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TLSS - Teaching and Learning Support Service

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November 2018 Release Notes (10.8.7)

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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 updates (end of November)

Assignments: Anonymous Marking

Slight impact to instructors who see a new icon associated with assignments that have anonymous marking enabled and have access to a new Publish All Feedback button.

To publish all feedback for anonymous assignment submissions simultaneously, the Assignments > Publish All Feedback on Anonymized Assignment Submission Folders permission must be enabled for course instructors.

Instructors can publish feedback for assignments with anonymous marking without completing feedback for all anonymous user submissions. If instructors click Publish All Feedback without completing feedback for every anonymous submission, the confirmation dialog box will indicate to instructors that submissions still require feedback.

Assignments - Evaluate submissions page displays in full screen | New

The Evaluate Submission page no longer displays navbar links. This provides instructors with more screen space to view and evaluate assignments.

Content - Add new submission types to content | Updated

The On paper submission and Observed in person submission types available in Assignments can now be added to Content from the Existing Activities menu.

Homepages - Users can edit homepage banner image titles | New

Instructors using the widget-based homepage change their course homepage banner image titles. The title can be changed to the Org Unit Name, a custom value (such as Hello {FirstName}) or the title can be deleted to display no title.

Quizzes - Quizzes display in full screen | New

Slight impact to learners due to the updated layout of quizzes.

Quizzes now display in full screen. When a learner clicks Start Quiz, the navbar disappears. This provides additional screen space for the quiz by removing unnecessary navigation elements from view.

This feature implements PIE items D4574 and D4601.

Widgets - Visual updates to My Courses Widget course tiles | Updated

To provide added value and ease of use to the My Courses widget, the following changes are now available with the widget course cards:

  • New status indicator for Inactive and Closed states for courses
  • Cleaner layout of course name, code, semester, and dates
  • Course notifications are sorted by tool. When a user hovers on the notification icons, a tooltip provides more information.

What is in this update and not enabled at uOttawa?

Lessons - Specify a colour scheme for units | New

The lesson tool has been updated to allow instructors to choose their own course colour scheme. The lesson tool itself is not enabled at this time, since it changes drastically the way the content is created by the instructor and displayed to the learner. TLSS is evaluating the impact of this change. If you are interested in testing this feature and provide feedback, contact me! 

Use of electronic devices in the classroom: Impact...


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