What's New in Brightspace v10.3
On May 10, 2014 Brightspace was upgraded from 10.2 to 10.3.
Brightspace v10.3 Overview
The basic functionality is the same in v10.3, but there are some minor user interface
changes associated with this upgrade. Primarily the user interface changes
provide a better, more consistent user experience across the D2L v10.3 tools, including:
- Global Changes
D2L v.10.2 Enhancements
Several updates appear throughout
the Brightspace site. First, the ability to switch between roles (instructor, student)
is now available under your Personal Menu. Second, the single HTML Editor
appears in most instances where there were two editors (basic and advanced) and
it includes an updated equation editor. However, the order of the buttons is
different with the “Insert Stuff” functionality on the left. Third, when
working on a screen that scrolls, the action buttons, like “Save” or “Cancel,”
float at the bottom of the screen instead of the bottom of the page. Fourth, time formats are in 30-minute increments, however, they can be overwritten to a specific time. Finally, Objectives no longer appear in the v10.3 environment.
When creating or editing a
checklist’s categories or items, the “New Category,” “New Item,” and “Reorder”
buttons are in a more intuitive location within the “Checklist Contents” tab.
Table of Contents contains “Expand All / Collapse All” links, so faculty
members can quickly navigate through the list of modules. Within a module,
the "Add Activities" button has a new name. It’s now called “Add Existing Activities” to
differentiate it from the “New” button. Within a module, a topic’s context menu
may have new options and/or renamed options. These options are more intuitive
by better describing their actions. For example, "Edit Properties" appears as "Edit Properties In-place," which implies you will be editing in the current
location. There is a greater consistency with the layout of module and topic
properties. Dates and restrictions now appear above description and publish
status is on the right.
For topics that are files, if you
change the file after the course starts, you can notify students about the
change. This includes PDFs, HTML files, and PowerPoint files. A notification will
appear in the students’ My Home Alerts area.
Please Note: When
viewing PDFs within Brightspace, the PDF viewer’s buttons are at the bottom of the PDF, but appear when hovering over the PDF. This is more consistent with other PDF viewers and
a lot of energy on enhancing the Discussions area and the Reading View, since
they are no longer supporting Grid View in Brightspace 10.3. First, there are
improvements related to navigating the Discussions List. The “Show All Topics /
Hide All Topics” link makes it easier to scan forums and see a high-level
summary of activity. When you expand a forum, activity summaries are still available
for topics. Each topic also has a quick link to go directly to unread posts.
Information related to subscriptions for forums and topics are available under
their respective context menus and by default users are automatically
subscribed to posts they author. Once you are within a topic, a collapsed menu
(similar to the “Table of Contents”) is available as a slide out menu. It can
be pinned in place or opened/closed as needed.
Finally, additional enhancements
are located in Discussion Statistics. Within Statistics, in 10.2 the number of
threads and posts were not separate statistics. They are in 10.3; you can
easily see the number of threads and the number of posts at the Org Unit level,
by student and by forum/topic. Ratings information is also available by
student and by topic.
There is a new D2L v10.3 feature that
is only in the Dropbox area. It is possible to provide feedback to students who
didn’t submit a file directly from a Dropbox folder. In order to see students
without submissions in a Dropbox folder, you can change the Submissions
dropdown from “Users with submissions” to “Show everyone” or “Users without
submissions.” Then click the search icon to display the search results.
two enhancements made to Quizzes. First, if you edit a quiz’s setup from
Content, when you save or cancel, you return to your place in Content. In 10.2,
it would redirect you to “Manage Quizzes.” Second, the tabs within the Quiz
Setup are different so that the most used items appear in tabs on the left. The
two biggest changes here are (1) information from the “Layout/Questions” tab
appears in the “Properties” tab and (2) properties related Objectives are no
Classlist, the “Email” button for emailing the entire classlist has an improved
label; it’s “Email Classlist.” In addition to clicking on a student’s name to
send a single email, a “Send Email” option is available under a student’s
context menu. From the same context menu, you can still view a student’s
progress via the “View Progress” option. However, the View Progress information
has one modification. Information related to Objectives is no longer available
in the Brightspace 10.3 environment.
The Groups tool is the same, with the
exception of a small update. In addition to clicking on a Group Category’s name
to edit the category, you can also select “Edit Category” from its context
The enhancements to Surveys
are similar to changes with Quizzes. If you edit a survey from Content, when
you save or cancel, you will return to your place in Content. Also, the tabs
are different within Survey Setup. They are similar to a quiz’s tabs.
If you edit a Self-Assessment
from Content, you will return to your place in Content. However, when accessing
the Self-Assessment Setup it is the same as 10.2. It does not match the new
Quiz Setup or Survey Setup in 10.3.
Within Managing Grades, in
addition to clicking on either a Grade Category or Grade Item’s name to edit
it, you can also select “Edit” from their respective context menus. Also, when
you create or edit a grade item, the Objectives tab is no longer available.
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