launch the Edit dialog box to make any changes.

From the Manage Dates page, instructors can now edit, offset, and bulk offset the start, end, and display in calendar options for surveys.

Updated Manage Dates page

Updated Manage Dates page

The ‘Render in IFrame’ option as it appears in the Widget Content window.

The ‘Render in IFrame’ option as it appears in the Widget Content window.

Widgets – Custom widget rendering in iFrame

Instructors or administrators creating a custom widget now have an option to render the custom widget in iFrame. This will enable users to use header information in their widgets, without needing to specifically code in an iFrame to do so.

March’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 – Image attachments display in feed

Instructors can attach images to Activity Feed posts by file upload, or direct web link, that display directly in the feed. This increases the visual nature of Activity Feed, and keeps learners engaged in their course instead of navigating to external sites to access images.

Previously, images attached to posts displayed as a web link or attached file

Previously, images attached to posts displayed as a web link or attached file

Now, attached or linked images display directly in the feed

Now, attached or linked images display directly in the feed

Activity Feed – Toggle comments on/off

The ability to manage Activity Feed comments is now available. This allows instructors to turn off and on comments for the entire feed, or for an individual post. If commenting is enabled for the course, individual posts can have commenting disabled. Existing comments are never deleted when commenting is disabled, and are visible again if commenting is reenabled. Instructors can use Activity Feed knowing they have full control over the availability and visibility of comments.

Access Manage commenting from the Activity Feed context menu

Access Manage commenting from the Activity Feed context menu

Choose to enable or disable comments on posts

Choose to enable or disable comments on posts

Instructors can also manage commenting on a post by post basis

Instructors can also manage commenting on a post by post basis

Manage Dates – Manage due dates

Instructors can now edit due dates in the Manage Dates tool.
Due Dates are available for Content topics, Assignments, and Quizzes. A Due Date filter is available under ‘advanced filtering’. Due dates can be edited on an individual basis, in bulk across multiple items, and through bulk offset.

Quizzes – LaTeX editor added to the HTML Editor

This feature adds the LaTeX editor to the HTML Editor in the new quizzing experience and in the Lessons tool. The LaTeX editor existed in the old quizzing experience.

LaTeX editor

LaTeX editor

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 navigation of questions to be added to quizzes. The ability to sort questions by their source collection, question type, points value, and question text has also been added. This feature appears in new quiz upload files and the Question Library.

The Browse Question Library import window

The Browse Question Library import window

Users can select the source of the questions to be reviewed

Users can select the source of the questions to be reviewed

Users can sort questions by type, point allotment, and title

Users can sort questions by type, point allotment, and title

Users can filter specific questions within the Question Library window

Users can filter specific questions within the Question Library window

February’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 – Video attachments render and play inline

Instructors can attach videos to Activity Feed posts that render directly in the feed. Videos from YouTube, Vimeo, and TED, now render and play inline within activity feed posts. Thumbnails are placed in posts and allow learners to watch videos directly from their course homepage without having to leave D2L.

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

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

Exemptions – Additional launch points

This feature provides instructors the ability to launch the Manage Exemptions page from the following tools:

The Assignments tool:

  • On the Assignment Submission Folders page, in the context menu of an assignment folder
  • On the Assignments page as a button at the top of the page

The Discussions tool:

  • On the Discussions List page, in the context menu of a topic
  • On the View Topic page, in the context menu beside the topic name
  • On the Assess Topic page as a button at the top of the page

The Quizzes tool:

  • On the Manage Quizzes page, in the context menu of a quiz
  • On the Grade Quiz page as a button at the top of the page

HTML Editor – Advanced image editing

This feature updates the HTML Editor to include expanded image editing capabilities for the WYSIWYG editor. Instructors can now edit images in place (including flipping, rotating, and adjusting brightness, sharpness, and color), edit the image description, and edit the size of the image. Instructors can save image edits to the Manage Files area, while Students can save images as attachments.

This update is currently exclusive to creating discussion posts, announcements, and content (excluding module descriptions)

Note: Image changes save at the course-level root to Manage Files or as new file attachments to the item (e.g. Discussions) every time a change is made. Multiple edits, in turn, create multiple files. If the course is copied, all image edits are copied as well.

Advanced image editing screen in the HTML Editor

Advanced image editing screen in the HTML Editor

Image editing provides the ability to customize image description and sizing

Image editing provides the ability to customize image description and sizing

Manually resize the image in the image editor

Manually resize the image in the image editor

Manage Users – Preferred names support

When user accounts are created or updated in D2L through the Banner integration, each user’s legal first and last name are used. However, some users may want to use preferred names that are distinct from their legal names. For example, a transgender user with a different first name or a user commonly known by their middle name.

This release introduces preferred names support allowing administrators to define a preferred first and last name. So contact online-ed-support@washburn.edu with any preferred name requests.

Once a user’s preferred name is set, it appears everywhere in D2L, in place of their legal name. For example, the Classlist tool, discussions, their personal menu, assignment submissions, and reports.

Quicklinks – Self-Enrollment groups link

Instructors can now insert a Quicklink to self-enrolling groups. This update provides learners a direct path to sign up for their group and a new Group Self-Enrollment screen.

The Self-Enrollment Groups option, as shown in the Insert Quicklink pop-up window

The Self-Enrollment Groups option, as shown in the Insert Quicklink pop-up window

The new Group Selection screen, from the Group Enrollment option in the Insert Quicklink pop-up window

The new Group Selection screen, from the Group Enrollment option in the Insert Quicklink pop-up window

Quizzes – Due dates available

To improve the consistency of dates across tools in D2L, due dates are available for quizzes. This allows instructors to better communicate when quizzes are due, and better identify when a learner submits a quiz late. This change impacts when quizzes are marked as late. A quiz is now considered late if it is submitted after the due date is reached. Previously, ‘late’ referred to attempts submitted after the time limit of an ‘enforced time limit’ quiz was exceeded. Quizzes submitted after the due date are labeled ‘submitted late’. Quizzes submitted after the time limit is reached are now labeled as ‘exceeded time limit’.

January’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 – Upload file attachments to message posts

When creating message posts for Activity Feed, instructors can upload local files as attachments. This allows an instructor to easily share files from their local computer, and removes the need to first upload files to their course before attaching them to message posts. Files uploaded for message posts are stored in the Manage Files area of a course.

Private file indicator for Google Drive materials

When instructors add private files from a Google Drive account, they are notified if the file is private and are given the option to change permissions so that anyone with the link can view the file. This ensures that Google Drive files are available to learners, and instructors are notified of the change to their file permissions.

Exemptions – Improvements

This feature introduces an Exemptions Log Data Set and an option on the View Statistics page that allows instructors to either include or exclude exempted users in quiz statistics.

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

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

Quizzes – Removal of confirmation buttons to start and submit a quiz

This feature updates the quizzing experience and now when learners click Start on the quiz instruction screen, they are taken directly to the quiz and do not have to click OK to commence the quiz.

When learners complete the quiz and click Go to Submit Quiz, they are taken to the Quiz Submission Confirmation screen where they can either submit the quiz or return to one of the quiz questions using the Quiz Info menu.

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