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May 2020 Highlights

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D2L Brightspace 20.20.05 updates for May 2020  – This will be installed on Thursday, May 28th, 2020

Cat reading a documentD2L’s update this month will have a few updates and changes.

This month’s updates Include:
  • Announcements – Display author information
  • Brightspace Pulse – Multi-account login support
  • Calendar – Bulk delete items
  • Export Course Components – Org unit codes included in exported course file names
Announcements – Display author information

To provide more information to users, Announcements has been updated to support displaying author information (name and timestamp) on new and edited announcements.

Brightspace Pulse – Multi-account login support 

Brightspace Pulse for iOS and Android now supports the ability to simultaneously log in to multiple Brightspace Pulse accounts. Students can easily switch between multiple Brightspace instances without logging out from Brightspace Pulse. In addition, learners can receive notifications from all of their accounts in Brightspace Pulse.

This feature is useful to students who are co-enrolled at PCC and Portland State University.

In Brightspace Pulse, a new menu icon or your organization’s logo displays in the navigation bar. Tap the menu icon or logo to open a menu with options to switch accounts, add new accounts, and access settings. The current active account is indicated by a checkmark icon.

If there is at least one outstanding notification for any of the accounts, a red notification dot displays on the menu icon or organization logo in the navigation bar.

Brightspace Pulse displaying an organization's logo in the navigation bar, with a notification indicator

Brightspace Pulse displaying an organization’s logo in the navigation bar, with a notification indicator

 Menu options that display when you tap the menu icon or organization logo in the navigation bar

Menu options that display when you tap the menu icon or organization logo in the navigation bar

Brightspace Pulse – Pin and unpin courses

To help learners more easily find their current courses in Brightspace Pulse for Android, 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, learners could only pin and unpin their courses in Brightspace Learning Environment and Brightspace Pulse for iOS.

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.

The Courses screen displaying an unpinned course tile with the ellipses (...) icon

The Courses screen displaying an unpinned course tile with the ellipses (…) icon

The Courses screen displaying a pinned course tile with the ellipses (...) icon and pin icon

The Courses screen displaying a pinned course tile with the ellipses (…) icon and pin icon

The Course Homepage screen displaying the ellipses (...) icon

The Course Homepage screen displaying the ellipses (…) icon

 

Calendar – Bulk delete items 

To create parity with other tools and improve workflow, the Calendar tool now offers a Delete interface. Previously, it was impossible to bulk delete calendar items. This change enables users to multi-select and delete calendar items using the More Actions menu

Export Course Components – Org unit codes included in exported course file names 

The default file name for exported courses now includes the Org Unit Code of the course being exported. The new file name convention follows the format: D2LExport_{OrgUnitId}_{OrgUnitCode}_{Timestamp}.zip. Previously, exported course names followed the format: D2LExport_{OrgUnitId}_{Timestamp}.zip. In simpler terms… If I was exporting my test course, prior to the change the name of the zip file would be:  D2LExport_74446_202051445.zip   Now the name of the file will be:  D2LExport_186241_BA101-0-12345.zip

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