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February 2017/10.6.10 Release

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The following release notes are for clients installing Brightspace Learning Environment 10.6.10 (February 2017).

To view the Fixed Issues and Known Issues Lists for 10.6.10, see the Brightspace Platform 10.6.10 Release Notes.

To view the lang term updates for 10.6.10, see Brightspace Platform 10.6.10 Lang Terms.

Note that between the preview release notes and the publication of these release notes, the following features were removed from the February 2017 release:

  • Virtual Classroom and Video Assignments by YouSeeU - Breakout rooms available in YouSeeU Premium
  • Virtual Classroom and Video Assignments by YouSeeU - Live Captioning Role available

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Integrations

URKUND Plagiarism Checker - URKUND Plagiarism Checker integration available | New

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The URKUND Plagiarism Checker integration is now available for Brightspace Learning Environment.

Instructor view of the URKUND integration

Submission detail information

Configuration Variables Configuration Variable

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Integrations Integration

Organization Wide Organization Wide

Work Flow Workflow

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Slight impact to administrators due to a new configuration variable and permissions that must be set to use the URKUND integration.

The d2l.3rdParty.Urkund.ServiceUrl configuration variable must have an Org Value set and a remote plugin created for this integration to function.

Permissions must be set within the URKUND integration to determine which features are available to users.

Contact your D2L Account Manager to request URKUND contact details,the Launch Point URL, and LTI Secret to set up the URKUND integration. Direct all sales, support, and implementation questions to URKUND.

Slight impact to instructors due to the availability of URKUND Plagiarism Checker integration to be used with the Assignments tool.

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Access the URKUND integration from your course and set which assignment submission folders you want to use the plagiarism control feature. After learner submissions are processed, a score and report are available to access. For support assistance contact URKUND directly.

Slight impact to learners due to new workflow for accessing assignments analyzed for plagiarism using the URKUND integration.

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On the navbar, click URKUND to view your submissions that have been checked for plagiarism.

Learning Environment

Daylight Experience - Improvements to My Courses widget | New

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Improvements to the My Courses widget include the following items:

  • Users can now include a catalog and custom image in Copy Course Components, Bulk Course Copy, course templates, import content, and export content. Select the image as a component during the copy, export, or import workflow.
  • Users can display the course code in the widget using a widget setting.

    By setting the Show Course Code on the Customize Widget settings, the code appears below the course name in the My Courses list.

  • The course search functionality has been improved.

    As you enter search criteria, suggested results display beneath the search box. You can further refine your results based on search criteria, filters, and sort.

For the purposes of the early release of the Daylight Experience, it is recommended that you only turn on the Daylight Experience in test environments. In previous releases, you have seen Daylight applied to Brightspace Capture, and Brightspace Assignment Grader for Android, and more recently to Brightspace Learning Environment. By installing Daylight in your test environment, you can see how it affects core tools and workflows in Brightspace Learning Environment and follow the progress each month as we apply more Daylight design updates across the product suite.

Look and Feel Look and Feel

Tool Change Tool Change

Users Only Users Only

Work Flow Workflow

Impact of Change

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Next Steps

Slight impact to administrators and instructors who include course catalog and image when copying and exporting content.

Slight impact to administrators or instructors who set up the My Courses widget as a result of new workflow for adding a course code to the display.

Slight impact to all users who search the My Courses widget due to improved ability to narrow search results.

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.

Daylight Experience - Reskin of Discussions and Quizzing pages | New

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There have been updates to the following pages to include additional Daylight Experience styles:

  • Discussions
  • Quizzes - Student view while taking a quiz

For the purposes of the early release of the Daylight Experience, it is recommended that you only turn on the Daylight Experience in test environments. In previous releases, you have seen Daylight applied to Brightspace Capture, and Brightspace Assignment Grader for Android, and more recently to Brightspace Learning Environment. By installing Daylight in your test environment, you can see how it affects core tools and workflows in Brightspace Learning Environment and follow the progress each month as we apply more Daylight design updates across the product suite.

Look and Feel Look and Feel

Tool Change Tool Change

Users Only Users Only

 

Impact of Change

Technical Details

Next Steps

Slight impact to learners due to change in styles.

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.

HTML Editor - Math Editor | Updated

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The Math Editor in the HTML Editor tool has been updated. Now, when equations are inserted into the HTML Editor, instructors can see the equations inline while they are editing their work.

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Global Change Global Change

Look and Feel Look and Feel

Organization Wide Organization Wide

Users Only Users Only

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Slight impact to instructors who can now preview math equations within the HTML Editor tool.

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Quizzes - Create / edit Short Answer questions | Updated

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As another stage in the visual redesign of the Quizzes tool, the Short Answer (SA) question creation and editing layouts have been updated. Administrators and instructors can opt in or out of this new look and feel.

Some additional updates were made to Short Answer questions along with the visual redesign:

  • All answers for a blank are assessed using the same comparison method, that is, either Text (case insensitive text), Case-Sensitive Text, or Regular Expression. Each blank can still be assessed using a different method. In the original experience, each answer for a blank can be assessed using a different method.
  • Points for each blank are calculated automatically and evenly distributed. In the original experience, each blank can be weighted differently.

Creating a Short Answer question in the updated interface in the Quizzes tool

Configuration Variables Configuration Variable

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Moderate impact to administrators due to the change in the Quizzes > create/edit Short Answer question user interface.

Administrators can opt in to create or edit Short Answer questions using the updated create/edit Short Answer questions user interface.

This feature is dependent on the Authentication Service microservice in the Brightspace Cloud.

To enable the new Short Answer question experience (along with the other new question experiences) for instructors at any org level, turn on the d2l.Tools.Quizzes.NewExperienceOpt-In configuration variable.

To return to the original user interface for the org unit, in the Welcome to the new Question Creation Experience! flyout, click Turn it off.

Moderate impact to instructors due to the change in the Quizzes > create/edit Short Answer question user interface.

To use the new create/edit Short Answer questions user interface, in the Welcome to the new Question Creation Experience! flyout, click Leave it on. To return to the original user interface for the org unit, click Turn it off.

If you do not see the new create/edit Short Answer question user interface, contact your administrator and request that they enable the appropriate configuration variable.

Pulse

Brightspace Pulse - Notifications link to responsive web pages | New

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When a learner receives a notification for a Grade item or announcement in Brightspace Pulse, the Open in Safari link now opens a responsive web page. If the Daylight Experience is not turned on, users see a full desktop page. This feature is in preparation for the deprecation of the mobile browser.

For the purposes of the early release of the Daylight Experience, D2L recommends that you only turn on the Daylight Experience in test environments. In previous releases, Daylight has been applied to Brightspace Capture, Brightspace Assignment Grader for Android, and more recently to Brightspace Learning Environment. By installing Daylight in your test environment, you can see how it affects core tools and workflows in Brightspace Learning Environment and follow the progress each month as D2L applies more Daylight design updates across the product suite.

Look and Feel Look and Feel

Tool Change Tool Change

Configuration Variables Configuration Variable

 

Impact of Change

Technical Details

Next Steps

Slight impact to administrators because of a configuration variable change.

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

Before learners can use this feature, administrators must turn on the configuration variable.

Slight impact to learners who receive announcements for grade items and announcements in Brightspace Pulse due to a different destination location for announcement links.

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