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August 2018 Release Notes (10.8.4)
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.
Brightspace Learning Environment - Supported browsers | Updated
This feature clarifies the browser support provided by D2L for Firefox ESR as follows:
Firefox ESR - latest version (including a 12-week overlap with the previous version).
Grades – Reorder grade items | Updated
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.
Import Course Package - Date Offset | New
Previously, when importing course packages, old course dates were copied over from the activities in the package. Now, administrators and instructors can offset previous course activity dates to new dates for the destination courses using Advanced Options settings.
This feature eliminates the burden of manually editing course activity dates in imported course packages.
Personal Dashboard - End-of-life | Removed
The Personal Dashboard tool is a personalized homepage for instructors and checklist to help set up courses easily in Brightspace Learning Environment. With the Brightspace Daylight Experience and standard org homepages, there is a strong overlap in the functionality that the Personal Dashboard provides, reducing the need for the tool.
As of the August 2018 release, the Personal Dashboard has reached end-of-life status. Moving forward, D2L is committed to providing a streamlined and consistent user experience with Daylight.
Quizzes – Dynamic preview available in question pools | New
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 | Updated
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.
What is in this update and not enabled at uOttawa?