Continuous Delivery Updates for September 2018

Students and Instructors

Content – Print/Download Function added to Course Outline

Users can now download and print an uploaded syllabus from the Course Outline area of Content. Note that when viewing a PDF file only Download is visible, while all other document types will display both Download and Print options.

Figure: The Download and Print buttons as they appear in the Course Outline area

Wiggio – End-of-life for virtual meetings

The ability to schedule Wiggio virtual meetings is no longer available in Brightspace Learning Environment. For more information on the end of life of Wiggio virtual meetings, visit the blog post on Brightspace Community.

Instructors Only

Discussions – Create groups and section threads in existing topics

Administrators and instructors can now associate existing discussion topics to a new group or section during the group or section creation process. In addition, users can associate existing discussion topics to groups or sections not associated with any other discussion topic. Note that users can only choose existing discussion topics that have no existing discussion posts for association. This feature is useful for creating groups or sections after copying a course, or if discussion topics are accidentally created before groups or sections.

Figure: The Set up discussion areas option, as seen when creating new groups or sections

Grades – Add grade release date to Grade Event Log

This feature enables instructors with the Manage Grades permission to view the exact date and time a learner’s grade is released or unreleased. The Grade Event Log now includes a column that displays the type of event that occurred (Grade Released and / or Grade Unreleased) in addition to the existing Grade Updated events. As a result, instructors can review and validate the dates a learner’s grades were released or unreleased.

Groups and Sections – Differentiate between similar learner names in groups and sections

Instructors can now differentiate between duplicate learner names by displaying the username or Org Defined Id beside a learner’s name. Instructors can enable this option in both the Manage Groups and Manage Sections tools.

Figure: The learner Org Defined Id, as it appears beside the learner’s name

HTML Editor – Add quicklinks to content modules, submodules and Course Outline

Users can now link directly to content modules, submodules, and Course Outline (if available) from the Insert Quicklink option in the HTML editor. This change allows users to insert quicklinks to specific portions of course content within any tool with the HTML Editor. Previously, only a link to the Content tool was available from the Insert Quicklink option in the HTML editor.

HTML Editor – Chemistry equation writing available in the equation editor

A chemistry equation writing function is now available in the HTML Editor. Users can select this feature directly within the equation editor.

For those instructors not familiar with the equation editor, here’s a quick video showing how it’s used.

Import/Export/Copy Components – Copy awards between courses

When copying components between courses, administrators and instructors can now choose to include awards and their release conditions. This allows instructors to reuse awards across different courses and sections in CourseLink.

Video Assignments and Virtual Classrooms by YouSeeU – Interface and workflow improvements

Users of Video Assignments and Virtual Classrooms by YouSeeU will notice improved interface designs and functions starting September 26, 2018.

What’s available September 26, 2018:

  • An updated Virtual Classroom experience
    • Parts of Virtual Classroom will have a new look and feel, but will function in much the same way with:
      • A redesigned network health indicator
Figure: Comparison of the old and new health indicator
  • Redesigned drawing tools
Figure: Redesigned drawing tools
  • A redesigned poll creator
Figure: Redesigned poll creator
  • The updated page will also auto-refresh and automatically launch attendees into the meeting at its designated start time
  • Desktop share improvements for Virtual Classroom
    • Pause used to freeze the screen during a live session, but continue to show the moderators screen during the recording playback — pause will now freeze the screen during playback as well
    • Users can now share Google Chrome tabs (can isolate down to a single tab without having to share your entire browser)
  • Separate ‘end meeting’ and ‘leave’ options in Virtual Classroom (prior there was only ‘leave’)
Figure: End meeting options
  • Safari will support Question & Answer Video Assignment on iOS
  • Safari will support Virtual Classroom on iOS
  • A warning will appear when a user clicks on the button to stop recording a meeting.
Figure: Stop recording button

Contact

If you have any questions about the updates, please contact CourseLink Support at:

courselink@uoguelph.ca
519-824-4120 ext. 56939

Course Outline Advisory

Instructors Only

Allowing Students to Download Course Outlines

The Course Outline section, near the top of the Content tool, does not currently allow students to download or print PDF or DOC versions of course outlines. This is a known bug by D2L and we submitted a bug report for this issue several years ago. D2L will be fixing this issue in the September continuous delivery release and it will be available in CourseLink after September 28th, 2018.

