Category Archives: Announcements

HTML Editor – Emoticons available | New

Emoticons are now available across Brightspace Learning Environment in the HTML Editor. Use them to express feelings or mood in announcements, instructions, discussion posts, and anywhere else the HTML Editor is available.

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Grades – Linked discussion threads are now available | New

When assessing a discussion post in the Assess Post 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 … Continue reading

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Quizzes – Question pools replace random sections | New

Question pools are now available to improve the process of creating quizzes with randomized questions, and are an effective way of reducing cheating on quizzes. All the functionality random sections provided is now located on a single screen, with a … Continue reading

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Fall 2018 TOPR Call for Submissions

The editorial board of the Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository (TOPR) is pleased to announce a call for submissions for new TOPR entries from now until September 15, 2018. Authors will receive feedback on their submissions by October 31, 2018. Selected … Continue reading

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Eureka! The Header Row & Names Now Freeze in the Gradebook!

It is finally Spring, so why does this post include ice? At long last, we have some exciting news about the Brightspace gradebook. Version 10.8.1 (applied on 5/24/18) introduces the locked Name column and header row. This is also known … Continue reading

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Summer Open Labs for Faculty

Need some time to work on your Summer 2018 Brightspace course? Would you like an opportunity to work one-on-one with an instructional designer or multimedia developer? Sign up for our Summer Course Tune-Up to get some assistance with getting your … Continue reading

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Just in Time for End of the Semester Grades

New Brightspace feature allows instructors to add feedback in bulk! This feature enables instructors to add generic feedback on learners’ grades in bulk. Instructors can use replacement strings to personalize their feedback. Instructors can also sort the Feedback column in the … Continue reading

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Time to Delete 2014 Courses

In keeping with our current practice of maintaining 3 years of courses in Brightspace, we will soon begin deleting 2014 courses from Brightspace. Instructors sometimes report that their list of courses has grown too long. In those cases, we can manually unenroll … Continue reading

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By Popular Demand: Rubrics Open in a New Window (Pop-up)

If I had a dollar for every time a faculty member complained about not being able to see rubrics and assignments at the same time, I could probably buy some new shoes. So this is a very brief announcement. When … Continue reading

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Exciting Summer Vacation Options

Thinking about your summer vacation plans?  Sure, anyone can go to the beach or the mountains, but have you considered that as a UA faculty member, you are the only people who could choose to spend your summer with your … Continue reading

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