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 "Brightspace" branding and D2L may be used interchangeably in the faculty or student resource pages. The learning management system that Clarion University has always called Desire2Learn or D2L, was re-branded as Brightspace. The company now officially refers to itself as D2L (rather than Desire2Learn) and Brightspace encompasses the company's full suite of products that make up their integrated learning platform.

Monthly Continuous Delivery releases

Brightspace provides monthly updates to the Clarion Brightspace instance approximately the third Friday of each month. When this page is updated, the date is added to the Faculty Announcements widget on D2L Home.  

Click any 'release notes' tab below to view updates by month. Please contact ltcsupport@clarion.edu, or call 814-393-1848 with any questions or feedback!

2021 Release Notes

APRIL 2021 (4-16-2021)

Accommodations  |   UPDATED

Accommodations >  Improvements in Classlist for Instructors:

An icon now appears next to a learner's name in the Classlist to indicate that the learner has an accommodation.

  • Instructors can filter the Classlist by Accommodations and can also Print or Email a list of users with accommodations using the accommodations filter (Show search options).
  • If there are no accommodations granted to a learner, instructors have the Edit Accommodations menu option.

Accommodations > Improvements in Classlist for learners:

  • An icon appears next to learners' own names to indicate they have an accommodation. To view accommodation details, learners can click My Accommodations from their learner context menu.
  • When commencing a quiz, the accommodation icon appears next to a learner's quiz time to indicate that their accommodation has been applied. If a learner's time accommodation has been overridden by a quiz-specific special access, this icon does not appear.

Accommodations > Improvements in Quizzes for instructors:

  • Instructors can now grant learners special access in terms of quiz time multipliers (for example, 1.5x quiz time) or +minutes (for example, an additional 30 minutes) in Quizzes > Special Access settings. 

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  • 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 "Add Special Access", a warning describing the impact of overwriting the accommodation appears. Previously, this warning appeared at the top of the Quiz special access screen. 

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Accommodations > Improvements in User Progress:

The accommodations icon now appears in the Class Progress tool alongside the Quiz domain if the learner has a quiz accommodation in that course.

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Brightspace Editor Update in Assignments  | NEW

The new Brightspace Editor replaces the previous HTML Editor as the default HTML Editor in the new Assignment Creation Experience. Effective MAY 3, the HTML toolbar will be updated throughout most areas of D2L including Announcements, Content, and Discussions,

The new editor includes the following improvements to existing features:

  • Refreshed formatting options
  • The Lato font type
  • A refreshed color picker
  • A refreshed font size menu
  • A comprehensive and standard emoticon menu
  • A comprehensive and refreshed Symbols menu
  • An advanced source code editor
  • A refreshed Tables feature, including data sorting
  • A refreshed Accessibility Checker

The Editor also includes the following new features:

  • Wordcount functionality that includes words, characters, and text selection.
  • Context menus while editing to enable quick access to text, link, and image editing options; including advanced image editing options. Note: image editing is not available in all context menus yet.

The list below outlines what is not included in the Editor:

  • Spell check functionality. D2L recommends using your browser spell check functionality.
  • Cut/Paste functionality. D2L recommends using your browser hot keys/menus for this functionality.

NOTE: Tool icons for 'insert stuff', 'insert image', and font color have changed in style and position as shown in the highlighted image below:

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Content - URL topics now Open as External Resource by default | UPDATED

Previously, when instructors created a new URL Content type, the Open as External Resource option was not selected by default. Now, the URL Content type, has the Open as External Resource check box selected by default. Instructors can choose to deliberately remove the Open as External Resource option as needed.  If it is deselected, instructors are advised that D2L recommends opening links in a new window to prevent issues viewing the resource before saving.

When viewing a content topic that is a URL, the button to open the resource in a new window always appears so that if the content cannot load in an embedded frame, a learner can choose to open the content in a new window.

 Quizzes – Improvements to Special Access functionality | UPDATED

This feature is in line with the improvements made to the Quizzes tool as listed in the Accommodations – Improvements listed above. However, it is not dependent on granting accommodations via classlist.

