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August 2019 Highlights

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D2L Brightspace 20.19.08 updates for August 2019

Donna with the D2L Moose

Donna with the D2L Moose at D2L Fusion 2019 in Kissimmee, Florida

D2L Brightspace 20.19.08 updates for August  2019 – This is scheduled to be installed on  August 22nd, 2019.

This month’s update includes the following changes:

  • Assignments – updated view for students
  • Brightspace – Improvements to course notifications
  • Supported Browsers – updated
  • OpenDyslexic font – No longer supported in D2L
  • Intelligent Agents – Release Conditions re-evaluated before sending
  • Quiz Builder – New quiz builder experience
  • Quiz Attempts – Now able to restore quiz attempts
Assignments – Assignments list page for Students:

The student view of the Assignments page will have an updated display. When students view the Assignments page they will see: Assignment, Completion Status, Score, Evaluation Status, and Due Date displayed for each assignment. These changes allow students to easily identify assignments that require their attention, or contain feedback from their instructors.

Image of the new student assignment view

The updated student assignment view in D2L

Improvements to course notifications | New

To improve the delivery of course notifications in Brightspace Learning Environment, the Notifications option, available from the username on the minibar, now includes the following changes:

  • Added a Summary of Activity option for receiving email notifications about the summary of activity for each course. Options include: Never, Daily, or Weekly (default).
  • Removed the following Customize Notifications options: Allow past courses to send me notifications and Allow inactive courses to send me notifications. You can now only receive daily email digests for current and future courses.
  • Removed the following SMS notifications for Instant Notifications: Content – content item created, Content – content item updated, and Content – content overview updated.

If any of the removed notification options are currently selected, you will no longer receive these notifications after the monthly update. To receive content-related individual notifications, D2L recommends using the Brightspace Pulse mobile app or select the Email option for the individual notification type on the Notifications page. Email content notifications remain unaffected

IE no longer supported warning window

IE is no longer being supported by D2L starting January 2020

Supported browsers – Updated:

When a user tries to access Brightspace Learning Environment using any version of Internet Explorer, a retro pop-up dialog box appears. The text in the retro pop-up dialog box has been updated to include the January 2020 end of life date information. Users who had previously dismissed the pop-up will see it again following the August update if Brightspace is accessed using any version of Internet Explorer. The pop-up can be dismissed again and will not reappear with subsequent updates.

OpenDyslexic font setting | Removed:

The OpenDyslexic font was intended to increase readability of text for users with dyslexia. D2L introduced this font into Brightspace as a measure of support for users with dyslexia.  Since the introduction, there does not appear that there is evidence that it improves readability or comprehension for users with dyslexia. To ensure that D2L offers true accessibility solutions and that we align our design system and development practices with the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1 Level AA Criteria), the OpenDyslexic font will be removed in the August 2019 release.

Intelligent Agents – Release Condition Re-evaluations | New:

Intelligent Agents now re-evaluate the status of release conditions at the moment of triggering to determine whether a user has completed a particular release condition or not. Previously, Intelligent Agents retained release condition information from users, even if users no longer triggered the retained release condition.

Quizzes – New quiz builder experience:

The new Quiz Builder experience is now available for use. Quiz Builder is a new work flow for adding, editing, reordering, and deleting quiz content in the Quizzes tool.

Quiz Builder saves time by streamlining the screens and work flows for building and arranging quiz content. You can add questions, sections and question pools, or import from the Question library. From a single interface, you are able to edit, delete and reorder questions. You can also review critical information such as question points and total points in the quiz; mandatory and bonus status and shuffling behavior.

You can use the new Quiz Builder experience by clicking Add/Edit Questions on the quiz Properties tab. The updated Add/Edit Questions screen provides the option to add, edit, reorder, delete, and move between sections using keyboard interaction in the new experience. The experience is accessible when using assistive technologies.

Quizzes – Restore quiz attempts in the Quiz Attempt log:

You can now restore deleted quiz attempts for students from within a quiz using the new Quiz Attempt log. The New Quiz Attempt log tracks quiz attempt submissions per students, in both an overview and detailed set of logs.

The following actions are captured in the Overview:

  • Attempt Started
  • Attempt Submitted
  • Attempt Deleted
  • Attempt Restored
Attempt Log for quizzes in D2L

The Overview tab on the Attempt Logs page

The Restore button appears when a quiz attempt is deleted for a student. You are able to  access the attempt logs from the Quiz name drop-down menu and in the Grade Quiz area.

The Detailed Quiz Log captures the following actions:

  • Quiz Entry and re-entry
  • Response Save time
  • Page Movement time
  • Quiz confirmation screen / completion