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Brightspace Tip #66: November Continuous Delivery Updates


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 2018/10.8.7 release that were added to our system this month:

1) Assignments - Anonymous Marking in Brightspace updated

Anonymous marking in Assignments features the following updates:

  • Instructors can see a new icon associated with assignments that have anonymous marking enabled
  • User names are revealed to instructors once feedback is published
  • A Publish All Feedback button is available in assignments with anonymous marking enabled to ensure anonymity when publishing feedback
  • Improved confirmation messaging appears to remind instructors to complete feedback for all anonymous users. If Publish All Feedback is selected before providing feedback for all anonymous submissions, the confirmation window will state the number of users with feedback and the total number of users

Example of Anonymous Marking icon
An assignment displaying the anonymous marking icon for instructors

Example of Publish All Feedback option
The Publish All Feedback button confirmation dialog box

2) Content - Add new submission types to content updated

The On paper submission and Observed in person submission types available in Assignments can now be added to Content from the Existing Activities menu.

3) Quizzes - Quizzes display in full screen

Quizzes now display in full screen. When a learner clicks Start Quiz, the navbar disappears. This provides additional screen space for the quiz by removing unnecessary navigation elements from view.

4) Video Note - Closed caption support

Users can now add files containing closed captions to their video notes. The captioned text displays when viewing the video note, if users selected the closed caption option.

To add captions, select Video Note Captions from the Admin Tools. Admin Tools are accessed from the cog icon in the top right corner of the page.

Video Note Captions link
Video note captions link as shown in Admin Tools

More information on how to add closed captions to a video note are available.

If you are interested in getting more information about these and all the November Continuous Delivery updates, refer to the Brightspace Platform November 2018/10.8.7 Release Notes.

Additonally, 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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