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October 2021 Highlights

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October 2021 Highlights

D2L Brightspace updates for October will be installed on Thursday, October 28th, 2021.

This month’s updates for D2L Brightspace Include:Cat reading a document

  • Assignments – Preview Activity in Evaluation mode | Updated
  • Brightspace Editor – Drag/drop and copy/paste images | Updated
  • Brightspace Editor – Email notifications for users tagged in discussion posts and threads | Updated
  • Brightspace Pulse – Operating system support | Updated
  • Content – Add Print Button to PDF file types | Updated
Assignments – Preview Activity in Evaluation mode | Updated

Previously, users who did not have edit permissions for assignments could not preview assignments. As a result, not all evaluator types could see assignment information such as assignment instructions, start date, or due dates.

Now, in Evaluation mode, there is a Preview Activity option in the Assignment context menu to see a preview of the assignment. Evaluators with the See and Manage Assignment Submission Folders permission can use the Preview Activity option to view the assignment information but cannot edit the assignment properties or dates.

The Preview Activity option appears on the context menu for the assignment.

The Preview Activity option appears on the context menu for the assignment.

 

The Assignment Preview enables users to view the assignment information, but they cannot edit it.

The Assignment Preview enables users to view the assignment information, but they cannot edit it.

Brightspace Editor – Drag/drop and copy/paste images | Updated

This feature complements the Brightspace Editor functionality as released in the Brightspace Editor – Improvements | Updated feature released in May 2021 / 20.21.5.
The drag/drop and copy/paste functionality of images is now available in the following areas that contain no user-specific data.

  • Content Module/Topic Descriptions
  • Quiz/Survey/Self-Assessment – Description, Header. Footer
  • Grades – Description
  • Content Course Overview descriptions
  • Discussion Forum/Topic descriptions

Note: Similar to current functionality, image files added to these areas are saved in the root of the Manage Files area of the organization unit the user is currently in.

Brightspace Editor – Email notifications for users tagged in discussion posts and threads | Updated

This feature updates the Brightspace Editor – Additional functionality | Updated feature released in June 2021 / 20.21.6 and now adds the ability for users tagged in discussion posts and threads to receive email notifications.

Brightspace Pulse – Operating system support | Updated

The latest version of Brightspace Pulse is supported on devices with iOS® 12+ or AndroidTM 6.0+ (2015 release). Older versions of Brightspace Pulse will continue to work on devices with iOS 11 or Android 5.0, but will not receive any app updates. For an optimal experience, D2L recommends installing the latest version of Brightspace Pulse on devices with iOS 12+ or Android 6.0+.

Content – Add Print Button to PDF file types | Updated

This feature adds the option to print PDF file types to Classic Content.

The Print button is visible when viewing a PDF topic or the Course Overview as a PDF. This button will also only appear for users with Compile and Print Content permission.

No option to print PDFs was previously available.

PDF view in Brightspace Classic Learning Environment - Content prior to this release, highlighting the absence of a print functionality.

PDF view in Brightspace Classic Learning Environment – Content prior to this release, highlighting the absence of a print functionality.

PDF view in Brightspace Classic Learning Environment - Content highlighting the location of the Print button.

PDF view in Brightspace Classic Learning Environment – Content highlighting the location of the Print button.

 

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x by Peter Seaman 1 month ago

Thanks, Donna, for these monthly updates, which I follow avidly. Since you’re officially retired, I’m guessing (hoping!) Andy will eventually get someone else to continue them. Here’s an idea: I wonder if someone could make a 3- or 4-minute video that actually shows the changes? The screenshots are great, but there’s nothing like seeing the new features in context. And for dynamic processes, like drag and drop, a video is really the best way to show how it works. Thanks again and happy retirement!

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