Category Archives: brightspace

Never Too Late to Learn Something New?

Just when you think you know how things work, someone goes and changes something. Having worked in the university setting for 20 years, I personally think there should be a ban on changes in August. However, since I am not … Continue reading

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New Best Practices in Rubrics Grading-Coming Fall 2018

There will be some exciting changes coming to Rubrics Grading Experience through June-December 2018. What’s new: The new rubric grading is consistent across all workflows and tools It auto-saves your changes as you grade It separates rubric Total from Overall Score making it possible … Continue reading

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Brightspace Bug – Special Characters in Quiz Names breaks the option to create questions

At this time there is a known bug in Brightspace that occurs when a quiz name includes special characters such as apostrophes or pound signs. If your quiz includes these characters in the name, you will get an error if … Continue reading

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Assignments – New Text Submission type and workflow | New

Instructors can now create Text Submission assignment types in Brightspace Learning Environment. The new Text Submission type allows learners to create text documents for submission directly in Assignments using a rich text editor, eliminating the need to attach a file. … Continue reading

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Course grouping tabs in the My Courses widget | New

Courses that appear in the My Courses widget can now be grouped by Semester Name. Once you select a semester name, the courses are separated into tabs within the widget for easy viewing and selection.

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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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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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