Instructors can now grant learners special access in terms of quiz time multipliers (for example, 1.5x quiz time) or +minutes (for example, an additional 30 minutes). For example, if an instructor has a 30-minute quiz and using the Special Access page, grants three learners 1.5x the quiz time, their updated quiz time of 45 minutes displays. Instructors no longer have to manually calculate the updated quiz time.

Note: After extending the learners quiz time by way of quiz time multipliers or +minutes on the Special Access page, if an instructor updates the duration of the quiz, the learner's quiz time on the Special Access page does not dynamically update at this time.

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MARCH 2021 (3-19-21)

Copying an assignment | UPDATED

Previously, when instructors copied an assignment, the copied assignment was set to active and had to be opened to edit it.

Now when instructors copy an assignment, the copied assignment is set to inactive and you are directed to the Edit Assignment screen to continue editing it as part of the copy assignments workflow.

 Brightspace Pulse – Notifications for upcoming quizzes and assignments | NEW

In Brightspace Pulse, learners now receive push notifications that remind them about upcoming quizzes and assignments. By default, notifications display two days before each activity's due date or end date.

Learners receive a notification in Brightspace Learning Environment and Brightspace Pulse under the following conditions:

  • If the assignment or quiz has a due date, the learner is notified two days before the due date.
  • If the assignment or quiz has no due date, but has an end date, the learner is notified two days before the end date.

Learners do not receive a notification in Brightspace Learning Environment and Brightspace Pulse under the following conditions:

  • Learner completed the assignment by submitting to the assignment folder.
  • Learner completed the quiz according to the defined completion criteria (attempt submitted or score threshold achieved).
  • The assignment or quiz has no dates attached.
  • The assignment or quiz includes only a start date.
Quizzes - Copy quiz workflow | UPDATED

Previously, to copy and continue editing a quiz, instructors had to navigate to the Manage Quizzes page, click the More Actions > Copy functionality, and then select the quiz to copy, rename it, and click Edit quiz after copy completes.

This feature updates the copy quiz workflow to better align with Assignments. Now, the copy functionality is available on the individual quiz drop-down menu. When you copy a quiz, the copied quiz is set to inactive (as per the original copy quiz workflow) and you are directed to the Edit Quiz screen to continue editing it. Now, the copy quiz workflow also copies over Special Access settings and any aligned Learning Objectives.

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February 2021

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.

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January 2021

Brightspace Learning Environment – Supported browsers | UPDATED

Brightspace Learning Environment's browser version check now displays warnings for browsers earlier than the following versions:

Google® Chrome™ 85 (released Aug 2020)
Apple® Safari® 13 (released in September 2019)
Mobile Apple Safari 12 (released in October 2018)
Mozilla® Firefox® 80 (released August 2020)
Chromium-based Microsoft® Edge 85 (released August 2020)
All versions of Microsoft Edge Legacy (in preparation for Microsoft's end-of-support in March 2021)

Users can access Brightspace Learning Environment with older versions of supported browsers; however, D2L does not test Brightspace Learning Environment against these older versions. This means users may encounter unexpected interface behavior and appearance or broken and unsupported functionality. In most cases, D2L does not fix software defects experienced in unsupported browser versions. For an optimal experience that offers better performance, accessibility, and security, D2L strongly recommends that all users access Brightspace Learning Environment with a supported browser.

ReadSpeaker® - Integration enhancements | UPDATED

ReadSpeaker functionality is now available to instructors and learners in Assignments and Quizzes. ReadSpeaker converts text to speech, making text-based Assignments and Quizzes available to a wider audience. The ReadSpeaker icon is visible when viewing assignment instructions, evaluating assignments, taking or previewing a quiz, and evaluating quizzes.

