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D2L Brightspace 20.19.09 updates for September 2019

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D2L Brightspace 20.19.09  updates for September – This is was  installed on September 26th.

There are a few changes that came with this month’s Continuous Delivery update. This month’s update changes included:

  • End of Life for Internet Explorer
  • Assignments – Grades entered in Assignments and Grade Book are synchronized
  • Discussions – Grades entered in Discussions and Grade book are synchronized
  • Release Conditions – Release condition for topic completion
  • Quick Eval – Activities View
End of Life for Internet Explorer: 

Internet Explorer is an older generation browser from Microsoft. Edge has been the latest Microsoft browser since 2015. Internet Explorer 11, the last version of Internet Explorer, has been in ‘maintenance’ mode for Brightspace usage for 3 years. No versions of Internet Explorer prior to 11 are currently supported by Brightspace.

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.

Assignments – Grades entered in Assignments and Grade Book are synchronized:

When an instructor enters a grade for an assignment submission in the standard or spreadsheet view of Grade Book, the grade also appears with the submission in Assignments. Previously, grades entered in the Assignment tool were passed on to Grade Book; however, grades for assignment submissions entered in Grade Book were not passed to the Assignments tool. This change ensures data consistency between Assignments and Grade Book. Currently Assignment grades are not synchronized when the Assignment tool is updated by the Brightspace API or when Grade Book is exported and imported.

Note: Existing grade data for assignment submissions are not migrated. This synchronization only occurs for new grade entries.

Discussions – Grades entered in Discussions and Grade book are synchronized:

When an instructor enters a grade for a discussion in the standard or spreadsheet view of Grade Book, the grade also appears with the discussion post in Discussions. Previously, grades entered in the Discussion were passed on to Grade Book; however, grades for discussions entered in Grade Book were not passed to the Discussions tool. This change ensures data consistency between Discussions and Grade Book. Currently Discussion grades are not

synchronized when the Discussion tool is updated by the Brightspace API or when Grade Book is exported and imported.

Note: Existing grade data for discussions are not migrated. This synchronization only occurs for new grade entries.

Release Conditions – Release condition for topic completion:

The Completed content topic is a new release condition that is met when a user completes a content topic. The method of completing the topic depends on the type, such as viewing a file or submitting an assignment. Similar to the currently available Visited content topic release condition, optional topics can also trigger this release condition.

Create a Completed Content Topic Release Conditon

New Release Condition – Complete content topic

This release condition ignores exemptions, meaning that if the learner completes the activity, the release condition can be met, regardless of the activity being required, optional, or exempt.

Quick Eval – Activities view

Quick Eval is still new, but this recent addition lets you focus on activities sorted by class. While the default view co-mingles activities from all your classes, the Activity view lets you focus on specific courses.

The quick eval tool adds a view for activities sorted by classes.

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