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June 2017/10.7.2 Preview Release

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The following preview release notes are for clients installing Brightspace Learning Environment 10.7.2 (June 2017).

To view the Preview Fixed Issues List for 10.7.2, see the Brightspace Platform 10.7.2 Preview Release Notes.

Additional Information:

Note that the following features contain updates:

  • The Brightspace Daylight Experience feature that indicated that Daylight Experience now includes responsive design enhancements in Email has been removed from this Release Note document. The feature will be available in a future software release.

This is pre-release information. The functionality, screens, and configuration of features are subject to change before release. D2L recommends reviewing the final release notes to determine if there are any changes that impact your organization.

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Integrations

IPSIS - Plug and Play Administration | New

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A new configuration user interface for the Integration Pack for Student Information Systems (IPSIS) is now available for use with the Brightspace platform. The new interface still uses the existing IPSIS framework, but is streamlined to be more intuitive and easier to navigate. For new IPSIS configurations, IPSIS administrators choose between proven default configurations and follow a straightforward setup that provides the same flexibility as the existing IPSIS integration but is greatly simplified. Existing IPSIS configurations must still be managed through the original IPSIS dashboard, and will not be migrated at this time. The Error Log and Audit Log environments are still accessed through the original IPSIS dashboard as well.

The features and improvements in the new user interface include the following:

  • The incorporation of proven default configurations means that IPSIS administrators no longer need to export or import prior IPSIS configurations to use as a starting point.
  • Straightforward questions replace complex management of translators and handlers. This eliminates the need for manual verification of problematic plugin lists when contacting D2L support personnel.
  • IPSIS now supports multiple source systems, and each source system can have its own configuration, based on the selected default.
  • A new IPSIS landing page displays all IPSIS configurations for an organization, both new and existing.
  • Default configurations for LIS 2.0 and Standard CSV are included.

The new IPSIS landing page for both new and existing configurations

The new IPSIS configuration interface

Global Change Global Change

Integrations Integration

Work Flow Workflow

 

Impact of Change

Technical Details

Next Steps

Moderate impact to IPSIS administrators due to the new user interface.

The default configurations are stored in the Content Delivery Network (CDN).

The new configuration interface supports new integrations only and does not allow for migrations from existing source systems.

Existing IPSIS implementations, and the Error and Audit Logs still make use of the original IPSIS dashboard.

Support for mobile devices is not available in this release.

To access the new landing page, click the Admin Tools menu and select IPSIS Administration.

To make use of the new configuration interface for a new SIS integration, contact your D2L Account Manager.

Learning Environment

Activity Feed - Available to all hosted clients | New

configurationvariables,organizationwide,rolepermissions

The Activity Feed, which is a new course homepage widget for Brightspace Learning Environment, is now available to all hosted clients.

The Activity Feed provides a central location for instructors to post messages and links to course materials, web links, and files on Google Drive. It gives learners the ability to quickly access links to important materials, and comment on messages made by instructors and classmates.

Instructor view of the Activity Feed

Student view of the Activity Feed

Configuration Variables Configuration Variable

Organization Wide Organization Wide

Role Permissions Role Permissions

Impact of Change

Technical Details

Next Steps

Slight impact to administrators due to a configuration variable that needs to be enabled, and having to map IMS roles to Brightspace Learning Environment roles.

Before this widget can be used, the configuration variable d2l.Tools.ActivityFeed.ShowWidget must be enabled. Features of the tool can be turned on for specific courses by adding override values in the Config Variable Browser. Administrators must access Admin Tools > IMS Configuration to map IMS roles to Brightspace Learning Environment roles.

Activity Feed is a service located in all supported D2L Amazon Web Services™ (AWS) locations:

  • U.S. East (N. Virginia)
  • Canada Central (Montreal)
  • EMEA (Ireland)
  • Sydney
  • Singapore

Client regions are determined by D2L and routed accordingly.

This feature is dependent on the Authentication Service, and Landlord Service.

1. In the Config Variable Browser, set the d2l.Tools.ActivityFeed.ShowWidget configuration variable to on.

2. From the Admin Tools menu, select IMS Configuration and map IMS roles to Brightspace Learning Environment roles. Brightspace Learning Environment roles for student, parent, and instructor must be mapped to the IMS roles for student, mentor, and instructor.

3. Add the Activity Feed widget to the default course homepage, or notify instructors that the widget is available for them to add to custom homepages.

