January 2019 Release Notes (10.8.9)
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.
Assignments - Assess learner progress using outcomes | New
Instructors can assess assignment submissions directly against outcomes aligned to an assignment. This allows instructors to easily assess learner progress against outcomes in Assignments. Learners are also able to view the results of the instructor assessing their assignment submissions directly against outcomes aligned to the assignment. This change makes it easier for learners to understand their progress against an outcome, and locate areas for improvement.
Assignments - Improvements to Assignments List view | Updated
When accessing Assignments, the list view now displays updated information. Previously instructors would see information on the assignment name, Total Submissions, Unread Submissions, Flagged Submissions, and Due Date. Now instructors see information on the assignment name, the number of learners who have completed the assignment, the number of learners who have been evaluated, the number of learners who have had feedback published, and the Due Date. This allows instructors to quickly determine what assignments they need to evaluate, how far along they are with their evaluations, and if they have published the evaluations.
Learners also have an updated view of the assignments list, and are now able to see the assignment name, the Completion Status (Not Submitted, Submitted, Completed), their Score, The Evaluation Status (Not yet evaluated, Feedback: unread, Feedback: read), and the Due Date. This change to the list view allows learners to easily locate unfinished assignments, as well as access their scores and view instructor feedback on their work.
Administrators determine if the new Assignments list experience is available by setting the d2l.Tools.Dropbox.UseAssignmentListOptIn configuration variable. If this variable is set to On (Opt in), Instructors and students determine which version of the Assignments list to use in their courses (this is the default value). If this variable is set to On all users see the new Assignment list page, if it is set to Off all users see the old Assignments list page.
This feature implements PIE item D1422.
Groups - Create new submission types | Updated
The new On paper and Observed in person submission types available in Assignments can now be created from the Groups tool.
Rubrics - Improved rubric creation experience| Updated
To improve on the new rubric creation experience, rubric creation has been changed to a single-page workflow. Clicking New in the Rubrics tool immediately brings the user to the rubric authoring page. As well, the two previous Rubric Tool options Properties and Levels and Criteria are now condensed into a single Edit option.
What is in this update and not enabled at uOttawa?