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2020 Release Notes

December 2020/20.20.12 (12-18-20)
Activity Feed posts and comments now available for Android, improvements to Quizzes multi-select question grading

Changes effective December 9, 2020

My Courses - Style and feature updates

1. Semester tabs: Courses grouped by term and pinned courses
2. Smaller course tiles: Display start and end dates, if used
3. Notification icons: Link directly to new Assignments, Discussions, Quizzes
4. Pinned tab: Appears when user pins a course. Pin/Unpin to reorder courses in the 'Pinned' group

D2L updated my courses area

Assignments - Create and edit experience

1. Core details: The primary panel on the left contains frequently used fields such as due date, instructions, and attachments.
2. Advanced options: The panel on the right organizes options such as start and end dates, rubrics, annotation tools, and Turnitin.
3. Quick add to grades: The new experience streamlines the process of linking assignments to the gradebook. When instructors enter a point value in the left panel, they can simultaneously create a grade item of the same name.

The NEW Assignments Create and Edit experience allows instructors to see everything at a glance with little to no scrolling, and without having to navigate through tabs.

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Assignments – Annotations for feedback

Instructors can provide feedback in the Assignments tool with contextual inline annotations, including:

1. Text – type directly on the page
2. Notes – add a comment via 'note' within the page
3. Highlight – select and highlight text
4. Outline – create a box around text
5. Pen feature – Make handwritten notes with a tablet or touch screen

The annotations tool must be enabled in the Assignment Evaluation & Feedback panel in the Assignment properties to use the mark up tools.

Do not use both Turnitin Grademark for mark-up, and D2L Annotations, as it will cause confusion for students. Instructors using Grademark will still have the option to enable it in the Turnitin Settings. Originality reporting can still be enabled as well.

After publishing results, students can view either Grademark or D2L Annotations from their Assignment > Feedback area.

D2L Annotations tool

November 2020/20.20.11 (11-19-20)   |   November 2020 addendum
Updates to Content statistics, Manage Grades, and Quiz Builder

October 2020/20.20.10 (10-15-20)
Minor updates to  Course Export tool and process, and quiz question import from Question Library improvements.

September 2020/20.20.9 (9-18-20)
Updates to quizzes to accommodate student ability to upload attachments on arithemetic and significant figures questions, and question reordering.

August 2020/20.20.8 (8-21-20)
Slight updates to Assignments tool; Assignment Grader App end-of-life; Ability for learners to attach files to written response questions on quizzes; update to edit quizzes with previous attempts

July 2020/20.20.7 (7-16-20)
Supported browsers update

June 2020/20.20.6 Release (6-19-2020)
No significant updates

May 2020/20.20.5 Release (5-21-2020)
Updated: Pulse-multi-account login,  Pin/Unpin for Android users; Calendar-bulk delete events; Minor updates to Export components file name; Rubrics-ability to display general feedback to learners on hidden rubrics

April 2020/20.20.4 Release (4-17-2020)
Pin/Unpin course in Pulse app for iOS users; Minor updates to manage questions in Quiz Builder.

March 2020/20.20.3 Release (3-20-2020)
Updated: Completion tracking setting for all topics, time can now be set for self-enrollment in groups, New: Rubric tool includes confirmation message if a rubric is not fully evaluated, and only calculates 'overall score' if ALL criteria have been evaluated.  

February 2020/20.20.2 Release (2-21-2020)
New: Uploading EXIF data warning and Export Sorting options in Grades

January 2020/20.20.1 Release (1-21-2020)
New: Validation Logic added to copy course components, Assessment Consistency changes in Discussions, Export Sorting options in Grades, and Self-Enrollment group capacity, start dates and descriptions in Groups.

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2019 Release Notes

December 2019/20.19.12 Release (12-19-2019)
Updates to assignments grading, Intelligent Agents, Quizzes, Release conditions, the Assignment Grader app, Groups and HTML Editor. 

November 2019/20.19.11 Release (11-22-2019)
Updates to assignments and New intelligent agents can now add images to email. Starting January 2020 Brightspace will no longer support Internet Explorer

October 2019/20.19.10 Release (10-9-2019)
Updates to accessibility, Changes to immersive navigation bar in assignments, Can now add attachments to automated email messages, Improvements to language, interface, and workflow consistency throughout LE, and starting January 2020 Brightspace will no longer support Internet Explorer.  

September 2019/20.19.9 Release (9-20-2019)
Changes to grade synchronization in Assignments and Discussions, rounding in arithmetic and significant figures questions in quizzes, NEW opt-in/out quiz-builder experience (This feature will be automatically ON by end of the year), and new release condition for topic completion.

