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.

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 Tech Professional Development
  • May 1, 12:00-1:00, Morgan room 151
  • May 9, 12:00-1:00, Benton room 207
  • May 15, 12:00-1:00, Stoffer room 316

Course Prep Information

A noteworthy change that will require your attention is a new menu in the navigation menu called “Syllabus”. This menu will provide both a link to the University Syllabus (so you no longer need to include it in your syllabus online) and to the Course Syllabus. The Course Syllabus link will direct students to the “Overview” area of Content. We will be renaming “Overview” to “Syllabus” during the change. If you are currently preparing your course for a future semester, we encourage you to place your course syllabus in the “Overview” area so that link works correctly.

Daylight Overview

The following video will show you around the new interface.

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

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