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Archived iLearn Release Notes

The release notes listed here are an archive of highlighted updates made to the iLearn (D2L Brightspace) system.

You can also view the most current updates to the system.

  • iLearn Updates - December 2020

    Assignments

    • The evaluation experience has been updated that is currently Opt-in.

    Quizzes

    • The ability to decide how points are assigned in a Multi-Select Question has been added. Options are All or Nothing, Correct Selections, Correct Answers, Limited Selections, or Right Minus Wrong Selections.
    • Instructors can now identify a Retaken Attempt in the Attempt Log or while grading in the User tab and the Attempts tab.
  • iLearn Updates - November 2020

    Assignments

    • An updated and more streamlined date picker is available where you can easily choose or clear Due Date, Start Date or End Date on the Create/Edit Assignments page.

    Brightspace Pulse App

    • A new dark mode is now available when Dark mode is enabled on your Android device.

    Content

    • Updates have been made to the Content Statistics available to instructors in the Content area. Select Table of Contents - Related Tools - View Reports. A new Available To column to show who the content is available to in the Module stats and User stats.

    Grades

    • Manage Grades now includes total points for grade categories and Final Calculated Grade.
    • For weighted grade books, the total weight is displayed in addition to the total points.
    • Totals do not include bonus grade items and do support grade item dropping.

    Quizzes

    • A Preview button has been added to the Add/Edit Questions view in the Quiz tool.
    • The ability to allow students to Retake Incorrect Questions Only on subsequent attempts.
  • iLearn Updates - October 2020

    Restricted File Types (Added):

    Quizzes

    • Users can now Import questions directly into sections in the quiz.
  • iLearn Updates - September 2020

    Assignments (in the new experience)

    • Manage Special Access has been added under the Availability Dates & Conditions options.
    • Notification Email has been added under the Submission & Completion options.

    Discussions

    • Word Count has been added to each thread entered by a student.
      • Instructors will see the word count on each post to assess.
      • Students will see the word count as they are typing the post.

    Quizzes

    • A new option is available when using the Written Response, Arithmetic, and Significant Figures question types. Instructors can now choose an option to allow students to upload documents, images or even record audio and video to support their answers.
      • The files will be stored and when grading, instructors will see a list of the attachments. They can view them, download them, or open them in another tab to view.
    • A Move To option has been added to the Question List to be able to move questions to the beginning of the list, end of the list or into a section.

    Rubrics

    • Opt-In is no longer an option. The new experience is now the only view.
  • iLearn Updates - July 2020

    UPDATE: July 10, 2020 

    Assignments

    • We have just enabled the New Assignment Experience that was released in late June. It is a vast improvement on the current look and feel. In the new experience, it is more streamlined and uses more of a Panel type structure. You can choose to "opt-in" to this experience in iLearn. 

    Click HERE to learn more about this experience, and view step by step instructions for how to navigate it. 

  • iLearn Updates - August/September/October 2019

    UPDATE: October 23, 2019
    Releases: 20.19.08 [August], 20.19.09 [September], 20.19.10 [October]

    Accessibility

    • Updates to the fonts and styles to comply with WCAG 2.1 standards.

    Assignments

    • Assignment list page updated for learners
    • Spell check for annotation notes
    • Option to turn on or off the Make annotation tool available for assessment
    • Grades entered into Grade book will sync with assignment
    • Changes to the immersive navigation bar

    Class Progress

    • Faculty can show or hide progress indicators from students

    Discussions

    • Discussions graded in the Grade book will sync with the Discussion grades.

    Email

    • Add images to messages

    Intelligent Agents

    • Release Conditions Re-evaluate when triggered. 
    • Email attachments can be added to automated emails.

    Notifications

    • Additional options for weekly summary added to notification settings

    Brightspace Pulse App

    • iOS Support

    Quick Eval Tool

    • Now has an Activities view. You can choose which activity to grade.

    Quizzes

    • Arithmetic and Significant Figures questions round up from .5 by default. Previously they were rounded down.
    • New Quiz Builder Experience for adding questions, sections and question pools.
    • Restore a deleted Quiz Attempt using the Quiz Attempt Log.

    Release Conditions

    • New Content Topic Completion option 

    Other options

    • Consistency updates throughout the platform
    • Ability to publish AICC packages
    • OpenDyslexic font will be discontinued
    • Internet Explorer 11 no longer supported as of January 2020
  • iLearn Updates - June/July 2019

    UPDATE: July 22, 2019
    Releases: 20.19.06 [June], 20.19.07 [July]

    Accessibility

    • Updates to the fonts and styles to comply with WCAG 2.1 standards.