Ensure that you have the appropriate permissions to enable these features by checking your organization’s policies regarding data residency, and by consulting with your legal advisors.

 

Slight impact to instructors due to the availability of a new widget.

N/A

1. Add the Activity Feed widget to a course homepage from Course Admin > Homepages.

2. Post messages and links to course materials.

Slight impact to learners due to the availability of a new widget.

N/A

View messages and links posted by instructors, and add comments to communicate with the class.

Classlist - Hide flags in the classlist | New

globalchange,lookfeel,organizationwide,rolepermissions,toolchange,workflow

Instructors can now hide flags in a classlist. All users who currently have the Has access to classlist permission can see and modify flags in a classlist.

This feature implements PIE item D3292.

Classlist - Instructor view with flags

Classlist - Student view without flags

Global Change Global Change

Look and Feel Look and Feel

Organization Wide Organization Wide

Role Permissions Role Permissions

Tool Change Tool Change

Work Flow Workflow

Impact of Change

Technical Details

Next Steps

Slight impact to instructors who can now hide flags in a classlist.

The View and Modify Flagged Status permission will be granted for all roles that currently have the Has access to the classlist permission.

Request that your administrator remove the View and Modify Flagged Status permission for the learner role if you do not want learners to see and modify flags in a classlist.

Slight impact to learners who load the classlist as they will not be able to see and modify flags in a classlist if the View and Modify Flagged Status permissions is not granted.

N/A

N/A

Daylight Experience - The Brightspace Daylight Experience is now supported on all Browsers | Updated

configurationvariables,globalchange,workflow

The Brightspace Daylight Experience features are now optimized for production environments on all browsers. The core tools and workflows in Brightspace Learning Environment have been tested extensively with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Internet Explorer 11 browsers.

In the coming months, D2L will continue to make updates across the product suite that reflect Daylight design. 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. If you turn on the Brightspace Daylight Experience to do some testing, you can turn off the configuration setting to restore your site to the original look and feel.

Configuration Variables Configuration Variable

Global Change Global Change

Work Flow Workflow

 

Impact of Change

Technical Details

Next Steps

Slight impact to all users who are now able to use the Daylight Experience in a production environment optimized for the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Internet Explorer 11 browsers.

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.

Grades - Grade exports include all group and section enrollments | Updated

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When exporting grades from the grade book, selecting the option to include group and section membership information now exports all group and section enrollment information for each learner. Multiple enrollments are exported as a comma-separated list within a cell. This allows for more detailed analysis of grade exports outside of Brightspace Learning Environment.

This feature implements PIE item D3680.

Configuration Variables Configuration Variable

Tool Change Tool Change

Impact of Change

Technical Details

Next Steps

Slight impact to instructors and administrators who export grades from courses with multiple sections or groups due to availability of additional membership information in the CSV export.

Group and section membership export options are only available if the course you are working in contains groups or sections.

To view these options, the instructor role must have the option to Access all course groups/sections enabled under their role settings.

After selecting Export Grades from the Enter Grades page, select the option under User Details to include group or section details for each learner.

Group Management - New Manager Dashboard is available for new corporate clients | New

integrations,lookfeel,organizationwide,rolepermissions,toolchange,workflow

Using the Manager Dashboard of the Group Management feature, corporate clients can associate attributes to their employees, and based on those attributes, sort the employees into groups to which courses are assigned. Learners can be automatically enrolled in a course based on attributes such as department, location, or any other relevant value. Alternatively, employees can be manually enrolled in courses by a manager based on interest or other non-attribute reasons.

During the initial setup, all employees in the company are added to the system by uploading a CSV file. A default schema is provided to administrators to create attribute definitions. Every employee's manager and job title are default attributes that are used for the My Team view; however, administrators can add more attributes to the initial attribute definition file before they upload it to the system. If an administrator wants a custom schema for the attribute definitions, they must contact D2L Implementation Services. When an employee is added to an attribute, the employee can be automatically enrolled to the courses attached to the groups that are defined by the attribute.

Group managers can create new groups from a list of users, create new groups from a list of attributes, modify the membership of existing groups (if they are administrators of the group), delete groups, view a list of all groups and group owners in the system, and change the owners of a group.

Functional managers have a My Team view that provides the list of their direct reports, list of all courses assigned to their team or each user, view the completion status of each course for each user, view the profile attributes of members of their direct report team, and manually enroll or unenroll users into our out of a course. When functional managers are also administrators of a group, they can modify the membership of existing groups, define attribute-based rules to control the group membership, define courses that group members are automatically enrolled in, view courses assigned to each member of a group and the completion status of those courses, and manually enroll or unenroll all group members into or out of a group.

