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TLSS - Teaching and Learning Support Service

March 2019 Release Notes (10.8.11)

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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 - Annotate learner submissions | New

Instructors can now use the built-in annotation toolbar in Assignments to provide contextual feedback with highlighting, free hand drawing, shapes, and associated commenting. This allows instructors to complete all their evaluation and feedback work directly in Assignments, without the need to use any external tools or applications. Annotations remain editable until the feedback is published by the instructor. If instructors want to add additional feedback after publishing, they can update the annotations and re-publish them.

This feature implements PIE items D838, D4591, D205, D3304, D2936, D4134, D4958, D5028, D3772, D1217, D2183, D1940, D4056, and D352.

Assignments - Improvements in Assignments | Updated

This feature includes the following improvements:

  • Learners can now submit .cs file types as assignment submissions.
  • The Publish All Feedback on Anonymized Assignment Submission permission has been renamed to Publish All Feedback on Assignments. When the permission is turned on for the instructor role, instructors can publish draft assignment feedback in bulk by clicking Publish All Feedback.

This feature implements PIE items D4935 and D4835.

Quizzes - Set the default state of imported or copied quizzes | New

By setting a new org-level configuration variable, administrators can now specify the default state of imported or copied quizzes as active or inactive. To avoid potential disruption, imported or copied quizzes remain active by default. After importing or copying quizzes, instructors can change the state of each quiz from the Quizzes tool, if necessary. For example, if an administrator sets the new configuration variable to inactive, an instructor can import and review a quiz before releasing it to learners, ensuring that learners do not see the quiz early. Once the instructor is satisfied, they set the quiz to active, releasing it to learners.

This feature implements PIE item D3482.

Rubrics - Rubric icon criteria changed | Updated

The checked rubric icon now displays only when a rubric has been fully scored by the instructor. Previously, the checked rubric icon displayed for partially or fully scored rubrics. The unchecked rubric icon displays when a rubric is unscored, or partially scored to provide instructors and learners with more visual information about the status of the rubric.

Rubrics - Override criteria scores before selecting a level | Updated

Instructors can now enter a score for a criterion on a points-based rubric before clicking on a level within the rubric. Previously, an instructor could only manually enter a score after selecting a level.

What is in this update and not enabled at uOttawa?

Updates about the new Lesson experience. This is not enabled at uOttawa. 

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