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October 2020 Highlights

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D2L Brightspace 20.20.10 updates for October 2020

This will be installed on Thursday,October 29th, 2020

This month’s updates for D2l Brightspace Include:

  • Brightspace Learning Environment – File types added to restricted upload list | New
  • Brightspace Pulse – Dark mode for Android | New
  • Quick Eval – User interface improvements | New
  • Quiz Builder – Question import improvements | New
  • Quizzes – Editing quizzes with previous attempts | Updated
Brightspace Learning Environment – File types added to restricted upload list | New

For security reasons, D2L restricts the uploading of certain file types to Brightspace Learning Environment. The list of restricted file types is not configurable by administrators. This feature adds the following file types to the restricted list:

  • .cgi
  • .cmd
  • .hta
  • .jar
  • .lib
  • .pl
  • .pm
  • .ps1
  • .sh
  • .vbscript

Note: We have asked D2L to delay rollout of this feature in our environment until December’s update after fall term ends.

Brightspace Pulse – Dark mode for Android | New

When Dark mode is enabled on your Android device, Brightspace Pulse for Android now displays in Dark mode. Using this mode can reduce eye strain and conserve battery power on your device.

Dark mode in Brightspace Pulse for Android

Dark mode in Brightspace Pulse for Android

 

Quick Eval – User interface improvements | New

Quick Eval is now listed in the Course Admin page under the Assessment category when Quick Eval is turned on and the user has access to it.

Quick Eval now uses an updated date picker when dismissing activities until a certain date. The user interface has been updated but the functionality is identical to the previous date picker.

The updated date picker visible in Quick Eval

The updated date picker visible in Quick Eval

Grades – Unrelease all final grades | New

Grades features a new workflow to quickly undo the release of final grades for a course. You will now be able to easily select Unrelease All from the Final Grades drop-down menu.

The Unrelease All option appears in the drop-down menu for Final Grades

The Unrelease All option appears in the drop-down menu for Final Grades

Quiz Builder – Question import improvements | New

This feature updates question importing options in Quiz Builder. When importing questions from Question Library, users can now use the default end of quiz location for the questions, or choose to import the questions into a section. Previously, all questions imported from the Question Library were placed at the end of the Quiz by default, with no ability to select a specific quiz section.

The Import drop-down menu now shows the Import to Section option on the Browse Question Library screen

The Import drop-down menu now shows the Import to Section option on the Browse Question Library screen

Quizzes – Editing quizzes with previous attempts | Updated

This feature updates the Quizzes – User experience updates for editing quizzes with attempts feature released in August 2020/20.20.8.

Points for all past quiz attempts are no longer modified when edits are made that affect the overall points and/or the grading calculations for a quiz. In the previous release, this update extended only to quizzes with attempts started after the June 2020/20.20.6 release. Now, all previous quizzes with attempts started before Brightspace Learning Environment version 20.20.6 display the quiz and grading calculations that appeared to the learner at the exact time they made the attempt.