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May 2017/10.7.1 Release

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The following release notes are for clients installing Brightspace Learning Environment 10.7.1 (May 2017).

To view the Fixed Issues List and Known Issues List for 10.7.1, see the Brightspace Platform 10.7.1 Release Notes.

To view the lang term updates for 10.7.1 see Brightspace Platform 10.7.1 Lang Terms.

Additional Information:

Note that the following features contain updates:

  • Brightspace Platform - Removal of legacy Help tool - added suggestion to embed help packages into Brightspace Learning Environment
  • Daylight Experience - Improved learner workflows... - updated screenshots
  • HTML Editor - Improved paste functionality... - specified that this improvement is for the new quiz question authoring experience only

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Assignment Grader

Brightspace Assignment Grader for Android - Communicate with the new Document Conversion Service | New

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To improve the document viewing experience for instructors, Brightspace Assignment Grader for Android can now use the Document Conversion Service (DoCS) to render documents as PDFs in the application.

Global Change Global Change

Organization Wide Organization Wide

Impact of Change

Technical Details

Next Steps

Slight impact to administrators due to optional configuration variable changes.

Assignment Grader can use the Document Conversion Service to convert documents to PDFs automatically for all new and existing clients hosted in Amazon Web Services™ (AWS) data centers. The Document Conversion Service is located in all AWS locations currently used by D2L. By using regional deployments of the Document Conversion Service client data stays within their hosted region.

Documents are only converted using DoCS if instructors log in using Brightspace Learning Environment credentials. Logging in using an EduDentity account results in documents being converted using the existing transcoding service located in Microsoft Azure South Central U.S. and West U.S.

The Document Conversion Service depends on the Authentication Service, located in AWS U.S. East (N. Virginia).

Compatibility with Brightspace Learning Environment version 10.7 or later.

 

If you want Brightspace Assignment Grader to use the Document Conversion Service, turn on the d2l.System.Services.DocumentConversion.IsEnabled configuration variable.

For detailed information regarding data residency, privacy, and transmission, refer to the updated Microservices in the Brightspace Cloud guide when it is released.

Brightspace Assignment Grader for iOS - Communicate with the new Document Conversion Service | New

globalchange,organizationwide

To improve the document viewing experience for instructors, Brightspace Assignment Grader for iOS can now use the Document Conversion Service (DoCS) to render documents as PDFs in the application.

Global Change Global Change

Organization Wide Organization Wide

Impact of Change

Technical Details

Next Steps

Slight impact to administrators due to optional configuration variable changes.

Assignment Grader can use the Document Conversion Service to convert documents to PDFs automatically for all new and existing clients hosted in Amazon Web Services™ (AWS) data centers. The Document Conversion Service is located in all AWS locations currently used by D2L. By using regional deployments of the Document Conversion Service client data stays within their hosted region.

Documents are only converted using DoCS if instructors log in using Brightspace Learning Environment credentials. Logging in using an EduDentity account results in documents being converted using the existing transcoding service located in Microsoft Azure South Central U.S. and West U.S.

The Document Conversion Service depends on the Authentication Service, located in AWS U.S. East (N. Virginia).

Compatibility with Brightspace Learning Environment version 10.7 or later.

If you want Brightspace Assignment Grader to use the Document Conversion Service, turn on the d2l.System.Services.DocumentConversion.IsEnabled configuration variable.

For detailed information regarding data residency, privacy, and transmission, refer to the updated Microservices in the Brightspace Cloud guide when it is released.

Integrations

IPSIS - Reactivate users | New

integrations,workflow

IPSIS administrators can now reactivate users that have been deactivated, that is, they can change an inactive user’s status back to active. Previously, a user’s status could only be set upon creation.

Additionally, the Standard SIS integration now considers the user’s status from the CSV file that administrators must generate. Previously, the user status column wasn't captured.

Integrations Integration

Work Flow Workflow

Impact of Change

Technical Details

Next Steps

Slight impact to IPSIS administrators who now have the ability to change a user's status after it has been set at creation.

