December 2023 Brightspace Updates
As we wrap up 2023, there are a few new updates coming to Brightspace this month. These updates will be rolling out at the end of this week. If you have questions about any of these updates, please contact our Brightspace and Instructional Technology Support team at email@example.com.
Announcements – Copy announcements to other courses in published state
The ability to copy announcements to other courses was originally released for the Announcements tool in November 2023.
As of this release, Instructors and other similar users can publish copied announcements in other courses using either the Announcements tool or widget. This is done by selecting the Copy to Other Courses option from the announcement’s context menu. In the Copy Announcement window, there is a new check box option labeled Publish Announcement on Copy. When this box is selected, the announcement is directly published in the destination course or courses, skipping the draft stage. If the checkbox is not selected, the announcement copies as a draft into the destination course or courses.
Previously, copied announcements appeared in draft form and required publishing in the destination course to complete the process.
Figure: Select Publish Announcement on Copy to publish the copied announcement in the destination course or courses.
Calendar – View quiz start and quiz end dates as separate events in Calendar
When an instructor adds a Start Date and End Date in Quizzes and then selects Add Availability Dates to Calendar, both dates are displayed in the Calendar tool as separate events. Previously, only one event displayed showing when the availability of that quiz ended.
Figure: From Quizzes, instructors must enter a Start Date and End Date, and then select Add Availability Dates to Calendar.
Figure: Users can see when a quiz is available as a separate event item from when it ends.
Quizzes – Better identify bonus questions in a quiz
Quizzes now clearly mark bonus questions with Bonus, improving learner understanding and addressing a previous lack of indication in Quizzes.
Figure: Learners completing a bonus question now see Bonus.