D2L Brightspace is a cloud-based, learning management system. One of the many excellent features of Brightspace is that it updates near the start of each month with new features and improvements. Updates occur automatically with no system downtime. This support page summarizes the monthly changes and new features.

The monthly update process is called Continuous Delivery.  Regular software updates allow for new features, settings, and configurations to be applied to Brightspace without any system outage.

Updates help ensure that any needed security patches are applied and new features are available to the campus. Carleton is on the Wave 3 update schedule. Visit the D2L 2022 Wave Schedule to see when Carleton’s next update will be.

NOTE: In addition to the Continuous Release notes, D2L Brightspace provides a Known Issues List to share problems found in the learning management system. Known issues are problems that have been identified by Brightspace users and confirmed by D2L product staff. In many cases, these issues are the basis of future product developments. A companion page for Fix Notifications might also be useful to review to stay informed of Brightspace changes.

September 2022 Update

Quizzes: No Time Limit

The timing restriction settings for quizzes now include a “No Time Limit” option. Use this for quizzes where you would like students to take as much time as they need once they start. (For newly created quizzes, this is now the default setting.) When accessing the quiz, the launch page states “Time Allowed: Unlimited”. And while taking the quiz, there is no countdown timer. See our support site on Quiz Restrictions for more information.

Classlist: View Section Enrolments

Now you can view students’ section enrolments in the Classlist for course pages with multiple course codes. Simply click on the chevron next to a student’s name in the Classlist and select “View Group and Section Enrollments” from the menu. The pop-up window that opens includes that student’s section enrolment details below the list of groups they belong to in the course.

Did You Know?

You can program extended quiz time accommodations for students in the Classlist using the Edit Accommodations feature. This method will apply the additional time to all quizzes, eliminating the need to create special access permissions individually. For accommodations such as “25% more time”, use the multiplier option (i.e., 1.25) to scale the amount of additional time according to the time limits of different quizzes. For instructions and details, see our support site on Setting an Accommodation for All Quizzes in the Classlist.

D2L Release Notes