    Assignments

    • An Edit Categories option is now available.
    • An Eraser tool is added to Annotations tool bar

    NavBar

    • If someone doesn't have a profile image, their initials will now be displayed instead of a generic image.

    Quick Eval Tool

    • Update to show a Draft icon if a discussion post that has feedback is in draft status.

    Quizzes

    • Arithmetic and Significant Figures questions round up from .5 by default. Previously they were rounded down.

    Rubrics

    • Consistent assessment experience for Discussions whether a discussion topic is associated with a grade item or not.

    User Progress

    • Updated so that the information recorded is only for content that is accessible to students, must be marked as complete and is not exempt.
  • iLearn Updates - April/May 2019

    UPDATE: May 21, 2019
    Releases: 20.19.04 [April], 20.19.05 [May]

    Quick Eval (NEW TOOL)

    • This tool allows you to see a list of unevaluated learner submissions from all courses in one location. Submissions from Assignments, Quizzes, and Discussions are displayed in one location to improve efficiency when locating work that requires evaluation and providing feedback to learners. Educators can sort, filter, and search submissions to prioritize their evaluation work.
    • Learn more about Quick Eval

    Assignments

    • When instructors evaluate students, the notifications have been improved. Students are emailed when new or updated feedback published if the students select this notification type.
    • Annotate in full screen mode.
    • If you don't use Annotations, you can now opt-out of the annotation window.
    • Instructors can now rotate the page using the annotation tools

    Discussions

    • Save feedback for students in DRAFT state.

    Grades

    • Transfer of a rubric score to a grade item score is now by default.

    Rubrics

    • You can now create a Quicklink to link to an existing Rubric throughout the course.
    • Now available for group assignments and discussions.

    Quizzes

    •  Quizzes can now be evaluated in full screen mode.
  • iLearn Updates - January/February/March 2019

    UPDATE: March 15, 2019
    Releases 10.8.9 [January], 10.8.10 [February], 10.8.11 [March]

    Assignments

    •  New assignment types available
      • Evaluate on paper
      • Observed in person
    • An updated list of assignments with more details available for both faculty and students.
    • Assignment Grader, used for offline grading, no longer uses an EduDentity account to login. Faculty will use their iLearn login credentials to access.
    • Faculty will be able to use the pen-enabled annotation on learner submissions to give feedback to students.
    • .CS files (C#) are now accepted file types for assignment submissions.

    Rubrics

    • The rubric creation experience has been enhanced and is much better.
    • Rubric feedback icons for students now show if the rubric is ungraded, partially graded or completely graded.
    • Instructors can now enter an overall criteria score in a point-based rubric before clicking the level.

    Content - SCORM Report Updates

    • Now includes options for a Summary, Interactions and Objectives reports.
    • Instructors can export the statistics in a CSV format.

    Other

    • Quiz - the default when copying will set all quizzes as inactive in the new course.
    • Intelligent Agents - allows an instructor to export an agent run history.
    • Turnitin - To use the e-rater Grammer checker, it must be enabled in the More Options in Turnitin area when setting up an assignment.

    View the release notes for January [10.8.9], February [10.8.10] and March [10.8.11].

  • iLearn Updates - October/November/December 2018

    UPDATE: November 26, 2018
    Releases 10.8.6 [October], 10.8.7 [November], 10.8.8 [December]

    My Home & Course Home

    • Course tiles changed
    • Instructors can customize course banner image text.

    Assignments

    • Evaluation of assignments is now in full screen.
    • New assignment types are able to be linked in Content.
    • Instructors can anonymously grade student submissions.

    Quizzes

    • Auto-save for student answers is now enabled.
    • When taking a quiz, the quiz is in full screen.
    • Instructors can add initial text to Written Answer questions.
    • The new quiz experience is the default.

    Rubrics

    • Continued improvements to the workflows.
    • Grading rubric feedback will be visible to students in the gradebook.
    • An improved creation experience is coming.

    Discussions

    • Better workflow for using rubrics in the grading experience.

    Content

    • Send to Binder has been removed.
    • The wording Overview will be changed to Course Syllabus.

    View more details about the current and planned updates for December for iLearn.

    For more information about the most current release notes, you can go to the Brightspace Community.