Now, when a deletePerson request deactivates a user, IPSIS provides the ability to change the user’s status back to active using a replacePerson request.

To interpret the user’s status information from the CSV file, a new translator was created: D2L.IM.IPSIS.LIS.RequestAdapters.PMS.Default.PersonRequestIsActiveTranslator. The translator is released as inactive and must be configured to become active.

To reactivate a user:

1. Since the user status does not match directly with a field from the LIS specification, you must implement an extension field on the replacePerson request to make use of this feature. See the IPSIS – Administrator Guide, when it is released, for more information on how to implement the extension field.

2. From the Admin Tools menu, select IPSIS Administration, and click the Configuration tab.

3. Within the LIS area, under Person Management, click Person - Replace.

4. In the Available Plug-ins area, select the D2L.IM.IPSIS.LIS.RequestAdapters.PMS.Default.PersonRequestIsActiveTranslator check box.

5. Click Add to Configuration. and ensure the sort order of the Active Plug-ins is correct (see the IPSIS - Administrator Guide for more information).

6. Click Save and Close.

IPSIS - Support for departments with upper org units | New

integrations,workflow

Some organizations want to have an org unit above the department level for purposes such as advanced reporting, custom login logic, or competency structures. For organizations that have a custom org unit above the department level, but below the top organization level, IPSIS now recognizes that org unit even if it was not created through IPSIS. Previously, IPSIS didn't recognize custom org units manually created between the organization level and the department level.

Integrations Integration

Work Flow Workflow

Impact of Change

Technical Details

Next Steps

Slight impact to IPSIS administrators due to the ability for custom org units above the department level to be recognized.

Now, when the ReplaceDepartmentRequest call is processed, it does not remove custom org units above the department level, but recognizes them and leaves them intact.

A new handler has been added that preserves org structure above the department level: D2L.IM.IPSIS.Default.OrgUnits.Departments.Handlers.ReplaceDepartmentParentsNoUpdateLMSHandler. The handler is released as inactive and must be configured to become active.

To preserve org structure above the department level:

1. From the Admin Tools menu, select IPSIS Administration, and click the Configuration tab.

2. Within the IPSIS Platform area, under Org Unit, click Departments - Replace.

3. In the Available Plug-ins area, select the D2L.IM.IPSIS.Default.OrgUnits.Departments.Handlers.ReplaceDepartmentParentsNoUpdateLMSHandler check box.

4. Click Add to Configuration. and ensure the sort order of the Active Plug-ins is correct (see the IPSIS - Administrator Guide, when it is released, for more information).

5. Click Save and Close.

Virtual Classrooms by YouSeeU – New HTML5 client available for Virtual Classrooms | New

integrations,systemrequirementchange,toolchange,workflow

Instructors can now use the HTML5 version of the Virtual Classroom client in addition to the existing Flash version of the client. HTML5 is the now the recommended Virtual Classrooms client when using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. HTML5 is not yet available in other browsers due to missing technical dependencies.

Integrations Integration

System Requirement Change System Requirement Change

Work Flow Workflow

Tool Change Tool Change

Impact of Change

Technical Details

Next Steps

Medium impact to administrators due to new recommended Virtual Classroom client.

HTML5 is the new default; however, you are still able to choose the Flash version of the client.

 

 

When an instructor launches a virtual meeting, selecting Enter Meeting Room (New & Improved) starts a HTML5 version of the Virtual Classroom client.

Selecting Enter Meeting Room continues to start a Flash version of the Virtual Classroom client.


Learning Environment

Activity Feed – Web link and Google Drive attachments | New

toolchange,usersonly,workflow

You can now add stylized web links and Google Drive files to a post in Activity Feed.

Using the Attach Web Links picker, you can enter a web URL and title that is styled and formatted as a clickable attachment to the post. Using the Attach Google Drive File picker, you can select a file that is styled and formatted as a clickable attachment to the post. These links are included below the post rather than as a part of the inline text. After an external weblink or Google Drive file is attached, an icon appears indicating the type of attachment on the post.

