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iLearn Updates & Information

This page has a summary of the highlighted updates and information from different release notes. To view all information about the monthly Release Notes, you can go to the Brightspace Community.

  • May 2022

    Audio/Video

    • Manual transcoding option to optimize video files.
    • Adds a Language option to the Captions area.

    Awards

    • The Awards task was being evaluated against “All Enrollments”, which returns a list of all users enrolled in a course, regardless of roles or permissions. This list included users with the role setting “Display this role in the classlist” disabled.

    Brightspace Pulse App

    • Updates and subscriptions now align with all update and subscription alerts in Brightspace

    HTML Editor

    • Improved context link menu supports previewing of quicklinks in Brightspace Editor - This feature implements a new and improved context link menu in Brightspace Editor. The new menu has the same functionality as before – enabling users to highlight text and create a link, edit the link, remove the link, and preview the link – but now also enables support for the previewing of quicklinks that contain replace strings while editing their HTML. The new formatting context menu continues to allow users to highlight text within the editor and apply formatting or create links.

    Learning Environment

    • Updated default font and color stylings for improved accessibility. This feature introduces a color change to fonts and icons in Brightspace Learning Environment to meet WCAG guidelines.

    Manage Files

    • Improved error message when invalid files are uploaded. This feature adds an improved error message to the File Upload dialogue. When a user attempts to upload a file containing one or more illegal characters in the file name, this message explains to the user the reason why the upload failed.
    • Shared Files renamed to Public Files

    SCORM

    • Improved completion messaging to avoid confusion in SCORM embedded experience. Upon completion of SCORM content a “This activity is complete” message displays. This change has been implemented to avoid confusion in the SCORM embedded experience as the old message was only relevant to content rendered in a pop-up window and did not account for other SCORM experiences.
    • Legacy SCORM Player no longer renders advanced HTML elements within the SCORM player sidebar, they now render as plain text.
  • April 2022

    Insights - Assessment Quality Dashboard Updates

    • A new search input in the Quiz Details area where users can enter the name of a quiz to filter the dashboard results. Filtering the dashboard to quizzes with the same name allows users to compare multiple occurrences of the same quiz to see how the statistics vary.
    • Hover text added to the "!" icons to provide context to users about when to act on flagged quizzes and questions.

    Groups

    • This feature moves group creation and enrollment to background task, minimizing risk of timeouts when creating large numbers of groups requiring enrollments.
    • When instructors create and save a new group category, the Groups tool displays the category and prompts instructors that their group or groups are being created in the background; further, it indicates that the instructor will be notified once the groups are created. The instructor who created the group receives a subscription alert in the minibar that indicates that the groups for their courses have been created.

    HTML Editor

    • Advanced code editor visual update and accessibility improvements - Minor visual updates made to the advanced code editor in Brightspace increase the readability of tags and text in the advanced code editor and place the Save and Cancel buttons in consistent locations. Improved compatibility with screen reader technology is also included in this feature.

    Intelligent Agents

    • This feature changes the Intelligent Agents Create Agent page to facilitate additional scheduling options and frequency options to allow for improved flexibility.
  • March 2022

    Announcements

    • Create new announcements quickly with the new Copy option.

    Content

    • If you are using the Video Note option or upload vidoes directly into iLearn and want to link the video in Content, you can now find them in the add Existing Activities in the Media Library.
  • February 2022

    Updated Visual Branding

    • Over the next several releases, the visual brand will be updated to new default logos and icons.

    Content

    • The Print and Download buttons are now available when viewing a topic in fullscreen.

    Brightspace HTML Editor

    • This feature adds a new tab to the existing Attributes menu of Brightspace Editor, allowing users to enter page attributes for language and/or title when viewed. This new menu only appears in legacy Content, Lessons, and Custom Widgets. 

    Intelligent Agents

    • This feature adds the following new functionality to the Agent List page, where users manage the Intelligent Agents they have created:
      • The ability to create, assign, and manage categories; and
      • A new Bulk Edit for some agent details: title, category, and active/inactive state.

    This feature also updates the icons denoting the active/inactive state of each agent.

  • January 2022

    Audio/Video

    • Improved editing features for videos directly uploaded into iLearn. Videos can be edited from course content or by using the Edit > Advanced Editing option in the Admin Tools menu. 
    • Multi-bitrate streaming allows high-definition videos to be played at standard definition to reduce the bandwidth necessary for users to watch videos.
    • The new search functionality allows users to locate key words in video captions and quickly navigate to those sections.

    Brightspace Pulse

    • With this release, subscription notifications in Brightspace Pulse are now consistent with subscription notifications in Brightspace Learning Environment. From the Notifications > Subscriptions tab in Brightspace Pulse, learners now receive all replies to discussions they are subscribed to.

