April 2018 Release Notes (10.8.0)
Each month, Brightspace publishes release notes with the upcoming changes to the LMS. I present here the changes that will impact our community. The full release notes are available on the Brightspace Community.
Discussions - Grading discussions | Updated
This feature updates the discussions grading experience for instructors. Now, when an instructor is grading a discussion, the Topic Score dialog box opens as a pop-up window regardless of the dialog box option the instructor had set under Account Settings. As a result, the instructor can move the Topic Score dialog box to another screen and continue reading discussions or navigating through a learner's discussions on a different screen without closing the Topic Score dialog box.
Groups and Sections – Create sub-groups from sections and group | New
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.
This feature implements PIE items D1282, D472, and D3830.
Manage Dates - Improvements to the Manage Dates tool | Updated
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
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.
What is in this update and not enabled at uOttawa?
The New Lesson experience.