  • iLearn Updates - October/November/December 2018

    UPDATE: August 2018

    My Courses Widget

    This is the area on the iLearn My Home page where your courses are listed.

    • The new courses for a term will be appear in your My Courses widget on the My Home page without being pinned first.
    • You can pin these courses to prevent them from being removed when they close. Just select the ellipses (…) in the upper right corner of the course image and select Pin.
    • You can unpin old courses at any point the same way you have been doing it.
    • Course images will now say “Opens On” instead of “Course Starts”.
    • Students will now be able to see past and future courses in addition to current courses, however the past and future courses will not be accessible, only visible.
    • Students may want to unpin previously pinned courses by clicking the the pin icon on the course image.
    • View more information about the My Courses Widget and Daylight.

    Assignments Tool

    • There is now a Text-Only assignment type (under Submission Options in the Properties tab). You cannot change this setting once it is set for that assignment.
    • Examples for uses of Text-Only student submissions
      • Video Links (students can link to Kaltura, Youtube, Vimeo or other)
      • Journal Entries
      • Links to large files

    Rubrics Tool

    • They are now consistent across tools now (looks the same across the system) in the assignments tool, discussions and grades.
    • Now links to the grades tool and updates the information with the assigned grade, overall feedback and a link to the detailed rubric feedback.
    • August update - students can see the rubric in the Progress tool in the user drop-down
    • More updates to this tool are coming this semester with a bulk of them in October and a revamp of the user interface to make it simpler to create rubrics around the end of the year.

    Turnitin Integration has been updated

    • Grademark grades can be sent to to D2L grades as Draft, you can publish the grades in D2L when you are done grading and ready to release them to the students.
    • Can now choose to use only Grademark even if you don’t want to do the originality (plagiarism) report
    • Group folders work with Turnitin
    • If enabled, students can only submit file types supported by Turnitin
  • Add your own TA-Grader, TA-Content or Mentor to your Class

    UPDATE: May 2018

    You can now add your own TA-Grader, TA-Content and/or Mentor to your class in iLearn. Learn how! If you need a TA-Full, Co-Instructor or Incomplete student, please complete the existing request form. If you aren't sure what role you need to use, view the descriptions.

    Other Changes for May 2018

    Posted May 22, 2018 3:00 PM

    Just a reminder. We are updating a few things in iLearn over the next two weeks. Here is an overview of what is happening. We will send more information once the changes are complete.

    • Re-organize the My Home page.
    • Re-organize the Course Home page, adding new widgets for faculty and students.
    • Add/Remove some links from the navigation bars.
    • Changing the default visibility setting for Assignment from Hidden to Visible by default.
    • Kaltura Video Quiz can now be linked to the Grades tool.
    • Allow faculty to enroll and unenroll their own TA's and Mentors (TA-Grader and TA-Content only).
  • Get the new Brightspace Pulse app

    UPDATE: August 24, 2017

    This app allows students to stay more connected. It also helps them prepare and improves their productivity by allowing them to access course information on their mobile device. It also allows for push notifications of new announcements, content being added to the course, quizzes and assignments that are due and more.

    To setup this app to work with your Tennessee Tech classes on iLearn:

    1. Download the app
    2. Click Pick my School and enter Tennessee Tech University
    3. If it asks for the web address, enter elearn.tntech.edu
    4. It will bring up the Tennessee Tech iLearn login screen. Login with your Tennessee Tech account.

    Watch this video for more information about using this tool and what it can do for you.

  • New iLearn Quiz Question Creation Interface

    UPDATE: June 29, 2017

    With the new Daylight features comes a new quiz question creation experience. We enabled this option on Friday, June 30th. This new experience has a cleaner and more user-friendly interface for creating and editing quiz questions. The feature is also one you can opt-in or out of using currently. If you prefer the old way you can turn off the new experience and go back to what is familiar.

    Another quick note about the quiz questions is that the Long Answer Question is now called Written Response Question. It should not affect anything from previous tests, but if you are looking to create an essay type test, you will now use the Written Response Question. This has changed whether you use the new interface or the older one.

    View more information about the new quiz question creation interface.

  • Upgrade to iLearn's New Daylight User Experience
     

    UPDATE: May 30, 2017

    We are have updated iLearn with the new Daylight User Experience. Daylight is the new look and feel for D2L Brightspace (iLearn) and allows for more a better viewing experience from different devices.

    Don't see your course in the My Home area? You might have to pin them to the top. Learn more about the Daylight Update.