August 2019/20.19.8 Release (8-16-2019)
Changes to Assignments (learner view), D2L notifications, inserting images when composing email in D2L, and Internet Explorer browser.  

July 2019/ 20.19.7 Release (7-18-2019)
Updates to Category improvements in Assignments, default indicator change class progress, initials when no profile image on navigation bar and improvements to the learner experience in surveys.

June 2019/ 20.19.6 Release (6-20-2019)
Updates include save feedback in draft state when associated with rubrics in discussions and arithmetic and significant figures questions round up from 5 in quizzes. 

May 2019/ 20.19.05 Release (5-16-2019)
Binder is no longer supported, can now save feedback in draft state in discussions, full-screen quiz calculation, grading experience available for group assignments and discussions with rubrics.

April 2019/ 10.8.11 Release (4-19-2019)
Changes with notifications (students), updates to rubrics, Quicklinks and entering scores.

March 2019/ 10.8.11 Release (3-21-2019)
Updates to assignments .cs file, rename to publish all feedback on anonymised assignments submissions, assignment grader no longer supports EduDentity log in, can now click a level to grade when using rubrics. 

February 2019/ 10.8.10 Release (2-21-2019)
Improvements to new rubric creation.

January 2019/ 10.8.9 Release (1-28-2019)
Improvements to assignments list view, ios and android versions of the assignments grader app now supported, On paper and Observed in person types, Groups - on paper and observed in person is now in group tools. Error message appears in activity outside the availability dates and updates to intelligents agents. 

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2018 Release Notes

December 2018/ 10.8.8 Release (12-19-18)
Updates include change assignment type and submission type, click learners name to access evaluate submissions, evaluate submission page updated, On paper and Observed in person assignment submission types can be created from content, improvements to the rubrics grading experience, add initial text to written response questions in quizzes and opt to the new quiz experience removed.

November 2018/ 10.8.7 Release (11-22-18)
Updates include evaluate submissions in full screen with assignments, customize homepage banner titles, display quizzes in full screen for students, short answer questions in quizzes is automatically saved, close captions are now on video note, and visual update to My courses widgets.

October 2018/ 10.8.6 Release (10-18-18)
Updates include Anonymous learner name in grading, new types of assignments, properties reorganized in assignments, new send to binder in content, automatic saving in quizzes, instructors can no longer attach a rubric to a quiz grade or grade rubrics already attached to a quiz, and new functions and improved workflow for rubrics grading in assignments. 

September 2018/ 10.8.5 Release (9-19-18)
Updates include print/download in overview content, associating existing topic to a group discussion, adding release date and time in grades, instructors can now differenciate between similar user;s names, Quicklinks in modules, submodules and course overview in HTML editor, chemistry equations and handwriting function now available in HTML editor, awards and release conditions when copying components between courses, release an item based on final grade score in release conditions, virtual meetings removed for Wiggio.

August 2018/ 10.8.4 Release (8-21-18)
Updates include recording grade items, import/export/copy, new dynamic preview in question pool, feedback improvement for students with rubrics, Turnitin feedback and error message.

July 2018/ 10.8.3 Release (7-19-18)
Updates include Turnitin, new submission type in assignments, import/export/copy components rubric associations preserved.

July 9, 2018 (New quiz question Experience "Opt-In")
Updates include quiz question experience including - true/false, multiple choice, short answer and written response. New question library interface. 

June 2018/ 10. 8. 2 Release (6-22-18) 
Updates include BrightSpace mobile platform, copy course content, grades linked discussions threads, groups interface, emoticons in the HTML editor, question pool replaces random sections in quizzes, and various updates in rubrics. 

May 2018 / 10.8.1 Release (5-17-18)
Updates include locking the name column and header row in Grades, improvements to the Manage Dates tool, and a new interface for previewing Rubrics. 

April 2018 / 10.8.0 Release (4-19-18)
Updates include changes to discussion assessmentimprovements to the Manage Dates tool, updates to the grades feedback tool, and assignments grading with rubrics.

