What’s New on Brightspace? (June 2017)
Every month, Brightspace will release new features and updates. You can get a comprehensive view of the updates here, but this blog post will give you a quick overview of what’s new on Brightspace!
The Activity Feed, which is a new course homepage widget, provides a central location for instructors to post messages and links to course materials, web links, and files on Google Drive. It gives learners the ability to quickly access links to important materials, and comment on messages made by instructors and classmates.
The Brightspace Daylight Experience is now supported on all Browsers.
The Brightspace Daylight Experience features are now optimized for production environments on all browsers. The core tools and workflows in Brightspace have been tested extensively with Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Internet Explorer 11 browsers.
Document Conversion Service
When documents are uploaded to the Content tool, Assignments tool, Brightspace Learning Repository, or Brightspace ePortfolio, the documents are converted to PDFs, which display inline in the tool or product. This improves the document viewing experience for users. Documents are converted during upload instead of during user access, which reduces wait times when serving documents to users.
Grade exports include all group and section enrollments.
When exporting grades from the grade book, selecting the option to include group and section membership information now exports all group and section enrollment information for each learner. Multiple enrollments are exported as a comma-separated list within a cell. This allows for more detailed analysis of grade exports outside of Brightspace Learning Environment.