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 November 2022/20.22.11 release that were added to our system last month:
1) Awards – Share achievements with Public URL sharing for awards
Learners can now share their awards with a Public URL directly from the Awards tool using the new Awards Sharing option.
The new method simplifies sharing a badge or certificate to showcase achievements. The user can create a public URL for an award, which can then be shared on a digital resume or social media profile, for example, LinkedIn.
To share an award using a public URL, a learner can navigate to the My Awards page, select the desired award, click the Share link, and then click Create Link.
As a result, the public URL of the award is generated and appears. Learners can copy and share this link or delete it if needed.
Previously, there were no methods of directly sharing learners' awards with external resources without first sharing them with another tool.
This feature implements the following PIE item:
- D5202 (Make Awards/Badges External).
2) Media Library – Create content with webcam recordings
This update introduces a webcam feature as an option in Media Library. Users can create both video and audio-only recordings, which improves their ability to directly record content for their course within Media Library.
Note: The Video Note record bar is now changed to show the New Recording option and the Audio only toggle. To record a video, or video note, click New Recording. To record only audio, or an audio note, toggle the Audio only switch to ON.
3) Media Library – Easily search content with improved filter-sort options
Media Library now offers improved filter-sort functionality when searching for files. Audio-visual content is now easier to find and improves options for finding content in Media Library.
Users can search for specific pieces of content using the following old and new filters:
- (NEW)Content Type: Audio, Video, or Both
- (NEW)Source: Where content was added from. Multiple filters can be selected. Filters include:
- Content - Uploaded from the Content tool
- Media Library - Uploaded or created in Media Library
- Audio or Video Note - Content created in Audio or Video Note
- Capture App - Created and published via the Capture App
- Imported - Added from course imports
- Other - Content added prior to the addition of source tracking
- Date Modified
- Note: Changes to Date Deleted on the Recycle Bin screen.
- Date Created
Note: Quicklinks are not available with this release, but will be available in a future release with the same options.
4) Media Library – Improve the content consumer experience by viewing and downloading audio-video transcripts
Users can now view and download transcripts from audio-video content in Media Library with the new Transcript View. This update consolidates and ensures that the media player experience is the same for all files uploaded to Media Library.
Transcript View allows users to pair playback of a video file with the captions scrolling as opposed to the standard bottom of the screen. This introduces a button in the media player that allows users to download the transcript in TXT format or the caption track in VTT format to their device. The ability to turn on Transcript View is an option in the media player's menu.
This feature fulfills the following PIE item:
- D9297 (Introduce transcripts for video captions).
Note: Transcript view and the download function will only appear if transcripts have been generated for the content.
5) Pulse – Personalize notifications for email and SMS
This feature builds upon the Personalize push notifications feature originally released in October 2022/20.22.10. With the release of this feature, you will be able to choose which email or SMS notifications you receive by accessing settings directly from the Pulse app. Previously, you could only personalize email notifications through Brightspace.
6) Improved population method for calculating standard deviation
With this release, in Quizzing statistics, the method of calculating standard deviation from the sample standard deviation is changed to the population standard deviation.
The population standard deviation (Excel STDEV.P) is a more appropriate method since sampling is not conducted when calculating statistics. This new method ensures that the values in Quizzing are consistent with the ones calculated in the Performance+ Assessment Quality Dashboard and are statistically more correct. The updated value appears in the Brightspace Quizzing tool after viewing Quiz Statistics or downloading reports.
7) Rubrics – Clarify grading criteria by editing text fields in assessed rubrics
Users with the new Edit Assessed Rubrics permission can now edit the text fields in rubrics that have already been used for evaluation. This feature is intended to let instructors correct spelling errors, clarify wording, and make other minor changes that do not impact the academic integrity of the rubric. Instructors still can't make structural changes (such as adding evaluation levels or criteria), edit points, or add outcome alignments to assessed rubrics.
Previously, after an instructor used a rubric for an evaluation, the rubric was locked and couldn't be edited. To make changes, instructors had to completely remove the rubric, make edits to a copy of the rubric, attach the copy of the rubric to the grade item, then redo all the assessments.
If you are interested in getting more information about these and all the November Continuous Delivery updates, refer to the Brightspace Platform November 2022/20.22.11 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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