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November 2020 Highlights

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D2L Brightspace 20.20.11 updates for November 2020Cat reading a document

This will be installed on Thursday, November 26th, 2020

This month’s updates for D2l Brightspace Include:

  • Assignments – Date picker change | Updated
  • Brightspace Pulse – Dark mode for Android | New
  • Content – Enhancements to course content statistics | New
  • Grades – Display total points in Manage Grades | Updated
  • Quiz Builder – Quiz preview available | New
  • Quizzes – Retake incorrect questions in subsequent attempts | New
Assignments – Date picker change | Updated

The new date picker has been updated with a more streamlined design and requires a slight workflow change: to clear a date/time, the X alongside the time field has been replaced by a Clear option inside the calendar.

You can find the date picker in Due Date, Start Date, and End Date fields on the Create and Edit Assignments page.

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Old date picker component on the Create and Edit Assignments page

Old date picker component on the Create and Edit Assignments page

New date picker component on the Create and Edit Assignments page

New date picker component on the Create and Edit Assignments page

Brightspace Pulse – Dark mode for Android | New

Brightspace Pulse for Android now displays in Dark mode when Dark mode is enabled on your Android device. 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

Content – Enhancements to course content statistics | New  

D2L has introduced new features/updates to provide you with additional insight about your courses, statistics in the classic Content experience now include more information.
To view course content statistics, navigate to Content, and then select Table of Contents > Related Tools > View Reports.
From the Reports page, the Content tab includes the following changes:

  • The summary panel uses less vertical space, enabling instructors to view detailed information more quickly.
  • A new Available To column that displays the number of users (from the class list) that the content is available to. This value takes into account the following: release conditions, special access (assignments and quizzes), group access (assignments and discussions), availability dates, hidden/visible state, and if the module parent is “available.”
  • For modules, the following information displays:
    • Available To – the number of users that the module is available to.
    • Users Visited – the number of unique users who visited one or more topics within the module.
    • Average Time Spent – the average time spent in each topic within the module.

From the Content tab on the Reports page, clicking a value under the Available To or Users Visited columns for a module displays a new Module details page, which includes the following information:

  • Available – indicates if the module is available to the user.
  • Last Visited – the last date the user visited a topic within the module.
  • Number of Visits – the total number of visits across all topics in the module.
  • Total Time Spent – the total time spent in each topic within the module.
  • Average Time Spent – the average time spent in each topic within the module.

From the Reports page, the Users tab displays a new Content Topics Available column, which includes the number of content topics available to each user.
From the Users tab on the Reports page, clicking a user displays the following information on the User Details page:

  • Content type and availability icons now display, ensuring consistency with the Content Statistics – By Content view.
  • For modules, the following information displays:
    • Available – a new column that indicates if modules and topics are available.
    • Visits – the total number of visits across all topics in the module.
    • Average Time Spent – the average time spent in each topic within the module.
    • Last Visited – the last date the user visited a topic within the module.

In addition, the Class Progress tool now displays an icon to indicate if a topic or module has release conditions associated with it for the specified user.

New content statistics that display on the Content tab of the Reports page

New content statistics that display on the Content tab of the Reports page

The new Available column that displays on the Module details page

The new Available column that displays on the Module details page

The new Content Topics Available column that displays on the Users tab of the Reports page

The new Content Topics Available column that displays on the Users tab of the Reports page

New content statistics that display on the User Details page

New content statistics that display on the User Details page

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Grades – Display total points in Manage Grades | Updated

Manage Grades now includes total points for grade categories and Final Calculated Grade.
For weighted grade books, the total weight is displayed in addition to the total points. For formula grade books, the manually-entered max points is displayed instead of the total points. Totals do not include bonus grade items and does support grade item dropping.

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Quiz Builder – Quiz preview available | New

You can now view a preview of your quiz from Quiz Builder. Clicking the new Preview button on the Add/Edit Questions view of the quiz opens a quiz preview attempt in a new tab for a complete view of how the quiz appears to students.

The Preview button appears in Quiz Builder

The Preview button appears in Quiz Builder

Quizzes – Retake incorrect questions in subsequent attempts | New

This feature introduces a new option for Quizzes Attempt settings that allows students to only retake their incorrectly answered questions from previous quiz attempts. You are now able select this new option in the Assessment tab of a quiz. When the Retake Incorrect Questions Only check box is selected for subsequent quiz attempts, each learner only sees the questions they had previously answered incorrectly in the same order as the initial attempt (including quizzes with random sections and random questions).

When grading a Retake Incorrect Questions Only quiz attempt, you now have the ability to only provide a score for the questions answered on this attempt.
A student’s score for a Retake Incorrect Questions Only attempt remains at minimum, the score they had on the previous attempt. Correctly answered questions on the Retake Incorrect Questions Only attempt add to the learner’s attempts score. The Quiz Overall Score is calculated using the existing Highest/Lowest/First/Last/Average aggregation functions. The “Average” aggregation function can be used to give the student partial marks for questions that were not answered correctly on the first attempt.

The Retake Incorrect Questions Only option can be selected when setting Attempts Allowed

The Retake Incorrect Questions Only option can be selected when setting Attempts Allowed

 A student view of a Retake Incorrect Questions Only quiz attempt

A student view of a Retake Incorrect Questions Only quiz attempt

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