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February 2021 Highlights
Posted by Donna Swanson
D2L Brightspace 20.21.02 updates for February 2021
This will be installed on Thursday, February, 2021.
This month’s updates for D2l Brightspace Include:
- Accommodations – Quiz accommodations | New
- Assignments – Rubric pop-out window for consistent evaluation | Updated
- Assignments – Save progress and visual enhancements | Updated
- Brightspace Pulse – Course access events added to Brightspace Data Platform | New
- Rubrics – Warning dialog for partial evaluations | Updated
Accommodations – Quiz accommodations | New
This feature enables instructors to grant learners accommodations through the Classlist tool. Accommodation options currently available include: more time to complete quizzes at the course level and the ability to bypass right-click restrictions in quizzes. The right-click restriction in quizzes is the ability for learners to right-click in the quiz while taking the quiz.
Once granted, these accommodations apply to all quiz activities in a course for that learner. The additional time can be applied in terms of quiz time multipliers (for example, 1.5x quiz time) or +minutes (for example, an additional 30 minutes) on every quiz in a course.
Quiz-specific special access can overwrite an accommodation for any user on a quiz-by-quiz basis. When you overwrite an accommodation and then click Save, a warning describing the impact of overwriting an accommodation appears. Further accommodation options and enhancements are planned for this year.
Assignments – Rubric pop-out window for consistent evaluation | Updated
This feature adds onto the Assignments – Consistent evaluation experience | New feature that was introduced in the December 2020/20.20.12 release, and the Assignments – Multiple rubric support in consistent evaluation experience | Updated feature introduced in the January 2021/20.21.1 release.
When using the new Consistent evaluation experience in Assignments, rubrics can now open to a new pop-out window when assessing assignment submissions. This change provides a larger, detailed view of rubrics in table form and encourages the use of split screens when viewing assignments.
Assignments – Save progress and visual enhancements | Updated
- Now, the Save button in the new assignment creation experience enables an instructor to save their progress while creating or editing an assignment. Previously, Save and Close was the only option.
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- The scrollbars on the main and right-hand panels now appear thinner and less noticeable, providing more vertical space when creating or editing an assignment.
- The name of the assignment appears in the immersive navbar along the top of the page.
Brightspace Pulse – Course access events added to Brightspace Data Platform | New
To allow administrators and instructors to see when learners access courses from Brightspace Pulse, the app now sends course access events to the Brightspace Data Platform (BDP). The BDP stores these events, and then computes and stores the aggregated data, which can then be accessed through various course reporting tools, such as Classlist, Class Progress, Adoption Dashboard, Engagement Dashboard, and the Course Overview widget. For example, in Classlist, the Last Accessed column now displays a timestamp when a learner accesses a course from Brightspace Pulse. In the September 2020/20.20.9 release, Brightspace Pulse started sending session events to the BDP when learners logged in from the app; however, it did not send course access events when learners accessed courses from the app.
Rubrics – Warning dialog for partial evaluations | Updated
Previously, if an instructor attempted to publish a partially completed rubric evaluation, the partial evaluation dialog appeared. If the instructor tapped Enter on their keyboard, the partial evaluation was published.
Now, the default button behavior has changed so that tapping Enter on the page returns the user to the rubric to complete the evaluation. This change adds a verification layer to reconsider their action and ensure that instructors are not mistakenly publishing incomplete evaluations.