Web Link and Google Drive icons appear as attachment options for an Activity Feed

Tool Change Tool Change

Work Flow Workflow

Users Only Users Only

 

Impact of Change

Technical Details

Next Steps

Slight impact to instructors who want to use web links or Google Drive attachments in activity feeds.

Google Drive attachments must originate from the instructor's personal Google Account. Before attaching the link, the instructor must ensure that the file has proper visibility permissions in Google Drive.

  1. Navigate to a course homepage with Activity Feed widget available.
  2. Click anywhere in the Create a post text box and type a message.
  3. Do one or more of the following:
  • To attach a web link, click activity_feed_weblink_icon.
  • To attach a Google Drive file from your Google account, click activity_feed_google_drive_icon.

Brightspace Data Platform - End-of-life of the ODBC Driver | Removed

systemrequirementchange

D2L announces the end-of-life of the Brightspace Data Platform Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) driver. The ODBC driver allowed clients to create and run their own queries to access Brightspace event data in the Brightspace Data Platform. As of this release, the ODBC Driver is no longer available or supported.

System Requirement Change System Requirement Change

Impact of Change

Technical Details

Next Steps

Slight impact to Administrators due to the end-of-life of the Brightspace Data Platform ODBC driver.

N/A

To uninstall the ODBC driver:

1. From a command prompt window, navigate to the folder where the driver is installed. For example, type: cd "C:\Program Files (x86)\BrightspaceDataPlatformODBCDriver"

2. Type: .\unistall.cmd

To access Brightspace event data, D2L offers the following:

  • Brightspace Insights
  • Data Hub tool

For more information contact your D2L Account Manager.

Brightspace platform - Removal of legacy Help tool | Removed

globalchange,organizationwide

The legacy system Help tool has been removed from the Brightspace platform. The link to the new Brightspace Help site was made available in Brightspace Learning Environment 10.6.9.

Global Change Global Change

Organization Wide Organization Wide

Impact of Change

Technical Details

Next Steps

Slight impact to users due to the removal of the legacy Help tool.

If you previously had the legacy Help tool link on your navbar, it automatically changed to the new Brightspace Help link in Brightspace Learning Environment 10.6.9. If you had created your own links to the legacy Help, those links will no longer work.

The new Brightspace Help is a full website, external to Brightspace Learning Environment. It contains Continuous Delivery help resources for the suite of Brightspace products, microservices in the Brightspace Cloud, integrations, and Semester Start "frequently asked questions."

If you had your own links to the legacy Help, D2L recommends creating links to the new Brightspace Help site.

You can also embed and customize help packages directly in your instance of Brightspace Learning Environment. See the Embedding and Customizing Brightspace Help Packages guide for more information.

Copy Course Components - Copying final grade properties includes calculated and adjusted grades | Updated

toolchange,workflow

When you copy final grade items, the copy process includes properties from the calculated and adjusted final grade items. In the Copy Course Components tool, when you select Copy All to select everything in the course, all final grade properties are now copied. If you copy individual components, Final Calculated Grade and Final Adjusted Grade appear in the list of components to select.

Select the Final Adjusted Grade and Final Calculated Grade as part of the items you want to copy.

Tool Change Tool Change

Work Flow Workflow

Impact of Change

Technical Details

Next Steps

Slight impact to instructors who can now include calculated and adjusted final grades in the Copy Course Components workflow.

 

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N/A

Daylight Experience - Improved learner workflows and responsive dialog boxes | Updated

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Some important learner workflows have been improved in the Daylight Experience. The following components of the Insert Stuff dialog are now responsive: My Computer, Insert Link, and Enter Embed Code. The Add a File dialog (used in Assignments) is also responsive. This makes the core learner workflows of adding and submitting files easier on tablets or mobile devices.