For the purposes of the early, limited release of the Manager Dashboard, this functionality is only available to new corporate clients in North America using AWS US East (Virginia).

Integrations Integration

Look and Feel Look and Feel

Organization Wide Organization Wide

Role Permissions Role Permissions

Tool Change Tool Change

Work Flow Workflow

Impact of Change

Technical Details

Next Steps

Slight impact to corporate users who can use a user-centric learning paradigm to assign employees to courses.

Slight impact to corporate managers who can view reports on the courses their reports are assigned.

The Group Management functionality is available only for specific new corporate clients in North America using AWS US East (Virginia) participating in the limited availability program.Corporate managers must be able to assign permissions to users based on profile attribute.

In the Tool Admin settings, turn on the Manager Dashboard.

Managers must have CanViewEnrollments permission through the Manager Dashboard FRA to view all users' names in the system through the group workflows.

Managers must have Users.SeeUserMgmt permission to access groups or attributes.

Ensure that you have the appropriate permissions to turn on these features by checking your organization’s policies regarding data residency, and by consulting with your legal advisors.

Lessons - Limited Availability | New

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Lessons is a new way for instructors and learners to experience the Content tool in Brightspace Learning Environment. It offers a simplified experience for organizing content, aligning to learning standards, managing the availability of course materials, and automatically scheduling content units as a pacing guideline. The ability to import from the Achievement Standards Network, and map content items to those standards, has been added. Instructors can also add their own materials from external sources, such as Google Drive, to supplement existing resources. To promote classroom engagement, the Lessons experience works with the Activity Feed, allowing instructors to easily post content materials to a course homepage. The Lessons experience is currently available to US clients only.

Instructor view of the new Lessons experience

Lessons standards coverage

Learner view of the new Lessons experience

Configuration Variables Configuration Variable

Global Change Global Change

Role Permissions Role Permissions

Tool Change Tool Change

Impact of Change

Technical Details

Next Steps

Moderate impact to administrators due to required configuration variables, tool changes, and permissions to make this feature available.

To make the Lessons experience available in Brightspace Learning Environment, turn on the following configuration variables:

d2l.Tools.Content.IsLessonsEnabled

d2l.Tools.Content.UseLessonsExperience

d2l.System.Services.DocumentConversion.IsEnabled

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

The Learning Outcomes tool must be turned on, and the Manage Outcomes permission is required to import standards from the Achievement Standards Network and to copy standard requirements between courses. This tool relies on the Learning Outcomes service (LOReS). LOReS is a regional service that is currently only available to clients in the US East region.

The Lessons experience is only available in US English as of Brightspace Learning Environment 10.7.2.

 

1. In the Config Variable Browser, ensure that the Organization Value for d2l.Tools.Content.IsLessonsEnabled is set to on.
2. Turn on d2l.Tools.Content.UseLessonsExperience for all courses to use the Lessons experience. To enable Lessons for individual courses, set override values in the d2l.Tools.Content.UseLessonsExperience configuration variable for the desired courses.
3. Turn on d2l.System.Services.DocumentConversion.IsEnabled to activate Document Conversion Service for your organization.
4. From the Admin Tools menu, select Organization Tools and turn on Learning Outcomes.
5. Grant the Manage Outcomes permission for the Learning Outcomes tool to roles responsible for importing standards and copying standards between courses.

Slight impact to instructors and learners due to the availability of the new Lessons experience.

N/A

From the course navbar, select Content and observe the look of the Lessons experience.

SCORM - Simplified workflow when exiting SCORM objects | Updated

toolchange,usersonly,workflow

In the new SCORM solution, when users exit a SCORM object, they no longer need to carry out the additional step of navigating back to the Content tool in a course. Users are now taken back to Content automatically.

Tool Change Tool Change

Users Only Users Only

Work Flow Workflow

 

Impact of Change

Technical Details

Next Steps

Slight impact to users due to simplified workflow when exiting a SCORM object using the new SCORM solution.

Previously, when users exited a SCORM object in the new SCORM solution, they were taken to an LTI launch page and they had to use the Back button in their browser or the breadcrumbs in Brightspace Learning Environment to navigate back to Content. The additional step is no longer required.

N/A


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