Now includes the Associated files -- Previously Instructors had to use the Course Files tool as well as select content in order to copy all associated files to prevent broken links. Now, when instructors use the Include associated files feature, D2L imports all files associated with selected course components to the new course. Users can select which content modules to copy rather than having to copy them all.
At this time, only direct links to files are processed. A D2L Quicklink is not processed. Instructors must manually select assignments, discussion topics, and content outside the course to copy any items associated by Quicklinks. A warning alerts users to what files did not copy.
User Information in History Page -- You can now see who copied a course through the existing Copy Course Components History page.
Creating Video and Audio Topics -- Any web video can be used to create a video topic simply by pasting its HTML embed code in the Enter URL or Embed Code field. Additionally, Learning Environment provides shortcuts for some websites, enabling users to create videos by simply copying and pasting the URL of the video instead of the HTML embed code.
Overdue assignments list added to the Course Schedule view (formerly Upcoming Events) -- Learners can view an actionable list of overdue assignments in the new Overdue tab in the Course Schedule view of the Content tool. Course activities that have a due date appear automatically in the Overdue list as soon as the dues date first passes. Only activities with an end date later than the due date (or no end date) appear in the list, to ensure that learners have time to complete the overdue activities. Learners can access the activity directly from the list to complete it. Once the activity has been completed, it disappears from the list, and when all overdue items are completed, the Overdue tab disappears from the Course Schedule view.
The Overdue tab conveniently lists all overdue course tasks in one place so learners can more easily manage their time and workload. Overdue activities are sorted by most to least overdue.
Top Score Details screen now has consistent appearance -- All locations of the Topic Score Details in the Discussions tool now have a consistent presentation across all incidences of the screen. Instructors have access to the Topic Score Details form the following locations:
Access Student link in the context menu of a thread or reply post.
Topic Score on the Users tab of the Access Topic area.
Student link on the Assessments tab of the Access Topic area.
Submissions button in the Grades tool on the Enter Grades grid.
Submissions button in the Grades tool on the Grade Student page. The Top Score Details screen is available when you click the student’s name from the Enter Grades area.
Submissions button from the Grade Category page, available when you click Grade All from the context menu of a category from the Enter Grades or Manage Grades areas.
Viewable in Groups -- In some cases, if a discussion topic was restricted to a course or section, and the instructor did not enroll themselves in that group or section, they did not have access to the discussion topic in either Reading or Grid View.
Now the instructor no longer receives an authorization error when viewing the restricted discussion top in in grid view.
Track deleted submissions -- The File Submissions area of Dropbox has a log that can be filtered to determine if and when a learner submitted a file, and whether the instructor deleted the submission. If a submission was accidentally deleted, you can restore it from the submission log.
Dyslexic Font added -- There has been a new option added to the Fonts under the Account Settings. If a student thinks or knows that they have dyslexia they can now use the Dyslexic font.
Viewing by last names -- Previously instructors had to place users by last name in the classlist or the grade book it they had been changed to the first names first. Now instructors do not have to make this change within the Grade book. The students will be listed by last name as the default.
Grading -- The Assignment Grader tool can now be located in Google Play and used on an Android Tablet. This if the Android device is 4.4 and higher. It will only work on a Tablet, not on a phone at this time.
Usability and administration enhancements -- Enhancements have been made to the Groups tool that enable learners to join groups more easily, and give instructors and administrators the option to set up and manage groups more efficiently. The enhancements are as follows:
When creating or editing a group category, the Enrollment Type called # of Groups of # - Self Enrollment has been changed to # of Groups, Capacity of # - Self Enrollment to clarify its usage.
When creating or editing a group category, a Group Prefix field is now present.
When creating or editing a group category that supports self-enrollment, a Set Self Enrollment Expiry Date option is now available.
When creating or editing a category, and when Set Self Expiry Date is selected, the Allocate unenrolled users after Self Enrollment Expiry Date option can also be selected.
Once a category and groups with capacities have been created, capacity markers display (in the form x/y where x is the number or enrolled students and y is the capacity).
Learners can now see the names of the members of each group before they enroll.
Learners can now leave a group after they have self-enrolled if they choose to enroll into a different group.
When enrolling learners in groups, there is a configurable Advanced Search Options link that opens a custom search and enroll page, if instructors want to use additional data to create groups of learners.
New configuration variables have been added that can be turned on to enable enhancements.
There are a couple of items that have been reassigned new names.
Edit Course is now Course Administrator
Upcoming Events is now Course Schedule
Course selector -- Users enrolled in more than 25 courses see their most recently accessed courses, can pin courses they want to keep at the top of the list, and can also search for courses from the Search My Courses page by clicking the Advanced Search link or the Search all courses button.
My Awards Tool
Featuring Badges and Certificates -- The new MyAwards tool enables Instructors to automatically award Badges and Certificates based on release conditions, or to award or revoke them manually.
Badges can be set at a departmental level and available to all instructors in the department, or specific to a single course or instructor. To add a new badge toa course, the instructors can complete the New Award page and define the name and description of the award, and set attributes for the aware type, sharing, expiry, notification, the location of the image library to use to create the badges, and Issuer information. The image library contains some default icons you can use to create badges and default templates for certificates.
After Badges and Certificates are added to the repository, Instructors can add the awards to a course. To add awards, Instructors can click the Awards link in the navbar of a course, and click Add Awards to Course. Only the awards that are available to a specific course appear when the instructors clicks the button. Instructors can add certificates to a course by adding a PDF template when they create a certificate.
