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December 2018 Release Notes (10.8.8)

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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.

Upcoming Changes

Assignments - Change assignment and submission type | New

If no learner submissions have been made to an assignment, instructors can change the assignment type and submission type. This allows for existing assignments to be modified without the need to create a new assignment.

This feature implements PIE items D3654 and D4880.

Assignments - Evaluate submissions by clicking learner names | New


On the Submissions page, instructors can now click on a learner's name to access the Evaluate Submission page. Previously this action allowed instructors to email learners. Emails can still be sent from the Submissions page by selecting the check box beside a learner's name, and clicking Email.

This feature implements PIE item D1014.

Assignments - Improved evaluation experience | Updated

The Evaluate Submission page has been updated to improve the evaluation experience for instructors with the following features:

To download a submission, instructors now click on the submission's file name.
The Markup Document button has been replaced by a Launch Turnitin link for assignments that have Turnitin enabled.
The Publish and Save Draft buttons now display at the bottom of the page and are not confined to the Evaluation and Feedback pane.
An additional link to access the Next Student now displays next to the Publish and Save Draft buttons at the bottom of the page.

Content - Create new assignment submission types | Updated

On paper and Observed in person assignment submission types can now be created directly from Content. On paper assignments are completed by learners offline and submitted directly to instructors. Observed in person assignments, such as class presentations, do not require written work to be submitted but can be evaluated using the tools available in Assignments.

Discussions - Improvements to the rubrics grading experience | New

Grading with rubrics in Discussions now offers new functions and an improved workflow. The new design makes for an easier grading experience and is optimized for use on mobile devices.

New rubrics features include:

All rubric assessments and feedback updates for discussions and grade items now automatically save in draft state while updates are in progress
Rubrics in draft state are not visible to learners until the instructor selects Save & Publish, at which time learners can immediately view their feedback from Assignments, Content, Discussions, Grades and User Progress
Instructors can choose to bulk publish feedback to all or select users at once, such as for an entire class or group
New Retract Feedback option enables instructors to remove published feedback from view of learners for changes to the Total Score. The Overall Score and Overall Feedback portions of the rubric can be edited without retraction
A grading pop-up window for easier grading that contains all rubrics for the discussion, a place to enter Overall Feedback, and a list of posts that the student has made
When grading on mobile devices, vertical margins are reduced for easier viewing.

This feature implements PIE item D4817.

Quizzes - Opt-in for New Quiz Experience removed | New

The opt-in configuration variable d2l.Tools.Quizzes.NewQuizExperienceOpt-In is now removed from the Config Variable Browser. Users can no longer opt out of the new quiz experience.

Rubrics - Display graded rubric feedback in Gradebook | Updated

In the June 2018/10.8.2 release, the user experience for rubrics was improved to allow learners to view their graded rubric feedback in Gradebook for discussions, assignments, and quizzes.

For instructors, this change impacted how they used rubrics with activities. They could assess discussions, assignments or quizzes from the corresponding tool, and the completed rubric displayed in its entirety in Gradebook (if the activity had a linked grade).

Rubrics - Improved rubric creation experience | New

To offer instructors a more streamlined approach to authoring rubric levels and criteria, this release introduces a new, opt-in rubric creation experience. Specifically, the Rubrics tool includes the following enhancements:

Quickly create and edit rubric levels and criteria inline using an auto-save experience
Easily change rubric type and scoring method during rubric creation
Re-order criterion via drag and drop or keyboard
Improved logic for point-based rubrics, where new levels automatically follow existing point scoring sequences
Individual criterion cells in custom point rubrics dynamically scale when editing the criterion out-of value
Overall Score is visually separated from the rubric, displaying in its own section
This feature implements PIE items D505, D2300, and D2915.

SCORM - Experience API package support | New

Using the new SCORM solution, instructors can now import and play Experience API (xAPI) packages as SCORM objects in course content.

What is in this update and not enabled at uOttawa?

Improvements to the Lesson experience.

January 2019 Release Notes (10.8.9)
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