The Course Outline link

To allow students to download course outlines before the fix, add the course outline file to a module in the Table of Contents. If the Course Outline link is not used, students will not see it when they load the Content page, so there should be no confusion.

To add the file to Table of Contents:

  1. Scroll to the bottom of the Content page and enter a module title in the Add a module text box. Something like “Outline” or “Course Outline.”
  2. Select the new module and click the Upload / Create > Upload Files button.
  3. Select the file from your computer.
The File Upload option

If you have any questions about this issue, please contact CourseLink Support at:

courselink@uoguelph.ca
519-824-4120 ext. 56939

Continuous Delivery Updates for August 2018

Instructors Only

Virtual Classroom & Video Assignments Premium by YouSeeU

CourseLink is now integrated with the premium version of the Virtual Classroom and Video Assignments tools powered by YouSeeU. These video tools are fully featured and are tightly integrated with CourseLink so you can quickly set them up and automatically transfer grades back to the Grades tool.

Check out the features list for Virtual Classroom and Video Assignments.

Check out the D2L Brightspace documentation for Virtual Classroom and Video Assignments.

Virtual Classroom

This webinar tool makes it easy to schedule live meetings and discussions, host office hours, record video-based training, and more. Video sessions can be automatically recorded and seamlessly embedded into a course alongside other learning materials.

See Virtual Classroom in action

 

 

Video Assignments

This video recording tool for students allows instructors to deliver structured, video-based assessments that evaluate learners on speeches, presentations, and more. Instructors can easily grade video assessments and add time-stamped feedback, showing learners exactly where they need to improve. Check out the peer review feature!

See Video Assignments in action

Microsoft Office 365 Widget

You can now access your Microsoft Office 365 account, including email, calendar, and OneDrive storage as a widget in CourseLink. This allows students and instructors to review email, calendar events, and access files directly from CourseLink. Students can also submit directly from OneDrive into the CourseLink Dropbox.

Add the Office 365 widget to your course to get started!

 

 

Office 365 Widget

 

 

Import Ares Course Reserves Widget

You now have the ability to import your Ares course reserves directly from your course using the import widget. This widget, only available to instructors and TAs, allows you to import Ares readings just by clicking the link. The imported material will show up in the Content tool under a module labeled “Ares Course Reserve Lists”. The widget has been added to the default homepage.

 

 

Import Ares Course Reserves Widget

If you have any questions about the updates, please contact CourseLink Support at:

courselink@uoguelph.ca
519-824-4120 ext. 56939

Continuous Delivery Updates for July 2018

Students and Instructors

Dropbox – New Text Submission Type

Instructors can now create Text Submission Dropbox type in CourseLink. The new Text Submission type allows learners to create text documents for submission directly in Dropbox using a rich text editor, eliminating the need to attach a file.

My Courses widget – Course Groupings

Courses that appear in the My Courses widget can now be grouped by Department, Semester Name or Role when the Update Sort Logic view is enabled. Once a course grouping option is selected, the courses are separated into tabs within the widget for easy viewing and selection.

Instructors Only

Quizzes – Removal of Image and Text Information Items

As images and text can be included in any type of question using the features of the HTML editor, there is no longer a need for image and text information items. Image and text information items in existing quizzes or question libraries convert into sections, and are still displayed to learners attempting the quiz. One section is created for each existing image or text information item. Once the conversion of existing image and text information items is complete, the ability to create new image and text information items is no longer available.

During the question conversion process the following actions occur:

  • Each image and text information item is converted to an individual section
  • If the information item included a title, that is used for the section title
  • If the information item did not include a title, one is automatically generated using the format: Untitled [converted from a Text Information Item], or Untitled [converted from an Image Information Item]
  • The setting to show the Section title to learners is set to off
  • The setting to show Section text to students is set to on
  • For text information items, the Question Text field is set as the Section Text field
  • For image information items, the Section Text consist of an image tag, followed by the Caption text. If there was a Description for the image, it is included as the alt text of the image.

