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Brightspace Tip #149: April Continuous Delivery Updates

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D2L (the company that owns Brightspace) uses Continuous Delivery to update our Brightspace system. The Continuous Delivery model gives us regular monthly updates allowing for incremental and easily integrated changes with no downtime required for our Brightspace system.

Our Continuous Delivery update occurs on the 4th Thursday of each month. D2L provides release notes to help users stay up-to-date with the changes.

Here are a few updates in the April 2020/20.20.4 release that were added to our system this month:

1) Assignments - Assignments page column name

This feature updates the New column name on the Assignments page to read as New Submissions.

The Assignments page with the New Submissions column
The Assignments page with the New Submissions column

2) Brightspace Pulse - Pin and unpin courses

To help learners more easily find their current courses in Brightspace Pulse for iOS, learners can now pin and unpin courses from the Courses screens. Pinning a course ensures it remains at the top of the screen for easy access. Previously, learners could only pin and unpin their courses in Brightspace Learning Environment.

To pin or unpin a course in Brightspace Pulse, do one of the following:

  • From the Courses screen, tap the ellipses (...) icon in a course tile.
  • From the Course Homepage screen, tap the ellipses (...) icon at the top of the screen.

From the list of actions, tap Pin or Unpin. A pinned course is denoted by a Brightspace Pulse pin icon. Unpinning a course removes the pin icon.

The Courses screen displaying an unpinned course tile with the ellipses icon
The Courses screen displaying an unpinned course tile with the ellipses (...) icon
The Courses screen displaying a pinned course tile with the ellipses and pin icons
The Courses screen displaying a pinned course tile with the ellipses (...) icon and pin icon

The Course Homepage screen displaying the ellipses icon
The Course Homepage screen displaying the ellipses (...) icon

If you are interested in getting more information about these and all the April Continuous Delivery updates, refer to the Brightspace Platform April 2020/20.20.4 Release Notes.

Additionally, refer to the Brightspace Release Notes for Continuous Delivery Releases, for details about current, past, and to preview upcoming continuous delivery updates.

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