    Date and Time Selection

    • The Set to Today button is renamed to Today. The Today button continues to set the date and the time based on the context. For example, choosing Today for an End Date sets the current date and sets the time to 11:59 PM.
    • Added a Now button that sets the current date and time. The Today and Now buttons only appear when a date and time are required. When only a date is required, only the Today button appears and functions the same as the Now button.
    • The Today, Now, and Clear buttons are center-aligned in the date and time picker.
      Calendar picker

    Discussions

    • The new discussion experience is now the default view and no longer an opt-in option.
    • To make the Discussion evaluation consistent with the Assignments evaluation, this feature adds the Grading Rubric drop-down to the sidebar menu. This allows the instructor to choose a grading rubric when evaluating a discussion. 
  • December 2021

    Assignments

    • The new assignment creation experience is no longer opt-in. It is on by default.

    Brightspace Editor

    • A new hotkey shortcut to access the source editor has been added for accessibility.

    Alerts/Notifications

    • Alerts in the minibar will now persist for 90 days.

    Content

    • Updated count and overdue badges in the content navigation menu.

    Course Import/Export

    • With this release, instructors can now include intelligent agents when importing or exporting courses.

    Quizzes

  • November 2021

    Brightspace HTML Editor

    • Expanding on the drag-and-drop and copy/paste images features in Quizzes-Feedback, Grades-Feedback and Comments, and Discussions-Feedback.

    Content

    • Improvements to the PDF inline viewer menu.

    Upload Files

    • Users will receive a warning if they attempt to upload a file with an extension that is either not allowed by the Assignment or is on the security restricted list.
  • October 2021

     Assignments

    • When evaluating an assignment, there is a Preview Activity option in the Assignment context menu to see a preview of the assignment details. Select the ... (three dot) icon in the upper right corner for the menu.

    Brightspace HTML Editor

    • Drag and drop and Copy/Paste functionalities are now available in the following areas:
      • Content Module/Topic Descriptions
      • Quiz/Survey/Self-Assessment - Description, Header. Footer
      • Grades - Description
      • Content Course Overview descriptions
      • Discussion Forum/Topic descriptions

    Brightspace Pulse App

    • 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

    • The Print button is visible when viewing a PDF topic or the Course Overview as a PDF. 

    Course Import

    • Users can now view the history of course import attempts for courses in a specific org unit. From the Import/Export/Copy tool on Course Admin, users can view the Course Import History page, which includes the following information for each course import attempt:  
      • the original package name 
      • status of the import 
      • user who created the import job 
      • the timestamp for the import attempt 
  • September 2021

    Assignments

    • Create select box grade items in the new Assignment Creation Experience
    • Delete submissions functionality for bulk actions available when viewing assignment submissions.
    • Ability to restrict the file extension, includes a custom file extension option. Can restrict to PDF, Annotatable Files, Files that can be previewed without conversion, Images and Videos, and Custom File Types.
      Allowable file type options for assignments

    Account Settings

    • A user can go to their Account Settings and set the user pronouns they wish to show in the user profile.

    Discussions

    • The new evaluation experience is now set to On (Opt-In) by default. This experience is similar to the new Assignment evaluation experience.
    • When viewing a post, you can now hover over the profile card and see the Org Defined Id (T#). 

    Import/Export/Copy Components

    • You can now export release conditions and associations.

    Rubrics

    • Additional information is now shown on the rubric tile when collapsed. You can now see if a rubric has been scored or not, if it is partially scored or completed.
    • The Brightspace HTML Editor (for formatting) is now available when editing the rubric description and feedback areas. You can also use the Insert Stuff and Insert Quicklink to link to things in the rubric.
    • It is now possible copy and delete a criteria group on a rubric.
  • August 2021

    Assignments

    • The attachments toolbar in the evaluation experience feedback area has been updated to allow to provide Quicklinks to resources in the course, web links, and upload files from Google Drive or OneDrive.
    • Release Condition Sync option with Grades option available. We are looking at this workflow and considering the option.

    Brightspace HTML Editor

    • Available as the default editor.

    Brightspace Learning Environment

    • Currently, in a persons individual Account Settings, they can select how to deal with dialog boxes due to previous issues with screen readers. Modern screen readers now provide better support for dialogs and this option is now removed.

    Brightspace Pulse App

    • If a course is using the Activity Feed, there is now the ability to add a comment to the feed through the app.
    • A student can now view all their Grades in the app in one location. When they select it, they can see the grade and the feedback.
    • Students can now view the content module descriptions through the app. 

    Discussions

    • A new evaluation experience is now available as Opt-In. This experience is similar to the new Assignment evaluation experience.
    • The date restrictions for the discussions have been updated to be simpler. It will have one start date and one end date, but an instructor can choose what is displayed before and after the dates.
    • View more information about the Discussion Updates

    Rubrics

    • Increased accessibility with labels on radio buttons.
    • Inline grading improvements that allow the grader to hover over a level to see the details. The keyboard navigation has also been improved. When the level is selected, the level information area displays the selected level's information by default.
    • Overall score now appears in a mobile view and the New Assignment and Discussion Evaluation Experiences.
  • July 2021

    Assignments

    • The ability to align assignments with categories has been added to the new Assignment Creation Experience.

