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August 2021 Highlights

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D2L Brightspace updates for August 2021will be installed on Thursday, August 26, 2021.

This month’s updates for D2l Brightspace Include:Cat reading a document

  • Assignments – Icons in attachments toolbar | Updated
  • Brightspace Learning Environment – Supported Browsers | Updated
  • Brightspace Learning Environment – End of Life for Secondary Window Pop-Ups | New
  • Brightspace Pulse – View all grades for a course | New
  • Brightspace Pulse – View content module descriptions | New
  • Discussions – Consistent evaluation experience | New
  • Rubrics – Increased accessibility with labels on radio buttons | Updated
  • Rubrics – Inline grading improvements | Updated
  • Rubrics – Overall Score now appears in Mobile view and the New Assignment Evaluation Experience | Updated

Assignments – Icons in attachments toolbar | Updated

This release updates the attachments toolbar which appears in the evaluation panel on the right side of the new Assignment Evaluation Experience.

Users can now add attachments to their feedback from QuickLinks, web links and Google Drive using the new icons in the toolbar. Previously, users could only add attachments by uploading a file from their computer, recording an audio note, or recording a video note.

This change aligns the attachments toolbar in the new Assignment Evaluation Experience with the attachments toolbar in the new Create and Edit Assignment Experience.

Previous attachments toolbar containing icons for Upload File, Record Audio, and Record Video.

Previous attachments toolbar containing icons for Upload File, Record Audio, and Record Video.

New attachments toolbar containing icons for Upload File, QuickLink, Web Link, Google Drive, Record Audio, and Record Video

New attachments toolbar containing icons for Upload File, QuickLink, Web Link, Google Drive, Record Audio, and Record Video

Brightspace Learning Environment – Supported Browsers | Updated

As an update to Brightspace Learning Environment – Supported browsers | Updated released in January 2021/20.21.1 and Brightspace Platform – Support alert banner for older browsers | New released in March 2021/20.21.3, the warning banner for legacy Edge has been is removed on Aug 1st and replaced with a “your browser is unsupported” page. with a Your browser is looking a little retro… pop-up message.

D2L recommends using Brightspace Learning Environment with an up-to-date browser that provides robust support for all features. If you are using Brightspace Learning Environment with a legacy browser, a pop-up message appears directing you to update your browser, change to a supported browser, or dismiss the message.  If your browser is older than 6 months, the following retro message appears:

The “Your browser is looking a little retro… pop-up message”.

The “Your browser is looking a little retro… pop-up message”.

The following message appears if you are using one of the following browsers (or older):

  • Chrome 67 (released March 2018)
  • macOS Safari 12 (released September 2018)
  • Firefox 67 (released May 2019)
  • Chrome OS Chrome 67 (released Mar 2018)
  • iOS Safari 11 (released September 2017)
  • Android Chrome 67 (released Mar 2018)
Legacy support tier/really prominent warning.

Legacy support tier/really prominent warning.

If you are using Legacy Edge (older than version 79) or Microsoft Internet Explorer 11, the following message appears:
Legacy Edge (Microsoft Edge versions <79) is now blocked from accessing Brightspace
Cannot proceed at all.

Blocked support tier warning

Blocked support tier warning

Brightspace Learning Environment – End of Life for Secondary Window Pop-Ups | New

This update brings End of Life status to the Show dialogs as pop-ups setting under User Profile > Account Settings. All secondary windows now open in Dialogs. Historically, this setting was used as an Accessibility accommodation as not all Screen Readers were able to handle dialogs. Modern screen readers provide better support for dialogs.

The Show secondary window as setting which has been removed

The Show secondary window as setting which has been removed

Example of a secondary window opening in a pop up

Example of a secondary window opening in a pop up

The new external resource functionality icon

The new external resource functionality icon

Example of a secondary window opening in a dialog

Example of a secondary window opening in a dialog

Brightspace Pulse – View all grades for a course | New

Learners can now view all grades for a course from a new Grades tab in the course. Previously, learners could only view course grades from notifications in Brightspace Pulse or by opening a browser and navigating to the Grades tool in Brightspace Learning Environment.

To view all grades for a course, tap the Courses tab. Next, tap a course, and then the Grades tab. All received grades for the course display, indicating if feedback is available. To open the Grades tool in a browser and view full grade breakdowns and calculations, tap View Grades in Browser.

To view feedback, tap a grade. The grade and text feedback display.

The new Grades tab for a course in Brightspace Pulse

The new Grades tab for a course in Brightspace Pulse

The new Grades tab for a course in Brightspace Pulse

The new Grades tab for a course in Brightspace Pulse

 

A graded activity with feedback in Brightspace Pulse

A graded activity with feedback in Brightspace Pulse

Brightspace Pulse – View content module descriptions | New

Learners can now view content module descriptions in Brightspace Pulse. Instructors use module descriptions to communicate vital information to learners about specific course content. Previously, module descriptions were only visible from Brightspace Learning Environment, which may have caused learners to miss important information when accessing courses from Brightspace Pulse.

