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Brightspace Brief (PWL Only)

The Brightspace Brief is a PWL-based communication of D2L's latest updates to the Brightspace Learning Management System.  This resource conveys Brightspace's monthly release notes as they apply to Purdue's instance of Brightpsace and the features that have been adopted.

 

Release Timeline:

Available After: 11/18

Release Notes:

Classlist

  • When sending an email from within Brightspace, the number of email addresses able to be added to the TO and CC fields has been increased to 200.  Previously, the limit was 50.

Third Party Integration Updates:

  • Portfolium:
    • Portfolium was a third-party integration funded by an area within Student Life.  That unit has since chosen to discontinue contracting with Portfolium, so the integration is no longer available.  The Portfolio feature in Brightspace remains available for all users in Brightspace.  If you are interested in integrating Portfolium for your department or courses, please complete this integration request form

Other Items of Note:

  • N/A

Release Timeline:

Available After: 10/28

Release Notes:

General

  • Individuals can now opt to receive email notifications when someone mentions them using the @ mention feature in a discussion.  This can be found by clicking your name at the top-right of Brightspace and selecting Notifications from the drop-down.
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Third Party Integration Updates:

  • N/A

Other Items of Note:

  • Spring 2022 courses were loaded into Brightspace on 10/25.  A WL Spring 2022 tab will appear on your Brightspace landing page containing the spring courses you are currently listed as an instructor for in Banner.  If you are missing one or more courses, please log into myPurdue to check if the course is listed.  If it is, please email TLT@purdue.edu.  If it is not, please contact your department's schedule deputy.  Student enrollments will populate as students register for courses.

  • Kaltura In-Video Quizzing:  Multiple quiz attempts and the open ended quiz question type have been enabled for Kaltura In-Video Quizzing.  This is only available for videos through the Brightspace integration and is not available when accessing videos through Mediaspace.

Release Timeline:

Available After: 9/23

Release Notes:

Assignments:  

  • When creating a new assignment or editing an existing assignment, the:
    • “Score out of” field now appears as “Grade out of”
    • “In Grades” option now appears as “In Gradebook”
    • “Choose in Grades” option now appears as “Edit or Link to Existing”
    • “Remove from Grades” option now appears as “Not in Gradebook”screenshot
  • From “Edit or Link to Existing”, instructors can assign the assignment to a grade category and/or change the grade type from Numeric to Selectbox.
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  • When creating a new assignment or editing an existing assignment, from the Submission & Completion section on the right, instructors can specify the file extensions students can upload as assignment submissions. File types supported by the Annotation Tool in Brightspace include: .DOC, .DOCX, .RTF, .ODT, .PPT, .PPS, .PPTX, .PPSX, .ODP, .XLS, .XLSX, .TXT, .JPG, .JPEG, .PNG, .TIF, .TIFF, and .GIF.  Other file extensions can be specified.

    When this restriction is set, learners are presented with a list of acceptable file extensions for their assignments. When a learner attempts to upload a file submission for an assignment of an file extension type that the instructor has restricted, an error message appears.screenshot

Rubrics:

  • When grading an assignment or discussion, the number of unscored items will now appear if you collapse the rubric but have unscored criteria remaining.
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  • The new editor now appears when editing the description or feedback fields of a rubric.screenshot
  • Rubric criterion groups can now be copied or deleted.screenshot

Third Party Integration Updates:

  • Piazza:
    • In Fall 2020, Piazza announced that they would be implementing pay models to replace their previous no-cost model. While Piazza will retain a no-cost model in the form of a contribution model (similar to Wikipedia’s annual funding drive), which directly solicits funds from instructors and students, this no-cost model will be limited in that polls, class locking, and class statistics will no longer be available starting August 1, 2021.

      Due to cost, the limited range of use of Piazza within certain pockets on campus, and the presence of alternatives to Piazza, the university has decided not to pursue an enterprise license for the tool. The integration with Piazza in Brightspace will be retained for those instructors who have determined that they wish to continue using the tool.

      If you elect to use the contribution model, users will see a request for a financial contribution within Piazza; this request will go away after the user pays a small fee to Piazza. For a Piazza license, faculty and departments may contact Piazza directly for information on purchasing a contract.  Additional information is available at https://www.purdue.edu/brightspace/Docs/integrations/Piazza.docx.

