July 2021 Highlights
Posted by Donna Swanson
D2L Brightspace updates for July 2021 – This will be installed on Thursday, July 22, 2021.
This month’s updates for D2l Brightspace Include:
- Assignments – Add categories in the New Assignment Creation Experience | New
- Brightspace Editor – Available Quiz Builder | Updated
- Brightspace Platform – New Brightspace External Resource icon | Updated
- Grades – Add categories for text, calculated, and formula grade items | New
- Quizzes – Quiz Introduction field | Removed
- Quizzes – Relocation of the Reports Setup functionality | New
- Quizzes – Set grace period time to 0 minutes | New
- Quizzes – Status and workflow changes for quizzes with ungraded questions | New
- Rubrics – Inline grading improvements | Updated
Assignments – Add categories in the New Assignment Creation Experience | New
This feature builds on the Assignments – Brightspace Editor in the new Assignment Creation Experience | New feature that was released in April 2021/20.21.4.
The new assignment creation experience supports the alignment of assignments to categories.
Brightspace Editor – Available Quiz Builder | Updated
This feature updates the Brightspace Editor – Additional functionality | Updated feature released in June 2021/20.21.6 and includes the following item:
- The Quiz Builder now supports the new inline Editor
Brightspace Platform – New Brightspace External Resource icon | Updated
To differentiate from the similar generic download icon, the external resource icon is now changing to a building block icon. This new icon better represents the building block approach of external resource functionality.
The new icon now appears in the following locations:
- External Learning Tools under Admin Tools (Administrators)
- External Learning Tools under the Add Existing options of the Classic Content tool and the Lessons tool (Instructors)
- External Learning Tools in the Classic Content Experience and the New Learner Content Experience (Learners) Feature description
Grades – Add categories for text, calculated, and formula grade items | New
This feature enables you to better organize your grade book by adding categories to text, calculated, and formula grade items. This improved organization does not impact the calculation of the category these grade items are in. The totals in these categories do not contribute to the final grade.
You can import, export, and copy category values for these grade item types. In addition, you can also access these values using API and view them in data sets (CategoryId). There is no dataset update as the value was previously available but set to Null for these grade item types
Quizzes – Quiz Introduction field | Removed
To reduce redundancy in the Quizzes tool, the Introduction field is removed. When an instructor edits a quiz, the Introduction field is no longer available.
If any quiz previously had text in the Introduction field, on clicking Edit, the text is automatically appended to the Description field. A message appears indicating that these two fields have been merged. Instructors can review the modified quiz description prior to saving the quiz.
Note: Check the visibility of the Description field prior to saving the quiz.
When importing a course using Import/Export/Copy Components, text in the quiz Introduction field automatically appends to the quiz Description field.
When viewing a quiz topic in the Classic Content tool, the text in the Introduction field now appears under the Instructions header.
Quizzes – Relocation of the Reports Setup functionality | New
The Report Setup tab on the Edit Quiz page is now available on the context menu of a quiz and reads as Setup Reports.
The Reports option available on the quiz context menu is also updated and reads as View Reports
Quizzes – Set grace period time to 0 minutes | New
When setting an enforced time limit for a quiz, instructors can now set the grace period for a quiz to 0 minutes, in place of the default grace period setting of 5 minutes. Entering a 0 minute grace period flags the quiz attempt as exceeded immediately when the quiz time limit is reached by the learner. Quiz attempt logs display when the learner attempt exceeds the regular time limit, grace period time limit or any extended time limit. Grace period of 0 minutes can be set for quizzes with special access restrictions as well.
*Note that setting a grace period can support learner accessibility requirements and other situations, such as slow internet connections when completing quizzes.
Quizzes – Status and workflow changes for quizzes with ungraded questions | New
To support instructors who need to manually score questions within quizzes, the following quiz status and quiz grading workflow updates are available:
- For quizzes that contain questions that need to be manually scored (such as Written Response questions) AND that have the “Allow attempt to be set as graded immediately upon completion” option disabled, a new Pending Evaluation status appears beside the quiz attempt on the Grade Quiz page.
- While evaluating a quiz attempt with unevaluated questions, the instructor can now select Pending evaluations in the Question View drop-down menu to filter for only the questions that require manual evaluation.
- Instructors can now filter the Users tab by status. The available filters are: Published, Saved as draft, Pending evaluation and an empty status. The empty status denotes a quiz with auto-scored questions, where all questions are evaluated and there is no question evaluation pending.
Rubrics – Inline grading improvements | Updated
There have been improvements to the value and ease of use of the inline grading experience, including changes to ensure grading experience parity for screen reader users. Previously, screen reader users were unable to grade or review tasks due to missing information. In addition, the updates now include:
- The interaction of the arrow buttons at either end of the evaluation slider now indicate a hover state compared to a focus state. If there is no level under the hover pointer, the level area is empty.
- Keyboard navigation of the slider evaluation levels identify the focus and indicate the criterion being viewed. When the keyboard focus is on a level, you can press the arrow keys at the beginning and end of the slider or use the left and right arrow keys on the keyboard to move the focus within a scale. In grading mode, moving the focus to a level directly selects the level. You can also press Enter to select or unselect a level. In preview mode, the selected level does not change when you review other levels’ information.
- Keyboard navigation of the slider evaluation levels more clearly identify the focus and level you have selected in grading mode. You can use the right or left arrow key at the beginning and end of the slider to move the focus within a scale. Press Enter or use the left and right arrow keys on the keyboard to select and deselect the level.
- The level name and description of an evaluation level appear below the evaluation slider in the selected state, and the selection indicator appears on the slider at the chosen level.
- When the rubric has been graded, the level information area displays the selected level’s information by default, unless other levels are in hover state in grading mode, or in hover or focus state in reviewing mode.
- When you move the selection block to a different level, there is now an animation to smoothly transition to the new level.