Turnitin – Improvements to the Turnitin Integration

The following improvements have been made to the Turnitin (TII) integration:

  • Updates have been made to automate date management in TII. Start and End dates are no longer managed separately or prohibitive when learners make a submission in CourseLink and the TII dates are not set correctly. Previously, dates were managed in both CourseLink and TII, which often led to dates being misaligned. As a result, it caused issues with learners getting access to their feedback or being able to successfully submit their assignments. This improvement will reduce the number of errors seen because there will no longer be issues with the TII assignment submission folder having different date restrictions than what is in the Assignments tool.
  • Learners have access to formative feedback left in GradeMark (even if there is no score, which can be found in the assignment submission folder, in User Progress, or in Grades).
  • Feedback on Group Assignments is now provided to all learners in the group. Previously, feedback was only provided to the individual learner that made the submission.
  • Submissions made to a TII enabled assignment submission folder are pre-validated at time of submission to ensure they are within the file type and size requirements enforced by TII. Previously, upon submission in CourseLink, learners immediately received their receipt of submission and the pre-validation was done after the fact. As a result, the submission might have not been accepted by TII at all, forcing instructors to analyze and, in some cases, request another submission. This improvement will reduce the number of submissions that were previously rejected by TII. It is also now obvious that the learner is making a submission to TII.
  • The version of HTTPS communications has been updated from TLS 1.0 to TLS 1.2.
  • Previously, when instructors used GradeMark to score or provide feedback, they had to sync each submission one by one to copy the score to CourseLink. The new GrademarkAutoTransferDefault configuration variable (which is set to on) allows scores to be copied automatically to CourseLink as a draft. The Auto copy as draft option can also be set within the Edit Assignment Folder page for each individual assignment folder.

If you have any questions about the updates, please contact CourseLink Support at:

courselink@uoguelph.ca
519-824-4120 ext. 56939

Continuous Delivery Updates for June 2018

Students and Instructors

Removing App Support for Android 4.4

For security reasons, as of June 30, 2018, CourseLink will no longer support TLS 1.0, which is used on devices running Android 4.4 and below. Google does not have plans to update TLS on these devices. This change will impact mobile apps, including Binder, Pulse, ePortfolio, and Assignment Grader.

HTML Editor – Emoticons

Emoticons are now available across CourseLink in the HTML Editor. Use them to express feelings or mood in announcements, discussion posts, and anywhere esle the HTML Editor is available. There are currently 30 emoticons available.

Rubrics – Improvements to Rubric Feedback for Learners

To provide learners with a more detailed feedback on activities, this release includes the following improvements:

  • Rubrics are now using a responsive display for desktops and mobile devices.
  • The Overall Score row is removed and replaced by a Total row for the entire rubric.
  • Discussion Topics will show the overall feedback at the top of the page.

Rubrics – Display Graded Rubric Feedback in Gradebook

For a consistent and simplified user experience, learners can now view their graded rubric feedback in the Gradebook for discussions, dropbox submissions, and quizzes.

For instructors, this change impacts how they use rubrics with activites. They can assess discussions, dropbox submissions, or quizzes from the corresponding tool, and the completed rubric will display in the Gradebook (if the activity is linked).

Instructors Only

Copy Course Components – Date Offset

When instructors copy the content of one course to another, old course dates are also copied over. This feature enables instructors to offset those old dates to dates relative to the new semester. This feature also eliminates the burden of tweaking delivery and due dates for their learners. When instructors copy course components in bulk, they can enable the offset to occur to the items copied into the course by days or hours.

Grades – Linked Discussion Threads

When assessing a discussion post in the Assess Student pop-up, an instructor can now see a link to the original discussion post. This allows instructors to see more information about why the user posted that reply, or what other learners replied to their post. Previously, there was no hyperlink, and instructors had to open Discussions and manually find the information.

Quizzes – Question Pools replace Random Sections

Question pools are now available to improve the process of creating quizzes with randomized questions, and are an effective way of preventing cheating on quizzes. All the functionality random sections provided is now located on a single screen, with a simplified workflow. When creating a question pool, instructors enter a title, the number of questions to select, and the points per question. On the same page, they can browse the Question Library to select the desired questions to add to the pool. Instructors are also able to edit or delete questions in place.

Rubrics – Control Rubric Visibility for Learners

This release introduces the ability to control rubric visibility for learners. This is useful for preventing learners from using preview rubrics as answer keys for activities. For example, an instructor can now describe assessment expectations in assignment instructions, hiding the associated preview rubric. Once the assignment is graded, the instructor releases the graded rubric as part of the learner’s assessment details.

 

If you have any questions about the updates, please contact CourseLink Support at:

courselink@uoguelph.ca
519-824-4120 ext. 56939