Responsive mobile view of the Insert Stuff dialog box

Responsive mobile view of the Insert Link dialog box

The Brightspace Daylight Experience features are now optimized for production environments when using the Google Chrome or Apple Safari browsers. The core tools and workflows in Brightspace Learning Environment have been tested extensively on these two browsers. In the coming months, D2L will continue to make updates across the product suite that reflect Daylight design and will continue to optimize the Daylight Experience in other browser environments. Turning on Daylight does not modify your content or other settings in Brightspace. All workflows and features in the Brightspace Daylight experience are available on all supported browsers; however, D2L is continuing to optimize performance and improve page load times on browsers other than Chrome and Safari. If you turn on the Brightspace Daylight Experience to do some testing, you can turn off the configuration variable to restore your site to the original look and feel.

Look and Feel Look and Feel

Tool Change Tool Change

Users Only Users Only

Work Flow Workflow

Impact of Change

Technical Details

Next Steps

Slight impact to users due to improvements to learner workflows, and responsive behavior in dialog boxes.

The feature is now available to clients who turn on the d2l.system.BrightspaceDaylightExperience configuration variable.

You must have this configuration variable set before you can use this feature.

Discussions - Allow instructors to post to all groups at once | New

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Instructors can now post a discussion thread to all the associated groups/sections from a group discussion topic. If an instructor does not have access to all groups they have the option to post a thread to All groups/sections assigned to me.

This feature implements PIE item D185.

Instructors can post discussion threads to all groups

Instructors can post to all groups/sections assigned to them

Configuration Variables Configuration Variable

Look and Feel Look and Feel

Organization Wide Organization Wide

Role Permissions Role Permissions

System Requirement Change System Requirement Change

Tool Change Tool Change

Work Flow Workflow

Impact of Change

Technical Details

Next Steps

Slight impact to administrators due to a required configuration variable to make this feature available.

The configuration variable d2l.Tools.Discuss.EnableGroupFilteredTopics must be turned on for these features to be available. As of Brightspace Learning Environment 10.7.1, this variable is on by default.

In the Config Variable Browser, ensure that the Organization Value for d2l.Tools.Discuss.EnableGroupFilteredTopics is set to on, or no Organization Value is set.

Slight impact to instructors due to a change in workflow when posting to group discussion topics.

When posting to a group discussion topic, instructors have the option to post their thread to an individual group or all groups.

From a group discussion topic, click Start a New Thread and use the Post Thread to dropdown list to select an individual group or All Groups before posting.

Discussions - Default value for Discussions configuration variable | Updated

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The default value of the configuration variable d2l.Tools.Discuss.EnableGroupFilteredTopics is changing from off to on. This variable controls whether discussion topics can contain group specific posts. Clients who do not want this feature available can edit the Org Value of the variable and set it to off. Changes to the configuration variable's default status do not affect Org Values that are already in place. If no Org Value is set, the default behavior for your organization changes after the 10.7.1 update is complete.

Configuration Variables Configuration Variable

Global Change Global Change

Look and Feel Look and Feel

Organization Wide Organization Wide

Tool Change Tool Change

Work Flow Workflow

Impact of Change

Technical Details

Next Steps

Slight impact to administrators due to the change in the default status of the configuration variable d2l.Tools.Discuss.EnableGroupFilteredTopics.

The d2l.Tools.Discuss.EnableGroupFilteredTopics variable determines if improvements to group discussions are available to instructors and learners. This variable changes the default value when creating group discussions to Create one topic with threads separated by group. This type of topic simplifies instructor workflows when navigating between group discussions, assessing discussion topics, and copying groups between courses.

For more information on improvements to group discussions see the Brightspace Platform 10.6.9 Release Notes.

If you want the improvements available to your users, ensure that the d2l.Tools.Discuss.EnableGroupFilteredTopics configuration variable does not have its Org Value set to off.

If you do not want the improvements available to your users, ensure that the d2l.Tools.Discuss.EnableGroupFilteredTopics configuration variable has the Org Value set to off.