A content module description in Brightspace Pulse

A content module description in Brightspace Pulse

Discussions – Consistent evaluation experience | New

This feature updates the user evaluation experience when assessing a topic or an individual learner, allowing instructors to better review and evaluate discussion contributions. The evaluation interface for Discussions has a similar layout as the Assignments – Consistent evaluation experience.

This new experience involves a new page layout, with evaluation tools and the post being evaluated displaying side-by-side. Assessment workflows have not changed.

New evaluation experience for Discussions, with posts and evaluation tools displayed side-by-side

New evaluation experience for Discussions, with posts and evaluation tools displayed side-by-side

Rubrics – Increased accessibility with labels on radio buttons | Updated

To provide a better experience to clients using screen readers, criterion levels now indicate the level name and point value of each radio button when it has the focus. Previously, screen readers only indicated “radio button X out of Y” or “radio button, not selected” depending on whether the focus is on a selected criterion.

In addition, the mobile view of Rubrics now has radio buttons implemented to describe the level name and point value of each criterion level, consistent with the view on a larger screen.
Note: Depending on the screen reader you use, the way of listing all the radio buttons on a page differs. For example, In NVDA, press INSERT+F7; in JAWS, press CTRL+INSERT+A. In general, D2L tests compatibility with the following screen readers: NVDA, JAWS, and Voiceover.

Criterion level rows behave as radio buttons for screen readers

Criterion level rows behave as radio buttons for screen readers

Rubrics – Inline grading improvements | Updated

There have been improvements to the 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 following:

  • 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.
 If the hover pointer is on a level, the name, description, and score appear in the level information area below the slider

If the hover pointer is on a level, the name, description, and score appear in the level information area below the slider

  • Keyboard navigation of the slider evaluation levels identify the focus and indicate the criterion you are viewing. 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.
The focused level is highlighted inside the slider segment

The focused level is highlighted inside the slider segment

  • 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.
When the level is selected, a larger box outlines the slider level, and a checkmark appears in the level

When the level is selected, a larger box outlines the slider level, and a checkmark appears in 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 a level is selected, the level name and description appear, along with the selection indicator

When a level is selected, the level name and description appear, along with the selection indicator

  • 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 a non-selected level is in hover state, the name, description, and score appear in the level information area below the slider

When a non-selected level is in hover state, the name, description, and score appear in the level information area below the slider

  •  When you move the selection block to a different level, there is now an animation to smoothly transition to the new level.

Rubrics – Brightspace Editor Additional Functionality | Updated

This feature updates the Brightspace Editor – Additional Functionality | Updated released in June 2021/20.21.6

  • The Brightspace Editor toolbar now appears in the rubrics creation and edit experience in description and feedback fields.
  • The Insert Stuff and Insert Quicklink buttons now appear in the different views with additional formatting options.
The Brightspace Editor in the Rubrics Description field

The Brightspace Editor in the Rubrics Description field

The Brightspace Editor in the Rubrics Feedback field

The Brightspace Editor in the Rubrics Feedback field

Rubrics – Overall Score now appears in Mobile view and the New Assignment Evaluation Experience | Updated

When an instructor using the New Assignment Evaluation Experience opens a rubric in a new window, the Overall Score displays for each rubric, and the instructor can override the level if necessary. Previously, if an instructor did not open a new window, rather, they viewed the rubrics inline in the New Assignment Evaluation Experience tool, the Overall Score did not appear, and the instructor could not override the level. As a result, text-only rubrics could not be assessed because the Overall Score was not available.

Now, instructors using the New Assignment Evaluation Experience or the Mobile view can evaluate text-only rubrics for Assignments and Discussions as expected.

The Overall Score in Mobile and New Assignment Evaluation Experience views

The Overall Score in Mobile and New Assignment Evaluation Experience views

The updated quiz status filters appear on the Attempts tab

The updated quiz status filters appear on the Attempts tab

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.
If there is a hover pointer on a level, the name, description, and score appear in the level information area below the slider

If there is a hover pointer on a level, the name, description, and score appear in the level information area below the slider

  • 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.
The focused level is highlighted inside slider segment

The focused level is highlighted inside slider segment

  • 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.
When the level is selected, a larger box outlines the slider level, and a checkmark appears in the level

When the level is selected, a larger box outlines the slider level, and a checkmark appears in 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 a level is selected, the level name and description appear, along with the selection indicator

When a level is selected, the level name and description appear, along with the selection indicator

  • 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 a non-selected level is in hover state, the name, description, and score appear in the level information area below the slider.

When a non-selected level is in hover state, the name, description, and score appear in the level information area below the slider.

  • When you move the selection block to a different level, there is now an animation to smoothly transition to the new level.

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