From within a class list, an Instructor can review the badges and certificates that have been awarded to specific Learners or to the entire class by selecting all the Learners. From this page, the Instructor can grant awards that are not tied to release condition criteria to Learners, or revoke previously awarded badges or certificates. When an Instructor revokes a previously awarded badge or certificate, they must provide a reason.
Learners can see a list of the awards they have received and the available awards. Administrators can also set permissions to allow Learners to share their achievements to Mozilla Backpack or the Learner’s user profile. This sharing permission is disabled by default to protect the privacy of Learners. Administrators can configure the sharing option in the Config Variable Browser and the Roles and Permissions tools.
**NOTE**: This is not a feature that has been enabled by Administrators here at Armstrong.
Recover deleted News items -- Users can now restore news items inside Brightspace by D2L (Armstrong eClassroom) without needing to engage D2L Support. The addition of this functionality saves time for instructors when news items accidentally get deleted by administrators or other instructors. It also saves administrators time because they no longer need to engage D2L Support to request that a news item be restored from the database.
Quicklinks tool no longer inserts http:// by default -- The URL field in the Quicklinks tool no longer has the http:// automatically inserted to assist in forming URLs with correct syntax. The field is now blank before you enter a URL.
Ability to make changes to the points -- Previously instructors could delete questions in a quiz attempts had been made by the students. Instructors could then use the Update All Attempts > Give to all attempts – points function to update scores for all students. In recent versions, the Questions that are not in the quiz anymore option did not appear as expected and associated question statistics did not display.
The Questions that are not in the quiz anymore option now shows deleted questions as expected.Instructors can now regrade questions that have been removed from the quiz and view the question statistics successfully.
Quiz Item Analysis -- Additional statistics are now available in the Quizzes tool to assist instructors in evaluating how well students perform on quiz questions after the questions are submitted for evaluation.
User statistics includes the standard deviation and existing class average for the overall quiz.
Question stats now includes standard deviation, discrimination index, and point biserial per question, along with the standard deviation and existing class average for the overall quiz.
Quiz Timer -- The time remaining clock in a quiz now displays seconds as well as minutes and hours to provide better information to users taking a quiz. The clock also subtly flashes for the following times:
If a quiz is set for more than an hour long, the click flashes when there are 10 minutes remaining.
If a quiz is set for less than an hour long, the clock flashes when there are 5 minutes remaining.
Regardless of the set timer, the clock flashes when there is 1 minute remaining. If the quiz uses an unenforced time limit and displays a clock, the timer ticks upwards instead of downwards to indicate how much time has been spent. ARIA alerts are also available for non-visual users.
Respondus LockDown Browser
Improved quiz workflow-- This optional update significantly streamlines the user’s experience in taking a quiz secured by Respondus LockDown Browser. When an assessment is configured to require the Respondus LockDown Browser, the browser will launch in a new window. If the Respondus LockDown Browser is not already installed, the user will be prompted to install it before starting their quiz.
Special Access Override -- This update significantly improves the instructor’s experience when granting users special access to a quiz secured by Respondus LockDown Browser. Instructors can now exempt individual users from requiring the Respondus LockDown Browser when taking a quiz instead of having to exempt all users in order to accommodate one user’s needs.
Custom Points -- In some cases, imported Rubrics with custom levels did not retain their point values.
Now when you export a rubric with custom points, the points are now correctly exported with the zipped file and are successfully imported with the course package. This fix applies only to rubrics that are newly exported and imported; existing exported course packages may still encounter the missing point value.
LTI-based Integration -- A new LTI-based integration for Turnitin is available to replace the legacy API. Settings for enabling and setting up Turnitin, including OriginalityCheck and GradeMark, are now available in a separate tab when instructors create or edit a dropbox folder. The new LTI integration allows instructors to more easily access Turnitin from the Brightspace platform. Note the following:
New configuration variables have been added to support the LTI integration.
The OriginalityCheck options that were found in the Properties tab in the legacy API have been renamed and moved to the new Turnitin tab in the LTI integration.
The advanced OriginalityCheck options that were found at the bottom of the Properties tab in the legacy API can now be found by clicking the More Options in Turnitin button on the new Turnitin tab. The button opens the Turnitin Assignment window where instructors can set more advanced Turnitin-specific options.
Instructors can no longer enable Turnitin from the Groups tool, which was possible in the legacy API.
If learners in the same group submit similar or identical versions of the same assignment to a group submission folder, Turnitin will consider those assignments to be plagiarized.
A learner is not able to access group member’s Originality Report in Turnitin, even though the Originality Score displays.
On the Folder Submissions page, the Files tab, it is no longer possible to search and sort on the Turnitin Similarity column, as it was in the legacy API.
Dropbox data purge has been updated with the new LTI integration.
Better metrics for time viewing topics -- In the Summary and Content Progress pages, User Progress contains statistics on the amount of time a learner spends in a content topic. The update to this feature corrects the inaccuracies that can occur when a user session times out or loses connectivity. As a result, the statistics for the amount of time a user spends in a content topic are accurate to the default frequency of 10 minutes. The time spent statistics for other scenarios (such as viewing a content topic and then browsing to the next topic or to another tool) continue to capture the exact duration.
This solution also improves how User Progress tracks time spent in content when the user switches between browser tabs.
Identify when learners access their courses -- In the User Progress tool, instructors can now easily identify when learners access their courses. From the new Course Access indicator, instructors can view detailed course access such as when a learner last accessed the course and the total number of days they access the course.