HTML Editor - Improved paste functionality in Quizzes | Updated

globalchange,organizationwide,toolchange

The HTML Editor tool has improved paste functionality for the new quiz question authoring experience in the Quizzes tool. Administrators and instructors can copy content from external sources such as Microsoft Word and various HTML sources, and paste it as question or answer content in a quiz question, while retaining the formatting and images from the source location.

This feature implements PIE item D2627.

New confirmation dialog box for pasting content into a quiz question

Global Change Global Change

Organization Wide Organization Wide

Tool Change Tool Change

 

Impact of Change

Technical Details

Next Steps

Slight impact to instructors and administrators due to improved paste functionality in HTML Editor in Quizzes.

A new confirmation dialog box now displays when you paste content into a quiz question.

The improved paste functionality is also available in the Email, Content, Announcements, and Discussions tools.

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Pulse

Brightspace Pulse - iOS 9 is no longer supported | Removed

systemrequirementchange,usersonly

As of this release, Brightspace Pulse 1.12 no longer supports iOS 9.

System Requirement Change System Requirement Change

Users Only Users Only

Impact of Change

Technical Details

Next Steps

Moderate impact to learners because of a system requirement change.

Brightspace Pulse 1.12 supports iOS 10 and higher.

If you are currently running Brightspace Pulse on iOS 9, you can continue to use the app, but will not receive app updates.

If you are currently running iOS 9 without Brightspace Pulse, you cannot download the app.

 

If you are currently running iOS 9, D2L recommends upgrading to iOS 10 for an optimal learning experience with Brightspace Pulse.

Brightspace Pulse - View PDF and MP4 topic files offline | New

toolchange,usersonly,workflow

To complete learning activities without an internet connection, learners can now download PDF and MP4 topic files for offline viewing in Brightspace Pulse.

When viewing a topic file in Brightspace Pulse, tapping the ellipsis (...) menu at the top of the page displays a Make available offline option.

The Make available offline option in Brightspace Pulse on iOS

Tapping this option downloads the topic file to the learner's mobile device for offline viewing in Brightspace Pulse. To indicate the topic file is available for offline viewing, a Downloaded File icon Downloaded File icon displays in the table of contents.

The Download File icon in Brighspace Pulse on iOS

While offline, tapping the Downloaded File icon Downloaded File icon displays the topic file for viewing.

After viewing the downloaded file in Brightspace Pulse, tapping the ellipsis (...) menu at the top of the page, and then tapping the Remove from device option deletes the topic file from the mobile device.

The Remove from device option in Brightspace Pulse on iOS

Tool Change Tool Change

Users Only Users Only

Work Flow Workflow

 

Impact of Change

Technical Details

Next Steps

Slight impact to learners because of new options in Brightspace Pulse to download and remove topic files.

This feature is available for Brightspace Pulse on iOS and Android.

Downloaded PDF and MP4 topic files can only be viewed in Brightspace Pulse. Although downloaded files use the mobile device's file storage, they cannot be viewed in another app or transferred from the mobile device.

The limit of downloadable files is determined by the available space on the mobile device.

To remove all downloaded content files from the mobile device, navigate to the top-level for the course, tap the ellipsis (...) menu, and tap Remove any offline content.

For PDF files, there is no support for special PDF features (password protection, printing restrictions, etc.), or support for other document types (DOCX, XLSX, PPTX, HTML, images, etc.).

For MP4 files, there is no support for streaming video, or other video and audio formats (MP3 audio, etc.).

1. In Brightspace Pulse, view a topic file containing a PDF or MP4.

2. From the ellipsis (...) menu at the top of the page, tap Make available offline.

3. Without an internet connection, in Brightspace Pulse, navigate back to the table of contents and tap the downloaded topic file, indicated by the Downloaded File icon Downloaded File icon.

4. To remove the topic file from the mobile device, from the ellipsis (...) menu at the top of the page, tap Remove from device.


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