    Brightspace HTML Editor

    • The Quiz Builder will now use the new inline editor.

    Content

    • There will be a new icon for External Resources links.

    Grades

    • Text items, calculated items and formula items can now be added to categories for organization. They still do not count in the calculation of the final grade.

    Quiz

    • The Introduction field will be removed. If a quiz has content in this field, the content will be moved to the Instructions field.
    • The Reports tab will be removed and the Reports will be in the Quiz menu drop-down. There will be a Setup Reports link and a View Reports link.
    • The Grace Period can be set to 0.
    • 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. 
  • June 2021

    Attendance

    • Instructors can now restore mistakenly deleted attendance registers and their associated session data.

    Brightspace HTML Editor

    • Format painter has been added to allow you to copy and apply text formatting.

    Brightspace Platform

    • LaTeX equations in quiz questions will be seamlessly rendered without the need to use the LaTeX equation option in the Equation Editor.

    Rubrics

    • When an attached rubric is deleted from an evaluated assignment, if evaluations of that rubric have been performed, the user now receives a detach rubric confirmation message for the assignment.
    • A option to reorder criterion groups is now available in the new Rubric Creation Experience.

     

  • May 2021

    Assignments

    • Annotations available for TXT file-based assignments.
    • Download file when using annotations in the new Assignment Evaluation Experience allows you to choose to Download Original and also as a PDF.

    Attendance

    • Instructors can now set the visibility of attendance registers in bulk.

    Brightspace Editor

    • Copy/Paste and Drag or Drop images is now available.
    • Improved keyboard navigation for keyboard users and toolbar icons are spaced out more in accordance with WCAG standards.

    Rubrics

    • A Copy Row option have been added to facilitate reusing rubric criteria that has already been created.
    • A Delete Row option has been been moved to the context menu for each criterion.
    • Print or export to PDF of a Preview of a Rubric has now been added.

    Widgets

    • A Work To Do widget has been added for student information of overdue and upcoming work. This widget will be added to the My Home area for all students by Fall 2021.

     

  • April 2021

    Accommodations

    • Instructor
      • An icon now appears next to the learners name in the Classlist to indicate that the learner has an accommodation.
      • Instructors can filter the Classlist on Accommodations.
      • Instructors can now grant additional time or quiz time multipliers for those needing an accommodation of time in the quiz tool.
      • The quiz specific special release settings can override the Accommodation settings, but a warning will appear letting the instructor know.
    • Student
      • An icon appears by their name in the classlist to show they have an accommodation.

    Assignments

    • The action menu for the groups has been updated to allow the instructor to email the group, see all group members, or instant message the group in one location.
    • Anonymous marking is now in the new Assignment Evaluation Experience.
    • The Brightspace Editor (replacing the older HTML editor) is now in the new Assignment Creation and Evaluation Experiences.
    • A context menu has been added on the Assignment Evaluation Experience that allows you to Edit or set Special Access Dates quickly.

    Brightspace Editor

    Content

    • When creating a URL content type, it will automatically select the Open as External Resource box by default.

    Rubrics

    • Improvements to the experience for those using a screen reader while creating or scoring rubrics in the new Rubrics experience.
  • March 2021

    Assignments

    • Previously, when you copied an assignment, the copied assignment was set to active and you had to open the newly copied assignment to edit it. Now when you 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.
    • When hovering over a learner’s name or profile picture in the new evaluation experience, the learner’s user profile card appears. The card displays the user’s online/offline status as well as links to Email, Instant Message, User progress and User profile.
    • The New Assignment Evaluation experience now supports Turnitin® Similarity and Turnitin® Grademark® in Assignments.

    Awards

    • To prevent plagiarism and protect an organization's intellectual and branding copyrights, all earned certificates downloaded from the Awards tool are now password-protected from editing. Each certificate is generated with a random password that is not displayed to users, preventing anyone from editing the certificate in Adobe® Acrobat® or Adobe Reader®.

    Brightspace Pulse App

    • 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.

    Calendar

    • They have implemented some changes in the way the calendar functions to improve the usability for keyboard users.

    Quizzes

    • Previously, to copy and continue editing a quiz, you had to navigate to the Manage Quizzes page, click the More Actions > Copy functionality, and then select the quiz you wanted 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 aligned Learning Objectives.
    • Improved workflow for creating multi-select questions.

    Rubrics

    • Navigation accessibility improvements for screen readers.
  • February 2021

    Accommodations

    • 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. This setting will be applied to all quizzes in the course.

    Assignments

    • The rubric will have a pop-out window in the new evaluation experience to allow for a larger, more detailed view of the rubric while grading.
    • A Save button has been added to allow you to continue editing the assignment.

    Brightspace Pulse App

    • When students access the course via the Brightspace Pulse App, the Last Accessed column now displays an updated timestamp. This experience was not consistent in updating prior to this.
  • January 2021

    Assignments

    • The new assignment creation experience is set to Opt-in.
    • Multiple rubric support is available in the evaluation experience.

Archived Release Note Updates