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 software 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 2021 Wave schedule to see when Carleton’s next update will be.

September 2021 Update Summary

Preferred Pronouns

All Brightspace users are now able to enter their preferred pronouns and display their pronouns to other users in Brightspace. To enter your preferred pronouns, click on your user icon in the top right-hand corner of the Brightspace page and select “Account Settings.” Set up your pronoun at the top of the page, then click Save and Close to finalize. When other users view your Profile Card in Brightspace, your preferred pronouns will be displayed beneath your name. See LGBTQ2+ Inclusiveness and Supporting LGBTQ* Students in the Online Classroom.

Assignments

Enable restricted file types for submissions: Restricted file types can be set for new or existing Assignments to prescribe which files students can submit via the assignment tool. To enable Custom File Types during assignment setup or assignment editing, look under the “Submission & Completion” settings for the “Allowable File Extensions” menu. Use “Custom File Types”  to create a list of acceptable file extensions. If enabled, students will see a disclaimer listing the allowable file extensions for submission to upload their Assignment. Should a student attempt to upload a different file type, an error message will inform them that the file type is invalid. More information about setting up Custom File Types is available on the Assignment support page on Submission & Completion settings.

Grading with Rubrics

Now when grading an Assignment or Discussion Topic with rubrics, the collapsed Rubric tile gives more detailed information about the Rubric’s completion status. The tile will indicate if there are ungraded criteria; it will display the “out of” total and state the Overall Score. A shortcut to Rubric Statistics has also been added to the evaluation screen. Click on the bar graph / signal strength symbol to the right of the Rubric tile to access the statistics report for that Rubric. See our support site for more information on Creating Rubrics and Grading with rubrics.

Did you know?

You can personalise your User Profile in Brightspace. Click on your user icon at the top of the Brightspace page and select “Profile” to access your settings. Upload an image to create more of a presence in your Brightspace courses. Your thumbnail image will appear by your name in your Announcements, Discussion posts, and in other areas of Brightspace. You can even include a link to your homepage or add keywords that indicate your teaching and research interests.

If you have any questions about any of these Continuous Delivery changes, or would like help using these new settings, create a support request using the TLS Support Portal or complete a course consultation request form to be assigned a TLS support contact.

If you have any questions about any of these Continuous Delivery changes, or would like help using these new settings, create a support request using the TLS Support Portal or complete a course consultation request form to be assigned a TLS support contact.

D2L Release Notes