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April 2020 Highlights

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D2L Brightspace 20.20.02 updates for April 2020  – This will be installed on Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

Cat reading a documentD2L’s update this month will have a few updates and changes.  They have decided to keep the updates to a minimum this month due to the COVID-19 Virus.

This month’s updates Include:

  • Assignments – Column name change
  • Improvements to cloud environment security
  • Pulse App – The ability to Pin and unpin courses
  • Changes to Brightspace color palate

Assignments – Assignments page column name

When viewing the list of assignments in your course.  The column that is currently titled New will be renamed to New Submissions

Old Assignment list with old column name

The Assignments page with the currently titled “New” column

Assignment Page with the updated column name

The Assignments page with renamed New Submissions column

Improvements to cloud environment security using a Web App Firewall:

To improve cloud environment security, D2L is proactively blocking suspicious requests using a Web App Firewall (WAF).

The WAF checks all traffic coming into the Brightspace cloud environment to match rules. Traffic that matches its rules, which indicate that the traffic is a potential security concern, will not be allowed into the servers. This change helps ensure that suspicious traffic does not reach your environment, further reducing the likelihood of an infrastructure-affecting security incident.

The WAF checks if the traffic is coming from a site that may be a potential security concern and if the traffic is coming from outside of a client’s region.

The second check is in place to avoid the possibility of blocking all traffic from a client in the unlikely event that a customer is negatively impacted by the WAF.

Brightspace Pulse – Pin and unpin courses

To help students more easily find their current courses in Brightspace Pulse for iOS, learners can now pin and unpin courses from the Courses screens. Pinning a course ensures it remains at the top of the screen for easy access. Previously, students could only pin and unpin their courses in Brightspace Learning Environment.

To pin or unpin a course in Brightspace Pulse, do one of the following:

  • From the Courses screen, tap the ellipses () icon in a course tile.
  • From the Course Homepage screen, tap the ellipses () icon at the top of the screen.

From the list of actions, tap Pin or Unpin. A pinned course is denoted by a Pin icon. Unpinning a course removes the pin icon.

Daylight Design System – Minor changes to Brightspace color palate

In order to improve the color contrast and increase the accessibility of the Brightspace Learning Environment user interface, there have been several changes made:

  • The color used for warnings in the Brightspace Daylight Design System has changed to a deeper “carnelian” (#E87511) to ensure an appropriate color contrast with white text.
  • The color “topaz” no longer appears in the Daylight color palette.