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 unavailable for the Quizzing experience.

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

November’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 – Rubric Visibility

In the Assignments tool (under the Assessments menu) in student view, rubrics are now positioned at the beginning of the assessment portion. Previously, rubrics appeared below the Learning Objectives as part of a large list of rubric links. Now, additional links have been removed and the rubrics are displayed, followed by the assignment’s learning objectives.

The assignment rubric is visible above the assignment learning objectives.

Figure: The assignment rubric is visible above the assignment learning objectives.

Rubric links are condensed down to one single link.

Figure: Rubric links are condensed down to one single link.

Grades – Expansion of grade exemptions work

This feature is an expansion of grade exemptions work that impacts the Content tool, the Calendar tool, the Course Schedule, and the Updates widget. The Manage Exemption options for each item are found in the same area you edit dates and release conditions for content topics.

Figure: Exempting users from a topic - new Manage Exemptions page

Figure: Exempting users from a topic – new Manage Exemptions page

Figure: Grade exemptions work - Content tool

Figure: Grade exemptions work – Content tool

Figure: Grade exemptions work - Message displayed when a learner clicks on an exempted topic

Figure: Grade exemptions work – Message displayed when a learner clicks on an exempted topic

September’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 – Additional attachment types available for assignment posts

Links, Existing Activities, and Google Drive files can now be added to assignment posts as attachments. This allows instructors to easily direct learners to reference materials or other resources required to complete an assignment. Previously only course files could be attached to assignment posts.

Assignments – Additional attachment types available for assignment submission folders

Links, Existing Activities, and Google Drive files can now be added to assignment submission folders as attachments. This allows instructors to easily direct learners to reference materials or other resources required to complete an assignment. When linking to an existing activity, the appropriate tool icon is displayed next to the link. The Google Drive icon and quicklink icon display beside links to those resources. All attachments display below their submission folder on the Assignment Submission Folders page for easy access. Previously only course files could be attached to assignment submission folders.

Question Library – Import workflow changes

Changes to the workflow for uploading files to the Question Library lets instructors to complete file uploads without leaving the Question Library, Survey, Self-Assessment, Quiz creation workflow. The upload workflow also enables instructors to review package contents and remove unnecessary questions or sections.

Question Library Import Button

Question Library Import Button

The Import drop-down menu now includes additional file import options

The Import drop-down menu now includes additional file import options

Updated Import File menu

Updated Import File menu

File Uploading Window

File Uploading Window

Review button accessible in Successful File Upload Window

Review button accessible in Successful File Upload Window

Review Window for Uploaded File

Review Window for Uploaded File

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

(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, when you make content changes and attempt to navigate away or close the browser or tab without saving your changes, a message prompts you to discard your changes or resume editing. This feature is deployed in the following locations:

  • Content > Create/edit an HTML file
  • Discussions (in reading view) > Post a discussion topic/reply to a discussion topic
  • Announcements > Create/edit announcements

Quizzes – Shuffle the order of questions

To discourage cheating in quizzes, instructors can now shuffle the order of all questions in quizzes or specific groups of questions (sections) in quizzes. For example, an instructor could shuffle questions 1-10 in a quiz, or shuffle questions 3-10 (grouping those questions into a section) and retain the order of questions 1-2 at the start of the quiz.

When editing a quiz in the Quizzes tool, a new option to Shuffle order of questions at the quiz level displays in the Quiz Questions section. When creating a new section to group specific questions in a quiz, a new option to Shuffle order of questions in this section is visible in the Display Options section.

The new shuffle questions option in the Quizzes tool

The new shuffle questions option in the Quizzes tool

Once the shuffle option is selected, a shuffle icon appears next to each affected question in the quiz.

The new shuffle icon for quiz questions

The new shuffle icon for quiz questions

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.)

Classlist – Hide flags in the classlist

Instructors can now hide flags in a classlist.

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Classlist – Instructor view with flags

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Student view without flags

Grades – Grade exports include all group and section enrollments

When exporting grades from the grade book, selecting the option to include group and section membership information now exports all group and section enrollment information for each learner. Multiple enrollments are exported as a comma-separated list within a cell. This allows for more detailed analysis of grade exports outside of D2L.

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.)

Grades – Automatically release Calculated Final Grades

This feature releases Calculated Final Grades automatically to learners so that instructors don’t have to manually release them as learners enroll in a course. Calculated Final Grades released before the end of a course serve as current grades for learners and can show them their progress throughout the term.

Activity Feed

Activity Feed is a new course homepage widget that provides a central location for instructors to post messages and links to course materials. It gives learners the ability to quickly access links to important materials, and comment on messages made by instructors and classmates.

Instructor view of the Activity Feed

Instructor view of the Activity Feed

Student view of the Activity Feed

Student view of the Activity Feed

Copy Course Components – Copying final grade properties includes calculated and adjusted grades

When you copy final grade items, the copy process includes properties from the calculated and adjusted final grade items. In the Copy Course Components tool, when you select Copy All to select everything in the course, all final grade properties are now copied. If you copy individual components, Final Calculated Grade and Final Adjusted Grade appear in the list of components to select.

Select the Final Adjusted Grade and Final Calculated Grade as part of the items you want to copy.

Select the Final Adjusted Grade and Final Calculated Grade as part of the items you want to copy.

Discussions – Allow instructors to post to all groups at once

Instructors can now post a discussion thread to all the associated groups/sections from a group discussion topic. If an instructor does not have access to all groups they have the option to post a thread to All groups/sections assigned to me.

Instructors can post discussion threads to all groups

Instructors can post discussion threads to all groups

Instructors can post to all groups/sections assigned to them

Instructors can post to all groups/sections assigned to them

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.)

HTML Editor – TinyMCE Accessibility Checker

An accessibility checker is now available within the HTML Editor for use within Content, Widgets, Quizzes, Assignments, Calendar, and any other tools where an instructor or student can access the HTML Editor.

The accessibility checker is available on the HTML Editor bar. After you add content to the HTML Editor, you can click the checker to ensure that the HTML page conforms to WCAG and Section 508 accessibility standards.

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

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

The accessibility checker reviews content for the following items:

  • Use of paragraphs as headings
  • Sequential headings
  • Adjacent links
  • Ordered list structure
  • Unordered list structure
  • Contact ratio of text to background colors
  • Image ALT text
  • ALT text filename
  • Table Caption
  • Complex table summary
  • Table caption and summary
  • Table heading scope, markup, and headers

The checker indicates if there are no issues, or offers suggestions to fix identified accessibility issues.

If the accessibility checker does not find any issues in the HTML content, an message appears to indicate that the content conforms to accessibility rules

If the accessibility checker does not find any issues in the HTML content, an message appears to indicate that the content conforms to accessibility rules

If the accessibility checker finds an issue, it indicates how the content does not meet guidelines and suggests a way to fix the issue

If the accessibility checker finds an issue, it indicates how the content does not meet guidelines and suggests a way to fix the issue

Note that the accessibility checker does not check multiple files at the same time, and does not check files that you have imported into a course. Also be aware that the accessibility checker is only available for HTML files in the HTML Editor; it does not check any other type of file, such as MS Word, PDF, PowerPoint, and so on.

Quizzes – Renamed Long Answer (LA) to Written Response (WR)

In the Quizzes tool, the Long Answer (LA) question type is now Written Response (WR). The question type was renamed to make the name more intuitive for administrators and instructors.

Written Response question type in the Question Library

Written Response question type in the Question Library

Creating a Written Response question

Creating a Written Response question