February 2020, version 20.20.2
Assignments - Streamlined access to inline feedback | New
To streamline access to assignment feedback, learners can now immediately access inline feedback from User Progress, Grades, and Assignments. From these tools, the View Inline Feedback link takes the learner directly to the feedback left (or Turnitin viewer, if that is the tool used to provide feedback). The inline feedback also includes a link to the file for the assignment, so learners know which document contains the feedback. Previously, the View Inline Feedback link took the learner to the Assignment feedback summary page, where they had to click a second link to view the feedback.
This feature implements PIE item D5351.
Figure: Grades view for learners displaying the View Inline Feedback link, which now opens directly in the annotation view
Figure: Assignments view for learners displaying the View Inline Feedback link, which now opens directly in the annotation view
January 2020, version 20.20.1
Brightspace Learning Environment – Support for Internet Explorer | Removed
As of January 1st, Brightspace has ended support for Internet Explorer. All versions of Internet Explorer will no longer be able to access Brightspace. We recommend using the most up-to-date version of Firefox or Chrome.
December 2019, version 20.19.12
Assignments – File size information in submission receipt email | New
File size information now displays next to the file name in the submission receipt email sent to learners upon making a submission to an assignment submission folder.
Assignments – Submission ID displays for Learners | New
A new column that displays Submission ID information is visible to learners on the View Feedback page in Assignments.
Figure: Submission ID visible to learners when reviewing Submission Feedback information
Brightspace Learning Environment – Supported browsers | Updated
As previously announced in the August 2019/20.19.8 release, Microsoft Internet Explorer is approaching End of Life (EOL) status as a supported browser. Starting January 1, 2020, Brightspace Learning Environment will no longer support Internet Explorer. As of the December 2019/20.19.12 release, if users attempt to access Brightspace Learning Environment using Internet Explorer in a test environment, an unsupported page appears. The unsupported page contains links to download supported browsers and a link to the End of Life (EOL) communication on the Brightspace Community. This allows clients to preview the unsupported page in their test environments and test any language term changes they want to make.
For more information on previous Internet Explorer EOL communications:
- Intent To End Of Life Notice For: Internet Explorer Support
- Internet Explorer Browser Support Transition Planning
Release Conditions – Learners are notified when a release condition triggers new content | Updated
In a course that uses release conditions to unlock additional content, learners previously were not informed when new content became available as a result of a release condition that was satisfied. Because there was no automatic notification or refresh of the table of contents, there was the potential for frustration when learners think they are done a module, and are later informed that there are steps left to be completed.
Now, when release conditions are satisfied, the learner is notified using a pop-up ("toast") message that there are new items available in the course.
October 2019, version 20.19.10
Accessibility - Compliance with WCAG 2.1 level AA | Updated
As part of D2L's ongoing commitment to design and develop against WC3 accessibility best practices, the Brightspace Learning Environment 20.19.10/October 2019 release now aligns to the updated WCAG 2.1 level AA standards in both compliance reporting and all new development work. It is D2L’s intention to be an industry leader in inclusive design, and these changes improve support for individuals with alternative fine motor, cognition, and low vision needs. There are no major changes to workflows with these improvements; however, we have updated our shared components, such as fonts, buttons, menus, and input fields to better support WCAG 2.1 level AA requirements and recommendations. These changes include:
- Adding input type and auto-complete to appropriate fields to facilitate a user’s ability to complete forms.
- Adding escape key commands where appropriate to components that appear on hover or focus.
- Updating components that activate on down event to ensure that a user can cancel actions.
- Improving color contrast on additional components in Brightspace Learning Environment.
Brightspace Learning Environment – Supported browsers | Updated
As previously announced in the August 2019/20.19.8 release, Microsoft Internet Explorer is approaching End of Life (EOL) status as a supported browser. Starting January 2020, Brightspace Learning Environment will no longer support Internet Explorer. To provide more visibility about this upcoming change, when an existing user logs in to Brightspace Learning Environment using Internet Explorer, a banner now informs the user about the approaching EOL date. The banner also includes a recommendation to upgrade their browser and a link to the EOL communication on the Brightspace Community. After logging in, the user can dismiss the banner for that session. For each subsequent session, the banner displays; however, the user can dismiss it.
For an optimal experience that offers better performance, accessibility, and security, D2L strongly recommends that all users access Brightspace Learning Environment with a supported browser.
Figure: The Internet Explorer End of Life banner on the login page.
Figure: The Internet Explorer End of Life banner in Brightspace Learning Environment.
Brightspace Pulse - iOS support | Updated
The latest version of Brightspace Pulse is supported on Apple devices with iOS 11 or higher. Older versions of Brightspace Pulse will continue to work on Apple devices with iOS 10, but will not receive any app updates. For an optimal experience, D2L recommends installing the latest version of Brightspace Pulse on Apple devices with iOS 11 or higher.
Brightspace - OpenDyslexic font setting | Removed
The OpenDyslexic font is intended to increase readability of text for users with dyslexia. D2L introduced this font into Brightspace Learning Environment as a measure of support for users with dyslexia, based on interest from clients and initially positive media reports. However, to date, there is no empirical evidence that it improves readability or comprehension for users with dyslexia. To ensure that D2L offers true accessibility solutions and that we align our design system and development practices with the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1 Level AA Criteria), the OpenDyslexic font is removed in the August 2019 release.
For more information, see the Intent To End Of Life Notice For: OpenDyslexic Font Option In Account Settings blog post.
Navbar - Display user initials when there is no user profile image
If a user does not upload a user profile image in Brightspace Learning Environment, the navbar now displays the user's initials in the user-profile badge. This change occurs for all roles and displays in the Brightspace Learning Environment navbar and Activity Feed. Previously, if a profile image was not uploaded, a blank user image displayed.
Figure: A blank user image previously displayed in the navbar
Figure: User initials now display in the navbar
Surveys - Improvements to the learner experience
To improve the learner experience when taking a survey, the following updates are now available:
- The primary button when completing a Survey has been updated from Save Responses to read as Submit Survey. Learners will continue to be prompted to confirm their submission when they submit the survey
- Learners can still save survey answers manually. The Save button now reads as Save Responses
- A new Back to Questions button is displayed when attempting to submit a survey with unanswered questions
- While learners are taking an anonymous survey, an alert appears at the top of the survey indicating that the survey is anonymous and their user information will not be tied to their responses
Binder - End-of-life
As of May 31, 2019, Binder is no longer supported by D2L. Binder will no longer work
with Brightspace, and it will be removed from the Apple AppStore and Google Play app
Users who have Binder can continue to use it after May 31, however, no further maintenance or update of the app will be available. Be advised that over time, the app will stop working as the operating systems that Binder depends on incur updates.
For users who want to access course materials offline, D2L recommends the Brightspace Pulse app for iOS and Android which is free to download from the Apple AppStore and Google Play store.