Other Items of Note:

  • In addition to the Tools menu on the Brightspace landing page, the Enrollment Manager Tool has been added to the Course Tools menu within Brightspace courses.
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  • A link to the Brightspace Brief has been added to the Help menu within Brightspace courses.
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Release Timeline:

Available After: 8/12

Release Notes:

Assignments:  

  • When grading an assignment, the evaluation interface on the right now shows only rubrics (if applicable), a score field, a feedback field, and options to attach additional files.screenshot

 General:

  • A new editor it now default across all content editing fields in Brightspace. The order of features like ‘Insert Stuff’ and ‘Insert Quicklink’ has changed.
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Third Party Integration Updates:

  • N/A

Other Items of Note:

  • Three of the most common questions at the start of the semester include:
    • How do I add an instructor or TA to my Brightspace course?
    • Can I merge course sections in Brightspace?
    • My students say they cannot see the Brightspace course.
  • With the start of a new academic year, it is a good time for users of the Brightspace Pulse app to ensure it is up to date.

Release Timeline:

Available After: 7/22

Release Notes:

Assignments:  

  • When creating or editing an assignment, a Category drop-down is now available under the Submission & Completion section. This feature simplifies the process for users to categorize assignment activities.  This Category feature does not relate to categories in the gradebook.screenshot

 Grades:

  • Text, Calculated, and Formula grade items are now able to be organized into gradebook categories. These grade item types will not be included in category subtotals or final grade calculations.
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 Quizzes:

  • The Introductions field is no longer supported by the Quizzes tool. If text previously existed in this field, when a user clicks Edit, the text will append to the Description field.  A message will display to notify the user. 
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  • From Course Tools > Quizzes > the drop-down to the right of a quiz, there will now be a Setup Reports option and a View Reports option in the drop-down. Previously, there was one option called Reports.  This is now the View Reports option.
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  • When setting an enforced time limit on a quiz, users can now set a grace period of 0 minutes. When a grace period of 0 is set, the quiz is flagged as exceeded immediately after the enforced time limit ends.
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  • To support instructors who need to manually score questions within quizzes, the following quiz status and quiz grading workflow updates are available:

    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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Third Party Integration Updates:

  • GoReact LTI was updated

Other Items of Note:

  • The visual format of Kaltura playlists in Brightspace now reflects a traditional display with the active video appearing on the left and the list of upcoming videos to the right.

  • In addition to documents, video clips are gradually being added to Purdue’s Brightspace Documentation website.

Release Timeline:

Available After: 6/24

Release Notes:

Attendance:  

  • Instructors can now restore mistakenly deleted attendance registers and associated session data. You can delete registers individually on the Attendance Registers page or in bulk. screenshot
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 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.
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  • In order to increase the value of rubric criterion groups, it is now possible to reorder those criterion groups in the New Rubric Creation Experience. If more than one criterion group appears in your rubric, direction arrows appear to the left of the criterion group header to reorder the criterion groups in the rubric.
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Third Party Integration Updates:

  • N/A

Other Items of Note:

  • On 6/10, a setting was changed and instructors are now able to view discussion posts written, posted, and later deleted by students. This resource will overview how to view those posts.

Release Timeline:

Available After: 5/27

Release Notes:

Assignments:  

  • Instructors can now provide annotated feedback on TXT file type submissions.  Other file types supported by the annotation tool include: DOC, DOCX, RTF, ODT, PPT, PPTX, PPSX, ODP, XLS, XLSX, JPG, JPEG, PNG, TIF, TIFF, and GIF.  
     
  • A message will appear to users when viewing a file that has been converted to .pdf from a different file type in Assignments. The message states "This file has been converted and may have inaccuracies."  screenshot

 Rubrics:

  • Delete row and copy row functions now exist in a menu within the criterion field/box.screenshot

Third Party Integration Updates:

  • WileyPLUS:  
    • A new version of the LTI became available on 5/13  
  • Integration Resources:  
    • The  Integrations page  on the Brightspace resources website is being populated with vendor support information for 3rd party tools.  

Other Items of Note:

  • New Policy for Inactive Brightspace Support Accounts:  
    • Any support account not logged into for 90 days  
      • Will be made inactive  
    • Any support account not logged into for 180 days  
      • Will be deleted