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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.

  • iLearn Updates - 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 avialable 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.
  • iLearn Updates - 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. 
  • iLearn Updates - 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.

     

  • iLearn Updates - 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.

     

  • iLearn Updates - 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.
  • iLearn Updates - 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.
  • iLearn Updates - 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.
  • iLearn Updates - January 2021

    Assignments

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

Archived Release Note Updates