March 2018 / 10.7.11 Release (3-16-2018)
Updates include a LaTeX editor added in the HTML Editor area of Quizzes and a new Manage Due Dates area to the Manage Dates tool. 

February 2018 / 10.7.10 Release (2-20-2018)
Updates include Quiz Question Library New Questions Import Workflow, Advanced Image Editing in the HTML Editor, Self-Enrollment to Groups Quicklink, and Due Dates for Quizzes. 

January 2018 / 10.7.9 Release (1-8-2018)
Updates include Quiz confirmation removal button and Question Library New Question Import Workflow
 

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2017 Release Notes

December 2017 / 10.7.8 Release (12-7-2017)
Updates include an Exemption update in User Progress and improvements to the My Courses widget in the Daylight Experience.

November 2017 / 10.7.7 Release (11-16-2017)
Updates include a Grade Exemption Expansion. 

October 2017 / 10.7.6 Release (10-8-2017)
Updates include an Exempt Users in Bulk Edit for the Grades area of D2L. 

September 2017 / 10.7.5 Release (9-28-2017)
Updates include a new .csv upload template and review of uploaded questions in the Question Library. 

August 2017 / 10.7.4 Release (8-24-2017)
Updates include changing the visibility of an Assignment folder in the Assignments area and the Content area. 

July 2017 / 10.7.3 Release (7-14-2017) 
Updates include a prompt when copying and pasting from Microsoft Word into the HTML Editor, an Unsaved Changes prompt when navigating away from the HTML editor without saving changes, and the new Shuffle the Order of Questions in Quizzes. 

June 2017 / 10.7.2 Release (6-6-2017)
Updates include the export of Group and Section Enrollments when exporting grades. 

May 2017 / 10.7.1 Release (5-20-17)
Updates include copying Final Grade properties from one course to another, posting Group Discussion Threads to more than one group at a time, and the Quiz HTML editor. 

April 2017 / 10.7.0.0 Release (4-21-17) 
Updates include an accessibility checker in the HTML editor and the changing of the name from "Long Answer" questions in quizzes to "Written Response"

March 2017 / 10.6.11 Release (3-17-17) 
Updates include the ability to Exempt learners from multiple grade items.

February 2017 / 10.6.10 Release (2-17-17)
Updates include the Math Editor in the Quizzes tool so that instructors can see their equation inline while editing their work. 

January 2017 / 10.6.9 Release (1-20-17)
Updates include the Auto Release of Final Calculated Grades.

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Clarion D2L Updates

Changes effective December 9, 2020

My Courses - Style and feature updates

1. Semester tabs: Courses grouped by term and pinned courses
2. Smaller course tiles: Display start and end dates, if used
3. Notification icons: Link directly to new Assignments, Discussions, Quizzes

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Assignments - Create and edit experience

1. Core details: The primary panel on the left contains frequently used fields such as due date, instructions, and attachments.
2. Advanced options: The panel on the right organizes options such as start and end dates, rubrics, annotation tools, and Turnitin.
3. Quick add to grades: The new experience streamlines the process of linking assignments to the gradebook. When instructors enter a point value in the left panel, they can simultaneously create a grade item of the same name.

The NEW Assignments Create and Edit experience allows instructors to see everything at a glance with little to no scrolling, and without having to navigate through tabs.

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 Assignments – Annotations for feedback

Instructors can provide feedback in the Assignments tool with contextual inline annotations, including:

1. Text – type directly on the page
2. Notes – add a comment via 'note' within the page
3. Highlight – select and highlight text
4. Outline – create a box around text
5. Pen feature – Make handwritten notes with a tablet or touch screen

The annotations tool must be enabled in the Assignment Evaluation & Feedback panel in the Assignment properties to use the mark up tools.

Do  not use both  Turnitin Grademark for mark-up, and D2L Annotations, as it will cause confusion for students. Instructors using Grademark will still have the option to enable it in the Turnitin Settings. Originality reporting can still be enabled as well. 

After publishing results, students can view either Grademark or D2L Annotations from their Assignment > Feedback area.

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Last Updated 4/13/21