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July 2019 Highlights

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D2L Brightspace 20.19.07 updates for July 2019

D2L Brightspace 20.19.07 updates for July  2019 – This is scheduled to be installed on July  25th.

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Karl, brother of Sven & Ole. Picture Taken by Donna Swanson

There are quite a few changes coming this month with our Continuous Delivery update

This month’s update changes are:

  • Accessibility  – Compliance with WCAG 2.1
  • Assignments – Edit category improvements
  • Class Progress – Default indicator changes
  • Display user initials when there is no user profile image
  • Changes to the table of contents to display all of the content page
  • Survey wording changes for students submitting a survey
  • Language changes for the update Widget and My Courses widgets

 

Accessibility  – Compliance with WCAG 2.1: 

As part of D2L’s ongoing commitment to design and develop against WC3 accessibility best practices, there are updates to shared web components, such as fonts, buttons, menus, and input fields, to ensure they align with WCAG 2.1 standards. These changes include:

  • Text color change from #56A5C to #494C4E for standard font styles, which is WCAG Level AAA compliant.
  • Changes to the color, borders, hover and focus styles of other web components such as buttons, menus and input fields to ensure they comply with WCAG 2.1 color contrast requirements for non-text components.

These changes will help improve readability and provide better ability to meet contrast compliance with non-text elements. It is D2L’s intention to be an industry leader in inclusive design, and these changes improve support for individuals with alternative fine motor, cognition, and low vision needs. These compliance changes contain no changes to workflows; all changes are look and feel only.

 

Assignments – Edit category improvements:

An Edit Categories option is now available in Assignments to allow users to edit all categories from one page. You can add, modify, delete, and sort categories, as well as manage unused categories. If a category with assignments is deleted, those assignments are added to the No Category area.

 

Class Progress – Default indicator changes:

Class Progress has two Content tool indicator graphs: Content Visited and Content Completed. The default setting will be switching from Content Visited to Content Completed to better reflect learner progress through the completion of Content activities.

 

Display user initials when there is no user profile image:

If a user does not upload a user profile image in Brightspace Learning Environment, the navbar now displays the user’s initials in the user-profile badge. This change occurs for all roles and displays in the Brightspace Learning Environment navbar and Activity Feed. Previously, if a profile image was not uploaded, a blank user image displayed.

 

Changes to the table of contents to display all of the content page:

To improve the new Content experience for learners, the table of contents contains the following usability enhancements:

  • When clicking the table of contents icon, the menu panel now appears inline on the page, displaying selected content in full. Previously, selected content was partially obscured by the menu.
  • The state of the table of contents persists from session to session, allowing learners to easily resume from where they left off.

 

Survey wording changes for students submitting a survey:

To improve the learner experience when taking a survey, the following updates are now available:

  • The primary button when completing a Survey has been updated from Save Responses to read as Submit Survey. Learners will continue to be prompted to confirm their submission when they submit the survey
  • Users can still save survey answers manually. The Save button now reads as Save Responses
  • A new Back to Questions button is displayed when attempting to submit a survey with unanswered questions
  • While users are taking an anonymous survey, an alert appears at the top of the survey indicating that the survey is anonymous and their user information will not be tied to their responses

 

Language changes for the update Widget and My Courses widgets:

There are changes to language term values to increase the clarity of the fields in the Updates Widget, the My Courses Widget, and Assignments (displayed in Grades) to more clearly describe the capability of the feature.

In the Updates widget:

  • Show the number of new assignment submissions is now Show the number of unread submission files
  • New Assignment Submissions for {subject} is now New Assignment Submission Files for {subject}

In the My Courses Widget:

  • Unread Assignment Submission is now Unread Assignment Submission File
  • New Assignment Submissions is now New Assignment Submission Files
  • Unread Assignment Submissions is now Unread Assignment Submission Files
  • New Assignment Submissions is now New Assignment Submission Files
  • Show the number of new assignment submissions is now Show the number of unread submission files
  • {number} Unread Assignment Submission is now {number} Unread Assignment Submission Files.

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