September 2018 Release Notes (10.8.5)
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.
Content – Print/Download Function added to Overview | New
Users can now download and print an uploaded syllabus from the Course Overview area of Content.
This feature implements PIE item D3679.
Discussions – Create groups and section threads in existing topics | New
Administrators and instructors can now associate existing discussion topics to a new group or section during the group or section creation process. In addition, users can associate existing discussion topics to groups or sections not associated with any other discussion topic. Note that users can only choose existing discussion topics that have no existing discussion posts for association. This feature is useful for creating groups or sections after copying a course, or if discussion topics are accidentally created before groups or sections.
Grades - Add grade release date to Grade Event Log | Updated
This feature enables instructors with the Manage Grades permission to view the exact date and time a learner's grade is released or unreleased. The Grade Event Log now includes a column that displays the type of event that occurred (Grade Released and / or Grade Unreleased) in addition to the existing Grade Updated events. As a result, instructors can review and validate the dates a learner's grades were released or unreleased.
Note: No historic data is available for grades that were released / unreleased prior to this feature.
Groups and Sections – Differentiate between similar learner names in groups and sections | New
Instructors can now differentiate between duplicate learner names by displaying the username or Org Defined Id beside a learner's name. Instructors can enable this option in both the Manage Groups and Manage Sections tools.
This feature implements PIE items D2801 and D777.
HTML Editor - Add quicklinks to content modules, submodules and course overview | New
Users can now link directly to content modules, submodules, and course overviews (if available) directly from the Insert Quicklink option in the HTML editor. This change allows users to insert quicklinks directly to specific portions of course content within any tool with the HTML Editor. Previously, only a link to the Content tool was available from the Insert Quicklink option in the HTML editor.
This feature implements PIE items D545, D2033, and D1731.
HTML Editor - Chemistry equation writing function available in the equation editor | New
A chemistry equation writing function is now available in the HTML Editor. Users can select this feature directly within the equation editor.
This feature implements PIE item D3383.
Import/Export/Copy Components - Copy awards between courses - New
When copying components between courses, administrators and instructors can now choose to include awards and their release conditions. This allows instructors to reuse awards across different courses and sections in Brightspace Learning Environment.
This feature implements PIE item D2707 and D4128.
Release Conditions - Released final grade score condition type | New
Instructors and course designers can release items such as content and awards to learners either based on the learner’s final grade being marked as released or based on their final grade being marked as released and the grade meeting a set threshold. For example, a course survey could be released to a learner once their final grade is released or an award could be released to a learner once their final grade is released and they have received a certain grade. This can be completed everywhere a user can create and attach release conditions.
Instructors and course designers can also use intelligent agents to complete certain tasks based on a learner’s final grade. For example, an intelligent agent could now enrol a student whose grade did not meet a set threshold into a remedial course.
This feature implements PIE items D669, D4295, and D4329.
What is in this update and not enabled at uOttawa?
Improvements to the lesson experience.