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 is an update in the May 2023/20.23.5 release that was added to our system this month:
1) Awards – Add criteria to awards in compliance with the latest Open Badges standard
Instructors can now specify what a learner must do to achieve a particular award.
This feature complements the use of evidence for awards by adding the new required Criteria field to the Awards tool.
Availability of Criteria and Evidence fields meets the latest Open Badges 2.0 standard from 1EdTech (formerly known as IMS Global):
- When instructors manually grant awards, they can now check the award's criteria and enter evidence describing what the learner did to meet the criteria and earn the award.
- When the award is automatically issued, the release conditions determine if learners meet the criteria.
- If learners share their award via a public link, both the Criteria and Evidence fields now appear on the Public Award page.
This feature implements PIE item D6128 (Incorporate Open Badge 2.0 Standards).
For existing awards that do not have explicitly stated criteria, Brightspace treats the Criteria and Evidence fields as the same.
Previously, there was no criteria field available in the Awards tool. When learners shared their awards to Badgr, the same field values were used for both Evidence and Criteria fields.
If you are interested in getting more information about this and all the May Continuous Delivery updates, refer to the Brightspace Platform May 2023/20.23.5 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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