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What’s New on Brightspace? (June 2018)

Posted by on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 in Uncategorized.

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!

Assignment Grader (iPad app) – Assignment submission can now be annotated without EduDentity credentials

Instructors that use Assignment Grader are no longer required to log in using EduDentity in order to annotate non-PDF assignment submissions. Instructors can now log in using their Brightspace credentials and have the same functionality as they have had in EduDentity.


Copy Course Components – Date Offset

When instructors copy the content of one course to another, old course dates are also copied over. This feature enables instructors to offset those old dates to dates relative to the new semester. This feature also eliminates the burden of tweaking delivery and due dates for their learners. When instructors copy course components in bulk, they can enable the offset to occur to the items copied into the course by days or hours.


Grades – Linked discussion threads are now available

When assessing a discussion post in the Assess Post pop-up, an instructor can now see a link to the original discussion post. This allows instructors to see more information about why the user posted that reply, or what other learners replied to their post. Previously, there was no hyperlink, and instructors had to open Discussions and manually find the information.

Figure: The Access Topic pop-up now includes a hyperlink to the full discussion post you are grading.


Groups and Sections – Interface improvements on Enroll Users page

Fixed headers and wider columns now appear on the Enroll Users page in Groups. This change helps users easily view and scroll through large numbers of groups and sections. This change is available in the Daylight Experience only.
This feature is not supported in the Internet Explorer 11 or Microsoft Edge web browsers. The Enroll Users page retains its previous interface in these browsers and for users who do not have Daylight Experience enabled.

Figure: Headers remain onscreen when scrolling through the list of learners on the Enroll Users page


Quizzes – Question pools replace random sections

Question pools are now available to improve the process of creating quizzes with randomized questions, and are an effective way of preventing cheating on quizzes. All the functionality random sections provided is now located on a single screen, with a simplified workflow. When creating a question pool, instructors enter a title, the number of questions to select, and the points per question. On the same page, they can browse the Question Library to select the desired questions to add to the pool. Instructors are also able to edit or delete questions in place.

Figure: Select Question Pool from the available options when adding new components to a quiz

Figure: Enter a title, number of questions to select, and points per question

Figure: Select questions from the Question Library and add them to the quiz


Rubrics – Control rubric visibility for learners

This release introduces the ability to control rubric visibility for learners. This is useful for preventing learners from using preview rubrics as answer keys for activities. For example, an instructor can now describe assessment expectations in assignment instructions, hiding the associated preview rubric. Once the assignment is graded, the instructor releases the graded rubric as part of the learner’s assessment details.

Figure: Rubric visibility options in a rubric

Figure: Rubric visibility in a quiz


Rubrics – Improvements to rubric feedback for learners

To provide learners with more detailed feedback on activities and apply a consistent look and feel to rubric feedback, this release includes the following improvements:

– Rubric feedback now has a consistent appearance across tools in Brightspace Learning Environment, including responsive display on desktops and mobile devices. The grading criteria that a learner achieves in an activity is highlighted in the rubric. Also, the Overall Score row is removed and replaced by a Total row for the entire rubric.

– Rubric feedback for assignments now appears at the top of the Assignment Feedback page.

– Assignments now include detailed overall feedback, rubric feedback, and score in the Content tool. Previously, assignments only included overall feedback and score in the Content tool and Assignment Feedback page.

– The Discussions and Content tools now include overall feedback, detailed rubric feedback, and score. Feedback displays to learners as soon as instructors save rubric and overall feedback assessment. Previously, discussions only included score.

– Feedback for quiz submissions is now viewed by clicking the new View Feedback link under the Feedback column. Previously, quiz submissions included a text bubble icon that linked to quiz feedback.

Figure: Graded rubric for an assignment showing achieved criteria, instructor feedback, and score

Figure: A discussion showing instructor feedback, score, and link to the graded rubric

Figure: The View Feedback link for quiz submissions


Rubrics – Display graded rubric feedback In Gradebook

For a consistent and simplified user experience, learners can now view their graded rubric feedback in Gradebook for discussions, assignments, and quizzes.

Learners can view their completed rubric (including the selected levels and instructor feedback) in the following tools:

– Gradebook (new)
– Discussions (new)
– Assignments
– Quizzes
– Content (classic Content experience), where the activity is included (Assessment section)

Figure: A note in the Grade Editing page indicating that while the grade item has a rubric, it cannot also be associated with an online activity

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